Artist Spotlight: Painted Expressions

Georgia and I try to support our local business community whenever possible. Mom and Pop shops built this country and we strive to buy from local shops. Local artists, especially, steal our heart and soul.  We love unique artists that build a solid reputation and establish new outlets for the business world. We honor and cherish any artist that can incorporate our love of the University of Georgia into a work of art. So to round out our School Spirit Week, we would like to introduce you to Kristen Yost, owner of Painted Expressions. This is our first post in a monthly series highlighting local artists and businesses.

Painted Expressions: University of Georgia sign

Don’t worry, Kristen offers other colleges and universities.

Painted Expressions: University of Alabama sign

Kristen Yost, owner of Painted Expressions, is just that, a tremendously talented artist that started a grassroots business on Facebook.  A business that grew from one basic creation, an American flag from pallet boards. Kristen and a girlfriend saw instructions on the internet, created one and posted the final product on Facebook. After a few friends requested the pallet flag, Kristen posted a few simple pallet signs on her own personal Facebook page. They sold immediately and orders started pouring in. Kristen explains her passion, “My creative hard work, and people wanting to display my signs in their home, it quickly became a craving for me.” In October 2012, Kristen created the Painted Expression Facebook page that now has over 500 followers. Since then, she has sold more than 300 signs!

Painted Expressions: American Flag Pallet Sign

The sign that started it all!

Kristen didn’t always know that she would have a thriving career painting signs. Her husband is an Army Ranger and she has five children ranging from 10 to 2 years of age. With a young family and the military lifestyle, Kristen always appreciated designing her home on a budget and had a flair of creativity. Little did she know that her sense of style and creative talent would be able to provide an income for her growing family. Sometimes, the overall experience with Painted Expressions has over-joyed her, “Every time I look over my order list, head to Home Depot for a huge load of wood, or I am reading my daily emails, I am blown away by this all!”

Painted Expressions: Army Range Sign

Where does she find inspiration for all of her designs? Anywhere! Pinterest is a great starting point and then often times, Kristen will interrupt it in her own unique way. Customers, too, bring their own ideas and thoughts to the process. “Most clients are coming to me with an idea that they have, or have seen, and my price and flexibility offer a great service and product.” The signs are custom to each individual order and range from very small to very large, 28 x 28.

Painted Expressions: Sweetly Blessed sign

Painted Expressions: Super Hero Signs

Kristen’s most recent creation, a 5 piece Super Hero set for a little boy’s nursery. Perfect!

Her signs are thoughtfully conceived, designed and crafted for each customer. Daughter owns two beautiful signs that receive more compliments than any other art work in her home. All signs are professional made, painted with quality products and sealed with polyurethane to provide a forever piece of art.

Painted Expressions

The Monogram sign is a best-seller.

Painted Expressions

The perfect gift for a newborn baby girl.

Painted Expressions: Handpainted signs

Daughter’s other beloved sign.

So whats the next step for Painted Expressions? For now, Kristen is finishing up current orders before relocating to Hawaii at the end of this year. Painted Expression is only accepting new orders on a limited basis so please email for more information. Make sure to like her Facebook page to keep up with her projects and sales. Kristen is always appreciative to her clients for this adventure, ” I have loved every minute of the excitement Painted Expressions has brought me!”

Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter to win a beautiful, customized Burlap Flag! Share our Facebook page or sign up for an email subscription, and then comment on the DIY Burlap Flags post to enter our Giveaway. One winner will receive a customize Burlap Garden Flag like the one below. Last chance to enter is Monday, September 2!

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Have a safe and wonderful Labor Day weekend!

~georgia & daughter

Tasty Tailgating Treats

The South is known for their legendary football teams. But Southerners also cherish an all-out tailgating feast. Every college has their own traditions and every true tailgater has their go-to recipes. Today, we’ve highlighted just a few of our favorite Tasty Tailgating Treats. These wonderful treats can be served at tailgates, wedding showers, and any backyard Bar-B-Que.

