Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

This is the first time I am joining a group of very talented bloggers to recreate something I have pinned, using this month's theme: "Eco Friendly"!  Their links are at the bottom of this post.

The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate us to actually make  something that we have pinned!  

Keeping with the theme, Eco Friendly literally means earth friendly, or not harmful to the environment.  I like using cocktail napkins, rather than paper napkins, however sometimes they get stained or discolored.  To mask that, I decided to paint them!

This is what I pinned:

Inspiration found here

I took 4 old linen cocktail napkins....

....and pulled out a variety of acrylic paints and paint brushes:

I loaded a flat paint brush with 2 colors and following the instructions I painted a 'swirl", starting in the center and working my way out:

Acrylic paints adhere to the fibers in the fabric and dry quickly.

The paint will not wash out....

...and these take moments to make!

I also enjoy painting on glass....

...and its a quick way to "pretty-up" plain glassware:

This challenge forced me to try painting in a style I had never tried before....

...and to be inspired by another blogger!

I hope you will visit these other clever bloggers!

Here are the participants in the Pinterest Challenge:

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Mini Bundt Flowers....

Every time I bake a cake, I set aside a little batter and use this mini bundt charm pan to make a few mini cakes to freeze.  I try to keep about 8 in the freezer for "emergency desserts".  Recently we had last minute company for dinner and I was happy that there were some in the freezer!  

Let me share how I like to serve them:

I also always have some chocolate wafers or dipping chocolate on hand, so I melt a little chocolate....


...add a little dollop on top of each cake...

....and I make a few chocolate leaves with this candy mold:

I scoop a tablespoon of frosting...

...into a zip bag, microwave a few seconds and cut a corner off the bag....

...and drizzle a bit on each little cake!

They can sit in the refrigerator until its time for dessert....

...and then assemble right before serving:

These are a perfect little dessert! 

Stress free, but sadly, not calorie free!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Twinkie Hearts!

While walking thru Walmart the other day I spied a box of Twinkies and I remembered something my Mom made for us when we were young - Twinkie Hearts!

You need to start with a pair of Twinkies:

One is cut in a half angle to the right, and the other in a half angle to the left...

...and then taking one piece from one cake and match it to a piece from the other cake, to form a heart.

You can melt frosting or candy wafers in a zip bag and cut off a corner to drizzle over the hearts:

It makes a cute little dessert that will please anyone, no matter their age!

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Ladybugs - 10 on the 10th

This month's theme for "10 on the 10th" is Ladybugs, so I decided to paint a few greeting cards.  
If you have been to a Hallmark store lately, you must have noticed the price of cards!  They are very expensive, so I try to make my own.  I used to use rubber stamps, but lately I have painted some.

A package of 12 blank cards and envelopes costs roughly $5-$6, so you can save some money by making your own!

I lightly sketched a ladybug on the front of a card:

I like using a water brush - it holds water and has a brush tip:

Each one is a bit different, so experiment and have fun with it!

Don't forget to decorate the envelopes, too:

Lady bugs come in a variety of colors, too:

Stop by to see how these bloggers spent under $10 using the ladybug theme:

Thursday, April 1, 2021

A quick little Easter treat....

It's April 1st and we are waking up to SNOW!!

Here's a quick and easy treat to make with sugar wafers....

...just dip the tips into melted chocolate buttons and add a few sprinkles!

Everyone loves a little sugary treat!

And I made a Carrot Cake for John....

April Fools!!  I bought it - I have no cake decorating skills!


BTW, Rabbit, Rabbit!

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Planning my Easter Table Setting....

This Easter holiday there will only be 4 of us and I decided to do a brunch rather than a dinner.

I am using 4 of my MacKenzie-Childs dinner dishes.  After hearing so many people say they always put theirs in the dishwasher, and they have never been damaged, I am hopping on the bandwagon!  One reason why I haven't used them much lately is that I have always washed them by hand - NO more!!

I folded my napkins already......

...using these adorable bead trimmed napkins from MacKenzie-Childs:

The directions are quite simple:

OR if you want another idea that is much easier, try this one:

This bunny fold is very popular and easy to create - fold your napkin into a triangle and roll it from the point to the fold.  Tuck an egg inside and tie tight with a ribbon or twine:

Now, to plan the menu....