Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sunburst Mirror: DIY Toilet Paper Tubes Project ~ How-to Tutorial

Yes I did. I just went there.  Toilet Paper Tube Art, the reason I joined Pinterest.  I've seen these like crazy lately, and came up an idea for a sunburst mirror.
Toilet Paper Tubes Sunburst Mirror
I have always wanted one of these mirrors, but it was never exactly what I wanted, or the price wasn't right.  Also, I thought they would go out of style.  So now that I've made my own, if it goes out of style, I've only spent 5 dollars!
Here is what mine looks like:

About 20 toilet paper tubes
7 inch diameter mirror
spray paint
glue dots (or glue gun)
extra piece of paper

Mark each toilet paper tube into four one-inch segments.  The tube is slightly longer than four inches, so just cut a little over the inch marks for each tube.  
Cut the toilet paper tubes into the one inch pieces, and then bend the corners of each one to make the diamond shape.  (Most of mine already had a crease forming where I cut it, so I just used the natural bending and creased it all the way)
Use the extra piece of paper to make a circle of the same diameter as the mirror (trace the mirror on the paper and cut it out)
Make your design around the extra paper circle, then, around your actual mirror, move the tube pieces one by one over and use the glue dots(or glue gun) to glue them together where they naturally fit.  For me it was about 2/3 the way up the tube's rounded side.  

I did three rows of tubes, and then a fourth row of adding a tube at every other spot, to make the points more pronounced.  
Next, spray paint!  I used Krylon's metallic satin oil brushed bronze color.  

After it is dry, use glue dots to adhere the mirror to the wall, then use a small nail or two to put the tube art around it.  Ta-dah! You just participated in the most cliché Pinterest project ever! 
You can also do this around a clock, without anything inside, or fill in the middle with toilet paper tubes! Have fun with it! Also, I've seen these spray painted all different colors, so you don't have to stick to black like I did!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Guest Post: Liz from The Quick Journey on Crayola Art

Hey Everybody, Guess What?  Today marks the day of my First Guest Post!  Liz over at The Quick Journey and I decided we would swap posts on DIY art!  So go check out her blog, because she has some amazing stuff on there, including a new post from me, (on Sweater Pillows for Christmas) as well as a super cute Etsy Shop, Paisley or Polkadots! So here she is:

Hey all you Allred Abode friends!  I am Liz, from The Quick Journey.  I am super excited to be here today.

This is me and my hubby.  He's pretty sweet and I am happy I get to walk through life with him.
I get to start every morning with kisses and smiles from two of the most precious little ones anywhere.  Ella is my sweet (almost) 4 year old, and Liam is my wild 1 1/2 year old.  

I am a total imposter in the DIY world, but I snuck in somehow, and I'm loving every minute of it. 
My blog is full of posts on fashion, awesome Before & Aftersfaithfood, and family

I also make the occasional headband, or two.  

You can take a peek at my Etsy Shop- Paisley or Polkadots


Now that you know a little about me, let's get to the DIY:  Crayola art, PEOPLE!!!!

My adorable niece turned one this past August.  Since I {heart} her, I thought I would make something fun and cute for her room.  The idea started with something I saw on Pinterest (follow me if you want).  Then the crayons came into play... the rest is history. 

I drew the letter 'K' on cardstock and lined up the crayons.  I chose pinks, yellows, oranges, and greens for my color scheme. 

I cut the crayons according to the size I needed for the letter and then hot glued them onto the cardstock.  Make sure you erase the lines as you go, or you will see the line. 

Then, I stamped it to make it completely personalized.  :)

I hope you all enjoyed this 'quick' tutorial!!!  
Thank you so much for letting me crash in on your blog, Katie!!!
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Christmas Sweater Pillows DIY tutorial

Hey Everybody! This is my Christmas Sweater Pillow Tutorial! I just shared this on Liz's Blog, The Quick Journey, and I wanted to post it on my own blog so I can keep a record of my crafts!
So today I completed my first Christmas decoration. I know, there has been a backlash against decorating for Christmas, and listening to it's music too early, so doesn’t worry too much, all of my Fall decorations will stay up until November 24th. I got this idea from Living Savvy, another crafty blog.
Here is what I made:
These used to be sweaters!  I found some old Christmas sweaters at DI, and covered pillows with them, all for around 10 dollars!

Materials needed:
White Pillows
Pullover Sweaters (need to be stretchy)
Stitch Witchery
Some sewing pins

Here's what I did:
Starting with the sweater, cut the material in the stomach area into 2 squares, with the front and back of the sweater matched up.
With the side that you want to show in your pillow facing outwards, lay the stitch witchery in between the two layers, and iron for 10 seconds on each side for three of the sides.  You can also sew up the sides, but I use stitch witchery for any projects I can.
 For the fourth side, it starts getting tricky, just like any pillow.  Turn the pillow case right side out and stuff the pillow in.  Then pin back about 2/3 of an inch on each side, to make sure no loose seams are sticking out, and lay the stitch witchery down on the bottom side.  Keep the witchery in between the layers and iron slowly down the last side of the pillow, about 3-5 inches at a time.  Take out the pins as you go, and pretty soon, your pillow will be done!

