Monday, March 3, 2014

Bryan the Lion

Hello there, so much for getting right back to posting.  Oh well, life happens right?
Most people know I don't normally buy patterns, there are so many cute patterns out there for FREE that it's hard for me to cough up even a small amount of money. What can I say, I'm cheap.

But, one of my adorable sisters asked me to make a specific toy for her friend with a new baby.  I looked up the patterns from and, because this was a paying gig, I figured I'd shell out the bucks.  And I have to say it was 100% worth it!  I got five patterns of the cutest little zoo animals - and considering they were coming to the US from Australia I was floored when I got them in just a few days.

Anyway, my husband was having a rough week and mentioned I haven't made him anything in awhile.  So made this little cutie... his name is Bryan...

I used an F hook (rather than the G noted in the pattern) and found some cute colored safety eyes for him.  I usually crochet my amigurumi using a hook size smaller than the pattern calls for, just because I don't like to see the stuffing and like the look of a smaller/tight crochet.

So, I have a zebra and an elephant on order - those are next, I'll post as soon as I get them done.

Happy hooking!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Hello's been awhile......

Wow, it's been a long time since I have posted anything - a VERY long time.

Well - I'm getting back at it.  Since my last post I quit my job of 5 1/2 years to take a job I have been working towards since I started this career path.  I also studied my butt off to test and obtain a specialized certification in my field; just in time for my family and I to pick up and move out of Utah to Wyoming.  We are some of the few people that think Wyoming is THE place we want to be and my husband and I have been talking about moving here for almost 10 years!!    It still amazes me that everything happened so quickly - it must have been the right thing to do!

We have been in a small apartment with temporary housing through my job and will finally (after 5 months) be moving into an actual house and making our own home.

I plan to start the blog back up again and hope you will join me!  I have crochet projects that need to be posted and many more that I'm working on (or just thinking about working one).

Until I get to posting - here is one of the million reasons I can now say I LOVE where I live..... Miss Kellie and I hiked to the top of Snow King Mountain  a few weeks ago and got this amazing view of the Grand Tetons (which I get to see daily)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

DIY Crochet Patches

Miss Kellie is one active kid, and even though she's getting bigger right now I have four pairs of pants with holes in the knees. I put a cute patch on a few, but didn't want them all to look the same.  
Last night I finally got some inspiration - and started on her 'skinny jeans'.  
They looked like this:

Instead of a patch I thought I'd crochet a cute flower to go over the hole.  But the poor thing looks so lonely - and I couldn't leave it with just two, because these things are much better in threes.  With Sugar n' Cream yarn I crocheted and attached each of the embellishments - including a few random stitches to pull it all together.  Miss Kellie kept asking for 'just one more', but we stopped at four.  Adding a little stitch near the pockets as well.

SUCCESS!!  She loves them!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Back to School!!

My daughter, the famous Miss Kellie, is an only child.  Today was Miss Kellie's first day of school and boy was she excited!  She got up early (5:45am) not wanting to miss a thing, got ready and went off to school with her Dad.  It broke my heart but I couldn't be there, Dad flew solo and did an awesome job getting a few really cute pictures for this scrapbookin' Mama!!

 I'm sorry, I  must say I have one of the cutest kids on the planet....

Anyway, because Miss Kellie is the one and only we have had a set night time schedule since she was a baby.  Now all three of us need to get adjusted to a new routine, mornings won't be as easy going and evenings need to include homework time. 

Because Miss Kellie is getting to be SO independent, I wanted to make a visual reminder for her.  This way she can get going in the morning and before we're ready to leave we can run through the list and be sure everything is set.

With an old cookie sheet and my scrapbook supplies I got to work.  I split the cookie sheet into two sections, morning and night.  I adhered the two sheets of paper with my homemade ModPodge (you can find that link in this post), cut ten squares, then used my trusty cricut to cut a cute picture for each reminder. I let Miss Kellie help decide what to put on each block and pick out the colors for each element.  Both sections have a magnet embellished with vinyl to be used as a 'place holder' or attach notes we don't want to miss.

