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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

.:Happy Halloween:.

Happy Halloween!

Spooky greetings from Alice in Wonderland...


the Mad Hatter....



and the Cheshire Cat.


(They are a little bundled from our past weekend at Boo at the Zoo!)

Have a safe and candy filled day! I know I'm looking forward to picking through my kids' candy....

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

.:Giveaway - Alice Griffith Photography:.

When babies are newborn and tiny, you just want to document those moments because the time is so fleeting with how fast they grow and change. 

Luckily there are fantastic photographers around to help you capture those sweet moments so you can remember how little and innocent your children once were. (Yeah, so maybe we've been looking at baby pictures a lot lately to remind ourselves of that!)

Alice Griffith Photography is a fabulous photographer based here in the Salt Lake Valley. I've worked with Alice on numerous occasions, and I continue to be impressed with the quality of her work. Alice is so easy to work with, and she takes her time to make sure she gets you the best shots.


Seriously. Don't you just want to grab that baby out of the picture and kiss his sweet little face?

Looking at all the pictures on Alice's blog almost makes me want to have another baby, just so she can take pictures for me. Almost. 


Alice is ready to offer one of you lucky readers a newborn photo session!

The session would be two hours long, and would include 10 images on a disk.

Go ahead and use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win a newborn photo session from Alice Griffith Photography!
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.:Tutorial Tuesday - Stenciled Fabric Silverware:.



I shared this project originally last week over at Poppy Seed Projects! We just moved into a brand new house about a month ago, so this came along at the perfect time!

My dining room was really lacking, so I decided to make these fun dining room art pieces.



Here's what you need to create these:

- Brooklyn trim pieces (3)
- spray paint
- freezer paper
- fabric paint
- iron
- command strips/nails (for hanging pictures)

They fill up the wall perfectly, and I couldn't be happier with them! I started off with three Brooklyn trim pieces and some spray paint.

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I took the trim pieces out to my garage and gave them a few good coats of spray paint.

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While I let those dry, I got out some fabric that would match the decor of my dining room/kitchen area. This gray and white zebra print is a favorite of mine! I cut three rectangles to 11.5" x 14.5". The opening of the trim is 11"x14", so I made them a bit bigger to give me extra to work with when attaching them to the trim pieces.

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I used my CAMEO digital cutter to cut out freezer paper in the shapes of a fork, spoon, and knife. Once they were cut out, I ironed them down to the fabric pieces with the shiny side down.

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Next I used some fabric paint to stencil the shapes on to the fabric. Be sure to put some cardboard or something underneath for the bleed through of your paint!

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Then I carefully peeled up the freezer paper to reveal my shapes beneath. Allow them to dry completely before heat sealing them with your iron.

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I finished off the frames by using a staple gun to secure the pieces of fabric to the frames. Then I used some command strips to hang them up!


What do you think? 


I love the fun shape of the frames, and it was fun to use fabric that ties into my decor.


I think they finish off the room perfectly.

Monday, October 29, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday - Stenciled Fabric Silverware:.

Oooo....totally late getting this post up. I like to keep ya'll on your toes!

Just really quick before we get started, I started a new Pinterest board for my Showcase Saturday features. Be sure to follow along! You might just find yourself there....

This week I am sharing these stenciled fabric silverware decorations I made for my dining room. 


I'll show you how I made them tomorrow!

The most viewed link from last week's party was:



Now get your link on!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

.:Showcase Saturday:.

Boo-yah!

Betcha didn't ever think Showcase Saturday was coming back, did you? 

I'm full of excuses, so I won't even bother with them. The important thing is that I got it done for today, and I'm excited to share some features with you!

I've decided to start a new Pinterest board where I'll pin any features from my Showcase Saturday posts. I'd love to say that I'll go back and do this for past features, but if I'm being realistic, it's probably just a from here forward sort of thing. But you never know, I might get ambitious! 

We're going with a Halloween theme today since Halloween is just in a few days!

Be sure to click to the original source if you'd like to pin any of these ideas!






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Be sure to grab a featured button if I showcased your idea today!

Have a great weekend, and see you back here tomorrow for another par-tay!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

.:Kleenex: Supporting Big & Little Athletes:.


My oldest daughter just barely turned four, so we are just now venturing into the world of sports and athletics.

My husband is a huge sports fan, and lives for college football and March Madness. I played soccer and ran track in high school, and even tried dance for awhile in there. (I’ve got moves, seriously).

