Monday, September 30, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Pumpkin Recipes

It's Tuesday (well, Monday night really) and it's time to bring it!
Here is the schedule we are following in case you are new here:
The most pinned posts (it was a tie last week) were from...
See...I told you you guys are awesome!
It's pumpkin time! Let's do this. We love just about anything pumpkin so I'm a little excited about this!
Here's my pumpkin post. Click here to read it.
Thanks for playing along! Hope to see you next week with a fabric post!
Link up in the correct category below:


Scrumptious Pumpkin Pancakes

Does your family love pumpkin? We seem to like just about anything pumpkin.  Especially these pancakes!
Scrumptious Pumpkin Pancakes
2 cups flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
1 3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup oil
3 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup pumpkin puree  
Combine wet ingredients in a bowl. In separate bowl, combine dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry and whisk together until combined. Don't mix too much. Let batter rest for about 10 minutes. Heat griddle to 325-375 degrees. (mine cooks a little hot so I go lower with the temp). When bubbles start to show, they are ready to flip.  Cook until they look delicious on both sides. Serve with butter and a dusting of powdered sugar.                  

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Washi Tape Lampshade

The other day I decided to change things up in the living room.  I started with the lamps. That really spurred thing on and I ended up rearranging everything...and even repurposing a piece of furniture.
More on that in another post.
Today I wanted to share with you how I gave my lamps a new look using washi tape. Don't you just love this stuff? 

I started out by pulling off the trim on the lampshades. They came right off without any trouble. Then I carefully taped the top and bottom edges of each lampshade.
By pulling the tape tight and working in small sections I was able to keep from getting bubbles.
I'm excited at how easy it is to give the shades a whole different feel so easily!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope your day is fabulous!
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tips and Tricks Party--Paper

Hey there! It's time to link up and show us all what you have been working on! You are all so awesome! I'm always amazed at what you can do!
Here's the schedule:
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Last week's most pinned post was:
How to Get Rid of Aspirational Clutter from Christa at Controlling Craziness
Ready? Let's get going!
Here is the section for your super cute paper link ups:
And here's the Anything Goes section:
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Jesus Knows Me Sign

I finished this sign on Friday.
I *heart* this sign. 
Is there anything better than realizing that He knows you and loves you just as you are?!
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Cozy Yarn Bowl Fillers

Getting cozy by the fire, drinking homemade hot chocolate, curling up with a warm blanket...
I {heart} fall.
Last year I made these cute and cozy looking bowl fillers for our small kitchen table and couldn't wait to put them out again this year.
Couldn't be easier!  I picked up a few styrofoam balls and the coziest looking yarn I could find.  I think I used two skeins. For the smaller balls, I just used different balls we had around the house. We definitely had more than we needed. All I did was wrap the yarn around the balls and tucked the end in. Can it get any easier than that?
Now bring on the chilly weather!
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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Major Chalkboard Love and Shop Updates

So....This isn't an official chalkboard on the wall post but..I can't keep my excitement contained. Kayla turned 8 last week and we celebrated with a party. Some of the pictures turned out so neat. And here's the thing. I didn't even plan this!
Take a look!
I taped off and painted a GINORMOUS chalkboard on our breakfast area wall. Jason built a frame, stained it, and hung it up for me. I drew a sign for the birthday girl and when she opened her presents it was right in the background. Such a fun backdrop! To say I love this wall is an understatement.  I plan on adding a shelf so I'll hold off on the big reveal until then. Maybe this weekend? But here's another peek.

Kayla got a karaoke machine from my brother and sister in-law. So much fun! Although I'm not sure how I feel about the constant loop of princess songs that are running through my head 24 hours a day.
Thanks to my brother, we started a new tradition. He ordered these lanterns. We made wishes and let them go. Away they flew! The kids were so excited because it reminded them of they light the paper lanterns for the missing princess. 

We played outside.
And even had a shrimp boil.  I promise a recipe when this guy writes it down for me.  Boiling is his area of expertise! (the big guy, not the little guy)
And in shop news, items are being added as I complete them!
I love this state hoop with a heart placed over our home! Available for any state, just ask!
Dipped spoons
And there are some super cute clothespins that need to be rephotographed (Thanks so much to one of you awesome readers for noticing the mistake!)to use in the kitchen or to hold notes, hold gift tags, etc.  They come packaged all cute and pretty so they are ready to give as a gift if that's your plan! They will be back in the shop by the end of the weekend!



Stop by Prairie Girl Handmade if you see something you like!


Monday, September 16, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Organization

Welcome to Tips and Tricks! Our topic this weeek is organization. Come on and link up one or more of your favorite posts. They don't need to be new, just new to us!
Remember, you can also link up great posts on any topic in the Anything Goes section. 
Want to join the fun? Here's the schedule:
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Let's get this party started!
Our most viewed post last week was:
The Best Pumpkin Bread Ever
Your turn:

Fall Wreath

Today I'm super excited to be linking this post up with the Get Your DIY On: Fall Wreath challenge! April was kind enough to feature my homework/art station. Thanks so much, girl!
If you missed it, read about it here.
This wreath was my first try at deco mesh. It is so fun to work with! I added some fall wispy fall sprigs and a few neutral pumpkins and there you go! Everything is attached with the wire that came on the working wreath or with floral wire.
Easy as pumpkin pie!
Mmmmmm. Pie.
Go link up and share your wreath or just look at all the gorgeousness that is there!
And while you are browsing online, head on over to my new Etsy shop, Prairie Girl Handmade, and check out the fun items I have just listed! My favorite is the State Hoop! If you're searching in Etsy, look for PrairieGirlHandmade (no spaces)
 This post is also linked up at these awesome blogs and parties
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Open for Business

Yipee! My shop is open for business!
Prairie Girl Handmade is where you can find paper goodies and other fun decor for your home. Be sure to stop by and check it out!  

