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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

.:Korker Bows:.

I've always wondered how to make these kinds of bows, and my friend and I finally took a stab at it!

To make a corker bow you need:
- ribbon
- wooden dowels (1/4" is best, but I used various sizes)
- clothespins or wire
- wire or elastic
- alligator clips
- hot glue gun
- cookie sheet
- oven

Pre-heat your oven to 275.


To begin, wrap your ribbon around the dowel. For our first go at it, we just used craft wire to secure the ends to the dowel. I've since bought clothespins that I'm going to try next time.

Place your dowels on your cookie sheet.

Bake them for 25 minutes. Remove the ribbon from the oven and allow to cool. Remove the wire/clothespins and pull your ribbon off of the dowel.
Cut your ribbon into pieces. For a bow about 2 1/2" in diameter, cut your pieces about 3" in length. Lay them on your wire/elastic. Pull the wire/elastic together and secure it. Arrange your ribbon how you want it to look. You can pull ribbons if the lengths are not matching up. Hot glue ribbon to cover your alligator clip. Glue your korker bow on to your alligator clip. Stick it on your favorite little girl!

.:Keep 'em coming:.

The giveaways keep rolling in! Check this one out over at Make It and Love It for a gift certificate to a cute shop for vinyl signs and projects!

Monday, June 29, 2009

.:Giveaway:.

This giveaway ends tonite, so this is really late for me to be posting about it! But hopefully all of you evening bloggers will check it out!

I love this monogrammed tote! How perfect is it for the summer?

Be sure to say you heard about it from me when you enter!

.:Go Me!:.

I won a giveaway!

I won this giveaway from Joy's Hope.

What's kind of funny about it is that I won something from her shop on Give Away Today a couple of months ago! Go figure!

Way cute stuff, check her shop out!

.:Giveaway:.

Pink Nothings is hosting a giveaway today for an awesome Bumbo Seat cover! It has little loops on the front that you can attach toys to - genius! Lots of cute fabrics to choose from, so head on over and check it out!

.:Bath Gift:.

I was in Oregon visiting my family back in May, and my mom hosted a baby shower at our house. I thought this was such a cute baby shower gift idea from my mom's good friend, Tiffany. So, of course, I gave it a try!

All you need is a plastic measuring cup and some acrylic paint. This is easily made to be either a boy or a girl gift! Perfect for rinsing those sweet, little babies off in the tub!

Paint your design on the cup. I had to go over my dots multiple times to get them to fill in better. It doesn't look perfect - I don't know how to get it not streaky, but it is still darling!

Spray it with some acrylic finishing spray, and add in some washcloths or like Tiffany did, make some homemade laundry soap (thanks little birdie secrets!) and you have a great gift!

Friday, June 26, 2009

.:Giveaway:.

I am loving the headbands from this shop! She is doing a giveaway on Pink Nothings. Check it out!

PinkNothings

Thursday, June 25, 2009

.:Brown Sugar Body Scrub:.

This idea has been in the back of my mind for awhile now, and I finally tried it today. I got the idea from Our Best Bites.

BROWN SUGAR BODY SCRUB
- 1/4 c brown sugar
- 1/4 c white sugar
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t ground cloves
- 1/2 t ground ginger
- Olive oil (I used a light oil)
- Scented oil (optional - I used cinnamon. The original recipe calls for essential oil, which I've heard can be a tad on the expensive side. I just found a scented oil at Michael's for $2.99. Add my 40% off coupon and that equals CHEAP!)

Mix the dry ingredients together first.

Then add the olive oil until you get the right consistency.

Add a few drops of your scented oil.

I put it in a decorative jar, and added ribbon and a tag. The perfect gift! (Sorry if you are related to me and happen to have a birthday in July - cat's out of the bag!)

For this size of jar, I actually used this recipe times five!

Here is what she said on her site about using the scrub:

For Use: Soap off in the shower so you have clean skin. Stir the sugar scrub and then massage into skin in circular motions for several minutes. I use it from my neck all the way down to my toes. After rinsing, if your skin feels too oily you can use a little bit of soap to wash it off. I personally leave it. By the time I finish my shower it doesn't feel too oily anymore and it adds to the benefits of a sugar scrub. It will trap in the moisture and make your skin so soft and smooth. After you get out of the shower, slather on some lotion and try to keep everyone from touching you!

I made a little tag with a shorter version of those instructions on the back.

.:We have a winner!:.

First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in my first giveaway! I really didn't know what to expect, and I was so happy that so many people decided to enter!

We had 89 entries total. I used the most judicial method I could think of with the way I allowed entries, which was drawing names out of a bowl, and the winner is....

