Friday, August 31, 2012

The weekend...

Hello everyone.  Can you believe the weekend is upon us again?  It seems like I have been locked in a time machine and missed all of this week.  My oldest son and I were having a discussion the other day and he said to me 'momma, I think time is going faster...literally, scientists have determined that time has been speeding up by nano seconds each year...."
He is our walking Google, and I'm starting to believe him...

This weekend marks the last weekend before school starts up again and I'm starting to get a little nostalgic. You figure that by now I should be used to it, but it just never gets easier....

Even though I am sad to see them go and close yet another chapter in our story, I am looking forward to doing a little bit of Fall crafting...

See these beautiful Hydrangeas?  I begged asked a sweet shop owner for them and she graciously gave them to me, making my day.  I knew exactly what I wanted to use them for and I can't wait to share this pretty little craft with you next week....


I also wanted to let you know about a recent feature in the Country Woman website. I am so honoured to be featured amongst so many other amazing bloggers...:) Including some of my favourite sites like, Tatertos and Jello, The 36th Ave and many more.

And lastly, I wanted to thank you for sticking around while I took a bit of a 'blog vacation'.  No matter how important this little blog is to me, my kiddies will always come first but know that you are always on my mind.  I am truly excited and looking forward to a new season.  I can't wait to share with you some new tutorials, decor, recipes and photography "tips".  I am truly honoured that you have chosen to walk this journey with me and I hope you are inspired when you visit my little Craftberry Bush.

Have a great weekend.
much love,
Lucy 

ps. I'll be back on Tuesday with some tips and answers to some of your photography questions...xo 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Grilled zucchini salad


This salad is so easy to put together and in less than 15 minutes you can be enjoying a healthy and delicious snack or side dish. 


Grilled Zucchini Salad
3 fresh summer zucchinis 
1 tablespoon of olive oil or flax seed oil
3 tablespoons of fresh herbs of your choice, chopped
1 tablespoon of green onions, chopped
juice of half a lemon
salt and pepper to taste (I used sea salt)




- Use a peeler to slice zucchini into thin slices
- Toss with oil and salt and place on grill for approx a minute or until seared
- Place zucchini in dish and add lemon juice, herbs and onions; toss to combine
- Garnish with extra herbs and serve 



So fresh, delicious and super quick to make. 

Enjoy! 

much love,
Lucy


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Monday, August 20, 2012

Anthro inspired display dinnerware with DecoArt Gloss Enamels

Hi my sweet friends.  I hope you all had a good weekend.

We celebrated our youngest son's 10th birthday this weekend and I finally got to see 'Dark Knight Rising'....sooooo good! :)

Hubby had taken the boys to see it when it first came out and was eager for me to see it...now I understand why. 

As you know, I have been taking a little break from blogging as I try to spend some precious time with the kiddies.  But last week, I received a package in the mail from DecoArt.  I love receiving packages from them as I know the contents will send me into a creativity high....


 This time I received the various 
Glass Enamel paints.

Admittedly, I have never worked with enamel paints before and it took a little experimenting to achieve the results I wanted.  I also tend to be my biggest critic so even though hubby would throw in a 'cute' here and there while working on a piece, I ended up washing off the paint several times. I realize that I was trying to reinvent the wheel...

If you have been reading for a while, you likely know that I love to paint with watercolor and particularly love painting flowers (you can go here or here to see some of my past work).

So I decided to go with what I'm comfortable with, but looked to Anthropologie for some inspiration...

The smaller plate on the right was my inspiration and with the magic of photo editing, I was able to virtually incorporate it into my own photo. Neat huh? 

I purchased a couple of white ceramic plates at the DS and got to work... 

1) Prepared the surface by washing with some dish soap and water (you can also apply some rubbing alcohol with a paper towel).
2) As the consistency of the paint is thick, I diluted with some water to get a watercolor effect.
3) 'Dropped' some of the paint onto the top of the plate and held it upright so the paint would drip towards the bottom. Allowed the paint to dry for a few minutes (but if you want to expedite the drying process, you can use a hair dryer set to medium or a table fan).
4) I then went to work by using the paints just like normal acrylic paints. The paint goes on very translucent so in order to acquire a darker more vivid shade, allow paint to dry in between and apply layers. 
5) Allow paint to cure for 4 days. 
6) Place in non preheated oven at 275F for 30 minutes and allow to cool with oven door open.

Please note that even though the paint is non-toxic, it is not recommended for food use. 

I also combined DecoArt glass writer pens to draw a design and then filled it with the 3D frost paint. 


Dab a little bit of paint from the writer tip....


...and then spread the paint with a natural bristle brush.

Here is the plate after two layers of paint. I like the contrast of the black and white and the pop of colour...


 I used the new 3D paint to create this fun patterned plate....




If you're not overly comfortable with your free hand abilities, DecoArt also 
offers an array of stick on stencils specifically made to be used for this paint. 

The possibilities are endless... 

