April 30, 2010

Destination...DISNEY!!

The family is leaving for DISNEYWORLD tomorrow and can I tell you how EXCITED we are??  We have been saving for several months and getting the boys excited since we did our service project to get free tickets!  Can't wait.  We are going with my cousin, Jennie, and her family...they just happen to have 3 boys the same age as mine;)  Jennie and I got together and made some DARLING autograph books/scrapbooks.  So this is the craft for today.  For some reason I love my pictures of what I did...so these are Jennies pictures...thanks Jen:)

The cover of our books...


the inside...the characters will sign on one side and a picture will go on the next.
So if you are planning a trip to Disney...hopefully this will spark some ideas on what you can do!  We got all the paper and plastic covers at Hobby Lobby.  They sell Disney packets with EVERYTHING you can think of in it.

So...I will be gone all next week...and also celebrating the BIG 3-0...ahhhh...I can't be that old yet!  Good thing I will be at the happiest place on earth and can't be depressed!!  So check back later for some other fabulous ideas!  Thanks again to all those who have sent me emails for their Makeover Dilemmas!  I have loved getting these emails!  

April 28, 2010

Popcorn Bucket Cupcakes

Hello All!  Well...here is the tutorial I promised you on Monday!  These were so fun...and time consuming:)  Totally worth it though...right??  Now...if you want to take the easy way out...just buy these.  I did not know they existed until Monday.  BUT...these only cost me $1.50!  OH...I can't really say where the idea came from because there are vague tutorials all over the internet without directions...So I decided to do a really good tutorial for you!  But this is what I was copying.
So...first things first.  
1.Go to Michaels and buy you some of these candy and nut holders.  I got them in the cupcake section.  
2. Get your red sharpie and color every little ridge...that is the time consuming part:)
3. Go to Microsoft Word and make you some Popcorn tags...or you can email me and I can email you what I did:)
4. Make your cupcakes and put them in regular liners...I used white.
5. Stick the cupcake in your cute little "bucket"
6. Get your pastry bag out with the biggest round tip and swirl the frosting on...you want it to look like a cone so the "popcorn" doesn't lat flat.

7. Cut yourself a million of these little bad boys.  If you make 24 cupcakes you will need one bag plus 1/3 of another.  I used kitchen shears and made each one different.  Some had 4 parts, some had 3.  I also turned them on the side and cut them...I like that best.

8. Put your "popcorn" on the frosting and turn them in different directions so it looks like a bucket of popcorn.
9. Get some yellow color mist...you can find this stuff anywhere...I got mine at Hobby Lobby.
10. Spray your "popcorn".  Make sure you have paper towel spread everywhere so you don't stain your stuff!!  Just spray bits here and there...you don't want the whole thing to be yellow.

And your done! Admire all your hard work!
Because everyone will be taking pictures of these little darlings with their phone and texting it to friends...I know this because I took the leftovers to some of the older girls at my church and they went crazy over them!  They even kept the buckets.  Everyone got a kick out of them.  And it made me feel special:)  (As you can see...the bottom tier/middle part is lacking "popcorn"...that's because I ran out of marshmallows.  And I was sick of making them:)

And to answer some questions on where I got my stuff...
I got the hot dog holders and the buckets in the Dollar section at Target.  I just got the buckets last week and the hot dog holders last summer....but they always come out then...so be on the look out!

April 26, 2010

Movie Party

Before I get to this:


I need to answer a few questions I have gotten lately!
Like this one:


I had a friend ask me what the name of the paint is that I painted my guest bath...it is Boston Fern by Behr.
This has been one of my favorite places in my house...I love how bright and pretty it is...my boys do not deserve this bathroom...they just don't appreciate it:)

Another question I got was from Natasha...
Q: "What can you do above kitchen cabinets that does not involve fake greenery?"
A: I have noticed that people are really staying away from greenery on top of their cabinets lately...  No worries...there is tons you can put up there besides just greenery.  For example: (totally depending on how much room you have between the tops of cabinets and your ceiling...) art work, pottery/glass...like vases, plates, bowls...trunks, bird cages, wooden words (like family, home, etc..).  Basically just go down the isles of your favorite store and if you see something you like, it will work up there.  The possibilities are endless.  

