Christmas Tray

So, while I was flipping through Pinterest the other day I saw the cutest thing ever.  This christmas cookie tray made out of peppermints.  I have had a few pinterest fails but I thought this one looked so easy surely I could do it. 



Parchment/Wax Paper

I went to CVS and finally found peppermints after sending the husband to Wal-Mart and Aldi.

Pre-heated the oven to 300 and unwrapped and arranged the mints on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper

Popped the sucker in the oven for about 8-10 mintues and here is what came out

I know mine looks a little quirky but hey it fits my personality for sure.  I am going to try another one tonight but put in a cake pan so maybe it will come out all uniformed.  The hardest party is peeling the parchment paper off the back.  This will look so cute with green peppermints and with brownies or cookies on it 🙂


Bridal Shower Gift under $25

So I was invited Tuesday to a bridal shower that is Saturday and I didnt have a lot of time or money to spend on a gift. I was scrolling through pinterest and found a wonderful bridal “cake” here is the original link.  I followed her directions but added a few more little gifts to mine and used an old cake box instead of ceral boxes.  This was so fun and easy!

I got all the stuff at wal-mart and it was so so easy.  If you make one send me a pic and I will add it

Jazz Up Your Photo

One of the things I like to do is take photos.  I wouldn’t say I am great at it.  I get by, more importantly I love it!

I like to display my photos and have found a wonderful way to jazz them up.  I experimented with some photos for work.

I mounted them on canvas then brushed some modge podge (I used gloss) over them to give them some texture and to protect the photo.  Wow! They turned out beautiful!

Please don’t critique the photos, like I said they are for work.  The content is work related.  Look at the texture of the photos and how lovely they turned out.

I picked up the canvas at Michael’s, on sale no less.  The photos I had processed at my local Walgreens.  I had 8×10’s and 11×14’s made.

canvas waiting on photo

canvas waiting on photo

Put Modge Podge on both the canvas and back of the photo.  Putting it on the back of the photo makes it easier to move it once you’ve stuck it to the canvas.  Adjust the photo as necessary to get it on the canvas.  Then apply one or two layers of Modge Podge to the front of the photo.

I applied the Modge Podge on some of them in straight lines, some of them in small circles, some in a cross hatch.  I got creative.  Do whatever makes you happy it is your project!

By the way since this project takes so much Modge Podge I used matte Modge Podge on the canvas and back of photo.  I used gloss on the front of the photo.

Modge Podge in straight lines

Modge Podge in straight lines

Modge Podge in cirlces

Modge Podge in cirlces

Look at the texture on this one

Look at the texture on this one

More texture

More texture

Here's a dry one

Here’s a dry(ish) one

Quick Hand Made Gift for Less Than 5 Bucks!

I wanted to add something to a gift I made. I grabbed a wood letter from Michael’s.  I got one that was already painted black.  I didn’t have time to wait for paint to dry.  I picked up some foam stickers.  They were glittered flowers in hot pink.

I already had some black glitter on hand from a shoe repair I did a few months ago.  I used Modge Podge to adhere the glitter to the letter.  I put some modge podge on a plastic bag and poured some glitter on it and mixed it up.  I  used a foam brush to put it on the letter.  Using the bag made clean up easy.  Just fold it so the goop is in the middle and throw it away.

I added the stickers. PRESTO! Hand made gift for less than 5 bucks!

Today's letter is N

Today’s letter is N

after added glittered modge podge

after added glittered modge podge

I added more stickers

I added more stickers

I added more stickers to it.  Under it is the rest of the gift.  A quilt and pillow case I made.  See the post about that!  The quilt and pillow case were completed in under 7 hours and the glittered letter only took about 15 minutes, if you don’t count dry time.

QuiltCon Block Challenge – Modern Cathedral

Somewhere between the Southern Baptists traditions I was raised with and what I believe now.

I have been dreaming of slicing into the fabric bundle that we got from Fort Worth Fabric Studio and MadTosh for a few weeks!  I FINALLY decided on putting a modern twist on a traditional block and this is the result.  I like to think it is somewhere between the Southern Baptist tradition I grew up with and the views I have today.

This is the first Cathedral Window block that I have ever attempted.  It used an enormous amount of fabric, but I really think that keeping with tradition was important.  I used the pattern found in 99 Modern Blocks.  I spent a lot of time at the ironing board hanging out with my girl Mary Ellen’s Best Press.  When I set down to actually sew it was magical to pull back the edges and create the windows.  I was so excited about the result that I actually had to stop and take a break so I wouldn’t make a “happy” mistake! (Maybe I am the only one that has to do this. If I don’t stop then I make mistakes and end up using the seam ripper more than the sewing machine.) I hope that I can actually give this up to the Quilt Con instead of keeping it for myself.


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***I have some fabric left and plan on slicing it for another block.  Keep checking back for more blocks!***

Puppy Themed Birthday Party

My niece wanted a puppy and kitty themed birthday party for her 6th birthday.  My sister asked us if we wanted to put it together… Um, yes, of course we wanted to.  An outlet for our creativity.  Heck yeah, sign us up!

We made puppy balloons.  Well actually we let my older niece draw the faces on the balloons because Aunt Michelle has a latex allergy and she really did want to help.  Thank you to my boyfriend for filling them with helium and thank you to my mom for putting the ears on them.

Alyssa's balloon

Alyssa’s balloon

puppy balloons

puppy balloons

We let my dog walk all over the cup cakes:

puppy print cup cakes

puppy print cup cakes (chocolate chips & kisses)

Thanks to Misty’s creativity, we gave the kids fruit to snack puppy style:

Puppy fruit

Puppy fruit

And check out the table runner Amanda made.  It has chalkboard cloth on the sides for the kids to write a note to the birthday girl (removable so you can toss the runner in the wash.  The chalkboard cloth gets a quick wipe and it is all clean)  Here is another pic of it:

Table Runner with chalkboard cloth

Table Runner with chalkboard cloth

We had a piñata so the kiddos could work out their little kid frustrations:

Pinata time

Piñata time

Not only did Elisa bring hula hoops to entertain the kids, she also brought some beautiful flower arrangements:

Birthday Flower Arrangements

Birthday Flower Arrangements

We had trouble finding kitten decorations that weren’t hello kitty.  We ended up getting kitten stickers and kitten party favors.  We found most of the decorations and party favors at our local Party Warehouse.

It was a success.  The birthday girl was happy and so was her mother!

Hair Bow Holder

So because we live in Texas, all little girls from an early age wear BIG bows.  My sister in law is having a little girl in a few weeks and when I was over there I noticed that she already had a bow collection going so I decided to make her a bow holder.  I searched online and found this tutorial:

I followed this tutorial, except the only thing different is I found plastic loops instead of the wooden ones so I didn’t even have to paint them. This craft was easy, cheap, and fun.  If you do this please send me a pic so I can add it to my blog.


Here is the hairbow holder that Michelle made for her niece!!