Monday, August 22, 2011

Easy burp cloths

Made some burps cloths for a friend.  They were so easy.  I found the tutorial here.  I found another tutorial that said to add batting in the middle.  Maybe next time I'll do that just to give it more absorbency.  But I'm pretty happy with the final result other than the awful lighting in the pictures.

Cookie Recipe #2- Lemon Drops

Well, I tried out my second cookie hoping that it would be a success and make it onto the party menu and it DID!

They are called Lemon Drops for the very obvious reason that they have lemon drops in them.  The hub was nervous about them but ended up loving them.  He summed them up perfectly calling them lemon-flavored sugar cookies. 

I found the recipe on Your Homebased Mom.  Her glaze looks a little thicker than mine.  My lemon had a lot of juice I guess.  But that will be my only tweek when the party rolls around. 

As a sidenote, making these cookies fell at a very convenient time when our friends throw an Annual Cookie Contest.  They judge your cookies and present winners with a prize.  I took these since I didn't like the idea of eating them all on my own.  Anyway, the judge is not a lemon fan but award these with an Honorable Mention!  I'd say that says it all.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Baby, look at those legs!

 Just finished another pair of baby legs!  These things are so nice to put on "sissy Q" now that she's moving around and it's getting a little cooler.  I know, it's still summer but we live in Minnesota so you have to take it while it's here.

Anyway, in the past, I have made my baby legs using a very simple method of cutting off the feet to knee high socks, folding the cut edge under to make a hem and whip stitching it.  Doesn't take long, but I kept seeing them with the cuff and I knew there was a way to do it if I could just find it.  I hate to admit this, but this whole time, I never googled it...

Until tonight.  I found a pair of cute socks in my pile of procrastinated projects, of course I had forgotten all about them.  I had seen another really cute way to hem the socks and thought I'd try that this time around.  I just couldn't remember where I saw the tutorial, so I googled it and lo and behold, not only did I find the one I was looking for but 3 more that show you how to put cuffs on.  So I ditched the original plan and made them with cuffs.

Some below are all the tutorials I've used to make this cute accessory.

Ruffled edge- this is the method I ditched tonight but still want to make.  Consequently, I have no pictures.

Attaching a cuff- I actually followed 2 pages for this

Wipe with style

One of my favorite things that I've made of all time is the wipes clutch.  When it was new to the baby world, I thought it was the cutest and most clever thing ever.  I figured out how to make it thanks to the help of a friend since they were selling for double digits and have made them for gifts and myself ever since. 

Since I'm not the best when it comes to tutorials, I did go out in search of one to post.  It is complete with a template and everything.  So not only did I provide the tutorial for you (here you go), but I tested it out.  Here's my finished product...

But it is different from how I normally make them and I'm not sure if I like it as much.  So I guess I will tell you how I do it, but this is not an official tutorial, it is best if you read the other page first and then what I say will make more sense.

So the things I do differently:
-First of all, I have used a few different kinds of fabric and have found that home decor fabric is my favorite.  It is more durable and there are cuter patterns, at least where I look.
-I trace the wipes container and use that template for my batting that way I don't have anything to trim anything.  
-I put batting on the top and the bottom of the container.
-The make a second template for my fabric by tracing around the container but making it between 1/4 to 1/2 larger than the other template.  This is so that the fabric will cover the edges.  
Side note: You could just use the template already provided in the tutorial for both the batting and the fabric.  I would just round the corners where the dotted line is and not cut on the fold of the fabric.  Instead cut 2 separate pieces of fabric.
-You glue only the edges of the fabric down exactly like the other tutorial tells you but of course, you continue all the way around since the fabric doesn't connect on the back part.
-When when you put the trim on, you put it all the way around as well- again because the fabric doesn't cover the back.  The picture shows the difference looking at the back.  Sorry about the bottom one.  The trim is coming undone and I haven't fixed it, not to mention the purples are 2 different colors (my bad for not taking a sample with me to the store when I ran out).

And the finished product...

Since purple trim on the above flap is darker than the bottom, I kept this one for myself.

Happy wiping!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Giveaway at CA!

One of my favorite blogs is celebrating their 2 year blogiversary and I am celebrating with them.

Craftaholics Anonymous is having giveaways all week so go check it out.

The first giveaway is for a $35 Gift card to Bella Michele.  Go check out her shop.  She makes custom jewelry.

The second giveaway is for an $85 GC to Blush Envy, a very cute shop that helps you accessorize.

Monday, August 8, 2011

DIY: Cute clothespin Magnets

This is super cheap.  The only thing I had to buy was magnet strips which cost 79 cents at JoAnn and if you don't have clothes pins, they are only $1 or so.

-Patterned Paper
-Magnet strips
-Clothes pins
-Paint brush

Step 1:
 Cut magnet strip to fit pin

Step 2:
 Attach magnet to pin- The ones I got had adhesive, but a glue gun will work too.

Step 3:
Trace pin onto paper and cut out

Step 4: 
Glue paper on to side of pin that doesn't have magnet using glue and brush.  Wait for it to dry and put a coat of glue on top of paper to seal. 


Now that summer is almost over...

I have a shelf in my kitchen that gets changed up with every season and holiday.  Lately, it's been sporting the July decor since I am low on August decor.  Actually there are quite a few months that I have nothing to display so I came up with the idea to make a wood sign the simply states the season we are enjoying.  I finally finished my first one- SUMMER.

I think I will be resourceful and put SPRING on the back of this one.  I have so many things for Winter and Fall that I am putting those off for now.  Now it's time for me to enjoy the rest of summer!

Cookie recipe #1: Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies

My babies will be turning 1 and 2 in November so I thought I'd get started on party planning.  I am planning a Milk and Cookies party so I need to start trying out cookie recipes.  This is my first one and I'm sorry to say it will not be getting an invitation.

