The initial concept

 

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I found these wooden letters in a closet at my parents house. When I asked Mom why she had my initials in wood she said they were for a craft project that never happened and she didn’t realize that they were MY initials. They’re also the initials of the first names of her 3 children. Hmmmm, coincidence? Either way, a score for me!

They’ve been kicking around my craft/sewing table for awhile and I finally decided to do something about it! At first I was just going to paint them white but then that seemed too boring, so I decided a distressed look was the way to go. Since I’m cheap and didn’t want to go buy a crackle varnish I looked up a way to do it for less.  Hint: it involves old school glue!

 

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I’ve been on Pinterest for a little while (follow me!) and I have already seen so many cool things others have pinned! Like this idea for using tacks to help hold the letters without getting messy fingers. Or in my case less messy. It also insures the wood doesn’t stick to the newspaper after you paint it! Click to see the original pin. Tip: make sure your pins are in quite deep so they don’t fall out mid paint!

 

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I found the instructions for this faux finish on www.diylife.com and it was really simple. Who knew white glue was good for something other then making patterns on your binder and then peeling it off when dry!? Anyone else do that in elementary school? Lol

After cleaning off the wood I painted a base coat and let it dry completely. I wanted to see if using two shades of blue would have a different effect then a solid color.

 

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Then you take same white glue and mix in a little bit of water, just to get it a bit more runny so it can be “painted” on. The instructions said to put on a thick coat of glue as that yields bigger cracks. Bigger cracks! *snicker*

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Orange you glad?

For Christmas this year I received a Cuisinart blender, thanks mom! The idea behind wanting this handy machine was that because you can blend directly into a travel cup I would be able to make myself healthy breakfast drinks to be consumed on the way to work. In this fantasy I must have forgotten that I get up hellishly early and usually am running out the door to catch the bus! Maybe one day i won’t hit snooze 3+ times, ahhhh wishful thinking.

In the meantime I came across this delicious drink that I’m kinda addicted to. I found it on allrecipies.com and it’s name is Orange Smoothie. How descriptive!

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In the photo I made this smoothie for breakfast (on a day i didn’t work) and paired it with some hot cross buns. Happy Early Easter! The reasons why I like it SO much are: it tastes a lot like an Orange Julius, the ingredients are easily found (probably in your kitchen right now), and it’s quick!

Here’s the recipe as seen on allrecipes.com:

Ingredients
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 10 cubes ice
Directions

In a blender, combine orange juice concentrate, milk, water, vanilla, sugar and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Serves 4

 

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The first time I made this I followed the recipe exactly. It came out a lot sweeter then I liked but other then that I was impressed. If i don’t want it as sweet I just add about a tablespoon of sugar for a single portion. Blends up nice and frothy for a fraction of the price of an Orange Julius from the mall. Not to say I won’t buy an Orange Julius again, but for at home convenience this is a close second!

 

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Now that I’ve blended this so many times I just make a single portion and eyeball the measurements. Turns out tasty every time!

 

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Conclusion: Yum yum! Now to experiment with different flavours. Maybe peach, grape, or fruit punch?