In the end we got this, pretty nifty I think:

A closer shot of each side:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Custom Made Bridal Shower Shirts

Hello there, again!!  My super-cute sister Jenn was recently the Maid-of-Honor in her best friends wedding.  To get ready for the bachelorette party she wanted to get custom shirts for each of the attendees...holy cow, have you ever priced custom shirts!  They were uber expensive, at about $28 a shirt! (because she only needed 14)

So...we put our crafty heads together with my other super-cute and super-crafty sister Stephanie and came up with a crafty plan....

We used:
Vinyl (cut on the Cricut)
Fabric Paint
Plain t-shirts (we used men's undershirts in packs of five)
Iron-on transfers (in the office supply section of the store)

Jenn wanted the words "Bridal Entourage" on the back of each shirt and a picture of the bride on the front.  We started by printing a cute picture of the bride and transferring the image as directed on the package.

Next, we cut out the words "Entourage" and "Bridal" in vinyl using two different fonts on the Cricut (Songbird & Cuttin' Up).  The vinyl can be placed directly onto the shirt and makes the painting process MUCH easier!  And we reused each cut out about five times - they came off easily and stuck to the next shirt just fine.

As soon as the paint from the first word was dry, we painted the word "Bridal" with a glitter paint using the same technique. 

See how cute and glittery!!  The Bride is a glitter girl and was sure to love this! 

The finished shirt with my super-cute sister Jenn modeling.  
They were a hit and only cost about $4 a shirt!  
You can't beat that price...

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Tiny Taco Salads

My mother-in-law is amazing, she is constantly trying new recipes and sharing the hits with the family.  So...while I didn't find this recipe, I did help put these together and have her permission to share this with the blogging world.

For the Fourth of July she broke out and a "Taste of Home" recipe book and we made "Taco Dip Singles" - they were pretty and super tasty!

You'll need:
1 pound ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 can (8oz) tomato sauce
1 package (8oz) cream cheese
1 cup sour cream
3/4 cup mayo
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
2 cups shredded lettuce
1 small red onion, finely chopped

In a large skillet cook ground beef with taco seasoning and tomato sauce - as directed on the seasoning packet.
In a small bowl mix cream cheese, sour cream and mayo until smooth.
In small cups (about 8oz each) layer:
    - ground beef
    - cream cheese mix
    - chopped peppers
    - shredded cheese
    - chopped tomatoes
    - chopped lettuce
    - chopped onion
Serve with a side of chips - these are easy and really tasty!  This was a huge hit at our family function!!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

DIY Coasters

A few weeks ago my sisters and I got together for a craft day - to make our own 'pinspired' coasters!  And you can to - it's super easy!!

What you need:
4 1/2 inch tiles
(My sister got a box of tiles from the "Re-Store" a  local second hand store for home building supplies.  She ended up spending about $0.09 a piece.)
craft paper
Mod Podge
disposable foam brush
felt with adhesive on the back

Start by cutting the craft paper to the desired size.  We cut ours 4 inches by 4 inches and had a nice boarder from the tile behind.

Spread a thin layer of Mod Podge on the tile using the foam brush - quickly attaching the cut paper.

At this time you will want to add any embellishments you like- you can see my little birds in the picture below.

As soon as the tile is cuter than cute - spread another thin layer of Mod Podge and let dry for about 15 mins.

Attach a 4 inch by 4 inch piece of felt on the back of each tile, this helps to protect your surfaces from scratches.

Spray all tiles with a waterproof sealer and let sit overnight.

These make great quick gifts for any occasion, because you can use whatever paper you like!  I actually made these for myself - gasp!  

