Tuesday, July 30, 2013

DIY Large Baby Bibs

Funny story....
A neighbor was having a garage sale and said I could join her.  Even though I regularly donate unused items from our house, I still came up with a bunch of items to sell. I spent 2 days organizing and tagging each item. 
Want to know how much I made?
Donating is the way to go for me.  The deduction I get, when I itemize everything, will be the best bet for me.
One good thing about the sale is that I ended up going through bins that I haven't seen for a while.  I came across some bibs that we used for Noah. 
My Mom made them for Noah when he was a baby.  Because they use a hand towel, they are very absorbent, and they cover a lot.  Seriously, they're big.  I remember putting them on Noah for the fist time and laughing because they covered him! But they ended up being the best bibs we ever had!  When your little guy or girl starts eating solids on their own, you want a little more coverage than your average bib!
All she did to sew these super cute bibs was pick out some hand towels, ribbing for the neck lines, and fabric (check your scrap stash first) for the appliques.
To make the bib, cut a hole large enough for your babe's head to get through. Now sew on the ribbing.
For the appliques you can google coloring pages and print off a few you like. She used those as her patterns and pieced the appliques together. Now sew them to your bibs!
There you go! Now make these for a baby in your life. Their mother will thank you!



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Chevron Photo Display

Hey guys! This weekend I was at The Taylor House sharing how I made this Chevron Photo Display.  Head on over and you'll find some great tips and even the one thing I will do differently next time I make one...which I will do!

This picture is how the display looks today. The picture isn't the greatest because it has been stormy here the past couple of days, but I wanted to show you how it looks with this update. 
Head on over to The Taylor House to read the easy steps to creating this display!
Hope your Monday is off to a great start! I'm headed back to the craft room to get ready for my first sale!  I have lots of fun little projects to share with you in the next couple of weeks so be sure to check back! If you want a sneak peak, follow me on Instagram by clicking the button on the top right of my blog for some updates!

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Garbage, a Wreath, and Beautiful Jewelry

Whew! It has been a crazy but productive week!
I'm getting ready for a trunk show! Next Friday a couple of my friends and I are setting tables up a fun little coffee shop nearby. Lorelai makes the most beautiful jewelry!
Head on over to her Facebook page and check it out!
Vintage Lorelai

If you want to keep up with the flurry of projects I'm working on for the sale, follow me on Instagram! I'm posting a lot of progress pictures there. I have been working on beautiful things every day and I love it!
Now let's talk trash for a little while.  I have been trying to pretty up the spaces in the house I use every day.
 The space under the sink is almost done. Covering the trash can was on my list.
I know, I know. I may be a little crazy for decorating my garbage can, but I had fabric, Mod Podge, and a few extra minutes the other day. (not really...there is a whole list of things I should have done first)
I adhered the fabric with a coat of Mod Podge and then sealed with with a thick coat on top.  For the top coat I found it much easier to just pour some on the fabric and use my hands to rub it in. I wanted it pretty thick so I will be able to wipe off anything that might get on it. It's a garbage can....it's going to happen.
What do you think? Crazy or cute?
And I also finished another burlap wreath. Don't you just love the chevron ribbon?

And if that's not enough....I decided today to join in on a yard sale Saturday. Geesh! What's wrong with me?!  It feels good to get through some of the stuff we have accumulated and clear it out.

Next week I'm going to bed at 8:00. Every night.

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Quick and Easy Green Beans

The other night we needed some veggies to go with dinner.

 We also needed to change it up a bit. 

I threw some frozen green beans in the skillet with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. 

That's it! The kids LOVED it.  The end.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Embellished Clothes Pins

My latest project:
These are a fun way to make something so simple look beautiful. I use clothes pins every day in the kitchen. Chips, frozen veggie bags, snack bags, etc. I even use these for photo displays! (post coming soon)
I used the Mod Podge Paper product to adhere scrap books to the pins. After letting them dry I aged them with sandpaper and distressing ink on the edges. Then I sealed them with Mod Podge Sparkle.  It doesn't show up so much in the photos, but it just adds a little shimmer that is really fun for this project.

What have you used Mod Podge for lately?
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

{this moment}

{this moment}: a moment that needs no words. a glimpse into our life as it is right now. a moment that makes me want to slow down, enjoy and remember. 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Favorite Living Room

Tonight I'm dreaming of this living room. 
I love the colors. 
Makes me want to curl up with a coffee and a great book. 

