Sunday, November 15, 2015

DIY - Fabric Crosses

So I was perusing Pinterest lately, well everyday, but this particular day I came across this adorable fabric crosses on a piece of wood. Instantly I thought well I could do that, plus the $60 price tag was a little more than I wanted to spend on them.

So here is the step-by-step tutorial to make these adorable crosses. They can hang on a wall or even sit on a shelf or on an easel. My plan is to use this one for my holiday decorations!!!

1 - 2x8 board cut 13 inches long (my awesome hubby cut mine, if you don't have access to a saw ask the lumber yard to cut them for you)
Hand sander or sandpaper
Wood stain
Old Sock (or something to stain your board with)
Rubber gloves
Fabric of your choice
Fabric cutting mat
Cutting Wheel and Straight Edge
Staple gun
Hot glue gun
Fabric/burlap/metal flowers (I purchased mine from Hobby Lobby in the scrapbooking section in packs of 4 for $3.99)

Step 1: Cut the boards, if they are already cut then you can skip this step

Step 2: Sand the boards on all sides and ends, I used 60 grit sandpaper and my trusty little hand sander. You don't need to go crazy just smooth any rough spots and the cut edges.

Step 3: Wipe down the boards and stain them. I put on nitrile gloves use a sock because I can put it on my hand and rub it on and work it into the grain of the wood. This method works great for me, if you have a different method then please use that. Set the boards on a covered surface and let them fully dry.

Step 4: Cut the fabric. I love my cutting mat and cutting wheel...I should have a nice plastic guide but unfortunately I've not seen that since we moved so I used a trusty carpenter's square for my straight edge. Make sure that your right edge is clean and straight, if not make a cut there and then measure out anywhere from 3.5-5 inches and make a clean strip. Your strip needs to be at least 30 inches long. If you don't have a cutting mat you can use scissors, I'm just not that steady so I stick to my mat. Note: if you have a patter that includes straight edges or repeating items use that as a guide how wide to make your fabric.

Step 5: Once the boards are dry position the fabric below the board leaving at least 1 inch hanging over after you wrap it to the back on both the top and bottom. Starting with one end pull the fabric around the end and place three staples across the back, go to the other end and pull the fabric taut but not too tight and place three more staples.

Step 6: Flip the board over and gauge where you want your cross to be, start in the middle and fold the fabric over to gather it and place a staple, repeat the process on either side and again on either side if you want. You can gather the fabric as many times as you want. I tend to do 3 or 4.

Step 7: Prep another strip of fabric to go across about 1/3 of the way down from the top, staple across the back as you did in Step 5.

Step 8: Flip the board over and repeat step 6, keeping in mind to keep your staples need to stay close enough together that your flower covers them completely.

Step 9: Remove your flower from the package and cover the back with hot glue and adhere it to the fabric covering all the staples.

This makes a great gift. If you want to make it so it can be hung on the wall you can simply add a picture hanger to the back or give it with a pretty metal easel.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Impromptu Dinner Guests

So last night my husband was meeting with a customer and offered up our home for him to stay which makes a lot of sense, we live a ways from any hotels and for sure have the space for guests so I was happy to have him stay with us. But that also meant that I was on the spot for dinner for our guest and a couple of friends whom one is also a co-worker of the hubby.

I was lucky enough to have thawed out a pre marinated beef tenderloin from Sam's Club on Sunday to use this week so I just needed to add some sides and we would have a full meal for the 5 of us. I purchased potatoes on Monday at the store which I rarely do because well I love potatoes and I love to eat potatoes so I don't buy said potatoes. But Monday for some reason they spoke to me, call it comfort foods of fall or maybe I knew I had a tenderloin thawing in the fridge but I bought them and I'm happy I did!

So I went straight to Pinterest (visit my Good Fixings board on Pinterest for this pin and many other yummy recipes) and found a great recipe called Melting Potatoes and thought it was worth a try, doesn't thyme, garlic and butter sound great on a potato to accompany a nice rarely grilled tenderloin. The Melting Potatoes were AMAZING!!! They do take some time to put together and you can't just put them in the oven and forget them but they are worth the effort and as my husband said we served a high end restaurant meal in our own home which is better than a restaurant any day any way!

To round out the meal I made red wine and butter poached mushrooms, roasted broccoli, rolls and apple turnovers using crescent roll dough with plenty of red wine (and Busch Light for the non-red wine fans) to go around.

Here is the recipe for the Melting Potatoes from the Spicy Southern Kitchen.

  • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled (I used red potatoes)
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (I used 1 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1¼ cups chicken broth
  • 2 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled

  1. Place oven rack in upper-middle position of oven and heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Combine melted butter, thyme, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl.
  3. Square off ends of potatoes and cut into ¾ to 1-inch thick disks.
  4. Toss potato slices in butter mixture and arrange in a single layer in a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan.
  5. Roast for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from oven and use a spatula to flip potatoes over. Place back in oven for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove pans from oven and flip potatoes one more time. Add chicken broth and garlic. Place back in oven until potatoes are tender, about another 15 minutes.
  8. Baste potatoes with sauce and serve.
Be sure to use a metal baking pan. A glass baking dish can shatter in a very hot oven.