Monthly Archives: August 2011

Tut Tuesday: When I dip, you dip, we dip. strawberries.

August 30, 2011

Hola! Today I want to talk about strawberries. They’re delicious. They’re pretty. And they’re pretty delicious when dipped in chocolate and such. Now, I know that to some this is such an easy task: dipping the strawberries. But I like to take my time when I dip. It’s an art. And it can be very fun to come up with combos and flavors. I, personally, like the white chocolate/walnut combo the best. Now, as you all know, I don’t have a fancy camera so if you are into blurry photos then read on!!!



First, you melt some chocolate. I usually work with 16oz at a time. Put it in a microwaveable bowl and melt it in 30 second intervals stirring after every 30 seconds.


Take a strawb and hold it by the green lil’ shrub at the top. Dip it into the chocolate and gently tap your hand against the edge of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.


Line them up on a cookie sheet. If you plan to drizzle chocolate over the top then let the first layer of chocolate set. If you plan to dip in a topping, then do so immediately after dipping in chocolate. Like so….







What is this? A chips ahoy ad?



I used the leftover white chocolate as a drizzle on top of the milk chocolate. Normally, I use a squeeze bottle for a more uniform drizzle look. But we moved. And I lost my squeeze bottle. So I improvised with a spoon. These didn’t need to be perfect because it was just me eating them. Whew!



Sometimes I go half & half with a little ebony and ivory. 



Chill until ready to serve. Enjoy!

My other full-time job…

August 29, 2011

Hey friends. It’s monday and I have a couple of hours before I go to work. I thought I would do the right thing and get some pics up of what I spend my time doing these days.

A few years ago, I came across a blog that reignited my love for sewing. The wonderful Katiedid has such amazing talent and she inspires all of her readers with ideas and projects. Sadly, she is not blogging anymore but she can still be spotted working on other amazing things. Her little girls are models for this little gem.

I’ve spent the weekend collecting new fabric for some quilts I have to get done. I could spend hours looking at fabric. There are so many beautiful colors I wish I could choose them all. But I am pretty happy with my finds:

For pricing and more information, please email me at the following:

theproperpinwheel {at} gmail {dot} com

Have a great day!

Fresh Find Friday

August 26, 2011

Happy friday ya’ll! These weekends just keep coming so fast, but they go by even faster. I can’t handle it. I’m going to try and squeeze some time in to analyze the health of our new/old piano. I hope to have a few ideas to run by you come Monday so stay tuned!

Image #294668image by the life you love photography via style me pretty via that’s happy

I’m in love with these colors. I’m in love with these flowers. I’m in love with the 50’s.

iimage via hey gorgeous

Above is the sweetest light fixture to have ever been made. Full tut can be found here.

image via she wears many hats

Oh, the family table cloth. How I love thee. This was one of my first pins and I keep coming back to it waiting for the day that I can start my own. 

image via lightbluegrey

I love her idea to crochet a garland. This is definitely a project that takes time and is meant for someone special. 

Have a great weekend!


The beauty of Craigslist…

August 25, 2011

Hello! I just have a quick note today. Two nights ago, I was perusing through the craigslist ads and found something that couldn’t possibly be true. A piano. For free. And it’s an antique. It’s a saloon-style and is super tall. We are picking it up tonight and I will have some fresh photos for you tomorrow. Below is a pic from my pinterest that I pinned a few days ago. I was thinking, “How nice it will be when we can afford a piano someday.” It’s like it was MEANT for me or something!

F-R-E-E. Free.

Can’t wait to post about the transformation! I have no pics yet, but our piano is currently a faded sage green.

Have you ever found something you can’t live without on Craigslist?

knit one, purl two

August 24, 2011

You guys! Knitting is the most fantastic thing on this side of the Mississippi. It’s a bit difficult to cast on (if you are me), but it gets easier once the knitting starts. And don’t even get me started on purling! I am so excited about this new hobby. You can make some pretty great stuff. My second class is tonight and we will be starting a real project. Probably a scarf. I owe it all to Fancy Tiger. If you live in the Denver area, you MUST check them out. They have so many different classes that there is something for everyone!

