Saturday, November 10, 2012

Leftover craft paper

After my last craft, I had some leftover paper so I decided to make some cards.  When it comes to cards, I tend to be a minimalist so using the leftover scraps worked out perfectly.  I used my Cricut machine that I received from my in-laws for Christmas a couple of years ago to cut out the shapes, letters and words.
As a side note, I love homemade cards.  They are less expensive, but at the same time are full of meaning.  When I receive a homemade card, I think how wonderful it is that someone took time out of their schedule to make me that specific card.  Does anyone else feel that way?

Getting Crafty

Last month all I did was sit on my rear and watch movies.  I fully blame Blockbuster for this since they "gave" me a free pass for their $14.99 a month program that allows you to rent one video or game at a time with no return date and unlimited rentals.  Because I wanted to get the full value of the pass, I felt like I had to constantly get videos to watch.  Towards the end of the pass, I decided that I would not be renewing it because I didn't want to spend more time with my eyes glued to the TV.  I decided that I would start crafting more to occupy my time. 
I opted to work on a project that would be super easy, but was something that I had wanted to try for a long time.  My materials were:

* Wood Letters
* Paper in a matching color motif
* Mod Podge (matte)
* Foam brush
* Enamel Spray Sealer
* Pencil

I matched the paper with the letters I wanted them to be attached to, traced the letters upside down on the back of the papers, and cut them out. (Sorry about the photo, I forgot to fix it before uploading it.)

Using the foam brush I applied a thin layer of mod podge to the letters and then carefully applied the paper over the mod podge.  Once the mod podge was dry, I applied another thin layer on top of the paper.  I let that dry over night and then sprayed all the letters with the spray sealer.

After a day of drying, I think I ended up with a pretty cute little project to display on our mantel.

No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie

Several weeks ago, I had the sweets urge and had seen this recipe somewhere online.  I don't remember if it was linked from a blog I follow or pinterest, but it contained three words that almost always are a sell for me..."chocolate peanut butter".  The link is here for the original recipe from a blog called Diva Entertains.
I did change the recipe some based on what I had in the house.  The recipe calls for brown sugar when making the crust, but I didn't have any so I used sucanat.  The recipe was not specific on what kind of chocolate chips to use so I used semi-sweet.

The crust was a little a difficult to work with, but I managed to get out a slice. :)

James and I were not super impressed with this pie.  The filling was good, but the biggest problem was the chocolate.  It needed to be milk chocolate and be a thinner layer.  I have other chocolate peanut butter no-bake recipes I like better that I will use before this one.