Show and Tell

Time to get your link on! Have you created a fab project you want to show off!?! Link it here and get seen by thousands. I’ll often feature favorite links on Facebook and twitter and on my site so by linking you give me full permission to shout your praises and feature you and your post! Consider it FREE publicity!



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Chocolate Mousse cups by “Grateful Prayer, Thankful Heart”

I picked up chocolate molds on after-Christmas clearance (75%-off) and knew they would make perfect serving cups for a special dessert.  They were a little tricky un-molding but nothing that the filling didn’t hide.
Following the directions on the package, I made 10 dessert shells with about half a bag of Candy Melts.
When the dessert shells were completed, it was on to the mousse.
Alton Brown rates his recipe as easy but I thought it was a bit involved.
Not difficult but with several steps.
Heating the cream over a candle is so Alton.
Kind of  feels like you’re in science lab   :)
After the mousse was made and chilled a bit in the refrigerator, I piped it into the chocolate molds for a pretty presentation.
Chocolate Mousse
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown

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Serves: 6 to 8 servings (I filled 10 chocolate cups plus two additional glasses)
Ingredients
1 3/4 cups whipping cream
12 ounces quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
3 ounces espresso or strong coffee
1 tablespoon dark rum
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon flavorless, granulated gelatin

Directions
Chill 1 1/2 cups whipping cream in refrigerator. Chill metal mixing bowl and mixer beaters in freezer.

In top of a double boiler, combine chocolate chips, coffee, rum and butter. Melt over barely simmering water, stirring constantly. Remove from heat while a couple of chunks are still visible. Cool, stirring occasionally to just above body temperature.

Pour remaining 1/4 cup whipping cream into a metal measuring cup and sprinkle in the gelatin. Allow gelatin to “bloom” for 10 minutes. Then carefully heat by swirling the measuring cup over a low gas flame or candle. Do not boil or gelatin will be damaged. Stir mixture into the cooled chocolate and set aside.

In the chilled mixing bowl, beat cream to medium peaks. Stir 1/4 of the whipped cream into the chocolate mixture to lighten it. Fold in the remaining whipped cream in two doses. There may be streaks of whipped cream in the chocolate and that is fine. Do not over work the mousse.

Spoon into bowls or martini glasses and chill for at least 1 hour. Garnish with fruit and serve.

(If mousse is to be refrigerated overnight, chill for one hour and then cover each with plastic wrap)

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Rescue Remodel! Vote for a fire house to win an IKEA makeover!

The voting has begun!!! Time to vote for a winning Fire House to receive that$25,000 IKEA Kitchen makeover! We know how hard fire men and woman work! Why not help one lucky fire house win this huge honor and get a killer new kitchen!

One lucky Fire house will win a  $25,000 kitchen Rescue Remodel from IKEA and The Family Handyman? Now’s your chance to VOTE!

Appliances, cabinets, counter tops, Oh my! Everything a deserving fire station needs to feel like the hero’s they are!

Contest Period: Entry for this Contest begins on Oct 18, 2011 and ends on December 6, 2011. There will then be a public voting period on selected finalists from about January 24, 2012 until February 28, 2012.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE!!!!!

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HP’s Photo Creation and Getaway reminder!

Have you downloaded the new HP Photo Creation Free software yet? This program is so much fun! Look what I whipped up in no time!

These personal “Clean Room charts” are for my girls! Every Day they keep their room clean they get to mark their calender and when they keep it clean for 7 days in a row they can earn a prize! Fun and motivating and they only took me about 5 minutes to create!

HP’s Photo creation made it so simple! The hardest part was choosing a back ground! There are great theme options, layouts, and fonts. It’s easy to upload photos and adjust size and placement! And when you are done it’s as easy as sending your project to your printer to be printed or ordering from their home delivery options!! Mouse pads, Luggage tags, key chains, calendars, scrapbook pages and more!

And Don’t forget to enter the HP Getaway Giveaway where you could win a trip to any U.S. theme park by LIKING HP on facebook, downloading this new software, creating a project and uploading a photo of you with your project to win! You have until Jan. 31st to enter to win so get creating!

If you do all of the above mentioned to enter on HP’s facebook page be sure to jump over to THIS giveaway where the chosen winner will be in the running for a free HP Printer. $199 value. To enter the printer giveaway you must have liked HP’s fan page, downloaded the software, and entered the getaway giveaway by uploading a photo of yourself with your finished project!

** I am being compensated by HP for my participation in this campaign.

 

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How to shoot with Window Light by “Photos by Emilie”

Winter is tough for the photography world.  It’s freezing & dull outside.  This tutorial will teach you how to capture a stunning image inside with window light.  The first rule is to pick a time of day when the sun in not directly coming into the windows.
Below are the 3 rules to placing your subject in relation to the window…
Rule #1: Place your subject on the same level as your light.  I used a table to lift the sweet baby off the ground and level with the window light.
Rule #2:  Place your subject close to the window.  You will be surprised how much difference the light will be just 1 or 2 feet away.

