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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Frozen Hot Chocolate:.

Go here for the Cap Creations giveaway

(One of my sponsors - Whimsy Couture - is having a special from July 2nd-July 4th. But two get two free! Buy two patterns and mention two of equal or lesser value at checkout.You don't want to pass this up!)

I can't remember if I've shared this recipe here or not, but even if I have, it's worth sharing again. This is a perfect frozen treat for the summertime! It's become a classic with my family!

INGREDIENTS
6 oz. chocolate bar
2 t. hot chocolate mix
1 1/2 T. sugar
1 1/2 c. milk

* Melt chocolate bar
* Stir in the hot chocolate mix and sugar
* Add 1/2 c. milk
* Put mixture in blender and add the remaining 1 c. of milk
* Blend with 3 c. ice
* Top with whipped cream and chocolate bar shavings (or if you're like me, only chocolate bar shavings - whipped cream, blech!)

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Three Tiered Shirts:.

Go here for the Cap Creations giveaway.

(One of my sponsors - Whimsy Couture - is having a special from July 2nd-July 4th. But two get two free! Buy two patterns and mention two of equal or lesser value at checkout.You don't want to pass this up!)

I am loving these shirts! They are really simple to put together, and the end result is fantastic! I'm always on the lookout for cheap shirts and tanks now! I also love them because they don't require a ton of fabric, and you get a totally unique look!


What you need:

- fabric
- shirt/tank
- sewing machine/accessoriees


You'll want to start off by cutting your fabric into strips. You'll have to figure out the length of your shirt depending on what size you are doing it for. I cut mine in increasingly larger sizes: 3", 4", and 5".


Cut your shirt. I usually go about an inch to an inch and a half below the arm hole.


Take your strips, put the ends together with right sides facing in. Sew a 1/4" seam.


I don't have a serger, but I always zig zag stitch my edges so that they don't fray as much.


Take your top strip and do a gathering stitch along one edge. Pull the thread to ruffle it.


Pin it to your shirt, ride sides facing.


Sew 1/4" seam.


Top stitch it.


Pin your second strip to your first strip, right sides facing.


Sew 1/4" seam.


Top stitch it.


Bet you can't guess what we're going to do next!

Pin your third strip to your second strip, right sides facing.


Sew 1/4" seam.

Top stitch it.


I didn't take a picture of this, but somewhere along the line you'll want to hem up the bottom of your third strip.

Done!


Another way you can do it is to sew all of your strips together before attaching them to the shirt.


Then ruffle your tube of strips and sew it to the shirt.


I didn't really prefer one way or the other!




I link to these parties.

Monday, June 28, 2010

.:CSN Stores:.

Yeah! CSN Stores contacted me about becoming a Preferred Blogger! Last time, we did a giveaway, but this time I get to be the lucky one doing a review of one of their products!

CSN has over 200 websites where you can find just about anything from shoes to bedding to dining room sets to cribs. What a variety!

Here's a little sampling of what CSN Stores has to offer:

I'm still in love with this bedding set!


Someday I'll have a nice dining room set like this one.


I think Reece would have so much fun with this!


You would be one stylish mama with this diaper bag.


So what will I choose to review?

You'll just have to wait and see.....

.:Cap Creations Giveaway:.


I'm so excited for this giveaway from one of my new sponsors: Cap Creations!

I introduced you to Cap Creations yesterday, so I hope you had a chance to learn more about this great company.

Cap Creations is generously giving away a $40 gift certificate to their site! With that, you could get lots of different things, like this:


Or this:


Or this:


Or even this:


Want to win? (Who wouldn't?)

Here's what you need to do:

(Remember: each entry needs a separate comment!)

MANDATORY

1. Visit Cap Creations and tell me what you would spend your $40 on.

Extra ways to enter

2. Become a follower of Cap Creations blog.

3. Sign up for Cap Creations' newsletter on the site or the blog.

4. Put Cap Creations button on your blog or site and leave the link.

5. "Like" Cap Creations on Facebook here.

6. Follow Cap Creations on Twitter here.

7. Follow Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

That's seven different ways to enter to win! Which means if you do all seven, you'll be leaving me seven separate comments!

This giveaway will end on Saturday, July 3rd, at 11:59 p.m. MST. I will announce the winner on Sunday, July 4th.

.:Market Yourself Monday - Three Tiered Shirt:.

(One of my sponsors - Whimsy Couture - is having a special from July 2nd-July 4th. But two get two free! Buy two patterns and mention two of equal or lesser value at checkout.You don't want to pass this up!)

These shirts are my latest obsession! I've already made three for Reece, and have materials to make one more. I think they are too cute!



