Monday, August 29, 2011

Modge Podge Helps

I love Modge Podge. But, it is a learning experience. Here are some helps so you can avoid annoying mistakes that I have made. 

1. Don't use a brush the the bristles will fall out of as you are using. If bristles fall off, PICK THEM UP AT THAT MOMENT. If not, they will become sealed in to your finish. 

2. It is really hard to put glue on top of modge podge. For example, don't do a layer of paper, put modge podge on, then try to glue something on top of that. Instead, Glue all your layers down, and modge podge ONCE. Side note- You can hot glue on modge podge. 

3. If you are gluing paper on the surface you want to modge podge, try really hard to get all the edges down, and  pull it tight and flat. Note: Things will look more wrinkly when wet, but when they dry, they will become flatter. 

4. Paint the modge podge the same direction, this way if you have brush lines, it looks nice. Or, do a design, like zig-zags, or swirls. 

5. Always cover your surface:)

Lots of Love,


Newspaper Notepad

Have you ever thought of what a useful art medium newspaper is?

The possibilities go far beyond simply covering your work surface.

How about covering a note book?

With a little bit of modge podge and today’s paper, it’s easy to give that cover a whole new look.


-Note Book
-Glue Stick
-Modge Podge
-Cut Picture cut outs and/ or quote (I used an old Calendar)


-Tear the newspaper into large scraps and strips of paper to cover your note book with. It might be wise to read the articles first. That way you don’t end up with articles about bombings, wars and kidnappings all over your cover.

-Carefully use the glue stick to glue all the newspaper pieces down in your desired pattern. Try to have the pieces lay as flat as possible.

- Cut out the pictures/ quote and glue on note book.

- Cover the whole note book in a coat of modge podge. Sprinkle glitter on while wet. If desired, let note book dry and coat with modge podge again. Make sure you don’t have any edges coming up.

Enjoy your one of a kind note book!

Here is the quote I use for mine:

Lots of Love,


P.S. Pictures to come!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Cream Cheese Heaven

Those beautiful bakery cupcakes always looks so intimidating...How does one swirl the frosting and get it to look THAT good?

Plus, the bakery frosting never is good enough to want to eat an inch of it.

Well, believe it or not the first picture on this page is a picture of bakery cup cakes.

This one,

 is a picture of cupcakes I made.

And the frosting really is good enough to eat an inch.
You might even want  more than that :)

Cream Cheese Frosting

-1Cup butter (softened)
-2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
-8 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
-2 T. Milk
-1 T. orange juice
-1 t. orange zest


In a medium mixer bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together until smooth. Add sugar one cup at a time and milk. Mix well. Beat in high until smooth (only 30 seconds to 1 minute). Thin to cake smooth; use full strength for piping borders. 


Lots of Love,


Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Tale of Two Castles

You may remember that I previously posted that I couldn't get my hands on this book because EVERY one else wanted to read it ...

Well, I finally was able to obtain it on CDs, as an audio book. The woman who read the story did an excellent job portraying the voices. I would definitely recommend listening to it, if you can't read it. 

This story takes place in a fantasy kingdom by the name of  'Two Castles', where a young girl named Elodie has come to fulfill her dream of becoming an actress. 

When the situation doesn't turn as she planned, she becomes a Dragon's Assistant, and discovers she is more talented and skilled than she would have ever imagined.

Elodie is a believable character. I felt that it was easy to relate to her feelings of loneliness, and that of an outsider as she first arrives in Two Castles. And more importantly than that, Elodie grows on your heart. She becomes a person that you want to succeed, and a person you want to be like. 

Hope you enjoy! 

Lots of Love, 


Saturday, August 13, 2011

A little something...

"Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
— G.K. Chesterton

Monday, August 8, 2011

I pick you!

This guitar pick necklace is a fun and original way to show off your love of music...

-Guitar pick (for tracing)
-Modge Podge and Brush
-Card stock
-Cute patterned paper, newspaper, sheet music, or fabric
-Small hole punch
-Glue Stick
-Glitter (optional)


Cut a square of card stock, and your choice of decorative paper, that are both about the same size(slightly bigger than you guitar pick). Glue them on top of each other. If  you desire, cut out another square of paper and glue it to the back to make it reversible.

Trace the guitar pick onto this with a pencil.

Cut it out.

If you covered your pick with fabric, modge podge it, and let it sit for a three or four hours. When it is dry, you will be able to hole punch right through it.

It you covered it in paper, hole punch it, then modge podge it. Let dry. If desired, sprinkle glitter on to the wet modge podge. 

String the picks onto a chain, or a ribbon. Enjoy!

Lots of Love,