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Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween & Dinner In A Pumpkin

Happy Halloween friends!

My little Rapunzel and my busy little bumble bee

What are you doing today? Do you have any Halloween traditions? We started our day with Jack -O-Lantern pancakes with special homemade syrup. Dinner on Halloween is big at our house! Every year since I was little we've had a family favorite recipe: Dinner In A Pumpkin. I'm hear to share it with you!

Dinner In A Pumpkin
Medium pumpkin cleaned out (save those seeds for homemade pumpkin seeds)
1 onion chopped
2 cans cream of chicken soup
3 cups of cooked rice
1 pound ground beef
2 Tablespoons oil
4 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 Tablespoons brown sugar

In skillet saute onions in oil until tender. Add ground beef, cook until done and drain if needed. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 10 minutes. Put in pumpkin and place pumpkin top back on. Place pumpkin on a baking sheet or in a baking dish (if its in a baking dish add a little water so the dish won't burn). Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does! Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eyechart Canvas

A few months back I found an awesome FREE website to make custom eye charts. You type in the text you want and it creates it for you. So AWESOME right? At that time I was working with the other fabulous young women leaders in my ward on our young women in excellence program. I am a member of  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and you can find out more about it here or by emailing me. I was in charge of the take home gift for the girls and our theme was "Become Something Extraordinary". As I was typing different text to fit perfectly on the eye chart I decided to enter in the theme and it fit perfectly! You seriously have no idea how excited I was! I have been so excited to share this with all of you!
  • To create your eye chart click here. Or use any photo print you want.
  • Print eye chart in desired size. We decided on 8x10 and printed them at Costco.
  • You'll also need a canvas, modge podge and foam brush.
  1. Cover your work area with a drop cloth, newspaper or whatever you have on hand.
  2. Cut photo to exact size of canvas. You will want the edge of the print to be flush with the edge of the canvas.
  3. Pour a generous amount of modge podge directly on canvas and use foam brush to spread and even layer on entire canvas being sure to go all the way to the edge. Brush the glue from the center towards the edge so you don't get globs of glue running over the edge of the canvas.

4. Press print on canvas firmly. 

5. Set aside and let it completely dry.
6. Once the canvas is dry you will put another layer of modge podge over the print using a foam brush. Make sure to spread the glue using long even strokes going from top to bottom.

7. Let canvas dry completely.

Not here's the lame part...I totally forgot to take a pretty picture of the final outcome! Take my word for it they were super cute!

There's so many different options of things you could create using the eye chart maker. Don't you think it would be such a cute personalized baby gift? Or a personalized wedding gift? Here's a couple I came up with.

Now go create your own! Enjoy!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

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Hello friends! So it's not even winter yet and already my littlest one has had croup and a horrible, lots of boogies cold. Which for me equals sleep deprived. Also between her coughing in my face and breathing like Darth Vader while sleeping on me I couldn't avoid catching it. I'm feeling better now besides my extremely raspy voice. Reminds me of that episode of FRIENDS where Phoebe gets sick and has a sexy raspy singing voice except I'm not feeling sexy. :) Anyways I'm off to bed and hoping for a good nights sleep! Hope everyone is well and I can't wait to see what you've been up to this past week! Let's get to it!

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AMAZING projects last week people! Let's check out some of my favorites!

I love this piece of art! It makes a huge statement and is extremely thrifty! 
I will be making this for my home...I don't know where it's going, but I want one!
Fish Scale Wall Art from Two Thirty-Five Designs
 I love the texture this spool table adds to the room and it looked so easy to make!
Spool Side Table from Crafted Niche
This is another amazing piece of jewelry!
 Road Trip Junk to Jewelry from Katalina Jewelry

If you're looking for any last minute Halloween costumes check out these! 
Not only are the lil one adorable the costumes are fabulous!
Hulk Costume from The Sasse Life

Cinderella Costume from Sew Fantastic
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

{2 x 4} Mummies

Hello friends! I had to add just one more Halloween project for this year :) I've seen different versions of mummies this year and decided to make my own. I wanted to use what I already had so here's what I came up with.

