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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4th of July Graphic Tees with my Silhouette

I saw the Silhoutte on a blog last summer.  I just had to have one.  It has sat for a while in a closet.  Pregnancy, Baby, Kids.  They suck up my time.  But I finally started to use it and I love it!!!!! I have had this project on my mind for a while and finally got it done.  I had a deadline but I got done early so I am here to share! 4th of July shirts.  My older boys picked the same one. So I only Photographed one of them. Here they are:

For the big boys

The Little Miss

And last but not least the Little Man

 I can't wait for the to wear them!  They are equally excited.

I used a template from the Silhoutte America store and the font is Oh Shoot!
If you love to craft this is definitely for you.  It cuts heat transfer, fabric, paper, magnet paper, and tattoo

paper and so much more.  I learn something new every time I use it! If you are interested watch crafty blogs for Promos.  They do them alot.

Check back for my other Silhoutte projects.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Pipe Cleaners and One eyed Monsters

So school is out and my kiddos are already bored.  SO at Wal-Mart I bout a $5 bag of Pipe Cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes.  This is what came of it. 

Who knew they would be entertained for 3 hours and begging for more. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup-cakes

Okay so I have never really been a chocolate girl. Not until my 3rd pregnancy.  I think it was the girl factor but I could not get enough chocolate.  I love to indulge in the stuff now.  I have this amazing neighbor who is a great baker.  She made a similar item one day and these babies are to die for! She lost the recipe so I have been trying to recreate it.  I finally did it.  Be prepared to enjoy!!!

Chocolate Peanut Butter CUP-cakes

1 box devil's food cake mix (I always use Duncan Hines, I think it's the best)
1 small box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream ( You could also use half natural plain yogurt)
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 natural apple sauce (If you don't have sauce you can add another 1/2 c oil but applesauce makes me think they are a little healthier. It also makes them a little more dense)
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (12 oz.) package of mini chocolate chips (2 cups)
1/2 cup peanut butter or 1 cup PB chips

Preheat oven to 350. Mix together everything except chocolate chips on medium speed, scraping occasionally. Stir in chips. Pour batter into preferred pan(s). Obviously, if you want cupcakes, use lined muffin tins, or grease and flour it. I used a large cookie scoop to fill the tins (about 3 tablespoons). For baking time, add 10 minutes to the time specified on box and check. Do the toothpick test to check, you'll want a few moist crumbs. The middle won't jiggle anymore and the tops will spring back when touched lightly. If not done, check about every five minutes until done. Cool completely and frost with Peanut butter Cream Cheese Frosting.

This recipe make several dozen cupcakes.  Mine made 2 dozen large and 2 1/2 pans of mini cupcakes.

Peanut butter Cream cheese Frosting
8 oz cream cheese
1 cup Creamy Peanut Butter (add a little more to taste)
1 3/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

With a whisk attachment, beat butter and peanut butter at medium speed until smooth and creamy. Add powdered sugar and beat until mostly moistened. Scrape bowl and beat at medium-low until fully combined. Add vanilla and beat at medium until fully incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. 

These are so yummy! I really like them refrigerated. The pudding keeps them soft and moist.  I could just sit and eat the frosting by itself!  I hope you like them as much as I do!

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Easy Peasy Father's Day Gift

So Father's Day is coming quick and have trying to think of something quick and easy for the kids to make. My kiddos are pretty fortunate kids.  They have both sets of grandparents living and 3 full sets of great grandparents living.  So need less to say we are pretty busy around Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Lots of card making and treats to go around. So we need something Quick, Easy and Cheap when you are getting things for multiple Dads.  (I am big on recognizing all the Dad's, Grandpa's, Papa's etc...)
This is what I came up with! 

Supply List

3 rolled candies (Rolos, Mentos, Large Gi-normous Smarties) You get the picture.
1 sheet red paper
Tape or Glue
1/2 yard twine, yarn or ribbon
Small tag

Cut you red paper the same length as you candy. Leaving a 1/2 inch on end of paper for folding over.

Tape the paper to the candy along one edge and roll.  Tape rolled edge closed.

Cut twine or yarn. 3 strips of 2 inches. Glue 2 sticks together. Place twine in center and glue 3rd stick on top.  
 Wrap remaining twine around dynamite adding your tag.
Your tag can read My Dad is Dynamite! 
Or Grandpa.
Something cute from the kids and yummy for Dad!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summertime Free Printable

I just love Subway Art.  It helps me remember all the good things in life.  Summer is a time we all love and cherish. Snow cones  swimming and great food.  Her is a little printable that reminds me of those things! Printing size is 11x14. I re-sized mine for the picture to a 8x10. Just right click and save it to your hard drive.  Print wherever!  Wishing you all a sun-tastic summer!

