Saturday, January 30, 2010

I was featured!

Can I get a WOOHOO! I am currently one of a few blogs featured over at Tatertots & Jello. This is an awesome bog and I feel honored, especially as a newbie blogger! Thanks Jen!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Felt play tents

I was hesitant on posting these pictures because 1. the pictures weren't that great and 2. I saw the idea on Etsy and made my own :) I figured since I did not sell these, I was OK. Anyway, I made felt table tents for my nieces and nephew for Christmas. One tent was for 2 nieces, so it was a bakery. It has velcro flowers and desserts that all come off the tent. The green tent was for a niece and nephew, so it became a Tasty Treats Cafe/Deli. It had curtains on the windows too. The food and flowers had velcro also for interactive play! I am currently working on a camping theme playhouse! We'll see how it goes!







Flower Headband



I have a NEED for headbands and hairclips lately. Maybe that's just because there are so many cute ones out there and little Wyatt just isn't into that kind of thing :) I have to dress myself up instead! I have searched long and hard for the perfect fabric flower tutorial, you know, the kind where I can make it and it looks just like the headband I saw for $9.99 today. ( I am on a cash diet, no way can I buy that!) So, I bought a pack of 6 elastic headbands (for only a buck!) and cut some fabric and played around for awhile. Here was my end result. Probably cost under a quarter! That rocks!! What do you think?

Friday, January 22, 2010

"I SPY" bags

Woohoo! I finally got a project done that has been on my list for ages! I used flannel, Poly Pellets, and some small trinkets. I hadn't realized how cheap the clear vinyl was, so that was definitely an added benefit! I had made magnetic calendars for Christmas so I had all sorts of little things in a box all ready to be used. Here is what I did.

1. Cut fabric into 3 squares that are 8" each (one square is for a pocket on the back)



2. Sew velcro onto the top center of one square.



3. Fold edge with velcro down. Sew on raw edge to keep in place.



4. Attach other side of the velcro to the back square. Baste pocket onto this piece.



5. Cut out a square slightly smaller than you want your viewing window to be. I think mine was about 5". Snip diagonally to each corner and fold the fabric to leave a nice finished edge on your window.



6. Cut out your clear vinyl bigger than your viewing window. Mine was 6" square. Sew it to your opening. I double stitched it to secure the beads.



7. Pin and sew your front and back pieces right side together, leaving a small open edge to turn it right side out.



8. With your bag turned right side out, fill it with your trinkets and Poly Pellets. (I could only find this filler at Michaels).



9. Pin opening closed. Sew in place. Top stitch entire bag to make the edges stronger.



10. All done! I made cute cards to put in the back pocket, so my child will know what to search for!


Valentine's day wall art

I have these cute little shelves in my living room where I add cutesy holiday decorations. I didn't have much for Valentine's day, so I made these fabulous frames. I spray painted dollar store frames and used scrap fabric and felt to make both of these. I used burlap as the background for my larger frame. I can feel the love already!

Headboard Redo

My husband brought this seen better days headboard with him when we got married. I quickly placed it in our "guest bedroom" and "used" it anyway. I have never liked it-it just didn't GO with everything else. (and it reminded me of the 70s, a time I was not even around for yet!). Recently the "guest bedroom" became a workout room and the bed was moved into my craft room. I was NOT going to have that headboard in my creative space! With about $6 for spray paint, some batting, and already owned fabric, I transformed this:




Into this:


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Dinner Time, but almost out of chicken...

Let's make Fajita Black Bean Burritos! I can almost bet that we have all had the same problem. It's dinner time and you only have 4 chicken tenderloins left. Looks like a trip to Costco is in order, but just not tonight. Here is something easy, quick, filling, healthy, and tasty. (That's the best part, right?)

Here is what you need (add or subtract items so you can use what you ALREADY have):
  • olive oil or cooking spray such as PAM
  • chicken, cut into 1" cubes (however much you have or what your family will eat)
  • spices (I use parsley, fajita spice mix, and whatever smells good-we even tried unsweetened cocoa)
  • 1 can black beans (or pinto) 15 oz.
  • 1 can corn drained, or partial bag frozen
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped to your liking
  • 1/2 cup-1 cup white/yellow onions minced (can also use dried)
  • any other vegetables you want to add or substitute. My husband HATES veggies and so I add chopped mushrooms or chopped cauliflower and he doesn't even notice!
  • Tortillas
  • shredded cheese, any kind
  • sour cream (optional)
  • lettuce (optional)
  • tomatoes (optional)
Here's what you do:
Put olive oil or cooking spray in a saute pan. Allow to heat up, then add chicken. Cook until it is no longer pink. I like to add a little spice here.



Next, add bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and anything you want to get sauteed a little bit.


Then, add corn. Mix well.


Next add drained and rinsed black beans. Add more spices. I add enough so that it smells how I want it to taste. By now it should be really colorful.


Let the juices simmer together for a little while while you get out your burrito toppings. Add lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, cheese, or whatever else makes your heart sing. Fold it up into a burrito or taco and enjoy!


Valentine's Wreath

SO...after shopping yesterday for my supplies, I woke up ready to craft to my heart's desire! Downstairs, I find ALL of my treasures from yesterday's shopping ALL OVER THE FLOOR. Darling Doggy rummaged through it all during the night and managed to only eat a bag of hot glue. (Yes, he ATE the hot glue. He must have, since all I could find was 1 full stick and 2 partial sticks.) But you can't stop this woman that can't sit still! I crossed my fingers that I would have enough glue to last through at least this project.

I saw this fabulous idea/tutorial on one of my absolute fav blogs, Tatertots and Jello. I loved the idea of using Valentine cupcake liners to make a wreath. I used white liners with polka dot red hearts on them. For my flower detail, I used a foil cupcake liner and sparkly heart brads for the center decoration. This was super easy, but looks great! Here is how mine turned out. (I think it looks like something out of a magazine!)






Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Ornaments

Here are some quick ornaments I threw together as last minute "Grandma gifts". I hot glued puzzle pieces together (from the local dollar store-I love cheap!), then I spray painted them and added a ribbon hanger and clumped together some holiday berry garland (purchased at Walmart in the gift wrapping section). These turned out great!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar



As Christmas was quickly approaching and gifts just weren't getting finished, I stumbled upon a great idea for a children's gift over at Craftaholics Anonymous. I used felt (my Christmas addiction) and cut out each food that the Hungry Caterpillar ate. I even made a cocoon and a butterfly. I thought the felt was a little flimsy on its own, so I sewed on denim to the backs of each piece. I found clear boxes at Walmart for $3 each that were perfect to fit the pieces! I cut out the title using my Cricut and I modge podged the letters on!





YAY!

Okay, so I admit it. I have been a blog stalker for awhile now of several fabulous blogs. I love getting ideas for everything from cooking, sewing, decorating, to crafting. As a stay at home mom to one busy almost-2-year-old, I don't always have time, but I have lots of ideas. SO... guess what? I am going to share MY ideas (and maybe even some how-to's) and other people's ideas that I JUST LOVE. So come follow me on this journey of The Woman Who Couldn't Sit Still!
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