Note to all crafters: it's okay to keep something for yourself every once in a while!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Key Lime Cheesecake

Well, it's been a long (very long) time since I've posted anything.  Things have been pretty crazy for my family over the last few months and we've finally settled down and I can get back to blogging and crafting!

To kick off my comeback I thought I'd share this great recipe...

Key Lime Cheesecake
This is a refreshing, light desert - perfect for the upcoming summer.  (and really pretty)

You'll need:

9 sheets graham crackers (crush in a plastic bag with a rolling pin)
3 T butter
1 T sugar
(1) 4 serving size lime jello
3/4 cup boiling water
16 oz cottage cheese (trust me on this)
8 oz cream cheese
8 oz whipped cream
3 limes, 2 juiced and 1 for garnish

What to do:
  • In a small bowl combine graham cracker crumbs, butter and sugar.  Press crumb mixture in the bottom of 2-quart backing dish.  Refrigerate while preparing filling.
  • In a large bowl combine gelatin and water - stir until gelatin is dissolved and set aside.
  • In a blender or food processor combine lime juice, cottage cheese and cream cheese, blend until smooth. In half cup increments whisk the cottage cheese mixture into the gelatin mixture until completely combined.
  • Whisk whipped cream into the mixture and spoon filling over chilled crumb mixture.
  • Cover and refrigerate until filling is firm (I left mine overnight)
  • To serve, cut into squares.  Top with lime zest and a few lime wedges.
Makes about 9 servings


Monday, November 28, 2011

I Sense There's Something In the Wind...

I love "The Nightmare Before Christmas", I watch it every year about this time (usually more than once).  This year Miss Kellie watched it with me, and than several time since.  Her favorite character is the best one in the movie - Sally!  So when I came across this pattern I knew I had to make it!  I let Miss Kellie pick out all her own colors and worked on it for about a month - I finally finished this weekend!!!

 Miss Kellie LOVES IT!!!  It's been in her bed since she go it - warms my heart.

Now I'm on the hunt for a 'Jack' pattern so she won't get lonely....

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Baby it's cold outside...

As many of you know we live in Utah - and it's starting to get cold!  One of my sisters (Rachel) pinned some cute little animal ear-flap hats and 'mentioned' me as a not so subtle hint for me to make one for her daughter Abigail. When I checked out the pin there were three patterns for $15!!  I don't like to pay for patterns if I can help it, so I checked out my favorite site ( and found a free pattern for a similar hat - but without the cute ears.  

So I followed the pattern, with a few small modifications and came up with my own 'ears' and had a bear hat!  I used  'super bulky' yarn so it is thick and should be really warm.

When I brought this fantastic creation to our last 'Sister Saturday' Abigail liked it - but I could tell it wasn't exactly what she wanted.   However, my niece Opal loved it and wanted to try it on - she ended up wearing it for the entire day!!

After talking for a while I found out Abigail LOVES Angelina Ballerina - Ms. Kellie does to so I knew who that was.  After talking about it we decided Opal would get the bear hat (since we would most likely have to take it by force anyway) and I would make a new one for Abigail.

We stopped at the local yarn store and walked out with this...

With some larger ears and a pink bow (mandatory for Angelina) - it's the prefect little mouse hat!

Miss Kellie now wants a cat - so this won't be the last!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mini-Meatloaf & Pasta Salad

It's been a little while since I posted anything!  So I thought I'd share my two most requested recipes with you...both get rave reviews anytime I make them.
And bonus - they are SUPER easy!

Pepperoni Pasta Salad

You need:

8 oz pasta (I used cute mini bow ties)
1 pkg mini pepperoni
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup Zesty Italian dressing
1 can sliced olives

Cook pasta as per directions and cool in the fridge for about 20 minutes.

In a large bowl mix pasta, pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, olives and dressing.

That's it!!!  This is great right after mixing but can also be refrigerated and served the next day.  If I store this overnight I usually add a little more dressing and stir before serving.

