December 24, 2016

life lately

On the 12th day of blogmas
thanks so much for reading and keeping up with me this month!
merry christmas eve!!

December 20, 2016

oreo truffles

On the 10th day of blogmas
36 Oreos, divided (original, not doublestuf)
1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
16-oz almond bark, candy melts, or melted chocolate (white, milk, or dark)
Extra melting chocolate for decoration

Set a long sheet of wax paper over a cookie sheet, set aside. Place 36 Oreos in a food processor (entire cookie, don't remove cream filling) and pulse to fine crumbs. Pour crushed Oreos into the bowl of a stand mixer along with cream cheese and mix on low speed until well combined. Scoop mixture out and form into 1/2 inch balls. Align on prepared cookie sheet and place truffles in freezer for 15 minutes.

Melt almond bark, candy melts, or chocolate according to directions on the package. Remove truffles from freezer and dip in melted chocolate and use a spoon to pour some chocolate over the to then lift and allow excess chocolate to run off. Return to baking sheet.

I used melted white chocolate in a piping bag to decorate the top of the truffles. Allow the chocolate to set and then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

December 16, 2016

christmas hair tutorial

On the 8th day of blogmas
Today I'm talking about a simple up-do for any upcoming holiday events. I added 5 golden rings ;) for a Christmas touch. (This would also be really cute in the summer with little flowers or for a wedding with a sparkly hair pin!)

Supplies: spin bobby pins, bobby pins, clear elastics, 5 gold rings

1. Start with pigtail dutch braids. Divide hair down the middle, and use a light zig-zag motion to part so the hairline doesn't look too perfect and obvious. Start each braid at least 3 inches back from the hairline and don't braid super tight. Complete two dutch braids and secure with clear elastics. Pull apart the braid pieces to give a fuller and relaxed look.
2. Use the two braids to tie a knot. For long hair, tie a second knot and let it sit above the first. Use two spin bobby pins to secure the braid knots. Angle them down and toward the middle part. Crossing them will provide the best hold.
3. Wrap the left over braids under and over the braid knot. Secure with bobby pins as you lay the braids in place.
4. Add 5 gold rings! I did the same thing as this but cut the wire so there wasn't an overlap. Open the rings and place them in pairs or alone. Squeeze the rings closed.
5. Finishing touches! Look in a mirror to adjust the face framing of the up-do. Pull out little pieces around the hairline and pull the beginning of the braid looser so it has more of a relaxed swoop in to the braid instead of being pulled straight back from the hairline. If the hairline in the back is too obvious, loosen the hair on either side that goes in to the dutch braid. The loose hair and the imperfect part will help cover it.

December 14, 2016

diy christmas sign

On the 7th day of blogmas
This idea came about when I realized that one of my previous DIY Halloween decorations could be made into a 2-in-1 holiday decoration. Last year, my cousins and I made these for our October craft club. I love having it up on the mantel through Thanksgiving. How convenient would it be if I could just turn it around and have a Christmas decoration on the back side?! So I went to work.

I stained and white washed the back side and found a template of one of my favorite Christmas lyrics. In a basic photo application, I flipped the image so it was mirrored. I used excel to spread the image over 2 pages so it would be large enough for my wood board (the wood is 15"x18"). When I was ready to transfer the image to my wood board, I used this tutorial for wax paper transfers. This took me 4 attempts to get a good print. I found that taping the wax paper to a sheet of printer paper helped the process. When I finally got one that was the best, I applied the wax paper to the wood. Unfortunately the best I could get out of my printer was smudged at the very edge but I was careful to not apply that part of the ink. Then I printed the second half of the image and repeated. A couple pieces of scotch tape helped to hold the 2nd sheet of wax paper in place after I lined up the words.

Once my template was on the board, I used a skinny sharpie to outline the design and draw the edge that didn't print well. I finished by coloring everything in with a big, black sharpie. This took a little bit of time but was easy to do while watching something on TV. I love how it turned out!


December 12, 2016

life lately

On the 6th day of blogmas
What I've been up to lately!

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