This is a little shot of my practice knit. Our homework for the week was to finish 50 yards of yarn and practice knitting and purling. I’m hooked. 

image by Jen Geigley

If you aren’t a member of Ravelry, you should be. It’s a free site for knitters and crocheters. I’ve found tons of crochet patterns in the past, and now I can finally get some knitting patterns. Isn’t this infinity scarf lovely???

image via subliminal rabbit

Can you tell I’m ready for fall?

I want to know what you guys are working on. Any knitters out there? Do you have a favorite pattern?

Tut Tuesday: Anthro-inspired Paper Circle Garland

August 23, 2011

Hey folks! I hope you all had a great weekend! Sorry for the lack of post yesterday, but I was catching up on some zzz’s from my crazy weekend! But I’ll tell you about that another time. For now, today’s tutorial is about some paper that I’m in love with. Below is a pic from an Anthropologie window display that I have had my eye on for some time now. I studied it and came up with a way to re-create it. Now, paper is expensive so I couldn’t make a display of this magnitude, but I think mine’s puuurrtttyy cute. 



Supplies: hole punch, large circle-shaped cutter, scrapbook paper in assorted colors, needle, cotton twine, hot glue gun


First, take your large circle cutter and cut out as many circles as you can get from each square of paper.



Then, take your small hole punch – this is an itty bitty one – and punch a hole in the middle of each circle.



Thread each circle onto a very long piece of twine. I thread 30 circles of each color and laid them out flat.



Take your hot glue gun and squeeze a tiny dab onto the middle of each circle. You don’t need a lot, just enough to dot the thread and lock the paper in place. 






I was using these as a garland for a baby shower, but they hung out on my staircase for a few days until they could be hung. 




I didn’t have a place high enough to hang them dramatically like above, so I draped them around my entire deck and they added that extra POW I was needing. They were perfect decorations for a baby shower threw for a good friend last Saturday. The pics aren’t ready yet, but here’s a sneak peek!



Fresh Find Friday

August 19, 2011

Hola, everybody! It’s midnight. And I’m tired. I’ve finished so many projects today. I feel like taking a huge nap until September. The only sad thing is that I also feel like I won’t have time to nap until September. hrrmmpphhh.

I’ve got some great stuff going on this weekend and can’t wait to show ya’ll next week! Until then, enjoy your Friday!

Have a great weekend!


This bird looks too delicious!


If you are like me, than you have lots of fruit left over from summer gardening. And it’s about to go to waste. Why not make some yummy jam for your neighbors? And top it off with these presh printables

Holy cow. Take a look at this super fun lantern. Wait until you see what it’s made of!

Are you throwing a birthday party?

August 17, 2011

If not, throw a number party. Because Jordan has the BEST idea. And the BEST tutorial on how to get one, two, three, or more of your own right here. However, they are too lovely that mine may just have to hang somewhere out of reach. 

I can’t wait to see what else falls out (pun intended) of her new pinata series! image via ohhappyday

I would also like to give a huge shout-out to Walmart and Target for distributing such chic and affordable serveware. If you are throwing a party on a limited budget, these really set the tone and make everything come together. And you won’t feel guilty after the big purchase! I always get the white stuff because it can go with any party theme. I love the rectangular platters!

And finally, I’m super excited because I have signed up for a knitting class for the next two weeks. It’s gonna be amazeballs and I can’t wait to learn the craft! I’ll knit your socks off… err, I mean on!

Happy Wednesday!

These pictures don’t do it justice

August 16, 2011

But it’s all I can give you for now because it has to stay a secret until this Saturday. So here’s a little preview:

The tutorial will be given one week from today. Starting next week, each Tuesday shall be known as “Tutorial Tuesday” or “Tut Tuesday” for short. :) I loved sharing how to make the large paper lanterns and I want to share something new each week! 

Stay tuned!

p.s. Sorry for the blurry cropped pics. They’re from my iPhone, Charlotte.

You are invited…

August 15, 2011

So there’s this cute website. And it’s called Paper Culture. And they do invitations. And stationary. And so much more. I cannot wait for my chance to choose some for my OWN baby shower. But since I have a little time, I’ll just pick a few beauties to share with you.

Ladies first:



Boys will be boys:



Neutral? No problem:




I’m seriously hooked on twins:


Please, please, PLEASE go check it out. 

And then please, please, PLEASE invite me.