July 26–Christmas in July Day 2: Bottlecap Snowman Ornament

Today’s project is another in the long list of projects I’ve done this summer that involve spray painting…seriously, I have a problem. It’s really addictive…

This cute little snowman ornament was super easy once the paint dried. I just used some Stickles to give him a little personality and he’s ready to hang! I found the original tutorial here but I really didn’t have to follow it–it’s pretty self-explanatory πŸ™‚

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July 25–Christmas in July Day 1: Graduation Tassel Ornaments

Welcome to my Christmas in July blog party! For the next week I will be featuring projects from my Christmas Pinterest board. Today’s project is an ornament that is also an awesome keepsake using that old graduation tassel you might have laying around taking up space or tucked far, far away in a box where no one can see it. I am a pretty sentimental gal so I keep stuff like this FOREVER. At least this way, I can look at it for about a month and then pack it away with the rest of the Christmas decorations! I pinned a couple of different versions of this project from here and here. In the end, I went with a combination and added my own flair πŸ™‚

You will have to excuse the pictures–I could not find any good lighting that would really capture these. I tried about 5 different locations with different lighting and just couldn’t get the right shot. But you can get the idea…

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The ribbon on Darin’s is actually a really nice purple and looking at this picture I realized I forgot something on his. I couldn’t fit his ’87 charm inside the ornament so my plan was to add it to the ribbons…which I totally forgot. I will be going back and adding that…

Here is one with different lighting but it honestly doesn’t look much better. I guess everyone is just going to have to come over for Christmas and see them in person! πŸ™‚

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July 24–Road Trip Bingo!

Not sure what happened to the hours today–they kind of flew by for me. So I knew I needed to keep my pin for the day simple and quick. We are preparing to go on vacation in a few days so I perused my Family Fun board to see if I could find some good activities for the car ride.

I started with this Restaurant I Spy from http://www.3boysandadog.com and followed several links to other I Spy and bingo printables. I think I’m most excited about the license plate I spy πŸ™‚

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I also found a pin for an app that tells you things to do along the way on your road trip, but it led to a dead website, so I searched around on Google and found http://www.roadtrippers.com. I will have to report back as to whether this was a fabulous find or not πŸ™‚

July 23–Watermelon Mason Jar

Time for another spray paint adventure! I absolutely love using mason jars for keeping plastic dinnerware handy during a party. Usually I just use a clear one, tie a ribbon around it and put some marbles inside to make the perfect serving aid. When I saw this project from http://www.pinkwhen.com, I knew that I had to add it to my partyware collection! I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

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On the website, she also does a pretty lemon yellow jar. I tried that one as well but the paint was weird and didn’t cover very well. I’m super happy with my little watermelon jar though, so it’s all good πŸ™‚

July 22–Cajun Jambalaya

In honor of our upcoming trip to New Orleans, I decided to try this recipe from http://www.cleaneatingmag.com for Cajun Jambalaya foil packets. This recipe was super easy–the most time consuming part was prepping all the ingredients! I followed the simple recipe (except I did forget to put the celery in…). Basically you just dump it onto foil and make packets, pop it in the oven for 30 minutes and voila! Dinner’s ready!

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The best part about this recipe–easy clean up!!! I just had to throw away the foil! BONUS πŸ™‚

July 21–Honeycomb Tissue Paper Art

This project was the one I was supposed to do last Friday at craft night but didn’t have the right tissue paper. So I bit the bullet and ordered the correct kind from Amazon. I looked locally and couldn’t find it so this lovely assortment was delivered to my doorstep! The inspiration came fromΒ the Fiskars website and was pinned to my She’s Crafty Pinterest board. It really is a simple project once you have the right materials!

From Fiskars:

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I went with a more monochromatic look and wanted to add a fun quote from my Words to Live By board so you get a two for one pin today!

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And seriously…don’t forget to be AWESOME!

July 20–Garlic Lemon and Parmesan Oven Roasted Zucchini

I always think I want a vegetable garden, and then I remember that I have what I like to refer to as a “brown thumb.” I have trouble keeping plants alive. I don’t know if I am just scatterbrained or it’s just not my thing, but my dream of going outside to pick the vegetables for my dinner isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Fortunately, I happen to be friends with people who are fantastic gardeners and sometimes get to reap the rewards of their hard work πŸ™‚ Such was the case when I came home from craft night to this haul:

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We’ve been chowing down on it for days πŸ™‚ Tonight I tackled that enormous zucchini and used this recipe from http://www.cookingclassy.com. I am a little embarrassed to post the picture of the finished product because I almost burned them but they tasted delicious! I overcooked them a little but the ones that didn’t get mushy were tasty–I loved the combination of lemon, garlic and parmesan! I will definitely try this recipe again–hopefully it will still taste as yummy with zucchini that is from the store and not garden fresh!

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