Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Bunny, Chick, and Basket

Original design created by Amy Stevens 

With Easter just around the corner I couldn't resist making up a cute decoration for my Sculpy Collection. 

I was so excited to show everyone that I didn't write out directions on how to make these little guys. But instructions will be posted within the next couple of days. 

I hope you enjoy me latest creation. Come back soon to see the instructions and find out what I'm working on next! 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Make-up Magnet Board

So, since I've been working on getting my home organized and beautified I haven't had much time to make projects. But I thought I'd mix it up and share a simple but pretty way to get your make-up off your counters and out of your draws with a simple magnet board.

All you need:
14x14" piece of fabric
12x12" piece of galvanized metal
String and/or Ribbon
Elmer's glue
Super glue
Strong Magnets
Make-up articles
(or whatever you want to put on the board)

Iron your fabric so there won't be wrinkles. Place your fabric right side down on a table, and place your metal in the middle. Generously spread 1/2" of Elmer's glue (super glue doesn't work on fabric) on one edge of the metal. Fold the fabric over the side and press on to the glue.

I spread the glue around after I pressed the fabric onto it to make sure it was even, and get rid of any bumps. I also used the magnets to keep the fabric from moving, just make sure if you do, that the magnet isn't touching any glue or wet fabric. Unless you want to make it a permanent fixture. :)

After that is dry, do the opposite side. Try to pull the fabric a little taught. (This is where the magnets come in handy.)

Once the second side is dry, move on to the next two sides. I just did both at the same time because I knew the fabric wasn't going to move.

If you have enough magnets you could probably do all sides at once, but it may make it hard when you pull the fabric tight.

Next, I carefully put super glue on the magnets and glued them to my make-up articles. I used super glue because my magnets are really strong & if the glue isn't strong enough the magnet will just pop right off and stick to board. (By the way, if you get super glue on you, just use fingernail polish remover with acetone and it will come right off.)

I have a bag that holds all of my brushes and small items. I didn't glue this one, I just placed the magnet on the inside of the bag.

When everything is ready to put on the wall, tie a loop on both ends of your string or ribbon. Loop it around opposite corners, and you're ready to put it on the wall.

This is a fun and easy way to keep your make-up out of the way, easily accessible, and organized.


Monday, February 17, 2014

Sculpting Tips

As I'm getting back into the swing of things I figured I would mention a few tips and tricks for when you start making your own creations. I will continue updating this post as I find out new things and have pictures to illustrate what I mean.

1. Never bake polymer clay at a higher temperature than what is recommended on the package. If you  do you will burn the clay and it will emit a toxic gas. You might even get brown or blackened spots or even cracks on your piece. I suggest getting an oven thermometer and check your oven temperature before you bake each item. Sometimes even the weather can alter temperatures. Or you could just have an unreliable oven like I do. :)

2. If you want to have a larger sculpture, but are worried about cracks, or uneven baking, use tin foil!
Roll the tin foil tightly into a slightly smaller shape than you want it to be when you are finished. Cover the tin foil with 1/8-1/4" thickness all around it. This is a great way to cut back on the amount of product you use, make the piece lighter in weight, and prevent cracks in your clay after baking.

3. If your clay is hard for you to handle, you will want to condition it by running it through a conditioning roller, working it in your hands until it's supple, or microwaving it for 5 to 10 seconds. Personally, I don't like using the microwave. I like using the conditioning roller because it saves my hands, and it does the job nicely. Try them out yourself, and let me know what you think.

4. When joining two pieces of clay together always swivel the joint back and forth enough to make a really good seal. If you don't it will just pop either in the baking process or afterwards, and then you'll have to use a glue to replace the part. Just sayin', it's a pain. Try to avoid it if you can.

5. When trying to make a facial feature that is indented, instead of starting on the head itself, practice on a scrap piece of clay first until you are comfortable with what you are doing. It's much easier to do it once on the final piece than trying to smooth it out 3-4 times before you get it right, smudging what you'd done prior to that in the process. Trust me. :)

I hope these are as helpful to you as they are to me. I'd love to hear from you about your experiences, tips and tricks too. I'll keep you updated if I learn anything new. Have fun, and check back soon for my next creation.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

On the upturn!!

Hey everyone! After a very long haul, we have gone between North Carolina, Idaho, California, and are finally going to be settling in Georgia within two weeks. Yay!!! Once we get all of our things moved in, and start unpacking you should begin seeing more from me. I'm sorry it's been such a long time, but I'm getting excited to start sharing new things with all of you. Check back in two weeks to see my latest creation.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Delayed Posts

Hello everyone, I apologize I haven't posted anything for a while! We are, once again, in the middle of another move across the country. I hope to get a few more posts up before Christmas, but please be patient with me since things are a little hectic at home. I hope you are all enjoying this wonderful season.

Have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Brownie-Fruit Pizza

Rich chocolate with flavorful fruit. Just plain yummy!

3/4 C. Sugar
3 Tbsp. Butter, softened
2 Tbsp. Cocoa Powder
1 Tbsp. Oil
1 Egg
2/3 C. Flour 
1/4 C. Vanilla Greek Yogurt
1 (11 oz.) Can Mandarin Oranges
1 Peach (fresh or canned)
1 C. Blueberries (fresh or canned)
1 C. Blackberries (fresh or canned)
1/4 C. Walnuts or Pecans, crushed
1/4 C. Chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 12" Pizza pan or 9x13" casserole dish, set aside. In a small bowl mix sugar and butter until smooth. Add cocoa powder, oil, and egg; mix until smooth. Add flour 1/3 C. at a time, mix well. Spoon into pizza pan or casserole dish. Grease fingers and press batter into corners and around edges until even. Bake for 20 minutes on top rack. 

Prepare fruit while brownie is baking. Cut peach into bite size pieces. If using frozen berries, microwave for 30 seconds to 1 minute. When brownie comes out of the oven. Spoon yogurt over the brownie evenly. Place fruit randomly over the top. Sprinkle walnuts over fruit. Place chocolate chips in a ziplock bag and place in microwave for 15 seconds remove and smoosh chocolate chips, repeat until smooth. Clip a small amount of plastic off of one corner of the ziplock bag and drizzle over the top of the fruit pizza. Serve warm.

Serves 8-12. 


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Waldorf Salad

Quick and easy tasty treat! Serve as a salad, appetizer, or even a light desert. 

2 Apples
2 Tbsp. Water
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1/2 C. Walnuts
1/2-3/4 C. Chopped Dates
1 (8 oz) Tub Whipped Cream Cheese

Chop apples into small pieces. Place apples in a medium bowl. Mix water and lemon juice; pour over the apples and toss to keep from browning. If walnuts are whole or halved, place in a plastic bag and smash with a cup or mallet. Add walnuts dates and whipped cream cheese to apples and stir until cream cheese is evenly distributed. Chill until served. 

If serving as an appetizer serve with crackers (ritz are great). 
If serving as a light desert, serve with vanilla wafers.