Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Hey everyone! I'm so glad to be back! First thing I HAVE to do is share just a few snapshots of my newest addition!

This is my sweet Aubrey just before we left the hospital. God blessed me with an easy pregnancy & such a sweet angel...

This is her around Christmas time (she was born in the second half of November). 

Now she's 10 months old! Time goes so quickly! Goodness....
but I couldn't ask for anything better.....

I'm starting to plan her 1st birthday (I'll also make a post about that later). First birthdays are a BIG deal....I'm thinking I'll go with a pink & gold theme :)
Pinterest here I come!

Friday, September 19, 2014

So many Happenings

Hey, everyone! I haven't written in a pretty LONG time! I've had so many happenings in my life that have kept me so busy! Some tragedies along with super happy moments. I know have another addition to my family, my daughter, who is 10 months old today!
I am going to get back into blogging for sure because I appreciate everyone who has followed me! And I miss reading everyone's blogs so much, I've just been super busy! 
But, you can look forward to seeing me post more often & bringing you some new things to check out! And again thanks to all the people who've continued to follow me even during my long lapse of "no blogging" :) Luv you all!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Home Made Fried Icecream Tutorial..YUM!

Okay, I admit, I eat WAY more ice cream than the average least I'm guessing I do, although I really don't know how much ice cream ya'll eat.
I just know I'm guilty of eating it often & FRIED ice cream, it's my favorite!
I saw a pin of fried ice cream on Pinterest one night and thought, "I HAVE to try making that!"
Want to try making it too?
Read on...

It's a sort of lengthy process but well worth it.

Here's what you'll need:
Ice cream
Egg whites
Paper towels
A freezer
(you can also add whip cream & a cherry)

First I scooped out four balls of ice cream and set them on wax paper in a baking pan and placed them in my freezer overnight so that they would harden up.

Then I put a bunch of cornflakes in a pot and crushed them up REALLY well.

To get the cornflake mix ready I added 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.

 Then the same amount of sugar and mixed it all really well.

 Closer to when I was ready to actually make my fried ice cream I broke 2 eggs (depends on how much fried ice cream you're making) and separated the yolk from the egg whites.
Egg whites get placed in a bowl.
Beat well until it looks like this, foamy.

Then, I took my ice cream out of the freezer, rolled it in the egg whites and then rolled it again in the corn flake mixture.

They go back into the freezer for 3 hours after this.

After three hours and getting your oil heated up you can drop a scoop into the hot oil. Be careful. I used a Fry Daddy with a basket so it was pretty easy.
I left them in for 15-20 seconds and then pulled them out.
Have paper towels ready to set the ice cream on to absorb any extra oil.
They turned out awesome!!!!
Sorry I don't have any pictures of my fried ice cream all finished in my bowl....but I was too busy eating it, hehe....

If you try making your OWN fried ice cream, let me know how it turned out!

Linking this recipe up here:
Ladybird Ln

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Raffia Easter Basket Card Tutorial

Do you plan on sending out Easter cards to anyone this year?
Do you make your own or buy them?
I'm a procrastinator and usually wait so long that it's eventually too late...oops.
But yesterday I made this cute Easter card and I want to show you how.
Here's what you'll need:

 Blank greeting card
 Card stock
 Patterned paper
 Hot glue
 Cute bow

Choose what color background you'd like and cut a piece of card stock the same size as the front of your card.
I chose pink.

Get your hot glue gun heated up and ready. You may be able to use another type of glue but I prefer hot glue for almost all of my projects that require things to stick together.

Start cutting pieces of raffia and glue them to the card stock. I started by making the top of my basket first and worked my way down to the bottom.

Keep adding strips of raffia, getting smaller and smaller as you go and you'll start to form the basket. When you get to a point where it looks good, stop.
You can see below how I gradually made the strips smaller to form the bottom of the basket.
For the handle I simply took two long pieces of raffia and twisted them together.
Then I stuck one end of the handle under one end of the basket and glued it down.
Same with the other side. The top of the handle is also glued down.
 Inside the basket I glued eggs which I cut from patterned scrapbook paper. I just arranged and cut them whichever way it looked good. Yeah, I wing it sometimes.