CHELLE from Creative Momma! She has a little girl on the way, so this is perfect for her!

But again, thank you to everyone who entered and referred people and is now following my blog! Be sure to check back again soon. I plan to do another giveaway in the beginning to mid-July! It is tenative, but looks like I may be participating in another giveaway in August with The Dress-Up Drawer, so I'll post more info about that as it comes along!

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

.:Tell Me...:.

I've got a few craft projects that I'm planning to work on in the near future: birthday plate for Reece, fixing my family blocks (no thanks to the painter who broke my 'm'!), some jewelry, and more! I'm even starting to think of some ideas for Reece's birthday, even though it's three months away!

But I want to know, what are YOU working on? Share your ideas!

.:Bow Holder:.

My friend wanted a bow holder for her daughter's room, so she bought the materials and I made it for her! Her daughter's room has purple walls, so we really liked that this paper was mainly white, with purple accents on it. I thought it turned out pretty cute. The fun thing about making these, is that there are so many different ways to make it look so different. Simple and cute!

It would look better if you could see the pictures against a wall, but you will just have to imagine that! :) And sorry about the picture being sideways. I'm having trouble getting my computer to save it rotated!

Monday, June 22, 2009

.:Pretzel Truffles:.

Someone asked me in a comment for my giveaway what I put in the chocolate bowls that I had made. The original blog I saw the idea on used them for a chocolate mousse, which would be delicious! I used them to make gifts to take around to some women in my church, and along with homemade oreos, we made these pretzel truffles to put in them.

Easy, cheap, and delicious! We even served them at my wedding reception. Yum!

What you need:
- 1 bag of pretzels (these need to be twists)
- 1 bag of Rolos
- Pecan halves

Heat your oven to 350.

First you need to unwrap your Rolos. You can do this all at once, or one at a time as you place them on the pretzels.

Lay out your pretzels on a cookie sheet.

Place one un-wrapped Rolo on each of the pretzels.

Place in the oven for 4-5 minutes. The Rolos should not be melted down yet; they should still be mostly retaining their shape.

Press a pecan down on each Rolo.


Let cool and enjoy!

.:Pretty awesome:.

It is crazy how many giveaways are going on right now! This one is amazing!

Head over to Mormon Mommy Blogs and check it out!


.:Yep, it's another giveaway:.

This giveaway is lasting all week long! I haven't seen this site before, but it looks pretty great!

Check out The Vintage Pearl!


.:Giveaway....again!:.

Wow, there are so many giveaways going on right now! But if you are like me, and like to bake, then this one's for you! All you have to do is answer one question....

Cookies or cupcakes? (If you've read my blog, I think you know my answer!)

Check it out!

.:Giveaway:.

I found another giveaway this morning. You can check it out here!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway! My google analytics is crazy right now with how many people have been visiting my site. Come on, enter! :)

Friday, June 19, 2009

.:Red, White, and Black Giveaway:.

Okay, I'll jump on the bandwagon! I'm going to host my first (and maybe last, depending how it goes!) giveaway! Here's what you have a chance to win for you and/or the little girl in your life:

Ladybug Leggings (tights are size 6-18 mo.)


Sweet Gerber Daisy Flower Clip (alligator clip) and Four Snap Clips
Baby Bracelet (Size 6 mo. and up)

Three Homemade Cards (Thank You, Happy Birthday, Just Because)

This could all be yours!
Even if you don't have a little girl of your own, this would be a great gift for a baby shower, niece, or just to hang on to for yourself for the future! So enter anyway!

You have the chance to enter to win four different ways:

1. Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

2. Become a follower of Sumo's Sweet Stuff. Leave me a separate comment letting me know you're a follower.

3. Blog about this giveaway. Leave me a separate comment with the link.

4. Take a lookie lou around my blog and leave me a separate comment telling me your favorite project. (I'll take any suggestions, too!)

Four ways = four separate comments = four entries for you!

For an additional entry and in a separate comment, let me know who referred you here. You and the referring person will each get one additional entry. (Sorry if you made it here on your own!)

~GIVEAWAY ENDS WEDNESDAY JUNE 24th AT 11:59 P.M. MOUNTAIN TIME ~

I will announce the winner Thursday, June 25th!

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

.:Leggings Galore:.

My friend Natalie asked me to make some more leggings for her daughter. We picked up six pairs of tights the other day, and I got to work! I thought she picked some fun color combinations. I also made a pair for my friend's daughter because they are moving this weekend. They are so cute!







.:Giveaway:.

It must be giveaway season!

I came across this blog from another blog I follow. Go here to enter!