Costumes 2013






Can you guess what Karsyn is going to be this year??
Or what Landon will be?

Bank Toddler Game

This is a great game for toddlers and kindergardeners. For toddlers it helps with the dexterity of picking up pieces and putting them in the slot of the wipes container "bank" and for older kids it give them an idea about money and denominations.

Girly Dinosaur Tail


Nursery Curtains-Gray Stripe

For the nursery I had a specific look in mind and couldn't find most of what I wanted so I made a lot of things from the gray crib sheets and changing pad covers, to the crib skirt and bumper, the rocking chair pillow and the art. 

Cloth Diapering



I tried cloth diapering with my first child without success but decided to give it another shot with the second baby for several reasons including: Health, cost, waste(less), cuteness.  This time I wanted to set myself up for success so I talked to several friends that have cloth diapered as well as my sister. There are so many ways to do cloth diapers that it is confusing to say the least.

Felt Campfire and Smores



Just in time for summer, I made this cute little campfire for Karsyn (and someday Landon) to play with

Chalkboard inside medicine cabinet

I found this cute idea over on pinterest and decided I had to do it in our new house. So I bought a can of chalkboard paint and a mini foam roller and got to work. You need to shake the can of chalkboard paint really well before use. I used blue painters tape (1 inch wide) and taped all the way around the perimeter to make a nice boarder. Put down a drop cloth because using the foam roller can cause splatters. Paint 2-4 coats, drying in between then carefully remove the tape. Once it dries for at least 24 hours you will need to take a piece of chalk and rub the entire surface with the side of the chalk. Wipe this off then its ready to use.


New Home


Our new house

This is the outdoor kitchen area in the backyard we painted the exterior of the doors and the spiral stairs and got new furniture for out back, moved some pots and plants around and did some general clean up.

DIY Bumper Pads

With my first child I had a specific look I wanted for the room and splurged on a bumper pad from Pottery Barn. This time around I knew I wanted to make my own and customize it, not only was it cheaper but it was one of a kind.

The BEST DIY breastpads EVER!!!



Like my first child it was a no-brainer that I was going to breastfeed and I was shooting for a year with my second child (With my first I thought I would give it 6 months but liked doing it and it helped me loose weight so I continued until 10 months when she decided she was done)
But like any breastfeeding mom knows breastpads and a great bra are essentials. I have used the disposables but hated the expense and the added waste to the environment so I used cloth pads but the first ones I bought where very small and I had to double them so that I didn't leak through (even then I sometimes did) so I experimented and searched the internet and came across  Adventures in Fluff

tutorial I tweaked it a bit by adding rubber sheeting (you know the kind you put under your kids sheets incase they wet the bed) they sell it at Joann's and they are the BEST BREAST PADS EVER!!!

What You Will Need:
Anti-Pill Fleece (for the back)
 Flannel
Towel ( I used one that was about to become a rag/thrown out)
Rubber Sheeting material (I got mine at Jo-Ann's)
5" Circle Template

Sewing Machine or Serger Machine-I don't have a Serger so I just use the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine)

To Make:
 Cut out 2 circles from each: Flannel, Fleece, Towel and Rubber Sheeting for each pair of pads you want to make (I made 6 pairs so I didn't have to do laundry so often)
 I made shaped breast pads so I followed Adventures in Fluff's Tutorial and stacked my fabric flannel, terrycloth, rubber sheeting, fleece (fleece being the bottom) in that order on each pad. So if anything soaked through the terrycloth it would be stopped by the rubber sheeting before hitting the fleece which is another barrier.

After creating the cone shape I zig-zag stitched all the way around. They aren't the prettiest thing but no one sees them anyway. Wash them once to remove all the fuzzies from the towel. Also try not to wash them with fabric softener/laundry soap with fabric softener/or those drier sheets as it prevents some absorption of the milk into the fabric.

 

Creamy Chicken Chipotle Cups & Mexican Chop Salad




We just had our housewarming party/Cinco de Mayo party and I decided to try some new recipes so where do you go to find great recipes but pinterest of course! I found this recipe for chicken chipotle cups but I wanted something creamy so I altered the recipe so below is the recipe I made up and everyone thought they were delicious and wanted the recipe

Creamy Chicken Chipotle Cups
 Serves ~30 cups

  • 30 wonton wrappers
  • Pam Spray
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar-Jack cheese (or other favorite cheese)-divided
  • 1-1/2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or small-diced (I used rotisserie chicken for ease)
  • 1/2 cup jarred roasted red bell peppers, diced(I used the ones packed in water)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper 
  • 1/2 tsp. chipotle powder
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Fit 1 wonton wrapper into each muffin cup coated with cooking spray (I used regular size muffin tin not the mini muffin tin) press the wrappers carefully down into the cups so they hug the sides. Spray the wrappers with pam spray as well. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of cheese in the bottom of each wrapper (my daughter helped with this part and thought it was fun)  Bake at 350ยบ for 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool.
Combine remaining ingredients in a medium-sized bowl along with the remaining 3/4 cup of shredded cheese, mix well, season to taste. Place about 1 Tblsp of mixture in each wonton cup close to serving (so the cups stay crisp)-can be made about 1-2 hours prior to serving.

