house numbers…

I have struggled with the idea with putting numbers on my house. Not knowing where to put them, what color etc…? The used envelope in our front window isn’t cutting it. I found a fantastic idea on Pinterest this winter. This is a great idea  instead of drilling holes on the side of my house with numbers found at local a hardware store.  I decide not to go with the chalkboard paint version like my picture. I bought a nice black big planter and painted the letter and numbers directly on it. I didn’t think chalkboard paint and chalkboard writing would work well with the rain. Here are some pictures:

I only had a little brush from a  paint set, but with enough water and Q tips I think it worked out well.

I definitely was smiling when I pulled out of my drive way this morning and saw my latest Pinterest project!

xo.

amy

hex nut bracelet

A while back, my pinning partner, Susie and I made some bad ass hex bracelets. I didn’t wear it that much when I first made it. It always takes me a while to get used to things on my wrists. I noticed tons of people re-pinning this one! I started wearing it and got a ton of compliments on it!

I also tried with flat and round beads I had at home and it was much lighter! Doesn’t quite lay the same though.

Here’s how we made them:

Mad braiding skills

Cotton String or twine. Without that wax stuff on it.

16-18 hex nuts or beads of your choice…I was able to get small hex nuts at Home Depot.

It took 2 sets of hands at one point but …but you should be able to do it alone.
After the third one, I got the hang of it.  I don’t know if it’s just me, but when I made friendship bracelets back in the day I used to use a safety pin tied to my pants.

Here’s some pics!

Hexed ones:

Beaded One:

Happy pinning!

xo.

amy

pizza like a pro!

DYI Pizza Oven.

I love, love, love wood fired and stone oven pizza. Nice light crust with a little burnt goodness on the top. OMG the best! I was surfing on Pinterest and there it was $5 DYI home stone oven.

I wasn’t sure how this Pin would turn out. Actually every time I mentioned it, most people would say “Really?!?” or “You think that’s going to work?!?” All that’s needed is two UNGLAZED ceramic tiles. Well, finding those tiles was an adventure in itself. How hard could it be, right?  As per the description found on Pinterest link, you need to use unglazed and untreated ceramic tiles).  I went to four different stores, from big box chains to small independent ones and no! No one actually even heard of untreated or unglazed. I was about to give up when I noticed a store called “Cristal Tile” right of Calgary trail. I felt like it was worth a try!

I met a lovely lady named Laura, who knew exactly what I was looking for. She mentioned she’s done it before. She was a real delight and ensured me it works! She handed over to nice 12” stone tiles and would not accept anything for it! She made my day! So I left there feeling wonderful, I made a new friend and reassured that my project would work!

Now not only was this a pizza stone adventure, this was also my first attempt on making pizza dough from scratch. I found a recipe on Pinterest using whole wheat flour. I thought it that was easy enough to follow. I thought it was a cool process that took some kneading but was definitely worth it. I doubled the batch because we had family was coming over. It made 6 medium size pizzas.

Now back to the bricks. I was baking all day and my oven was warm already. I did make the amateur mistake of not letting bricks warm up at 500 degrees for at least one hour. The first few pizzas had lighter crust on the bottom. It was a slight challenge transferring unbaked pizzas to the stone; we used the back of cookie sheets like the instructions mentioned. By the third and fourth pizzas, we were making hot stone magic! Nice and crispy, exactly as promised!

Would I recommend this to others! Holy smokes ya! I definitely am going to use cornmeal on the bottom of crust to help with transferring process. (Hint from my friend Matt B, not husband Matt B) I also think I’m in the market for one of those paddle things!

xo. amy

bon appetit!