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DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial

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Before and after frosted glass effect.

Before and after frosted glass effect.

DIY Frosted Glass Window Tutorial – It had to be a man (or a very secure and tolerant woman) who had the bright idea of putting a leaded glass door into the en suite BATHROOM.   Yes, I said it… a door with windows in a bathroom.  Seriously, what were they thinking – a gorgeous view of the bathtub, shower and toilet? We didn’t noticed this strange anomaly in our house until after we’d purchased it and spent our first night living here.  I was the one to discover this design disaster and was in complete shock.  My husband thought it was great of course, as most men would.  Now after living here for over a year I’m done with it… I want privacy!

This week, my husband’s away on a business trip so I thought it would be a great opportunity to fix this problem and surprise him when he comes home.  I went to our local Home Depot and bought a 36 x 72″ piece of Artscape Window Film.  There were about 20 designs to chose from but I wanted something simple so I picked the Etched Glass design. This film is just a static cling, it’s not sticky so it’s ridiculously easy to remove if and when you need to do so. Here’s how I created the frosted glass effect (it took about an hour or so to complete this project and yes, I was too lazy to install the film in every single pane, hence the clear glass on the top and bottom):

How to install window film.

How to install window film.

  1. Measure the window pane in the bathroom and then cut out the rectangles.  I had a friend who recommended that it’s best to cut a bit larger than the finished size and then just trim it when it’s in place.
  2. I cleaned the glass where I was going to be installing the window film.
  3. Fill a spray bottle with a little water and a few drops of soap.  Spray the window pane with water from the bottle.  Make sure all the window is covered with the spray.
  4. Peel off the paper backing and carefully place the film on the glass and shimmy it around until you’re happy with the placement.
  5. At this point you can use your box knife to trim it down to the exact size. *NOTE: I actually found this really hard to do because the film would shift around and move so I decided instead to measure each window pane and then cut the film to exact dimensions – this made things much easier.  I also found that if you ever so slightly rounded the corners then the film fit better on the glass.
  6. Use a squeegee or credit card to smooth out all the water and bubbles from between the film and glass.
  7. Wipe off any excess water
  8. Stand back and admire your newly frosted glass window.
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Doodle Easter Eggs

| Crafts & DIY, Design & Technology, For the Home, Kids Fun

Doodled Easter Eggs

Doodled Easter Eggs

What fond memories I have of Easter from my childhood.  My parents always made a big thing of it as they did most holidays.  Every single year up until I was a teenager, maybe even a young adult (sad to say), we dyed eggs.  My brother and I used to see who could make the best design and yes, I won every time (in my opinion anyway).  To this day my parents still talk about the mornings of the Easter egg hunt and how I would find all the eggs and there wouldn’t be any left for my little brother. When we (I) was done, my Mom and Dad would have to divide everything in half so my brother got his share. Poor Marc, he never stood a chance against me.

Luckily for my daughter, she’s an only child and doesn’t have to worry about sibling competition. For the past few years we’ve dyed eggs with Noelle but this year I thought we’d doodle instead.  I boiled up eight eggs, let them cool and then brought out the sharpies. I just did a really quick search in google images for some bunny ideas and then started doodling away. Yet again, my daughter completed all five of her eggs and was ready to move on to the next project while I was just starting egg number two – she hasn’t quite learned to savour the experience yet. Sometimes my husband ask me “is this project for you or Noelle”.  I genuinely had noble intentions with this one and it was all about Noelle but as soon as I started getting into it, well… dinner was late again.

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Easy No-Knead Bread

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Easy and tasty no-knead bread

Easy and tasty no-knead bread

I’m just going to say it… I love bread!  Which means I never keep it in my house.  If I ever have beautiful artisan bread in my house, it rarely lasts longer than an entire day – yes, I’m ashamed to say that means I can eat an entire loaf in a day.