The cookies are yummy and I really have to force myself to stop thinking about them so I don't eat them all in one day but they were a little frustrating to put together.  We were fine until assembly.  Hubby and I did it together and we both really struggled with getting the PB filling completely enclosed in the chocolate dough since it was a bit crumbly (maybe our fault and not the recipe) and therefore hard to mold which is exactly what you have to do.  We have a few ugly cookies but overall they turned out fine.

The only reason I won't make them for the party will be to reduce stress.  Maybe another time, Cookie.

And the recipe was found at Pennies on a Platter via Pinterest.

Yield: 2-3 dozen cookies
1½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
½ cup granulated sugar (plus more for dipping)
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter, divided
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
¾ cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375˚F.
Stir together the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the sugar, butter and 1/4 cup of the peanut butter until light and smooth.  Add in the vanilla and egg, beating one at a time to combine.  Gradually stir in the flour mixture.  Set dough aside.
To make the filling, cream together the powdered sugar and remaining 3/4 cup of peanut butter until smooth.
To assemble the cookies, spoon a generous tablespoon of chocolate cookie dough and flatten into a circle with your hands.  Scoop a small amount of peanut butter filling mixture and place in the center of the chocolate dough.  Wrap the chocolate dough around the peanut butter filling, pinching ends together to seal.  Roll the cookie in between hands to smooth into a ball.  Roll into a bowl of sugar and place on the cookie sheet.
Use the bottom of a glass to slightly flatten the cookies.  Bake for 7 to 9 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Let cool on wire rack.

A fun way to keep your carpets clean

This project has been on my list for years or maybe just 1 year but a long time nonetheless.  I finally got to it and I LOVE how it turned out.  Find the tutorial here.
What I did differently:
-Well, I didn't spray paint my handle which I planned on.  I just don't have the paint and didn't want to make a trip.  Hubby liked it this way so I took his advice and left it.  But I might still do it.  I'm thinking brown.
-Also, I didn't have stain.  Another thing I'd have to run to the store for but I did have a distressed ink pad so I just used that.  It turned out just fine that way, I think.

And there you have it!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Magnet boards- not as easy as it seems

My mom got a really cute magnet board for Christmas one year from my sister.  She hangs it in the kitchen and puts pictures of the grandkids on it.  My sister actually made the magnet board at a Super Saturday activity the church put on so when Christmas rolled around one year and I had decided I wanted to start making my gifts, I remembered the magnet board and thought, "it can't be that hard."  Right?  Not for me.

This is my mom's magnet board, or a portion of it at least.  Living so far away, I called and asked my brother to take a photo and send it to me so I could have a reference.  This is what I got.  Helpful.  Anyway, I knew what it looked like but it's so much easier to copy something when you can examine it and turn it in your hands.

I bought some wood that was just the right size so no cutting needed and since I was making 2, I bought one sheet of metal to cut in half.  I borrowed some metal cutting shears, went down to the garage, and stood there staring.  I don't know how long I was down there but nothing got accomplished.  The cutting ended up being done by my hubby who also had no clue but at least the guts to try.  It didn't turn out the way I visualized because the shears did not leave a clean edge.  Oh well.  

Let's just set the metal aside for a moment and focus on the wood.  So, I had no power sander but I didn't need one cuz I had sand paper.  What I didn't have was time.  I wanted a rounded edge.  I settled for a less pointy one.

Metal is cut, wood is sanded and I have also painted.  Now it's time to put the two together.  I don't know where I came up with this idea, but figure I could nail the metal on.  This was also done by the hubby.  Although, it was not such a successful process and we stopped after the first magnet board was done.  

All this happened throughout the summer months before Christmas.  But the boards just sat there, untouched for the fall months, that is until my mom came to visit in the beginning of December.  She really saved the day on this one.  Apparently, my mom has made these before.  Why was I trying to fly solo when I had her knowledge just a phone call away?  We bought some caulk and glued the other metal on to the board.  Piece of cake!  Completed only days before they need to be shipped.  Thank heaven for moms!

And I was so flustered I never took a picture.

I am not going to leave you with THAT as a How To on Magnet Boards though.  Here are some that I found that I think will give you a variety of ideas.  I guess it's not that hard if you don't over think it.

Peas in a Pod came up with a REALLY easy way to make it cute using a cookie sheet.

The Polkadot Chair has a great one that uses bead board for the frame and gives it a country look.

A Little of This, A Little of That covers theirs with fabric and also shows you how to make your magnets.

Yeah, Write puts a border on theirs and hangs it with a ribbon.  Don't overlook the wire baskets.  Genius!

And I must include Little Birdie Secrets because they cover everything on their site, like this magnet board that you put in a frame and you're done.  How easy is that?

Good luck with your magnet board.  Maybe I will make one again, someday.


A couple years ago I was at the library in the non-fiction section (kind of a fun section, I finally learned) and came across a book on How to Crochet.  I decided it was time I learned so I checked it out and stopped by the craft store to pick up the basic supplies, yarn and a hook.  It was amazingly easy once I got the hang of the pictures and the first project the listed was a scarf.  Here it is!

This scarf is the first and last usable thing I've crocheted.  The book was due and I returned it but REALLY liked it so a while later I went back to get it.  Unfortunately, I forgot the name of it and the library had moved locations and I wonder if they also went through the books and revamped the selection because I cannot find that book anywhere for the life of me!  I wish I could because they had a cute hat that matches the scarf.  Anyway, I'm rambling.  I really enjoyed crocheting but I think it's something I'm going to need to pick up a little later in life when I have a lot more time to focus on learning it without having to consult the book every couple of minutes.  Until then, I will enjoy my scarf.