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Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Craft Room of My Own!

“The details are not the details. They make the design.” ~ Charles Eames

This is my beautiful new craft room! I'm slowly getting it done...piece by piece...

A Very Creative Picture Framer!

A friend of mine is a picture framer like me. She rocks with creativity! Recently she posted some framing projects that she has done on her blog. 

No one that I know would make a mat out of stained glass!

Go to her blog and pick your favorite framing project! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Floor Cloth FUN!

At our family reunion last month several of us brought canvas to make floorcloths. Most of them were 2' x 4'. Mine was 5' x 5'. You can buy the canvas at Home Depot. Made by Everbilt.

Before going to the reunion we primed our canvas. First I used spray paint primer outside, but it just didn't coat it too well so I decided to roll it on with a paint roller. Working in the garage, I laid down on a large piece of cardboard and rolled on a coat of interior wall paint. It covered the canvas much better. I used a neutral gray, but you could use any color for your background. For the actual design part, we used acrylics in the larger bottles & tubes with large artist paintbrushes.

Let the fun begin! I handed my camera to my friend, Margie and asked her to take as many pictures as she could: 

We laid the floor cloths in the sun to dry

Finished Floorcloths! The kids had so much fun doing this! Note: I didn't get a picture of some of the adult's finished floorcloths  

This is my finished floor cloth below. Now all I have to do is spray with a good protective finish. I think I'll use a Krylon clear coat on it.

Who says you can't get a little paint on you!  

How to Make A Decorative Chrysanthemum Mirror

I love flowers. I LOVE FLOWERS! I'm so going to make this...soon.

Chicken and Avocado Enchiladas

I LOVE avocados! I'm going to try this recipe as soon as I can.  I found this wonderful recipe on Closet Cooking.

Printable Recipe:

Servings: makes 4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup salsa verde
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt)
  • 2 avocados
  • 1 jalapeno, coarsely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, toasted and ground
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 handful cilantro
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 4 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups monterey jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 (7 inch) tortillas
  1. Puree the chicken broth, salsa verde, sour cream, avocados, jalapeno, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper, cilantro and lime juice in a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix the half of the sauce with the chicken, avocado, green onions and half of the cheese.
  3. Coat the bottom of a large baking dish with some of the sauce, wrap the chicken and avocado mixture in the tortillas and place them in the dish.
  4. Top the enchiladas with the remaining sauce and cheese and bake in a preheated 350F oven until the cheese has melted and the sides are bubbling, about 15-20 minutes.