Archive for December, 2011

Almost a New Year!

December 28th, 2011
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One of my must haves for a new year is the stendig calendar from Crate & Barrel. I have had one in my studio year after year. I’ve already got mine ordered for 2012. How exciting to have a Crate & Barrel in Utah now!

Our 2011 calendar currently hangs in Linda's corner of the studio!

Merry Christmas!

December 22nd, 2011
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Merry Christmas! Just a few pictures of my house to get everyone excited about the holiday weekend!

DIY wool wreath

December 20th, 2011
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My talented friend Karen and I made some Christmas wool wreaths. It was so fun and easy I wanted to share the idea! All you need are several old wool sweaters, scissors, a needle and thread!
The ideal thing to do is to find old sweaters with holes in them (you could also mix in wool socks as well). Cut several 4″x4″ squares. Use a needle and thread and tie a knot at the end of one square. Your thread should be 42″ long by the time it is knotted. String your wool squares in whatever color pattern you choose! If you don’t have wool handy, try the same method with whatever materials you have on hand!

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Gift Giving

December 15th, 2011
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Finding a way to give something of yourself makes for successful gift giving. This year I have taken many great photographs on my travels and turned them into pieces of art for model homes.  You can find photos that inspire you and create your own pieces of art for those you love. What  a great gift!

Much of the art work in our Eagle Pointe model home was from my trip to California


Click here to see additional images of Eagle Pointe.

I took some great landscape photographs of St. George and used them as art work in our Entrada Studio/Model.

Contact me if you are interested in purchasing a copy of this artwork. Thanks!

Gift Giving

December 13th, 2011
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The best gifts are often when you find a way to give a piece of yourself. Last year I created a cookbook for my clients, friends, and families. It was a way to share a piece of myself as well as a fun and useful gift! Here is a portion of the book where I shared my personal kitchen and favorite recipe.
PEANUT BUTTER BARS

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
²⁄³ cup peanut butter
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups oats

Cream butter, sugar, brown sugar, peanut butter, eggs and vanilla together.
Sift dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients and oats to mixture. Spread onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 -18 minutes (depending on your oven).

When cool, spread a thin layer of peanut butter over top. Spread chocolate frosting on top of peanut butter layer.

Frosting:
3 cups powdered sugar
4 Tablespoons butter
4 Tablespoons cocoa powder
4 Tablespoons milk

Contact me if you would like to purchase a copy of Creative Spaces for Cooks.

Wild Windstorm Clean-up

December 7th, 2011
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I had some great photos of our clean-up crew and wanted to share. With the help of my new chainsaw, young men, leaders, bishop, and youth we took down 30 big pines!

Wild Windstorm

December 6th, 2011
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Bountiful had a crazy windstorm over the weekend with winds up to 100 MPH around Northern Davis county. Our studio sustained some damage and power outage for a couple days but we were lucky it wasn’t more extreme. It was so amazing to see the community come together and cleanup.

The pictures above are of our studio. The picture to the right was taken on the same block as our studio! We are so lucky we didn’t have any large trees.

Copper Ornaments

December 2nd, 2011
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My dad owned a family business making circuit boards for computers out of copper sheets. Over the years I have converted the copper sheets into new product for building materials and decor. At my last studio I used copper sheets on the exterior of the building.

I have also used it on the fireplace at our new studio and the fireplace in my personal home.

For the holiday’s I had ornaments crafted out of the copper sheets. If you are interested, I have several for sale. Please contact me if interested. $9 for a set of 6!