Tuesday, March 30, 2010
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!
Sunday, March 28, 2010
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
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?
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
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
Thanks to How About Orange for the heads up.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
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.
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
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Serves: 6 (1-3/4 cups each)
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.