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Here are a few of a favorite tailgating recipes:

Denice’s Deli Delights

We have served these little snack bites at graduations, baby showers, craft parties, cookouts and any party in between. They are a favorite among our friends and family and are extremely easy! The namesake for these Delights is a wonderful, sweet co-worker of Georgia’s who originally created the recipe but never gave the recipe a title. We think she would be thrilled to know that we named them for her.

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages (7 1/2 oz each) small party rolls
  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick)
  • 1 (or 2) tablespoons of prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped onion (optional)
  • 1 (or 2) tablespoons of poppy seed
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 8 ounces of deli ham or turkey
  • 6 ounces of shredded or sliced Swiss or Cheddar cheese

Tasty Tailgating Treats(This picture shows Sister Shubert Rolls but you can use any party roll, Georgia usually prefers packaged brown and serve mini-French rolls found in the bread aisle.)

Preparation:

Melt butter; add mustard, poppy seed, onion and Worcestershire sauce in a medium skillet. Cook over low heat until onions are transparent.

Without separating the rolls, slice party rolls horizontally. Spread both sides evenly with butter mixture. Fill evenly with ham/turkey and cheese. Wrap each package tightly in foil and refrigerate until ready to bake. Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until thoroughly heated and cheese in melted. Serves 8 to 10.

Homemade Salsa

At any party thrown by Daughter, you are likely to find some sort of salsa dip on the menu. Some people have a taste for bar-b-que or wine, Daughter has a palate for good, fresh salsa. Her favorite store bought brand can only be found at Ingles or Publix in the fresh produce section. This year, Daughter and her husband had a small tomato crop and they made fresh salsa for the first tailgate at Clemson.

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 small tomatoes or 2-3 large ones (Daughter and her husband use heirloom tomatoes – Tomatillo, Garden Peach, etc
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 jalapenos (remove seeds if you don’t like it hot!)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ bunch of cilantro (adjust to taste)
  • Juice of one lime
  • ½ tablespoon of salt and pepper

Preparation:

Dice all ingredients and then add all ingredients to food processor and pulse until you reach your desired consistency.

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Richardson Ritas

These are Daughter’s absolute favorite Margaritas! The recipe is named for the family that introduced this fine concoction to Daughter and her husband. The Richardson Ritas aren’t too sweet and have slightly fewer calories (or so we are told!). Pour into your favorite glass, we prefer a mason jar, and garnish with lime.

Tasty Tailgating Treats

Photo by Joe’s Crab Shack

Ingredients

  • 1 Corona beer
  • 1 12 oz can of Sprite
  • 1 can of frozen Limeade
  • Tequila
  • Lime

Preparation

In a large pitcher, pour 1 Corona beer, 1 12 oz can of Sprite, 1 can of frozen Limeade and then fill the empty Limeade can with Tequila. Stir well. Serve over ice and garnish with lime.

We hope everyone enjoys the opening weekend of college football – no matter who you root for. Our family will be in Death Valley, cheering on our beloved Bulldogs. Go Dawgs!

Don’t forget to enter to win a beautiful, customized Burlap Flag! Share our Facebook page or sign up for an email subscription, and then comment on the DIY Burlap Flags post to enter our Giveaway. One winner will receive a customize Burlap Garden Flag like the one below.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

~georgia & daughter

Welcome & Giveaway

Welcome to our new guests and followers! We were featured in Tuesdays at Ten June series and partied with Savvy Southern Style with her Wow Us Wednesday series this week. Make sure to check those wonderful blogs out too. We hope you enjoy our little blog and we are so excited that you are keeping up with our projects! Thanks for visiting!

Remember, if you shared our Facebook page or signed up for an email subscription, comment on the DIY Burlap Flags post to enter our Giveaway. One winner will receive a customize Burlap Garden Flag like the one below.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flag UGA

~georgia & daughter

DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

When it comes to football season, everyone, and we mean everyone, dons their finest dress. Even our four legged friends support their teams on Game Day. For our families, we yell “Go Dawgs!” and have perfected the mighty tomahawk chop.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

We really wish we could claim this brilliant idea, but Daughter actually spotted this pattern at a craft festival and stored it for a rainy day project. Most people use a simple square fabric piece to tie around a pet’s neck for a simple, cute accessory. This simple DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandana needs slightly more effort but the result is an Oprah ‘A Ha’ moment. The bandanas actually slip over the dog’s collar to stay in place! Genius!