(makes 12)
You need:
1 lb ground beef (I used extra lean)
1 pkg stuffing mix (unprepared)
1/2 cup water
Favorite BBQ sauce
Shredded cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp garlic salt
Muffin tin - with liners

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl mix ground beef, stuffing mix, garlic salt and 1/2 cup water.  I find it's easier to just mix with my hands.

Form meat into small balls and place into the lined muffin tin and top each one with a little of your favorite bbq sauce.

Cook for 15 minutes - top each meatloaf with a small amount of cheese and cook for another 5 minutes.

You're done!!!!  Serve with mashed potatoes and your pasta salad!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Sock Monkey Card

Okay, I love sock a cute monkey - like really love them - a lot.

I buy cute sock monkey paper, and patterns and dolls.  My daughter does not share this love (yet) and it's hard to justify buying some of these cute things if they aren't for her.  But who needs justification anyway - right??

So I found this really cute paper and wanted to make it last (have you checked out the price of patterned paper lately - yaowza!)  So I cut out each of the elements on the page, rather then using the whole sheet. It took some time with my little sharp snipers, but it was worth it!

I should get three or four really cute cards out of the one sheet!

Here's the front...
(the 'hi there' and circle are from my trusty cricut)
Here's the guts...
I'm thinking the next few will be cute birthday cards - or even really cute on Christmas tags!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

I know I'm in the minority here, but I don't like holiday's.  I just don't like them. I'm sure this makes me a bad blogger - I should be sharing all sorts of Halloween crafts and posting about how great our Halloween night was.  But I just can't bring myself to do it!  
My husband and I have NEVER celebrated any holiday but Thanksgiving, which is the only holiday we both really look forward to every year.  This is actually one of the reasons I knew we were meant for each other #1 we have the same birthday (5 years apart), and #2 we both think Thanksgiving is the most fabulous and most under-appreciated holiday of all time.  When Miss Kellie joined our anti-holiday family, I knew we were at least going to have to start celebrating Christmas. I mean I'm not anti-holiday enough to deny Miss Kellie of Santa and Christmas morning, that's just plain mean!

So this year I tried to get Miss Kellie excited about Halloween.  We picked out the costume, got excited about the candy and said she was looking forward going to the houses.  And I totally believed her - last year she went with her cousins and really had a lot of fun.  

This year was different.  

We started out on Friday at the Halloween party taking place at my husbands office. 
This did not go well.
There were kids and adults in costume everywhere, strike one.
It was dark with spooky music playing, strike two.
She had to independently approach people to grab a piece of candy, strike three.
We were out - of there! 

Saturday we went to a trunk-or-treat - easy right?  You just walk around to the different cars and grab some candy.  
Not for Miss Kellie.
She hated it, she didn't want people to look at her (even though she looked super cute), she didn't want to talk to anyone, and she didn't want me to take any pictures of her! :(  Not a scrapbook mama's finest hour.

So, when I asked her if she wanted to try one more time and go trick-or-treating tonight and she said 'No!', I must admit I was a little more than happy to agree.  
Maybe the distaste for all the over sensationalized holiday crap is genetic??

She did, however, still want to wear her costume tonight while she played with stickers.

Maybe she'll even help me give out a treat or two.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Crafts with my Sisters!

I have four amazing sisters - two of them came by the other day to do some Pin inspired crafting!

First up - a custom frame for my younger sister Jenn's house! She found the pin in the pic below and asked if I would help her!  You don't have to ask me twice!!
I love the way hers turned out - she choose great colors!

Next - Ms. Kellie saw a feather hair clip and wanted it really badly.  My youngest sister, Stephanie, has been making jewelry and hair accessories for months and months (and she's really good at it too).  So we asked if she would help create one for Ms. Kellie.

