***Come link up your crafts to this week's party!***

Saturday, October 27, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 63

Happy Weekend! Thanks so much for coming by to share your project! I love seeing everyone's creativity and getting ideas for new projects -- so make sure to tell your friends to share their projects too!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 63

Guest Hosting this week is:
Jill from Dreaming All Day
{Hop on over and give her a welcome!}

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dollar Store Fall Wreath

Hello All! Have I mentioned that fall is my favorite is my favorite season? I love all the colors, and leaves, and weather...

Since I'm doing this October Overhauling thing, I'm supposed to make projects with supplies that I already have, and not buy any more. Lucky for me, I'm well stocked with supplies. Last year I bought a bunch of fall stuff from the Dollar Tree [love], including a wreath form and some fake leaves. I made a wreath last year that I didn't really like, so I decided to try again this year. I used the wreath form, fake leaves, hot glue and some burlap I had.

I cut small squares of the burlap and glued them close together on the wreath almost the whole way around the form. For the remaining section I layered and glued some of the leaves on the form. Then I made some rosettes out of burlap and glued them together on the wreath. I took some of the remaining leaves and glued them around the form. Then I finished it off with some fake berries, I glued them with the rosettes and around the wreath.

Here's how it turned out:

I like this wreath a lot better than the one I attempted last year!

What's your favorite part about fall?

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 62 & Giveaway

Hello All! Thanks so much for sharing your projects with us every week! This week we are partying AND giving things away! Check out the giveaway below and then head over to Tutus & Tea Parties to see what she's giving away as well!

Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 62

Guest Hosting this week is:
Alecia from Chicken Scratch NY
{Hop on over and give her a welcome!}

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Overhaul - Craft Room Clean Up

Amie from Pinkapotamus and Amy at Whole Wearing Heels are hosting an October Overhauling party to get their crafts rooms organized and start getting projects made. I decided to participate because my craft room (better known as Sparty's Room) is in a constant cycle of semi-clean to messy. 
October Overhauling

Here's the deal:

Week 1:   Share your messy craft area!

Week 2:  Clean out your craft area so that it is organized and neat and share your progress!
Week 3:  Make 1 project from your existing craft stash!
Week 4:  Share your experience, what you created and how happy you are NOT be embarrassed by your craft hoarding anymore!

I have been pretty busy lately, so I'm a week behind. But, I did get to cleaning up the mess that was Sparty's Room. So, here are the before and after pictures.

Super embarrassing...

So much better!

 And here's another look at the shelf Handy Andy built me, getting even more use than before.

Now I just have to try to keep it this way. How do people keep their craft areas clean when they are working on projects anyway??

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 61

Happy Saturday! Thanks so much for coming by to share your projects - don't forget to spread the love and visit other blogs.

Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 61

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Raspberry-Lime Jam

Hello All! So I was a slacker last week and didn't get a post up during the week - I was trying to recover from my blog anniversary party. But, today, as promised, I am going to share my first "canning" adventure with you -- raspberry lime jam!

My brother and sister-in-law have an awesome garden. Lucky for us, it's the end of the season and my sister-in-law is beyond tired of canning all their produce, so when we were there a few weekends ago they loaded us up with tons of remaining produce and sent us on our way.

Among the spoils was a big bag of raspberries. Since there was no way we could eat them all before they went bad, I decided to try making jam...for the first time in my life. I looked up a basic old fashioned jam recipe and it seemed pretty simple, equal parts sugar and fruit with special heating directions, so I went to it.

2 1/2 cups fresh raspberries
2 1/4 cups sugar (I wanted it a little more tart)

For fun, and because I love lime, I added the juice and zest of one lime.

1. Place sugar in an ovenproof shallow pan and warm in a 250°F (120°C) oven for 15 minutes. (Warm sugar dissolves better.)
2. Place berries in a large saucepan. Bring to a full boil over high heat, mashing berries with a potato masher as they heat. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
3. Add warm sugar, return to a boil, and boil until mixture will form a gel, about 5 minutes.

This made one pint jar and a little more. I followed my sister-in-law's directions for sealing the jar (she's a rockstar, at everything), which was way less complicated than I expected. I put the lid of the mason jar in boiling water, poured the hot jam into the jar, put the lid on and then submerged the jar in a sink full of hot water from the faucet for about 20 minutes. The jar didn't seal until it had been sitting out of the water for about 20 more minutes.

I love this jam, it's a little tart and there's just a hint of lime in it. So good! And jam was way less scary to make than I expected it to be!

What have you been up to this week? Leave me a comment and I'll stop by!

Have a good week!

Saturday, October 6, 2012

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 60

Happy Saturday! I hope you all enjoyed the parrrtayyy last week! I really intended on getting my act together and sharing my recipe for raspberry-lime jam this week, but it just didn't happen. Be sure to stop back by this week to check it out though. 

Now on to this week's party! Thanks so much for coming by to share your projects - don't forget to spread the love and visit other blogs.

Don't forget to spread the word about the party!

A Pinteresting Link Party - Week 60