Happy 2nd Birthday & Happy NEW Blog

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April 9, 2014

615,000 PAGE VIEWS
300 POSTS
and
2 YEARS

It's hard to believe that two years ago today, I published my first post on Doodles & Stitches!
In some ways, it seems like yesterday 
and in other ways, it feels like this blog has always been a part of me.
I am excited about all the opportunities this blog has afforded me.
I have gotten to work with great people and companies such as…

Home Talk
iVillage
Shutterly & Tiny Prints
Cafe Press
Me and Mrs. Jones
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint
West End Salvage
...and many more.

I have made great, new friends in the blogging world 
and have been forced to step deeper into the social media world.
I've grown with Pinterest, as it was a new baby when my blog was started.
Over the past two years, I've taken many instructional classes to become a better DIY-er.
I've read and studied and improved… haven't I improved?
I have been featured on many blogs and have joined plenty of link parties.
I've hosted many link parties too.
But mostly I've…
Painted, Sanded, Cut, Sewed, Sawed, Waxed, Stirred, Cooked, Glued, Created 
and then Photographed!
I have learned to photograph in the oddest angles, with my left hand (and I'm right handed), in order to get that "perfect shot" to show you, my reader, just exactly what I was "talking" about.
Now, I'm excited to tell you that some
CHANGES are COMING!
At 2 years old, changes are happening at Doodles & Stitches.
D & S will continue to be the DIY blog that you love but 
I'm removing the "recipe" portion. 
This doesn't mean that I'm not cooking and sharing recipes anymore.
Quite the contrary!
I LOVE to cook.  
I love exploring and blending flavors.
I love creating new dishes.

Today, I want to introduce you to my new cooking blog…



I hope you'll bookmark it and visit often.
You'll find all my recipes from Doodles & Stitches on the new blog plus many new ones.

Happy Birthday Slice of Sassy!

AND

Happy Birthday Doodles & Stitches!





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April Prayer List Printable

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April Prayer List Printable

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.


Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables...

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Hello Beautiful

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Meet my new pillow and latest project…


inspired by a pillow at Fisher's Restaurant in Orange Beach (below)


 I used my Silhouette Cameo to make a stencil out of vinyl.


I placed paper inside the pillow so the paint didn't soak through.


I used a stencil brush to apply acrylic paint, "tapping it" into the fabric.


This is what it looked like after all the paint was applied.


And here's the finished product…
Hello, Beautiful Pillow



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Homemade Maple Syrup

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In the 1970's, when I was a little girl, I lived in Hong Kong.  We were able to eat and prepare a lot of our favorite American foods while living there but some things were difficult to find and maple syrup was one of those things.  My Mom happens to be one of the BEST cooks in this world and while I was growing up, she always cooked at least 2 meals a day - breakfast and dinner.  Breakfast was always my favorite and my mom's waffles and pancakes are legendary!  She made homemade syrup when we lived in Hong Kong and after returning to the States, store bought syrup would never do - for any of us!  The tradition has continued and my own kids have hardly ever had store bought syrup (at my house) thanks to this great recipe.  Really, this is almost as easy as popping a store-bought syrup into the microwave!  If you've ever had Cracker Barrel's syrup, this is very similar… although I think it's better.

Maple Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:
3/4 c. water
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. maple flavoring

Instructions:
Bring water and sugar to a boil, turn down to medium heat and continue boiling for 3 minutes.  Remove from heat and add maple flavoring.  Stir and serve.




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St. Patrick's Day Headband

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This is such a FUN, QUICK project!
Simply crochet 8 clovers using the pattern link below.
Slip stitch them together… Done!


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Sweet Potato Scones

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Sweet Potato Scones Recipe

Ingredients:
5 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. sugar
2 c. self-rising flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 c. cooked sweet potato, mashed
1/2 c. half and half (I used fat free)
1 egg
1-2 tsp. raw sugar

Honey and Butter for drizzling on top.

Instructions:
Cut in butter with sugar and flour until crumbly.
Add cinnamon and nutmeg.
Whisk in sweet potato, half and half and egg until mixture is just moistened.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
Pat into an 8 inch circle.
Cut into 8 wedges but do not separate.
Place on non-greased baking sheet.
Sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until brown.
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St. Patrick's Day Beanie

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 Crochet Pattern


I found this great chevron beanie pattern at Javocado
It was very easy to read and understand.
I used "Jellybean" and "Spring Green" Red Heart Yarn.