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Monday, June 6, 2011


I am not really huge on decorating my house for holidays.  Between 4 kids, keeping house and my love of sewing, decorating for the holidays is pretty low on my list.  I have decide to have a sofa table in my entry that I can decorate for the holidays and call it good.  Then I can have a few decorations for holidays to feel festive and not to much to store the rest of the year.
I have had this idea in my head for a while and finally saw what I need to make it happen at Michaels. Wahoo!!!
So here is version #1
Ribbon Style

Let's start with a supply list:
Paper pencil cups
(These come in a package of 6 by Creatology at Michaels)
2 inch ribbon (1 yard will make at least 3 firecrackers)
1/2 inch ribbon (1 yard)
3/4 inch or 1 inch ribbon (1/2 yard)
Wilton cupcake picks ( I got mine at Michaels in the patriotic holiday section)
A crafty girl's best friend = Glue Gun
Optional blue or red spray paint

Start by punching a hole in the center of your pencil cup.
I am a little old school.  I still have my Making Memories punch kit. Similar to this one.  I still use the eyelet setter and hammer to make my holes.  It works great.  If you don't have a similar item I was thinking you could use a toothpick or bbq skewer to punch your hole.
Here is the step I missed.  If you would like to paint your cups, paint them now. Just give them a light coat around and a second coat on the top.
Find the center of the cup and place a small line of glue starting at the center and going 2 inches to the edge.

Start with a small line of glue in the center and move to the edges of the container.  Lay edge of ribbon on glue and wrap around container.  Place small line of glue on top or first edge and glue down. Repeat for second piece of ribbon.   
Repeat last step for blue ribbons around edges.

This is what it will look like.

Add your cupcake picks and stick them into the holes you punched in the beginning.

Wrap your last ribbon around your firecracker ans VOILA your done.  Super easy your kiddos could do it!!
I added my 4th of July free Printable and I have the beginning of my holiday decoration!
Version #2
Glitter style

Pencil cups
Red or Blue glitter
Spray Glue
Wilton cupcake picks

1-Punch Hole in cup
2- Spray glue on cup
3- Sprinkle glitter on cup.  All over.

4- Let dry
5- Add Pick
6- Wrap with ribbon

All finished.  I can't decide which on I like more. I love fireworks.  Our first summer in Idaho Falls were eventful. But one memory I have is the Fireworks.  Melaluca, a local company put on an amazing fireworks show.  You can see them from miles around and they shoot them off from the a spot around the falls of the Snake River.  It is awesome. I can't wait to see the show this year!

 I hope you all have a safe and fantastic holiday!!

Linking up too:
Night Owl Crafting
I Heart Naptime
Tatertots and Jello
Bacon with the Hungry Hypo
Spunky Junky
Funky Junky Interiors
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Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pull over Baby Bib

Finding a unique gift for a new mom can sometimes be hard.  I found one of these bibs and fell in love with it.  I needed more. Little ones can really make a mess.  It seems like bibs only make it through one kiddo. I discovered fingertip towels are the perfect size.  So now with each new little bundle I make a few new ones. Just so they get something new.   You can never have to many bibs right??

Supply List:
Fingertip Towel ( I got these at Target for $2 each.)

 Begin by folding top of towel down about 6 inches.

 Use piece of paper to make 5 inch circle. Fold circle in half. Lay straight edge on folded edge. Cutout circle.

 Take ribbing and cut a strip 12 x 2.5.  Make sure the ribbing stretches the length of your strip.  Inmy photo I cut the ribbing on the fold. So I cut it 6x2.5 on the fold.

 Stitch short ends of the ribbing.

 Divide towel and ribbing into 4 equal parts. 

 Pin towel and ribbing together.  If you need to divide into more equal parts go for it. 
 Sometimes it makes sewing it easier.

 As you stitch the ribbing and towel together pull ribbing to the same length as the towel.
Take it one section at a time.

After stitching neck either serge the edge or zig zag around edge to give it a finished look. 
(I missed the picture for this step)
Once you have finished the edges do a top stitch around the edge of the neck line. 

 Your done!  Quick and easy.  A great gift for a new mom. 

This is perfect for my new little guy.  He is not quite ready for solids but when he is he will be sporting several of these!
This one fits my baby and my 3 year old.  I have seen these made with hand towels and dishcloths for older children or disabled adults.
I was thinking these would be totally cute using fabric and the silhouette for some cute appliques for plain towels. 

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