You can also do nothing up there...don't feel like you HAVE to have a ton of stuff above your cabinets.  If your style is simplistic, you won't want much there anyway.  You can also keep it very minimal and have just a few things kinda spaced out.  This advice goes to people who don't have much room from the top of cabinets to the ceiling...keep it VERY simple.

One thing to keep in mind is if you have a lot going on up top, make sure you keep your counter tops clear.  Otherwise there is WAY too much going on.  You should keep those pretty clear anyway:)
Hope this helps!  Natasha feel free to email me some pictures and I can help you out more!!

Don't forget to send in your pictures for Makeover Monday!  I have had a few people email me their decorating dilemmas so THANK YOU!!

NOW...on to the PARTY!!
Caden had his 7 year old birthday party and he was pretty specific on what he wanted...
1. Only BOYS
2. Lots of FOOD
3. Alvin and the Chipmunks (as the featured film...)

So that's what we did:)  Here are some pics!
The cute little cupcakes...I have to say that this was my favorite part of the party:)  They turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself:)  And yes...I am lame enough to color every stinking cup with red stripes.  And can I just say that I found these on Bakerellas site today and I got a little sick;(  I totally could have purchased them!!  I couldn't find them anywhere...There is going to be a tutorial on these cuties on Wednesday!  So come check it out!!
Here is the complete set up.

Each boy was given 15 tickets and they could buy whatever they wanted...

The cupcake display...I get asked over and over again..."Where did you get your cupcake stand??"  Well my friends...Crate and Barrel.  It's only $30.  Go get you one, it will be the best purchase you ever made!!!  I promise people will want to borrow yours over and over and over again and then just go get one themselves:)
Movie Candy...

Popcorn...

Had to have Nachos:)

I made a "SNACKS" sign with my fabulous Cricut...


The birthday boy blowing out the "trick" candles...I had no idea they were trick...oops!

The boys on their sugar high!  They had so much junk they didn't have room for cupcakes and ice cream...after all that work:(  Oh well...they just took several home!  All in all...great party with tons of food and 7 boys on a sugar high...no wonder I had a migraine after:)

April 23, 2010

Flower Hair Clips



Remember these cute PJ's I posted a few weeks ago??  Well today you get to see how to make the cute flower hair clip!  Also...I made a MAJOR boo boo...I wrote that I made these for Aliza's 5th Birthday...it was actually her 6th birthday...Sorry Aliza!!  


I totally meant to post these last week...but like got in the way and there was no time for the post!  So today was the day!  I hope you like these!  I was pretty excited!  The best part is you can have such a variety of different fabrics...the possibilities are endless!!

What you need:
Fabric...as many different prints as you want...I used 2 different prints
Small piece of felt
Crocodile clip...if using for your hair
Hot glue gun
Thread and needle

First start by making the circles...for the bottom part of the flower you will need 6, 10 cm circles (again, the choice is yours by how big you want the flower to be...just play with it, it is very forgiving.)  For the middle layer and top you will need 5, 8 cm circles.  I did 4 of one print and 1 for the top.

You need to cut each circle straight up to the middle.

Now is the fun part...just start folding your fabric back and forth...depending on what your fabric looks like you may start the way I did or go the opposite way so you see the print.  That will make sense when you start to make them.


Keep folding back and forth...


Until it looks like this.  I did this to all my circles and used binding clips for quilting to hold them in place until I got to the next step...


See...all nice and folded.


For this next part you need to get a long piece of thread, thread that needle and get started...Stitch each circle so it will stay in place and not unfold.  It doesn't have to be pretty, no one will see your stitches.


After you have stitched them all, get a little piece of felt and cut out a circle.  Hot glue the big circles to the felt.


Now glue the 4 small circles to the big circles...you really could do 5 here if you want...totally up to you...


Take the last little piece and glue that in the middle...That's it...the flower is done!  Now just decide how you want to wear it...hair, clothes, purse...whatever and put either a crocodile clip or something on the back to keep it in place!  Have fun making these!

April 21, 2010

Southwestern Chicken


I got this recipe from my friend, Robyn...and wow...it is GOOD!  The best part is, is that you probably have most, if not all, of the ingredients in your pantry now:)  How great is that!  We served this on tortillas the first night and as nachos the next...I loved them as nachos.
Another fabulous thing...its a Crock pot meal!

