Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bathroom Decor

In my bathroom there isn't much as far as decor. I had some more of those cute little frames so I decided to frame some scrapbook paper that I used to cover a tin with. The tin is being used to mask the woman's feminine hygiene since there are no cupboards in there.

I had a bunch of leftover paper so I decided to use it. This is what I did.
Sorry the pictures didn't turn out that great. The lighting in there isn't the greatest.
You can see the tin in the window.
So simple but it makes the bathroom look a little better.
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Apron

Just wanted to show off an apron I made for my mom. My sister and I chose the fabric. She paid and I sewed. I think it's probably some of my best work, so far. I actually used my sister's apron as the pattern and basically did some free cutting. It turned out better than I thought.

Don't you just love her expression?

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Decoupaged Notebook

So, I have had this idea to make a decoupaged notebook for my MIL for Christmas. Every time General Conference comes around she sits down with an ugly pad of yellow paper. So, I thought I would make her a Conference Journal that she could write in. I was checking out some tutorials out there and found some cute ideas.

This one is from Grace Violet. So easy and so cute.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Money Cards

I just saw this post about giving money in a creative way. There are a couple other cards and a video tutorial on how to do them. Check it out at The Hero Arts.

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Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn

Every year I make Peppermint White Chocolate Popcorn. Every year people devour it ask for the recipe. I am going to share the easiest yummiest recipe. Well, I haven't ever used a recipe but I will give you a general ballpark of what I use and you can cater it to what you like.
People will love you if you make it for them.

1/2 C popcorn kernals (popped of course)
2 C white chocolate
crushed peppermint (to taste)
Pop the popcorn. Sift out the kernels. Set aside.

Crush the peppermint. I have used candy canes and peppermint disks. Whatever you want. How I do it is by unwrapping the candy and putting it in a gallon size plastic bag. Pound the heck out of it. I use a meat mallet. Flat side. It gets a little messy because the candy breaks through the bag but most of it will stay in the bag.
Put your white chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. I get our white chocolate in the bulk section at our store. They come in disks the size of quarters.
Microwave for 45 sec to a minute. Stir. Microwave a second time about 30 sec. Stir again. If it still looks a little lumpy put it in for 15 more seconds. Usually that does the trick.
It comes out nice and smooth.
Pour the white chocolate over the popcorn and a little bit of the peppermint. Stir till popcorn is coated well.
Pour a little bit more peppermint on top and stir again. I do this three times. That usually gives a good amount of peppermint. This is where you can really do your own judging. Taste test it. See what you like.
Pour onto a wax paper covered cookie sheet and set in a cold place. At this time of year I set it outside. Today was perfect because it's cold, breezy, and sunny. The chocolate usually cools off in five minutes.
Bring the cookie sheet inside and break up the popcorn with your hands. Then put them into bags for gift giving. Or just eat it yourself. Sometimes it's just too good to pass up.
Enjoy!
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Monday, December 21, 2009

Rad Road Trips Passport - Christmas Edition

I came across this really cute download that kids can do while traveling this Christmas time. It has 52 pages of fun. It has things such as Hangman, math, family coupons to use during the trip, Christmas songs, word scrambles, coloring pages, word searches, riddles, and so much more. To check it out go to Rad Road Trips Passport.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Blog Redo

So, I decided that my array of designs that I did for my blog just do not match the way I want it to. I am in the process of redoing my blog to make it look better and much simpler.

Bear with me while I change everything around.
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Two Hearts

So, I was over at Design-Aholic's blog and found two things I am wanting to do. Go to her blog to check out the tutorials.

This wreath is called Be-Jeweled Wreath. Just love it.
This beauty is called Pearl Passion Ornaments.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A Card Framed

I love it when I don't have to do much to make a cute framed picture. This one was the same frame I have used before. I love it, what can I say?

Today I received this card in the mail and I couldn't throw it away. I had to frame it. Hopefully I can figure out where these cards were bought so that I can make more.

I just love the pop of yellow. Don't you?
Simple. Easy. Perfect.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas Card Holder

I wanted to make something cute to hold all the Christmas cards that we have received so far. So, I took some ribbon and attached a flower at the top with hot glue and hung it from a hook.
Then I used decoupaged clothespins to clip the cards to the ribbon. I think it turned out pretty cute.