 


Cooked with cheese on bottom


 I also made a delicious chop salad I found on Pinterest and altered I didn't use their dressing either I made this copy cat recipe for Cafe Rio's Tamatillo Dressing

Mexican Chop Salad

Sliced Red, Yellow, Orange and Green peppers arranged on plate
Rinsed and drained canned black beans (cold)
Marinaded Spicy Carrots
Roasted corn (I used a bag of frozen corn sauteed it in a frying pan with a little olive oil, and added salt to taste, 1/2 tsp chili powder, 1/4 tsp chipotle powder and 1 tsp cumin.)
I put chopped green onions, chopped cilantro, and grated cojita cheese for people to add as they wished. 
I wanted to add avocado and jicama but I ran out of space on the plate and could not find jicama.       



bunting



I free-handed a triangle template utilizing the whole 8.5x11" piece of cardstock but you can use this template if you wanted to. I also made my own bias tape to make the streamer this tutorial is awesome for that.
To cut out the triangles: layer two pieces of fabric wrong sides facing each other then cut out the triangle I then sewed about 1/2 inch from the edge on the two long sides (left top unsewn because it will be inside the bias tape) then I trimmed the two sewn edges with pinking shears to prevent fraying.
Randomly line the triangles inside the bias tape and sew the sandwiched triangle inside the bias tape. I tacked them up with heavy duty tacks.

Tie and Suspender Onsie


I found this pin over at Pinterest and decided to make one for the new baby, for something cute to wear, (I will probably make another one for a friends wedding we will be going to later on in the year). I loved the idea, but I adjusted a few things such as the bottom of the suspenders I curved to match the curve of the onsie leg edging (just cut the fabric a little long, lay it in place and trace along the fabric using the edging underneath as a bumper for your curve then cut with scissors) and I didn't like the tie they had so I searched on line and found one I liked better (they actually gave me 2 sizes)
I also found this one

We have a wedding to go to in September so I might be making this in a bigger size for him to wear.

Coconut Diaper Ointment




I am going to give cloth diapering a shot this time around and you are not able to use commerical baby ointments I started asking my friends and sister who cloth diaper what they use as well as doing some research on my own on the internet.  Most ointments that are made for cloth diapering are SOOO expensive (~$9 per ounce!) so I decided to make my own diaper ointment.

Recipe:
1/8 c Coconut oil(extra virgin) -blend until whipped cream consistency

¼ c raw unrefined shea butter

3-5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil

(arrowroot or talc-free cornstarch for thickening if needed)

Whip the coconut oil with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Melt the shea butter (just until melted) and pour into the mixer as it is going. Drop the tea tree oil in and any arrowroot if you need it. Place in a reusable container with a lid (you will want a small jar for your diaper bag as well. You can get various size jars at local pharmacies for a small fee usually, just ask or mason jars work well also.

Coconut Oil is antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial.  Tea Tree Oil is also antifungal, antibacterial and has healing properties. The Shea butter and arrowroot help with thickening and keeping it all together. The shea butter also helps as a protective barrier against the acidic urine and baby poop.


Some great websites I found are here and here and here

Faux Wainscotting and Bathroom redo

I redid our 1/2 bathroom and decided to try doing some faux wainscotting similar to this one I found over at Young House Love My walls have a subtle texture but I think it still looks great and was very easy to do and reasonable in cost. I think the whole room including paint cost us $60

Oh the places you go artwork

Oil Painting I did for Landon's room. I made this by cutting out letters and the plane shape using my silhouette machine on contact paper and placing the stickers where I wanted them and then painting the canvas. Once the paint dried I peeled off the stickers revealing the white canvas below. 

 You can see the letters I still need to peel off up above and down below.  Make sure you don't allow the stickers to slide to keep the letters crisp.



Muslin swaddle blankets


I saw a Pin on Pinterest about DIY Muslim blankets (some of them like the Aden and Anais can go for $30+)

Best Banana Crunch Muffins Ever





Banana Crunch Muffins

Chocolate Dipped Shortbread


 I love this Shortbread cookie recipe  it is so delicious, easy to make, easy to roll out and use with cookie cutters and freezes nicely too. Since I had my baby we are kind of homebound for the next few weeks to keep him away from germs I decided we should make cookies as an activity.

Absentee





Sorry for being MIA lately, I have been super busy. We had our second baby Landon Sawyer on 2/17/13 so I have been settling into being a mommy to two kiddos. We also moved so I have been buried in boxes. Should calm down soon and I will be back posting things I made while I was on bedrest during my maternity leave.




Felt Robot Plushie

I made this little robot for the new baby on the way (due soon), of course my daughter claimed him as her own and has had the little felt guy eating lots of play food and playing with her toys with her so I may have to make another one.

Football Onsie


 
Little Football Onsie for our little Football on the way.

Peanut Butter Buckeye Candies




A friend of mine had some delicious peanut butter candies made by a friend of hers and didn't know what they were called or what the recipe was so I went on a mission to figure out what they were and how to make them.

Valentine's Day Envelope-Pottery Barn Style



Sorry I have not posted in a while, I have been on bed rest for the pregnancy and pretty tired in general. I will hopefully be better about posting in the future. I decided to make Karsyn a Valentines day envelope similar to one I saw in the pottery barn magazine.

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