For those who are new to our blog I have taken on the challenge to broaden my domestic goddess talents. I will be posting "first attempts" to crafts and recipes each week for your entertainment success or total failure! I call these my Friday's scissor and cream posts. Enjoy...
I saw this on one of the blogs I follow HERE before I was even addicted to Pintrest. I quickly bookmarked it and immediately wanted to try it out. After trying to structure the wording, font and size I gave up. I am not much of a tech person. Daniel totally saved me in this silly project, so I can hardly take credit at all for it. He used his made skills in Photoshop and created the whole thing for me. We picked out our fonts, cities and then sized them. Lastly, we put a vintage screen over it. Uploaded it to STAPLES and printed it for $2.61. I purchased a 2 pack of 11"x14" canvas’ from JoAnn for $5. Voila- super cheap personalized art! When researching this I found a lot of adorable ones with street names where the creator first strolled with their now husabnd, places they grew up or the model type of their first car. You can make your subway type story out of ANYTHING! SO, fun- Try it out!
Here is why these places are important to us... Click on each city to find out more about it! In 2009 we took a 3 month Europe trip together so, some of those cities made it on our canvas. :)
San Gimignano, Italy The most breathtaking area of Tuscany, Italy we visited for sure! Definitely a life changing experience for us in this little city. We met our "spoon-in-hand" talkin' mama named Tiziana who would scold us every chance she could because we did not drink vino (wine). She was the owner of the agriturismo (bed and breakfast farm) we stayed at.
Venice, Italy If you visit this city you will have life changing experiences. It is set right out of a fairy tale. Plus it fit with this canvas so, we used it!
Piazza Del Campo Seina, Italy This is the famous courtyard where the yearly Palio horse race is done every year, considered by many to be the most beautiful town sqaure in the world. After 2 weeks in Italy Daniel ordered gelato ENTIRELY in Italian. It was graduation week for the high school seniors and they were busy chanting in big groups with their neighborhood colors all over their outfits.
Fort Stevens- Warrenton, Oregon This is a family tradition I have done now for 26 years. We camp at this amazing camp ground with its personal ocean front, lake, military fort and paved biking trials through the preserved wildlife. We are continuing this tradition with our children and haven't missed a year yet.
Marwencol (The Movie) This movie is about a man that was made severely mentally handicapped from getting beaten after leaving a bar. It is a touching story and his make believe city of figurines he has made for himself for therapy is named "Marwencol." It was a movie that was equally moving for both Daniel and me.
Clevedon, UK Another loved city Daniel spent a good time on his mission at. They don't have much touristy stuff there but, we had a wonderful time visiting people Daniel taught on his mission.
Portabello Road, UK We thoroughly enjoyed the famous Portabello Road Antique Market when we visited England. We have a few mementos that we snagged from there and loved see all of the crazy merchants.
Somerset, UK This location was one of our favorites for its beauty alone on our trip. The rolling hills, pasture, farm animal crossings, old one room churches with cemeteries and "to die for" cheese really set this place apart from the other cities we visited.
Elephant & Castle South London, UK As part of our Europe trip Daniel was the most looking forward to showing me places that he loved on his mission and the people he met. Elephant & Castle is a neighborhood that has a couple of restaurants that saved him on his particularly challenging days. It was fun to see his face beaming as he toured me around the street he once proselyted.
San Juan, Puerto Rico On our Caribbean honeymoon cruise San Juan was our last stop. It was a crazy beautiful place and even though we were only there for a few hours we can't stop thinking about it to this day.
Montmare, France This was a cozy little city where we stayed for 5 days on our Europe trip. We would walk out every morning and see the gorgeous Basillica of the sacred heart at the end of our street. We would then pop into the nearest bakery and try a new pastry for breakfast. Montmare will always have a special little place in our hearts :)
We have added this delicious EASY recipe HERE to our monthly rotation. It is the best creamy pot pie recipe I have found out there! I usually put about 1/2-1 cup of milk in with all of the veggie ingredients in the crock pot for 3-5 hours then on the last hour I pour in the roux sauce and mixed it all up. FYI- The flour/butter roux sauce will get clumpy if left in the crockpot too long, that is why I pour it in last.