With three little girls, I am certain that dance is going to be a big part of our future with our little athletes. My oldest is about as girly as they come, and she jumped at the opportunity to participate in a little neighborhood dance co-op that was available to us last year.

The class she was in was a little Mommy & Me class, so I was there each week helping her to learn her moves. A lot of the object of her particular class was just getting the little girls used to following directions, listening to another adult, and really figuring out how to use their cute little bods.

Knowing this, I still have to admit to getting a little teary when she came on stage and did her dance. I was so proud of her for doing something new, and not being afraid to be on stage in front of a large group of people with the bright lights shining on her. Not only did she nail her dance (as much as a three year old can), she also added in some extra bows at the end, providing us all with a chuckle at the end of her dance. (She definitely takes after my side of the family with her love for the limelight!)

Even if she had been upset or scared, as would be normal with any child her age, I still would have been so proud of her for getting up there and giving it a try. I know that even as an adult, sometimes I am nervous to do new things for fear of failing or looking silly. Lesson learned!


Have you ever had a moment when you could have used some Kleenex while watching your kiddos?


Get a Kleenex custom oval BOGO until 11/15/12, just use the code PLAYOFFS at checkout on the MyKleenex site. I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

.:Review & Giveaway - BOOK Created:.

I am a self proclaimed book worm. 

Along with my love of reading comes a love of reading series. 

I've already read and shared with you two out of three books in a series by Cindy Hogan. The first book was Watched and the second book was Protected. Cindy's third book in the series is Created, and I jumped at the chance to review the book and share it with you!

Created (Watched, #3)

Here's the book synopsis:

"A spy school.
A choice.
A destiny discovered.

Ari and her friends find themselves in an independent spy school in Belgium, Bresen Academy. Test scores reveal her true abilities and the director wants to send her onto to more advanced training school immediately. She is given a two week reprieve to explore the school's training program and hopefully make amends with both Reese and Marybeth. Despite her lack of advanced training, the director convinces Ari she would be the best fit for a mission that surfaces in Prague with a group calling themselves Division 57. Uncertain, but wanting to please, she agrees. She quickly discovers there is nothing easy about being a spy and finds her very life on the line."

Doesn't that right there intrigue you? 

I started reading this book right before I went out of town, thinking I'd read it while on vacation, but it caught me right away and I ended up finishing it before I even left! 

I feel like Cindy's writing has matured throughout this series, and it was fun to catch up with the same characters from the other books. The story is fun and exciting, but there are also the normal feelings and insecurities that we all face and can relate to. 

Cindy is having a launch party for Created this Thursday, October 25th at The King's English Bookshop in Sugarhouse, so if you're local, you'll want to head on over! There will be cupcakes from Ambroisa for the first 50 guests, and door prizes! Don't miss it!

Wanna win a copy of Created?

You will get your choice of ebook or print book if you win!

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. Why don't you give me a book recommendation since I just shared one with you? 

I'll announce the winner on Tuesday, October 30th!

Happy Reading!

.:Tutorial Tuesday - Cascading Ruffle Hoodie:.

Ugh. You guys, I think my camera is on the fritz. I still don't have a big girl camera, and have been getting by okay with my point and shoot, but I've even been having troubles with that lately! So just let me apologize in advance for the pictures in today's post. They honestly aren't the greatest, but I still think you can get the idea. 

Forgive me? 

Life has been a crazy whirlwind, so I don't even have a picture of my daughter wearing her new hoodie, so a picture of it alone will have to suffice. 

Forgive me? 

(Should we see how many times I can ask that in one post?)

But, it's still cute and still super easy, so that's gotta get me some points, right?


Here's what you need to make your own:

- zip up hoodie
- coordinating fabric
- sewing machine/accessories

I chose a fleece hoodie (cheapo one at Wal-Mart) because I figured I could use fleece for the ruffle, which is double sided, so it will look great in all of its cascading glory.

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First off, go ahead and measure about how long your ruffle will need to be. I went right under the hood to right above the bottom band of the hoodie.

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Create your hoodie template. I took a tip from Lil Blue Boo and Ashley's cascading ruffle skirt (just like when I made my cascading ruffle tank) and created a template that looks like a boppy pillow or a boomerang. Just make sure your inside arch is the length of your measurement. You can make it as fat or as skinny as you like. Cut out two in your accessorizing fleece.

