Saturday, January 25, 2014

Something Old, Something New...

This tradition comes from an Old English rhyme ("Something Olde, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, & A Sixpence in your Shoe"), and the four objects that the bride adds to her wedding outfit or carries with her on the big day are just good luck charms.
Something old represents continuity; something new offers optimism for the future; something borrowed symbolizes borrowed happiness and something blue stands for purity, love, and fidelity.

These are the four items that my daughter carried with her on her wedding day.

Something Old:  Her engagement ring belonged to her future husband's Grandmother.

Something New: The beautiful pearl and diamond jewelry received as a gift from her Grandmother.

Something Borrowed: She borrowed the pearl and diamond headband from a good friend of ours.

Something Blue: I made her a garter from the lace from my wedding dress and attached a blue ribbon.

And here is the layout I created for her Wedding Scrapbook.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Perfect Gift for the Perfect Friend!

I just love Kaisercraft and their DIY wooden creations, so when I saw this mini drawer set I had the perfect fit for it.  I chose the papers to match my friend's newly designed home office and I love how it turned out.
The little drawers are the perfect size to hold paper clips, staples, post it notes etc….  Everything that a person needs right beside them in their office.

The kit comes completely unassembled in a flat package.  I used wood glue to build the wooden base/shelving unit and glossy accents to hold the cardboard boxes together, but you could easily use white glue.
I painted the wooden shelving unit an off-white and used a coordinating paper line for the top, sides, back and drawer fronts.

A close up of the top, which just happens to be my favourite part!

And take a look at the mini drawer fronts!

And…. lastly…. the side and back.
Kaisercraft carry many different designs and they are a fun project to work on and they make beautiful hand-made gifts.  This only took me a couple of hours to make.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Easy Peasy Banana Bread * IMO

Yes, In My Opinion….. this is the easiest, quickest and tastiest banana bread recipe.  I've had this recipe for as long as I can remember and use it regularly.
I have a bad habit of buying too many bananas and before I know it, they are going black in my fruit bowl.  I hate waste, so I turn them into banana bread in just an hour!
8 ingredients that I always have on hand, five minutes prep time and an hour to cook and you have yourself a nice little treat.

1 Egg
3 Bananas
1/2 C Miracle Whip Dressing
1 1/2 C Flour
1 C Sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
1 Tsp. Salt
1/2 C Chocolate Chips
HEAT the oven to 350 F
BEAT egg, bananas and dressing until well blended
MIX remaining ingredients in separate bowl then add to banana mixture.  Stir just until moistened.
POUR into greased loaf pan.
BAKE for one hour
Easy peasy right?   Enjoy!