Guilty.

On Monday, I showed you the mugshots I made for my pups. Now, I thought I'd show you an example of the reason why I made those mugshots:



Mr. Tanner may have a 'who, me?' look in his eyes, but we all know who the guilty party was.  Oh well, here we go again... 'Tanner, you have the right to remain silent...'

Happy weekend and try to stay out of trouble!  ;) 

Recipe: Lavender Lemonade


Lately, every time I run to the grocery store I've been buying lemons.  I'm not sure where this lemon  compulsion came from, but the end result is that I accumulated an insane amount of  lemons in my house for no apparent reason.

Luckily, I stumbled upon this recipe at Sunday Suppers, which, by the way, is an inspiring blog by the amazing culinary stylist and photographer Karen Mordechai.  If you haven't seen this site yet, you need to check it out.  You will get lost (and a little hungry) looking at all the beautifully photographed recipes.

The Lavender Lemonade recipe I found was a perfect match for my lemon overload because right now my lavender bush looks like this...


Naturally, I had to give this recipe a try.  It. Was. Divine.  An added plus was how the fresh citrus smell of lemon juice combined with the herbal lavender scent to fill the whole house with a fresh aroma during the infusing process.  It made our house smell crazy good. 

Lavender Lemonade
(Recipe adapted from Sunday Suppers)

Stuff you'll need:
8 cups of water
1 cup of sugar
4 sprigs of lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish
5 lemons juiced
2 limes juiced

Method:
In a large saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 5 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.

Of course, if you didn't feel like steeping your lemonade to infuse the lavender, you could just throw a few sprigs of lavender into a glass of regular lemonade to jazz it up.  Simple as that.

Do you have lemonade recipes you'd like to share?  I'd also love suggestions about other things I could do with my lavender.  I'm never quite sure what to do with those pretty blossoms.


Mugged.

I've got two furry rascals living with me and they never seem to run out of puppy shannanigans to get themselves into.  After seeing this pug mug on Pinterest, I knew I had to create mugshots for my own little outlaws to commemorate their mischievous puppyhoods:

W A N T E D


Don't let those adorable faces fool you, these two have managed to wrangle themselves into just about all the puppy trouble they can find.  They've destroyed carpet and window screens and chewed just about everything they can sink their teeth into.  They've tracked in so much mud on rainy days that my floor is now a nice permanent shade of orange. Many brawls have been started over coveted plush toys and a few plants have been murdered by their digging in the yard. They've also taken it upon themselves to torment the neighbors with episodes of endless barking and even frighten small children from time to time.

All in all these two are bad to the bone (and luckily, they are cute enough to get away with it).  I mean, with mugs like that, how could you not forgive even the worst puppy offense?  You know, home destruction and sanity is fleeting, but puppy love, now that is forever.

Do you have any mischevious pet stories to tell?  Please, please tell me my pups aren't the only bad boys on the block :)

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And now, my pups' theme song.  Go on, press play... you know you want to.  This song will be stuck in your head all day, and you are so very welcome. ;)

Bad Boys (Theme From Cops) by Inner Circle on Grooveshark

Interested in making your own mugshot?  Check out my tips here.


Wannabe.



I've always gravitated to the arts, even though I've never considered myself an artist. I'm kind of a wannabe artist, I guess.  Right now, I'm dabbling in painting.  I tried acrylic paints for months, but today I decided to switch to oil paints for the first time.  I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out....



Right now, I'm taking my inspiration from other artists I admire while I work to find a style of my own. Today, I was inspired by the amazing artist, Lulie Wallace, who creates fantastic geometric floral paintings in bright, unexpected color combinations.  It was a lot of fun to experiment with loud colors and abstract florals.



My goal is to eventually create a piece of art I love enough to hang proudly on my bare dining room wall.  As for where I'm going to put my finished 'masterpiece' ...



Alright, I've got to go ... it looks like Patrick wants to play a game of fetch.  :)

Pinned.