You can find instructions on how to crochet the four leaf clovers on the hat here...

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"Faux" Tufted Bed Tutorial

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I was going to GET RID of this bed last week. I've never liked it!
I was going to sell it and then build my own upholstered bed.  That was the plan.
Before listing it on Craigslist, I got a crazy idea to try transforming this ugly bed into 
the upholstered bed of my dreams. (pun intended) 
So, I tackled the project and love the result.
I finished it in 2 days!
I learned some great shortcuts and tricks that I'm going to share with you in this tutorial.





This is the complete list of SUPPLIES I used…
1/2 qt. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Old White
Annie Sloan Clear Wax
Paint Brush
Old T-shirt Rag (for wax)
2 -Medium Grit Sandpaper Blocks
Hammer
12 - Small Finishing Nails
Scissors
Large Roll of Paper - to make pattern
Pencil
Measuring Tape
Yard Stick
Ruler
4 yards - Heavy Duty Foam in 1/2 inch thickness (green foam at JoAnn's)
4 yards of Fabric for Upholstery - Mine is from Premiere Fabrics
Straight Pins
2 - Dritz Nailhead Trim Kits - each measuring 5 yards
26 Upholstery Tacks (the same size as nailhead kit tacks)
Hot Glue Gun
2 - Fabric Glue Sticks (for glue gun)
Fabric Pen with Disappearing Ink

Instructions:
1. Make a pattern of the areas that you are going to upholster, using a roll of paper and a pencil.  You will probably need someone to hold the paper, as you trace lines with a pencil.

2. Cut out the paper pattern and lay it on the foam.  Trace the paper pattern on the foam, using a pen or marker.  Cut out foam pieces in shape of headboard and footboard patterns.  Because this foam is only half an inch thick, regular scissors will cut through it easily.
3. Place the foam piece on the headboard to make sure it fits correctly, trim as needed.
I used small nails (in corners) to hold it in place because I didn't have a helper to hold it for me.

The foam was not wide enough to reach the base of my headboard so I had to do some "piecing"
Below, I have cut another piece to go at the base.


(Below)  The two foam pieces aren't glued together yet.  I was just making sure it was correct size.


4. Using fabric glue stick, hot glue the bottom and top foam edges together, as shown below.


5. With a little help (from my dog, Cocoa) I wrapped the fabric around each foam piece (for headboard and footboard).  I used straight pins to secure it to the foam.

Footboard Piece...

...Headboard Piece

 6.  I set the fabric covered foam aside and began painting this beast!  I'm not sure if the photos show just how huge this bed is… I don't think I even realized how big it was before I painted the entire thing.
I applied two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (my favorite), then waxed and sanded it to perfection.
ASCP goes a long way - meaning - I only used 1/2 of the quart of paint on this entire project!  I have several furniture painting tutorials using ASCP that can be found here.



7.  Using small finishing nails, tack the covered pieces into place in the corners and center top and bottom.  This is just to hold it in place while you apply the upholstery nailhead trim.


Below, is the Nailhead Trim Kit.  It is SUPER EASY to use!


 The tacks are all connected and every 6th one has an open center.
You nail an upholstery tack (supplied in kit) in each of the open centered tacks.

(above) This tack is about to be hammered in.



8.  Now it is time to "faux - tuft" the headboard.  First, figure out where you want your tacks and mark with fabric marker.  My tacks are 9 inches apart.  



 9.  Nail in tacks at measured points.  I only "tufted" the headboard.  I thought the footboard looked better with only the nailhead trim.



This project was so much easier than I ever imagined and that ugly, old sleigh bed, the one that I was ready to sell on Craigslist… is now my FAVORITE piece of furniture.

If you have any questions regarding my tutorial or the products used, feel free to email me or comment below and I'm happy to help in any way I can.

 
I have entered this project into the "Creating with the Stars" Contest at East Coast Creative.  



My bed was featured here...