To add a little bit more Christmas Spirit to mine, I also used the fabric from the arms of the sweaters to make fabric poinsettias, and then stitch witcheried them onto the outside of the pillows.  I didn't worry about fraying edges for these flowers, I think it adds to the cuteness of them.  
To make the flowers, I googled "fabric poinsettia flowers how to" and it took me here for an outline of poinsettias. I did five petals for the larger flower, and six for the smaller one.  I didn't print out the template, but just made a little sketch with sharpie on the fabric, and then cut around it. Like this:

I have a feeling this will be the first of many Christmas crafts to come!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Daylight Savings Time

Wow church starts so late!  We have church at 1 pm.  I haven't had church at 1 pm, in...forever! With this whole daylight savings nonsense, it started even later!  When do we get to start spending our daylight already?  If that is corny, I blame Nick.

So this morning Nick and I decided to make the most of it.  We went on a walk by Bridal Veil Falls, on the first day that snow stuck in Provo, Utah!  It was a winter wonderland! Ok, actually there was like 1/2 inch of snow on the ground with the green grass still sticking its head through...but either way, this marks the first day of the calendar year that we can all start listening to Christmas music!  So go ahead, bust out your favorites!  Nick and I started the season right with the only Christmas song he had on his iPod, Micheal Buble's "Let it Snow." We ended our nice walk by singing Christmas songs on the drive home, since the radio stations weirdly haven't started playing Christmas music yet (are they crazy?)

Don't worry Thanksgiving, we haven't forgotten about you, its just that its been Fall for so long, and you really don't have any good songs to sing.

So welcome the good of snowflakes, eggnog, Christmas crafts and decorating, and the bad of slipping in the ice, freezing my arse off, and never seeing the sun...we've all been waiting.

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Chicken Tikka Masala

Holy Yummy!
Nick's favorite type of food is Indian which I just figured out, so I thought I would make it for him tonight. We've been married for 4 months and we finally got the chance a couple of weeks ago to visit Nick's favorite restaurant, the Bombay House, and I loved it. Indian food still isn't my favorite, but I can truly appreciate some good Indian food now.  We were also going to go to The Hare Krishna Temple for their annual Festival of Lights, but it was snowing today and since its and outdoor event and we are babies, we decided to stay home and watch some Modern Family instead.

I got this recipe from, and just made a few slight changes.
Here is my very own version:


  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • Salt
  • Ground Coriander
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1/2 C. Plain Yogurt
  • 6 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 whole Large Onion
  • 4 cloves Garlic- minced
  • 1 piece (approximately 2 Inches) Chunk Fresh Ginger - shredded
  • Garam Masala
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes
  • Sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 cups Basmati Rice
  • Fresh Cilantro
  • Turmeric
  • 1/2 bag Frozen Peas

Preparation Instructions

To a rice cooker add 2 cups Basmati rice, 4 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon Ground Turmeric and 4 cups water. Cover, turn on your rice cooker and walk away. If you do not have a rice cooker, cook your rice as usual but make sure that you use Basmati rice.
Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with some salt. Next sprinkle them on both sides with some coriander and cumin. Then coat the chicken breasts completely with the plain yogurt. Set the chicken on a metal cooling rack over a foil-lined baking sheet and place it on the lowest row in the oven for 10 minutes per side. Watch carefully so as not to totally char the chicken. It should have slightly blackened edges. Remove from oven.
Next dice one large onion. (Here's a video I watched to brush up on my onion dicing skills). In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat. Toss in the onions and sauté until they are slightly browned. Add the garlic and ginger to the onions. Also throw in about 1 tablespoon of salt.
Next add 3 tablespoons Garam Masala spice, then the can of diced tomatoes. Continue cooking and stirring, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze it. Add 1 tablespoon sugar. Let this mixture simmer on medium for about 5 minutes.
After the Tikka Masala sauce has had a chance to simmer for a little bit, add in the 1 ½ cups of heavy cream. Now, chop up chicken breasts into chunks and stir them into the Tikka Masala sauce. A handful of chopped fresh cilantro is a nice addition if you like cilantro. You can also throw some frozen peas into the cooked rice, give them a stir, and allow the heat of the rice to cook the peas. It tastes great and gives another nice dash of color. Serve the rice with the Chicken Tikka Masala over top. 
We also made naan garlic bread! We didn't have yeast, so I'm not gonna share the recipe because I think it would be better with a recipe made with yeast, but I will show a picture!

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