Well, its Friday and that means that Pin Week is coming to an end.  If you missed out on the tutorials you can check them out here:

I had so much fun making these pins and I hope you'll give them a try.  In creating your own pins, don't feel you have to stick with exactly what I showed in my tutorials.  Instead, feel free to branch out, get creative and make these pins your own.  Try different shapes and colors, or combine the different techniques from this week's tutorials to create something unique.  There are tons of supply options at the craft store, so you can really go crazy in making your own pins.  I hope my tutorials will help you get started on creating pins that suit your personal style.  So, you want to make a green striped elephant? Why not? How about a sparkly silver crescent moon? Sure!  Let your imagination run wild and see what you come up with.

Have a great weekend!  Get pinning!  :)

Speaking of pinning, if you'd like to follow Caught On A Whim on Pinterest, check out the page here.  I pin all the projects, so you'll never miss a tutorial. You can also follow along on Facebook .

DIY: Glitter Apple Pin


Today's Pin Week tutorial is the Glitter Apple Pin. (If you missed out on the previous tutorials I covered this week you can check them out here and here.  This tutorial is a somewhat of a combination of the last two I covered earlier this week.  Here is how to make a two toned apple pin using glitter.





HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:


Wooden apple shape. (Look in the woodworking section of your craft store.)

Pin. (Look in the jewelry making section of your craft store.)

Red and green glitter. 

Painters tape.

Glitter adhesive.  (I used Martha Stewart's Glittering Glue.)

Decoupage. (I used Martha Stewart's Decoupage Glue and Sealer.)

Super Glue. (Opps...not shown above.)

Method:

1.  Cover the section you want to glitter in a different color with painter's tape.  I wanted to make the stem green so I sectioned that part off.




2.  Coat the exposed wood with the glitter adhesive and sprinkle the red glitter over it.   Be sure to shake off the excess glitter and add more to the bare spots that remain for a consistent coat of sparkle.  Once the adhesive is dry, you can remove the painters tape.  Your apple will now look like this:




3.  Now coat the stem with the glitter adhesive being careful to stay on the stem only.  Sprinkle green glitter over the adhesive on the stem.  You can easily shake off any stray glitter that falls where you don't want it to be.




4.  Once the adhesive is dry, super glue the pin to the back.




And there you have it.  This apple is just too pretty to eat, and you know what they say about an apple a day, so its healthy too!  ;)

If you like this post, be sure to also check out the Glitter Heart Pin and Striped Anchor Pin tutorials.


DIY: Striped Anchor Pin


Ahoy!  It's Pin Week here at Caught on a Whim.  Yesterday I showed you how to make a Glitter Heart Pin, and today I'm going to show you how to make this striped anchor pin.  With summer just around the corner, this pin is the perfect way to add a touch of the nautical trend to your look.

Alright, let's get started...


HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff You'll Need:


Wooden anchor shape.  (Look in your craft store's woodworking section.)

Pin. (Look in the jewelry section of your craft store.)

Paint (I used some artist acrylic paint because I had it on hand, but any craft paint that will work on wood is fine.)

Painters tape.

Paintbrush. (Not shown above.)

Super Glue (Not shown above.)

Decoupage (Opps, not shown above either.  I'll never learn.  But this step is optional so you'll forgive me right? ...  For the record I used Martha Stewart's Decoupage Glue and Sealer.)



Method:

1.  I started by painting the whole anchor white.  Next, I used the painters tape to block out the striped sections.  I had to cut the painters tape into thin strips to get the size I wanted for my stripes.




2.  I added a few coats of paint to the exposed stripe sections.  My stripes are horizontal, but you could choose to do vertical or diagonal stripes as well.




3.  After the paint is dry, remove the painters tape and glue the pin to the back of the anchor. 




4. (Optional.)  I added a coat of decoupage to help protect the paint and give it some sheen.  And....
Ta da! That's all there is to it!






Be sure to come back by tomomorrow to check out my next pin tutorial.  See you then!

DIY: Glitter Heart Pin




As I mentioned yesterday, it's Pin Week here at Caught On The Whim.  Over the next couple of days I'm going to feature tutorials for creating pins (like the adorable heart pin I'm wearing above), so be sure to check back for more.

Alright, first up is the glitter heart pin.  Ready to get started?

HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:


Wooden heart shape. (Look in the woodworking section of your craft store.)

