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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

.:New clippies:.

Here are a few new clippies that I made today.


.:Tin:.

My friend Natalie gave me this awesome, yet so simple, idea. We both have baby girls, and we both travel fairly requently to visit our families who are out of state. She wanted something to put her little girl's bows and clips in that wouldn't smash them.

We got the little tins at Robert's. (30% off this week!) We also found some fun bling stickers.


You could do a lot more with this than we did: modge podge scrapbook paper on, ribbon, embellishments, etc. We didn't because we figured that was just asking to be ruined with the traveling and being in a suitcase!

These would make a great gift idea: you could personalize it with a child's name and put in crayons/art supplies, personalize it for a little girl and put in some hair clips, etc. So fun!

.:Grasshopper Cupcakes:.

I got this idea from this blog. I decided to see what I could whip up using things that I already had at home. Mint and chocolate is always a safe, tasty combination, so I decided to use Grasshopper cookies instead of Oreos.



I lined my muffin tin (almost - I was short one, dang!) and placed one grasshopper cookie in the bottom of each.

Then I mixed up my boxed brownie mix. (I don't usually do stuff from scratch - maybe one day!)

Spoon your brownie mix into the muffin tins.

Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes.

I only had rainbow chip vanilla frosting in my pantry, so that's what I used! I added a little bit of peppermint extract to the frosting to give some more mint flavor.

Frost the cupcakes and enjoy!

I'm not sure when I'll get time to try this out, but I love the idea and hope to try it soon! How fun!

.:Just Our Style:.

My good friend Sarah just opened up an Etsy shop with some of her friends. Check it out!

www.JustOurStyle.etsy.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

.:More Leggings:.

My car has been in the shop since Friday, so I haven't been able to get out to the store to buy any new supplies for a few crafts I have been wanting to work on. So, I just worked with what I had here at home. Here are my two latest pairs of leggings. I just love them!



Friday, May 22, 2009

.:Giveaway:.

Go here for a fun giveaway. She makes the cutest clips! (I seriously need a birdie one - they are my obsession right now!)

http://emmaleesboutique.blogspot.com/2009/05/june-whats-for-dinner-giveaway-25-gift.html

.:Crochet flower leggings:.

My niece's birthday is coming up in June, and I found adorable leggings online. They were made out of tights and crocheted flowers. They were pretty cheap, but I still figured why not make my own instead of paying someone else to do it! My friend's daughter is turning one, so I decided to make some for her. (Sorry Natalie, if you're reading this - act surprised!)

First, you need to know how to crochet a flower. I only know a few basic crocheting stitches, so I looked around online and found this great video tutorial.

I crocheted two multi colored flowers, using cream and pink. Then I bought some tights at Wal-Mart. I cut the feet off, and then used a needle and thread to attach the flowers to the leggings. I also made a matching crochet flower clip to go with the leggings. (You can see a picture of it with these other clips here.)

They are super cute, and super easy! Of course, I had to try them on Reece (don't worry Nat, she was clean!) You can't see them too well - it would have been more helpful if Reece could stand on her own, but you get the idea. Think how cute under a jean skirt or a tunic dress!


.:Multi Colored Cupcakes:.

This is another idea I stole from a cooking blog. I thought it was so cute, and what an easy way to spruce up your cupcakes!

INGREDIENTS:
- cake mix
- oil
- eggs
- frosting
- food coloring (did you know there is neon food coloring now? That's what I used!)
- cupcake liners (optional)
- sprinkles (optional)



Make the cake mix as directed on the box. Divde the batter into four bowls (or however many colors you want!)

Mix food coloring into cake batter.

Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan. Layer batter, alternating colors.

Bake cupcakes as directed on the box.

Let cool. While cupcakes are cooling, split up your frosting into four bowls. Mix in food coloring.

Frost your cupcakes. Put some sprinkles on if you want, and enjoy!

.:Wood Frames:.

My friend Sarah did this craft at her card club, and then brought it to our craft group. Talk about cheap, simple, and darling! They make a great gift - I made them for my mom and mother in law for Mother's Day, and was having so much fun that I decided to make them for my sisters and sister in laws!

All you need is a wooden frame (these ones are from Michael's for $1 each!), modge podge, scissors, scrapbook paper, and whatever embellishments you want! I've used scrapbook paper, ribbon, Cuttlebug die cuts, rhinestones, and flowers. Get creative!

