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Thursday, March 31, 2011

.:Things to Try Thursday - Rick Rack Rosettes:.

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The Crafting Chicks showed us these beautiful Rick Rack Rosettes a couple of weeks ago, and I can't stop thinking about them. I think they are stunning on a ring, and would make some super cute hair clips, or a clip on for a necklace or a bag.


Go here to see their tutorial!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

.:Belle Rose Designs Review:.

Have you entered the Belle Rose Designs giveaway yet?

A $25 credit is up for grabs!

I was lucky to receive a set of rosettes to review. There were two pink, two purple, and two turquoise. I know a lot of people make rosettes these days, and I'll be the first to admit that I'm not the greatest at it! These rosettes were basically perfect!

I haven't had a chance to use them all yet, but I did use the two pink ones for two of my couture headbands.


Don't they look pretty?


(Yes, you can totally tell the perfect ones from Belle Rose Designs compared to mine!)

I can't wait to put the other ones to use!

Thank you so much to Belle Rose Designs for letting me try out some of these beautiful rosettes!

Be sure to go and enter the giveaway from Belle Rose Designs!

.:Mouth-Watering Wednesday - Cocoa Lopez Cake:.

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I don't have a picture of this, but trust me. It is divine. I thought about making one so that I could show you all the deliciousness, but then I would have eaten it all. And that would be bad.

1 white cake mix
3 eggs
1/3 c oil
1 T melted butter
1 t vanilla
1 1/2 c coconut
1 1/2 c water

Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased 9x13 pan.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

Remove from oven and poke holes 1 inch apart all over cake.

Stir together:

1 can Cocoa Lopez (it's found in the liquor aisle, but it is NOT alcoholic - it is cream of coconut)
1 can fat free condensed milk

Pour slowly over cake, and use spatula to spread evenly.

Cool for two hours, and then spread one large tub of Cool Whip over cake.

Sprinkle with toasted coconut and chill.

To make toasted coconut:

Put coconut on a microwaveable plate.

Cook 60 seconds.

Toss it and cook for another 30 seconds.

Do this in intervals until it is nice and brown - usually about three minutes.

Cupcake variation:

Fill liners 1/2 full.

Bake as usual.

Poke holes and do Cocoa Lopez mixture.

Instead of topping with Cool Whip, top with frosting.

Sprinkle with coconut.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

.:Petite Rogue Giveaway Winner:.

Are you waiting to see if you won the flower of your choice from Petite Rogue?

If you are


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then you did!

Congrats!

Email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com in the next 48 hours to claim your prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Recycled Barbie House:.

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Just a couple items of business real quick like.

Did you happen to see my guest post over at Lil' Luna yesterday? Kirstyn has a brand new baby, and she invited me to share a baby related post over there. Go check it out!

Also, my shop is being featured on Simply UT today! Go see what discount you can get on all hair accessories!


My two year old is obsessed with little things. She loves little plastic animals in all their forms (little people ones, dollar store ones, etc.), chapsticks, and more recently, her little fairy Barbies from McDonald's. Gramzee and Grandpa Paul got her one when we were in Oregon in February, and then we may have taken advantage of the $3 happy meals a couple of times after that.


As you can see in the picture, she has to have them all around her at all times. She used to sleep with all of them until we made a one Barbie to bed rule.


I don't do well with clutter and all of her little collections all over our tiny house, so I decided it was time to make the Barbies a little house.

I just used things I already had at home:

- empty formula can
- fabric
- mod podge
- spray paint
- sponge brush (or whatever you like to use for your podge!)
- ribbon
- hot glue/gun


Before you get started on the fabric part, take your container outside or to the garage to spray paint the lid.

Start off by cutting your fabric for your designs and words, and then cutting a piece of interfacing for each, slightly smaller.


Iron it down and trim away the excess fabric.


Use your Silhouette to make your design and word. I wanted to do a chevron behind the word BARBIES.


