Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Thoughts from the 4-year old...

Today Oakli said:

"Steak is my favorite vegtable."

(short slience while she thinks for a moment)

"Mom, is it a fruit?"


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Family Night Treat

So once again, my pictures really are lacking, but I hope you get the idea. I guess I should take some photo classes. Anyway, here's what we made:

We just called them "Nests". Aren't they cute?

I just whipped up some "No-Bake Cookies", you know, from back in the day... and then I added 3 Cadbury Mini Eggs on each. Mmmmmmmm

Here's my "during" pictures. Stirring the sugar and butter...

I scooped out the mixture with my cookie scoop. I used a little guy and gave each "nest" 2 scoops. Then on the 2nd scoop I nestled it down in to make a little indentation for the eggs to sit. I did let them cool just a bit so that the eggs didn't melt. Then Viola!

I think they were a success!

"Die eggs, Die!" Only from an 11-year old, right?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Water With No Ice

I have a really great frend.

I mean, you know... how many people can go out with you and order your drink and get it just right for you? Your spouse? Probably. Your best friend? Maybe. If you go out with them a lot. But how many people order water. With no ice? Me. I know it's not that big of a deal, really, but just a random thing that I was thinking, here. In the wee hours of the morning. When I should be sleeping. As the train is just going by. But I am actually working on a project. But instead I'm thinking of my really cool friend. Who ordered my drink for me yesterday. While I parked the car. You are so cool. Thanks Jamie!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Scripture Fix-Up

I finally got around to changing the tabs on my scriptures. I had some that fell off and I couldn't find them to put them back on, so I HAD to replace the tabs, because I didn't want to replace the scriptures. I decided to shake it up a bit and make them PINK. Yes, I knnow, big surprise. I also decided to go an nontraditional way, and do it in my own handwriting. Several years ago, I had my handwriting made into a font, so I did not have to write them all out. Here's what I did:

sad. missing. labels.

Print out the new tabs onto fun colored cardstock. I couldn't use plain-jane black, that would just be boring. Plus I can't print on black. Make sure you test so that your words will fit in the small space.

Remove the existing tabs. I did this one at a time, so I didn't get anything mixed up.

Cut out each new tab with a circle punch and put glue on the back of each circle. I used a glue stick.

Put it in the right place and rub it down so it is secure.

Trim the new tab so it is flush with your page.

See the awesome progress?

Now it is done! Sorry for the bad picture, it got late and I had to use the flash.

It turned out so great! I am glad to have it finished. Now I have fully functioning tabs again.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

My Tower of Cuteness

So in my house, we have pretty tall ceilings, and in the kitchen I have A LOT of upper cabinets that have nothing on them. Tall ceilings + lots of cabinets = funny looking empty space. I mean, seriously, we've lived in this house for what, almost 5 years now??? I dare say there is stuff up there that DOES NOT belong. Why do I write this you say? Well, I am in the (long) process of collecting items to go up on the tops of the cabinets. You know, to decorate it really cute-like. I've spent soooo much time searching the internet for pictures of decorated kitchen cabinets that I like, and I just can't find anything. BUT, I made this, and I'm thinking it is going up:

I saw one here, and decided I liked it enough to make my own. For my purposes, I didn't like the pictures hanging off in all directions, so I just left them off. It was super easy to make. Here's what I used: 2 x 4, scrapbook paper, modge podge, ribbon, and vinyl letters.

The wood pieces are cut starting at 10" (for the bottom) and then they decrease by 1" until I got to the top. If you have long names to put on there, you may have to go with longer pieces to start. I basically just figured out which name was the longest on paper, and then towered it up to the shortest name. (My 4 year old immediately told me that they weren't in "order". Smarty pants.) I put our last name on the bottom, knowing that it may or may not show, once I get it up on the kitchen cabinets.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Room (finished!)

I have finally put the finishing touches on the girl's room. It seems like it took forever. I think that I painted last year, so one year start to finish, that's not THAT bad, is it??? OK, it is bad, but now at least it is finished AND blogged.

As a re-cap, here is what the walls looked like when I finished painting: Ambri and Oakli's Bedroom.

Here's what their room looks like now: (the walls in the previous blog post still look like that, they are on the other walls and I didn't get all of it in the picture.)

So I needed to get the bedspreads done and a different wall hanging, along with a new lampshade. The new lampshade provided a new challenge of a bed stand as well, so why not take it all on, right?

So here's the bead spreads that I did. I did a combo of lots of different fabrics on one side, and then on the plain brown side, I didn't want it to be so plain, so I did their names on the back.

Here is now the "underside" of the bead spread. It was supposed to be the top. I guess a girl is going to have, what a girl is going to have.

Here are the "tops" of the bead spreads.

They were supposed to be the undersides, and they could flip them over once in a while if they wanted to, OR simply to just tell which blanket belonged to which girl, but alas, all has changed.

The girls are so proud of them, that they both want their names showing all the time. (Sigh...)