For more fun projects using GlossEnamels, go here or visit DecoArt on Fb 

I also wanted to take a moment to say hello and welcome to all of the new members of the creative team.  I can't wait to start posting on a regular basis so you may get to know me a little better.  To those of you who have walked with me for a while....thank you for being here. 

much love,
Lucy  

ps - I have been rearranging and sprucing up my Pinterest boards.  I also added a little 'Pin it' button at the bottom of the posts just in case you wanted to 'pin'.  It makes it a little bit easier for you...:) 




Funky Junk Interiors
Carolyn's homework
Home stories A to Z
Primp
The 36th avenue
Someday Crafts
French Country Cottage
2805
Crafty,Scrappy,Happy
Whipperberry
Tatertots and Jello
The girl creative
Chic on a Shoestring decorating
Finding fabulous
My Romantic Home
Simply designing
The Shabby Nest
I heart naptime
Today's creative blog
It's overflowing..
Ask Anna
a.k.a design
Thrifty Decor Chick
Cedar Hill Ranch


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Simple pleasures...Roasted garlic and tomato Spaghettini


Hello...do you remember me?  I wanted to drop by and say hello and let you know that I miss communicating with you.  I hope you have been keeping well. 



We are enjoying the simple pleasures of summer.  For the kiddies, it's being able to stay up late (and wake up late) whereas for me, it's cutting fresh herbs right out of the garden to prepare a meal. 


Spaghettini with roasted garlic, basil and bocconcini tomato sauce 

2 tbs of olive oil 
5 cloves of garlic peeled
5 cups of chopped fresh tomatoes 
4 oz of small bocconcini cheese balls 
1/4 cup of cooking wine
salt and pepper to taste
8 Oz of Capellini or Spaghettini
1/2 cup of fresh basil leaves, chopped or torn
Parmessan cheese to garnish (optional)

- Heat oven to 350.
- Place olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, salt, pepper, cheese and wine in an oven safe pan and roast for 35-40 mins. (save some cheese for garnish)
- While tomatoes are roasting, cook pasta according to package instructions in salted water
- Drain and combine pasta and sauce, add torn basil leaves and toss to mix
- Cut reserved bocconcini balls into quarters
- Serve and garnish with fresh basil leaves and reserved bocconcini balls 
- Grate fresh parmessan cheese if desired. 

As a healthy alternative, use whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash and omit the cheese. 

Pasta and fresh French bread are probably my biggest weaknesses. What are yours? 

I'll be back on Monday with some fun stuff from DecoArt. Thank you for stopping by and not forgetting me....:)

much love,
Lucy 



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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Recharging...


Hello everyone - I hope you are all doing well. 

Just a quick note to advise things are going to be a little slow around here for the next little while.  I have been feeling a little disconnected from the blog of late and feel as though I need to recharge my creative juices.  And with only a few weeks of summer remaining before the kiddies return to school, now is the perfect time to take a little break.  

I won't be gone for too long, I promise. 

much love,
Lucy




Monday, August 6, 2012

July's blooms....

I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We had our annual family get together this weekend and even though it rained for a couple of hours during the morning, kiddies and adults alike enjoyed playing under the rain.  It is always so beautiful to come together and just celebrate family. 


I know how busy the summer months can be and how busy your emails can get with posts from the many blogs you likely follow.  So I thought I would do a little summary of this months favourite posts in case you missed any of them.  Just click on the photo to take you to the original post.  You can always find all the posts under the archives or under the 'project gallery' page.  










It's hard to believe that it's already August and even though this summer has been a little too hot for comfort, I don't want it to end.  I know many of you can't wait for Fall, but for now, I'll continue to gladly bask in the hot sun and swim outdoors.  Soon enough, I'll be reaching for some tissues with my frozen fingertips to wipe my red nose, dripping from the cold winter, as I shovel the foot of snow off our driveway all while wishing it was summer...

I hope you have a wonderful day.

much love,
Lucy 



Saturday, August 4, 2012

The weekend....celebrate life




The kiddies and I made some confetti launchers to surprise hubby for his birthday.  We had so much fun playing with them and the best part...they double as mini marshmallow cannons....:)


It's a long weekend for us in Ontario and we have our annual family reunion this Sunday.  We're looking forward to great laughs and lots of yummy food.  Don't you just love family reunions?


I hope you have a beautiful weekend. 


much love,
Lucy 




Friday, August 3, 2012

A peek into my sketchbook....



Something different...
Fun self portrait after photo session for hubby's b-day...



Have a beautiful day!
much love,
Lucy







Thursday, August 2, 2012

My rock...






(sorry for this, the kids inherited your sense of humor)

You are the father that guides
You are the father that teaches
You are the father that plays
You are the father that disciplines
You are the father that understands
You are the father that listens
You are the father that provides
You are the father that LOVES  


To me you are...
 The song that makes my heart sing and want to replay again and again. 
The story that has the happiest ending and need to read every day. 
The  sound that soothes my soul and want to hear day and night.
 The sight that inspires me and never stops being my muse.
 The touch that comforts me and need to feel around me for the rest of my life. 



 Happy birthday baby, you are my rock...


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