Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sunday Sugar Cookies

Cash and I decided that Sunday would be the perfect time to make some Easter cookies! I used this recipe for the cookies, and this recipe for the icing. They turned out pretty cute, but I wasn't as impressed with this recipe as I have been with others. The thing is, I can't remember which recipe I used last time that I liked so well. Figures. Anyhoo, it was fun for both me and the boy, so...SUCCESS!

Happy Easter Everyone!
xxoo Tracy

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Freezer Paper Does What? Who Knew?

I was recently introduced to the "freezer paper method" by my friend, Erin. I had seen it on another blog, but didn't pay it much mind...WHY??? WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?!?! It's so very easy and cost effective! Brilliant. You can tell I am excited about this, right? I made two shirts this weekend for the boys, and have plans for some other stuff. (Mother's Day is coming up....shhh)

It was prom weekend for my friend, Julie's son and daughter, so I created this "tuxedo" onesie for Luc. It's kind of a "What up ladies, I'm totally free tonight" shirt for my little flirt.

For Cash, I went with Wubzy. Nick Jr. computer games have currently stolen Cash's heart, so this was an obvious choice. Here's the breakdown on the how to:
Print out a picture. It's easiest if it isn't too abstract. Outline both sides with black sharpie if needed. Cut a piece of freezer paper, and lay it shiny side down over the print. Use a craft knife and cut the outline of the image out, so that it looks like this when you take the two sheets apart.
Now, just iron the freezer paper (again, shiny side down) onto your material.
Then paint with craft paint. Be sure to put a hand towel or something inside the shirt, so that the paint doesn't leak through. When I used a dark color for Luc's, I only had to paint one coat. However, with Cash's I had to paint three since it was yellow on a blue shirt. (FYI)
Once it has completely dried, remove freezer paper. Iron finished product (with something covering it, like a towel) to seal in the paint.
There ya go. Finished. What? Yeah, that's it. You were expecting more steps? Nope! That's how easy it is...which is why I am crushing so hard on this! I want to "poor man screen print" everything!

ps- I thought Wubzy would have looked cooler if painted in black, so as to really look more screen printed. Cash wanted him to be yellow, so yellow it is. :)

ps II- If you need a more explicit tutorial, go here. This is an amazing blog.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Easterganza at the Crosby House

I've been getting into the Easter mood this weekend! Cash and I dyed some eggs, and he even helped me (a little) when I put together my Easter flag. I used some ideas from Martha Stewart for my eggs, but of course mine didn't turn out quite so cute. Ah, such is life. :) For the banner, I kind of cheated. I bought pre-cut felt letters and flowers from Hobby Lobby. There wouldn't be time for me to cut my own, so I did what a busy, working mama had to do. Still turned out pretty festive, though. What do you think?

Not a Moment Too Soon

We finally found a time to hang this ...wall art...up. Yes, it's an X-RAY. Actually, the poster on the left was my Valentine gift to Andre, and we had the x-ray already. Why? Why would a normal non doctor have an x-ray, you ask? Well, we like interesting stuff. Andre worked at a doc's office for 3 years, and during that time we accumulated loads of odd pieces that were office cast offs. When I bought the poster, Andre decided it was obvious...the pair was made. I really like how it turned out, and it's in a great spot.

It's hard to tell, but the poster points to the heart and says, "You are here." Go on...say it..."awww..." I am a sweetie, right?

Our upstairs use to be the attic, so the stairs are really narrow. The x-ray hangs right as you walk up the stairs. It's going to be a great night light. :) It's quirky, but cool.
The view as you are walking up the stairs.
The view once you are on the landing looking down.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Thank you E.M. Papers! Now we can all download this super cool DIY wedding kit featuring vintage clip art right here.This would have been awesome to have when I got married, but since I can't use it, I figured SOMEONE needed to. Via iDiY.

(Image from e.m. papers)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Countdown!

I made this Easter countdown for Cash, but didn't have time to post it earlier. It's pretty cute, and Cash is really excited about it.

What you need:
egg carton 12 plastic eggs
a little Easter grass number stickers/rub ons
treats for inside.
I also put an Easter Bible verse in each egg to read, and discuss with Cash when he opens each one. Some of the verses have a little note on the back that says, "Cash, look under the kitchen table." or something like that. Then when he looks, he finds another non-edible treat, like a bunny maze.
My eggs aren't as cute as the ones that gave me the idea, but I didn't have any number stickers or rub-ons. I didn't want to wait another day to pick some up, so I just used a purple sharpie...yeah, not super cute. Cash didn't seem to mind, so ok it'll work. :)
PS- I took these pic's late at night in my living room, so it wasn't the best lighting. I messed with the color, just to make them more interesting... my artistic flare coming out. (um...not really.)

PSS- If you want to do this, but haven't started, you could always do a 6 egg countdown.

Enjoy, and HAPPY EASTER!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cool CD Envelopes!

Download and print free CD envelopes designed by Tomoko Suzuki for Canon. Orangey and fabulous! Get the music theme here and the travel theme here, available for both letter and A4 size paper.

Thanks to How About Orange for the heads up.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

$25 Certificate for only$3!!!

