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February 28, 2014

{Food Contributor} Bruschetta Zucchini Bites

Hi everyone!  I'm Shannah from Just Us Four.  It is so good to be back here again to share a new recipe with you!  Tomorrow is March 1st which means the Oscars are so close.  Do you host a party to get together and watch them?  If you do, I have the perfect little appetizer for you to serve.  If you don't, these little zucchini bites are still a great option for just about any event you might have.
These little appetizers are so easy to make and involves next to no cooking!  Plus, you can make all of the components ahead of time and just throw them together just before serving.

What You'll Need:

- 1 pint of grape tomatoes (I used red and yellow), quartered
- 2 zucchini
- 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- fresh basil
- grated Parmesan

Let's Make It:
1)  Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Slice your zucchini into about 2 inch slices.  Using a melon baller, carve out a circle in the middle of each piece.
2)  Place the circles on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil.  Bake in oven for about 5 minutes.  Remove from oven and let cool.

3)  In a medium bowl, combine tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, 1 Tbsp olive oil and 2 Tbsp chopped basil. Stir to combine.

4)  Spoon tomato mixture into zucchini cups.  Top with basil and grated Parmesan before serving.

I hope you enjoyed this month's recipe!  It has become a favorite snack in our house.  You can stop by Just Us Four to get lots of more recipes and even a few crafts and DIY projects too.  I'd love to connect with you on Facebook and Pinterest too!

February 27, 2014

Glitter PolkaDot Embellished Gift Box

I am weak for kraft gift boxes - I buy them whenever they go on a deal, and you can use them for tons of fun things - gifts, cookies for neighbors, whatever.  I like them because you can get crafty and spice them up however you'd like.  Today I added some glitter polkadots - so cute!

I got to try out the new Mod Podge Rocks Stencil line, and it was great. If you've ever tried to stencil with glitter, you know it can get crazy.  I've tried it before, and the glitter gets everywhere.  But with this the stencil is ADHESIVE, so no glitterly seepage.

It was a simple process - - first gather supplies:

Then pounce on the Mod Podge, all over the stencil:

Then cover in glitter (uh, I may have gone a little overboard)
 So I think you could do another way also - - pounce on the stencil, peel it off while the Mod Podge is wet, and then cover in glitter and let dry.

I let it dry then removed the stencil - I was pretty impressed to get such a crisp design with glitter:

Tie with string, and it's ready to roll!!  You can check out all the stencil options HERE.
 (I was sent the stencil and glitter for this project).

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Granny Stripe Crochet Afghan Throw Blanket

Can you tell that I can't decide what to name this post?! the "Crochet Afghan Throw Blanket" - how about that title, right?!  I know it's technically an afghan, and that's the term I used growing up, but I don't know if everyone uses that term.  It was a 50/50 split when I asked on FB/Instagram about it.  Whether people use the term "afghan" or if it's dated.  Anyways, here's what I made (err. what I'm mak-ING - yep, not done yet)
I still have a whole 2 days until #projectcrochet wraps up, so maybe I'll get it done?  But my main goal was to get it done during the olympics - take advantage of the extra TV watching and all.  I came close!
I don't have a pattern for you - I used one from Attic24 and then I also just searched for "granny stripe blanket pattern" to find a few other tutorials. It's basically a cluster of 3 double crochets, over and over. But here's the thing - I'm not great at reading patterns.  I just want a friend to sit next to me and talk me through how to make it.  So I whipped up a quick video tutorial (just 4 minutes!) of the basic idea behind the Granny Stitch for the stripes.  Enjoy that awkward awesomeness (and sorry that my camera was set to warm up the light - oops) - -

this is how it's looking so far - I think just a few more stripes wider compared to it's length....

I probably made it a little longer than I should have, but I didn't want it to be too short.  She wanted it to be able to cover her feet - got that, and then some!
Some other inspiration - - the image on the left sold me on wanting a granny stripe pattern and the image on the right sold me on using turquoise and green as main colors:
 crochet modern granny stripe baby blanket

I don't think I've even made a whole blanket, so even though it's taking a little longer, I'm pretty excited about it and the progress!!

And so you love stripes?! 
 I'm not the only one with a stripe project and tutorial today.  A few other awesome bloggers (who also happen to be part of my Sugar Bee Contributors team) have some super cool ideas to share - - be sure to follow the links below to find their projects and check out the #CreativeBuzz of the group!

