Hi y’all! (There…I did it…it only took me two months to jump on the “southern accent” bandwagon!) I hope everyone has a nice Easter weekend and got to enjoy the beautiful signs of Spring! I know that we are certainly getting the pollen down here, so those colors should be popping out soon.
Are you ready? Here’s my two Tuesday this week:
As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I am always trying to find reasonable ways to make our rental home more “homey” and have some gems that I can take with us to our “real” home. I don’t know about you, but I always see those wall stickers with cute quotes at stores, like this. I always wonder to myself if you can REALLY put them on any surface and how easily they really come off painted walls. Being a rental home, I didn’t want to take a chance putting something that couldn’t or wouldn’t come off since it’s my first time trying these, so I decided to find quote I liked and stick it on canvas. The quote is like a big sticker that you pull off the backing and something like a plastic credit card or gift card to smooth it out. Since the particular quote I got came in about 5 different pieces, I laid each word out and centered it so I knew where it would go when I pulled the backing off. It was actually really easy to put on the canvas…I did however put a thick (clean) cutting board on the backside of the canvas to have more support to press the “sticker” against. After the quote was on the canvas, I was left with a white and black canvas…pretty boring, didn’t really match my decor, and definitely didn’t add color which is what I was hoping a wall hanging in that particular spot would do.
I am a huge fan of the watercolor art that you can find on many wall hangings nowadays and tried to figure out how I could incorporate that look into my wall hanging without taking away form the saying. I got a few ideas of styles and colors and watched a few YouTube videos about how to create a watercolor look with acrylic paints…and Voila! below is my final product. My husband thinks it looks really homemade, but I think it is very in style with today’s interior decor. What do you think?
I am one of those people that likes my coffee more beige than black…I can’t help it! My husband, on the other hand, likes his coffee very dark with about 2 drops of milk or cream. I know that creamers are not the healthiest option, but the flavors make make my mornings so much more colorful! Well, recently, hubs and I were at the local grocery and I was going to grab a bottle of creamer and he told me to look at the ingredients…I did, and realized that not only could I pronounce half of the ingredients, the ones I could pronounce were not the best for you. So, determined to have my coffee without a bunch of “junk,” I went onto to plan B…making my own creamer. If you HAVE to have creamer in your coffee and have about 5 minutes each week to make your own, I suggest you try it! I am finding that I spend about a quarter of what I used to spend on creamer and its a lot better for me!
Here’s what I do:
- 1 cups of half and half
- 1 teaspoon flavored extract (I used almond, but here is where you can really creative with flavors…I’m going to be trying coconut next week!)
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (use the good quality)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Agave (optional, to your liking for sweetness)
- In medium saucepan, add the half and half until it is warm.
- Remove from heat. Add vanilla, flavored extract, optional cinnamon and whisk in to combine.
- Cool to room temperature or use right away in your coffee.
- Once cooled, pour the creamer into a tall jar (I used an old creamer bottle), cover and store in fridge for up to 5 days.
- Shake well before each use.