9.22.2014

Skull String Art + Wood Connection Giveaway!

Have you seen all that string art floating around Pinterest? I have. And I love it. What a creative way to make art. When I first saw it, I knew I had to have one and since Halloween is coming up, why not have a modern black and white skull?! 



Head on over to The Wood Connection Blog for the full tutorial on how to make this bad boy!


Keep scrolling to enter the giveaway...the real reason why you are here...muwahahahaha!



Don't you just love how this looks?! I do. I can't get enough black and white this year in my Halloween decor and I was so excited when I thought of adding a little texture with this piece.

Here's a pic of my full Halloween mantle:


May the odds be ever in your favor...


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GIVEAWAY! {Foiled Prints}

Hi guys! Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a good weekend. I was stuck in bed again. I cannot kick this cold/flu thing. I have had a sore throat for weeks and when I woke up yesterday I could hardly breathe...and I'm pretty sure I have pink eye. Ew. So my sweet husband spent all day catering to me and taking care of the kids. It was just what the doctor ordered (literally) and I feel like a  new woman today! So to start off this glorious week I have a little giveaway for you!

Do you remember my friend Ashley from Foiled Prints? She is back with another fun print for you and its perfect for the changing weather!



Here is what one lucky winner will get:


How fun is that?! It will be shipped to your house in this 8X10 print. You can keep it up until you put up your Christmas decor! Win, win!

And be sure to check out some of her other fun fall prints. Here are a few of my faves:




Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!

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9.16.2014

Fruit Tart with a Peach Almond Glaze

I know...sounds fancy right? Its actually really simple to make. I originally got this recipe from some of our good family friends. (They are more like family to us than friends, but hey.) Both the wife and the husband are AMAZING cooks. In fact, when we used to be neighbors with them we would eat at their house all the time. When we moved away I lost 15 pounds. Yeah. They are incredible and in the words of the wife, Paulette, everything is better with butter and almond extract.



So here goes. Start by making your crust.

CRUST:
3 c. flour
1 1/2. c. softened butter
1 c. powdered sugar

Yes. Thats it. Just mix it all together. It will be a little crumbly but just sort of squish it and press it into a tart pan.


Then back at 350 degrees for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Let it cool. While its cooling prepare you're filling.

Filling:
2 bricks cream cheese
1/2 c. sugar (regular...not powdered)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp lemon juice

Mix altogether and beat for several minutes until smooth and fluffy. When the crust has cooled, frost it like a cookie.


Next fill it with all kinds of fruit. I have used bananas, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi, blueberries, peaches,and strawberries in the past and they all work great. I just make this tart whenever I have a lot of fruit in my fridge that we aren't eating fast enough. :)


Then you need to top it with the glaze.

Glaze:
Juice from 32 oz can of peaches
3/4 c. sugar
water
cornstarch
drop of almond extract

Get out a sauce pan and pour only the juice from the peaches into the pan. Either eat the peaches later or just chuck em.

(I know its wasteful but I always chuck mine. I have SO many peaches and my boys won't eat canned peaches so they eventually sit in the fridge forever until moldy anyway. )

Turn to medium heat and add the sugar and stir until dissolved. Bring to a low boil and mix a little corn starch in a little water. Add to juice mixture and stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and add almond extract.

Let it cool a little (it doesn't have to be cold) and pour over the tarts. This prevents the bananas from going brown and adds a little moisture to the mix. I LOVE the glaze. I think I could just drink it. :)



Cut it like a pie and enjoy! Keep in mind this recipe makes 3 small tarts or one giant fruit pizza (literally fills a standard pizza pan.) So plan to share with your neighbors or eat it VERY fast. :)

-Ali

9.15.2014

2014 Halloween Throwback

I know that fall is officially about a week away put I just hold off any longer. I HAVE to put up my Halloween decor. As a craft blogger, we have to be about a month ahead of the game anyway and since we'll be moving in about 8-10 weeks I want to get a leg up on the Fall celebrations since I won't be doing a ton for Thanksgiving. (These are all the excuses I keep telling myself so I can justify putting up my Halloween decorations...and its working.)

But before I got out all my stuff for this year, I thought I would do a little review of Halloween stuff that has happened here on Dream Crafter since I started blogging! Enjoy this little throwback!















Well that's all folks! And lucky for you, I have already conjured up (get it?...pun intended) a few more Halloween crafts to share with you. :) Stay tuned!

Now I need to get my stuff done so I can put up my Halloween decor before I talk myself out of it. Oh who am I kidding, this is going down...TODAY!

Happy Monday,
Ali 





9.10.2014

The Family (A Proclamation to the World) Printable

Good morning everyone! I hope you all had a good monday and tuesday. I kinda had a CRAZY day yesterday but got a lot done...so that's something. And today I have something amazing for you!

My talented sister Chelsea (who has done lots of other crafts/prints for us in the past) has made another gorgeous print. Check it out!

(Obviously they won't have the water mark over the top). :)

As much as I love the chalkboard (my personal fave) she has also made a white one in case chalk board isn't your "thang."


If you would like to purchase these prints you can find them in our shop where you can find it for direct download for only $4.99! The prints will instantly be sent to your email after payment is received. 

You will receive both the black and white files in 3 different sizes (so you will get six different files). Chelsea made these in 4X6, 8.5X11 and 24X36. 

If you take the image on a thumb drive down to a Kinko's they can do an engineer print in that giant poster size for about 4 dollars! 

Thanks Chelsea for such a fun print! 

-Peace and Blessings
Ali