I glued a cute little bow to the top of the basket handle and then glued the whole piece of card stock onto the front of the blank card.
Pretty simple and fun too!
Think I'm going to send this off to my daughter's Godmother!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Teardrop Necklace

Today I was reading my favorite blog (A Girl & a Glue Gun) and saw a cute teardrop necklace that looked super easy to make.
I didn't plan on making it until later in the evening when my daughter got out her tackle box full of beads and asked me to make something with her.
That's when I remembered this:
This is from Pinterest and it's the original inspiration.
Cute, right?

Mine didn't turn out quite the same, but that's good because it has my own unique touch.
I added A LOT more beads so it's much more bulky....

Here's mine...

Yeah, definitely not as dainty as the one above, hehe...
What can I say? I very seldom make jewelry or work with wire & beads...

If you'd like to give it a try, you can use the great tutorial that I used from A Girl & a Glue Gun, which you can find by clicking HERE.
This girls blog is great!

So I hope you liked the teardrop necklace & if you make one of your own I'd love to see it:)
I don't know if I'll actually ever wear mine...
I already have too many necklaces I wear everyday that I NEVER take off...well only two, but still.
Hehe...we'll see, maybe I'll retire my other two for a day and wear the teardrop, who knows....
Thanks for reading peeps!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

It's the First Day of Spring!

It's the first day of Spring, although in my area the weather sure isn't showing it.

Today I'm overly tired. Last week I had to take a trip to the oral surgeon with my mom and have 5 teeth cut out...ugh...pain.
Well, today I went back to get my stitches removed...surprisingly quick and painless! It took a whole 2 minutes! Glad they're gone!
Then I came home and my daughter is STILL running a fever so I gave her fever reducer (she was sent home from school yesterday & I kept her home today).
On top of THAT, our landlord came and has been here for the past 4 hrs fixing some kind of electrical work so we had no power for hours (it JUST came back on)...Double ugh. But I'm thankful that the problem is now fixed:)
Since there was no electric my daughter and I both took a nap on the couch and since I've gotten up I just cannot seem to WAKE up! I just feel groggy and tired like I want to go to bed.
Hope I'm NOT getting what SHE has!

So instead of a long tutorial or anything of that nature I'm just going to share a few things that may inspire you for Spring!!

How about this cutesy Spring wreath from
I love the pastel colors!

I'd love these loafers for Spring!

I had to share this clock, it just screams Spring to me!

I can't wait til I can walk outside into my yard and see a sight such as this!
(If the weather around here ever comes around, that is)

Hope everyone enjoyed the first day of Spring!
I did, even though it was from inside most of the day.
I can't really complain. Although it's cold and there's leftover snow on the ground, the sun shone BRIGHT today & still is:)
It's Spring, yay, closer to Summer, hehe!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Realistic Fabric/Felt Flower Tutorial

I recently started writing my blog again after not writing for quite awhile.
Today, I have something really simple & quick but pretty cute.
I'm going to show you how to make a faux flower or rosette by using a lighter to create a more realistic petal look.
I found this on Pinterest and there are pretty many tutorials for it, but one more can't hurt, right?

What you'll need: 
Felt or fabric
     A lighter....

Yup that's it!

This works well with felt (what I used here) but you can use fabric also.
Start by cutting out 4 or 5 circles from your "felt".
Take notice in the picture above, I have slits cut into my circles.
Look below and you can see a bit better.
These are basically your "petals".
I cut about 5 in each circle.

Once you have the slits cut in each of your circles you're ready to warm the petals up.
This is the part that gives your petals a realistic look because the heat curls the fabric. 
You DO NOT want to put the flame DIRECTLY on your circle. 
I used a lighter but you can also light a candle and just hold your circle above the flame.
Either way, that's exactly what you want to do...hold it ABOVE the flame:)

You'll see your petal start to curl and you can judge how curled you want it....
then turn your circle and heat the next petal and curl it.
It's kind of fun actually:)
Once all your circles are finished you're going to place one circle on top of another, simply piling all of them on top of each other.