If you want to know how to make the clothespins go to my tutorial here. Just cover both sides and don't attach a magnet.


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Monday, December 14, 2009

Dishtowel

I found this really cute tutorial on Somewhat Simple. I thought it was so cute and so easy to do. So I may be heading over to Target to buy some stuff just so that I can make this. If you would like to see the tutorial go here.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

My Next Project

I found this DIY project on the web and fell in love with it. First of all it's cheap compared to huge pictures. Second of all it's easy. I can't wait to fill my wall with prettiness. Hopefully my husband will like it too.

Here is where I found the instructions. Easy DIY at Home

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Christmas Cards

So I told you earlier that I was working on some of my family's Christmas cards. Here is what I did. Funny how my mom and my sister both picked the same background. It's pretty though.

This one is my parents and youngest siblings. Side note: I changes one of their faces. Meaning I had two pictures. One picture had everyone looking good except one person who had a grim expression on their face. So I took the face from the other picture, where they had a good expression, and put it on the picture you see now. Can you tell which person I changed?
This one is of my husband's whole family.
This is my sister and her husband.
I had fun making these and I hope everyone will be happy with them.
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I Won!

I entered a Giveaway over at Making the World Cuter and won this cute little set of cards and vinyl. I'm so excited to use them. Aren't the cards just adorable? Go over to this blog to enter for the last two days of Giveaways. You still have a chance!

The Stamp Crazy Lady is the one giving this away. I love everything she makes. Go on over to her blog and take a look. Thanks a lot!!! I can't wait to get them!

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Our Christmas Card

Last year I did our Christmas card. The more I learn about Photoshop the more I am in love. What a wonderful resource to have.

I just had to share the card I made this year. I had to go along with the theme of Urban for our card since that's the kind of family picture we did this year. I'm pretty happy with it.

Later on I'll show you what I have been working on for my sister, parents, and in-laws. I am doing all their cards too.


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Thursday, December 3, 2009

My Awesome FIL

OK, so I saw someone post about the cool wooden bowls that her father made. Well I have to do the same. Except it's my Father-In-Law. He has taken up woodworking and sculpting and we are the beneficiaries of his work. It has been something wonderful for him to do and for us to receive. He is always coming up with new ways to amaze us. He is so dang talented. I really wish I could find the pictures of the other things he has done. Right now he is working on a little keepsake box for my nephew. The older two boys got boxes and he had carved their names on the top of the box. So wonderful. This time he painted his favorite things on the top. So stinkin' adorable. I can't wait to hear about his reaction.

Here is what I have received from him. I don't have a picture of the pepper mill that he made for my husband but will probably take one sometime. It's the best one we've had too.

He made me some little bowls that I think are so cute. He also made this awesome vase. He painted part of it with a dark purple and then overlayed it with copper. (At least I think it's copper.)
I put a couple pictures on here because the pattern is different all around.

Here is the top. Lurve it!!!
This is a wall sculpture he made. It hangs in their living room. He made one similar for my SIL because she loved it so much. What are daddy's for right?

This is one of the first things he made for us. I have been wanting a chest to put all of Caelan's toys in and later it could be her Hope chest (or whatever). I just love it. I also love the font he used on her name. We chose Gaelic names for our children and love the Gaelic font. It's been a wonderful thing to have.
Here is Caelan and Grandpa. They are so cute together. I totally think he should sell what he makes because I just love it so much, but I understand it's hard to sell something that you put so much time and effort into. I think he would do very well.
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Monday, November 30, 2009

A Cute Hat Out Of A Sweater

So I saw two people make the most adorable hats out of a sweater and I just had to try it. I bought this teal sweater at a Thrift shop for $2.99 and started cutting.
I cut off the bottom of the sweater and two circles in the middle. One bigger than the other. I decided to make one for my DD and one for me. I also cut off the neck part of the sweater. It was perfect for the rim of my DD's hat.
So here is what it looks like finished. I got her out of bed to try it on and take some pictures because I couldn't wait to put it on here. I'm not done with it though. I want to put an embellishment on the side. Not sure what I want to use yet. I am going to make mine and see what I want to do. I think it turned out so cute.


If you want to see the other versions that were made go to That's So Cuegly for her pictures and Ruffles and Stuff with her guest blog here.
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