September 18, 2012

Upholstery Tack Monogram Pumpkin

The past few days I've been busy doing touch up painting and making new drapes for the living room.  Hopefully, tomorrow won't be so dreary and I can get some good pictures of the progress I've made.   Today I'm going to share a really easy pumpkin project.

I picked up this white pumpkin at the farmer's market and some decorative upholstery tacks at WalMart.  I used a pencil to freehand the letter "C" on the pumpkin.  You could also use a word processing program to create your letter with any font, print it out, and use it as a template on your pumpkin.  Then, just push the tacks into the pumpkin following the lines from your template or pencil line.  

You could get really creative and do something like this

or this

Or just keep it simple with a monogram!

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September 12, 2012

Twine Pumpkins

Today I stopped by one of my favorite shops and while there saw a crate full of jute twine.   I thought, wow, wouldn't these make cute little pumpkins!  

I came home with six rolls of twine knowing that for now, I could make cute little pumpkins with them and I'll eventually use the twine for wrapping packages and other projects.  I pruned some branches from my crabapple tree (which I'm sure my neighbor appreciates since they were hanging over into her yard!) and cut a piece of branch for the pumpkin stems.  

In other news, I was super busy today working on some new fall items for my Etsy  shop.  I'm hoping to get everything finished up so I can share them here tomorrow!  



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September 2, 2012

Garden Fresh Salsa

There is nothing like fresh salsa!  I haven't canned my own for a few years, but the last time I made this recipe, it was sooo good.  I'm trying to plan ahead this year for Christmas and a fresh jar of salsa in a basket with some tortilla chips, a bunch of  fresh evergreens, and maybe a homemade ornament will be a nice gift for neighbors, teachers, or coworkers.   My friend, Cindy, came over to lend a hand and she also let me borrow her canner.  She even brought me a little canning gift - my own gripper/lifter thing (not sure of the real name) for lifting the hot cans from  the water after  processing!   

Here's the recipe.  

Garden Salsa

14 cups chopped tomatoes
3 cups chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers with seeds
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup tomato sauce
2/3 cup white vinegar
4 tbs salt
4 tsp chili powder
4 tsp garlic powder
3/4 tsp ground cumin
6 tsp Clear Jel

Chop the veggies and add the tomato sauce and white vinegar.  Combine the dry ingredients and add, mixing thoroughly.  Fill pint size canning jars to approximately 1/2 inch from the top.  Add the lids and place in the canner.  Fill with water to just cover the tops of the jars.  Bring to a rolling boil and boil for 12 minutes.  Remove the jars from the canner and set aside.  As the jars cool, the lids will make a popping sound as they seal and will indent slightly.  After the jars are cool, lightly press the middle of each lid.  If it indents and pops back up, then it did not seal properly.  I made three batches of salsa and only one of my jars didn't seal.  If a jar doesn't seal, you should refrigerate it and use it first.  One recipe makes  7 - 8 pint jars of salsa.

A few tips:

Please, please wear rubber gloves when chopping the hot peppers.  If you don't, you will be sorry.  Your hands will be on fire for days!

The preparation definitely goes much quicker with a second person to help with the chopping.   Thanks, Cindy!

The Clear Jel is not the same as Sure Jel.  It can be found in the bulk foods section of the grocery store.  Mine came in clear bags.



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