Painting for our bedroom!

Transferred the printed type onto canvas and painted it!

Transferring type to be painted

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For some time I have been working on this picture for our bedroom wall. I found this picture on Pinterest, and thought I could do this!

Out of all the moments in my life... The ones I've spent with you are my most favourite
Out of all the moments in my life… The ones I’ve spent with you are my most favourite

I found it here, http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vCVPHSeIXDA/T5FqSkh6LvI/AAAAAAAAIJQ/AIBKQyP3ZLg/s1600/life.jpg but I couldn’t find any more details.
So I wanted to make my our for our bedroom, originally for valentines day but as time got away its now a late anniversary present to us!

I found this link on Pinterest, on how to transfer type onto something to paint the same font. And as I’m an amateur at this kind of thing I need as much help as I could get!
http://homespunhappenings-tammy.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/i-made-sign.html
At Homespun Happenings, she uses a charcoal pencil which I didn’t have so I used white chalk which I though worked just as well!

Ok so what you need is a canvas, a saying printed in the font you want to copy, paint, a teeny tiny paint brush, chalk, and a lead pencil.

Equipment for painting

So I first printed off my saying because I wanted it to look fairly similar to the one I found on Pinterest but I change the colours to suit our room. I also would recommend using chunky types of fonts if this is your first attempt as this was mine. Cut it out and lay onto your canvas as you want, I used different fonts and different sizes and I think the mix looks pretty good!

Have your canvas painted and dry in your choice of background colours. When you are happy with you placement of words, start to transfer them onto the canvas. I did this one at a time. First I covered the back of the word with white chalk, as much as you can first time until you can work out how much you need to see the outline.

The back of the printed words, covered in chalk
The back of the printed words, covered in chalk

When the print is where you want the words to be you carefully trace the outline of the letter with a lead pencil, with pressure, but not too much that you pierce the canvas. Once one line was traced I then painted it, I didn’t want the chalk to rub off which it does quite easily. So work in small sections and its easier!

The chalk outline
The chalk outline

(Yes I work on my sewing room floor on carpet with paint, yes I know I’m naughty! Haha)

I stopped and started to make sure that each line was dry before I started so I didn’t smudge any wet paint. This worked well with the paint but this is also why it took me a couple of months to finish!

But overall this way of transferring type was pretty easy and effective! I think to make it even easier you could use either a paint pen like a sharpie or a chalk pen, which would make much cleaner lines than the painting.
Hope this makes it easier for you guys to make your own word art? I was thinking of making a couple for my nephews for their bedrooms with Dr Seuss quotes!
Any questions please ask!
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Completed saying!
Completed saying!

Gardening Triumph

Hi guys! I just wanted to share my tiny gardening triumph! For my birthday a couple of years ago my parents brought me a worm farm! Which my husband was somewhat freaked out about! And as the worms count as my only “pets” C-Man thinks that they are solely my responsibility. But I love these little guys! They are the best thing ever, we live in a tiny townhouse, with an even tinier backyard. But I have managed to grow some organic capsicum, thanks to my worm friends!

Organic Gardening
Where all their business gets done!

They live in a multilayer house where I add their food to the top tray and they eat through it and their, “waste” goes down into the bottom layers where it comes out through the tap. All these nutrients then go back into my garden!

When we brought our house it came with a big ugly pot with a dead tree in it…. Thanks! But as my husband calls our backyard – the wasteland, he was not interested in moving it or trying to improve it. So I embraced the ugly pot and that is where I pour all my extra worm “juice.” But it is also where I am growing my capsicum! Purely from my worm juice, this plant has sprouted and grown and now fruited!

"Fruits" of the worms labour
“Fruits” of the worms labour

I have had a few capsicum, and tomatoes all with no gardening, pesticides or love. I have put in a stake and tied the plants to the stake with fabric scraps, but that is where my involvement ends! Normally when the fruit gets to be 3 cms and one night the local possum comes and eats it. Then in a couple of months it re-sprouts, fruits, gets eaten by Mr Possum and the cycle begins. However after complaining about the possum to my mum, she told me to put wasabi paste around the top of my pot and the possum will stay away! And so far so good! This is by far the biggest my capsicum have ever grown before being eaten and now I also have some baby capsicums. Amazing – considering the space in my garden!

Baby capsicum protected by wasabi paste from the possums!

But beside the free plants and vegetables the reasons why love my worm farm.
All our fruit and veggie scraps go in there, beside onions and citrus.
It doesn’t smell! (If it does there is problem)
You don’t need to worry about them when you go holidays, just feed them up before you go.
I occasionally cover them with wet newspaper in the heat of summer to keep them cool.
They move up the levels when they have finished all the food on their level, so there isn’t much left behind.
The tap on the front makes it easy to empty out their “liquid gold.”
They will breed until they have no more room, and if you rave about your worm farm so much that your family go and buy one, you can give them half your worms and your worm farm will start breeding again to make full and work to full capacity!
And the best thing about my worms, and a fact that my nephews love the most is,
if you accidentally cut them in half, they grow back!

