Photos by EB

Check it out, friends!

To continue on with the whole ‘finish things I’ve started before starting other things’ thing…
The past few weeks I’ve been going through my two year collection of photos and decided that they would (maybe?) get more views if I compiled a portfolio of sorts online, rather than confining them to a folder on my computer. So, that’s what I did.

So there it is, I’ve started up the Weekly Photo Challenges again on the new site, and in general the blog is something I plan to add to… you know, forever. I say blog, but it’s really not a blog like this gem. I plan to keep the written word to a minimum and really just focus on photography. Hakuna Matata though, you’ll still be exposed to my horrible puns and maybe-not-so-witty antics right here!

So hop on over and check it out!

Revisiting Repurposing

You betta get some condiments, cause this bear is on a roll.

Well, to most bloggers, four posts in three weeks isn’t that big of a deal. I’m happy to be checking these old projects off of my list, however. So we’ll call it a roll for me.

Remember these beauts?

Necklace holders I made some time ago, one of my favorite projects to date. I decided to make some earring and bracelet holders to go along with them. Although I do think they do well on their own, when materials and inspiration both fall onto your lap, it’s hard to stay no.

While packing up some of my old stuff from my parent’s place, I came across these small shelves I used for little tea sets I had as a kid.

But more importantly, these cheap frames, bought years ago from IKEA.

Do you have old picture frames in a box or back of a closet somewhere that are just sitting there, completely unused and begging for attention? Oh… you’re not a hoarder and you donate or get rid of things you don’t use anymore? I see… well, in that case… do you have a bunch of jewelery that you would like to display on something you made yourself? Well, good for you! You’re in luck!

Boom. Bracelet and earring holders.

(sorry about the glare in some of these pictures, there is a large window just to the left)

I guess I didn’t take my standard “materials picture” for this project, but along with what’s mentioned above, they went as follows; burlap, ribbon, paint, hot glue gun and small hooks.

For the earring holder, I painted both frames brown and glued burlap to the plastic that came with the frame (instead of glass… I told you they were cheap).

Add ribbon and glue, make sure the ribbon is glued on tight, if there are going to be several pairs of earrings on them, they’ll sag if it’s loose.

Pop the burlap (you could use any fabric by the way, this matched my color scheme and I had it on hand) into the frame as you would a picture, secure it in place and you’re done.

Onto the bracelet holders!

Hooks and small shelves were painted.

Then screwed in, haha, that’s it.

These were super easy! The most time consuming parts are waiting for the paint to dry and leveling them out while hanging them. Alternatively, if your picture frame has a stand you could make a standing earring holder.

Either way, this was a quick and easy project that could spruce up any vanity or dresser-top while still being functional.

Happy Repurposing!

lizzeh

Snowflaces

Yes, snowflaces.

Because they are snowflakes… made of laces. I know what you’re thinking while you’re rolling your eyes, “Lizzeh, are you going to combine words and make up punny titles for the rest of your blogging life?

Uh…yes. I know they’re lame sometimes, but I can’t stop and I won’t stop. It’s who I am.

Onto the snowflaces, these were so ridiculously easy you guys.  I thought it was going to be a long process involving a lot of lace scraps, Mod Podge, wax paper and hours of drying, but man, (and I can’t believe I’m about to say this) I was wrong. When I got to my lace basket, filled with other people’s leftovers that I acquired at the thrift store,  I realized I had more lace ‘ribbon’ rather than large lace scraps.

These pretty little things squashed my not-really-good-anyway plan. I started working with them a bit and realized they needed a base, when I was searching through my crafts I stumbled upon some metal rings I had bought back when I was bookin’ it.

I only had three left so I sliced a cardboard tube I had (knew there was a reason to keep that thing) and grabbed some wire as well, I figured I’d give all three a shot.

Weave the lace onto the ring. For the finer laces I used the wire because it was thinner and easier to maneuver while weaving.  I used the cardboard rings for the thickest and heaviest ribbons. Spread it out around the ring so that it lays flat. Cut where necessary and glue. That’s it, you guys. That’s it. Now you have these pretty little snowflakes that you can do whatever you want with.

Pretty cute, right? Make them into ornaments, string them up around the house, turn them into magnets or use as table decor, place markers, use them to spruce up gifts or even put on a greeting card. Woah… I just gave myself a bunch of ideas. Hope you’re inspired too!

Happy Flacing!

lizzeh

The Motherload of Magnet Mondays

Do not ask, and ye shall receive anyway.

I’ve done it. I’ve finished another year long project (mini cheer!). I’m talking about the Monthly Magnets! Remember those? Remember when I started it, and made it like a big thing, and then missed a few months and came back with high hopes and nice enthusiasm and then… well, who can remember what happened after that.

If you’re new to my Monthly Magnet thing, it’s a fun DIY project with velcro magnets that are swapped out every month. The lovely thing about them is that you can make them whatever you want and out of whatever you have.

I used a lot of paper, felt, cardboard, fabric paint, strings, ribbons, wires and a buttload of glue but like I said, the supplies are limitless!

