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Hello Friends,

It’s been far too long since we’ve spoken. I’m sure some of you have left this blog behind, never to think of it again, and that’s fine. It’s my fault for not bringing you fresh content any longer, but that’s about to change.

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I’m happy to announce that I will be doing  regular YouTube channel videos as well as regular blog posts right here on “Macey’s Misadventures.” I’ve really missed it, and the only reason I stopped was because there was a lack of time and inability to devote what little I had of it to this blog. In short, I’m back. :)

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I just want to introduce the new goodies I’ll be serving up, fresh, for you. I will be regularly updating my blog with the details I feel some of you may desire to read about. I’ll also be posting regular videos on YouTube, ranging from dolly videos, to crafting tutorials, to clothing and beauty hauls. All of this is for your entertainment and enjoyment.

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Your feedback will be critically important for the next few weeks, months, and hopefully for years to come! Let me know if you enjoy my videos or if you have any criticism and/or advice on how to improve the quality of your experience.

Thanks so much friends & dolly pals alike!

Hearts & Stars…

-MaceyLou

Youtube Link: http://www.youtube.com/maceyloubrown {Remember, the current videos are old. New ones coming within the week!}

Snowy Scene Decoration Tutorial: for Your Shelf or Coffee Table

Hello my lovelies!

I decided to post a quick and easy tutorial for you all. I got the idea from all the mason jar snow globes and such floating around on Pinterest lately. I have had the materials for a while, except the actual jars, so I decided to finally try out this DIY.

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#1} First, you will need some teeny miniature trees (mine are around 4 inches tall).

#2} Next, you will need some miniature deer (mine are around 2 inches tall). I untied the strings and took them off the deer.

#3} Thirdly, You will need some sort of container, whether it be a rectangular vase like mine here or it could be a jar, anything you can easily see the scene through. (My vase is around 6 inches tall.)

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#4} Then, you will need some sort of fake snow. The type you use is really up to you. I have purchased Buffalo Snow Flakes – “Iridescent Sprinkles”…It is very sparkly and not the most realistic snow, but I liked it.

#5} Next, pour some of the fake snow in your container. I only filled it up to about an inch or less, enough to conceal the bases of the trees.

#6} After you place and arrange your trees and the deer, you’re all done! Yay! Now all that’s left to do is find out where you want to display it. I have mine on my work desk for now, to keep the area festive.

                                                                                                                                                                                             

Well, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Let me know what you think! I’m glad I’m finally making use of a wonderful pin that I’ve pinned on Pinterest. It feels great to accomplish one of the DIYs that can be found there. What do you think, my lovelies?

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Monday & Tuesday #3 {Hybrid Post: Pins + Tutorial}

Hi My Lovely Star Fishies!

I took an extra day off! I know. Shame on me. But hey, I only got one day off (the 4th) from real world work…Well, I’m back now, and this post is a hybrid Pin + Tutorial post. Latest pins below:

My page contains my pins and will contain all credits for images so you can see where they came from and find out all about them! :)

http://pinterest.com/maceylou/

TUTORIAL:

I know most people by now probably already know how to do this, but this is going be my tutorial. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone. The tutorial will be me showing you how to pin something from an outside website to pinterest

1. First, I’m guessing you are already signed up on the Pinterest site.

2. Go to the top drop-down menu and pick the link shown below:

3. Next, you put the button in your bookmark bar.

4. Then, visit one of your favorite sites and if you find an image you have to save and look at later or share with the world. I chose for the tutorial, an image from my blog as an example:

5. Then, go to that pin it button that you have on your bookmark bar…

6. Next, you will see a block-like layout with a sort of “catalogue” of photos/images you can choose to pin…unless there is only one image on the page. {There will be a “pin it” button link overlaying the image when you roll-over it.}

7. Click the image you want to pin. It will show you a little dialogue box like in the screenshot below. You can name it whatever you like and choose a category above it. If you want to share it on twitter as well, you have that option, too, if you signed up/linked your twitter with Pinterest.

