Sunday, May 27, 2018

Lady Liberty Holiday Decor


Happy Memorial Day friends.
As I looked around my home, I found that I didn't really have any red , white and blue decor for the holiday. (We have been very busy traveling to NYC for my Fiance and his back surgery and I took the last week + off from most blogging and crafting.)
Now it's back to work and crafting.

 I had been looking at this frame sitting around for weeks waiting for some love and so that's what I did, I showed it some love.


Digging through my travel stash I found some vintage pages I had colored up . ( I took over the table in the CB studio and slapped on paints I felt would blend together well) I literally covered the table in vintage pages and then sprayed them all with water . Then I added acrylic paints and began layering the pages together to spread the water and paint. I picked up the excess paint and water with dry pages and then blotted the whole lot of them dry. Finally,  I blow dried them, because I have no time for things to dry on their own.Wink.



Next I pulled a Patriotic Image from my file of Printables. 
This one I had downloaded from the #TheGraphicFairy.com, a great place for vintage images available to the public for FREE.

After I printed the image I tore around the edges to create a weathered effect. 

Using a 2" wide brush ,I covered the image with dark wax and then removed the excess and buffed with a clean cloth. This seals the ink from the printer, allowing me to use Mod Podge effectively without smearing  the ink.  It's a great trick I stumbled upon .
After that I used a glue stick to position the image on the musical background. 

Here is another project I was working on that shows the difference between the original print and the aged image (waxed).

And place it back into the frame. Ignore the scratches on the table. It's a curbside find waiting for it's makeover.



Happy Memorial Day friends and thank you to all those who have served our country. 

With love and gratitude,

Michele












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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Funtastic Friday #180

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Welcome, all! Can you believe June is almost here? Do you have plans for a Memorial Day cookout? It's definitely time for some water fun and a good bbq. We're always looking for bloggers to join us as party hosts. If you are interested, please contact me or one of the other hosts.

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HOST FAVORITES
Copycat Texas Roadhouse Bread & Butter Recipe
Debra's favorite - Copycat Texas Roadhouse Bread & Butter Recipe @ A Mom's Take
You will love how easy this Jello poke cake is to make! The perfect summer cake with a patriotic 4th of July theme!
Heidi's favorite - Jello Poke Cake for the Fourth of July @ The Country Chic Cottage
Add French Details by Piping on Furniture - So Much Better With Age

Sherry's favorite - The Watermelon Hat: A Free Knitting Pattern @ The Philosopher's Wife

Michele's favorite - Easy Paper Quilling Craft: Quilled Flower Frame @ All Because She Saved

Cristy's favorite - Walking Taco Bar Outdoor Party Idea @ frog prince paperie
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Recipe
Lacie's favorite - Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins Recipe @ April Golightly
Easy DIY Flag Wreath. Make your own no sew Flag Wreath using these easy step by step instructions. This cute patriotic decor is perfect for Memorial Day, Independence Day, or any day! Simple and inexpensive to make, this Easy DIY Flag Wreath will add a marvelous touch of whimsy to you holiday decor.
Donna's favorite - Easy DIY Flag Wreath @ Ann's Entitled Life
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Funtastic Friday 179 and Favorite Family Recipes Blog Hop

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FUNTASTIC FRIDAY 179 LINK PARTY

Welcome to what I expect will be another Funtastic week of posts from our blogger friends. 

Before we get started , I have a Coastal Slaw recipe that I shared the  Favorite Family Recipes Blog Hop . I was seriously impressed with the BBQ Macaroni Salad.


I've partnered with my blogging friends on a recipe blog hop. 
You'll find a collection of family favorites and new family favorites linked below and we invite you to add one of your favorite recipes too. We'll be pinning and posting all over the internet so it's a great time to join us.

Many thanks to this group  of friends who put this together and always make for a fantastic event.






I thought I'd share my favorite recipe for Slaw. I call it Coastal Slaw ....of course. 

This recipe originated because I had purchased a bottle of Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar at an olive oil specialty store and was trying to find a way to create new recipes with this new flavor. 

It has since become one of my favorite vinegars. I use it often  with organic flake coconut to flavor many things, including salads.

Coastal Slaw 
1/2 head of cabbage shredded
5 carrots shredded
4 scallions chopped 
1 cup mayo
1 tbl coconut white balsamic vinegar (I bought mine at the Crushed Olive in Babylon Village)
1/4 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut +a pinch for the garnish
Toss all the veggies with the cup of mayo, add vinegar, toss, add coconut , toss, a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Refrigerate until cool.
To serve toss , plate and garnish with the shredded coconut .
Serve inside fish tacos, along with Pulled Pork or BBQ. Certainly with coconut shrimp.

Enjoy .


Meet the Funtastic Friday Party Hosts

We'd love it if you followed us on social media.
MOST VIEWED
Wooden Mason Jar Craft - Adorable Handmade Card
Wooden Mason Jar Craft @ 5 Minutes for Mom
HOST FAVORITES
If you like Chick-fil-A's frosted lemonade, then you're gonna love this copycat recipe! Made with just a few simple ingredients, this cold, creamy Frosted Lemonade recipe is perfect on a hot day!
Debra's favorite - Frosted Lemonade @ Delightful E Made
Mother’s Day Gift – DIY Hand towels- Leaf Printing+ Plus Printing on fabric
Michele's favorite - Mother's Day Gift - DIY Hand Towels @ Lily Ardor
simple DIY macrame plant hangers kreativk.net
Shea's favorite - Simple DIY Macrame Plant Hangars @ Kreative K

