Monday, August 12, 2013

DIY Heart String

Another wedding DIY craft attempt...mod podge hearts on a string. 

Mod Podge
Heart-shaped Balloons 

Step 1: Blow up a heart baloon about 1/4 of the way. Tie it off.
Step 2: Cut the yarn into several pieces. 
Step 3: Dip the yarn into the mod podge and wrap around the balloon. Repeat this until most of the balloon is covered.
Step 4: Let dry.
Step 5: Pop balloon and pull out of the heart. 
(Optional) Step 6: Run string through the hearts to create a string of hearts. I also added tulle in the center of my hearts. 

Time: 15 minutes per heart
Cost: $10 (includes Mod Podge; you will only use a small amount)

In case you need some tunes to go with your crafting:

Phillip Phillips "Gone, Gone, Gone"

Saw it! Pinned it! Did it!-Lace & Pearl Bracelet

I saw this Lace & Pearl Bracelet on Pinterest and I absolutely loved it. I thought it would be a great gift for my bridesmaids-to-be.

Here is what I used:
  • leather cording – 28″ is recommended
  • lace (hem tape lace is easier to use)
  • pearls – I used 16
  • thread
  • Needle (make sure the needle is thin enough to fit through the size 16 pearls)
  • Larger bead to connect (Optional)

Step 1: Cut cord into 2-16 inch pieces. Depending on the size of your wrist, you may need less or more. 
Step 2: String thread through needle and first piece of cord. String through pearl and then second piece of cord.
Step 3: String thread back through the same piece of cord. Add another pearl. And string through the first piece of cord. Repeat until you have reached the desired length. 
Step 4: Knot thread and cut remnants. 
Step 5: Wrap lace between cords and pearls on both sides (after doing this, you should not see the cord anymore).
Step 6: Tie lace around cord at the end. 
Step 7: On one side make two knots. One knot should be at the end of the pearl and the other about 3/4 inch. further (this is for the knot on the opposite side of the bracelet, in order to connect around your wrist). 
Step 8: Enjoy your new piece of jewelry. 

Crescent Roll Goodness

The days have seemed to becoming more busy as the semester approaches. Because of this, and some work potlucks, I have been busy doing some quick and cheap cooking. Crescent rolls are perfect for both of these. I love crescent rolls and you can use them for any course. Here are a few of my favorite easy recipes:

Crescent Roll Taco Bake

1 lb. Ground Beef
2 packages of Crescent Rolls
Cheddar Cheese
1 Package Taco Seasoning

Step 1: Brown ground beef. Add taco seasoning. 
Step 2: While beef is browning, prepare your crescent rolls. Spread crescent rolls in pie or square pan. See picture above. 
Step 3: Spread ground beef over the crescent rolls. Add desired amount of cheese on top.
Step 4: Wrap crescent rolls over the meat and cheese. TIP: don't overlap crescent rolls too much or they won't cook all the way through. 
Step 5: Cook at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes depending. The top should be golden brown. If you take it out too soon, you will find that some of the crescent rolls may not have cooked all the way through. 
Step 6: Add desired toppings to the piece of crescent roll taco bake. 
Step 7: Enjoy! :)

Buffalo Chicken and Chipolte Chicken Crescent Roll Bites

Ingredients for Buffalo Chicken:
1 lb. Chicken Breast
1 package Crescent Rolls
Cheddar Cheese
Hot Sauce
Blue Cheese Crumbles
2 tbsp.Butter (melted)

Chipolte Chicken:
1 lb. Chicken Breast
1 package Crescent Rolls
Chipolte Seasoning
Ranch Dressing
Cheddar Cheese
2 tbsp. Butter (melted)

Step 1: Boil chicken until cooked through. Then shred the chicken into small pieces.
Step 2: Mix Chicken and desired amount of other ingredients into a bowl. 
Step 3: Break Crescent Roll pre-made triangles in half. 
Step 4: Place crescent roll pieces on cookie sheet.
Step 5: Place some of the mixture in the center of each crescent roll piece.
Step 6: Wrap crescent roll over the mixture.
Step 7: Cook in over at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Step 8: Enjoy! :)