Archives For April 2013

Porcelain Bowl

April 27, 2013

No, I’m not talking about the toilet… although if you wanted to– I guess you could paint that too. I’m talking about using a porcelain paint pen to decorate a bowl, or cup or tray… whatever you heart desires.

I was at Michael’s the other day and found a Pebeo Porcelain 150 Pen. These range in different sized tips but I grabbed a 1.2 mm. In hindsight I’d probably grab a smaller one in the future. I already had some small white dishes I found in the Ikea “as is” section for 65¢ each because they were part of a bigger collection and one was missing.

I removed the price tag, washed them and then read the instructions on the paint pen. Per my pen, if I wanted to make the art dishwasher safe I needed to paint it on, wait 24hrs and then bake for 35 mins at 150˚.

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Easy. I grabbed a chair, my furry footrest and started painting.

Meet my fuzzy footrest: Ziggy

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What do you think? Tomorrow I’ll pop it into the oven and voila! New place to throw my earings when I crawl into bed. 🙂

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Cost Breakdown:

  • Bowl to decorate: 65¢
  • Porcelain Pen: $9

Total: $9.65.
AKA seriously cheap.

Are you working on any quick and easy projects today? I’m working on my vertical garden, a mirror project and taking the time to cook out on the grill. Hope you enjoy your Saturday! 

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Apple Pie a la Mode

April 25, 2013

So, I might have mentioned before that I make a mean apple pie. How do I know this? I had a list. A list of friends that requested I make them a pie for one reason or another (their go’s parent’s first time over for dinner, birthdays & family reunions). For a while that list was recorded on the back of an old DTE Energy bill, then it moved into a list on my computer, and it just rotated though the people.

Well, by special request from probably one of THE BEST guy friend a girl could have I’m sharing my recipe.
See that? I’m sharing. I totally did learn something from preschool.

Most apple pie recipes are pretty similar, and mine is in the same category, with a few tweaks to the ingredients.  You will need…

Ingredients:

1/2   cup                      Sugar (plus 1-2 tablespoons for topping)
1/4   cup                      Flour
1       teaspoon            Cinnamon (plus 1 teaspoon for topping)
1/4   teaspoon            Nutmeg
1       pinch                  Salt
2      tablespoons      Butter
2-3   tablespoons      Lemon Juice

5-6   Peeled & Sliced Apples (I generally do 3 Granny Smith & 3 Golden delicious)
2      Chilled & Rolled Pie Crust (If I’m in a rush and don’t have time to make my own I use Pillsbury ready-made pie crust)

Instructions:

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees & wash and rinse apples.

2) Peel all the apples (easiest to use a potato peeler) & cut to roughly 1/4″ or smaller slices. The trick is to not have anything larger or it wont cook down as fast. Easy way to cut out the core is to “box” it out. Cut the apple with a large knife on one side of the core and keep going around it until your core looks like a rectangle. The amount of apple you lose doing this wont make a difference and it’s much safer to do than trying to dig the core out with a peeling knife.

3) After you have all the apples sliced sprinkle with 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice to prevent browning and add some zangy flavor. Two should be plenty, but I usually just squeeze from the little lemon shaped bottle so who knows how much I really put in. 😉

4) Mix your dry ingredients together. Then pour them over the apples and mix well with your hands (you’re getting dirty!)

5) Lay out your bottom pie crust in your pie dish, mold the dough to the shape of the bottom so it’s pressing up against the side around the whole dish. Then fill with your apple mixture. This is generally the part where I decide if I’ve used too many apples… and end up eating a handful to “help level” the heaping mound of apple mixture. Or so I tell myself…

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6) Cut up the 2 Tbsp. of butter into chucks and disperse evenly across the top of the mixture. Then cover with your second rolled pie crust dough.

7) This is the tricky part, roll the edges of the crust by taking the bottom piece of dough and folding it over the top. Press down to seal the two pieces together. You can either use a fork to add a pretty edge or pinch the edges to make a zig zag pattern.

