Thursday, March 31, 2011

Make Some Flowers

It's Spring! Let's make some flowers. For walls, pillows, clothes, or just about anyplace else. Make them from paper, felt, or fabric. Here's a list of tutorials on different flowers to make and add some spring to your life.

Felt Dahlia Brooch by Megan Reardon

Fun Paper Flowers by whimsical world of laura bird

Box Fold Felt Flower by iCandy Handmade

Easy Felt Flowers by Craftaholics Anonymous

Pleated Fabric Flowers by Craftaholics Anonymous

Fleece Flower Petal Pillow by Come Together Kids

Pinwheel Flowers for the Wall by Offbeat Home

So what are you going to make?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lunch Anyone?

If there's anyone who knows how to make delicious food, it's Pioneer Woman. I'm drooling over her Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas.
If only I could get my husband to like spinach and my daughter to like spinach and mushrooms.... Next time the kids are with their Mimmie and hubby is gaming, I'm making these bad boys for me. YUMMY!

Dragon Slippers

 Cute, right? These are handmade by Made By Rae. Find out how to make them here.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Restaurant-Like Garlic Cheddar Biscuits

Restaurant as in... Red Lobster. Gimme Some Oven has a recipe for the delicious, cheesy NOM's. This is awesome particularly because it's the only thing at Red Lobster I like. Nothing against them, but I am not a seafood person. Their other dishes that aren't seafood....well, I like the biscuits.

Rainbows & Unicorns Party

There are so many cool birthday party ideas out there for kids. Hostess With The Mostess shows off a Rainbows and Unicorns party for little kids. 

Besides the rainbow layer cake and handmade unicorn horns, there are other great ideas. My favorite really has nothing to do with the theme. It's this:
It's a kid sized serving table that won't get dumped! She glued bowls to a sheet of poster board/foam core and the board was tied down to an ottoman. GENIUS! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Wallpaper Awesome

Need some desktop freshening up? I have 5 sites to get free fun and funky wallpapers.
Deviant Art is a plethora of creativity. The link is for a search of wallpapers. Under each piece is a subcatergory. So if you only want photo wallpapers or abstract, you can find what you want.
Cute, weird, and fun. These are 200x200 squares meant to be tiled for your wallpaper. Click on any of the pics, then click on the black and yellow arrows to open the tile for downloading.

They are exactly as their name implies. Lots of sleek, simple, clever desktops.
Weird. That's the best word for most of these wallpapers. But cool too.
This one just became my desktop.  :)
Beautiful nature wallpapers beyond typical beaches.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Snack Time!

Easy. Delicious. Cute.
Random Thoughts of a SuperMom has the steps. They look so good and any kid would love it, right? My daughter won't go near them. She has an aversion to anything peanut. I've tried every trick and she still won't even take a bite. These, peanut butter sandwiches in dinosaur shapes, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter cups.  Nothing works. Hopefully she'll try it some day.

Toddler Wings

Get the tutorial on how to make these cute wings at

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

DIY Princess Tiara

Lu Bird Baby has a great little tutorial on how to make tiara's for the princess in your home. If you were having a princess themed party, you could make one for each girl.

Nilla Wafer Mini Food

Aren't those just adorable? All made from Nilla Wafers. I would never have the patience for the burger, but the cake, I think I could do. You can learn how to make them at Dollhouse Bake Shoppe!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Felt Cookies

I love these! My daughter will have a blast with them in her play kitchen. 

I just have to find the right colors of felt. So far I haven't found what I need in stores. You can find the tutorial for these here at Yarn Pirate

Candy Buttons

Remember those strips of candy buttons when you were a kid? Now we can make our own. fun!

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 drops yellow food coloring
  • 3 drops blue food coloring

  1. Cut white paper into twelve 2-by-11-inch strips. Using an electric mixer, beat the confectioners’ sugar and egg white until thick and smooth, about 5 minutes. Divide the icing into 2 small bowls. Stir the yellow food coloring into one batch and the blue food coloring into the other. Cover the blue icing with plastic wrap.
  2. Arrange the paper strips side by side on a work surface. Scrape the yellow icing into a small, resealable plastic bag and snip off a tiny corner. Pipe out the icing onto the paper strips in dots, about 1/3 inch apart in even rows of 3. When about a quarter of the yellow icing remains, add approximately the same amount of blue icing to the bag, stirring with a toothpick. Continue to pipe green icing dots onto each paper strip. Transfer the blue icing to another small, resealable plastic bag and continue piping. Let the dots sit at room temperature until hardened, 12 hours or overnight.

Friday, March 18, 2011

DIY Watercolor Paint

Check out this tutorial at Pocket Full Of Posies. Pretty easy, and the kids can help!

Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

Guess what I'm making this weekend?

