Monday, March 31, 2014

Come join me this Saturday at Pirate O's in Draper, Utah for a fabulous meet-n-greet event of the Vintage Yard Sale Utah group!  Join me in celebrating one year of a little idea that grew and grew to be a huge group of women & men who love & treasure vintage finds!  We've made new friends and associations and had our share of drama on this little Facebook group but oh, what fun we've all had!

Hope to see ALL of you there...we are having a raffle with some fun prize giveaways! 
Information on the picture below!



Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fabric Scrap Banner

I am in love with fabric!!  Who isn't?
There are so many ways to mix and match colors and fabric designs to make so many cool things!  
What I love best about this project is that not only is it super easy, but I was able to use up scrap pieces of fabric, my vintage lace and some other ribbons cuttings I've had stashed away...they were all too pretty to toss!

I pulled out my cutting tools & cutting mat and began working on these spring garlands...the fabric is from Riley Blake Designs and I'm loving the grey/yellow combination! 

www.rileyblakefabrics.com 

Look how fun these yellows & grays are!
Riley Blake has the coolest Union Jack fabric!

So, to get started.  First, you lay out your fabric on a cutting board and use your Fiskar cutters or a pair of scissors.  As you can see, I didn't even iron the fabric...no need!  

Cut 10 - 12 strips of one fabric in 16 inches length x 2 inches wide.  Then repeat with the next fabric but this time cut them in 24 inch strips (10-12 each) and repeat with another fabric but cut them 36 inches x 2 inches wide and continue on with additional fabrics...any longer then 36 inches is probably too long.  The varying lengths gives the garland the thickness and detail that makes it so pretty!



Next, take your fabric strip and tie it in a slip knot around the ribbon or twine you are using to hang your banner from.


After you've tied one of the strips to the ribbon, began adding the other strips and alternate fabrics so no two fabrics are next to each other...I hang my ribbon or twine onto the wall so I can see my progress as I go...

After you are done tying on the fabric strips, add ribbons, lace and anything else you have that would add to the garland.  I added some bling by tying some silver, sparkle netted ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby.  

Next you can make your mini banner.  You can use cardboard banners in a package, paint them and stencil or just cut one out of scrapbook paper.  I decided to use this paper I found at Michael's!  It's chalk paper on a heavy cardstock and comes in all the spring colors!  I LOVE this paper!  I just cut the paper into a pennant shapes, punched two holes at the top right and left of the pennant and then string your ribbon through. Again I added a touch of bling by using the silver glitter string.  Using a piece of chalk write whatever words inspire you...the more pennants you add, the longer the word...I chose "Spring"  





Now take the pennant banner and hang across your fabric strips and tie it on each end...and that's it!  
You are done!  Now stand back and look at what you've created...doesn't it feel good?


Use up any extra fabric you have around the house to make a variety of fabric scrap banners. Use them for birthdays, gifts, anniversary parties, graduations, baby showers or any occasion!




Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reserve your Spot!

Save your spot with just $75 down (remaining balance due by May 6, 2014)
Details, price & itinerary just to the left on the "About the Retreat" button!  Ready to sign up?  Just email me at reclaimyourselfretreat@gmail.com 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Craft Channel is Sponsoring!!

Meet Lori Allred 


*Crafter Extraordinaire*
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I'm really excited to have this amazing woman join us for our June retreat!  She is an inspiration to me in so many ways and she's gonna come and teach us some crafty goodness!

Go check out her blog here!
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Read her inspirational journey here
www.helloeverydaylife.com 

Here she is on My Craft Channel!  Take a look!
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Thanks "My Craft Channel" for being a sponsor at June's retreat!  


Go here: www.mycraftchannel.com to see what it's all about!

Hurry!  Only 10 spots left for the June 5, 6, 7 & 8th retreat!

Email me at reclaimyourselfretreat@gmail.com to get signed up and I will email you an invoice.

Look for this button on the left of the blog for more information

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Want a fun idea for St. Patrick's Day...if you haven't done anything yet...then hurry!  There's still time before the kids get out of school!  

Try this recipe here:


Rainbow Cupcakes
Ingredients
    Cupcakes:
  • 1 white cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • Frosting:
  • 3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups), room temperature
  • 6 cups powdered sugar
  • 5 Tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract (or just use all vanilla extract)
  • Dash of salt

Instructions
  1. For the Cupcakes: Combine all ingredients until incorporated (about 30 seconds). Scrape sides of bowl and then beat on med-high speed for 3 minutes.
  2. Divide batter according to how many colors you are using. I used 5 colors and it worked out to a little over 1 cup for each color.
  3. Use food coloring to color batter to desired intensity. Wilton brand gel colors have the brightest colors and wont thin your batter. They can be found at Walmart or Michaels.
  4. To get a layered stripe like I used, you'll want to put a spoonful of each color in the cupcake one at a time. The batter is thick, so it won't spread on it's own. A great tip is to set out a little bowl of water where you're working. Dip your finger in the water and then gently spread the batter out. The water will make it so the batter doesn't stick to your fingers.
  5. Another tip is to use a measuring spoon and some water to measure out how many teaspoons/tablespoons are going to fit in your cupcake. Then divide that by how many colors you have so you know how much of each color to use for each cupcake. For my 5 colors, it worked out perfectly with 2 t of each color in each cupcake. So I put in 2 t of blue in the bottom of each cupcake and spread it out with my finger. Then I put in 2 t of green on top of that, then yellow, etc.
  6. Bake them according to the package directions, until a toothpick comes out dry. Makes around 15 cupcakes.
  7. Frost with your favorite frosting. Fancy it up by putting the frosting in a ziplock bag. Cut of the corner of the side of the bag and you have an instant frosting decorating bag.
  8. For the frosting: Add butter and powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  9. Add the coconut extract, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix until combined.
  10. Gradually add milk (you may not need all of it) and beat for 2-3 minutes until fluffy.
  11. Frost cooled cupcakes. Add rainbow colored sprinkles if desired.
Notes
cupcakes from OurBestBites ; frosting from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Read more at http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/03/because-life-isnt-always-rainbows-and.html#CMiD6iEm68EF7SPI.99



Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spring is Here!!!

I love spring and all the colors that come with it!  

I'm excited also because all of the yard sales, vintage markets & farmer's markets begin....

This week I'll be a seller at 

The Vintage Whites Market 

Looking for a fun & unique vintage market to attend in Salt Lake City? Come to the Utah State Fairgrounds on March 8th from 10-5 to shop Utah, Montana, Idaho, & Washington's best vintage & antique vendors! 

Our market will feature live music, a fashion show, great food & drink, a free photo booth, fresh produce & flowers, demonstrations, fun with Hearth Magazine & Vive Juicery, and more!!

Our vendors specialize in furniture, decor, antiques, clothing, and architectural salvage! We couldn't be more excited. We've worked hard to bring you an event that is more fun than your typical antique show! 

$6 admssion (kids 12 and under are free) AT THE DOOR









Come find me at booth #36 and say hello!