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Friday, July 31, 2009

.:I did it:.

After toying around with opening an etsy shop for a month or two now, I have finally opened one! I'm still in the process of listing everything in my shop, but I've got a good start.

Spread the word!

Visit my shop at:

http://sumossweetstuff.etsy.com

Thursday, July 30, 2009

.:Personalized Bib:.

Today I did another project in preparation for Reece's birthday. I absolutely LOVED these bibs and party hats from golden, but definitely cannot afford to pay that much. So I decided to create my own.

WHAT YOU NEED:
- Bib
- Fabric
- Thread/floss
- Needle
- Scissors
- Cutout

The first thing I did was draw a number one (for Reece's first birthday) on a piece of paper. You could just draw directly on the fabric if you wanted, but I think that would be messier. Cut it out and pin it to your fabric. You could easily do an initial or any number for whatever birthday!

Cut out the number on the fabric.

Pin your fabric number to your bib. You could have fun with bibs - get a fun patterned one, and do a solid colored number/letter, or just get a plain colored one and have a fun patterned fabric. I was going with cheap, so I used an old I Love Daddy bib that we already have and just covered up the writing with the cut out number.

Thread your needle.

Tie a knot at the end, and start stitching around the edges, removing the pins as you go.

When you are done, knot it again - I tied together my thread end with the knotted end that was my starting point.

Done! I think it will look pretty cute with Reece's tutu!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

.:No sew tutu:.

So you may remember the post I made about Reece's birthday. I've started working on a few of the things that I need to make for it! Yesterday I made her tutu! I have to say, it turned out SO CUTE! She looks cute in it now, but it will look even cuter when she is a couple months older and maybe even walking! Super easy to make, and involves no sewing! Great news for people like me! My sister sent me this youtube video which was super helpful!

WHAT YOU NEED:
- ribbon (I used 2 yards of 1 1/2 inch satin ribbon)
- 4 yards of tuelle (I got 1 1/2 yards of three different colors - yes, I realize this equals more than four!)
- scissors
- ruler

First, start with one of your colors of tuelle. Put the folded end towards you.

Roll the tuelle up, making sure there are no wrinkles in it.

Use your ruler to help you cut the tuelle into three inch pieces. It doesn't need to be exact, but it should be close!

Un-roll the tuelle and cut the fold. This is for shorter tutus. If you want a longer one, you don't need to cut the fold.

Lay out your ribbon. I measured 20 inches in the middle of the ribbon and tied two knots.

Take your strips of tuelle. Fold it in half, putting it under the ribbon. Bring the two loose ends and pull them through the loop.

Pull it tight and push it towards the knot.

I did each color four strips at a time.

Continue around until you reach the other knot.

A-dorable!

.:Giveaway:.

Mommy Mormon Blog is having a giveaway valued at over $1,000! Check it out! (And no, you don't have to be mormon to enter!)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

.:Monogram Chick Giveaway:.

Monogram Chick is hosting a giveaway! All of her stuff is darling! When you enter, be sure to let her know that I sent you!

.:Fabric covered hangers:.

A friend of mine from my neighborhood and church taught our youth group gals how to make these last week for a baby gift. She gave me some when I had Reece, and I thought they were cute! So simple and so cute! Perfect kind of craft, right?

WHAT YOU NEED:
- fabric
- hangers
- hot glue gun

Start off by cutting your fabric into strips.

Put a dot of glue on the very tip of the hanger. Wrap the end of a fabric strip around it.

Continue wrapping the fabric around the hanger. When a strip runs out, hot glue it on, hot glue the start of another one, and carry on!

You can end it however you want. I wrapped the strip around, and then pulled the end through the loop. Looks cute and doesn't require a hot glued end. But if you prefer a hot glued end, go for it!

Friday, July 24, 2009

.:Spin on Chocolate Coated Cupcakes:.

I made these chocolate coated cupcakes awhile back (the original idea was from i*heart*cuppycakes) and have done a couple of different spins on them (strawberry frosting and mint frosting). I was making some for my father in law's birthday party, and decided to try something different again.

I still did the strawberry frosting, dipped in chocolate. But this time, I also did chocolate frosting, dipped in white chocolate. I LOVE white chocolate, so I thought it was pretty tasty!

Make your cupcakes as usual.