Pin. (Look in the jewelry making section of your craft store.)

Glitter.  (In any color your heart desires.  Pun fully intended.)  ;)

Glitter Adhesive.  (I used Martha Stewart's Glittering Glue.)

Decoupage. (I used Martha Stewart's Decoupage Glue and Sealer.)

Super Glue. (Opps...not shown above.)

Method:


1.  Coat one side of the wooden heart with the glitter adhesive.  

2.  Sprinkle glitter over the adhesive before it dries.  Be sure to shake off the excess glitter and add more to the bare spots that remain for a consistent coat of sparkle.

3.  Once the glitter adhesive is dry, apply the decoupage.  This helps hold the glitter in place and prevents you from leaving a glitter trail wherever you go.  The decoupage will take a long time to dry so be patient.  (I waited overnight for mine to dry.)

4.  Once the decoupage has dried, glue the pin to the back of the heart using the super glue.



That's it!  Now you can wear your heart on your sleeve or anywhere else you'd like to add a bit of sparkle.



I've got more pin making tutorials lined up this week, so be sure to check back for more fun ideas!  See you soon :)



It's pin week!


It's pin week here at Caught On A Whim, and I don't mean Pinterest pins.  No, I mean real tangible pins...the brooch kind that is.

I've got some pretty cool tutorials lined up this week to show you how to make your own brooch pins like the ones above.  These tutorials are going to debut over the next few days, so be sure to drop by to check them out.

Here's to happy pinning!  :)

Dawg days of summer.


Ok, so it may not exactly be summer yet, but Mr. Tanner's been feeling the heat.  And what better way to cool off than to have nice cold water bouncing off your tongue....ahhhhhhh.

Speaking of 'dog days' ever wonder where that saying came from?  It's actually quite celestial.  (Ok, I'm a nerd, so humor me).

How are you going to stay cool this weekend?  (It looks like Mr. Tanner has plans to hang out by the sprinkler...)

Recipe: Mediterranean Pasta



This is my favorite recipe of all time. Ever.  I make it at least once a week (if not more).  I first had this dish at a favorite local Italian restaurant.  After moving out of state (and away from the restaurant), I knew I had to recreate my favorite entree on my own (or else suffer endless withdrawal symptoms or very, very long car rides for my pasta fix.)  So here it is, my rendition of Mediterranean Pasta.  (Make it.  Eat it.  Love it.  You'll thank me later. Trust me.)

On a side note, when I make this recipe I don't measure the ingredients.  I just eye-ball it and tweak as I go.  I've tried to come up with some measurements for you guys here, but feel free to make changes as you see fit.  Add more peppers for a bit more spice.  Cut down on the olives to reduce the saltiness.   (etc., etc.)  To me the best recipes are those you can throw together and easily make your own.

Mediterranean Pasta 

Stuff you'll need:
1 12-oz. box of tri-color rotini
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cups tomatoes diced
2 large cloves of garlic minced
1/3 cup pepperoncinis sliced
1/4 cup kalamata olives pitted and sliced
1 tablespoon capers
1/4 cup fresh basil (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh oregano (or 1/2 tablespoon dried)
1-2 lemons juiced
1/4 cup feta crumbled
Red or white wine (optional)

Method:
Cook the rotini according to the directions on the box.  Meanwhile, heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, add the garlic and pepperoncinis to the saucepan.  Cook until the garlic is golden and the peppers are softened, being very careful careful not to burn the garlic.  (Tip:  If the garlic turns brown, it's been overcooked).  Next, add the following ingredients to the saucepan: tomatoes, kalamata olives, and capers, followed by the basil and oregano.  (Tip:  When using fresh herbs rather than dried ones, wait a few minutes before adding them to the saucepan.)  Cook for about 5-10 minutes.  It will have a soupy consistency when it is done.  (If you like, you can also add a splash of white or red wine during the last few minutes of cooking.)  Plate the cooked rotini.  Now, spoon the tomato mixture onto each plate over the pasta.  Be sure to capture the juices at the bottom of the saucepan as well (they are delicious).  Next top with feta and drizzle lemon juice over the top.  That's it folks. Grab a fork and ...


