Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mod Circle Art


Our stairwell has been in desperate need of some art for awhile now.  Not many people go up there so it wasn't worth spending a bunch of money on so I came up with another $1 piece of artwork!  (This is the tutorial that I shared over at Davis Domestications last week in case you missed it.)  I wanted something bold but simple with a bit of a mod feel to it.  I'm not sure if I pulled it off but I'm happy with the results nonetheless.  :)

First, I picked up a piece of foam board in the school supplies section at Dollar Tree. I'm not sure if you can tell, but I'm kind of obsessed with the stuff right now.  It's just so cheap and looks better and sturdier than regular poster board.  

Anyway, I found something circular to trace around which in this case was a cookie cutter.  Then I used a yard stick to make a grid with boxes the size of my cookie cutter so that everything would be perfectly straight and traced my circles in the boxes.


Then I realized that I actually should have made my grid half the size of the circle so that I would have lines for my second set of circles.  It was easy enough to go back and do this though.

Once the second grid was ready, I traced another set of circles in the open corners of the original circles.  I'm not really sure if that sentence made sense but I don't know how else to explain it.  Once all of my circles were in place, I carefully erased the grid.  Then I just used a fine point Sharpie to go over the circles and color in a 1 1/4" border all the way around.  

Now I have something to fill up the large empty space in our sad looking stairwell.  I cut it down a bit so that everything was centered and it ended up measuring 18 3/4" x 28".  That's a pretty big piece of artwork for only $1!  I just need to finish painting the stairwell (the wall on the right is gray like the dining room while the rest is still blue), replace the light fixture and figure out something to put on the narrow ledge.  Haha!  There's always something that needs to be done.  Hopefully we will get this house finished before it's time to move.  :)

Any suggestions for what to put on the ledge?  I "shopped" our house and couldn't find anything quite right so I might actually have to buy something.  It has to be tall but skinny and lightweight.  It is a really narrow ledge so I am always worried about putting something too big up there and it falling down and knocking my son unconscious or something!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes


I know, it's another donut hole recipe.  I can't help it!  I'm addicted to the darn things.  They are just so easy to make in delicious fall flavors.  At least I have finished up with the apple recipes and moved on to pumpkin.  That's progress, right?  :)

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes
adapted from Craving Chronicles


Donuts:

1 3/4 cups All-Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoons Saigon Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoons Nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/8 teaspoons Ground Cloves
1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
1/2 cup packed Brown Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
3/4 cup canned Plain Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup Milk
Cinnamon Sugar Coating:1/2 cup Butter, melted

2/3 cup Granulated Sugar
2 Tablespoons Saigon Cinnamon





Directions

Preheat oven 350°F. Spray each cup of a mini muffin tin with cooking spray.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves. In a separate, large bowl whisk together oil, brown sugar, egg, vanilla, pumpkin and milk until smooth. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until just combined.
Use a two tablespoon cookie scoop to divide batter among muffin cups until they are about 2/3 full.  Bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Meanwhile, melt butter in one bowl and combine granulated sugar and cinnamon in another bowl. Remove muffins from oven and cool for 2 minutes, or until just cool enough to handle. Dip each muffin in melted butter, then roll in cinnamon sugar to coat.

Makes About 3 Dozen

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Monday Link Party 35

Before we get to the link party there is a bit of business to attend to.  It's time to announce the winner of my month of free advertising giveaway!  And the winner is....


Comment #6:
Lauren said, "I would love to use the advertising for my etsy shop if I won!"

Congratulations Lauren!  I will be contacting you soon to get your info.  Thank you to all who entered.  If you weren't chosen and would still like to advertise with Polish The Stars to show your support, check out my advertising page.

It's baaaack!!!


I had a lot of fun at last year's Halloween Party so I decided to bring it back and it starts this Saturday!  I will share more details about the party as well as have a Halloween button with the code for you to grab.  I don't know about you but I am *really* excited!

Okay, time for this week's link party.  To see all of last week's projects go here.  My top picks of the week are:

Yarn Pumpkins by Everything Under The Moon


Glam Retro Bedroom Set Makeover by The Midwest Cottage

Onesie Vest with Tie by Me and My Boys



Side Table Red Redo by Art Is Beauty

Thank you all for linking up! If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my side bar.  Now on to this week's link party!


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.

This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Apple Cider Donut Holes


I think baking might just be my favorite part about fall.  :)  You can't get any more fall than apple cider.  I just wish that I was able to pick up some apple cider from the apple orchard we always went to when I was a kid.  Eight hours is a bit of a drive for cider though so I had to go with the store-bought kind.

In this recipe, I simmered the cider to make it more condensed and the donut holes more flavorful. I'm pretty happy with how they turned out but they weren't quite as moist as I would have liked.  Next time I might try adding more sour cream.  They were still really good though and didn't last long at all.  :)

Apple Cider Donut Holes
adapted from Inside BruCrew Life

DONUTS:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground Saigon cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
½ cup apple butter
1/3 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup sour cream
3 Tbsp oil

ICING:
1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
1-2 Tbsp apple cider
Preheat oven to 350*.


In a saucepan over medium or medium-low heat, gently reduce the apple cider to 1/3 cup.  Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg; set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together egg, brown sugar, apple butter, maple syrup, cider, sour cream and oil.  Add dry ingredients and stir just until moistened. 

