Friday, August 17, 2012

100th Post!!

Today is our 100th post! We can't believe that we've made it this far. Thank you all for following along and reading. We'd like to share some of our favourite posts so far.

One of our first big projects was our niece's First Birthday Party.
This birthday party was in the theme of pink lemonade and we had a lot of fun with the bright pink and yellow colours.

Another spring favourite was the hair bows for our niece.
These fun bows were easy to make and stayed in baby hair.

And no one could forget Courtney's delicious Comfort Casserole.
With a little bit of hamburger and some rice, you can make the most delicious dinner.

My little indoor camping date night was also a favourite.
This was a fun way to watch a movie without leaving the house.

More recently Courtney took some 3D butterfly decals and made them her own.
They look fabulous and make the corner of her bedroom pop!

I know our posts have been a little slow in coming this summer, but stay tuned as we kick it back into high gear.

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School Binder

I know, how can I!?!?! I shouldn't be mentioning school because that means that summer is almost over. I have had a fantastic summer so far, but I am looking forward to classes once again. With some left over fabric and an old binder, I now have a binder that looks cute for college.

I started with an old binder I had around the house and some left over fabric I had used here.
I cut the fabric a bit wider than the binder.
Then I used Gaff Tape (tape used by technicians to tape down cables and cords). As I was taping, I made sure that the binder would still close and open and that the fabric wasn't too tight.
I love how it turned out and I can't wait to use this at school.

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Button Fun

This weekend I had some fun with buttons. And surprisingly they weren't involved in a sewing project!

It all started with this image on Pinterest:

The project comes from here, and gave me the idea to make my own variation. I didn't have buttons in the a pretty colour variation like the one above, so I used spray paint.

I started by going through my button jar (I bought a large bag of buttons at Wal-Mart for only a couple of dollars) and picking up a variety of buttons in sizes, all in a thin, circular shape. To make sure I had enough I formed them into a heart shape in the opening space of the frame.

I then took the buttons outside with my can of grey spray paint and coated them all. I had to let them try for quite some time because the humidity wasn't on my side. But once I was sure they were dry enough I took a piece of cream paper and re-shaped the buttons into a heart. The tricky part was gluing them down with my hot glue gun. I tried to first glue the button and put it back down on the paper but that didn't work so well (think hot glue on my poor fingers - ouch!) so I switched and put the glue on the paper instead and then dropped the button on top.

Here's how it ended up!

Yes, surprise, I left the red button out of the spray-painted group on purpose to add a little something special!

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuscan Pasta

One of my favourite kitchen appliances is my crock pot. I love the option of throwing together a pot of chilli in the morning and having it ready when I get home in the evening. Another one of my favourite meals to make in the crock pot (or slow cooker if you prefer) is Tuscan Pasta.
This weekend my mom and sisters made it, and I snapped a picture to show you how delicious it looks!

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1 medium green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup water
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
6 ounces thin spaghetti, broken into half

Place all ingredients except spaghetti in crock pot. cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until vegetables are tender.
After 4 hours, turn crock pot to high, stir in spaghetti and cover. Stir again after 10 minutes. Cover and cook for 45 minutes or until pasta is tender. Garnish with parmesan cheese.

Happy Cooking,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

A Few of My Favourite Things: Saugatuck Michigan

I have a few favourite places in this world. I could spend my whole life there and be happy. One such place is Saugatuck, Michigan, specifically Oval Beach. This beach is perfect. The parking is close to the sand. The sand is close to the beach. There is no seaweed and the water is very clear. The sand is soft and there are hardly any little stones.
I have come here since I was in College and I would love to go back and enjoy the cool water. If you're in Michigan I would highly recommend it. This beach is less busy than Grand Haven, but just as nice.

Happy Swimming,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Two Pinterest Projects

Today I decided it was time to tackle a couple of pins I had on Pinterest. And because I chose two small ones, I thought I'd give you both in one blog post.

The first project was a ribbon hairband, the pin of which comes from The Crafty Scientist.

I simply grabbed 4 hair elastics and two ribbons and got to work.
The first step was two tie two hair eleastics together with a knot, pretty easy.

Then I measured the ribbon around my head, cut it, and used a combination of fabric glue and hot glue to attach the ribbon to the hair elastics.

And there, you have it, two cute ribbon headbands. I just love how you can really personalize this with any type of ribbon for any type of outfit or occasion!

And then my second little project was a scarf hanging idea I pinned a while back from Be Different Act Normal. 

I already had the scarves and the hanger, so I picked up some shower curtain rings for $1.50.

It was nice to just hang the thick scarves through the rings, and then I tied a know with the thin ones so they wouldn't fall out.

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chocolate Flowers

I just love when something is simple and beautiful. These chocolate flowers are just that.

I started by putting some lollipop sticks in the mould.

Then I melted my chocolate disks. I decided to melt them in an open ziplock bag so that I could just snip the corner and squeeze it out. That is the no mess way, but you could also melt them in a bowl.

I filled up the flowers with chocolate and tapped the mould to release any air bubbles.

Then it was just a matter of sticking them in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Simple, elegant, and delicious.

I even wrapped them individually for an extra special touch.

Happy Crafting,

PS: Here's where we link up.
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