Thursday, February 28, 2013

Snowy Day

We woke this morning to more snow.

But it was a heavy wet snow.

That coated the trees with what looked to be a layer a fluffy white cotton.

Of course that was before you tried to shovel it! LOL

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Little Red Wagon # 174 - Vellum

Well Tammy is challenging us to dig deep into our wagons this week, find that vellum and use it on our creation.

This was the perfect reason to try a technique I have always been meaning to and that is to stamp on vellum.

So using Stampin' Up's From My Heart stamp set along with Dynamics Oval Doily die, Stampin' Up ink in Cherry Cobbler and their Stippled Blossoms stamp along with Prima paper I created this card:

So if you can, please play along with us at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Little Red Wagon # 173 - Totally Teddies

This week Jan is challenging us to create something a teddy bear on it.

At first I wasn't quite sure how I would be able to meet this challenge but then I was at a Stampin' Up event and was able to borrow their stamp, Favourite Teddy Bear, to create this card:

This card also features patterned paper from Jillibean Soup, Memento Rich Cocoa ink,as well Papertrey Spring Rain ink along with some Stickles to create the party hat!

So if you can, please play along with us at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Little Red Wagon # 172 - So LOVEly

With a certain day coming up, Joanne is challenging us to create something with the word LOVE in it.

I dug deep into my wagon to create this card:

This is a larger card, 5 by 7, and uses Cuttlebug embossing folders Flourish and Swiss Dot along with some Papertrey chocolate cardstock and the Quickutz Chocolate font die. The felt embellishment I've has so long I'm not sure who made it.

So if you can, please play along with us at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Main Bath Remodel

Like the powder room, I didn't take any before photos for the main bath but try to envision a 1980's bathroom with the vanity and tub flush against the wall and the toilet situated under the window.

We ended up moving the toilet so we could place the freestanding tub lengthwise along the window wall.

We painted the upper half of the wall in Benjamin Moore Grey Horse while the lower half was finished in subway tile with a finished edge in a more rustic marble tile. The vanity and matching mirror is by Fairmont Designs.

We were supposed to have 13 by 13 floor tiles but they ended up being out of stock so we went with a 18 by 18 tile in the same marble look porcelain tile. I really like how the 18 by 18 tile helps to make the bathroom appear larger.

And a closer look at the wall tile and old fashioned water pump inspired faucet.

I'm extremely happy with resultant spa-like atomsphere of the main bath.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Little Red Wagon # 171 - Colour Combo

This week Dee is challenging us to create something based on this inspiration pic:

Isn't a bright and cheery photo?

So I decided to create a couple of cards based on the colours.

For the first I used Papertrey's Mega Mehndi Medallion stamp along with their Hawaiian Shores and Orange Zest ink/cardstock. I also used Jenny Bowlin for Ranger ink in Cough Syrup.

For the second I channelled my inner Dee and Regan and a using few bits from my wagon created this card:

So if you can, please play along with us at Little Red Wagon, we love to see what you create.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Powder Room Remodel

Shortly before Christmas we completed a renovation of three of our bathrooms.

Unfortunately I don't have a before photo, but this bathroom was a dark green with a 1980's oak vanity.

We had wanted to use an antique piece as the vanity base and finally I found a unit that would work. Although I don't think what we ultimately found is an antique, it is more likely from the 70's, it does work.

I had the basin and faucet placed off-centre, used an existing mirror and replaced the single overhead light with two sconces(that weren't going to work in the main bathroom as planned).

We also replaced the toilet but what the next photo really shows is the paint colour, Benjamin Moore Gossamer Blue that I had picked to match the fabric art piece I made earlier in the year.

Posts of the other bathrooms to follow soon.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!

I made and sent them this easel card:

And yes they are celebrating 50 years!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Scotch Teas

A little while back I was browsing at a thrift store and spied this book:

It reminded me of some of my Mother's cookbooks from the 60's. You know the ones where the recipes invariably turn out great. It was $2 so I picked it up.

It is actually from 1975 and has some terrific cookie recipes in it.

As I was looking through it last weekend, I noticed a recipe for Scotch Teas. They reminded me of the Oat Bars from Starbucks so gave them a try:

They turned out exactly as pictured in the cookbook but are sweeter than Starbucks Oat Bars. Even so, I would make them again and Brittany loved them!

Here's the recipe with only 5 ingredients:

1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 cups quick-cooking rolled oats
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

In saucepan combine sugar and butter, cook and stir until butter melts, remove from heat.
Stir in oats, baking powder and salt.
Turn into greased 8x8x2 inch baking pan. Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.
Cookies will not appear set(and they really don't), but will harden upon cooling.
Cool, cut into bars, makes 24.