September 13, 2013

Fall Colours for Crafting

I love to paint! I think it is the mixing of colours to make new ones that I love most. I love to get out an old aluminium pie tin, squirt some blue, yellow, red, white, and black paint in nice little pools that almost touch, and start swirling the brush around until I get a shade I've never made before. And I'll never be able to make it again--I've learned that the hard way.

So when I found piles of lasercut wooden shapes on sale at Michaels I just had to snatch them all up and take them home and paint them. I wanted to make scrapbooking elements that are timeless, yet reflect the current colour trends. I ended up with a bunch of original colours and therefor a bunch of unique scrapbooking elements! Since we really need new tires, food, and all that jazz, they are going up for sale in my Etsy shop. Each one is one-of-a-kind. They are for sale individually, or you can buy all of the ones in a listing and get 25% off.

You could use these items to make lovely scrapbook pages, stick them on wreaths, add a ribbon and hang them on a Christmas tree, or whatever you like. The sky's the limit! Just be aware that I did not use any kind of sealer, so they will probably be best indoors.

Scrapbook Words Believe, Faith, or Peace
Inspirational words! Believe in Pumpkin Orange, Faith in Caribbean Teal, and Peace in Mossy Mint

Wooden @ At Sign Symbol of Lasercut Wood
You can get the "@" sign in either Oxblood (a lovely dark rich rose that was probably the most fun to mix of all) or in Calypso Coral.

Scrapbook Speech Bubble
I love these rectangular speech bubbles in Calypso Coral, Macaroni and Cheese Orange, and October Sky Blue (it really is just the colour of an October sky!) It's such fun coming up with colour names!

Scrapbook Wooden Doily Medallion Embellishments
These are so pretty! They remind me of doilies. There is a lacy diamond in Pumpkin Orange, a frilly round doily in Oxblood, and a pretty circle in Caribbean Teal.

Wooden & And Sign Symbol
For rustic weddings, signs, scrapbooks, or whatever use you have for an "and" sign, I have two: one in Vine Green and one in Mossy Mint. They are so very shabby chic!

Scrapbook Frame Oval Wooden Embellishment
These cute little frames look like they have tiny screws in them! One each in Pumpkin Orange, Calypso Coral, and Mossy Mint.

I will be listing more over the weekend, so keep checking my shop for new items!

September 12, 2013

Rainbow Jello FTW

Back in June, I volunteered to make goodies for my quilt guild meeting. I didn't have much money at all but figured I could come up with things that were delicious and impressive without being expensive. Rainbow Jello immediately came to mind! I have been seeing it all over Pinterest and the success pictures look amazing. It even reminded me of one of the coolest places we visited on our honeymoon nearly 6 years ago.

The Hall of Rainbows, Lookout Mountain

However, there was also this.

It's Almost a Double Rainbow Jello Fail


So I was a little hesitant. However, when I was telling Mama about my ideas for snacks, she surprised me by saying that she used to make rainbow jello all the time and that it was easy. She told me that the secret is to make sure the jello sets for at least three hours before adding the next layer. It takes a long, long, time, but it really does work! If you don't do it this way, the colours all bleed together and you get a blurry brownish mess.

And here's the (rather fuzzy, sorry!) proof!

As it turned out, almost no one ate any, so I ended up getting to keep most of it for myself, and believe me, I enjoyed it! I was a little worried that the flavours might not mix well, but they tasted wonderful together. I am definitely going to make Rainbow Jello again--when I actually have time to add a new layer every three hours!

So don't be intimidated by Rainbow Jello--it's really just like making regular Jello, but with an extra twist that isn't hard at all.

September 10, 2013

Bee Cute and Crafty

Don't you just love bees? They're small and striped and fuzzy, they make a happy buzzy sound, it tickles when they crawl up your arm, and best of all, they give us honey! I want to be a beekeeper someday like my great-grandfather was.

If you are like me and love bees, make sure you check out this cute FREE cross stitch pattern from Hancock's House of Happy on Craftsy. I really enjoy the preppy argyle in the heart.

While you're there, be sure to check out the other designs by Evenstar Hancock. She's brilliant!

September 9, 2013

Monday Spotlight: Nouveau Riche Soap

"We are a generation of daredevils. We are artists and musicians, self-sustaining gardeners, performers, designers, crafters and creators, plotters and planners- dream followers. Dream Catchers. We get down. We get dirty. We scrape by. Every day we re-define what it means to be “filthy rich”. Rich in culture; rich in love; rich in life."

This is the creed of L. Fukumitsu of Nouveau Riche Soap. When you look through her shop, you'll see that though the products are luxurious, you don't have to be nouveau riche to afford them. And oh, the packaging is beautiful!

Lavender, chamomile, and calendula...this would be so nice to relax with after a rough day.

Luxe Lavender Soap with Chamomile and Calendula

I admit I've never tried Pabst Blue Ribbon (I like Guinness and Sam Adams). But I know it's really popular right now, so if you are a fan, now you can lather up as well as drink up! I'll try not to call you a hipster.

Blue Ribbon PBR Soap Bar
Be sure to check the shop for a really good deal on three bars!

Here is the soap I've been dying to try ever since I saw it! With a name like Black Rose, the anti-blackhead properties, and that gorgeous packaging, it is just calling "Buy me! Buy me!"

Black Rose Facial Soap Bar

The great thing is, you can get a good deal if you want more than one bar of soap!

Any THREE Bars of Soap for $10.50

And for those of us who live in areas where mosquitoes hang around all year, Nouveau Riche makes an all-natural, pleasantly-scented insect repellant. It is alcohol-free, so it won't be drying, and with its aloe and witch hazel, it is actually good for your skin! How great is that?

Bug Banisher All Natural Alcohol-Free Insect Repellant

To me the best part about these products is that they are vegan friendly. I am not a vegan, but I would prefer that no animals need die so that I can wash my face!

See these gorgeous soaps as well as the others I didn't feature by visiting Nouveau Riche Soap on Etsy.

Happy Monday!