Monday, December 26, 2011

DIY Picture Tiles

I got this idea from Crunchy Betty! As soon as I saw them and how easy and inexpensive they looked to make, I knew I wanted to try.

Katie and I decided to make some as Christmas gifts for our parents and then also for our younger brother, Michael and our new sister-in-law, Lauren. We had some photos of us as kids, and then some photos from Michael and Lauren's wedding.

We got everything we needed one Saturday afternoon and it took us like ten mintues to do eight tiles.

What we used:
slate tiles from Lowe's, they were 37 cents each
a paint brush
scissors
our photos printed on regular paper

We made our photos 4x4 inches before we printed them and used the 3.8" square tiles





After we cut the photos out we "painted" Mod Podge onto the back of the photo


Then placed it square on the tile

Then Katie trimmed off the part that was hanging off (we couldn't decide if it would be better to have the paper flush with the tile or to wrap it over the edges, so we a little of both)

Then we just "painted" more Mod Podge over the photo on the tile
The Mod Podge dries clear and they all turned out better than expected!
These picture tiles can be hung with picture hangers or you can make smaller ones into magnets (this size would probably be too heavy) or Crunchy Betty said to put some kind of waterproofing on it and turn them into coasters.




A few days later we made tiles out of these photos for Michael and Lauren: 




Don't tell anyone, but I was told that brother cried upon receiving these :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

DIY Christmas ornaments


Sister and I got this idea from the Martha Stewart holiday craft book.
Take regular Christmassy cookie cutters, line them with pretty paper, add some ribbon and voila! Fun and easy...and pretty (even if they do turn out a bit wonky like mine did).

What you'll need:
cookie cutters
pretty paper (we used scrap book paper but you can use a strong wrapping paper)
some kind of good adhesive (we used a hot glue gun)
pretty ribbon
beads


Trace around your cookie cutter onto your pretty paper


Then cut it out

Put some glue on the cookie cutter and place your cut out paper on it 
Then seal the edges
I just poked a pen through my paper to make a hole for the ribbon
Then string your ribbon through...using a bead to keep it more secure

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Christmas playlist

I LOVE the Christmas season.  It's so magical! I love the music that's just everywhere, I love the movies (especially made-for-tv ones), I love the extra baking I get to do, I love the decorations and the glow from my Christmas tree, I love my Christmassy scented candles, I love everything about Christmas! My friend, Amy, blogged about her Christmas playlist a few weeks ago so I thought I'd do the same thing.  Here are my top ten favorite Christmas songs:

1. Songs from Handel’s Messiah especially Hallelujah, For Unto Us a Child Is Born, Every Valley Shall Be Exalted, And the Glory of the Lord


2. O Holy Night – Josh Groban tied with Bing Crosby tied with Celine Dion

3. (There’s No Place like) Home for the Holidays – Perry Como

4. Sleigh Ride – Johnny Mathis

5. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Llike Christmas – Bing Crosby tied with Perry Como

6. I Want a Hippopotamus For Christmas – Gayla Peevey

7. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams

8. The Christmas Waltz – The Carpenters

9. We Need A Little Christmas – Percy Faith Orchestra

10. Holly Jolly christmas – Burl Ives


It'll nearly be like a picture print by Currier and Ives...


Thursday, December 1, 2011

I can't believe I did it!

I have conquered NaBloPoMo!!  I posted every day for the month of November...30 posts in a row! It was touch a go there for a while but I succeeded!

I'm still going to try to blog regularly but will enjoy not feeling a moment of panic when it's 10pm and shoooooot I haven't blogged today.

In other news, it's snowing today and I want to share a piece of information about myself and winter: I had never heard the term "black ice" until I was about 20 years old, in college living in Missouri. One winter day one of my friends told me to watch out for black ice.

"What the heck is black ice?" I asked.

"It's ice you can't see"

"You mean clear ice? Otherwise known as...ice?"

"I guess so"

Anyway, I still hear it today in Colorado and I still think it's so stupid.


Also, have some sunsetty clouds and a mountain







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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Habitat for Humanity

Last weekend Katie and I volunteered for the second time for Habitat for Humanity with a group of women from the hospital I work at.  We did it back in July and had so much fun...we had hammers, tool belts, hard hats...we used nails and put up walls! It was an amazing day. So we decided to volunteer again.  This time, believe me, was not as much fun.

Dirt.

We worked with dirt.

This is how the front yard looked...dry and really hard with big chunks of earth.

 So it was our job to smooth out the yard...I was breaking up dirt chunks with a shovel for 3 1/2 hours.
here is katie digging
and digging
and digging

AND DIGGING!!

at least she can smile about it (you can see pikes peak off in the distance)

And this is what the yard looked like after...all smoothed out and with mulch spread over

here we are posing with the rest of our team WHO GOT TO BUILD A FENCE!


This is the house we worked on over the summer, we put up those walls!




that's us, Women Build!



Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ozark Chili

I have no idea why my parents call this Ozark Chili, is it a thing? I've never heard of it except in the Schulz household. It when you take your leftover chili and make it a little yummier.
heat up your leftover chili

pile corn chips on a plate

scoop your chili over the chips

sprinkle on cheese

and heat it in the microwave

I would normally put diced onions on it but last night I used green onions. Don't forget the milk!