Saturday, December 8, 2018

Handmade Ornaments From Friends

I started to transition from a more traditional tree to a shabby chic tree a few years ago. I have been doing swaps here and there with my crafty friends. These are just a few of the shabby beauties that hang on my tree making it shabby and beautiful!

this one was made by Lorelle

these two were created by Nichola

I don't remember who made this one. It was several years ago, but I just love the Tilda feel of it. 

This one was created by Maggie

Unfortunately, I don't remember who created this one. It is a beauty!!!!

This is the tree topper I created for our little shabby tree <3

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Christmas Ornaments!!

so.... I may be obsessed with making Christmas ornaments. I swear I could make them all year long... and I just might! Here are two I created this week. This first one I made using printables from Pixie Hill Studio. She inspires me so much. Loving these little matchbox fairies!

  I created this one for my daughter. If you would like to see how I put this together. I should have a video up in the n ext couple of days. Amylove YouTube

 Please let me know what you think! More ornaments to come because I can't help myself lol
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Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christmas Doily Mini

Hi everyone! Amylove here to share my latest project. I have been so busy the last few months it was nice to finally have a few days to create. This is something I have wanted to work on for quite a long time and I am so pleased with how it turned out! And of course... most of the doilies, trims, laces, and embellishments came from KS4U

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! 

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Meal Prepping!! Let's do this!

Amylove here dusting off the cobwebs on my blog lol!

Meal Prep for the week of Oct. 1st.  My fiancĂ© has been working on a big job this summer. He is only home on the weekends. But he is just as serious (if not more so) than me about his diet. We make a deliberate effort to make all of our own meals so that we are clear about the ingredients. I make enough meals on Sunday to get him through the week out of town. So.... here is what is on the menu this week!

I like to make something simple on Mondays since he has such a long drive to the job, this Monday he's having sloppy joes, with organic bread, and oven roasted potatoes. Here is the sloppy Joe recipe I am using:
Sloppy Joes

He has some pork chops in the freezer at the job, so for Tuesday he's gonna bake those in the oven, and I am sending a jar of organic sauerkraut, and preparing a broccoli salad to accompany the meal. I don't remember where I found the recipe for the broccoli salad... I kinda make it up as I go every time I make it lol. Here's what I did this time:
2 cups of organic fresh broccoli florets
1 small red onion chopped
1 package of uncured bacon cooked and crumbled
1 cup of organic red grapes sliced in half
a squeeze of lemon
and organic mayo to your taste
salt and pepper to your taste

I just mix this all together and presto!! Yumminess!

Pizza for Wednesday!! NO.... not delivery... home made every time!! We don't eat a lot of pizza but it is one of my FAVS!! Him and I have very different opinions on what should go on a pizza! I'm not having pizza this week so this is based on how he likes his pizza. I purchase multigrain pizza dough at my local grocery store ( it is not organic but the ingredients pass the -every once a while- test). The dough will be topped with nearly a jar of organic marinara. He likes so much sauce that he will have to eat the pizza with a utensil other than his hands. He will use any remaining sauce to dip the pizza in once it is baked. I will chop all of the toppings up today so they will be ready to put on the pizza. I am chopping 1 green pepper, 1 red pepper, 1 onion, a bunch of mushrooms, he will also add a can of diced tomatoes, and anchovies. He prefers to top his pizza with organic blue cheese.

Towards the end of the week I prepare something Vegan or Vegetarian for two reasons... 1. I am preparing all of the food on Sunday so the food could go bad before it gets eaten. 2. We both feel that meat is over consumed and that there are health benefits to eating less meat. So for Thursdays meal I am preparing Vegan Jambalaya. We both just love this dish!

I like to make something special on Sunday nights since it's our last meal together for the week. Tonight I am preparing uncured brat worst (because I love German food), with oven roasted Brussels sprouts, and Sauteed Cabbage and Apples! Sounds good..... I'll let you know lol.

We use organic ingredients about 90% of the time. I realize this is not an option for everyone. It is very costly. We choose to eat out less, go less places that cost money so that we can eat this way. This lifestyle is a priority for us. It has literally changed my life and I will be sure to share my experience in a future blog post. Thanks for having a read through. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or try any of the recipes. Here's to your health!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Making Beautiful Gift Bags

Hi everyone! I'm excited to share with you my first Helmar creation! When I received my product I was flooded with ideas!! I am always in need of pretty packaging so that is where I began. I was eager to see how well the Craft & Hobby PVA Glue would work for decoupage and it works amazingly!!!
Materials needed:
Glassine bags
Pretty napkins
Helmar Craft & Hobby PVA Glue
Paint brush
plastic wrap

To prepare the napkins, I begin by separating the layers.


I use a small paint brush dipped in water to outline the images I want to use and then gently tear out image from napkin.


This gives the edges a softer look and allows the image edges to more easily blend in to the project.


Due to the delicate napkin and the amazing consistency of the glue, I diluted the glue just a bit. I used the ratio of 4 parts glue to 1 part water. I applied the diluted glue to the bag with a paint brush, only adding the glue where I want to adhere the image.


I lay the image over the glue and then wrap my finger in plastic wrap to smooth out the image.


I then add the diluted glue over the top of the image working from the middle out.


The bags turned out beautifully and make the perfect pretty packaging!



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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Beautiful Cards Featuring KS4U

Hi everyone!! I love the idea of homemade cards. I never feel like my cards turn out but it doesn't keep me from trying lol!! I made these lovely cards using metals, bling, flowers, and trim from KS4U

 I tried to keep this one simple because the person I am sending it to prefers a simpler style....but honestly I can't help but make it shabby!

I love this one! This one is so me!

and a birthday card for a friend <3

I hope you enjoy them!!

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Chunky Charm Dangles

I am still having to craft on my dining room table until we get moved next month. That makes for tough decisions when deciding what to create. All of my supplies are in the basement so I am constantly running up and down the stairs with baskets of supplies. I made the executive decision to work with my beads for a while as that doesn't make near the mess some of my other adventures produce. Luckily KS4U has a wide variety of charms, beads, and metals that are perfect for chunky charms! I thoroughly enjoyed creating them. These are the first chunky charms I have made. Please let me know what you think!

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

Feeding My Craft Addiction Haul

This my friends is why I want to be a designer when I grow up!!! Check out this month's Design Team Package from ks4u! I took a picture of every piece so you could see them up close!

These are the laces I picked out this month. Each one is perfect for ruffling, making flowers, or just dangling off of projects!!

I also got some great charms. KS4U has a great selection!

AND..... I took advantage of the flower sale!!!!

BLING!!! I had to have it!!! Check out the store for new bling!!!

and don't forget the doilies!!!!

 Get yourself over there and check out all of the amazing products and fantastic prices!! HAPPY SHOPPING!!

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Handmade Ornaments From Friends

I started to transition from a more traditional tree to a shabby chic tree a few years ago. I have been doing swaps here and there with my ...