We have used these before, and they're pretty cool. This is a good deal, so check it out! Be sure to use the promo code: LUCKY at checkout.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Finally Got Around to Some Crafting

It has been an outstandingly crazy week. There really hasn't been any free time to work on any projects, and even today (Saturday) I doubted whether I would have a chance to get to this...but ALAS! I did it! Somehow I managed to workout, put together my grocery list (entailed with a monstrosity of coupons), stop in at Old Navy, Target, Bi-Lo, and Publix, drag myself home to put it all away, bathe the boys, eat a DELICIOUS meal my wonderful hubby made, put the youngest to bed, and....ahhhhhhhhhh...breathe. DONE. By 8:30 I was on my way to creating my first (metal) piece of jewelry, thanks to Miss Disney. I have mentioned Disney's fan-stinking-tastic blog before, and if you haven't checked it out, I urge you to do so. She is sooooooo me, in a perfect world where I know how to do all the stuff I want to do! To put it simply, I totally dig her style. But, I digress. Back to the topic at hand. My necklace. I shall call it Minny. Disney had a beginner jewelry making tutorial, which I followed meticulously. Having only created beaded jewelry before, this was something new and exciting for me to try. It was pretty easy, and straight forward also. Thanks Disney for the great instructions!

Here's how it went:
I used eyepins, seen here, 7 large pearl beads and 8 small pearl beads a simple 18" chain, and a clasp, if it doesn't already have one attached, and a 1/2" wide ribbon in your color choice.

1: Start by slipping one large pearl onto an eyepin, and clipping it about 1/2" from the top of the pearl with wire cutters.
2: Using your needle-nose pliers, grasp the very top of the clipped eyepin firmly, and turn the pliers over twice, to bend the eyepin into a circle. Then bend the bottom of the circle back a little, to form a hook shape. Repeat for 2 more large pearls.

3: Do the same thing, but threading 1 small pearl, then 1 large, then another small one, and repeat to make 4 sets of the three pearls.

4: Snip the link in the very center of your chain with your wire cutters. Then grab a single pearl, open the hook on one end slightly with your pliers, by twisting it to the side, and loop one of the ending links of the chain onto it. Then close, by bending your hook back into place (be sure that the hook is closed all the way!). Repeat for the hook on the other side of your pearl, so that your chain is intact again, with a pearl in the center.

5: Starting from your center pearl, measure 1.5" away, and snip another link. Add a 3-pearl accent using the same method as in step 4. Repeat, measuring 1.5" each time, to add another single, and 3-pearl accent.
6: Repeat on the other side of your center pearl.
7: Add a clasp, if necessary, by opening the loop on the end, and threading the ending chain link onto it, then close with your pliers. Add a jumpring to the other end of the chain.

8: Then tie three small bows onto your chain; the first right above the first pearl accent on one side, the second, right next to the center pearl accent, and the third, between the first two pearl accents on the other side. I stitched mine a little with a needle and thread.

I guess I went with the red ribbon because it felt more summery. I really like how it turned out. What do you think? :)

Friday, March 19, 2010


I don't know about you, but I sure am glad it's Friday!! Hopefully, I will get to some crafts that have been put on the back burner due to time limitations. The weekend is going to be busy, however, so we'll see.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pre-Patty's Day Thinking

First of all, let me say that it is really going to be no fun at all celebrating St. Patrick's Day without Andre. Ahh, boo. (Andre will be teaching tomorrow night.) The boys will be here, but they are kind of young to really have too much fun with it, or to appreciate the Irish dinner I am going to make. Then there's the whole thing where I don't even really want to cook just for myself, but I have to cause it's St. Patrick's Day, and what kind of Irish girl would I be if I didn't....yada yada yada. I have to make the most of this Day O' Green, don't I? After poking around the vast world of internet, I found a nice, easy, IRISH recipe that will be easily stored for Andre's return home. It's also considered "healthy." Perfect. Here we go...

Cheddar-Ale Soup
What could be more appropriate than cooking with beer on St. Patrick’s Day? This creamy cheese- and beer-lover's soup will have your taste buds dancing an Irish jig.

Serves: 6 (1-3/4 cups each)
Preparation time: 35 minutes

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, chopped
1 12-ounce bottle beer, preferably ale
2 18-ounce bags precooked diced peeled potatoes
1 14-ounce can vegetable broth or reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
2-1/2 cups nonfat or low-fat milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese, divided
1 small red bell pepper, thinly sliced or finely chopped

1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add beer; bring to a boil and boil for 5 minutes.

2. Add potatoes, broth and water; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and mash the potatoes with a potato masher to the desired consistency.

3. Whisk milk and flour and add to the soup. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and cook, whisking occasionally, until thickened, about 3 minutes.

4. Remove from the heat; stir in 1-1/4 cups cheese; keep stirring until melted.

5. Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with the remaining 1/4 cup cheese and bell pepper.


Nutrition Facts
Per serving:
395 calories
12 g fat (6 g sat, 1 g mono)
29 mg cholesterol
52 g carbohydrate
14 g protein
5 g fiber
387 mg sodium
274 mg potassium

Here are some other "healthy" St. Patrick's Day recipes if you are interested. Either way, have fun, and dance with many many leprechauns!
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