That’s about it! I hope you enjoyed this hybrid post! Thanks followers and likers! Feel free to leave me feedback. :)

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #2: When Cookie Cups Don’t Work

Hi My Lovely Starfishy Friend-pies,

I saw a picture on Pinterest showing chocolate chip cookie cups for putting your ice cream in! I wanted to try it, so I did try it. However, I failed miserably. Below is what happened…

  1. First, I put some cooking spray on an upside-down muffin/cupcake pan.
  2. Then I grabbed some cookie dough out of the container and into my hand.
  3. You have to shape it in a ball first, of course, I failed at this, so it doesn’t really matter for this tutorial…haha
  4. Flatten the dough out.
  5. See? All flat.
  6. Next I put the chocolate chip cookie dough on the upside-down pan cup. (I did two cookie cups.)
  7. I tried to form it in the cup shape like the end-result pictures I saw. This was a big mistake. My suggestion is to put less cookie dough on the pan than you think you’ll need, but remember, I DID NOT test this method. Remember, I failed…
  8. Oooops! They came out like this. Too much cookie dough and it ran down the sides WAY more than I expected. Trial and error, folks. That’s what happens sometimes.
  9. So we decided to crush up the chocolate chip cookie cups into chunks.
  10. Then, we put them in the blender.
  11. Then we added milk.
  12. Next, we took some neapolitan ice cream…
  13. & we put it in the blender, too.
  14. Add however much ice cream you like, but don’t overload your blender.
  15. Blended.
  16. Served.

What do you all think? I guess I should have followed an actual tutorial to do the cookie cups, but I thought they would be easy. Well, let’s just say the kitchen isn’t the room I spend much time in…

Hope you enjoy your chocolate chip cookie chunk neapolitan milk shakes! Below is a funny/cute/crazy video for your enjoyment:

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou

Tutorial Tuesday #1: Easy & Fast Dinner

Hi My Friends,

If you want to make an easy and fast dinner, read the following instructions. This meal will be spaghetti, salad, garlic French bread, and kiwi:

  • Get your ingredients together. The spaghetti will require spaghetti noodles, sauce (I prefer Ragu, super chunky mushroom), any spices you like on your spaghetti (I actually used salt, pepper, and some kind of chicken seasoning because it is so good), and you’ll have a nicer dinner if you also have some garlic French bread on hand.

  • Now, boil some water in a pan. You’ll obviously want a pan that has tall walls (not a sauce pan). You’ll want to fill the water a little under half way. You don’t want the water to boil over.
  • Once the water is boiled, put the noodles in the pan. You may need to slightly turn down the heat on the stove top so that the water doesn’t boil over. You’ll need to slightly adjust the heat every now and then from “HIGH” to “Medium/High” depending upon how fast you want the noodles to cook.
  • You’ll know the noodles are finished cooking when they are tender enough to cut with a fork. Once they are, turn the heat off and strain the water out of the pan into the sink.
  • Put butter in the spaghetti noodles.
  • Heat your sauce in the microwave in a microwave safe dish (or you can heat the sauce on the stove top in a sauce pan).
  • Pour the sauce over the spaghetti inside the pan, unless you think you may have left-overs later. If you do think you’ll have left-overs, make sure you pour the sauce on the noodles after you put your portioned noodles on your plate/in your bowl. The rest of the unused sauce and noodles needs to be stored separately in the fridge. (Keeping them separated until reheated makes the left-over spaghetti taste better.)
  • Once your spaghetti portions are on either your plate or in your bowl, you can add the spices you like.
  • Next, get your salad ingredients together. You’ll at least need green leaf lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and the dressing of your choice. You can add other things to your own salad as well if you wish, such as olives, peppers, cucumbers, etc…
  • Don’t forget to put a serving of fruit on your plate. I chose kiwi.

Below is your meal all finished and ready to eat. Enjoy! :)

I know this meal is super super easy, but I felt like there needed to be a tutorial out there for all of us who hate to cook, but love food and hate to wait to eat it.

Let me know what you think of this tutorial choice I chose for this Tutorial Tuesday this week.

Hearts & Stars,

MaceyLou