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandana Tutorial

Items Needed:

Two Pieces of Coordinating Fabric (roughly 11″ x 12″ for a large dog)

Thread

Embellishments (buttons, patches, etc)

Sewing Machine

Iron

For reference, our dogs weigh 55 pounds and 85 pounds so these measurements would be considered Large. You can get the overall pattern and adjust the measurements to fit your dog.

Measuring:

The most important measurement is the bottom rectangle portion. For our smaller dog, we measured 4 inches since her collar was 2 inches at the widest part. For our larger dog, we used a 5 1/2 inch measurement. You’ll want to provide enough room in your pocket for the collar to slip through easily.

We also used 11 inches across since our dogs are on the larger side. If you have a smaller dog, you’ll want to decrease the overall width.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

Creating:

We used two coordinating fabrics to add some flair but you can also use the same design on both sides. We love the idea of reversal bandanas! Once you’ve cut your two pieces, place them right side facing and sew around the sides of the triangle and up the straight edge roughly 3/4 of the way. You’ll want leave a small opening to reverse the bandana right side out.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

After you have sewn around the bandana and turned the fabric right side out, iron the seams flat. Flip the bottom portion up half way and iron flat.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

Sew along the edge of the bottom portion, creating a pocket for the collar.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

To finish off the bandanas, we hot glued a Braves and UGA logo button. This is completely optional and you can add any embellishment.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

Our beautiful models showcasing their new threads.

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas for University of Georgia

georgia & daughter: DIY Dog Collar Bound Bandanas

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~georgia & daughter

DIY Burlap Flag + Giveaway

It’s finally college football season and so in true Southern fashion, we are dedicating this week to all things collegiate. We will be sharing our favorite crafts, decorations, dog attire and tailgating recipes all with school spirit (of course, you can use any of the crafts for any holiday or just general decorations). To kick off School Spirit Week, we hosted a Collegiate Craft Party with a few girlfriends. The ladies voted on these adorable DIY Burlap Flags.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

We hope you love these little flags as much as we do so we’ve decided to do a Giveaway! All you have to do is Share our blog on your Facebook page or subscribe to receive emails from us. All instructions are at the end of this post. We’ll create any design on your Burlap Flag!

Next week, we will post the (easy) tutorial on how to sew the burlap flags but for now we’ll focus on the designing and painting!

The ladies were provided with chevron stencils and their favorite college logo. Our ladies represented the fine universities of Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida State and the Atlanta Braves. They did an amazing job with their color combinations, painting and of course, troubleshooting! Some of the ladies decided to trace their stencils while others used the old fashion stenciling technique of ‘blotting.’

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Chevron Stencil

Chevron Stencil

The basic outline of the Chevron stripes

Jenna chose gray and white stripes to coordinate with Mississippi State’s colors. She also mixed the perfect Maroon shade for the main logo.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Alternating Gray and White stripes for the MSU logo

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

The final MSU Flag:

 Jenna's Flag with logo

Melissa went bold with red and white stripes which really makes the black “G” pop!

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Red and White stripes for the Braves or UGA logo

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Melissa and Laurin’s Bold UGA Flag:

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Jessica, Kim and Erin used simple white Chevron stripes with emphasis on the “G” with black and red outlines.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Simple UGA Flag:

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Go Dawgs!

Next up, Kaitlin requested an Atlanta Braves flag. If you have ever tried to find a small garden flag for any MLB team, you know they are very difficult to find so this was a perfect solution! Daughter is also making one for her home.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Using a round stencil brush to finish the “A”

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

Last but not least, Daughter created this House Divided flag for two dear friends that are moving to Pittsburgh, PA in the next few weeks.

georgia & daughter: DIY Burlap Flags

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Sharing our Facebook page and subscribing will give you TWO chances to win! Make sure to leave TWO separate comments on this post.

One winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway expires on Monday, September 2, 2013 at midnight. We’ll announce the winner next Tuesday, September 3. Good Luck!

~georgia & daughter