Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Little Girl's Sleep Over Party ~ Tuesday

The little Diva in the house is getting really excited for her sleep over this week.  We've spent hours pining on Pinterest to get ideas.  One of her favorites was decorating water bottles with duck tape.  A very inexpensive and creative idea to customize for your party.  Here is our version:

Her theme was to be pink and black, so I thought she would pick the zebra print like the one on Pinterest, but she liked this one better.  They turned out really cute.

I've also been brainstorming for a way to display cake pops at the party.  I've searched pinterest and party sites, but nothing really stood out.  As I was cleaning up my craft area I came across an empty wipes container.  I always save them, they make great storage containers for craft supplies, hotwheels and many other nick nacks.  After a little more thought I decided to cover it in fabric, fill it with some decorative stones (to weight it down) and stuff a green floral block in it.

I'll do a final blog showing how it all falls together :)

And finally for today, here's a pic of the invitaion we put together.

I took 12 x 12 card stock and cut in to fours, decorated with scrapbooking stickers I had on hand and let my daughter decorate the back of each one.

Here's the great thing about Monday's post and today's post:  most of it was FREE!  Everything from the first post was made with craft supplies I had on hand (I love scrapbooking) and aside from the water bottles today's were made with items on hand or upcycled items in my home.  The water was $1.88 at Wal-Mart for a 12 pack and the duck tape was about $3.50 (plus I have enough of it left for future crafts).

Over the next few days I'll be working on candy pretzels, candy melts, making the icing and creating the table and back drop.  Check back tomorrow to see which one is next!


Little Girls Sleep Over Party ~ Monday

My daughter has been begging to have her very own sleep over party for quite some time now.  She is about to turn 7, and I wasn't sure we were quite ready for this yet.  I'm still not!  Our original plans were to go out of town for her birthday, but that thing called life came up and we are now planning a last minute party.  I'm excited for her (even though I am secretly cringing at the thought!!).  I do have some great mom friends that have volunteered to stay for a while, so hopefully I'll keep my sanity in check ;-)

I love making things for parties, it'sso much more personal.  I remember growing up, my mom made every one of my birthday cakes.  It would be a surprise most of the time, and the anticipation was always worth the wait.  Eventually she took Wilton Cake Decorating classes and started teaching me.  Then when I became a mom I wanted to carry on that tradition. 

For my daughter's first 2 birthdays I made the cakes.  Then my dear hubby convinced me that buying a store bought cake would be so much less stressful on me.  He was right, I'll admit it.  But it's also more expensive.  My little girl picked a "character cake" and I had to go and get the matching plates, cups, yada yada yada.  Cha ching, cha ching, cha ching.  Ouch.

I've learned over the years (and with 2 children now) some creative ways to pinch a penny and still have a great party.  This week I am going to try to throw together a quick, easy, cheap but super fun party for my little diva.  I'm going to share with you some creations, a lot of them from Pinterest, and see just how thrifty we can get.  Tonight I worked on cup cake wraps and topiary trees for table decor.

My daughter chose a pink and black "theme" for her party and it was going to prove a little difficult to find the right colors in cake liners.  Instead I bought a pack of plain liners for 99 cent, then took to Google to find a cup cake wrapper tutorial.  I printed the template and traced it on to card stock I had on hand.  Here is what I have so far:
For some of the table decor, I decided to try some topiary trees from an idea I spotted on Pinterest.  I took matching card stock from the cup cake wrappers and made 3 the same size.  My wine glasses were short and skinny, so I added some floral brick to the top of the glasses for more height.
Check back each day this week as I show more of the party planning and will hopefully give you inspiration for your own DIY party.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