I had planned on making homemade frosting, but there just wasn't enough time that day, so canned it was! I used my trusty Ziplock bag to frost the cupcakes swirly. (Someday I'll have real frosting tips!) You can see my strawberry frosting was not holding up very well. Not real sure why....

Put the cupcakes in the fridge to allow the frosting to harden.

When the frosting is hardened, melt your chocolate in the microwave, 30 second intervals at a time, stirring after each interval. When the chocolate is melted, dip your cupcakes.

and return them to the fridge to allow the shell to harden.

Eat up!
(Yes, I realize I put my cupcakes on a dip platter, but it was the only platter I had that was big enough to put them on.)

Mine didn't turn out as pretty this time as they have in the past, but they were still equally delicious.

You could have lots of fun with different cake and coating flavors!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

.:Vinyl Wood Board:.

I'm certain most people know how to do this already, but it's a project I worked on recently so I'm going to post it! These were originally supposed to be made at Girl's Camp (a church camp for young women ages 12-17 in my church) but I wasn't up there long enough to get it done.

What you need:
- Wood board
- Vinyl cut out (if you don't have a Cricuit or know someone who does, there are many places online that sell vinyl lettering, and here in Utah, we have local stores that have pre-made lettering as well)
- Stain/paint/finish (optional)
- Modge Podge
- Scrapbook paper (optional)

My board had already been stained black, but if you are starting with a raw piece of wood, you can paint it or stain it whatever color you want. Be sure to let it dry before you move on!

I chose to put some scrapbook paper as a background for my vinyl - my stain was black and my lettering was black, so it wasn't really an option not to. If you just paint your board a lighter color, you could easily just leave it plain. I modge podge the scrapbook paper on to the board after I had cut it out.

Stick your vinyl on your board. I used my pampered chef pan scraper to go over mine, but you can also use popsicle sticks, paint brush handles, etc.

Carefully peel back your paper to leave the vinyl on your board.

Some people like to add an additional layer of Modge Podge over the top. I don't usually do this - personal preference!

Display and enjoy!
This is a great way to personalize a child's room with a first name, or a family room with the family's last name. You can also put any saying or quote that you like or have as a family motto. So many ways to enjoy this easy project!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

.:New Look:.

Like my new blog look???

I recently found out that the gal who runs Leelou Blogs is from my hometown in Oregon! I grew up going to church camp with her older sister, and she is my younger sister's age. She offered to help me out and I couldn't be happier with how my blog looks now!

So a HUGE thank you to Leelou blogs! I absolutely love it!

.:New clippies:.

My sister is due to have a little girl next month, so we spent some time making some clippies while we were on vacation. Here are my latest creations.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

.:New Frames:.

While I was in Oregon last week, all of the gals decided to make some frames. I ended up making two. The black one I'll keep for our house. For the pink and green one, I am going to make a coordinating frame, and either give them away for a gift (it would look darling in a baby's room!) or maybe keep them for a future giveaway. Such a fun, easy gift!

Monday, July 20, 2009

.:Giveaway Winner:.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! I love doing this, and hope to continue with them in the future.

Using random.org, the winner is....

KELSEY!!!!!

I'll be emailing you to get your mailing info!

Thanks again everyone! Keep checking back for more giveaways and fun crafts!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

.:Tagged!:.

I got tagged by Pink Nothings to get this little award. I love her blog, and her wordless Wednesdays! I had no idea she was reading mine! So here's the lowdown...


You have to tell your readers ten things about you they may not know, but that are true. Then you have to tag ten people with the award. Finally, let all the people you've given the award know they've gotten it (comment on their blogs or something). Don't forget to link back to the person who awarded you.


1. I am totally copying Pink Nothings on this one, but it is true! My husband and I just started our family this past year and have a beautiful 9 1/2 month old daughter. Like Pink Nothings, I could from a large family (1st of 5 kids!) and hope to have four of my own one day. I'm currently bugging the hubby for number two!

2. When I was in high school, I played soccer, basketball, and ran track. You'd never know from looking at me now that I used to be so in shape. :) I really miss playing soccer. A lot.

3. I'm thinking of opening up an Etsy shop. I feel intimidated because the market is HUGE for baby girl stuff, and I'm not really sure that people would buy what I have to offer. But I guess, might as well take the risk. The worst thing that could happen is that either my daughter ends up with a bunch of extra accessories or I end up with lots of pre-made future gifts! (What do you guys think???)