8) Brush the whole top of the pie crust included with 2 table spoons of water, then sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture (the amounts are listed above). Cut a few vent holes in the top and cover the edges with either a pie crust cover or aluminum foil. Pop that sucker into the over for roughly 45-50 minutes. until the top is golden brown and the apples are bubbling inside. Let cool for at least 15 minutes before serving. I generally let mine cool off for 30 minutes to solidify a bit. Serve with your favorite Ice Cream (Guernsey anyone?).

Pretty easy and simple recipe. But always a crowd favorite. By using two different types of apples you can tailor the pie to your preferred taste. If you like it a bit sweeter vs. tangy use one less Granny Smith and vice versa. And also if you don’t have some of these silicon pie crust covers you should consider getting one.

I made the boyfriend cut while I took pictures. I don’t think he minded though, because in the end he would get pie…

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It’s Wednesday, so that mean’s it’s wish list day! Every Wednesday check back for some items from my wish list. This week we are starting the Etsy Color Series. Each Wednesday I will pick one color and search Etsy for some of my favorite items from some fabulous shops.  Why Etsy? Well, since stumbling upon the marketplace way back when I’ve had a dream of being able to sell and showcase my art in my very own shop. I think promoting and sharing fellow shop owners and their products is a great way to build good karma for my future shop. Let’s get started!

This week being the very first week of this series I wanted to start with Black and White. This classic combination is hitting the design and home decor world by force this season. People are falling in love with the contrast and dramatic effect it adds. It’s easy to jump on this band wagon by adding some of these great finds to your home either in art or wardrobe.

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AMAZING RIGHT? I couldn’t just decide on (10) so I added a few more… I know, I know… “moderation Justynn”.

1// Everyone knows I have a love for typography and numbers. This graphic print from EduBarba caught my eye months ago and I’ve been coming back to it ever since. Check out their shop too, because if you like the simpleness of this print you’ll pretty much fall in love with everything else in there.

2// I LOVE wooden cursive typography (get it?). This vintage chic love sign from Old New Again wold make a lovely addition to a master bedroom. I also want their light blue *cook* sign. I think it’d go great with my yellow bake one in my kitchen.

3// The humor behind this Prozac Molecule Mug makes me want to get a few to pass out at my office… 😉 I’m kidding… kinda.  Created by LL Townley Ceramic.

4// Detroit is MY CITY and I would purchase this piece in a heartbeat. In fact I’m currently placing it on my purchase list for my next extra-cash-need-to-spend day. There are a ton more cities in the MrCityPrinting shop for you to find the one that means the most to you. All as wonderfully detailed.

5// Part of planning to open your own Etsy shop include how you want to brand and package your goods. I think stamps are not only cost effective for packaging but also add a unique handmade touch. This stamp from Extase is graphic and memorable.

6// This poster by albiedesigns pretty much describes my household after a long work week. Now if only there was a tequila one…

7// Quirky necklaces are pretty much a staple of my jewelry and this one by Nature Look adds a nice tribal piece that my collection is missing.

8// Pretty much any white ceramic animal is in style right now thanks to Young House Love and this Rhino is no exception. He even has a great name! Igor. From White Faux Taxidermy .

9// This wood bowl from Jan the Spinner reminds me of something my grandfather would make (he was a wood carver for and automotive company back in the day).

10// I bought three of these Vintage Advertising Letters a week ago and can’t wait to use them. Lake Michigan Vintage was really helpful and shipped super fast. Looking forward to working with them in the future.

11// Quirky and completely functional. What a great combination. This mug from Kina Ceramic Design is top notch.

12// Who doesn’t love a little pop culture humor? Great design and twist from FieldTrip. Pop this into a bold black frame for a real kick.