1. Granny Stripe Crocheted Blanket from Sugar Bee Crafts
2. Free Printable "Made with Love" Labels from Do Small Things with Love
3. Striped Gallery Style Photo Board from One Krieger Chick
4. Zebra Cake with Cookies & Cream Frosting from This Silly Girl's Life
5. Striped Clover Mini Plate from Just Us Four
6. Neon Stripe Microsuede Clutch from seven thirty three
7. Striped Cake Stand from Tied Ribbon 
8. Stripe Fabric Bracelet from Made to Be a Momma
search social media for #CreativeBuzz each month to see what we're all up to!
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February 26, 2014

Showing Off

I just love featuring readers!
Let's see what came up at the link party today!

this super fun sidetable from Twin Dragonfly Designs - love it!
DIY Accent Table

Love the colors on this sketch from Grow Creative:
brightly colored mandala sketch (grow creative)

One Krieger Chick has been making her own wallpaper:
make your own feather artwork

I am loving the fabric on this recovered chair via AlexHaralson - 
Do It Yourself Recover Glider Rocker36

I love the idea of using eyelets to make lacing cards - so cute!  See details at Cutesy Crafts

You can find a recipe for cookie dough oatmeal on Pink Recipe Box:
Cookie Dough Oatmeal |

A simple idea for stick puppets is over at Life With Moore Babies:

Fun and colorful painted canvas tutorial at Our Secondhand House:
diy tutorial painted canvas dogwood

I also love the simple rustic feel of this initial wreath from This Silly Girl's Life:

I thought bottlecap magnets was an easy and fun craft to tackle - see them at The Pin Junkie:
Bottle Cap Magnets

Find this fun crafty pencil idea at Homework:
Anthropologie Inspired Pencils via homework |

Like a Saturday made this cute pom pom blanket (an Ikea hack)
Ikea blanket hack with pom poms

and some crochet projects I found....... (remember, #projectcrochet, all month long - winding up!)

cute slippers via Night Owl Corner:
Crocheted Violet Slippers

star blanket via Happy in Red:
crochet star blanket

and MOST VIEWED LINK.................

the colorable spring banner from Do Small Things With Love:
come spring banner printable

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:  (oh, and if you were featured on FB, or if you're featured later this afternoon, you're included - grab away!!)

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February 24, 2014

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Can't wait to see what everyone's been up to -  - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?
- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog - no more than a couple of posts please
  • Please don't link up anything you've already linked before (like something posted on a previous week)
  • Try to visit a few other people at the party  - everyone loves visits and encouraging comments!  
If you're reading this on the main page of my blog, find that "click to read more" button and it'll take you to the full post that contains the link party (that's so the blog will load faster - link parties can bog it down)...

Shamrock Marker Mugs

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I am cranking out marker mugs like crazy - they're so fun and easy, I just can't get enough!  So of course I needed to make a couple of Shamrock Mugs.  And I love them - so cute!

I've got a how-to tutorial for you, but here's the process in a glimpse:

So first up, prep your mugs.  Wipe them down with rubbing alcohol.  Then stick on a template - I used my Silhouette to cut out a shamrock.  Then just start having fun!  With the dots I layered them starting on the edges and working out:

I've used Oil-Based Sharpie in the past but wanted to give Painters a try, so that's what I used this time around:

When you're done, let the design sit a couple of days to cure.  After that, it's time to bake them.  Start with a cold oven - just stick the mugs in on a cookie sheet.  Then heat the oven up to 375 degrees for 30 minutes.  Then turn the oven off and let the mugs cool in the oven.

That's it!  You can handwash them from there.  I'm a rebel, and I wanted to try them in the dishwasher....

and look - it totally stayed on!  I've washed it twice since, and it's held up:

but - warning - this is another mug I did - and it didn't hold up!  bummer!  I'm not sure what the difference was - maybe I forgot to prep this one with rubbing alcohol?  maybe it was just in an extra-jetty spot in the dishwasher?  who knows!  but beware and handwash to be sure to keep the design alive.

I made the strip one in similar fashion as the dot one, just drew lines across my template instead of dots.  And it was a reverse template as the dot one.  I outlined the shamrock to make it stand out a little more.

I know these are filled with yummy candy (fun gift idea!) but I kind of want to fill them with a frothy shamrock shake.... mmmmmm....

That's all there is to it!  The sky is the limit on creating designs with markers on mugs.  Have fun with it!!

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