Friday, July 26, 2013

Foodie Friday: Pizza Logs

I just haven't met a pizza recipe that I haven't liked and here is another to add to the list. I tried these pizza logs from Emily Bites this week and they were delicious. I even made them while on the phone with a two year old clinging to my legs, so they are pretty easy to make as well.

I happened to make these on a night that Mr. Cherry and I were unable to eat together. When I got home he asked if I had made supper and was impressed when I said that I had. He said he really liked them.
If you are a pizza lover, head on over to Emily Bites to get the recipe!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Teacher Gift: Mason Drink Glasses

Don't you just love it when a project comes together? Peachy has been attending a park program for the last 6 weeks. I had been thinking of giving her teachers a present on the last day. I was thinking of doing acrylic tumblers filled with drink mixes. Of course I didn't start on it before this week. (Why would I have something ready to go ahead of time???)  When I went to Wal-Mart to pick up supplies I was a bit alarmed to find the school supplies out in place of the summer items. Uh-oh! What if they didn't carry the tumblers anymore? Thankfully I found an end cap with clearance acrylic tumblers!! And they weren't just any tumblers, they were made to look like mason jars! Clearance and cute? Awesome!
Similar tumbler from Aladdin

 I didn't start right on the project when I got home. (Again, why bother working ahead? I do so much better under pressure.) In the mean time I did what any procrastinating stay-at-home-mom would do, I jumped on Pinterest. There in the top of my feed were the tumblers I had just bought. The link took me to the Lil' Luna blog where Kristyn had an entire post about using the acrylic mason jar tumblers as, wait for it, a teacher gift. And wait, it gets even better! She had printable labels to match! Um, score!!!

So, I used the tags, tossed in some individual drink packs and viola! A wonderful teacher gift! See, sometimes procrastination really does have its benefits!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Heat Transfer Shirt

I know that I owe you a post on my Silhouette. I will make sure and get going on that! In the meantime, here is a new project I tried on it! Inspired by all of the cute shirts that Kim at NewlyWoodwards has been making lately, I decided it was time to give the heat transfer a try.

A while back, like several years ago, my friend and I had talked about making a shirt like this for her son. I finally got around to making it and giving it to him for his birthday. I used the Silhouette heat transfer material. I was very happy with how it cut. I did have some difficulty in getting it to stay on the shirt in certain parts. In the end I took the plastic backing off and just used a press cloth in some areas. I can't speak to how well it will hold up in the wash as I didn't wash it before gifting it. I am excited with all of the possibilities that using this heat transfer offers.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Stamp Carving

There is an awesome little store in town. They actually started from the indie craft fair that I participated in this last February and also in 2011. They carry lots of awesome handmade goodness from local artists. It is one of the first places I like to shop when looking for a present. In addition to the store, they also offer lots of neat classes. I recently participated in one on rubber stamp carving. This particular class was aimed at small business owners and carving their logo. I have always wanted to try stamp carving and signed right up for the class. I choose to carve a stamp to use for my Etsy store, kiki b omi designs. It was fun to chat with everyone there about their businesses and logos.

I am sure there are lots of great tutorials out there for stamp carving, so I won't get into lots of details. We colored over our image with a soft lead pencil and then rubbed that onto our rubber pad. Then we used a Speed Ball lino cutter to carve out our image. After carving we mounted our rubber image onto a wood block with contact cement. It really wasn't all that complicated of a project. I actually found it very relaxing. And I can see how the more you do it, the better you would get at it. I can't wait to try some other projects now that I know the basics.