Press your fabric on to your cutting mat after removing the paper backing, with the right side of the fabric facing up.


Here's Lucy in action!


Peel off your negative space and be amazed at how well your Silhouette can cut fabric!


Measure a larger piece of fabric to go around your container.

Iron on your design first...


And then your word over the top of that.


Mod Podge that baby to your container, smoothing out any bubbles along the way!


Don't worry about how it doesn't measure up perfectly. We're going to cover that up!


Hot glue ribbon around the top and bottom edges.


Use some fabric scraps to add some rosettes. Hot glue those down too!


Not bad, eh?


I think the gals like it in there.


And then, if it's anything like my house, your little lady will still insist on having all of her barbies out ALL THE TIME, and you just have a cute, empty container sitting on the shelf, and the Barbie collection rotating to wherever said little lady is currently making messes.

*sigh*

At least I tried, right?


Linking up here:

Monday, March 28, 2011

.:Giveaway - Belle Rose Designs - CLOSED:.

** GIVEAWAY CLOSED **

Belle Rose Designs is a darling etsy shop, full of beautiful rosette accessories, along with some other fun items. Julie, who runs Belle Rose Designs, also has a fun blog called Singing Three Little Birds.

I was fortunate to receive some rosettes from Belle Rose Designs to review! Are you jealous?

You should be.

Check back later in the week to read my review of the gorgeous rosettes I got in the mail last week!

Shall we look around and see some of the fabulous items Belle Rose Designs has to offer?












Want to win that $25 credit to Belle Rose Designs?

Here's how to enter:
(Each entry requires a separate comment.)

MANDATORY

1. Visit Belle Rose Designs and comment back on your favorite item.

EXTRA

2. Follow Singing Three Little Birds (Belle Rose Designs' blog).

3. Follow Belle Rose Designs on Twitter.

4. "Like" Belle Rose Designs on Facebook.

5. Follow Sumo's Sweet Stuff.

This giveaway will end on Monday, April 4th at 11:59 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 5th. It will be YOUR responsibility to check back to see if you've won.

Guess what else? Belle Rose Designs is offering all Sumo readers 20% off! Just use the code SUMO20 to receive 20% off at checkout!

Good luck and happy shopping!

.:Market Yourself Monday - Recycled Barbie House:.

How was everyone's weekend? I hope you all got to do something fun.

We survived my baby's first birthday party! It was a rainbow theme, and it turned out soooo cute. We had a great time with friends and family. I still can't believe my baby is one! I'll share some pictures and a tutorial of something I made for it in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime, here is something that I made with with the Silhouette fabric interfacing: a recycled formula can turned Barbie house!


Now it's time to share what you've been working on. Link back here where you can!


Linking up here:




Sunday, March 27, 2011

.:Sponsor Sunday - I AM:.

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Have you all heard about the relatively newer blog I AM?

Megan, from the Brassy Apple, is the brains behind this reader based, photography blog.

The concept behind this blog is simple. We are all more than the labels and categories that ourselves and others put us into. Megan shares how she believes that as women and mothers, we often capture the moments that make up our lives from behind the camera. The idea is to have all of us share those moments with each other - to learn and grow from one another, as well as to uplift one another.

Each month has a theme. February was LOVE.

Recognize those two little ladies?


Another personal favorite of mine from February - sweet nectar.


This month, the theme is SURVIVOR. I have been so touched by some of the survivor stories that have been shared.

Like this one about being in remission from cancer. My dad has beat cancer twice, so this hits home to me.


I can also relate to this post about being a miscarriage survivor, after suffering a miscarriage and an ectopic pregnancy myself.


Here's what Megan has to say:

"We are more than just............women, mothers, teachers, stay at home moms, working moms, single, divorced, married, tall, short, blonde, brunette.........."I AM" will let you declare through a photo bits of yourself and your daily life to share with other women."

