I've had this project saved in my "files", just waiting for the perfect time to share it with you. The time is now! I spotted this DIY project over at Skip To My Lou and I think it's really fun. With some oil cloth and a sewing machine you can create some really bright, fun and useful book covers. You could make textbook covers or you could create journal covers or a Bible cover or even a magazine-folder. Add a bigger pocket if you need to stash bigger items or leave the pocket off for an even quicker project. And if you are one of my 15 sisters, don't be surprised if you get one some Christmas or birthday....
I know, I know! I played hookie on Friday and didn't get the Friday Recipe out to you. But I have a reeeeaaaly good excuse, I promise! Here is my excuse:
This is my newest nephew and he has stolen my heart. It was a busy week getting ready for his arrival and so, the Friday Recipe sorta got pushed to the back of the line. However...
In a way I'm glad I put it off because I had totally forgot that Pioneer Woman on Food Network debuted this weekend! I have read Ree's blog for years and I was so excited for her tv show to start. So when I finally got home on Sunday night, sat down to watch a little tv and realized Ree's show was on my dvr, I was in hog heaven. She made chicken fried steak & mashed potatoes, something my grandma made out on the farm on a regular basis. Ree also made a Marinated Tomato Salad which was not exactly something we ate but we did have our own version: take carrots, tomatoes and celery and marinate them in Good Seasons Italian dressing. So for me, this show was like coming home. If you are a country girl at heart or you want to learn how to make good-'ole-stick-to-your-ribs-country-food be sure to record Pioneer Woman.
So in honor of Ree's new show... our Friday Recipe... On Monday.... will be the Marinated Tomato Salad Ree prepared and I will definitely be making it because I have lots of tomatoes ripening out back and my basil needs to be lopped off again. Sorry if I let you down on Friday but I hope your weekend was as special as mine was.
I have been meaning to share this site for quite some time, but you know me, I get distracted. I have been using this site for years now because I am a Photoshop Elements User, otherwise known as PSE. I would LOVE to have the full version of Photoshop because it does so many cool things BUT my laptop would roll it's eyes at me and say, "Yeah, right." if I tried to install a program that huge on it. And it's a bit pricey. But God bless Adobe, they have a slimmed down version of Photoshop called Photoshop Elements (PSE) and it does almost as much at the full version for a fraction of the price.
However...one of the few things that PSE does not do that the full version does is run standard "actions". Actions are like tiny little programs that run within the software itself to accomplish a certain job. For instance, if you want to turn your color photo into a sepia toned photo, you just click on the "action" and it automatically does the work for you. Now, there are TONS of actions out there, and they generate some beautiful photos. But us PSE users were not able to run actions at all until recently and even now, we can only use actions that were specifically created for PSE. You guessed it, the PSE-specific actions are hard to find.
And this is where the blog CoffeeShop comes in: Not only do they give you wonderful tips about working in PSE, they have a bazillion FREE PSE actions. You heard me, FREE! And they generate some GORGEOUS photos. I have downloaded dozens of their actions and I use at least one every time I post pics here on the blog.
Here are some examples from their site:
See what I mean? Such an easy fix and such great payoff! So stroll on over to CoffeeShop and download some fun actions!!
Just like trends in clothing, there are trends within the DIY crowd. One particular trend I am intrigued by right now is the repurposing of wooden crates. Wooden crates are not expensive, easy to find and apparently very versatile. They already have that worn-in-charm and the color of the wood is aged and rustic. Besides the adorable little bench above, check out some of the DIY projects I've found:
I just popped my phone out of the case then used the case as a guide to trace the shape.
I used scissors and my craft knife to cut out the shape, remembering to cut out the camera hole.
I slid the paper into the back of the case; I had to do some light adjusting, a snip here & there.
I popped my phone back in and voila! The whole project took less than 20 minutes, and that includes stopping to take pictures for you. Totally worth it!
Chicken is one of my favorite meats, I love how versatile it is and how well it adopts flavors. This fresh and Asian inspired recipe from Bon Appetit might remind of you of a certain lettuce-wrap dish you can order at a certain famous Asian restaurant.... Light and east to whip up, you'll be in and out of the kitchen with plenty of time to enjoy the last of the summer days.
Printables are the generosity-currency of the blog world. Seriously, bloggers are so kind and share the cutest, most inspirational items for free. I'm kind-of-a-sucker for a printable. And if you have been around here for a while, you have at times been bombarded with the printables I find out there in blog-land. But I have been a good girl, I haven't done that lately. In fact, I don't even remember the last time I shared a printable with you. So to make up for lost time.....
I know some of you have young'ins. I know because many of them are my nieces and nephews! What a great little DIY project to help your kids start learning how to save their own pennies.