If you have a worm farm, do you love it as much as I do? I would love to know! xx

Inside my worm farm lid – mostly eaten waste.

The mostly eaten kitchen waste, some mango and avocado seeds not yet finished.
The mostly eaten kitchen waste, some mango and avocado seeds not yet finished.

A picture of my worms, they don’t like sunlight so when you open the lid, they all run for cover!

Worms don't like sunlight, so they were scurrying out of sight.
Worms don’t like sunlight, so they were scurrying out of sight.

Chocolate Coconut Cookies

Chocolate coconut cookies

These cookies, I made for the first time tonight for the week ahead!  Chocolate Coconut Cookies, are my adaption of the Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies from Martha Stewart’s “Cookies” recipe book.  MS recipe has white chocolate chips and walnuts, which I didn’t have on hand, but my recipe I think, and I hope you will agree, worked out pretty well without them!  MS recipe had 2 sticks of butter, which I had to google and came to the conclusion that one stick is about 114 grams, so 2 sticks = 230 grams. (approx).

So without any further ado my adapted recipe from the great MS.

Ingredients

230 grams unsalted butter (I used margarine)

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups plain four

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1 teaspoon bi-carb soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup coconut

2 cups white chocolate chips (I used 1/2 white and 1/2 dark chocolate chips)

METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.  In an electric mixer add the butter and sugars, and beat on medium until smooth.  Add the vanilla and eggs one at a time and beat after each addition.

2.  Sift the flour, cocoa powder, bi-carb soda, baking powder and salt into another bowl.  Add into the butter mixture and beat at low until all combined, scraping down the edges constantly.

3.  Mix the chocolate chips and coconut into the mix.

4.  Spoon onto a baking tray, with baking paper.  Use a desert spoon to spoon out the mixture.  The cookies spread so place about 4 -5 cm apart.

5.  Bake in moderate oven, for 10-12 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly before transferring onto a cooling rack to completely cool.  Store in airtight container.

Notes – The mixture looks really quite wet, almost like a slice, but it makes for a delicious moist middle!

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On the cooling rack!

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THE DELICIOUS MOIST MIDDLE!

Making coloured rice for craft

Last week I opened a new packet of rice, it had been in the cupboard a while, but when I opened it, there was like a spider web in the top of the packet. Weird! So like a good girl, I didn’t feed it to my husband! But I wasn’t sure what to do with the new/old packet of rice! So I poured it into a tupperware container, for a rainy day!
Today my rainy day arrived! I figured out what to do with my perfectly looking rice, that came from a weird looking packet! I decided to dye it!

Dyed rice, we use it at school all the time, for collage and for sensory activities. I had never thought about it until one of my students asked if she could make it, I let her go for it, and her results were awesome! As easy as dying pasta, but a lot shorter drying time. So being the geek that I am, I used my holidays to make resources for school! Just like every other teacher on the planet!

How to make coloured rice

First you will need,
Rice
A Chinese takeaway container (disposable plastic) with lid
A spoon
Food colouring
Baking trays (the same number as colours of colouring)
Water
Alfoil
Equipment for Dyeing Rice

In the plastic container add, 2 capfuls of food colouring. More or less depending on how bright the colours you want. And one capful of water, you can alter these quantities to reflect how bright or how much food colouring you have to use. But you don’t want to have a lot of liquid.
Dye and water mix

In the container add the rice, I split a 1kg bag of rice into 4 colours so 250g each time. Place the lid on the container and slide the rice around and up and down until totally coated in colour.
White rice in dye solution
You want to use as much colour as possible, if you have extra liquid pour it out.
Drain dye

Line your baking tray with alfoil, so that the colouring doesn’t stain. But also just in case there is any liquid left you don’t want it to drip onto your counter or wherever your rice will dry. Use the back of the spoon to spread the rice out as thin as you can.
Spread dyed rice thinly onto baking sheet

Rinse out container and spoon and repeat with each colour of food colouring.

Allow the rice to dry over night, mine was dry in 2 hours but I live in QLD. Or if needed sooner, place in a very slow over (100*c) for 10 mins. The spread out again and put in the over for 10 more minutes.
Drying the dyed rice

Place in airtight container and use for craft as you please! Would be cute if you were allowed to throw rice at your wedding or as craft. Obviously don’t encourage the children it eat it!
Coloured Rice

The same method could be used for pasta, but drying time would be longer. I also wouldn’t suggest quick drying in the open as the pasta may split if in the oven.
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