- First, brush off any sawdust off of your frame.
- I painted the sides of my frame, and the inside of the part that frames the picture. This is totally optional!
- Trace your frame and frame cutout on scrapbook paper.
- Cut it out.
- Modge podge it onto the frame.
- I like to use my Pampered Chef pan scrapers to help get the bubbles out of the paper!
- Sand the edges. This is optional, too! I just like the way it looks better!
- Add whatever embellishments you want!
- Give it away, keep it - enjoy it!








.:More Baby Girl Stuff:.

Here are a few of my more recent creations.





It always helps when you have a cute model!

.:Cadbury Creme Cookies:.

I LOVE Cadbury Creme Eggs, so I was beside myself when I found this recipe online. So simple, and so tasty!

.:Cadbury Creme Cookies:.

- I box of cake mix (I used Devil's food cake)
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. oil
- mini Cadbury Creme Eggs
- 1/2 bag mini chocolate chips



* Mix together cake mix, eggs, chips, and oil. This is a cake mix cookie recipe.

* Drop spoonfuls on cookie sheet.
* Press unwrapped mini Cadbury Egg into dough.

* Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes


My creme eggs exploded a little on some of my cookies, all over the cookie sheet. Maybe I didn't have very good spoonfuls?

If you don't like the mini cream eggs, you could really put anything else in there that you want! I saw another recipe online that crushed up the mini Cadbury eggs (not the cream ones) and put those in a cookie. Also, I was thinking that peanut butter chips would be pretty tasty. Because chocolate + peanut butter = celestial.

They were so tasty, and we ended up giving some away to some of our friends so that we didn't end up eating them all by ourselves!

.:Chocolate Coated Cupcakes:.

I found this idea on a cupcake blog, and decided to try it. The blog I got it off of made everything from scratch. I do not have the patience for this, especially when you can just buy a cake mix and a can of frosting! :) I'm not necessarily lazy, just cheap.

The ingredients: Devil's food cake mix, eggs, oil, strawberry frosting, chocolate chips for the coating
Put cupcake liners in your cupcake tin, and fill 2/3 full with the cake batter.
Bake!
My friend Sarah gave me this tip for frosting when you don't have the real frosting bags/tools. Just cut the end off a Ziplock! (I'm sure everyone in the world knew that but me.)
Frost the cupcakes once they are cooled. I put them on a cookie sheet and put them in the fridge so that the frosting would harden.
Melt your chocolate chips in the microwave, and dip the frosting part of the cupcakes in it.
The finished product:
This is what they look like, cut in half.
VERDICT: They were delicious!

I made another batch after this initial batch, and instead of using strawberry frosting, I got plain vanilla frosting and added peppermint extract to it (and green food coloring of course!) The result: Mint chocolate cupcakes! Delicious!

.:Homemade Thin Mints:.

I've seen a few different recipes floating around online for Girl Scout cookies. When I found this easy recipe for Thin Mints, I had to try it. Don't be thrown off by the Ritz crackers. They really are so tasty!

THIN MINTS

Ritz crackers
1/2 package dark chocolate chips
1/2 package milk chocolate chips
peppermint extract (not mint, you want the peppermint)

- Melt chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave. Start at two minutes, then stir, then microwave for 30 second intervals with stirring in between, until smooth
- Add peppermint extract - about 1-2 teaspoons
- Dip your crackers in the chocolate
- Lay each cracker on wax paper to dry
- Let cool and enjoy

Yields about two dozen cookies


.:Baby Girl Stuff:.

I have an eight month old daughter. Ever since she was born, I've enjoyed creating bows and bracelets for her. You can tell from the first picture how out of control I am! They are so easy to make, and it is fun to have unique bows and clips to put in her headbands. I also love that I can make something to match pretty much any outfit she has!

I get most of my supplies at Robert's and Michaels (except the alligator clips - I haven't been able to find those anywhere except for Sally's.) I use ribbon, scrapbook flowers, rhinestones, gems, buttons, fabric covered brads - there are so many fun things you could use!

Enjoy the pictures, and hopefully you'll get some ideas for your own bows and bracelets!

(Don't mind the sideways view - I didn't rotate the picture!)