Tutorial tomorrow!

What have you been working on?

Be sure to link up to your specific post - not your main blog. Go ahead and visit a few other links!

I know some of you are having trouble with my button. I have no clue why - but I'm sorry!

Check back later today for another great giveaway from one of our new sponsors - Cap Creations!

I link to these parties.


Sunday, June 27, 2010

.:Flirty Aprons Winner:.

Sorry if you looked at this earlier and it was just a link. My copy and paste didn't work! The right info is up now!

Thank you to everyone who entered the Flirty Apron giveaway! It was the most entries for a giveaway ever!

The winner is:

Heaton said...

I blogged about Flirty Aprons at http://blheaton.blogspot.com/2010/06/flirty-aprons-and-summos-sweet-stuff.html


Email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com and I will get you in touch with Flirty Aprons! Congrats!

And everyone be sure to come back tomorrow for another fantastic giveaway!

.:Sponsor Sunday - Cap Creations:.

Want to become a sponsor? Find out how here.

I am so excited to introduce you to Sumo's Sweet Stuff's first sponsor: Cap Creations!


Cap Creations is a company specializing in products that are "meaningful, personal and unique."

There is something for the entire family at Cap Creations:

- Personalized Jewelry
- Christian Inspired Jewelry
- Custom Jewelry
- Hand Stamped Jewelry
- Handmade Jewelry

Cap Creations also offers to create a custom piece just for you! There are so many different possibilities when you take a peek at all of their fabulous products.

I love baking. Wouldn't this cupcake necklace be the perfect gift for your favorite baker?


These initial necklaces are so sweet. It would be the perfect gift for any lady!


Wouldn't some little girls love these best friend necklaces?


There's even something for the little guy in your life.


But it's not all just necklaces. Isn't this monogrammed ring beautiful?


Or how about this bracelet?


Right now, Cap Creations is donating $10 from every Chosen necklace sold to help a family trying to adopt. The necklace is on sale, too. What an amazing company!


So go take a look around Cap Creations and see what you like. There is so much to choose from!

Come back tomorrow for a great giveaway from Cap Creations!

Saturday, June 26, 2010

.:Saturday Showcase:.

We had another great week of Market Yourself Monday!

Here are a few of the highlights:











If you were featured, please grab a featured button from my sidebar!

Don't forget that today is the last day to enter the Flirty Apron giveaway!

There's also still time left to enter the Your Vantage Photography giveaway!

Come back on Monday for another Market Yourself Monday AND another great giveaway!

Friday, June 25, 2010

.:Feature Friday - Pumpkin Patch Designs:.


Hello everyone!! I'm so excited to be posting here on Sumo's Sweet Stuff! Isn't this the best blog?





Before we get crafty, I thought I would take a quick minute to introduce myself. My name is Sarah and I make my home over at The Pumpkin Patch. I am a stay at home mom to four little pumpkins and do the best I can to make my home a happy place to be. We had all four kids in 4.5 years, so it gets a little crazy at our house, but that's the way we like it.







I would love for you to come on over to The Pumpkin Patch and take a peek. I share kid friendly craft ideas, before and after photos of our home, tutorials on all sorts of things, inspirational quotes, and tasty recipes. I host a Messy Monday and a Transform Tuesday linky party and I also have an etsy store where I sell my wares, so check it out too! There really is something for everyone!







Ribbon Bows








I first saw these made out of paper at a super cute blog called Christy's Creative Chaos. I loved them out of paper, but wondered if I could do it out of ribbon, so I set to work.








Materials



  • 2 yards of 1 in. grosgrain ribbon

  • scissors

  • hot glue gun

  • matches or candle




Cut your ribbon so that you have 8 pieces that are 6 in. long, 4 pieces that are 5 in. long, and the remaining piece should be 4 in. long.






Burn both ends of all of your pieces of ribbon. (Be careful not to let any little fingers get in the way.)




Glue all of the ribbon pieces (except the 4 in. one) so they look like this picture.






Glue the 4 in. piece into a circle.






Glue the ribbon together following these pictures.




















There you have it. Cute as can be right? You can use other ribbon too, it is just easier to start with grosgrain because it holds its shape well. You can also use thinner ribbon. If you use 1/2 in. ribbon, cut the length of each strip in half. It will make a smaller bow. If you want a bigger bow, use 2 in. ribbon and make each strip double the original length. For big bows, wired ribbon works really well.









These would be so cute on birthday presents, in little girls' hair, as a pin on a dress or jacket, as ornaments on a Christmas tree. There are so many possibilities!





Thanks so much for letting me spend the day with you. I hope to see you over at The Pumpkin Patch soon.




-Sarah