I had a custom order for a Auburn wreath and this was my first sale!


Pop on over to check it out!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Tips and Tricks: Fall Decor

It's Tuesday and that means it's time to link up a piece of your fall decor. (Save the tours for Friday at the Second Annual Harvest Tour of Homes at Stringtown Home)
I'm loving that Tips & Tricks now has a theme! So fun!
Don't forget, though, that if you haven't created a post showcasing the theme for the week, you can still join in!
Also - and this is a BIG ALSO - this Friday is our Second Annual Harvest Tour of Homes... So! Make sure you only include fall crafts for this link up, and come back on Friday to link up a post that shows us how you've spruced your home up for fall!
painted calendar
There were some really cool paint projects linked up last week... I loved seeing all of the ideas.
My paint project pick for the week was:
22 Project Done
This DIY Magnetic Board that was linked up by Sew Much Crafting.... This piece and the chalkboard that was linked up would be great for your family command center or home office... they would be adorable hanging in your teen/tween's locker to help keep their school work organized and for friends to leave them messages...
Want to join in the fun? Here's a recap of the party schedule:
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Ways you can follow your hosts:
Heather from Stringtown Home:
Jessica from Prairie Girl to Southern Belle
Jonell from Like Gramma's House
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Monday, September 9, 2013

Pumpkin Art

It's starting to get that fall feeling around here! Well...not actually outside, but in the house pumpkins are popping up everywhere! Pumpkin spice lattes are being consumed. (Half the syrup makes them perfect!) Candy corns have been making an appearance....then disappearance.

I'm so excited to share this project with you! I put this project together with just a few supplies and this painting technique.
Pumpkins, burlap and an unfinished wood frame are all you need to create this specimen art for your fall decor.  I used my DIY chalk paint to paint the frame then distressed it.  Covering the insert with burlap and gluing on the pumpkins are all you need to do to add some cuteness to this frame.
 What a fun way to add some harvest whimsy to your fall decor!
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Friday, September 6, 2013

What I am Up To

1: Thanking God for this beautiful day. 
2: eating too many candy corns
3: cleaning for company
4: prepping for a birthday party, pioneer style (that's why we're having company)

5: And while I'm at it, here is a look at the pile of books on my nightstand. 
They are all great. I highly recommend Going Public if you have a kiddo in public school and have ever been torn about sending them vs. homeschool or private schools. 

Unglued is also a great book for us moms who can feel a bit unglued at times! 
6: Changing the last thing before I officially open the Etsy shop!!!!

Hope you have a great weekend! I'm wanting to put all my fall decor out but I am having trouble doing it in the  95 degree weather!  

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

How I Organize Cardstock

I am working on converting our guest room into a craft room. While the room isn't ready to show yet, I thought I'd share how I organize all my cardstock.
I have a thing for pretty paper. Keeping it organized helps me know and use what I have. I first saw on Carly's blog Simple Things way back when.  I have been using this method ever since and love it. 
I picked up a couple of packs of these plastic envelope organizers with the wrap around string fasteners...I'm sure that's their official name... and used a big ol' pack of page protectors back from my teaching days.

The first thing I do when I get a new pack of paper is tear out each page. I keep the front cover to stick in the front of the envelope so I can easily see what is included. When I need a sheet I can just flip through without taking all of the paper out. Each envelope has a page protector in the back. That's where I keep all the scraps that come from that paper collection. You never know when you might be able to use something!
I keep all my envelopes in an old wash basin that was my Grandma's and it sits right under my table for easy access.
Now for those little packs of papers that are so great for small projects...
I keep those in a page protector with their scraps. They have their own smaller basket on a shelf. 
Gotta love you some perfectly organized pretty paper!
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Tips and Trick Fall Link Up Series: Paint

Are you ready for the first week in our fall link party lineup? I'm joining up With Heather from Stringtown Home and Jonell from Like Gramma's House to bring you 9 weeks of themed parties! I don't know about you, but having a theme helps motivate me. I think it's the planner in me. Each week has a theme. There will be two different places you can link up, so even if you aren't able to create according to the theme, we still would love for you to join in!
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Are you ready? Here we go!
Heather has hosted this link up on her blog in the past and here's the most pinned post from last week:
Isn't it fabulous?! So creative, and saturated with sentiment. Love, love, love!
This week's theme is PAINT. Come on and link up a recent paint project you've tackled!
Here is my project:
DIY Chalk Paint Desk Redo

I picked up this cute little desk at a shop 3 or 4 years ago. The metal was that old beige color. Remember it? The other day I decided to try a DIY chalk paint recipe and apply it to the metal on the desk. I LOVED working with it! You can read about how I did it here.
Now let's see what awesomeness you have been working on! Remember, you can link up a paint project in the first section or other awesomeness in the second section.
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**Also, don't forget to visit Stringtown Home on Fridays for a "Feature Me Friday" post that showcases several link ups from our parties, and join in the party next week - your link up may be our "Most Pinned Post" or one of our hosts' picks from the weekly themed section.**
Ways you can follow your hosts:
Heather from Stringtown Home:
Jessica from Prairie Girl to Southern Belle
Jonell from Like Gramma's House
Grab a button:
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