13// I have THREE… count them 1.. 2.. 3.. of these cases from HipsterHaberdasher. I love the color options, the pockets and the easy access with the button closure. (just for clarification I have them for my nook, laptop and wacom tablet.)

14// If and when I decide to have kids and plan to make the announcement simple and chic. Much like this one from inhauspress.

Do you like them? Which item is your favorite?

Next week: We are going RED. Have a product you think I’d like? Drop me an email from my contact page.

Whew. My fingers hurt… I think I’m going to go console them with a bowl of ice cream. Yummy…

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It’s in the Numbers

April 22, 2013

Whew, has it been a LONG Monday. I was super busy at work today and boy am I glad to be home. I think this calls for a Summer Shandy and an hour or two checking out some project ideas. Doing the same? Then check out my super easy and quick gas station number art below. And since it’s Earth day, this project just happens to fall into the “reuse” category. 😉

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Like it? It’s super easy! First thing you’ll need is some numbers or letters. I ordered some old gas station numbers from Our Own Big World on Etsy. Once they arrived I cleaned them up with some dish soap and let them dry completely.

I found a frame that fit the design I wanted (from my hoarding stockpile), cut some mount board sown to size and sat down to tediously glue the numbers (just kidding! I used double sided tape).

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You could also use those fancy pants glue dots for scrapbooking, which would have been my weapon of choice if I had any on hand… Glue those puppies down, frame and done. Probably the easiest project yet.

Psst. I also bought letters from Lake Michigan Vintage. Looking forward to getting those into a frame for my wall-o-art (pictures to come soon! I promise!).

Both vendors were great and items shipped fast. Check them out! I spot another purchase already… I love tax money season…

What quick and easy projects are you working on? What do you do after a long Monday?

That’s it for now, I’m off to grab a beer, make dinner and maybe my famous apple pie… (by special request of course ;))

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So Mother’s Day is fast approaching (three weeks!) and if you’re like me, you usually forget the holiday until the weekend before. Well, this year I’ making it a point to stop last-minute gift giving and put some more thought into this.

Mom, if you’re reading this now, please close your browser and ignore this post till after May 12th. 🙂

See below some options I’m considering for my own Mothers (mom & stepmom) this Mother’s Day.

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#1. I’ve been drooling over Kendra Scott‘s jewelry pretty much every week since I signed up for her email updates, and this bracelet is an item I’ve been eyeing myself. CREATIVE IDEA: get two, one for you and one for mom it’ll be a special piece that you each own (sign up for the emails to get coupons sent to you each week). 

#2. I love the color of these simple drop earrings crafted by Anugrah. Check out the rest of their Etsy shop too, worth the clicks!

#3. CREATIVE IDEA: Flowers are always a Mother’s Day staple, but liven it up this year by adding them to a pretty vase. I love this one found at Anthropologie. Plus, unlike the flowers, this vase lasts till next year.

#4. Spent the last how many years buying your Mom Jewelry? Then she probably needs a pretty box to keep it in. This glass box from Crate & Barrel is quite lovely. CREATIVE IDEA: Write out a hand written note on some pretty paper, and stick some dried flowers in the box before wrapping. Not only will she get the box, but the note and flowers will make her smile.

#5. Etsy has some really wonderful shops that have gift sets for almost every occasion. This gift set from Sweet Bee Honey caught my eye. It includes honey & oats cold processed soap, a lavender round lotion bar, a mint & cocoa lip balm, a garden leaves pillar, 6 oz. of creamed honey (yummy) and a sunflower candle. Perfect for the Mom that loves soaps and candles.

#6. I purchased these earrings for my Mom for Christmas actually and the loved them! Buy them in her favorite color and wrap up with a pretty bow. Crafted by Dorota Jewelry.

#7. These pears from SkyeArt are perfect for the Mother that loves sentimental knickknacks to display. My Mother would LOVE the handmade quality and personal message.