This probably makes about 3-4 servings, but my husband and I can (embarrassingly) polish this off with just the two of us.

Do you have a favorite pasta recipe?



Minted.


Just wanted to share these mint colored bobby pins I made with the bobby pin makeover tutorial. If you missed the tutorial and want to make your own bobby pins in any color your heart desires, hop on over and check out the tutorial here.  

These are so fun and easy to make, but I can't decide what color bobby pins I want to make next...any suggestions?



Staycation.

My husband and I spent last week filling the lazy days of a staycation.  It was nice to take some time off for ourselves and to enjoy our time together without the stress of work or schedules.  Even though we spent time relaxing and lounging around, we also made it a point to go off on little adventures in the area.  Here are some photos of the amazing week we had and some tips I discovered along the way for how to make a staycation relaxing, fun and memorable:

HOW TO: A STAYCATION GUIDE

1.  Sleep in and be sure to start the day off with a good breakfast.  Waffles are awesome and drinking OJ from a wine glass just makes the mornings more special.



2.  Get outside and go on an adventure or two.  We went hiking with the pups and spent a day kayaking.



3.  Treat yourself to an indulgence.  We visited a winery where we went on a tour, enjoyed a wine tasting and ate a delicious gourmet lunch.






4.  Try a new recipe.  We made this one.  (Not into cooking?  Try a new restaurant.)




5.  Take in the scenery by visiting a park, taking a walk downtown, shopping at a farmer's market, or exploring a nearby city or attraction.  We went on a breathtaking joyride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The views were incredible:




6.  Best of all, spend oodles of time with those special people (and crazy pups) who make you smile...


So how about you?  Do you staycation or do you have to get away on your time off?  If you staycation, what do you like to do for fun?  Do you have any big travel plans for this summer?

For our next stretch of time off we'll be traveling.  Can't wait to share that adventure with you guys too!

Duomatic.


Have you heard of the iPhone app Duomatic?  It lets you create double exposures with the images on your phone.  I found that it can be a bit tricky to get a good composition when meshing two images together, but, with a a bit of practice, you can produce some really striking images.

It's hard to choose a favorite from the images above, but the ones in the middle where my two shrunken puppies are chasing each other among the giant blades of grass has a touch of whimsy that just makes me smile. I love how the juxtaposition of those two images instantly creates a world where miniature puppies can romp around an oversized spring garden.

Another iPhone app I'm dying to try is Cinemagram, which lets you create photos that capture glimpses of movement.  Check out the Cinemagram Tumblr to see some in action. They are pretty amazing. Unfortunately this app isn't compatible with my older version of the iPhone (boo!), but if if you don't own a dinosaur like me, you should give it a try. 

Cinemagrams are based on the magical Cinemagraphs created by photographers Jamie Beck and Kevin Burg.  Jamie also has a beautiful blog, From Me To You, where you can follow all her photography adventures.  Her work is simply stunning.  

Do you have any favorite iPhone apps you'd like to share?  I'm always looking for new things to try.

DIY: Bobby Pin Makeover


After seeing this photo taken by the street style photographer Vanessa Jackman, I knew I had to create some colored bobby pins for myself.  I love the hint of bold color these over-sized bobby pins provide, and they certainly make pulling your hair away from your face a lot more fun. It's time to give your bobby pins a fresh look.


HERE'S THE HOW TO:

Stuff you'll need:

Method:


1. Fold a piece of paper in half to create a 'drying rack' for the pins.  Clip your pins to it.

2.  Add a few coats of nail polish to each pin being sure to let each layer dry thoroughly before adding the next layer on top.  You don't have to be very neat or precise in painting the pins because you can easily remove them from the paper once they are dry.

3.  Peel the pins from the paper and remove any bits of the paper that stick to them.

4.  That's it, now all that's left to do is pull your hair back with your now colorful bobby pins.  I like layering several of them up in a row.

I also love the mint ones I made:

I'd love to see the hair candy you create if you try this project.  Just leave a link in the comment section below.  It will be fun to see what colors you choose and how you style them, so please feel free to share  :)

If you enjoyed this project, you'll also like my DIY: Floral Pin tutorial.  So hop on over and check it out!