Rule #3:  Be sure to have lots of window between you and your subject.  This will create a softer light than if you have very little window between you and your subject.  (I did end up pulling that curtain all the way back and out of my light.)

Here are some more images I captured…

Happy Snapping!!
This is just one of the tips you’ll learn during my workshop.  I offer workshop in Salt Lake and
online.
 Just a few of the things you’ll learn:
-Shooting in Manual Mode
-Perfect Lighting Every time
-My Favorite Poses
-The Magic of Photoshop
Photo By Emilie Workshops:
My next Salt Lake Workshop is Saturday, March 3rd.
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Show and Tell with Hoopla Earrings

Want to meet my all time favorite earring company? Of course you do!!!! Meet Hoopla Earrings!

 

I own 6 pairs of Hoopla’s and if you ask me that’s nowhere close to  enough! I first fell in love with these amazing hand painted and crafted earring about a year ago when I found them for sale at Oh Sweet Sadie. I bought my first 3 pair and has craving more! Lucky for me the amazing designer behind hoopla is a local so I’ve been able to get my Hoopla fix easily! Hoopla also sells on etsy so lucky for all of us, we can all get our hands on these beautiful earrings!

AND one lucky winner is about to score a $50 gift card to use at Hoopla Earrings! That’s enough for 5 pair! SCORE!!!!!

AND Hoopla Earrings will be setting up shop and selling at Oh Sweet Sadie Feb. 3-4 in South Jordan, UT! You know I’ll be there scooping up more earring!


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Winner will be announced next Wednesday!

Time to get your link on! Have you created a fab project you want to show off!?! Link it here and get seen by thousands. I’ll often feature favorite links on Facebook and twitter and on my site so by linking you give me full permission to shout your praises and feature you and your post! Consider it FREE publicity!



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What’s your greatest “Steal of a Deal?”

It seems like every time I leave a thrift store with a new find I say to myself! ” This is the best deal EVER!” only to say it again to myself after the next  shopping trip! I LOVE a great deal. My latest “Steal of a Deal” was found during my last visit to The Home Depot…

I saw a display of these Gliden Paint samples and they were marked down to 50 cents each! I grabbed 6 of bottles of fun bright colors and headed to the checkout but low and behold they rang up for 1 penny each! What the! I asked the checker to double check because I told her what I thought they should have been. NOPE! 1 cent! SO you know what that meant right? Time to load up!

56 bottles and 56 cents later I now have this great collection of awesome colors. They are about the size of a small craft paint bottle!

So here’s a question…What’s the best “steal of Deal” you’ve ever gotten?

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Valentines Door Wreath

Striped fabric:IKEA $7.99 a yard

Frame: “Balboa” 8 x 10 frame from “Cut it Out”   $12.99

Glitter Heart: Emporium at Thanksgiving Point $5.99

Ribbon: My craft room

Happy Valentines! Let the pink and heart crafting begin!

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Meet the Contributors…

I am so excited to announce and introduce you to the new BCD family! These talented ladies are beyond amazing as over the course of time I know you will see why I have invited them to join in on the fun over here on Blue Cricket Design! Please help me welcome them by saying hello and visiting their home sites to see what keeps them so busy in the creative blogging world!

Emily Ralph, is a self-taught photographer who specializes in family portraiture, children portraiture and photography education. She has a special talent for capturing the unique essence of children and passing her knowledge along to others. Her award-winning work can be found on the walls of Utah’s trendiest homes, businesses and has been published in local magazines. Emilie books group, one on one and online workshops where you can learn the tricks of the trade and improve your own photography skills! Please visit her website for more details.

Emilie can be found: website, blog, facebook

Showing love and spending time together is what motivates Lorraine’s enthusiasm in the kitchen.  Married 36 years with 4 grown daughters (including twins) and 10 grandchildren has provided lots of experience as well as laughter, closeness and full tummies.  Her kitchen staff often include wee ones on the counter helping to stir and pour with older ones by her side reading the recipe.
Equipped with a good recipe and some basic skills, Lorraine believes success in the kitchen is not just easily obtainable but a joy to create. Whether the occasion is casual or grand, intimate or over-flowing, she loves to share fellowship and food with the goal of doing it all “With A Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart”.

Lorraine can be found: blog

Anna had three kids in three years, and then she quit her job, moved to the suburbs and bought a minivan. Now she’s knee deep in kids and loving every minute of it. She blogs about it all at My Life and Kids – where she always strives to find the fun in life and motherhood.