This is what I put on the wall. While I was in Utah over Thanksgiving, I bought wood letters to spell out each of the kids names. The letters for the girls are fancy, and really pretty big. This was the only "plain" wall space that I had left. I covered each letter with scrapbook paper that was brown/pink/white, or brown, pink, or white and hung them from a curtain rod that we just attached to the wall. "Ambri" hangs from cream tulle, and "Oakli" hangs from brown tulle.

The girls have had a pathetic lamp in their room for a long time now. Of coarse, as kids do, they ruined the first lampshade that they had. It was a cheap paperish type of a shade. We never replaced it because Ambri was keeping the lamp in the window sill so she could reach it without getting out of bed, AND if we gave her a new one, it would just bang into the window. So if I wanted to "help" this poor lamp, I'd have to start from the bottom up. Literally. I found a used crappy-looking shelf type at St. V.d.P. Stopped at H.D. on my way home for some brown spray paint and headed home. It's nothing fancy to speak of, but it is doing the job. I also sprayed the base of the lamp. Here's the little shelf now:

So lastly, the lampshade. I just picked up the cheapest one that Target had, and took it home, traced it for a cover, added 1" to each side, just to make sure I didn't totally mess it up and then cut my pattern out of matching fabric that I used on their beds. I had the seam pretty well tucked under, but added the strip of ribbon just for fun and I love the way it turned out!

One last thing that I wanted to try for their room was one of these: Here's how mine turned out for the girls:

I made one for each of them and I think they turned out well. Instead of stuffing them, I just bought pillow forms and did a "fold and tuck" method on the back side. I know, really technical... just think of the shams that you get when you buy a bedding set...that's what I did, but I overlapped it a TON more, so the pillow forms are NOT coming out without a fight.

And there you have it. A year's worth of work (on and off) is finally DONE!

The boys want to know when it is their turn. (Sigh...)

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Treats

I know, I know... I still need to post the pictures of the girls finished room. I'll get to it, I promise. BUT, I wanted to post what we did for our family night treat last night, in honor of St. Patrick's Day. I don't get WAY into St. Patrick's Day, other than making sure that I wear green so my kids don't pinch me, so this is a streatch for me. The kids loved it!

Here's the finished product:

Here's what I did to make them: First I added green food coloring to the marshmallow mixture (add the green food coloring BEFORE you add the rice krispies)

Then I dumped it all out on some waxed paper. It wasn't wide enough, so I had to double up the waxed paper (just a FYI).

Then I covered it with a layer of waxed paper (yea for waxed paper!) and rolled it out thin. I'm sure you could probably do this in the pan, but I was worried that I wouldn't be able to cut enough hearts out to make 6 shamrocks if I did a 9 x 13 pan. I wanted to have it a bit thinner.

Peel back the top layer of waxed paper and start cutting hearts with a cookie cutter. You could use 3 or 4 hearts for each. I used 3 because I thought it fit better. I used scraps and rolled out a "stem" like you would with play-dough.

Viola! They are so cute! My kids loved them, and so did I. (I love rice krispie treats!)

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

Friday, March 12, 2010

I've been featured!

I've been featured!

I'm very excited to tell you that my etsy shop got put in a feature. I'm very excited because I've never been featured before. In honor of the feature (it was all about yellow), I'm doing my hi-lights in yellow today. It was for one of my watch bands, not what I would have thought, but it was a very bright and cheery blog post that Brandi did over at Fancy Buffalo. Here's the link for the post, and mine is #6... Fancy Buffalo.

Monday, March 8, 2010

What's Up?

I have had these pictures for so long, that I now feel guilty for posting them:

Well, it looks like only one turned out okay, so strike the "s" in pictures. It's a picture of my fabric closet. Why you ask? Well, it is one thing that I actually got done that I am supremely proud of. I saw the idea on a blog, and I feel terrible now that I can't find the link to share with you all, but she had this awesome download that you could print off cute labels to go around your fabric. After seeing her awesome closet, I went to my pathetic closet and my first thought was not that I should organize it, but where could I put more fabric. I didn't have more to put in there, but I wanted more. I wish I had a picture of it before to show you. It was so jammed full of fabric, the doors wouldn't shut completely. Guess what? All the fabric that was in there before, is still in there now! Too cool! I took it all out (boy was it heavy...) and found long lost fabric that I had forgotten about. I got my green cutter mat out...for measuring and set to work. It was more work that I thought it would be, but I am so happy that I did it! I started by measuring how deep my cabinet is (about 11" I think) so I folded all my fabric 10". I folded in all the raw edges and then rolled it up. I measured each piece and wrote on the cute little label how much I have of each piece. Then I taped the label around it and viola! I organized them all by color and put it all back. I put extra labels in an envelope and taped it to the inside of the door, so when I bring home new fabric I can just put it right away. It is so nice to just open the cabinet and see right away what I have. It made me want to go out and buy colors that I am missing, but I have resisted so far.

Other items checked off the list include:

Girls Room ~ Blog entry to follow with pictures
Book Reports
Olympics ~ oh, it is finally over (we were obsessed)
Daffodills ~ it's finally spring!
Spring Cleaning
First Aid merit badge ~ Go Bryce!
Cleaning ~ not really, but it's on the never ending list