New Years Resolutions Update

I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year and that you are sticking to your resolutions!  I've been working consistently at mine, but it appears that some of my resolutions are in conflict with each other.
Blog and Organize
You would laugh at the number of calendars I use, but it works for me.  I'm a little it OCD, so there's my excuse.  One of my calendars has general daily goals that I want to accomplish, and blogging is on that list three times a week.  Instead, I have tried to stay off the computer once I get off of work so I can get other things accomplished on my list.  Hence my problem.
So far I have been able to get a good bit of organization accomplished.  For Christmas I received some new storage bins for my ribbon and a new craft table and chair.  I was able to get all that set up and organize my ribbons, fabric and more.  Next, I organized my kitchen cabinets and a shelf in my laundry room that had been bugging me for some time.  I was also able to keep up with the house work and some laundry, all in the first week.
Baby Steps.
Last week, I started making Valentine's and Winter hairbows to update my etsy, website and Facebook pages.  I made 22 bows, photographed them and got them downloaded.  However, my housework suffered.  Another conflict.
I spent all day Saturday getting the house cleaned and ALL the laundry caught up.  Sunday I went to a couponing class and I am getting back in to the swing of saving on my groceries.  I have also updated my blog, and other internet interests.
But how do I make everything work together?  Where is that happy medium to make everything in my little world flow like a peaceful river should?  It seems to get ahead or on top of one thing, something else suffers and I spend more time getting caught up.  I think I need to rework the daily goals list!!
I promise there will be more crafts soon, but for now, how are your New Years Resolutions going?  Any suggestions on my dilemas?  I will keep you all updated as I grow in this process.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Homemade Pizza Rolls

I am addicted to Pinterest.  Love, love, love it.  If you have never visited the site I give you one warning: don't until you have at least half a day to spend on it!  It's a place to store all your "favorites" by photo.  And you can see what everyone else is "pinning" about as well.  Moving on.

I found a quick snack/lunch to try out with the kids this weekend and I wanted to share with you my version.  It's homemade pizza rolls which are made very similar to pigs-in-a-blanket.  Here's what you need:

Cresent rolls
Mozerella String Chees
Pepperoni slices
Garlic Salt/Powder

Preheat oven to 375

Spray a pan with cooking spray or use parchment paper (my new best friend in the kitchen!)

Melt a little butter coated with some of the garlic.

Next, roll out your crescent rolls and start adding your pepperoni slices and half a stick of string cheese.

Next, start rolling up and coating with the butter as you roll.

Finish rolling and coating.  Bake for approx 15 minutes and let cool.

I made a couple of pigs in the blanket as well, just in case they didn't like the pizza rolls.  It wasn't neccessary...they devoured them!  You can eat as they are or dip in some pizza or marinara sauce.  These were really good and I think we might even make more today.  Super quick and easy, plus a hit with my kids.  Its a win-win!

This is officially the first idea I have tried from pinterest and I can't wait to try more.  What about you?  Are you additicted to Pinterest?  If so, what have you made from an idea sparked from Pinterest?  If not, let me know your email and I will send you an invite.

This post was inspired by a very crafty and hip mom, Morgan, over at Miss Priss.  I love her blogs about life, family and crafts.  She is very inspiring and reminds me that I am not alone with the challenges we face as a mothers.  Stop by and check out her blog and follow her on Pinterest.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year!

Rarely do I get swept away into the "New Years Resolutions" that every one sets, but this year is different.  Trust me, there are always things I want to change each year.  I've just never took the time to make a list and concentrate on it.  So I'll give it a shot :-)
Here is a general idea of what I would like to see happen this year:

1-Read Bible daily
2-Pray more
3-More Family Time
4-Date night with hubby at least once a month
5-Laundry-at least one load a day and maybe I won't get behind!!
6-Blog: I've just recently started this adventure and would love to learn more
7-Journal about all sewing I do this year
8-Couponing-get back at it
9-Excercise at least twice a week
10-Work on website
11-Take better care of ME
14-Cleaning-get a schedule and stick to it
15-New business ideas
16-Get my Etsy page better designed
17-Spend a little more time scrapbooking

I think that's enough for now!  We'll see how it goes and I'll post any updates along the way.  What are your biggest resolutions this year?  Or do you skip the bandwagon like I normally do?