We last left off in July (oh, brother) so I have August to this not-so-merry month of January.

August

Pinwheel
Fishing pole and fish (2 magnets)
Beach ball

September

Apple
Apple pie
School books
Autumn Leaves

I cheated on this one. I thought it is an appropriate seasonal magnet I’m pretty lazy so I decided to have this one for September, October and November.

October

Pumpkin
Witch hat
Ghost

 

November

Turkey
Pilgrim hat
Poppy

 

December

Snowman
Ornament
Jingle bells
Mistletoe

 

January

Snowflake chain (2 magnets)
New year (2 magnets)

January has two two-fers, so it’s the month with the least amount of pizazz, but I’m okay with that. I made the “1” and “4” spots Velcro as well, so I’ll be able to change it throughout the years. I also made myself a few extra numbers, so Future Liz is going to be really proud of Past Liz when she doesn’t have to make cardboard glitter numbers for the next few years. I also have the hopes to remake the snowflakes. I had fun making the paper ones, it’s been years since I’ve done that, but I’d like to make something prettier and more durable.

 

Yeah! I did it! Another project bites the dust.

lizzeh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Baaaaaaaack

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Sorry, that was just me wiping the dust and cobwebs off of my keyboard. I guess it’s been a while, eh? Seems like just yesterday I was lying in the sun on the balcony reading a book… Christmas was when? It’s 2014? Yikes.

Well, just because I’ve been away doesn’t mean I haven’t been doing anything.
“Pics or it didn’t happen”, you say?

No.

Look, I did take pictures so there will be posts but one thing at a time here, guys. After the bustle of the holidays I’ve realized I need to get my butt back in gear, one resolution I may or may not have made is to all of finish the projects I’ve already started before starting new ones… that sounds familiar, have I said that before?

The first project I’ve completed is one I have been working on diligently for the past year and I must say I am pretty proud of myself for this one.

Please enjoy,  Fifty Shades of Toronto
(or click the link to it at the top of the page)

And stay tuned friends, the bear is back.

Summer Salutations

Summertime, and the livin’ is easily breezily.

There are so many awesome things about summer; the sunshine, the trees and flowers all in bloom, the way it’s socially acceptable to consume alcoholic beverages before noon. There are some things that aren’t so awesome about summer; the bugs, the humidity, the way you feel the day after your decide it’s a good idea to drink before noon.

One thing that’s awesome anytime of the year is getting mail!

‘Snail Mail’, as it’s known, is dying out man. Let’s bring it back! It’s such a nice little surprise when you receive something in the mail, don’t you want to give that incredible feeling to those that you care about the most? Remember, sharing is caring!

Although I don’t think I’ve ever really blogged about it, I have been somewhat into card making (meaning I make them when I need them)  for the past two years or so. I handmade all of our ‘Save the Dates’, invitations, reply cards and ‘Thank You’ Cards (and all of the envelopes) for the wedding.

 

I made ‘Thank You’ cards for my girlfriends after my bacherlorette party.

I even managed to get a few Valentine’s Day cards out this year.

Although making your own cards takes a considerable amount of time, it’s something that I think is worth it. I enjoy experimenting with new techniques and making the cards individual and unique to their recipients.

I’m particularly proud of this batch of summer birthday cards that I made, which is why I’m excited to share.

Supplies for this project are pretty basic. You’ll need paper for the card, more paper to line the inside of the card, ribbon, glue, buttons and a needle and thread.

You’ll want green ribbon and another color of your choice. Make sure the green is a smaller width than the other color. The green will be the leaves and the other color ribbon is your flower petals. For glue, you’ll want both hot glue and a glue stick. To each her own, but I’ve been using this kind of Elmer’s glue stick since I’ve started and it hasn’t failed me yet. I like the stick too because it’s not as messy, I think it dries faster than liquid glue, but I’ve never really tested that theory so don’t hold me to it.

You’ll need to start with the stem of the flower first, this is stitched into the card. Now don’t freak out- this isn’t intense needlework by any means. This is a basic ‘running stitch’ and the only reason I know that’s what it’s called is because I just looked it up. That should tell you how much I know about what I’m doing here.

A few notes:

  •  I had normal thread so I had to quadruple up on it so it would be nice and thick, this prevents me from going back and forth through the same holes four times. If you have embroidery thread, that would be better to use.
  • Make sure both ends of the thread are on the inside of the card, and don’t worry if when you tie it off it looks sloppy inside- you’ll cover it up in the next step.
  • Needle size isn’t really important, just make sure you’re big enough for the thread to follow through, but not so big that there are gaping holes in your card.
  • Unless you want a squiggly stem, do your best to stitch in a straight line. I was lucky enough to haven chosen card stock that provides me with lines to follow. You can always draw a line using a ruler, or eyeball it if you’re that good. (I’m not, the lines saved me).

Take your ‘lining’ paper and glue it into the inside of your card. Most of the time I just use computer paper to line the inside and cardstock as the outside of the card (that’s because I’m cheap). I typically make the liner smaller than the cardstock, so the cardstock almost borders the inside of the card.