4. I am very musical. Growing up, our family jokingly called ourselves the VonTraps. (Sound of Music if you missed the reference!) Playing piano is one of the few things that I will ever say that I am good at. And I am good at it.

5. I taught first grade for six years. I never thought I wanted to teach anything lower than third grade, but was assigned first grade right out of college. I firmly believe it is the best grade to teach, and if I ever go back, would never teach anything else. Being a teacher was one of the most rewarding, selfless things I've ever done in my life. (Besides being a mother!)

6. I LOVE being pregnant. I loved every minute of it! If my body wasn't so jacked (that's a whole 'nother story) then I would seriously consider being a surrogate mother in the future.

7. Cats are my favorite animal. I had my cat for about 16 years until July of last year when we had to put her to sleep. She was the best cat ever.

8. I love the smell of Scotch tape and lipstick. Weird, I know.

9. I ruffle my pillowcase and sheet edges with my fingers. My family has made fun of it for years. My husband makes fun of it. But I can't seem to stop. Just one of those weird quirks I have!

10. I've recently developed a love of cooking and baking. I think no one was more surprised than my mom!

Now, on to the passing of the award. It goes to....

Creative Momma
Noob Mommy
her hobby
Making the World Cuter
Simona Walters
Make It and Love It
Make and Takes
I *heart* cuppycakes

Okay, so that is not quite ten, but it's going to have to do!

.:Giveaway:.

Chelle over at Creative Momma is hosting a great giveaway for Spooneez! These sound like a great idea! Check it out!

Friday, July 17, 2009

.:Don't Forget:.

Don't forget to enter my Pretty in Pink Giveaway! It ends on Sunday at 11:59 p.m.! I will be announcing the winner on Monday morning!

Monday, July 13, 2009

.:Vacation:.

I am on vacation up in Oregon for this entire week, so I won't be posting much! I am sitting on a couple of blog awards I've gotten recently, and hope to reciprocate them back out sometime next week. Thank you to everyone who has thought of me. I feel so honored!

Also, don't forget to enter my Pretty in Pink giveaway! It ends this Sunday, so you still have time! Spread the word!

Happy Monday!

.:Yeah!:.

I won another giveaway! I am so excited for this! I won this darling party hat at Emma Lee's Boutique. It is going to be SO PERFECT for Reece's first birthday coming up in September!

Thanks Derinda!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

.:Beauty Giveaway:.

I love reading NYC H.I.T. She is hilarious, and always has some funny story to share. She is doing a beauty giveaway on her blog! Check it out!

PS - Don't forget to enter my Pretty in Pink Giveaway!

.:S'mores Cupcakes:.

I have seen many variations of this floating around on the internet, so I decided to throw my own in the pot! My good friend just had a baby this week, so I figured I would try them out to take to her and her family. (They got rave reviews in case you are interested!) Kind of a fun take on a summer classic!

INGREDIENTS
- brownie mix
- large marshmallows
- vegetable oil
- eggs
- cupcake liners (optional, I hate cleaning out a muffin tin though!)
- marshmallow cream
- graham crackers
- butter
- sugar
- 1 large Hershey bar (optional, I used it for a garnish)

Crush up your graham crackers. I double bagged mine in Ziplocks, and just crushed them with my hands. It didn't take long, but a meat tenderizer would work well, too! I used one whole sleeve of crackers.

Put them in a bowl and add butter. I just eye balled this one - you'll know when it's enough. Microwave and add until all of the graham cracker crumbs are evenly coated.

Sprinkle sugar into graham mix.

Mix brownie mix as directed on the box.

Line your muffin tin with cupcake liners. Put about a tablespoon of graham crumb mix in each liner.
Real bakers probably use a shot glass to smoosh it down in there. I improvised and used the lid to one of Reece's bottle!

Add one large marshmallow to each cupcake liner.

Pour brownie mix over the top.

Bake for 15-16 minutes at 350.

Let cupcakes cool before frosting. I put my marshmallow cream in a Ziplock and cut off the tip to frost. It actually didn't end up mattering and looking pretty because my house was too warm and the pretty swirl just melted into a blob.

Sprinkle graham crumb mix on top.

Garnish with one piece of Hershey bar.

Eat and enjoy!

I also saw online one recipe where, after frosting with the marshmallow cream, the cupcakes were put in the oven on broil to brown the marshmallow frosting - just like a real S'mores! Probably pretty tasty!