June 22, 2008


I thought this would be a good idea and wanted to share. I realized the other day that since I started blogging, I don't write in my journal very often. So I've gone through every single post on my blog and copied/pasted to Microsoft Word. I am going to print out each post and put them into a binder to serve as a journal and will continue to add to it as long as we keep our blog. Of course you can't put everything on a blog that you would write in a journal, so when I have something to write thats a little personal I'll just go into Microsoft Word and add to it that way.

June 19, 2008

3 Questions

1. How do you get rid of discoloration spots on your face?
2. Does anyone have any ideas for crafts/projects using baby food jars?
3. Does anyone need cardboard for any projects? I have a ton and hate to through it away.

June 12, 2008

Mod Podge Serving Plates

This is a fun and simple project and makes a great gift idea. I bought the clear glass plates at Wal-Mart. I think it came in a box of 8 or 12.

Spread Mod Podge underneath bottom of the plate
Place desired fabric over Mod Podge and smooth out, working out bubbles as you go
When it is fairly dry cut the fabric at the edge of the plate (another option is cutting the fabric prior to Mod Podging it, but make sure you get the measurement exactly right before cutting)
Spread more Mod Podge over the fabric and allow it to dry completely

You CANNOT wash these plates in the dishwasher. In fact you don't want to get the back wet if you can help it. They are for serving only. You can make one for every holiday and/or occassion. The one pictured below is a Spring plate. It was my first one, so not exaclty perfect.

Father's Day Cards

These are the Father's Day cards I made with my friend, Mindy's, help and ideas. They're so fun to make and fairly easy. Check out Split Coast Stampers for more cardmaking ideas. All of these cards are made with scrapbooking paper and ribbon.

June 11, 2008

Homemade Burp Cloths

- Make sure you PREWASH ALL FLANNEL!
- Cut pieces 21 inches, by 31 inches.
- Iron over 1/4 inch on one of the short sides to make the outside finished edge.
- From the other side, measure 9 inches and fold on the line, then fold the finished edge over, overlapping the middle to make a rectangle roughly 21 X 13 inches.
- Top stitch up the finished edge about 1/8 inches in.
- Using the inside edge as a guide, top stitch up the edge of it to hold it in place. You will be able to feel the inside edge, I feel it and line it up with a mark on my sewing machine...This will give the look of thirds. Which is how I fold them.
- To finish the raw edges, cut the ends off so they are even. Then, if you have a surger, use it! If you have a surger stitch on your machine, use that, otherwise use a zigzag stitch barely overlapping the edge.

Firehouse BBQ Grilled Chicken

*From Picky Palate

I'm not going to put a ton of recipes on here, but I made this for dinner last night and it was AMAZING! I served it with Picky Palates roasted garlic parmesean potatoes and roasted vegetables.

6 thawed boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
¾ Cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
4 Tablespoons melted butter
2 Tablespoons Worstershire sauce

Place all ingredients in a large ziplock bag and marinate for at least an hour.
Preheat stovetop grill pan (this is what I used) or outdoor grill over medium heat.
Grill chicken for 5-6 minutes each side or until chicken is cooked through.

Tag Toy

If your babies are anything like mine then they love tags even more than they love the toys that they're attached to. All this is is ribbon folded over and sewn in between 2 pieces of fabric, similar to tags on a toy. My little girl loves it. And I love it cause I can throw it in the wash after a few slobber sessions.
To add a little more fun to this toy, add crinkle material to the center.

Mod Podge Decorative Blocks

Another easy, fun craft. All you need is:
Mod Podge
Scrapbook paper
Precut letters
Wooden blocks cut to fit your letters (these ones are 4" tall and 3" wide if I remember correctly)

1. Paint your blocks whatever color you desire
2. Mod podge the scrapbook paper onto the blocks leaving about 1/4 of an inch border around the paper
3. Mod podge the letters onto your paper and there you have it. (you can also mod podge or glue the letters onto the paper before putting it on the blocks if you want)
You can do these for just about any holiday or season and they make great gifts!

Quick Lampshade Makeover

This was really simple. I bought the lampshade at Wal Mart. I glued pieces of fabric to it and then cut them to fit. If you don't want the frayed edges then you can precut your fabric to be just a little bit too big and fold the edges under. I recommend ironing your fabric first so that you don't get any unwanted creases. I used fabric glue.

Homemade Sweet Potato Baby Food

This was really easy and didn't take much time at all. I got this off of one of my favorite websites Wholesome Baby Food.

1. Wash and poke holes in sweet potato with fork then wrap sweet potatoes in tin foil - do not peel for baking/microwaving.
2. Place in a 400 degree oven and bake for 30-60 minutes or until soft
3. Remove skins by slitting the sweet potato lengthwise when cooled then scoop out the "meat".
4. At this point you can either use a blender or a food processor to puree the "meat". I don't recommend adding water to puree it because it may seperate when you freeze it.
5. Place pureed food into ice cube tray. Each cube makes approx. 1 oz.
(I baked 2 sweet potatoes and got 16 oz.)

Mog Podge Decorative Letters

This was really easy to do. I just picked out some scrapbook paper and mod podged it onto some precut letters I found at Hobby Lobby for $1.99. Then brushed more mod podge over the top of the paper gradually working out the bubbles while it dries. The paper was $.40 and the brushed nickel '&' sign was $5. Total cost- somewhere around $8.

June 10, 2008

Not Sure What Happened

I'm not exactly sure what happened to the blog. I tried to put a new background on ( I know, I should give it a rest) but the next time I tried to log on it said the blog had been removed. So I'll try to get stuff back up. If you have a specific request let me know and I'll get it on here ASAP. Sorry, I won't mess with the layout stuff anymore.