If you plan on writing on the left side of the card, I’d suggest you do it now. Once the flower gets glued on the outside it won’t be flat, making it difficult to write.

Onto the flower! I chose to go for a five petaled flower with a button in the center. You’ll want a ribbon that is at least an inch wide. Cut your petals to be between 1-1½ inches long and between ½-1 inch wide. It doesn’t have to be exact, work around the size of your button too, if you have a bigger button make bigger petals. Smaller button, smaller petals- you get the idea.

Pinch and glue one tip of the petal to make them look like this. Don’t worry if the pinched part looks sloppy, the button will cover it up.

Speaking of buttons, you’ll want to choose yours wisely. If you plan on mailing the card, you may want to choose a smaller, thinner button. If your envelope exceeds a certain thickness you’ll have to throw an extra stamp on there, so just be aware of that.

Flip your button upside-down and hot glue the petals on.

Once you’re done with the flower, it’s time to make the little bow that will represent the leaves. Here’s a quick bow tutorial in case you were wondering how to make one.

You’ll need two strips of the ribbon. Fold and glue one strip length-wise, this will be the piece that wraps around the center. Take the other strip and curl it around to make an oval, glue to secure.

Pinch and glue the center of the oval piece as shown.

Take the same area that you just glued and pinch and glue again.

Now take the folded strip of ribbon and wrap it around the center. Glue and trim to complete the bow.

Hot glue the flower and bow onto the front of your card, and there you have it, summer salutations!

Start sending out some love!

lizzeh

Cheddar Corn Chowder

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Mmmmm, corn chowder.  A bowlful of hearty, crisp deliciousness. I’ve always loved corn chowder, my mom made it a lot for us kids, and as an adult I’ve searched for the perfect recipe for years. I recently came across a great recipe from one of my favorite magazines, Cook’s Country. I love their problem-solving approach to creating the perfect recipe, explaining all their decisions along the way. I only had one problem with their finished product, no cheese! I absolutely love extra sharp cheddar, and I can’t imagine corn chowder without it. So I slightly changed their recipe to add red bell peppers, cheddar cheese, and topped my soup with chopped bacon and green onions instead of mixing it in. Enjoy!

6 ears corn
2 (15-ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
3 slices bacon
1 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
salt and pepper
1 pound red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into ½ inch dice
1 cup heavy cream
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
4 scallions, sliced thin

Cut the kernels from the ears of corn, like this…

and set both cobs and kernels aside separately. Puree canned corn and 2 cups chicken broth in a blender or food processor until smooth. Cook the bacon in a Dutch oven (large cooking pot with a lid) until crispy, set aside, and chop once cooled.

Now it’s time to add the chopped veggies…

Cook onion, pepper, corn kernels, salt and pepper in bacon fat until veggies are softened and golden brown, 6-8 minutes.

Add potatoes…

(I had white potatoes, so that’s what I used, the red skinned potatoes make it look nicer though), corn puree, remaining broth, and reserved corn cobs to Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.

Discard cobs and stir in the cream and shredded cheese until cheese is melted and soup is heated through.

Serve and top with chopped bacon and scallions.

Yummmmmmmy!!! Coming up next, Creamsicle Cupcakes!

k80

Most Patriotic Magnet Monday Yet

Happy Canada Day!

Not only is it the first day and the first Monday in July, but to top it off I’m also delivering on my Monthly Magnets! I am excited about some of these in particular because they are personal to both of us individually.

Simple and made of felt, these little flags will be flapping on the fridge all month long!
(Yes, that American flag is flapping in the breeze, not sloppy and crooked.)

The gem this month, a campfire is a necessity in my summers. Unfortunately, in a condo, we are unable to have our own… until now. Made out of sticks and ribbon, this one suits us fine.

What goes along better with campfires than smores? (Okay, maybe bug spray too.) This one is made with cardboard crackers and cloth marshmallow and chocolate.

Man, I love summer.

lizzeh

Weekly Photo Challenges

It’s a two-fer!

We went camping last weekend. It’s a yearly event a friend of ours holds every summer, and although it was our first time attending, this was it’s sixth year running! The camping took place on our friend’s family’s land. A gorgeous 20+ acre plot covered in trees, four wheeling trails, clearings to tent and a creek that runs through it. It was my heaven. Anyway, I took some sweet pictures, but even so, it was hard to capture the pure beauty of the area. It was a rainy weekend, so there was a low fog rising off the creek, it looked like a dream, but in the pictures it just looks fuzzy and unclear (sadface).

June 14, Curves

Behold, this is what is known around the property as, ‘The Boob Tree’. This tree has got it and has absolutely no problems flaunting it. This tree has got curves, fo’ sho’.
Deeeaaaaammmn tree, I wanna take you out for some barbeque!

June 21, The World Through Your Eyes

You see what I’m talking about?? It was so peaceful there. This is a trail that leads to a clearing that is an ice rink every winter! This is what the weekend was like through my eyes, every turn brought something new and beautiful to look at.

I want to go back to there.

lizzeh