Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The headband and a near death experience

Don’t say it!

I know, I know how does one almost die making a headband? 

Well I am telling you I did!  It’s ok you won’t you will learn from my mistakes and make an adorable little headband and leave off the whole almost dying part. 

Ok?  Ok!

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(excuse the cheesy look  it is hard to take a picture of yourself without looking cheesy!)

All you need is three strips of stretchy knit fabric.  Like an old t-shirt or whatever you got.  I cut mine in 1 inch strips.

Well this is the part where I almost died!  I was cutting my fabric with my rotary cutter you know the metal wheel kind.  I was cutting on my mat on top of the washer.  My iron was plugged in sitting on the shelf behind the washer.  So here I am cutting away on my washer not thinking anything about the cord laying across the back of the washer.  I am not even close to it no biggie well I get a little over zealous and cut right into the cord… THAT IS PLUGGED IN!!!!!  There were major sparks, a loud pop and a little screaming!  Ok a lot of screaming, but I could have died!   Luckily it only burned a hole through my blade and not me.  So let’s not do that ok!  Make sure no cords are on your cutting surface.

Take your long 1 inch strips mine were about 1 inch by 24 inches.  Place all three strips together on a safety pin and braid them together.  Once you have it as long as you need it simply stitch the ends together.  Super easy and really comfortable.  It doesn’t dig into my brain like some others do.

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I whipped out 3 in a matter of minutes and that included the whole almost dying incident!  I think it would be really fun to make them for your girls out of their favorite tee shirts that they out grow.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DIY-Pampering Orange Sugar Scrub

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Finally this week has slowed down a little.

Prince Charming and I went on a date last night so I thought I would take a moment and do a little “spring cleaning.”  It is a date after all I should probably shave my legs and break out the power sander and get all the dead dry skin off. 

What?  It is really dry where we live. 

As much as I would love to jet off to some fancy spa to take care of my dry skin, I don’t have time for that so I made my own orange sugar scrub.  Now my skin is so soft and supple and it doesn’t sound like I am wearing sand paper socks in bed.  Ewwwww I know!  I wonder if Prince Charming would use some?

In a bowl mix together:

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil (I used olive but I bet almond would be great too)
  • 5-10 drops orange essential oil

That is it, so simple and you can pronounce everything in it!  So easy to mix up the smells too if you are looking for something different.  I just recycled a cute jar and decorated it with twine and vintage fabric.  These would be great to keep on hand for hostess gifts or pick me ups for your friends.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Emergency cuteness-Easter treats

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Dang it I forgot again!  The preschool always does a little Easter party for the kids and I can not seem to remember it is coming.  Thankfully a friend mentioned it and I had a whole 2 hours to figure something out in between soccer and dinner.  I work well under pressure, right?

See last year I made emergency Easter play dough, cute eh? 

I could throw some candy in and call it good but I really try and steer clear of candy and clutter.  I know I appreciate that as a mom, don’t you?

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So I skewered some cute giant bunny marshmallows on a straw.  Just poke it through and wipe the end off.

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Wrap cute scrapbooking paper around a mini water bottle and tie on a little drink mix packet and walla!!  Cute Easter treat. 

Now I could have made a cute little pocket to put the drink mix in and I also could have made a stamp for the topper but this was an emergency and a girl has to do, what a girl has to do.

Happy Easter!

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Double Chocolate Mint Chip Cake Mix Cookies

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Yeah so it still hasn’t slowed down in the castle.  Sorry for my lack of posting.

This past weekend we put together a booth for the scout show.  It is a huge event that 10000 scouts attend. It is really fun but it was a lot of work. 

Can you pick out the things I made?  They scream Whimsical Princess all over them!  Leave me a comment it will be fun to see if you can pick them out.

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Now who wants some yummy cookies that are super easy?  So easy even I had time to squeeze them in!  The family was going through withdrawls since I haven’t had much time to make special treats. 

Better for our waistlines anyway, right? 

Double Chocolate Chip Mint Cake Mix Cookies (the name is harder to say than it is to make them)

  • 1 Box Chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips of your choice I used mint and chocolate 1 cup of each.

Ok ready here we go now follow close.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix the cake mix, oil, and the eggs until combined add the chips and stir.