Southwestern Chicken

2 cans corn, drained
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 jar salsa
3-4 frozen chicken breasts
1 can enchilada sauce

Put everything in the crockpot and cook on LOW for 8 hours.  Top it with cheese, sour cream, avocados, etc.. and serve with tortillas.  Or make Nachos!

April 19, 2010

Makeover Monday

Can I just tell you all how much I have been enjoying Makeover Monday!?  The only sad part is my FABULOUS readers have NOT been giving me anything to work with!  It is so much more fun when you email me your DECORATING DELIMA!

So...whether I know you or not, send over your pictures so I can help you out!!

April 14, 2010

Chocolate Mint Brownies


I have been wanting to make these little cuties for quite sometime now and finally made them for a friend. I got this really cute mini cheesecake pan from William-Sonoma and I must say...worth every penny:) This is the BYU chocolate mint brownie recipe that has been passed around for as long as I can remember. But, if you need a short-cut, just use box brownies, using the cakier brownie instead of fudgy (basically add one extra egg). I found the idea on a blog called Satisfying My Sweet Tooth.



Chocolate Mint Brownies

1 C sugar
1 1/2 C butter, softened and divided
4 eggs
16 oz canned chocolate syrup
1 C flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 C powdered sugar
1 T milk
1 tsp peppermint extract
2-3 drops green food coloring
6 oz chocolate chips

Combine sugar and 1/2 C butter; blend in eggs, chocolate syrup, flour, and baking powder. Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan or jelly roll pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Place in refrigerator until cool. Blend in another 1/2 C butter and powdered sugar in a mixing bowl. Add milk, peppermint extract, and food coloring. Mix well and spread over chocolate brownie layer. Refrigerate until firm. Melt chocolate chips and remaining 1/2 C butter and stir until well mixed. Pour over mint layer and refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares and keep in fridge until served.

April 12, 2010

Pillows, Pillows Everywhere!

All I can say is I {Heart} pillows.  Always have, always will!  Thankfully my hubby finds it endearing:)  I think that if there was ever a fight with husbands and wives it is always about the quantity of pillows on the sofa and especially the bed!  Husbands wants only 2 pillows on the bed...the ones you sleep on and thats it.  Wives want as many as possible.  So...it can take some convincing to get the husband to agree, MORE is BETTER:)  So I took a few pictures of the pillows I have throughout my home and will tell you a few things you MUST know about pillows!!

This is my bedroom.  Since I have taken this picture (this was about 1 year ago) I have changed a ton of things...like lamps and added vases and what not...just a side note for you:)  This is an example of how many pillows I have on my bed.  2 Euro Shams in the back...they are each 28", I wish I would have done 3 in the back...I just didn't have the $$ then.  Then I have 2 standards in the front of that.  One long bolster pillow and one cute decorative pillow.  

The pillows are what make my bed.  As you can see I have just a cream colored matlesse coverlet...pretty boring.  I add the pillows and a throw at the foot and thats what makes the bed.  In a few years when I am sick of the whole chocolate/aqua thing, I can swap out pillows and have a completely different look.  Love that!!

So...Here is my cute decorative pillow...I have some brushed fringe on the sides, brown velvet fabric with a small cord on either side of the blue ruffles.  

These are a few pillows that I have on my sofa.  The plaid pillow has a decorative cord around it and the other one has brushed fringe around it.  
One question I get A LOT is...How many pillow do I put on my sofa? I go by the odd rule...always have an ODD number of pillows on your sofa.  So on your big sofa, you might do 3-5 pillows.  You can have 2 - 20" pillows on either side and then a kidney pillow in the middle (kidney pillow is a rectangle pillow).  You could do bolster pillows (cylinder looking pillows) on the ends...etc...the sky is the limit.  You just have to find the compromise with your spouse:)  Also...decide if you want people sitting on them, are you going to move them when people sit, do you want people to lay on them...you get the picture. 

The next question I get often is what size of pillow do I need to get for my sofa??  The standard is a 20" pillow...HOWEVER, when it is all made up it ends up being about 18".  WHY?  Here's how it works...You buy a 20" pillow, you cut your fabric to make a 20" square and sew it up and stuff your pillow insert...you will have to stuff it!  This way your pillow will be nice a plump and not get lost in the fabric.  At least that's how custom places make them!!  (Believe me I know...I worked at a place for 5 years).  Another thing...make sure you add zippers...if something spills on them you can take it off and get dry cleaned or change out the pillow cover for another one.

