Sunday, May 27, 2012

Fabric Wall Decor

I am pretty proud about this new project I whipped up today! I've vaguely seen it around Pinterest, but this is one thing I actually tackled without checking out somebody else's tutorial! :)  I was wandering around JoAnn's Fabric today. They were having a Memorial Day sale, including a Military discount! (oh yeah!) So I knew I had to walk out with some project to do. I spent a long time picking out colors and patterns so I hope my husband approves!

You will need:

  • Fabric of your choice
  • White fabric
  • Embroidery Hoops (varying sizes) 
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Spray Paint (optional)

Here is the lineup. I choose 3 out of 4 of my fabric choices from the small pre-cut rectangles at joanns. And all I had was chalkboard paint, but I just really needed black.

Spray the outer rings of the hoops. (You could always leave them alone, but all the wood in our living room is dark so..)

You will need to iron the fabric. Take your time and use a spray bottle to make it easier.

I put white in the each hoop first so it wasn't see through. Only attach to the center hoop. I stretched it and hot glued it onto the rim. Make sure you are pulling it tight and evenly.

Cut off the excess fabric after it has been glued around.

Cover the remaining inner rings with the white fabric. After the hoops have dried you are ready to assemble them.

Place the fabric over the inner ring and attach the outer ring the hold it in place. Pull the fabric tight around it.

Flip it over and cut off the excess. Leave a little edge to glue down around the inner ring.
Repeat with the other hoops.

& VOILA! I love how the black looks and it matched our living room furniture. Now I have to find a spot to hang them! Will post a photo when they are up later!

This project has so many possibilities and it is super cheap! The hoops were $1.50 each, the fabric squares were $1.50 and I already had the hot glue and the spray paint. I think it ended up being about $10-$12 dollars! And they will hang on straight pins I think! :)


Strawberry Lemonade Bars

I went to the Carlsbad Farmers Market yesterday with a friend. I hadn't been to one around here and it was a great place to find all kinds of fruits, veggies, and homemade products. Anyways, we left with lots of strawberries and I had a fridge full of lemons. I found this recipe and decided to give it a go!

Start by mixing the butter, sugar, flour and salt to make the crust dough. I used melted butter to make it easier. Press it down in the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. (I greased with this fabulous secret). Bake for 16-18 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cut your strawberries to puree them. I took off most the the skin/seeds because I didn't have a way to strain the puree. Add the puree to the lemon juice and zest.

Add the eggs and remaining ingredients to the fruit. Mix well. I used the 'whip' attachment for my mixer.

Pour the filling onto the warm crust and bake another 23-25 minutes. The filling will the set when it is done.

Let cool completely before cutting into them. Refrigerate. I recommend serving them cold.

Mm, they are tangy, but still sweet! Definitely refreshing for a hot day!

Good job K&K test kitchens! Love the recipe!