Heidi's favorite - Fresh Watermelon Salsa with Cucumbers and Peppers @ April Golightly
Cracker Pudding - A vintage Pennsylvania Dutch dessert recipe that is creamy and sweet.Â
Lacie's favorite - Cracker Pudding @ Simple Stacie
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Donna's favorite - Making A Memory Wreath @ My Family Thyme
Picture frame Jewelry organizer made with twine, How to Make an Easy Frame Jewelry Organizer theboondocksblog.com
Sherry's favorite - How To Make An Easy Frame Organizer @ The Boondocks Blog
DIY Stay Awhile Sign with Free Printable | Free printable Stay Awhile sign and olive wreath | Free printable eucalyptus wreath and farmhouse style wall art | Gilded Stay Awhile sign | Ready to print DIY wall decoration | Upcycled frame | Stay Awhile sign with boxwood wreath | #TheNavagePatch #FreePrintable #GalleryWall #Upcycled #DIY #HomeDecor | TheNavagePatch.com
Cristy's favorite - DIY Stay Awhile Sign with Free Printable @ The Navage Patch

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  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated
  5. Show fellow bloggers link love

With love and gratitude,

Michele












Find me partying here all week at these link parties with some great bloggers.

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .

Monday, May 14, 2018

Favorite Family Recipe Blog Hop





I've partnered with my blogging friends on a recipe blog hop. 
You'll find a collection of family favorites and new family favorites linked below and we invite you to add one of your favorite recipes too. We'll be pinning and posting all over the internet so it's a great time to join us.

Many thanks to this group  of friends who put this together and always make for a fantastic event.






I thought I'd share my favorite recipe for Slaw. I call it Coastal Slaw ....of course. 

This recipe originated because I had purchased a bottle of Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar at an olive oil specialty store and was trying to find a way to create new recipes with this new flavor. 

It has since become one of my favorite vinegars. I use it often  with organic flake coconut to flavor many things, including salads.

Coastal Slaw 
1/2 head of cabbage shredded
5 carrots shredded
4 scallions chopped 
1 cup mayo
1 tbl coconut white balsamic vinegar (I bought mine at the Crushed Olive in Babylon Village)
1/4 Cup unsweetened shredded coconut +a pinch for the garnish
Toss all the veggies with the cup of mayo, add vinegar, toss, add coconut , toss, a pinch of sea salt and pepper. Refrigerate until cool.
To serve toss , plate and garnish with the shredded coconut .
Serve inside fish tacos, along with Pulled Pork or BBQ. Certainly with coconut shrimp.

Enjoy .










With love and gratitude,

Michele












Find me partying here all week at these link parties with some great bloggers.

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .

Friday, May 11, 2018

Funtastic Friday 178 and Belt=Hat Organizer

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Happy Friday friends. Before we get to partying I have a quick upcycle project for you.
Don't throw out your old belts until you read this

While cleaning out a few things I came across a bunch of belts that I really should have been donating. As per usual I asked myself "How can I upcycle this and not throw it out?" Said the hoarder to the belt.  The answer was a hat organizer. Huh? Hang on you'll see.

Here's what you'll need if you want to make a quick hat organizer.




Hot Glue Gun 
Glue Sticks 
Chalk Based Paint 
1 Belt
1 Package of Clothes        Pins


Now I'll be honest with you here . This is actually a belt from a thrift store since I am in NY and needed a hat organizer , so finally that idea in the back of my mind came to fruition.














Using a hot glue gun , I added 6 cloth pins to the length of the belt. Then I painted the whole thing with chalk paint.Hang on the wall and add the hats. Bingo. Easy, simple and cost effective.Can you say? "Organized."





















You can make this fancier by using prettier belts and keep a theme going with some embellishments but for me this was about a quick fix to a problem. You can hang it behind a door like I did or inside a door for extra storage. 
I'm sure you can use it to organize other things too, like scarves or a collection of wristlets. 
Do your thing. Have fun . #Upcycle #Organize 






We have a new blogger joining us this week as a party host. Please welcome Shea of The Fogue Abode. We're glad she joined us. Are you interested in joining us? We’re always looking for bloggers to join us as party hosts. Our rules are simple. If you’re interested in joining us, get in touch with me or one of the other party hosts. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Carrot Cake Egg Crepes @ Looney for Food
HOST FAVORITES
easy frame mini greenhouses kreativk.net
Heidi's favorite - 5 Minute DIY: Easy Frame Mini Greenhouses @ Kreative K
camping rules chalkboard
Donna's favorite - Camp Rules Chalkboard Pattern @ Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom
new-onions
Debra's favorite - How To Regrow A Sprouted Onion In Your Garden @ Happy Mothering

Shea's favorite - DIY Faux Floral Wallpaper with Sharpie Pen @ Savvy Apron

Michele's favorite - Spools of Thread: Love Note Holders @ Fresh Vintage by Lisa S
The classic Pina Colada cocktail turned into a cupcake! Pineapple and coconut baked into a moist, delicious cake and then topped with an amazing coconut cream cheese frosting. The perfect to celebrate any occasion!
Lacie's favorite - Pina Colada Cupcakes @ Delightful E Made
Jalapeno Margarita ingredients
Sherry's favorite - Spicy Jalapeno Thyme Margarita Recipe @ Flour On My Face

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Funtastic Friday 178 Link Party Rules

  1. Post as many links as you like
  2. Family friendly posts only
  3. Old posts are welcome
  4. Comments are greatly appreciated
  5. Show fellow bloggers link love

With love and gratitude,

Michele












Find me partying here all week at these link parties with some great bloggers.

If you are in Myrtle Beach come on down and visit us at the Coastal Bohemian Studio or check us out on Facebook, Pinterest , Instagram, or  G+ .
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