You can bend and shape the petals the way you want them and once you have the idea of how you want your flower to look, glue each circle on top of the other to hold them in place.
I use hot glue, but you can probably use regular glue, it'll just take a lot longer to dry.

I added a small pink gem in the center of my flower just to see how it'd look and you can't see it very well because all of the petals are in the way....

This is the first time I ever made one of these using heat to curl the petals and it was very easy!
I think they'd be really cute glued to a hair clip for a little girl:)
I was surprised by how realistic it turned out too!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Back & Sewing

Well, I really haven't kept up with my blog, sad to say, in a pretty long time. Many things in my life came up and I'm actually thinking about attempting to write a novel about some of my recent experiences, (I bet lots of people say that). Things are getting a bit better though and hopefully I can again keep my blog growing like I was at this time LAST year!

I'm currently learning to sew on a sewing machine! Previously, if I did any sewing, I did it by hand. I DID take Home Economics in Middle School and we learned to sew on a sewing machine and I made an apron, which I think turned out quite well. I still use it and it hangs in my kitchen! Middle School was quite a few years ago and I only remembered a few things from class so when I was given an old Viking Model 6690, not only was I excited, I knew I'd have to use Google to figure out how to even thread the  machine....

After an hour I got it figured out and have been pretty much teaching myself to sew. Of course, there are so many WONDERFUL sewing/craft blogs around and they've been very helpful. Thank goodness for people who already know what they're doing and teach all of us how to do it via their blog, right? Oh, and Pinterest...what would I do without it? I find so much inspiration there.

So far I've completed two projects on my machine recently and one by hand...As I practice I can see myself getting better at it. It'd help if I knew what ALL the knobs and buttons on my machine were for!

Over the next few days I'll show you what I've made so far! I also made Fried Ice Cream for the very first time using a recipe I found through Pinterest and I'll show you that too. Sound good?
Again, I'm so sorry I've been gone for so long...but I'm pretty excited to be writing again and showing you all what I'm up to as well as following along and seeing what all the other bloggers are up to!
Have an awesome Thursday!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Mother's Day & a Mother's Day Gift Idea

Sorry that I've been missing in action for awhile....
Things have been SUPER hectic for me!
Plus, I was away for a few days visiting family out of town...
To my giveaway winner, you're prize will be out on Friday:)
I wanted to stop in quickly & wish all the special women we call MOMS a Happy Mother's Day!
Here is what I received for Mother's Day this year from my daughter.
Yes, a bit early:)
 The tutorial for this is below

So pretty, I love it:)

The lovely flower gift above my daughter made for me while we were visiting my Dad & StepMom:)
I wasn't right there while they made it because it was a surprise, but I have a good idea of what they did here:)

You'll need a Mason jar
Twine, ribbon, or yarn
Artificial flowers

Have the kids go outside & fill a plastic container full of rocks and pebbles.
Then fill the Mason jar with the pebbles.
Fill it pretty close to the top, the pebbles are what will hold the flower up & in place.
Tie a bow around the Mason jar as shown:) So pretty:)
Stick your artificial flowers in the middle.
I'm sure you can use real flowers too, but I'm much happier that they used artificial flowers because, well, artificial flowers last forever!
Lastly, my StepMom had some little butterflies & ladybugs with wire attached to the end that they wrapped around one or two of the flowers.
It gave a really nice touch to the project, maybe you have something else you can use too...
This is a really quick & simple gift idea if any of you need to come up with a last minute Mother's Day gift!!
Mom will love it because I know I did:)

Happy Mother's Day!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Winner of the 100 Follower Giveaway Is...

First, I'd like to say thank you to all who entered into my very first 100 Follower Giveaway!
Rafflecopter made it so easy and I can't wait to hold another giveaway!
The winner is....Renee G. and she has been contacted via email.

If I don't hear from her within 48 hours, I will have to choose another winner.

Thanks to ALL of you for entering & making my 1st giveaway a success!