Two for Tuesday

Hello Hello! I hope you are enjoying your week!  I certainly am having a nice start to my week as my birthday was yesterday and had a surprise vacation this past weekend.  As I mentioned in my last post, the hubs had a surprise vacation planned for my birthday weekend…the only thing I knew was that we were going to a beach about 3-4 hours away from where we live.  It turns out that we went to Port Aransas, “Port A”, a fishing town in Corpus Christi.  We had a really nice time and enjoyed checking out a few beaches a long the Gulf over the weekend.  It was very nice to take a break from looking at houses and a change of scenery! My hubs did a great job surprising me and had a little surprises along the way….a very nice trip!

Here is a picture of Dewey, my weimaraner, and I at the beach.  He was such a trooper and we were finally able to get him to go in the water with us!

Since I spent a good portion of the past week either at the beach or preparing for the beach, I wasn’t that adventurous with my cooking, but I did spend some creative time in my sewing room.  I have been very conscious about the amount of girl items made compared to boys and realized that I had been favoring the girls a little more.  Boy oh boy, I got into the boy theme though with trucks, planes, and trains.  I also snuck in a few cute items for the girls…my niece’s birthday is right around the corner and I needed a few cute things for her!  All of the items below will be posted shortly on my Etsy site!

new items

So, that wraps up my Two for Tuesday this week!  I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and look forward to getting back into the swing of things next week! Cheers!

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Two for Tuesday

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:

“Together” Sign

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?

painting

Coffee Creamer

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:

Ingredients
  • 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)
Instructions
  1. In medium saucepan, add the half and half until it is warm.
  2. Remove from heat.  Add vanilla, flavored extract, optional cinnamon and whisk in to combine.
  3. Cool to room temperature or use right away in your coffee.
  4. 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.
  5. Shake well before each use.

creamer

Enjoy!