Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Weekender, No. 8: Paper Trees & Toasted Marshmallows

For a New Locale to Explore: A Thrift Store
{vintage thrift store finds}
Not the most thrilling place in the world, but since I’ve rarely if ever been inside one, it’d be an adventure for me. There’re several reasons this is on my list.
One, I have several paper bags full of things I’d like to donate. Someone else might be super excited to find & use what I’ve got and I’ll have more floor space in my room. Win-win, no?
Two, since Cindy {I want to call her by her maiden name, but she’s been married over a year, so I suppose I’d better learn to call her something besides Miss (Insert-Maiden-Name-Here)} started Cation Designs, I’ve been dying to see if our neighborhood thrift store has sheets or other fabric material I can use to make into something wearable. Not that I know how to sew that well, but if I had the material lying around, I might be inspired…

For the Next Potential Culinary Venture: S’mores Pie
{toasted marshmallow & chocolate? I'm in}
Another s’mores recipe, I know. It seems like everywhere I turn, there’s a new variation on how to eat s’mores! Is it because it’s summertime? {puzzled} I’m not entirely sure this is something I’d make because I’m not too familiar with how to use a broiler, which is needed to brown the marshmallows, but it looks very yummy & the ingredients aren’t too complicated. If someone made this for me, I’d definitely eat it with pleasure. Yum.
Somebody give it a try and let me know if it tastes as good as it looks? Please?
{By the way, I found this recipe via FoodPornDaily & look at today’s picture! Gaaaah. Oh, to be a gourmet foodie… It’s Chocolate Consomme by Kitchen 1540}.

For Wishful Thinking: New Camera
{a new fancy camera, please?}

For Those Bursts of Creativity: Paper Trees
Paper Trees - Friendly Forest Crisp Autumn Day Collection
{autumn paper trees}
Under the Sycamore is having its monthly giveaway day{s} this weekend and as I was looking at all the etsy shops sponsors, I came across these paper trees by P.S. It’s in the Details. I’ve been trying to figure out a way to use up all my scrapbook paper that I bought because they’re so pretty, but I didn’t want to waste them, so this is perfect!
The paper trees are relatively simple to make. You just have to be knowledgeable of proper scissor usage. From what I can see, here’s how to make your own stationary greenery…
First, choose your paper so that the colors are coordinating, but with differing enough patterns so that the trees will be eye-catching. Then use those scissors to cut out round or oval-ish shapes a couple inches in diameter. Repeat for shapes an inch or so in diameter in your coordinating colors. Pick your brown for the tree trunk and cut a few of those out.
Remember that none of this has to be exact. In the end, when you put them all together, it should look fine even if the shapes and trunks aren’t perfectly perfect.
Assemble & glue. And you’re done. These are great for using as detailing on picture frames or cards or bookmarks; whatever you think they’d look good on, they probably will. Trees work with anything. Use your imagination!

For Pure Aesthetic Pleasure: Travel
{swallows nest sea castle, crimea}

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