Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Virtual Refrigerator-- Re-Sharing our Birch Trees

Thanks for stopping by and joining us again this week as we host another virtual refrigerator arts and crafts link up.

I was away on a little vacation last week and we haven't had time to come up with a new art project just yet.

I thought I'd share this old favorite art project with you.

We have a few birch trees near us and I am always fascinated with them.  The white bark really stands out against the colors in the background and they are so easy to paint!

First we put masking tape where we wanted out trees to be and then we drizzled rubber cement where we wanted some wisps of white in the sky.  Once the rubber cement was dry we used the liquid watercolors to add in our green grass and our colorful sunsets.

While the watercolors were still wet we sprinkled salt on them for a fun speckled look.

Once our backgrounds were dry we rubbed the salt and rubber cement off.

Then we used a plate to spread some black tempera paint on and an old credit card to practice scraping on the black paint. Once they thought they had the technique down they added in their trees.

Now without further ado I invite you to grab a "magnet" and link up your arts and crafts posts below and visit some other bloggers to see what they shared on their refrigerators.

Your art project doesn't need to be a stand alone post, nor does it need to be a tutorial.  We love day in the life posts or homeschooling wrap- ups that show art work too! 

So what do you have to share with us?

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

October Pinterest Challenge-- Reversible Porch Sign for Fall and Winter

Welcome to the September Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen!

For this month's challenge I knew I wanted to make one of these large fall porch signs.

Using your Cricut Maker and vinyl create a DIY fall porch sign to welcome everyone to your home and to celebrate fall. #FallPorchDecor #Fall #FallSign #FallDecorating #PorchDecor #CricutMade #FallDecor #FallIdea #Vinyl

When I began looking through Pinterest I found some that were reversible for fall and winter and I liked that idea even better! So here's my take on it!

First I had my husband cut me a board that was 10" by 50" (an inch thick).  I lightly sanded it and then brought it home to paint.

I painted one side a rusty orange by mixing two small bottles of paint together.  I did two coats.

Once dry I flipped the board over and painted the other side blue.

Once I had my board all dry I brought it inside and began planning my design.

I finally settled on Welcome Autumn for the fall side and used this free SVG file; ungrouping it all until I was left with the word Welcome.

I then made it 9 1/2" inches wide and cut it out of white.  I also used the scroll design that I had ungrouped and stretched it go be about 9 1/2" wide too; also cutting it out of white.

I typed the word Autumn into Cricut Maker using the Ariel Black font and made my letters 6" tall.

I then used my glitter HTV and cut out a few leaves of various fall colors; placing them around my sign until I had a design I liked.

I removed the leaves so I could iron on the letter and then went back and added in the leaves.  Once cool I had a lovely new sign!

I then turned my attention to the back side.  I found this great Let it Snow Free SVG file  and used some snowflakes from an old Cricut cartridge I had on hand.  I cut the letters out of white and used glitter HTV for the snowflakes.

Once I had my design laid out I used my iron to affix the decorations.

Then I put it out on the porch.

I just LOVE it!!

In January my boys and I made nail polish marbled mugs.
In February we tried out a new recipe for turkey & cornbread pot pie.
In March my boys worked on making a salt dough map.
In April my boys made some glittery mason jar luminaries. 
In May my oldest on and husband made a hand forged key holder
In June I made zucchini crust pizza for myself.
In July we made cheesy ranch Chex mix

 To join next month's #pinterestchallenge, click here to sign-up ⇒ November  Pinterest Challenge 

Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried! Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop
Erlene - My Pinterventures • Gail - Purple Hues and Me Kristie - Teadoddles • Lynne - My Family Thyme Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey • Jenny - Cookies, Coffee and Crafts Shirley - Intelligent Domestications • Debbee - Debbee's Buzz Beverly - Across The Boulevard Julie - Sum of their Stories  • Katrin - Kreativ K Michelle - Our Crafty Mom • Marie - The Inspiration Vault T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet •Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Alexandra - Eye Love Knots  • Emily - Domestic Deadline  •  Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Toni - Girl, Just DIY  • Lauren - Mom Home Guide Debra - Shoppe No.5 • Lydia - Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen Susan - Suzer Space • Habiba - Craftify My Love

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Monday, October 15, 2018

A Picture Walk Through the New England Woods

We went on a hike with our hiking group a week and a half ago and while we did not yet have all those bright fall colors everywhere it was a very pretty walk through the woods.

 We've had an awful lot of rain lately and saw so many varieties of mushroom too.  They each have such unique shapes, colors, and textures.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Apple Maple Chex Mix

I really wanted to try experimenting with our Chex mix to see if I could come up with something fall flavored.  You'd think with a name like apple maple that this Chex mix would be sweet but it's actually a mix of sweet and savory and it was my favorite flavor combination yet.

To make the apple maple Chex mix you will need:

4 cups Rice Chex
4 cups Corn Chex
2 cups bagel chips
2 cups mini pretzels
2 cups cheddar goldfish crackers
1 stick butter; melted
2 TBSP apple butter
1/2 cup maple syrup
6 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1/2 TBSP seasoned salt

In a large bowl combine cereals, bagel chips, pretzels, and crackers.

In a small glass dish melt the butter and combine with the rest of the ingredients; making sure everything is evenly coated.  (Many of the Chex pieces and bagel chips were so saturated they felt soggy but they crisped right back up in the oven.

Take two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper and spread out the Chix mix.  Bake at 250 for an hour; stirring every 15 minutes. 

Remove from oven and let cool then store in an air tight container.  I can't really say how long it would stay fresh for as didn't even make it a week before it was all gone!

So flavorful and crunchy; it was perfect!

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