Strawberry Picking

 We had a play date a about a week ago with a little girl down the street Karsyn and her had lots of fun playing in the sand and water table, sandbox, eating lunch, picking berries and having popsicles.  It is nice to have a little bit of summer finally show up in rainy old Oregon.

Felt Blooms

I made these cute little felt flowers which can be used on a bag or as a hair barette. They even worked in my daughters hair (what little she does have) I just had her model it for me since as you can see from some of the pictures below it was kind of difficult to get a good picture of it in my hair.

Wineglass markers

Aren't these guys CUTE!, I found them at World Market, they are different little monsters and they suction cup to your drink so you don't mix them up between guests instead of those little rings that go on the bottom of wine glasses. I am excited to try them out at our next party.

Felt bread, waffles, cookies, banana slices

These waffles were pretty easy, cut out 2 large squares of tan fabric then cut out 9 smaller squares of the same color (I wanted to leave a space between each square to look more like a waffle. I actually made a template on plain old printer paper drew it out by hand and cut it out then pinned it to the felt before cutting. If you are really into precision you can draw the squares with word or some other computer program, cut them out and then use that template for the waffles. Sew the small squares on each large waffle base before sewing the 2 large squares together, stuff lightly with fiberfill.

Felt fruit w/ slices inside

Aren't these felt fruit ssssoooooooo cute! I love them and so does Karsyn. They too a little bit more time than some of the other pieces but worth it.

Orange/orange slices.
There are six slices of fruit in each "shell: and I sewed a button and ribbon loop on each to hold the opening closed but a piece of elastic would work too.

Tyler's First Birthday

I made these cakes quite a while ago for a friends son but hadn't gotten around to posting it yet. The theme was sock monkeys. I made a cute argyle print pattern out of fondant and frosting on the bottom tier and monkey faces out of fondant on the sides

Pink Bow Cupcakes

Mini polaroid magnets

I saw this amazing tutorial over at Ambrosia Girl on mini polaroid magnets, aren't they cute. This craft was fairly easy. The hard part for me was photoshopping all the photos and getting them the correct dimensions. I used Picnik which is free online and had a polaroid frame that I used as a border on my photos. Then I printed them out on photo quality paper.


Sorry I have been absent lately, I have been very busy with work, traveling (vacations), repairs to our house (gutter problems), family/friends things, and studying for a board certification I am taking in October.....yes you heard right, October. It is a really big/hard/ridiculous test I am taking and have started studying for it now so for the next few months forgive me for the diminished posts and crafts I will be posting. I am working on somethings including a baby shower in August, a friends daughters birthday party and a quiet book for my daughter that is on the verge of completion. So I will be mixing in some older craft projects I have done to try to keep your interests peaked. Thanks for reading and supporting my blog.

Receiving Blanket Tutorial

When I was pregnant I had a severe nesting problem and with a fabulous fabric sale at Jo-anns I whipped up about a billion receiving blankets (I guess since I was due in October I assumed I would be changing blankets like you change diapers on a newborn) I definitely didn't use them all and made both boy and girl blankets knowing I could use the extras as baby shower gifts and for a second baby down the road. These blankets are super easy to make

DIY IPad Card

I found a free download over at seventhirtythree that is a DIY Ipad card, isn't it cute!? After printing it out (front and back) I cut around the image with scissors and then used an exacto knife to cut around the icons (on 3 sides) then I used a glue stick to cut the card down (no glue on the icon flaps) I placed it under a book to dry flat then then wrote birthday messages under each icon.

Happy Birthday Phil

Confetti Sprinkle Cupcakes

Lots of friends had birthdays last week and these were for them. Happy birthday Debbie, Jesse and Phil

Garden Roses

Look at the amazing roses I got out of our yard. Super fragrant too.