Anna can be found: blog

 

Jessica Peck is the creative mind behind Sweetie Pie Bakery.  Her blog focuses on her life as a mid-western, work at home mom, sharing her knowledge of sewing, baking and everything between the seams!

Jessi can be found: blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest

Allie Watts is the creator of the blog, “Miss Lovie,” a blog centered around sharing detailed tutorials on all types of crafts and DIY such as jewelry-making, sewing, and holiday and home décor. Although she is relatively new to the blogging world, her projects are full of creativity and many have found her tutorials inspirational. She devotes a lot of her time teaching kindergarten and spends the rest of it on good books and blogs, good friends and family, and new projects of all kinds!

Allie can be found: blog, facebook, twitter, pinterest

Catherine Pooler is the owner and founder of StampNation and also a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator.  She spends her days rubber stamping, scrapbooking and teaching others how to explore their creativity as well through her blog, newsletter and her membership site (StampNation).  She has been a scrapbooker for 20+ years and a rubber stamper for 8.    She has been recognized by Stampin’ Up as one of their top demonstrators every year since signing on with the company, including the #4 top demonstrator in 2008.   She is ecstatic to be living her dream, working from home elbow deep in cardstock, markers and rubber stamps while raising her 3 daughters.

Catherine can be found: website, facebook, youtube

Kacey Kendrick Wagner is happiest when she’s working on her latest big idea in her spare bedroom studio.  Armed with a background in Art Education, no project or material is off limits.  From felt to fabric, paint to printables–this girl dabbles in it all.  When she’s not busy making beautiful things (and big messes), you might find her glued to her computer, curled up with a good book, or cheering on her favorite sports teams.  Kacey chronicles all of her creative endeavors through her blog, “Stay-at-Home Artist.”

Kacey can be found: blog, etsy, pinterest

Jackie Hernandez is the author of Teal & Lime, a blog about creating a DIY modern home.  Jackie is the mother of two young boys.  As much as she loves a beautifully styled room, she always keeps the kids in mind.  She includes them whenever possible in home DIY projects, but also enjoys coming up with special craft projects just for them.

Jackie can be found: blog, facebook, twitter

Holly Marsh, a former kindergarten teacher, is the creator of the upcycling blog, “Life as a Thrifter.”  When not chasing after her busy toddler, Holly finds time to scour thrift shops and flea markets in hopes of giving new life to her fabulous finds.  With a toddler on her hip and a paintbrush in her hand, she can transform almost any thrift find into an easy to follow DIY project.

Holly can be found: blog, facebook

Larissa Zitzman is the author, creative brain, and Momma behind the blog “Just Another Day in Paradise”. Between the craziness that is raising three, soon to be four, Little Men, she can be found creating, sewing, crafting, cooking, whipping together a party, and home-decorating. Her motto is that “creating doesn’t have to be expensive”. She is a big advocate of use-what-you-have and think-outside-the-box in all of her creative endeavors. She can be found using her frugal method especially in putting together a party. She is a big believer that beautiful projects, good meals, and fabulous parties don’t have to break the bank. She enjoys sharing her creative ideas through her blog and the excuse it gives her to come up with new projects.

Larissa can be found: blog

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Crate and Barrel Stendig Calendar

Crate and Barrel set up shop in Salt Lake late last year and I could not have been more thrilled! I grew up with Crate and Barrel. Mike and I registered there for our wedding gifts! It was a fun and nostalgic walk threw memory lane when I first visited and I wanted EVERYTHING! This Stendig Calendar was irresistible! It’s easy to see why, right?

A few weeks ago I scored this amazing find on ksl.com (local classified ads like craigslist but 100 times better!) I’ve been looking for filing cabinets to go in this space in my kitchen. I thought the idea of filing cabinets would work great for this space. Tons of new storage and I loved the idea of adding an industrial/utility look inside my home. My house is pretty eclectic so I was excited to see how it would look. I’d been looking for months when I came across these  salvaged metal bank drawers! BINGO! How freakin’ perfect! When I sent my husband the link to get his opinon he was like ” How on earth did you find blue cabinets!” I didn’t even realize they were a dark teal blue hue! My screen made them look more green. I had fully intended on painting any cabinets I found to a teal tone but alas…they were already my signature color!

This find was such a steal! I paid $100 for all three cabinets and they fit the space perfectly! But as you can see I had those ubber lame outlets to deal with! Seriously builders! What the heck! Enter Stendig calendar

I positioned it just so that no plugs show! I used 3M Command strips to stick it to the wall! A level was a must to make sure it was perfectly straight! Wish you could have seen me try to hang it by myself! Straight up comedy! I recommend getting a friend to help! This Calendar is HUGE!!!

Love me a huge calendar!!

p.s. If you live in the Salt Lake area and want these filing cabinets in your home, the seller has more! He has this shade and gray! They might still be available.  If you want me to locate his number just email me!

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