Friday, December 17, 2010

Ribbon Trees

LOVE LOVE these - working on them now. This would be a whole lot easier with the ruffle foot I asked for Christmas! With 2 little kids, they may be ready in time for NEXT Christmas! ;)

Great job, Shanty2Chic!

Christmas Decor

Dreaming/scheming ways to make these cute things appear in my house!
Don't remember where I saw them, but I need them!

Glitter Ornaments

Found these on Living the Good Life. I know what my kids' teachers are getting next year!

Supplies needed:
glass ornaments from the craft store
Martha Stewart fine glitter
Pledge Floor wax with blue top from Walmart
plastic wrap
ribbon/Cricut cuts
This looks SO easy! And caauute!
Video tutorial here via Everyday Cricut.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Mr. Roboto

Meet Mr. Roboto, or so he will become in November. Even though he is sitting in his sister's pink chair, this kid is ALL {boy}!!! He will be celebrating his 3rd birthday (where does the time go??) at the end of November and the party wheels are already spinning. I have decided his theme will be ROBOTS! I thought it was a little more original than some other themes, but after some internet searching, I am clearly not the only one with this idea. Oh well, it just provides more inspiration for me! Here are some of the amazing things I am finding!

1. Super cute robot cupcakes - Hello Naomi found
2. Mr. Roboto would go ga-ga over this cake at Cookie Magazine
3. More robot cuteness from Hostess with the Mostess
4. Kara has some great decor ideas, including
serving drinks from a gas can!
5. Cute favor idea from My Many Colored Days.
I think I will make them to hold cutlery.
6. Ordered these French Bull plates from Oliebollen!♥

7. Friendly robot invites from mrbeancakes on Etsy
8. Love the wording on Wendolonia's son's invites
9. Geared up robot invitations from lukecommasara also on Etsy

10. Birthday In A Box gives great robot party ideas, like
this TiN CAn RoBOt centerpiece
11. Hey, we've seen this before....See #3 above!
12. 3-D Robot Centerpiece from Meri Meri
13. Kara did it again with an {InGeniUs} idea for party hats!
So copying this!
14. Paperacorn's favor boxes are OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD!!!
15. The kids are going to paint these robot
banks from Oriental Trading.
I am having a BLAST planning this party! Many of these crafts are already in the works. I have also started collecting boxes so that we can paint them and decorate them like robots for the kids to wear. It's only 4 and a half months away - what can I say, I am a planner!

Meet Virginia...

And she may just hook you up with a $25 gift certificate to {Wonderfully Wordy}! So get on over to Meet Virginia and enter! Morgan can take nothing and make it fab - the {QuEEn} of decorating on the cheap! My kinda girl, ya know since we don't have ANY money! I also LOVE her Weekend Wear posts - the girl can dress!


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Recipe: Mexican Quiche

I have long had an affinity for quiche - all kinds of quiche! And here's the kicker - I don't like cheese & eggs together. Breakfast tacos with cheese - ick! Omelettes - forgettaboutit! But, quiche I {LoVE}! I also LOVE LOVE mexican food. Could eat it every day! So the other day I made a mexican version.

Here's the recipe:

1/2 lb hamburger meat

1/4 c. onion, diced

1 can (4oz) chopped green chilis (I don't drain, but you could)

2 Tbsp taco seasoning mix (I used Old El Paso)

1 1/2 c. grated cheese

3 eggs, beaten

1 1/2 c. half & half

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. pepper

pinch of cayenne (optional)

1 deep dish pie crust (you could make one from scratch if you're that CraZY!) :)

Preheat oven to 400. Saute together the hamburger, chilis, onions and taco seasoning until browned. Drain, if necessary. Bake pie shell at 400 for 7 mins. While this cooks: In a separate bowl, blend together eggs, half & half, salt, pepper and cayenne. Remove pie shell from oven and reduce heat to 375. Alternate layers of meat mixture and cheese in baked pie shell. Place pie shell on a cookie sheet. Pour egg mixture over the meat & cheese layers and then bake at 375 for 45 mins. I serve with guacamole and tortilla chips or even homemade tomatilla-poblano salsa. Yumm, yum!

My kids go crazy for this stuff and my husband, who does not care for traditional quiches, is even on board! It's a keeper in our house!

Linking to: Tatertots & Jello,

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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Teach the Kid His ABC's Already

I ♥ these rag quilt letters I found on Happy Together's blog! So simple, yet kids will EAT.THEM.UP!'s educational! A gal after this teacher's heart! I can't wait to make these for my little bubs! He needs to learn his {whole} alphabet, you know the one that contains more than just A, B, C, D, E - J - P & Z! Ha! This is officially ON MY LIST! Click the link above....she even has downloadable patterns for upper & lowercase & numbers!!! Crafty people...they get me every time!

I envision something like this going on in my house!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Love This Summer Wreath!