My talented friend Diane is an incredible baker.  She’s always bringing in her stunning loaves of bread into work and taunts the entire office with that warm, rich and delightful fresh baked smell.  Myself, I usually don’t have much luck with baking but I thought I’d get some advice from Diane about an easy bread that I may have some success with.  Diane suggested a no-knead bread so I came home and looked up some recipes online until I found this recipe on Frugal Living NW. Overall I thought the recipe was great but personally,  I like something with a bit more flavour so I added asiago cheese, garlic, rosemary and a touch of oregano to the recipe the next time I made it and it was to die for.  Now I make this whenever I have at least a days notice that we’re having company. This also makes a wonderful gift to take when attending dinner parties – always a hit!

Here’s the recipe:

Basic No-Knead Bread
slightly adapted from Jim Lahey’s My Bread

6 cups bread flour (recommended) or all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1/2 t. instant or active-dry yeast
2 1/2 t. salt
2 2/3 c. cool water

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, and salt. Add the water and stir until all the ingredients are well incorporated; (THIS WOULD BE WHERE YOU COULD ADD ANY EXTRA FLAVOURS OR INGREDIENTS YOU’D LIKE) the dough should be wet and sticky. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rest 12-18 hours on the counter at room temperature. When surface of the risen dough has darkened slightly, smells yeasty, and is dotted with bubbles, it is ready.
  2. Lightly flour your hands and a work surface. Place dough on work surface and sprinkle with more flour. Fold the dough over on itself once or twice and, using floured fingers, tuck the dough underneath to form a rough ball.
  3. Generously dust a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with enough flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran to prevent the dough from sticking to the towel as it rises; place dough seam side down on the towel and dust with more flour, cornmeal, or wheat bran. Cover with the edges or a second cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours, until it has doubled in size.
  4. After about 1 1/2 hours, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a 6-8 quart heavy covered pot, such as a cast-iron Dutch oven, in the oven as it heats. When the dough has fully risen, carefully remove pot from oven. Remove top towel from dough and slide your hand under the bottom towel; flip the dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough looks unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes.
  5. Cover and bake for 40 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 10-15 more minutes, until the crust is a deep chestnut brown. The internal temperature of the bread should be around 200 degrees. You can check this with a meat thermometer, if desired.
  6. Remove the bread from the pot and let it cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

 

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Project Life…download this FREE printable

| Design & Technology, For the Home

Journaling cards great for project life or scrapbooking.

Journaling cards – great for project life or scrapbooking.

Click here to download your free printable.

Click here to download your free printable.

I have to admit that I’m pretty bad at recording all the events of our life.  If it wasn’t for the fact that my camera automatically adds dates to my photo files I wouldn’t have a record of what was actually happening at the various stages of our lives. Scrapbooking… forget it – that’s way too much for me to take on. You’d think that scrapbooking would be a perfect outlet for my creative energy but no, I think that there’s just too many options and I find it overwhelming.

Recently one of my co-workers turned me onto Project Life – now this is way more my speed. Essentially, it’s a really quick and easy way to record the events and memories over your life.  For more info check out the creator’s website: http://www.beckyhiggins.com/products/what-is-project-life.php. I just love the concept but honestly, even remembering to do something that probably takes about 30 minutes once a week is just too much of a commitment for me – I suck at routine (just ask my husband).

One thing that I really love about Project Life is that it is still meant to look pretty and I’m all about pretty.  If you checkout the Becky Higgins website, you’ll see that she has some beautiful kits for creating your own Project Life: http://www.beckyhiggins.com/products/. Since I love design, I couldn’t help but try my hand at creating my own Project Life cards.  Turns out it was pretty fun.  Now maybe that I have some fun designs I have less reason to put off creating my own Project Life – I’ll let you know how (but more likely “if”) that turns out.  In the meantime, you can download my free template designs for your own Project Life here.  Have fun!

For the full 12 piece set of this design, you can purchase it from my Etsy site here.

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