Here's what you'll need:
  • Any scrap wood you have laying around. I used 2x4's left from when we tore down a wall in our kitchen last February.
  • Scrap fabric. This was left over from curtains in the nursery. I cut the strips about 1 1/2 inches thick and as long as I could.
  • Googly eyes
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  1. Wrap fabric vertically around wood and secure with a dab of glue at the end.
  2. Wrap fabric horizontally around wood. Tie strips of fabric together to create the bows and knots.
  3. Add googly eyes with hot glue.
And you're done! This project seriously took about 30 minutes from start to finish...and that's with kids doing projects at the same was that easy! Enjoy!

*Linking up to these amazing parties!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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Can you believe we're at TEN weeks with Show & Share? Wow time is flying! This has been so much fun...I hope you guys are enjoying the party as much as I do! Show me what ya got!

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Here's the favorites from last weeks AMAZING party! Thanks everyone for linking up! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!

Salt and Pepper Shaker Necklace from Katalina Jewelry. This necklace is absolutely beautiful! I'd love to have one!

LOVE this DIY Art from Pretty Life Anonymous! So simple and yet amazing!

I am a huge fan of scarves! I love this DIY Dip Dyed Scarf from Henry Happened!

How cute is this Tin Can Mummy from Alderberry Hill? This would be a super cute neighbor or teach gift!

These Popsicle Stick Puzzles from Flip Chick Designs is such a fun idea! My oldest would love this activity!

Check out this super cute Halloween Cupcake Liner Wreath from Lolly Jane.

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Black and Silver Pumpkins

Remember last week I showed you my Halloween decor and said I wasn't finished? Well I gave those orange dollar store pumpkins a makeover. Here's what I did:
  • Cut stem off the pumpkins
  • Find a new stem to use (I used sticks found in my front yard)
  • Spray paint pumpkins and stems silver and let them dry completely
  • Polka Dot Pumpkin - using a glue stick lid press it onto the pumpkin just enough to make a circle outline. Paint each circle with craft paint. I didn't have any small brushes so I used a q-tip.
  • Diamond Pumpkin - Draw diamonds on with a marker and then paint with craft paint and foam brush.
  • Striped Pumpkin - Paint every other section of the pumpkins with craft paint and foam brush.
  • Initial Pumpkin - Spray paint thumb tacks black. Once dry stick in pumpkin making your initial.
  • Hot glue new stems in place and add ribbon.
  • Easy easy easy! You're done! Enjoy!

Hand Print Pumpkins

Every year during General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all the girl's and kiddos in my husbands family get together to eat dinner and decorate pumpkins. My oldest daughter is now old enough to pretty much decorate her own pumpkin with some help with glue. Her first Halloween she was six months old and obviously wasn't old enough to decorate a pumpkin, but I still wanted to get her involved. That's when I came up with hand print pumpkins. Here's a picture of her in 2008.

Are you dying over that face? I know I'm her mom, but seriously how cute is she!
Here she is with her pumpkin she decorated this year.

This year my little one is 17 months old and couldn't decorate her own pumpkin so I decided to do both of my girls hand prints. It really is so easy and I wouldn't normally explain, except I have a trick to not make a mess with the glitter!

First trace hands onto pumpkin.

Glitter can be extremely messy and a pain in the butt to use. It gets everywhere and you can never get rid of it! So here's the trick to mess free glitter. Mix the glitter in your clear drying craft glue and apply to pumpkin or any other project.

Add rhinestones and ribbon and your done!


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Hello there! It's Wednesday, it's Wednesday, it's Wednesday! Come show us what you've been up to! Can't wait to see all the fun projects!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

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Hello friends! I'm so excited to share these features today! We had another amazing party last week thanks to all of you! I truly appreciate all your support! I am in the Halloween mood and had to share all these amazing projects! I want them all in my home!

What a fun desk to work at from Everything Under The Moon

How cute are these fabric pumpkins from Creations By Kara

Love this whole display from Fancy Frugal Life! You really need to check out the tutorial on the ruffle wreath!

Loving this idea from Tattered & Inked

You absolutely have to check out this entire house! Dixie Delights is amazing! Check out the stair case! Beautiful! And I'm saying that with black mice decals on it!

Check out these Modge Podge Pumpkins from Love Sweet Love.

These Monsters In House are so cute! How fun would that be to have them in your windows!

I instantly fell in love with this little treat from Maybe Matilda. I love that even I could make these!
Most viewed link last week was this circle stencil. Would you believe that she used a toilet paper roll? So awesome!

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