Friday, July 29, 2011

Easy Felt Flowers

A few weeks back I was at Michaels and saw some really cute felt flowers. I almost bought a few before I stopped and thought "I could totally make these". So instead I went to the felt aisle and bought some of that. Turns out I was right and these pretty little felt flowers are incredibly easy to make. One took me about 15 minutes!

You'll need 8 felt hearts - 4 small and 4 medium. I just free-handed the first of each size and then traced the rest. You'll also need something round for the centre of your flower. I used a Christmas ball since it was the right size and had a wire already attached for a stem but you could use anything round.

Start by hot gluing your small hearts evenly to your round centre.

Next glue your medium hearts underneath the layer of small hearts, filling in the gaps.

There are really no rules for how you attach your petals. My goal was to cover the base of the Christmas ball so that it looked more like a flower instead of a Christmas decoration with felt glued to it!

Since my ball already had wire attached, my flower was complete. You could hot glue wire or a pipe cleaner for a stem or don't even bother with a stem if you're going to put your flower on a wreath or similar. I'm displaying my pretty blue flower in one of my upcycled enamel bottles for now but I plan to make more for a new wreath I'm working on!

Happy long weekend to my fellow Canadians!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Caramel Nut Pie

It is hot outside! So hot that we haven't turned our oven on in weeks - everything gets cooked out on the grill. And since we now have a Traeger Grill I can bake outside too as it uses wood pellets and provides even temperatures across the cooking surface. And before you start wondering, no I'm not being paid by Traeger to endorse their product, we just genuinely love our grill. Recently I made a Caramel Nut Pie. The following directions are for use on a Traeger but I'm sure you could adapt them for use in a regular oven as well. It would be worth the effort as this pie is delicious!

1 prepared pie crust
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
3/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 tsp. flour
3/4 tsp. vinegar
3 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup walnut halves

Arrange pie crust in heat resistant pie plate; set aside. Combine all of your ingredients except the walnuts in a mixing bowl; beat well until blended. Spread walnuts evenly over bottom of pie crust; pour sugar mixture over nuts.

Start your grill on smoke with lid open until fire is established (about 5 minutes) allow grill to pre-heat for 10 minutes; switch setting to High (450 degrees on thermostat). Place pie in centre of grill; close lid and cook 10 minutes. Switch setting to Medium (300 degrees on thermostat), cover and cook 30 minutes or until pie is set. Remove from grill and cool.

This pie tastes like a giant butter tart. I served it with whipped cream and fresh strawberries from our garden and it was so good that it didn't last the weekend! And it was so simple to make that I already had all of the ingredients in the house. Definitely give this one a try - and even better if you make it outside!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Magnetic Calendar - July

Well I've been completely MIA for a while with a week of vacation and then family obligations and somehow July arrived! I can hardly believe that it's already July 7 - I didn't get a chance to wish my fellow Canadians a happy Canada Day or my American friends a happy Independence Day. I'll assume you had a great one all the same :)
Now that we're in a new month it's time for another magnetic calendar!

This month was all about summer, sunshine and the beach! Here are some close ups so you can see some of the stickers and other elements I used. I think my favourite is the little pitcher of lemonade!

For more information about how I made my calendars or to see the months I've completed so far just click here. And if you decide to make your own please be sure to comment here so I can check it out!