#8. If your mom isn’t the jewelry, soaps or decor type she’ll probably love this idea. Coupons for dinner out, household chores and for you to customize created by Pera Press. CREATIVE IDEA: Coupons pair nicely with flowers, so if your Mom is of the green thumb variety buy a plant from a local nursery and let her know that one of the coupons is good for a sunny afternoon of planting and weeding her garden. 

#9. This simple necklace created by KiraKira is sophisticated and neutral. Something that Mom will be able to wear with almost everything.

#10. When a Mom’s day is winding down help her get some extra shut-eye with this colorful and practical eye mask from Aroma Home. It’s filled with soothing lavender flowers. CREATIVE IDEA: Put this eye mask in a basket with a book from her favorite author, a candle and some lotion for the ultimate pamper gift.

What are your plans for Mother’s Day? Do you have a yearly tradition?

I’ll check back in three weeks with what I put together for the lovely ladies in my life.

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Saturday Yardcore

April 20, 2013

Spending Saturday doing some yard work with my family and trusty sidekick!

Hope you’re enjoying yours!

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HAPPY FRIDAY.

I’m super glad its Friday, even though it’s a rainy Friday here in Detroit. Which pretty much pushes back my plans for some of my outdoor projects (aka vertical garden). ::Sigh::

So, that means I need to get started on some indoor projects. Luckily I’ve got a few ideas in that department. First up: Did anyone happen to check out this really cool DIY gold leaf  project from BrittneyMakes posted on the 6th Street Design School blog?

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Well I fell in love with how easy and simple it looked and thought it would make a great addition to my art wall (picture of that to follow soon!) As much as I loved the ampersand and wanted to make the same exact thing for myself, I also wanted to try a more complex shape to share with you. So I started looking around the home for inspiration. And boy, did I find something cute.

Meet Lily, my roommate’s 2 year old red doberman.

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Seriously how cute is she? My rooms is gone on a cruise this week and I’ve been able to have Lily all to myself (muhahahah) and have enjoyed every moment of it. Plus since she misses her mom I’ve been getting extra cuddles. Not complaining.

So how do I turn this cute face into art? Well I’m glad you didn’t ask.

First I found a shape that resembled my muse. Who doesn’t love Google? Then I printed it out, carefully cut it out, taped it down and traced the bugger onto some black mount board I just happened to have lying around. Yes, I stock pile craft supplies. Michaels and Jo-Ann coupons are like GOLD in my house. Or maybe in this case copper.

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Once I had my image traced out I took a small paint brush and some regular Elmer’s School Glue and painted the areas I wanted foil. Now, here’s a tip for all you first time foilers like myself. Paint a thin coat, and do the ares with the LEAST amount of detail first. Why? Because likely by the time you do the detailed parts, the original areas will be almost dry. School glue dries fast, and you don’t want to have to redo the detailed parts again.

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After you’re glued you want to take your foil and put down a whole sheet over your drawing. If you have to use two sheets try not to overlap them much. Then you wait. You want the glue to be 100% dry before you go to brush off the excess. Dont get excited like I did and have to redo it. Oops. It was about this time after I placed the foil down on the glue that I realized that I had purchased Copper foil instead of Gold. Hence the name of this post. For a split second I was pissed and then realized that if I could pretend mistake it for gold, maybe everyone else that walked by it could too ;).

Meanwhile while it dried I had to figure out what I was going to put them in. Luckily my lovely mother has what I call a “Garage Sale Problem” (and I mean that in the nicest way possible 😉 ). Meaning if she sees a garage sale sign she will whip a U’y and pull that truck over. Why is this lucky? Well at one time I mentioned to her that I was looking for frames of all shapes and sizes and details for my art wall. So now I have a hoarding size collection of old frames with ugly artwork that I clean up and paint and put my new artwork into. See exhibit A below. That’s right, 50 cents. (THANKS MOM!) Anyways… I found two that fit the size I needed and ripped out the old junk and painted the frames white.