The Dedicated House
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How to Crochet a Four Leaf Clover

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How fun would it be to hand these out on St. Patrick's Day?
...OR pin one on your shirt on St. Pat's Day?
…OR make a green striped beanie with these attached? (Pattern coming next week!)
…OR make an adorable four leaf clover headband? (Pattern coming next week!)

These are so easy to crochet.  I like to be busy doing something even if I'm just watching television. So a few nights ago, I started crocheting these little cute clovers in front of the t.v. and before I knew it, I had a ton!  I came up with some cool ways to use them...  I'll be sharing those next week.
For now, here's the pattern…

FOUR LEAF CLOVER PATTERN

Make a magic ring
Chain (ch) 1
Single Crochet (sc) into the ring 5 times.
Tighten the magic ring.
Slip stitch (sl st) closed at first sc.
In the first sc…
ch 1 
half double crochet (hdc), 
3 double crochet (dc)
hdc
(all of that was in the first stitch)
Now sl st into the second stitch and in the second stitch…
1 hdc
3 dc
1 hdc
Now for your STEM... sl st into the 3rd stitch, then ch 4, sc in 2nd and 3rd bumps from the hook, 
sl st back into the 3rd stitch
Now in the 4th stitch…
1 hdc
3 dc
1 hdc
Now sl st into the 5th stitch and…
1 hdc
3 dc
1 hdc
Sl st into first chain and tie off.

UPDATE…

Here are the projects links that I posted using this tutorial…



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March Prayer List - Printable

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March Prayer List- Printable

Another free printable for the Resolution Notebook. 
Simply click on the image and it will take you to the download page.



 Here are all of the monthly prayer list printables





















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Salsa Triscuit Snacks

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This is a NO BRAINER!
It's such a satisfying, easy, fast snack.  My mom taught me this trick.

Cracked Pepper & Olive Oil Triscuit Crackers
(Regular Triscuit Crackers will work too)
A dollop of Salsa
A sprinkling of Reduced-Fat Shredded Mexican Cheese

Microwave for 30 seconds or until cheese melts and gets all bubbly!


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Shell Stitch Crochet Hat

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Isn't my baby girl so cute?
This is such a fun hat.  I made it in about half an hour.
I found the pattern HERE… 
It's from the blog, Grow Creative
This pattern is very well-written and easy to read!


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Mexican Restaurant Cheese Dip

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 I love the cheese dip at all mexican restaurants.  
As a matter of fact, I tried to duplicate it several times over the years but always failed miserably!  
I am super excited to have finally figured out this recipe and now I am sharing it with you.  
I hope you ENJOY!  

Mexican Restaurant Cheese Dip Recipe

3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 c. milk
1 can mild Ro-tel tomatoes
1 c. grated mexican cheese blend

Melt butter; remove from heat.  Stir in flour, salt and pepper.  Stir in Ro-tel and milk, using a whisk until well blended.  Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thick.  Cook for 5 minutes, then add cheese.  Stir until smooth. 
Serve with tortilla chips.
Makes 2 cups.
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Gift Wrap Modge-Podge Table

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Picture Tutorial

I'm so pleased with how my little table turned out!

This is what it looked like before (below).
I hand painted all those little diamonds on the table 10 years ago.  It was adorable.
But serving as a painting, building, sewing, art table for the past several years…
it had taken some definite abuse!

 I needed to re-vamp this table so I started out by painting it with ASCP "old white"
But I wanted to do more so...
 I found adorable gift wrap at Home Goods.  Isn't it soooo cute?
I started out by measuring the surface of the table 
and then cutting the paper a little larger than the table top.
Using a sponge brush, I applied a HEAVY coat of Modge Podge to the entire table top.


Then, I applied a heavy coat of Modge Podge to the under-side of the wrapping paper.











I placed the paper on the table, very carefully.
Then, I used a (dry) foam roller and pressed the paper to the table, working out any bubbles.
Then I smoothed the surface with my plastic silhouette card.  You can use a credit card. 
This helped to work out all the air from beneath the surface.

After I had the paper smoothed out, I used a sand paper block to remove the edge of the paper.
Then, I applied an even coat of Modge Podge to the paper's surface.
I let it dry for about 20 minutes and then reapplied the Modge Podge.
 The following morning, I covered it with Polyurethane, as a sealer and top coat.
I am so happy with the results!












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