This is another Euro Sham...but it has a knife edge...meaning there is NO trim...just plain.  I have several of these lying around for people to either sit on or lay on when they come.  My kids love them when they watch TV.  

Now for my last bit of advice.  Take a close look at these pillows...see anything ANNOYING?  See the LUMPS??  Yeah...these pillows were stuffed with batting.  After a few months of owning these types of pillows they get lumpy REAL quick.  There are 3 types of pillows out there:

1. Pillows filled with batting (like above)...don't last long and look lumpy.
2.  Pillow with a poly insert...better than #1, but will eventually look lumpy.  It is cheaper, but is it REALLY in the long run when you have to go back and buy another one shortly after??
3.  Pillow with a down insert...MY CHOICE.  Yes it is a bit more expensive, but they will LAST FOREVER!!  When company comes, you just give them a nice fluff and they look good as new.  They DO NOT look lumpy.  This is what will give your pillow that custom look we all want!  All of my pillows have the down insert in them (except for the ones above and they are leaving the premise VERY soon).

Where to get them??  The best pillows I have seen are from Calico Corners...I LOVE their pillows.  The price is very reasonable also.  Also, if you are wondering...all the fabric (minus lumpy pillows) came from Calico Corners as well.

I hope that this has helped some of you with your pillow questions...if you have anymore, just ask!!  There are so many different types of pillows out there that are SO CREATIVE...so get out there, pick out some amazing fabric and get creative!  If you can't sew...well...go to Calico Corners, they can help you out:)

April 9, 2010

Cutest PJ's EVER!!

Can I just tell you how excited I am with these cute PJ's??  They were so INCREDIBLY EASY to make!  I do have to thank Handmade Mommy for the fabulous tutorial on the 15 minute jammy pants.  You CANNOT mess these up and you can do so many different things to them...like add a ruffle, turn them into capri bottoms, shorts...you get the picture.  They really do only take 15 minutes to make (unless you add a ruffle...).  So, run to the store, buy tons of cute fabric and get started!  


This is the Aliza...my darling little model:)  It was her 5th Birthday and this is what my boys (AHEM...me) gave her.  I had to have a little photo shoot with her because she is so stinking cute!!  (Notice the cuteness in her hair...that is the sneak peak for next week:)

What you need:
Fabric for PJ's...depends on the size of your little one, but I got
1 yd of dots
1/4 yd (maybe a bit more?) of floral.


So how many of you know how to make cute shirts like this??  Let me know, because if you want to know...I can do a little tutorial on them...so EASY!  But let me warn you...do not get the shirts from Hobby Lobby...after they are washed, they shrink in weird places and look very unproportionate.  

Now to the ruffle...this was the first one I have ever done, so I always find things I would do different.  But that's ok:)  Here are the steps:
1.  Decide how big you want your ruffle.  I cut 4" strips. 
2.  Hem the bottom of the ruffle...Iron it well and sew.
3.  Baste the top of the fabric, like above.  I set my machine with the tension at the highest number (9) and the biggest stitch I could do (5).  Make sure you leave REALLY LONG tails of string on both sides so you can play with the ruffle.

What I wish I would have done, but didn't know I should have done it till they were done:)
1.  Hem the PJ bottoms before you sew on the ruffle...otherwise there is a mess of strings.
2.  Hem the top of the ruffle...same reason as above.
Trust me...do this!!!
This is how it looks after I sewed it...all cute and ruffly.  Now the tricky part is spreading out the ruffle to the size you need it to be...which is why you need LONG tails.  

What worked for me was to start pinning the ruffle to the pj's...notice how the pj's are right side out and the ruffle goes up...so right sides together.  When you have the ruffle positioned correctly, sew the two ends of the ruffles together.  (I would have had a picture of this, but there were WAY too many strings because I didn't hem my stuff!!)  Then sew the to the PJ's...make sure when you are sewing it that you sew below the basting stitch so you don't see it when you are done.

This is the ruffle complete...for my first one...not too shabby:)  

I am so in love with these...I just might make some for myself:)  The fabric came from Hobby Lobby, if you were curious!

I love this picture!!  Love the pose:)