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After 24 hours, my glue was dry, I used a soft brush to lightly brush away the excess foil, feed a few touch up spots and my artwork was ready to go. Popped that baby into the painted frame and called it done.

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What do you think? Do you see the resemblance? I plan on passing this copper doberman to my rooms when she arrives back home, but I’m keeping the ampersand for myself.

What projects are you working on lately? Have any good muses or inspiration lying around your house? How adorable is Lily?! I love this little bugger!

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Wednesday Wish List

April 17, 2013

It’s Wednesday! Which means it’s wish list day. Every Wednesday I take the pins I’ve added to my Wish list Pinterest Board and put them out there for you. Sharing is caring people… (And hey, my Mom always did want me to create a Christmas list.) Hope you like them!

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Starting it off for us is #1 ) This pillow is pretty much bada$$. The people at Society Social nailed it by combining comfort & quirky. #2 ) Have I mentioned my love for typography yet? No? Well if there was any doubt this book is definitely on my Christmas wishlist. Typography Sketchbooks by Steven Heller &  Lita Talarico. #3 ) These earrings found on Fab (courtesy of Garnett Jewelry) are HOTT!! Yes, two T’s, I rate on the number of extra letters added to stress a point. It’s past the sale time, but hopefully I’ll be able to find them elsewhere. #4 ) These cute dryer balls are not only functional but something I wouldn’t mind laying around while I ignore folding my laundry. Provided by ModCloth created by Kikkerland. #5 ) Last but certainly not least this whimsical candlestick holder provided by Anthropologie reminds me of a octopus sculpture that I almost brought home with me from Home Goods. I still regret that.

Well that’s it for this Wednesday Wish List. What are you wishing for? Let me know!

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Woot!

April 16, 2013

Have you guys checked out Woot! from Amazon yet? Well, you should.

Why? Because I said so (or at least that was the answer my parents always gave me… still figuring that one out).

Or… because who doesn’t love discounts?! And not only discounts, but snarky humored discounts. As in #whowritesthisstuffIaspiretobethem snarky humor. Go check them out! You can thank me later.

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PS: This is not a sponsored post, all opinions expressed in the dry humor above are all my own.  (you cant have them!)

ABOUT TIME

April 15, 2013

Those two words have been going through my head since the moment I stopped being a wimp and finally found a name and started this blog. It’ll be slow going I’m sure. And for the first few months in and out, nothing really regular.  But I’ve got a great support group of friends and family. They all know how much I love to craft, bake and create. So here I go…

But before all that, you’ll probably want to know who I am (and by you, I completely mean my mom, maybe my bf and a friend or two, since that’s all who’s probably reading this right now).

Well Hi!

I’m Justynn (as in ‘JUSTIN’. I’m a girl with a boy’s name. I know, it’s confusing), a twenty-something homeowner with a love for everything crafty, DIY, graphic and anything sweet tasting. I work full time as an office manager of sorts, but after my day job I go home and bake, create, craft and  get into all sorts of antics. I dabble in photography, acquire power tools and love the outdoors. I spoil my boyfriends dog like crazy, I LOVE Tigers Baseball, all things typography and have an unhealthy love of sharpies (This is beginning to feel like a personal ad… “I love walking sandy white beaches in the moonlight…”)

Ok, enough of that, moving onto what this whole blog thing is about…

CREATIVE LIFE ANTICS: (ta dah!)

A DIY craft-aholic, bake (and maybe cooking) and all around home décor blog (cue the trumpets).

Heard enough yet? Alright, I’ll stop chatting and start crafting. Things that are in the “on-deck circle”:

  • Vertical Pallet Garden (Already in progress, spring just needs to hurry up so I can actually PLANT in it.)
  • Gold leafing Art
  • Sharpie Art (I told you, I LOVE SHARPIES)
  • Chalkboard Wall Frame thingy-mah-jig…
  • Homemade Dog Treats

Ok, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and I will see your pretty face soon!

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