The success of this blog comes from YOU - from all of US. You submit your photos to Megan each month, with a sentence or two describing your photo. They can be professional photos, or candid snapshots. You can be in the picture, or behind the camera. It just simply doesn't matter!

April's theme was recently announced: I AM ME!

Email your photos and description to Megan, and start following this incredible journey that is bringing us all together!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

.:Showcase Saturday:.

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Another week, another fabulous party!

I'm busy getting ready for my baby's (hey, she's technically not one until tomorrow, so I can still call her baby) first birthday party tonite, so I'm just going to get going on the showcasin'!











Grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Happy Weekend!

Think you might like to try your hand at using a Silhouette and the new fabric interfacing?

Well you can, and for a very great price!

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

Here's what can be yours for the LOW price of $229!

- Silhouette SD
- one pack of clean cut fabric interfacing
- one pack of sewable fabric interfacing
- one roll of white flocked heat transfer

Hello! That is an amazing deal! Snatch it up quick folks!

And don't worry, all of you lovely people who have a Silhouette already, you can still get a little something, too. How about 25% off the fabric interfacing? That sounds pretty nice, doesn't it?

Just use the code SUMO for both of the above deals!

Friday, March 25, 2011

.:NEW Winner - Sisters of the Wild West:.

I never heard from the first winner of the Sisters of the Wild West giveaway, so I have a new winner this morning!


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Congrats!

Be sure to email me at sumossweetstuff@gmail.com within 48 hours to claim your prize!

Happy Weekend!

.:Feature Friday - Sisters of the Wild West:.

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We are so excited to be guest blogging here at Sumo's Sweet Stuff.


Thank you so much for blog swapping with us.


HI!! We are Amy and Emily.



We are newbies to the blog world, and we are LOVING every minute of it. A few facts about us:


*we drink diet dr pepper like water


*we take turns blogging (kind of...its a long story)


*we are highly competitive from playing sports our entire lives


*we compare notes on who's posts get more attention


*we have 11 kids between us (Amy 4 girls & 2 boys) (Em 5 BOYS)


* We love to craft any chance we get...Especially when we are together!




Today we are going to show you how to make this fun & bright Chevron Bunny Pillow!












What you need


1. freezer paper


2. Exacto knife ( or a silhouette machine) We still need one! And I don't think I would share


3. Fabric - two 16.5in circles


- one 5in x 52in strip (side of pillow)


- two 1in x 100 strips (ruffles)


4. Stuffing








I drew a bunny and then scanned to my computer and filled with a chevron pattern. I just LOVE chevron.






I placed my print out on top of my freezer paper and cut out my bunny.






I ironed on the bunny onto a 16.5 in circle that I traced from a plate onto drop cloth.






I painted the bunny with lime acylic paint.






I painted a thin outlin around the bunny. Then let dry.






I serged the edges of my ruffles. Gathered. Pinned. Sew in place. Repeat with 2nd row.






I sewed my 5x52in strip along one side of pillow. Repeat with back of pillow with right sides together. Flip. Stuff. and Stitch Close.






I have had this fabric for a year. I finally had a cute easter project to use it.












Thank you for crafting with us and we look forward to our new friends visiting us






I love this! Chevrons are so IN right now. These ladies definitely need a Silhouette and some fabric interfacing! :)

Think you might like to try your hand at using a Silhouette and the new fabric interfacing?

Well you can, and for a very great price!

Silhouette Electronic Cutting Tool

Here's what can be yours for the LOW price of $229!

- Silhouette SD
- one pack of clean cut fabric interfacing
- one pack of sewable fabric interfacing
- one roll of white flocked heat transfer

Hello! That is an amazing deal! Snatch it up quick folks!

And don't worry, all of you lovely people who have a Silhouette already, you can still get a little something, too. How about 25% off the fabric interfacing? That sounds pretty nice, doesn't it?

Just use the code SUMO for both of the above deals!