1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
3 TBSP white sugar
½ tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 TBSP cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
2 TBSP light corn syrup
¼ cups butter, melted
1 TBSP vanilla

In medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and cinnamon with a whisk. Whisk well to make sure everything is combined. In separate large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, corn syurp, butter and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium/low heat. Pour about 1/4 cup batter onto griddle. Once bubbles are set in the middle, flip over to brown on both sides. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


I love eggs. Almost as much as I love garlic. I can make eggs a ton of different ways. Usually my favorite is over easy, cooked with garlic and parsley, and melted shredded cheddar on top. It's delicious. Like mixing the seasoning & cheese from an omelet, but keeping the awesome, runny yolk. Add a side of ham and toast or a bagel and I'm in breakfast heaven.

Anyhoo, I found a new recipe for eggs that I've never tried before. Scotch Eggs. I think it will go over well in my house.
Recipe from

* 16oz sausage meat 
* 4 eggs (plus an extra one, beaten)
* About a quarter cup of bread crumbs
* A couple of inches of oil (I used canola) in a big pan

1. First of all, you boil the eggs until they're hard; I think I did it for around eight minutes. Then you peel them and put them to one side.
2. Next comes the gross part. Divide your sausage into four sections and wrap each section around an egg. Yes, it's just as horrifying as it sounds. You are basically making a sphere of meat.
3. Try not to think about it. Instead think about how delicious it's going to taste when these Scotch Eggs are cooked. Do not think about the fact that you just called something a "sphere of meat."
3. Dip each sphere of meat---whoops!---into the beaten egg and then into the breadcrumbs to coat. There's something kind of weird about dipping an egg into another form of egg, isn't there? It's like cannibalization or something.
4. Turn the heat up high with your oil in the pan. Drop your sausage-covered eggs in there and let those babies fry. Yes, you are indeed deep-frying something in your own kitchen. Oh my god, you belong at a carnival.
5. With a long fork or something, keep turning the eggs around in the oil so that they get evenly cooked and coated. Once the breadcrumbs are a deep golden color, turn the heat off and remove the eggs from the pan.
6. Slice them open. Egg and meat surprise!

Dragon Tails

I'm going to beg my sewing savvy mom to make one of these for my oldest daughter. She's obsessed with everything dinosaur related. This could be a T-Rex tail!
See the full tutorial at Tater Tots & Jello!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Tee Shirt Bibs

If I were even remotely good at sewing with a machine I'd be making a ton of these from thrift store finds. I love how cute they are. One can never have too many bibs.
See the complete tutorial on how to make this over at

Goldfish Chicken

This one will be great for the kiddies!

  • 4 whole Chicken Breasts
  • 2 cups Ranch DIp
  • 4 cups Goldfish Crackers, Crushed
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Slice chicken breasts in half-inch strips. Dip each strip in ranch dip (dressing won’t be moist or flavorful enough after baking), then coat in crushed Goldfish crackers. Lay strips on a cookie sheet in a single layer and bake for 15 minutes.
Recipe from  Tasty Kitchen.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Clever DIY

I have a problem. Either some trolls, or gnomes like to come in my house and steal socks. No really! I keep a small drawer just for unmatched socks. Eventually most turn up later, in some weird spot like under the couch. I saw this clever DIY tutorial at Delia Creates for a sock keeper! 

Unless I found a frame the size of Hawaii, it wouldn't work for ALL my strays, but it's perfect for my kids socks, and really quite adorable. 

Copycat Shamrock Shake

From Real Mom Kitchen:

  • 3 cups of vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 8 crops of green food coloring
  • green sprinkles, if desired
  • sweetened whipped cream
  1. Place the ingredients in the order list above.  Start out with the 1/4 tsp extract and taste after blending to see if you want a stronger mint flavor, if so add another 1/4 tsp extract.
  2. Blend in the blender until smooth.  Pour mixture into 2 glasses and top with whipped cream and sprinkles if desired. Makes 2 shakes.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pirate Ship Bedroom

These photos have been floating around the web recently, and they are just too cool not to share. Designer Steve Kuhl designed this ah-mazing pirate ship bedroom for a six-year-old in Minnesota. Lucky duck...
It even has a hidden room with a surprise!
Yeah, that's a giant slide.
A rope hangs down to a closet below if you'd rather not use the stairs to go up. 
Like I said, that kid is a lucky duck.

Microwave Truffles!

 Looks delicious, right? And really not hard either! If I didn't already have too many chocolate things in my house right now, I'd be whipping up a batch this afternoon. See the super easy recipe on Sugar Bee Craft Edition.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Perfectly Adorable

I think I just found inspiration for my youngest daughters first birthday party!
I think I could do this. Maybe add some butterflies, bunnies, and a gnome or two. Photo from and see the full article with how to here.
The ideas are flowing! little gnome hats made of felt.
Easy decorations

Adorable & cute snacks (it's raspberries, marshmallows and coconut!)
And fun invitations

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