I found this snazzy summer wreath at House of Smith's blog swap with I ♥ Naptime with Chocolate Sundaes. I religiously follow both of these crafty ladies and they've done it again! I will be trying my hand at wreath making and "fire flower" making this weekend while the hubs is deep see fishing! Consider it ON MY LIST! Check it here.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wonderfully Wordy Giveaway

{Love Stitched} is hosting a Wonderfully Wordy giveaway! Wahoo! I am about to embark on a laundry room reno, so some of this ca-ute vinyl is definitely in order! Go on over & enter to win. Or don't - the better my chances are. Hehe!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sassy Ruffle Sandals

I found a tutorial for these adorably sassy sandals at Craftaholics Anonymous! I will be going out looking for simple sandals to embellish tomorrow! Love them! Adding it to my list!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sweet Bird Mobile

Right before my daughter was born, I came across the Sewing Spool website and their {Precious} bird mobile. To my delight, there was a pattern for these adorable fabric birds, so in all my 37 week preggo glory, I jumped (come on - pregnant ladies can't jump!) on it!
Here is their pattern. The birds were incredibly EaSY to make and because I used scrap fabric, real twigs and fishing line I already had, it was practically free. Ok, I did have to buy the teeny eye hooks, but they were like $0.99 for a whole package at Hobby Lobby. This sure beats the HECK out of buying one of those {CrAZy} expenisve baby mobiles, plus I could always tell my little one I made that especially for her! The hubs helped with the physics required to figure out all the balance & counter-balance stuff necessary so that it hangs right. Physics is NOT my strong suit! It turned out better than I had imagined and looks P.E.R.F.E.C.T in her room!
See, it already went with a minor bird theme we had going.

A close up of the birds & you can tell how I sewed them on the twig with embroidery floss.

Give this one a try! It is definitely a great addition to a nursery, child's playroom, or even a sun porch or something. It also makes a great gift & nothing beats handmade!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Teacher Appreciation

This is a subject very near & dear to my heart. Of course, being a teacher I believe in thanking those that teach, love and endure my children all day long!

Here's what I came up with this year - Chalkboard (how appropriate!) flower pots:

Materials needed: terracotta flower pots (the kind with a rim), paint (I used DecoArt Patio Paint from Michaels that is specifically designed to paint on terracotta or concrete and will withstand the weather), Rustoleum chalkboard paint (got mine at Home Depot), foam paint brushes and a small art paint brush, small wooden dowels*, cute scrapbook paper*, and glue*.

*not pictured

I painted the rim of the pots in one of my 4 colors - I used raspberry, lime, turquoise & purple. I made sure to paint down a little bit under the bottom of the rim so that I made sure to have great coverage once the whole pot was painted.

Then, because my kids' school mascot is a zebra, I decided to free hand zebra stipes on the rim. This was NOT easy or for the impatient crafter! I Googled "zebra print" and then sort of tried to do my best to copy what I saw. I'm sure there is a stencil out there or something that would have made this part of the process much easier! Then I painted 2 coats of chalkboard paint on the bottom part of the post. In hindsight, I think I would have done 3, maybe even 4 coats because I noticed a couple of days after I had given the pots to their teachers that at least one of them was REALLY scratched up! My mom & I went to an amazing new nursery called Enchanted Gardens and got some pretty flowers to plant in the pots. I then made little stakes from tiny wooden dowels (Hobby Lobby), cute scrapbook paper that coordinated with my pots (also Hob Lob), and my trusty E-6000 glue. I printed Thanks For Helping Me Grow This Year in a cute font and stuck them into my flower pots.

I think they turned out pretty darn cute and their teachers LOVED them! Thanks to all the teachers out there for making a difference in kids lives. Enjoy your summer break! You deserve it!

** Linking to Tatertots & Jello's June DIY Club and Fireflies and Jellybean's Show off Your Stuff Party.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hide Those Plugs

After seeing this, I decided to try this myself for the kids' bathroom. Instead of painting the wood myself, I decided to take the easy/lazy way out and buy the premade, prepainted wooded cutouts. It was scandalously simple! This is what I ended up with:
Cute, right?
The top plug is for a nightlight, but it was hard to get a good pic with it in.
So I bought these wooden cut-outs (prepainted) at Hobby Lobby for $.67 each.
I already had the outlet safety thinga-ma-doos (Free!) and I already had my
trusty E-6000 adhesive, but is runs about $4, I think.
LOVE this stuff!
So you glue the plug thingy on the back of the wooden cutout
Bada-bing, Bada-boo, you have yourself a cute & cheap outlet cover!
You could always use a larger wooden cut out & glue 2 plug thingys to the back to cover the whole outlet. Again, mine has a nightlight plugged into it, so no need.

Easy peasy! Scratch that off my list!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Framed Mirror

Dreaming of framing or re-framing rather our bathroom mirror. The previous owners slapped some baseboard up around it & called it "framed." Uh - no. I've seen many tutorials from other crafty folks, but here are the two I could see myself trying:

House of Smith's tutorial HERE - LOVE that she didn't have to use nails. Don't know if the old hubb-o will go for that. Or the one above is HERE from Show & Tell. Lovin' the thick black frame! These are 2 crafty ladies with impeccable taste!

My Craft To Do List

Have you ever seen something on one of the many AMAZING craft blogs and know immediately that you HAVE to try it? Me too. Happens to me ALL.THE.TIME! The problem is my to do list is SO looooong, so I mentally say I'm adding that to my list. Sadly, by the time I am ready to attempt one of those projects, I can't find the original post. Fuh-rus-trat-ing! SOOO....even if I end up being the only reader here, at least I will be able to find the projects I want to tackle!