Scoop batter into a greased mini muffin pan, filling about 2/3 full.  I use a cookie scoop to get evenly filled muffin cups.

Bake for 8-11 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.   Cool for 2 minutes then move to wire rack to cool.  Repeat with remaining batter.

TO MAKE THE ICING:
Combine confectioners sugar and apple cider in a small bowl.  Dip the tops of the donuts in the glaze.  Return to a wire rack to allow icing to set.


Makes 4 Dozen 




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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Blog Swap with Davis Domestications

Today you will find me over at Davis Domestications sharing how I made a large piece of art for only $1!  So after you read Nicole's fabulous post, I hope you will head over to her blog to show her some love and to check out my tutorial.  :)



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Hi! I'm Nicole from Davis Domestications and I am so excited to be a guest of Polish the Stars! I've been stalking reading her blog since I started blogging. ;)  As a teen I remember hanging real flowers from my ceiling and I loved it. I'd lay in bed and just look up at the flowers dangling above me. Even as they dried out they were pretty.  Fast forward years later...once I found out I was having a girl, I knew exactly what I was going to do above her crib.  You guessed it. This is what it looked like for a while. But it just wasn't "right" in my mind. It needed something else, it needed more color. I just had to wait and wait and wait for Garden Ridge to put their Spring flowers on clearance. (Nice fake flowers can be really expensive and I needed a bunch.) I was getting really ancy because the sale was a month earlier last year.  Silly, right?!?

This is what I came home with. I hoped they had more yellows but I got what I could. Not bad for $5. :)
All you do is take some wire cutters (or scissors for real flowers) and cut the flower to the length that you want it. Mine are anywhere from 8"-18" long.

Then you make a cut at an angle in the stem about 1/2 " from the base of the stem going towards the base. That way the fishing line won't come out. (Don't cut all the way though, just to the center.)
The fake flowers can be tough because of the wire in the stem, so just cut to the wire. You'll be fine.
  Take about a foot of fishing line knot the ends together, making a loop. Hook the stem onto the line.
Tape the knotted part of the fishing line to the ceiling.
Then tack it into place. (If using real flowers you only need to tape them, since they're so light)
Look up and enjoy!


What do you think? Think it looks better than before, or is it too much?
If you do your own take on this, I'd love to see it! Thank you for spending time with me! ;) I'd ♥ it if you stopped by to see what else Davis Domestications is about. "Furniture Face-lifts" like this buffet are what I try to to most, but that all depends on what life is dishing out.
I am a kind of gal who loves to organize and have a place for everything. 
No Baggie Mess ( it cracks me up that this is one of the most viewed posts)
I love baking/cooking, especially from scratch. 
These amazing PB cookies were a hit with my "I don't have a sweet tooth" hubby. ;)
Thank you so much, Megan, for having me as a Guest! This was fun! 

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Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday Link Party 34

Great projects linked up last week!  Check them all out here.  These are my top picks of the week:


Tres Chere made over a stunning Sunshine Mirror to hang in this dreamy outdoor living space.  



I love the fabric that Mommy by day...Crafter by night chose for her Ruffled Bag Tutorial.  



Head over to Lines Across My Face to learn how to make this adorable Football Onesie.



ReNew ReDo used items from nature for their Fall Decorating.  They put it all together beautifully.  It looks like something out of a pottery barn catalog.



This School Bus Toddler Bed from Lyss & Livvy is so fun and cute!  My son would have loved this.


Learn how to make some Bacon Jam from Watch Out, Martha!  I love anything with bacon so I may have to give this one a try.

Thank you all for linking up! If your project was featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my side bar.  I made all new buttons to go with my new color scheme so check them out.  Now on to this week's link party!


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.

This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Comic Book Art


Lately we have been working on the "Man Cave" and I decided to surprise my geeky comic book loving guys with some artwork.  For this one, I turned my son into a comic book character!  This effect can be used to blow up any image though so you can use this for any style of artwork.


Supplies:
foam board from dollar tree (in the school supplies section)
graphite transfer paper - we picked this up awhile back at JoAnn's for $2 with a coupon (reg $4) - you can usually find it over by the drawing and painting supplies
fat markers
ball point pen 

 

I found a picture of him that I thought would work well.  This one was an excited response to a Christmas present.  :)  I used Picmonkey and the Infared Film effect to turn it to stark black and white.  Then I cropped the image into four equal sized sections and printed each one as a full page picture.  Then pieced them back together to make one big picture.  For the "Pow" I used one of the speech bubbles on Picmonkey and used  the Badaboom BB font for the lettering. 

After measuring out about a 2 1/4" border I laid down my graphite paper within that border and taped the picture down on top of it.  Using a ball point pen I traced a basic outline.  The nice thing about the graphite transfer paper is that you can reuse it a bunch of times too.

   

After carefully peeling away the graphite paper, I was left with an outline of the picture and just colored it all in with markers. 

 

For the facial dots I laid down a sheet of graph paper and used an ultra fine point orange sharpie to make dots where the lines intersect.  I just held it there for a second and let it bleed through the paper and onto my poster.  If you don't have graph paper you could easily make your own using a spreadsheet. 

 

You could always do it without the dots but I really think it adds to the comic book effect.

 

Now we have a fun piece of pop art for the seating area of the "man cave".  :)

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