Sunday, October 17, 2010

Oh my...

I have a friend who is having twin girls. I was on one pretty thing this week (perhaps you've heard me mention that site before??) and there were several tutorials for baby things being featured. The first was an ADORABLE baby bonnet that I HAD to make. And let me just say that the baby that's modeling the bonnet is SO stinkin' sweet it makes my teeth hurt. I'm glad I have someone(s) to make the bonnet for because I don't think my boy will appreciate me putting a bonnet on him when he's born in a few months!

Reversible Baby Bonnet on Sew, Mama, Sew! (don't you just want to snuggle her and sniff her head?!)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Cute Halloween Crafts

I'm an avid reader of oneprettything. I'm officially obsessed with that site and check it several times a day. This site is the reason my "someday crafts" list keeps growing longer and longer. Recently, there has been an abundance of Halloween and Fall crafts and I just thought I'd share some of my favorites (all of which I plan to make over the next week or so...)

Floating Ghost by Everyday is a Crafting Day!

Harvest Blocks by Shannon Makes Stuff (the one I made is going to say "welcome" and sit on my mantle)

Superhero Cape by The Long Thread (my girls are going to be superheros for Halloween)

Boo Wreath by Craftaholics Anonymous

Have a spook-tacular time crafting!! (see what I did there?) ;o)


Saturday, October 2, 2010


There was a mom from our small group that would make these A-MAZING peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. They were SO yummy that I had to ask for the recipe. I've made them several times since and they're always a crown pleaser! Give 'em a whirl- you won't be sorry (although your love handles might be!)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

* ½ C butter
* ½ C butter flavor shortening
* 1 C peanut butter

* 1 C granulated sugar

* 1 C packed light brown sugar

* 2 eggs

* 1 tsp vanilla
* 2 ½ C flour

* 1 ½ tsp baking powder

* 1 tsp baking soda

* ½ tsp salt
* 12 oz chocolate chips
* ½ C chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375*
2. In bowl beat butter, shortening, peanut butter, sugar and brown sugar, eggs and vanilla on medium speed until nice and creamy

3. In a separate bowl stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
4. Add to peanut butter mixture and mix well. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts if desired.

5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set, remove from oven and let sit on cookie sheet for 10 minutes before cooling on wire racks.

That's what I'M talkin' about! Yum!!


Nap Towel Revamp

My youngest daughter started preschool a few weeks back (sniff) and she needed a towel to take "rest time" on. I use the term "rest time" very loosely- try getting 15 3 year olds to lay down and be still for 10 minutes and see how successful you are! Anyway- I couldn't just send in a normal towel. I needed to make it pretty so I looked through my ribbon stash and found some chute ribbon that matched perfectly and set to work. First I embroidered her name (I couldn't just write it in sharpie on the tag!) and then I used some stitch witch to attach the ribbon to the towel (so it wouldn't slide around when I sewed it. Then I tacked down either side with a basic stitch on my sewing machine and I was done! A super cute towel that she wriggles around on for 10 minutes a day.

The original towel...BORING!!

The updated version...cute!

Craft Room Clock

As you may know, I gave my youngest daughter the boot out of her room and moved her in with her bigger sister so I could convert her room to my craft room...selfish? I think not. Their room is actually huge and they LOVE sharing. Anywho- I'm still in the process of taking pictures of the finished result (actually- the room is currently in shambles from about 30 projects I've been working on so I'm embarrassed to take pics...) but I did want to share a cute clock that I made for the room. I originally had a wooden square clock that I dismantled and was going to mod podge some scrapbook paper to the back and reassemble it and hang that- a nice simple re-use project, right? WRONG- as soon as I took the back off, all the clock dials started coming undone- it was a mess. SO I moved onto plan B. With the help of my trusty craft buddy, Kaitlin, we set off to create a plate clock. I had seen several of these at the bakery Amelie's in Charlotte, NC and I loved them. They looked easy enough so off I went to get the necessary materials. I needed a plate (duh) $3 from Homegoods, a clock kit $6 from Hobby Lobby (plus 40% off), scrapbook numbers $2 from Hobby Lobby, a dremel drill, and drill bits meant for porcelain or glass $12 for 4 sizes at Lowe's. We submerged the plate under water (in my handy dandy lasagna pan) and started drilling. Slow at first then faster when I became inpatient but eventually we had a hole big enough for the clock kit. The rest of the assembly was easy then I added my sticker numbers and voila! A plate clock! Here are some pics...

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