Click over and look! There are more pictures.  I'm also in love with the sliding barn door!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Pinterest Power Party Link Up

Happy Wednesday, blog-land friends! Welcome to our Pinterest Power Party - and thanks for coming! If this is your first time, thanks for joining us!! Every Wednesday we host this party in order to focus on YOU - the readers! Do you have a DIY project, frugal gift idea, or delicious recipe you want to share? We want to see them and share them on our Pinterest boards too!!

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Here are the features from last week!
{1} Menu Planning Made Easy from Chaos & Crackers
{2} Gift Box Candy Display from Exploring Domesticity
{3} Turn Blogging Weaknesses into Strengths from Literary Spring
{4} Milk Jug Bubble Wands from Crafty Journal

{5} Easy Fourth of July Dessert from Sarah SaturDIY
{6} Sweet Tea with Peach Ice Cubes from Sarah Lynn's Sweets
{7} Blog Calendar Printable from Vintage Zest
{8} Creating a Routine That Works from Creative Home Keeper

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Homemade Italian Dressing Mix

So, the other day I was making our favorite summer pasta salad (which was supposed to be posted this week...but I forgot to take a picture) and I realized I only had one packet of Good Seasonings Italian Dressing mix.
Never fear...I had a whole drawer full of spices. I knew I could make it work. Probably not going to buy the packets anymore!
Dry Italian Dressing Mix
slightly adapted from here
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 1/2 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp white sugar (or less...I omitted it for my pasta salad)
2 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp pepper
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp dried bell pepper and black pepper mix
1/4 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
1/4 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp red pepper
Mix well and store in pantry.  To make dressing use that handy little bottle with the markings on the side....or 1/4 vinegar, 2/3 cup oil, 2 Tbsp water and 2 Tbsp dry mix. Cover and shake well. Use immediately.
I promise I'll make the pasta salad again and actually take a picture this time. It's so good!
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Homemade Cinnamon Bread

Not too long ago I shared the recipe for this bread with you. It is BY FAR the best homemade bread we have tried. 

I made it again....but this time I added something.




Prepare dough according to this recipe.  Once you have it rolled out your beautiful rectangle that is the perfect size for your pan....(read sarcastically...Mine is anything but exact) spread 3-4 tablespoons of softened butter on the rolled out dough. Don't be worried so much about the exact amount, just make sure it's covered well. More butter will only add more yumminess. Then I sprinkled 3 tablespoons cinnamon (or a little more) and 1/4 cup sugar. After that, continue on with the recipe!  Easy peasy!

Bake it, and your whole house will smell great. Then have a slice. You totally deserve it! 

Kids Bathroom Counter Storage

Finding ways to repurpose common items is so  much fun! 

Over at The Taylor House I shared what I use in the kids' bathroom. Head over and check out the post!
I use it to keep fresh wash cloths for each kiddo and to store their bigger electric tooth brushes. There's also a timer in there in hopes that they will brush long enough!  

Hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Laundry Soap That Works and Organization

I finally did it! A laundry soap recipe that actually works!  I had tried a couple of recipes, but after a month or so it was easy to tell that they just weren't cutting it.
Then I tried this.
It is awesome.
My life was changed.
Adapted from this recipe.
2 bars of Dr. Bronner's soap. I love the peppermint.
1- 4lb 12oz box of borax
1-3 lb 7 oz box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
1- 3 lb container of Oxy Clean
2- 2 lb boxes Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
(You can easily make half of this recipe...that's what I do)
Grate the soap and mix all the ingredients well.  I use my immersion blender to make sure all the ingredients are mixed as well as I can get it.  I store the extra in gallon Ziploc bags.
**I have been used this detergent for a few months now and it is working great. I love it!  Not to be too gross....but it's even cutting through the deodorant and smell in the underarm areas of my man's shirt! 
Playing softball + Alabama heat + deodorant = funk and gunk in the pits of a shirt
This soap cuts through all that!
This is how I organize the top of my dryer.  Detergent, water (to wash off the bleach dispenser when I'm washing whites), a bucket for garbage, and an extra jar for things I find in pockets.
The only thing not shown is the vinegar I use as fabric softener (and many many other things). If you're thinking "I can't stand the smell of vinegar"...I promise you, you CAN NOT smell it. Vinegar is amazing in its ability to clean and deodorize!  Once it's dry the smell is completely gone.  My husband can't stand the smell of vinegar and he didn't even know that I had been using it for the past year on his clothes. He walked in the laundry room the other day and was shocked!
Speaking of laundry....I'm off to go throw in a load.  One of my goals for the week is to stay on top of the folding and putting away. Those are the parts that I get behind on so quickly.  Anyone else.....? Anyone....?

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