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Pin the inside edge of the fleece, straightening it out as you pin it down the front of the hoodie.


Sew it in place.


Repeat on the other side.


Yep, it really is that easy!


Okay, I'll go ahead and share one more blurry picture with you. Since you asked. 


Do you like it? I kinda want to make one for myself, just maybe with some solids! 

Are you going to make one?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

.:Market Yourself Monday - Cascading Ruffle Hoodie, Take Two:.

Happy Sunday!

Yep, that's right. I'm late getting the party up. Again. What the heck, right? 

Well, to be fair, I just got home after being out of town since Wednesday for an amazing girl's weekend with my mom, sisters, and sister in laws in my homestate of Oregon (where all my OR homies at??) We were much too busy crafting, biking, shopping, and going to movies and out to eat for me to actually sit down at a computer. Speaking of movies, we saw Pitch Perfect twice during our girl's weekend. I pretty much laughed until my stomach hurt. It is HILARIOUS. And the music is fantastic. Have you seen it? I'm convinced my life would be infinitely better if I sang about everything, and my husband sang to me. It would.

I got home tonite to a picked up house, fabulous family news, and my little family. It's always nice to come home after a trip. I've never been away from my kids for that long, so it's good to hug their little bodies. We decided to wean our baby since she turns one in a couple of weeks anyway, and let me tell you, I am feeling very ouchie. Wowza, weaning hurts!

I'm sure you noticed that I never actually got the hoodie tutorial up last week. So yeah, I'll do that this week. Take two! 

So on to the party! The most viewed from last week was:



Time for you to get your link on! Have a great week!


Friday, October 19, 2012

.:Candy Corn Chow:.

I shared this originally over at Every Creative Endeavor as part of Amanda's Fall Fever.

Today I thought I’d share a super simple, but super tasty Halloween treat: Candy Corn Chow. Aside from it not taking long to prepare, you can totally customize this for any holiday or event!


Here’s what you need:

- popcorn
- white almond bark
- candy
- sprinkles

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Start off by popping that popcorn! I love how it makes my house smell delicious! (We are popcorn-a-holics over here).

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Melt your white chocolate almond bark in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between. While this is in the microwave, be sure to get all the un-popped seeds out of your popcorn. Once it is melted, add in your candies and sprinkles. If you know me, you know that I have an obsession with candy corn, so of course that is what I used for this!

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Pour your chocolate/candy mix into your popcorn and stir it around, coating the popcorn.

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Spread the popcorn out on a baking sheet to harden. Go ahead and add some more sprinkles and a drizzle of milk chocolate. You can put it in the fridge to speed up the process.

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Once it has hardened, break it into pieces and serve it up!


It would make a great little gift if you wanted to put it in a cute bag with a note.


Unless you eat it all first. Not that we know anything about that….

What candy would you put in your chow?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

.:Handmade Cards the Easy Way:.

In our digital age, hand written letters and handmade cards are becoming more and more rare. But thanks to the new David Tutera Celebrate line, even the most craft impaired or time crunched person can have that personal feel!

The Celebrate line is available exclusively at Joann Fabric & Craft stores, and you are not going to believe how simple it is to create that perfect personal touch.

I used the Celebrate line to whip up a card for a baby shower, as well as a thank you card.

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The steps are simple. It is a three step system, making it super simple to create the perfect card. You start with step one, which is your card base.

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The packages are clearly labeled, so it really is fool proof!

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Step two is a layering element.There are embossed layers, die cut layers, and borders.

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Again, clearly labeled to make it easy!

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Step three is embellishing! The Celebrate line comes with a variety of tags, twine, stickers, die cut shapes, and more - there is something for whatever your event!

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For my thank you card, I started off with a metallic card base.

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Then I snagged a fun embossed layer in a shiny black cardstock.

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I wanted to just use the simple 'thanks' sticker, and decided to border it with black marker before placing it on a tag.

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Use some glue dots to adhere your tag and layer, and you are done!

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Easy as 1-2-3, right! It gave me time to whip up a baby shower card, too.

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All the cards come with envelopes, too, so you don't even have to worry about that, either!

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Three lucky winners will receive a $300 grand prize pack of supplies from
David Tutera’s Celebrate card making line AND a personally signed book from David!
20 additional winners will receive a $50 Celebrate prize pack.
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** I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Core'dinations David Tutera and Blueprint Social. The thoughts and and opinions are mine; you'll love how easy these products are to use!