Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine's Birdhouse Update

I've been working on my "Love Birds" themed birdhouse.

Adding a few more "lace inspired" details to the roof. Painting brown vines on all four sides, and decoupaging a pair of birds on the front.

I loved the suggestion Karianne from Thistlewood Farm left as a comment on my last post about this project- "I like both your ideas on what to do with it. Could you put it on a pedestal on your bookcase? "

Brilliant idea! Something I never would have thought of on my own, but as soon as I read it, it struck a cord with me. The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of a short pedestal! So off I went to the craft store for supplies.

I found a candle stick that would make a great dado for the pedestal. First, I squashed the metal cup that's supposed to hold the actual candle down because it was raised up over the top of the wood.

Then I determined the stick looked better if it was flipped over. And last but not least I painted it to match the roof's color scheme. I'm still working on the paint. The pink needs some additional coats and all the lines need a few touchups, but the general look is there.

Here's the house and dado standing on the wooden base.

I'm not entirely happy with the size of base... I think it's too large. I haven't painted it yet because I'm going to go to another store today and see if they have some other options. (Which will also give me some more time to figure out how I want the base to look.)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Spicy Sweethearts

My sweet treat this month is a super simple idea for Valentine's Day!

All you need to make these Cinnamon Spiral Sweethearts is a tube of cinnamon rolls.

I unrolled each bun, so I had long strip of dough. Then twisted it into a spiral. Once I had the entire strip twisted I placed it onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and shaped it into a heart. Pinching the end so the heart stayed together.

When all your rolls have been turned into hearts. Bake on the parchment lined pan at the temperature the package suggests but for less time. (My rolls said to bake at 400 for 8-12 minutes so I baked at 400 for 7 minutes).

I'll use my icing as a dip but you could also drizzle it over the top just like a regular cinnamon bun.

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