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

These are delicious for anyone craving that salty/sweet combo and really easy. Just melt white chocolate (or candy melts or chocolate chips) in the microwave for 30 second bursts (or melt in a double boiler on the stove) until smooth. Dip 1/2 of the pretzel into the chocolate and add sprinkles while the chocolate is still wet. Variations can be coconut, nuts, chocolate jimmies, chocolate shavings as well.
I have also put these in baggies and given them out as favors.

Casserole Caddy and Matching Oven Mitt and personalized pan

I made this awesome casserole caddy (and 2 others ones for gifts) to use for all of the summer BBQ's and potlucks coming up. It took me a while (mostly because I couldn't piece together more than about 20 minutes to work on it at a time)
I first saw the casserole caddy tutorial over at 2 little hooligans and I found the oven mitt tutorial over at Skip To My Lou but there are several free oven mit patterns out there including here or here

Bottles for Pantry

My pantry is a mess and I decided to try to start taking action and fighting back the clutter by organinzing my baking goods and supplies in pretty bottles and containers and LABELING them, nothing like a type A personality right. I used my silhouette machine to cut out the lettering and filled up the bottles. I found the machine can be very touchy with what font you use. Make sure to choose a fairly simple font with "smooth" edges/sides otherwise your machine will have a seizure trying to cut out all of the tiny imperfections in the edges.

Teddy Bear Blanket

Look at the amazing blanket (hanging- not for snuggling due to all of the work put into it) my mom made for us. Each bear is from a different country and is cross stitched.

Reusable/Washable Swiffer Duster

I love Swiffer Dusters but the cost sure does add up and since I am trying to get on that whole green living thing I figured I would make my own reusable washable Swiffer Duster. There is a great tutorial over at Sew Much Ado and in about an hour I had 2 made.

Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Mini Cupcakes

These mini cupcakes were AMAZING and I don't even like peanut butter that much. I used some of the left over batter from the 100 cupcake extravaganza and made some mini cupcakes and since at that time my husband was craving a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup I thought I would make him some. After baking a cooling the chocolate cupcakes

Baked Mini Donuts-National Donut Day

Today is National Donut Day! I am not a huge fan of donuts but if there is a holiday for baked goods why not celbrate. I found a great recipe for BAKED donuts (much healthier than the regular fried ones) and they were so fast to make, I think start to finish it too me about 30 minutes. And since I have a cute mini donut pan they are even less guilt ridden (unless you eat all of them)

Ruffle Scarf

My friend at work Tina is an amazing Knitter, me....not so much. Believe me I have tried but the whole counting your stitches and keeping track and following a pattern gets me so frustrated. I can crochet like nobody's business but for me that is mindless hand motions I can do easily while watching a movie, but I found an adorable scarf pattern here and just had to have it and I knew just the person to make it for me. So I purchased some super soft and wonderful angora/wool blend yarn and bought the just enough ruffles pattern. Look at how warm and fuzzy it turned out, I love it. Thank  you Tina

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Homemade Blueberry Popsicles

Its Summer Time, or at least that is what I keep telling myself even though the weather is not cooperating so I broke out my popsicle book and whipped up so delicious and healthy popsicles.

Heart Cupcakes

I made some heart shaped cupcakes with some of the left over batter from my 100 cupcake marathon *(since most recipes make ~24 cupcakes and I only needed 100) I just placed a pie weight on the outside of the cupcake liner before filling with batter. Then baked as usual. When you remove them from the liner just remove the pie weight and frost as you want.

100 cupcake challenge

Over the weekend I baked and frosted more than 100 cupcakes for a friend who was having a memorial service for her Grandmother. She wanted 50 vanilla with vanilla buttercream and 50 chocolate w/ chocolate buttercream so I thought I would make the vanilla ones look like flowers. I made some begonias, hydrangeas and carnations. Her Grandmother was not a fan of roses or I would have made those too. Having only enough cupcake pans to make 30 cupcakes at a time I hit up a few of my friends around the neighborhood to borrow their cupcake pans. 
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