Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Hi all, I hope you all have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I know I am a day late, but I spent all day cooking and doing dishes and just crashed in the evening.  I hope you all had a wonderful time with your family and friends. 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Guest Post for Exploring Circut - Mini Recipe Book

Good Morning and Happy Monday everyone.  I hope you have had a fabulous weekend.  Today I am so excited to be guest posting over at Exploring Cricut.  They really have a fantastic blog with so many inspirational projects using the Cricut.  I hope you will stop over and check out the fun.

Today I am sharing a mini recipe book I plan to give as a Christmas/Teachers gift to my daughters' preschool teachers.  Every year I make all the teachers a breakfast as the Christmas gifts.  I have been asked several times for some of the recipes so I thought this year I would make them a mini recipe book to go along with the breakfast.  This way I don't fall behind on emailing them out (which is what usually happens).  So here it is:

Book Recipe:
  • Outside covers printed from Mr Frosty Imagine Cartridge and cut at 4 1/8" x 5 3/4"
  • Inside recipe pages printed from Kate's Kitchen Imagine Cartridge and cut at 4" x 5 1/2"
  • Recipe label printed from Kate's Kitchen and cut at 1" x 3 7/8"
  • Sentiment tag cut from Craft Room Basics at 1" x 2 1/2"
  • Oven Mitts printed from Kate's Kitchen and cut at 2"
  • Stamped sentiment from Michaels Recollections Christmas collection
  • Stamp Ink is Quick Quotes Chalking Ink in Maraschino Cherry
  • Corner chomper to round all the edges
  • Inked all edges with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
  • Used 1/8" eyelets and the Crop-a-dile 
  • Red and white bakers twine to bind the mini book
  • Ribbon on cover from Celebrate It at Michaels
Well that is it.  I hope you have enjoyed and are not to shocked that I have already thought ahead to Christmas.  I still haven't started our Christmas cards yet, but did you really expect me to get started in July like I said that I would???  Don't forget to stop by the Exploring Cricut blog.  Thanks so much Diane for the opportunity to be a guest blogger today!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Halloween in our House

Hey all hope you are having a good Monday.  I am having a great one because I just got back from a much needed girl's weekend with one of my best friends.  I only do it once a year and this one was some much needed R&R.  We went to a great resort in VA and played golf and talked and did puzzles into the wee hours of the night.  I was fantastically low key and just what I needed to get ready for the holidays.  So that is why I am posting Halloween a few days late.  This year I made the costumes for the girls and I.  It was an ambitious feat but I got it done and think it turned out great.  Here is a pic of the whole family.

We were the three witches.  That spooky guy is my husband.  The torch he is holding is real and got accolades while we were out trick or treating.
So for the witches costumes I made the t-shirts and the tutu's.  Here is a pic of the shirts.

These shirts were made with bleach.  I cut out the words and image from the Happy Hauntings cartridge.  I cut them on freezer paper and them ironed them onto the shirts.  I then mixed a solution of 70% bleach with 30% water and sprayed the shirts with the bleach.  I let them sit for a couple hours and them rinsed them in the tub with cold water and put them through the wash.  The bleach didn't bleed and has not through two washes!!!  I love how it looks like the witch is flying in front of the moon.

The skirts were made with purple, green, orange and black tulle.  I think I used about 40 yards of tulle for all three skirts.  The girls loved them and they are now in the dress up bin!!!  The hats that the girls are wearing actually came as headbands from Jo-Ann's.  I knew they would be constantly falling off, so I cut the headbands out and hot glued clips to them.  It worked great.  Interesting enough, with all the accessory's and t-shirts I spent about $25 per costume.  I think this is the same or even less than I would have spent on store-bought costumes. 

So that is all I have tonight.  I am off to work on a project for another blog that I love.  It will be up later this week.  Hope you have a great week.