So look, I knew that some of you might need some help with the kiddos while you get your "funwork" going, so I thought we’d put them up to some fun of their own.
It seems that a number of you also have “grands” in your care to entertain while their parents are working from home as well.
Well, I’ve got great news for you...
It so turns out that slab countertop you have is the perfect rolling board for dough.
There is nothing, nothing, NOTHING like cold, slab granite or quartz countertops to roll out dough and pastries just perfectly.
So this fresh in: Something FUN for your kiddos or grandchildren while we all lovingly shelter-in-place.
And no worries if you don’t have slab; possibly tile: Rolling dough on a pastry cloth or cookie sheet can still do just the trick.
Gingerbread Salt Dough Refrigerator Magnets
Makes about 15-20 inedible refrigerator ornaments
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water
4-6 Tablespoons cinnamon - depending on how dark you want the dough
You Will Also Need: Available From Any Craft Store
Hot Glue Gun - For Adult Use Only
Medium Size Magnets
White Paint Puff Pens
Glitter - (of course)
Clear-Coat Spray Sealer
Preheat the oven to 225 Degrees Fahrenheit
Mix the dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Knead the dough a few times on your lightly floured surface to ensure it smoothens into dough.
Add more flour if the dough is too sticky and more cinnamon if you want things more brown.
Roll out the dough to about 1/4 inch thick, keeping in mind the ornaments will NOT rise like a cookie, but will remain this same height.
Have the children use cookie cutters or hand shape their magnet ornaments.
Keep in mind the thicker they are, the longer to dry out in the oven.
Place them on a cookie sheet and let them bake anywhere from 2-3 hours until they are dried out; not showing moisture spots.
Let them cool completely before decorating.
Once the ornaments are cool and decorated you can opt to stay them with a clear matte sealer and let that dry according to their directions.
The final step is adding the magnets to the back side with a hot glue gun, and voila - You’ve got something to display proudly, or gift to family easily, that truly makes the full house smell good.
See what I told you about you and I?
We’ve got this.
P.S. ASD would love to see what you and yours created. Feel free to post a picture in the comments and make sure to #asdkidsmakingart
"The cabinets and counters are in place, and my contractor told me I needed to pick out and purchase my backsplash... today."
You know I wanted to say it, Today, TODAY? As in, right loving NOW?
Praise the Lord, in as many times as I heard this sentence as a designer, I didn’t.
In the name of customer service, we sing praises that these words came out instead...
“Don’t you worry, cute-self. I’l carry your quartz sample, you bring the cabinet door and we’re going to show the world that this is a piece of cake.”
Not everybody has the largest tile showroom in the Pacific Northwest in their living room.
I knew you were going to say that –
So here’s the deal.
If you’ve got time, unlike that chic up there, make sure you start pinning your little heart out.
Jump on Houzz, jump on Pinterest and if you see something that you love, don’t question why or how, or even expense, save that bitty in a file of favorites.
Love! Love, love... Pin, pin, pinning.... See?
Okay now, back to the poor chic that didn’t have time.
She still did the right lovely thing. She went to a tile design house and asked somebody that works there for help, and here’s why that’s super smart.
As a tile-house designer, I worked with those tiles 40 hours a week.
An independent designer that averages 2 projects per month, lives there about eight hours a month.
Easy math – 160 hours versus 8... One is much bigger, eh?
Because here’s the bigger deal. Tile house designers know their tile like they know their own children.
I often coined that phrase that when a tile board was missing, good gawd, everybody, stop the world....we HAVE a missing child here...
So, when you walk those pictures you’ve been pinning and saving into that tile house, he or she should be able to walk your cute self right over to that exact tile or one that is similar.
And - if all praises you have a vendor and style name of a tile, they can usually gain access to it by special order from a vendor for you.
I mean, seriously, how cool is THAT.
Whoops, you forgot budget, sweet girl behind the screen.
I knew it in my very knower that you were going to say that.
Here, I’ll put you at ease again.
That designer that knows her tile like their children?
They know which ones are naughty and which ones are nice, I promise.
So trust them that they can design “champagne taste” on a beer-budget.
I know this, because I loved the challenge of it - so let them do their thing.
Okay, so you’ve got funwork to do here.
(See what I did there? Homework?... Funwork? – Brilliant)
Your funwork in the next couple days is to jump on Houzz and Pinterest and start collecting images of the countertops, quartz, or granite that are similar to yours with backsplash tiles that you absolutely love.
Because it’s hard to believe, but the only job you have here is to pick out things that you cannot, cannot get enough of.
ASD can do the rest. For reals.
So come back on Friday, and have your coffee with me, or just take a moment of pause and read.
I promise you story, I promise you laughter, and I promise you we will design like the boss.
Because you and I?
We’ve got this.
There’s a very real “embodiment” when somebody first walks into your home. The sights, the smells and the sounds all act in a harmony of first-impression that can never be forgotten. Ask any realtor this and he or she can tell by the looks on their faces, the client either wants to see more or they want to turn around and leave…within seconds.
Let’s concentrate on those first few seconds in the entry of your living space.
SMELL - From a design sense, you can work this both visually and sensory. If you set a vase of realistic silk flowers with stems in real water, just the presence of the floral is comforting as long as the arrangement is shook out and dusted frequently. The visual will enhance the auditory in this case. A rustic wooden bowl with fragranced pine cones says fragrance lives here. As well, a crystal bowl overflowing with dried fruit slices and large blossoms or pods speaks fragrance at the sight of it.
Candles are a great way to perfume a home’s entrance , however they usually are only fragrant when lit for about half an hour and the oils collect. Another popular option are the perfume and oil diffusers which can be exposed or carefully hidden, and a highly effective fragrance option for a entry or grand foyer is a hidden plug-in that releases fragrance all day long as well.
SOUND - This design element is far more obvious but also often forgotten. Music has such a play on our experience overall and of course the type being played can brighten or lift a mood as easily as it can calm or settle a mind. Most luxury homes have audio in each room attached to the home center control panel, but all homes should improvise to create their own experience.
Placing a small unit in disguise in your entry with a CD on repeat is easy as pie. Simply finding an extra or used player and speakers and placing them under a piece of draped fabric whose edges are tucked and puddled creates a pedestal for a plant if you like. Music really should always lift their spirits the minute they walk into your home.
SIGHT - I can’t express this enough when it comes to an entry: OLD paired with the new. No matter your style: contemporary, minimalist, traditional, eclectic, farmhouse, luxury, or post and beam y’all - OLD paired with the new. Let’s face it, we love stories. We do - and heritage and history will always speak through design elements without saying one word. An antique vase, an old photograph in an oval frame, a worn baseball glove, or an antique sled leaning against the wall speaks to nostalgia and our childhood hearts.
All of this said, what first impressions are your surfaces also speaking? The flooring, the walls, and the counters are foundational to also telling a story. TODAY would be a great day to ask the professionals at ASD how they can help you tell the best story your beautiful home could tell.
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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY from all of us at Artistic Stone Design!