3. roll them into 1 inch balls and place on ungreased cookie sheets

4. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Doesn’t get much more simple than that.  I made the cookies and cleaned up the mess in 5 minutes flat! Perfect for those times when the kids give you the, “oh sorry I forgot to tell you I need 3 dozen cookies tonight.” You can change the chips, add nuts whatever you like go crazy. 

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

DIY-Faux Canvas Prints

More fun with wood today!!!!  My friend’s husband is a  wood worker and he was getting rid of a bunch of really beautiful wood.  At first I passed it up, thinking nah what am I going to do with it?  And then I quickly came to my senses, “what was I thinking?”  I ran right back over there and took a huge stack.  Guess, what everyone is getting for Christmas. 

I don’t know either but it is going to involve wood!

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Today lets make faux canvas prints.  I can’t take all the credit for this cuteness.  A friend had something like this up in her house.

You will need:

  • 1 black and white picture (mine is 16 X 20 because I kept printing the same size to go in a frame I had thinking I was getting it bigger than the first.  Soooooo I had 3 of these laying around)
  • 1 piece of wood cut to the exact size of your photo
  • Black Acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge or something like it
  • Paint Brush(not pictured but I figured you would know what that looks like

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Paint all 4 edges of your board.  Depending on your scissor skills you may need to do a little on the top if any board is showing through.  Let it dry, it won’t take long.

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Spread a coat of mod podge on the board and place your picture on top.  Make sure you smooth over your photo really well.  You don’t want any bubbles underneath. You could use a brayer.  A rolling pin works great, that is what I used.

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Apply a nice coat of mod podge over the top of the photo and let it dry.  Don’t worry it dries clear.

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That is it, your done.  I love the depth it gives your photo and it really does look like a canvas print.  Only mine cost $1.79, because I had everything.  and my new BFF Tommy gave me the wood.

It took a matter of minutes to make this.  I made one for me and one for my mom for mother’s day. 

I had to do something with those extra prints Smile

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Monday, April 11, 2011

All I am Saying is Give Peeps a Chance

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How about a fun little plaque for my mantel?

Ok so I still had Valentines day up and yeah I completely skipped St. Patrick's Day. 

Whatever!

Another super simple one.  A little paint on a scrap board, cricut stencil and some paint and a cute saying.

Look it they even wrote a song about it.

What do you mean they are saying, “peace?”

If everyone sat down and had peeps together it might work the same you know. All I am saying is give peeps a chance.

LOL!



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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Farm Fresh Eggs

Hey all!

Man it has been so busy in the castle I haven’t had any time to get any crafting done at all lately.  Darn life is getting in the way of my free time!

It was one of those weekends. We had soccer, lawn work, made giant fake boulders, and book club.  I made a better than sex cake for book club, I am not so sure it is BETTER but it is definitely yummy!

Today I squeezed in a cute little sign for my kitchen. I thought it would be a fun little touch for Easter without being all out in your face Easter.  I like it so much I think I am going to leave it all year round.

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No fancy techniques here.  I slapped some white paint on an old board.  You gotta slap it or it doesn’t look right.

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I cut out the lettering with my Cricut and used the negative space like a stencil.  Easy Peasy!

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Monday, April 4, 2011

You are Some Bunny special

There is this little church I drive by everyday usually 3 or 4 times a day and they have this sign outside that always has these little quotes.  You know those thought provoking ones that make you stop and think.  You know like “Eat at Joes.”

I am kidding!

They once had one that said something like, “the smallest gesture is more grand than the grandest of thoughts.”  That is not exactly it, but you get right?

I was one that always had these big grandiose plans which meant they usually didn’t happen because I am busy blah, blah, blah.  You know I really hate that excuse because we are all busy and really who is sitting around eating bon-bons? Except maybe the Real Housewives of where ever who aren’t even real housewives.

Anyway I am really trying to change that and just do small little gestures that are really simple to pull together but still make someone feel special.

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This is for “some bunny” special that has been helping and encouraging me in my business which has been really great!

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A simple but cute little tag.

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A package of peeps bunnies and a cute basket is all it took to say thanks and make some bunny feel special.

You could do this for Teacher Appreciation day which is coming up the first week in May.

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