Wednesday, February 27, 2013

(Mis)Adventures in Baking

Today is Crafty Day, and since one of our regulars is moving to start a new adventure in Chattanooga and it's another friend's birthday, I wanted today to be a little more special. I saw this great recipe from oh, sweet joy! on pinterest and I knew I wanted to try it.

She calls them "Can't Mess 'Em Up Cookies," but I'm extremely horrible at baking, so I knew it was possible. If you click the link above it takes you to the original recipe, but the idea is that you mix together a box cake mix, some vanilla, an egg, and a container of cool whip to make an amazing batch of cookies!

So, I started mixing. I used my hand mixer, but I caught some stray cool whip with the spoon. In the interest of full disclosure, I only used half of my container of cool whip. I assume Kim from oh, sweet joy! meant to use the normal-sized container, but the huge container was cheaper.

I took a spoonful of batter and smushed it into a bowl of powdered sugar and put it on the cookie sheet.

I put the cookies in the oven for 10 minutes like the recipe says. I remembered a couple of minutes in that I forgot to spray the cookie sheet with Pam. I took them out, tried to scrape some of the cookies up to spray under them, and found out that they had pretty much melted to the bottom.

oh, well. I put them back in the oven and hoped they wouldn't burn.

Then I remembered that I never added the egg...By putting them in the hot oven, I basically just made the cookies more smushy than they were before they started baking.

Once I took them out of the oven, I added more powdered sugar because I couldn't really mess them up any more than I already did.

At least they look pretty, right?

I hope my friends like to eat their cookies with a spoon.

**I'm linking this partial pinterest fail to Young House Love's Winter Pinterest Challenge today!**

Monday, February 25, 2013

One Way to Beat Those Winter Blues

The second cold weather hits, I'm ready for spring. You can imagine how ready I am for spring given the nasty winter we've had.


So, in the winter time I become a CRAZY PLANT LADY. Houseplants really do lift my spirits. Here's my newest addition to my studio space.

I bought that cute hanging basket from Goodwill for 99 cents!

See? There's proof!

I had gold hooks left over from hanging some mugs in our kitchen, and Jared assured me they would hold this plant up, so I believed him.

I only used one though.

Jared drilled a pilot hole for the hook and hung it for me.

Ophelia helped.

Puck approved of this new addition.

I found this dude hanging out in the foliage.

I really do love how a bit of greenery in a space cheers up a room. Plus, they purify the air, which is always good.

What about y'all? Do houseplants make anyone else super happy?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Photo Friday 2.22.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

I know this looks like a random corner, but this corner is clean, and in my world, that's an accomplishment.

I went to Wedding Day Hooray with my friend Connie, and on the way home we stopped at the food truck park and discovered a truck dedicated to mac and cheese. It's my favorite place ever.

Jared and I celebrated Valentine's a bit late, and Jared made this cute sign for me. I love him.

We snuggled this puppy. We didn't bring him home, but we wanted to. He's a Neapolitan Mastiff and when he's full grown he will weigh 150 lbs...

My man and his favorite pup by the fire.

Puck enjoying the rays.

We brought our floors home...and the truck slid down the driveway and almost crashed into the house. it was intense.

I've spent the day working on a friend's wedding bouquets! I can't wait to show them to everyone! Have a great weekend, y'all!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

By the Fireside

I hate winter.

I hate the cold. 

It makes my old lady bones hurt. 

Jared LOVES it. At just the prospect of snow, Jared gets absolutely giddy. Seriously, he giggles like a school girl and hovers over the weather channel looking for the newest updates. 

We're a complicated couple. 

Jared knows that too much winter makes me sad, but the one thing I love about winter is having a fire in the fireplace. We didn't get a huge load of firewood this year, so our fires have been few this winter. When Jared  built a fire yesterday, I was kind of surprised. He had some scrap MDF wood left over from a project, and we lounged around for a while. (Don't worry, MDF is safe to burn!)

Maybe winter's not too bad. 

Monday, February 18, 2013

From Free Promo Magnets to Freakin' Awesome Magnets

Remember that photo I found last week? No? Here's a little reminder of that visual gem.

I told you. A visual GEM. Seriously. I can't get enough of this picture.

So, I thought I'd turn it into a magnet, so I can enjoy it everyday and I won't have to worry about it falling off  the fridge.

If you have a similar hilarious photo, please email me because I'd love to see it.

This project requires:

  1. scissors
  2. ugly magnets like the ones from Little Ceasar's and GARY MARTIN HAYES AND ASSOCIATES. They seem like some real serious people.
  3. hilarious or sentimental photos
  4. a sharpie
  5. a gluestick

First, I put the magnet on top of the photo and drew lines on both sides so I'd know where to cut.

Rocket science, I know. 
Quick break for Ophelia to investigate the progress.

