Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hearts for Sandy Hook

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A project I initiated...and finally finished!  I think it is quite fitting for Valentine's day, don't you?
Thanks to all who took the time and special care to make a heart.

These hearts will be boxed up and sent to Sandy Hook Elementary in the next few days. Pin It Now!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's true...and so can you

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Part of my art journal, today.
-Holly Pin It Now!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Free Valentine Printable

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Please print and share.  For personal use only. © Holly Lin Johnson
Use as a full sheet of stationery, or print on card stock and fold in half for a card.

-Holly Pin It Now!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Photos worth posting

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Love the glow of this large, decorative light up snowflake.  So do the kids, obviously.

Christmas bear and nutcracker kinda like it, too.  I see a friendship forming here. Pin It Now!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Journal Entries

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Beef Bulgogi (Korean beef)

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Sometimes you come across some absolutely awesome recipes that are blog worthy.  This would be one of those recipes!  Here is a link to it on allrecipes.
I've also included a link to the sugar snap recipe I used as well.  I think it made the perfect side dish.

Here are a few photos of my bulgogi. Mmm, lots of ginger, garlic, soy sauce and little sugar to sweeten it up.
 The beef is marinated and then grilled.  I used my grill pan, which I love for winter days.

 Here is the sugar snap pea side.  

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Belt Cuffs: DIY

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You know how sometimes you have this stellar idea and you think it's totally original to you?!  I had one of those moments a few weeks. ago.
Leather belts at the thrift store cost $1 - at least around these parts.  I was thinking, there had to be a way to repurpose them.  Especially since there were some super cool designs on a few.

Aha!  I, Mrs. Artsy Fartsy will make designer leather cuffs!  All I will need is snap sets and a hammer, scissors and...tada!
Much to my dismay...I went where any smart, crafty lady goes...ya know, Pinterest.  Wha??  This leather cuff/belt thing has been done?  Um, yeah.  Like, over and over and over and over.  Did I mention over?  If you want to see a more in depth tutorial, here you go.

Oh well.  So, I decided since one belt I purchased had a neato embossed design on it, that I would paint it with one of my favorite colors.
So, here are a few photos of how I did that with the before and afters.  
 This is the cuff after I had rounded the edges and put in the snaps.
You can find the snap sets at any craft store in the sewing notions department.
 I didn't use any fancy tools.  Just scissors, hammer and the snap set with the tool it comes with.

 Here it is snapped around my wrist.
 I took an old cloth and dabbed it in my yummy teal acrylic paint.
 I didn't saturate it, as I waned the pattern to still be visible.
 All done!

I didn't put any finish on it, but I suppose you could.
I've worn mine several times and had no issue with the paint rubbing off.

One of these days I'll get around to painting my very own design with multiple colors on a plain leather cuff.

Hope you found some inspiration for a new project!

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