Lastly - Stephanie will be going to a Halloween party and is dressing up as Ke$ha.  I must admit I only vaguely know who that is.  To do this she needed a custom bleached shirt. We used newspaper to protect the shirt, she then dipped a Q-tip in bleach and 'drew' on the shirt.  It was really easy and reminded me of several other projects I've seen on Pinterest.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Perfect Campfire Kit

Quite a long time ago I found this idea in a magazine of some kind - honestly I can't remember which one.  I wanted to make something cute for a friends birthday, with the fall weather creeping in I remember this.
What's better on a cool fall night than a campfire and smores!!!

I found an old box and covered it with some cute scrapbook paper and added a little label.  I found some sticks in the yard, attached cotton balls rubbed in brown in (toasted marshmallows). 
Inside I wrapped the necessities in corresponding paper and labeled the same way.  What are the necessities - as if you have to ask...
- Graham Crackers
- Chocolate bars
- Marshmallows

 Don't forget a pink cute fat bear is up for auction with all proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation!  So click below and check out the details - along with items from several other crafty bloggers that are up for grabs!


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Shirt to Pillow

I really loved this shirt, I bought it from a second hand store because the fabric is so cute.  It was put in a box when we moved and I just found it again!  I once saw Martha Stewart (Everyone that knows me knows I LOVE her - I've been watching her since I was a kid, she taught me how to iron a shirt!) turn an old button down shirt into a pillow and ever since then I've wanted to do it!

So when I found the shirt in the box it looked like this...

Cute, cute shirt - I just love the pattern!  I turned it inside out and started by folding the bottom opening to create a straight line and sewed this in place.  I then folded over each side and the top sewing each in place and cutting the excess fabric.  I didn't worry about leaving an opening for the stuffing because the buttons were still functional and I inserted the stuffing there.

Once stuffed I added a few more buttons and sewed the opening closed. To finish the whole thing off I crocheted a large flower as a base, took a strip of scrap fabric and scrunched it up, then crocheted a small circle - sewed all three elements together and attached the the pillow!

What do you think?  I think it turned out super cute!!!

Also - the Un-Giveaway over at OneArtsyMama is underway!  Check out the great crafts and such up for auction HERE...
Remember ALL proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen  Foundation!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pinterest ~ Times Two

It's no secret that I'm a Pinterest junkie.  I put Miss Kellie to bed and click away until I can no longer keep my eyes open. So today I let go of the mouse and did the dishes ~gasp~ and got to some craftin'!!

First up - I needed Mod Podge.  I saw this tutorial about a month ago and was running low on  my official Mod Podge (which is about $6 a bottle!!) - so I figured I give it a go. 
You need:
     50% glue (I got Elmer's on clearance)
     50% water
     jar with a top (a dollar store find)

I dumped the glue in the jar, filled the glue bottle with water and added that - stirred and done!!  It looks just like Mod Podge and only cost me $2, and made about 14 oz.!!!!  Killer deal - and I used it to attach my label and it works great!!

Now that I had newly mixed Mod Podge I was onto my second Pinterest project of the night.  I have been seeing scrabble tiles all over Pinterest and on this link is a tutorial to show you how to make scrabble tile into a pendant.  I have a scrabble game that was gifted to me about 12 years ago, which was still new in the plastic.  I must say, anyone that knows me knows I couldn't spell my way out of a wet paper bag (without spell check that is) - so not a great gift for me.

This was super easy and I LOVE them - now I just need to figure out what to do with them.  I took a stab at a necklace with the supplies I have on hand, but can't wait to take a tile with me to the craft store and find out exactly what need (want).

Monday, October 10, 2011

More Cards!!

I decided to do some exploring of one of the newer cartridges in my cricut stash, "Straight from the Nest"! 
 Two birthday cards (Hoot Hoot and Happy Birdie Day) and a just because kind of card card (Life is Tweet). I love them all!! 
I am so super happy all these birds and owls are popular now, they are so very cute! It's no surprise I'm totally in love with my cricut - and I'm still amazed how many new things on find on the cartridges every time I get them out and play.