Then I cut the photo and smeared glue all over Mr. Gary Martin Hayes and Associates's face.

I put the trimmed photo on the glue and smooshed (yes, smooshed) the photo down all over the magnet. Then I got the next photo ready. Jared kept this photo in his Jeep (Dr. Rattles in case you were wondering) for forever until it was totaled this past December. The photo doesn't lay flat anymore because of the heat, so this project is perfect for this photo!

I repeated the earlier process with the Little Caesar's magnet. There was a little bit of overhang on each magnet.

I trimmed what I could. I figured it would be a good idea if I put the magnets in a giant book to help smoosh the glue and the photo to the magnet.

It's a really big cookbook. Also it's full of deliciousness.

And some close-ups!

...and the action shot holding up my valentine from my student!

Please excuse my fridge. I'm not the type of woman who cleans her fridge. Maybe I will be one day, but today is not that day.
This is a ridiculously easy project that takes maybe 15 minutes to finish. I probably spent more time laughing at that photo of Jared. Also, if for some reason you don't receive a bunch of these promotional magnets in the mail like we do ALL THE TIME, you can get the Little Caesar's magnets for free at their restaurants.

I was being serious about emailing me funny photos. I love that kind of stuff.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Photo Friday 2.15.2013

Welcome to Photo Friday where I show my week in pictures! Follow me on Instagram @tristantuttle ! These posts are a mix of my instagram photos, pictures taken with my Canon, and photos taken by my friends and family.  For more Photo Friday, click here.

This week I went over to my parents' house and spotted these cute little blue flowers growing in the front yard. I need Spring to get here. NOW.

We started taking up the trim in the kitchen so we can put in the new floors! They called us today and told us  they had come in!

This is legitimate snuggling, y'all. Ophelia is on top of Puck!

This sweet pup has itchy ears this week, so she's been feeling pitiful. Look at how sweet she looks.

My friend Bones dropped off these pretty blue bottles this week. Once I figure out how to remove the labels, I'm going to put them on my bottle tree.

Puck and Ophie like looking out the window. Normally, they are in the opposite windows.

This photo is my favorite photo of Jared EVER. Jared and our friend Josh attempted to drink a gallon of milk in an hour. This is the aftermath. I had copies of this photo made to give his mom for Christmas. Everyone loves this photo. I had forgotten about it until it fell out of a drawer while I was looking for something else. I love it when little surprises like these pop up!

This furry Valentine loves taking rides in Zora! When the back seat is folded up, there's a little bar to hook her leash to, so she won't make a break for it out the back window.

One of my students made a little Valentine for me and brought me a red heart-shaped rice crispie treat (that I ate immediately). She drew "O-phila" perfectly!

Have a happy weekend, y'all! Jared and I are celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend, so I'm excited!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Funky Flower Display Just in Time for Valentine's Day!

Jared and I don't go all-out for Valentine's Day. We generally make each other a gift and grab some food, and I never decorate for Valentine's Day. But this year, I wanted something cutesy to sit around that was at least fun and pink-y since Valentine's Day is almost nothing but pink. This little DIY flower display cost me absolutely nothing. Well, I did buy the Dr. Pepper, but since I drank it all and was going to throw away the bottle, I'm saying it was a free project resource :).

Here's what you'll need:

  • some kind of clean plastic bottle (Luckily, my Dr. Pepper addiction is finally paying off.)
  • some pretty bits of ephemera to attach to your bottle
  • a hot glue gun
  • a flower
  • a tiny vase or bottle
  • a razor blade or exacto knife
  • a steady hand so you don't accidentally cut your hand off when using the razor blade or exacto knife.

not pictured: a steady hand.
Around the bottom edge of the Dr. Pepper bottle, I noticed a small ring so I followed it around the edge with the razor blade.

Once I separated the two pieces, I noticed how cute Ophelia looked, so I took her picture. 

She's not supposed to be on the table, but she likes to watch me when I'm making things. Plus, she's cute. 
I wanted something to sit on the top like a stopper on a fancy decanter or something, but all I could find in my bits and pieces of fancy stuff was a broken clip-on earring. I hot-glued it to the edge of the bottle top. 

I should have taken that band off, but once it was finished I didn't notice it anymore. 

I also added a giant pink flower that was actually a hair-tie that my aunt gave me a long time ago. I wound it around the bottle's neck. 

I hot-glued ribbon along the bottom edge of the "bell jar" to give it a more finished look.

I took a carnation from my birthday bouquet, put it in a tiny vase, and set it under my bell jar.

It doesn't compare to the most beautiful bell jar in history, but I think it's a cute Valentine's decoration at least. What bell jar is the most beautiful bell jar in history, you ask? 

And yes, Beauty and the Beast was/is/alwayswillbe my favorite Disney movie.