Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Adding Puffy Paint to Flower Pots

I was stuck in the house because of the rain and needed a simple project to entertain myself with.  I went into the garage and dug through my flower pot collection and decided to do something fun to these plain white pots I had.

I thought about spray painting them a fun color but instead decided to add a little character with puffy paint.  What I love most about using puffy paint is that once the paint dries on a hard surface it can easily be scraped off, should I get bored with my new designs.

For the first pot, I added stickers and dotted around each one. I filled in the empty spaces with more dots. Simple and easy!

I love the way it sparkles!

For the second pot I added stickers to create a scalloped edge.  Once the paint dried I removed the stickers and filled in the bottom half of the pot with more dots.

I was having so much fun with this, I decided to add puffy paint to a third pot I had in my stash.

As you can see from the pictures, I simply added larger dots of paint around the rim of the flower pot.

The dried pots are waterproof.

There are so many great uses for puffy paint. I have used it on glass and fabric with great results.

I am linking this post to:
Funky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingTDC Before and AfterLove of Family and HomeWhipperberryUndertheTableandDreaming{ditto} DIY: Inspired Design for the Rest of Us

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

Lately I've been dreaming of spring.  I know it's still winter, but with cold temps and rain this week all I can do is think of spring and waking up to the sound of chirping birds. 

In an effort to pretend it's warm and sunny I decided to make a pitcher of strawberry lemonade.  The lemons remind me of sunshine.
I enjoyed sipping on this cold, freshly made drink at home especially when things are a little gray outside.  So if it's dreary in your neck of the woods, try this recipe!

1/2 lb strawberries (about 1 1/2 cups), trimmed and halved 
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 5 lemons) 
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar 
3 cups cold sparkling water (also known as club soda) 

Puree strawberries with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a blender until smooth, then strain the mixture to remove the seeds. Stir together strawberry puree remaining lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and sparkling water in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Taste, add more sugar if desired. Serve over ice.

recipe adapted from http://www.epicurious.com/

Monday, February 11, 2013

Meeting Young House Love and Bower Power

Today I am super excited to share with you a bunch of photos from the Young House Love book signing that I recently attended!  After receiving their book in the mail, I was happy to be able to meet them and have my copy of their book signed.

The event was held last Thursday at FLOR here in Atlanta.

I attended the event with my beautiful friend and fellow blogger Erin. If you have a moment, please visit her blog and check out her wedding video.

Lucky for us, Erin works close by and was able to head over early and secure a spot in line for us. 

The weather didn't cooperate, but that didn't keep people away.  The line was long, but I knew there would be a lot of people there.  It was so nice to see so many folks come out and support John and Sherry.

I am greatly inspired by Young House Love and Bower Power and wanted to show my appreciation somehow.  They are authentic and consistent on their blogs and make you feel like a friend, even if you haven't had the pleasure of meeting them!

From reading their blogs, I knew how much Sherry and Katie enjoyed decorating with throw pillows.  So I decided to make them felt dahlia pillows.

I tried to choose colors that I thought would work best in their homes.

After finishing the first pillow for John and Sherry, I looked through my stash decided to make an extra pillow for Clara's playroom as well.

I worried about them not liking them and told them they could throw them away if they choose!  But based on their comments and the comments from the people in line around me, I think they'll keep them around. ;)

After waiting in line to meet John and Sherry, we stood in another line to meet Katie, Jeremy and baby Weston.


As soon as I saw Katie I got nervous, but she is so down to earth and so easy to talk to that after a few short seconds I no longer felt anxious.  I went on and on about how much I loved her and how funny she is.

When I gave Katie her pillow, she said she was going to cry.  I begged her not to!  OMG, I didn't want to be the one that made her cry! LOL!

I am so happy I had the opportunity to meet them and share that experience with my friend Erin.  

I am linking this post to: Savvy Southern Style
WhipperberryTidyMom Grab button for Green Willow PondFine Craft GuildFunky Junk InteriorsIt's OverflowingUndertheTableandDreaming