Wednesday, January 19, 2011

This and That

So I went to Target last week when they had the "itso storage" on sale. To my delight, they had pinks and cute polka dot patterns that matched the girls room to a T! I am slightly obsessed with organization you see. It is perfect for their closet! Here is a picture of what the system looks like (this is a stock picture):

I'm looking around my house wondering what else I can organize?? LOL!

I also wanted to share a yummy recipe I tried today. It is extremely healthy!! I used a Maple Praline syrup to top it off.

Here is the recipe:

1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
1 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons chopped walnuts (optional)

1.Grind the oats in a blender or food processor until fine. In a large bowl, combine ground oats, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
2.In another bowl, combine buttermilk, milk, oil, egg, and sugar with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix wet ingredients into dry with a few swift strokes. Stir in nuts, if desired.
3.Lightly oil a skillet or griddle, and preheat it to medium heat. Ladle 1/3 cup of the batter onto the hot skillet; cook the pancakes for 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until brown.

And the kids loved them!

I've been super busy working on CHA projects for Pink Paislee. Can't wait to share my creations with you all :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Mix It Up!

It's been too long since I'ved posted here. {insert ashamed face here}.

With 2011, I've taken on some different designing opportunities so posts will once again be a regular thing for me again :) Not only will I be posting scrapbook related posts, but I've also taken a huge interest in cooking over the last year so I hope to share recipes and photos here as well! And if you ever have a good recipe to share, please do so!

So now on to explaining what "Mix It up!" means...

Mix It Up! Combines 2 paper collections on 1 project. Embellishments are easy but mixing and matching papers is a little tougher.

It can be hard, I admit, to mix two different paper lines together. I always feel safe staying within the confines of one line, knowing that they will coordinate perfectly. But when you play around it is interesting to see what papers from different lines actually do compliment one another.

I love this idea mainly because I need to be challenged myself!

So with this assignment in mind, I automatically thought “Sweetness + Parisian Anthology.” The soft blues in Parisian Anthology bring out the blues in Sweetness. Not only that, but since I have the ability to change the colors in Parisian Anthology (with some inking), I can make a host of colors that would blend perfectly with Sweetness.

I first chose the colors I wanted to pull from Sweetness. I chose the yellow, pink, and green. I then randomly inked the paper “Beautiful Butterfly” and softened all the lines of the colors together. The inks I used were Tim Holtz distress inks in Tattered Rose, Shabby Shutters, and Scattered Straw. To go one step further in pulling out colors, I chose to mist the papers from both lines to draw them in and make it a cohesive flow. I used Tattered Angels mist in Coffee Shop to achieve this look.

I also combined embellishments from the Sweetness line and the Parisian Anthology line once I saw how well they went together.

If you are looking to be challenged, try mixing and matching some different lines together and see what you come up with. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Happy Creating!

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