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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Sorting Cups for LuLu

I made my daughter some sorting cups from an idea I saw on Pinterest. I LOVED her idea, but since LuLu is way into Princesses right now, I painted them to look (kinda) like some of her favorites. She got to choose which ones we made, and I went crazy. She absolutely LOVES them, and without her even knowing, she's learning to match colors and fine tune motor skills!
Here is the result:

Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, Belle, Beast, Aurora, & Prince Phillip

Flynn Rider, Rapunzel, Belle, Beast, Aurora, & Prince Phillip

The back of Rapunzel-I just LOVED how her hair turned out!!!

Belle & Beast

Aurora, & Prince Phillip

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

My Son's Stocking

I finished this today.
I'm so glad, because I worried with all of the crazy Christmas stuff going on that I wouldn't have time to make my 11 month old a stocking this year. Yet, here it is, even before December 1st! Yay!!!
I bought the pink one years ago for my daughter, and loved it so much I duplicated it and made one for all of us. Here they are hanging on the railing!
I wrote up a tutorial so I would know exactly what to do when I have to make another one for a future child, if you're interested, let me know and I'll share it!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Made this yesterday. I LOVE how they turned out. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Boo Wreath

I made this cute Boo wreath for Halloween. It's the 1st wreath I've ever made, and I'm super happy with how it turned out. It was super easy and quick, just the kind of crafts I like! :)

Here's a few fun links for wreath inspiration and tips:
(p.s. if you haven't gotten onboard the Pinterest train, you've GOT to see it! It's a Crafter's dream! Leave a comment with your email if you'd like an invite to it...)

Two More Car Seat Covers

Since my last post (forever ago, sorry...) I have been crafting and cooking like mad! Among my latest creations, I made two more car seat covers. I feel like they're getting cuter as I do them, who knew that cute stuff to cover mistakes actually enhances how it turns out?!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My 1st Tutorial, Finally Finished!!!!

I finally finished my very 1st tutorial! It's something I'm very proud of, and a culmination of ideas I've seen online.
If you want to make a car seat canopy like this one, I'm selling the tutorial for $25. Check out the Paypal link in the sidebar. (You pay the add'l fee).

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Crock Pot Kalua Pork

My awesome friend Yvonne gave me this one:

Crock Pot Kalua Pork
1-2 lbs pork (I like to use boneless spareribs or a boneless roast)

1T sea salt (though I use half that to start and add more to taste as it cooks.)

2T liquid smoke (it's found by the BBQ sauce in most stores)

2C water. (though I like to use a bit more water. Just make sure for every cup of water you use, you put in 1T of liquid smoke and it should be fine.

Then I add a pinch of onion powder, then some fresh ground pepper.
Let it sit in the crock pot on high for 6-7 hours, or on low if being left longer. One hour before serving shred the pork with a fork and remove any fat that you find. Serve over rice, sometimes, I lie to use those crunchy chow mein noodles under the rice too. Yum!!! Enjoy!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Girlie Onesie!

I'm meeting up for a girl's night out with my old USU roommates tomorrow. Three of them are pregnant, and two of them already know they're having girls. So I whipped these up for them today! So Mer and Stacy, pretend to be surprised if you see this before we meet up! :)

Wanna make your own? Go here for the template/tutorial!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Rock On!

My cousin's wife just had a baby. He was taken C-section at 32 weeks because she had toxemia. I made him a special onesie to wear when he gets bigger. :)
His dad is in a band, so I thought it was appropriate...

For the template go here:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Boy Stuff

So now that I have a son I've been trying to learn some new boy crafts. The stuff I made below is not only extremely simple, but pretty quick too. Here's some things I made for a friend's shower, who's also having a boy. :)

Wee Wee Wigwam
If you're unsure of what these are, they're to cover your baby's "Nether Regions" when you're changing his diaper so he doesn't pee all over you. (Click on the name above to see the tut.)

This is a onesie that I applique'd a tie onto. Go here for the tut.
Here it is all packaged together with some burpees.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Girlie Apron

As a reward for my toddler for filling up a whole line of stickers on her potty chart, I made her this apron and we made cookies. I didn't have a pattern or tutorial, just an idea in my head. I thought it turned out pretty dang cute, and she LOVED it!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Car Seat Cover W/Window

So I fell in love with a car seat cover at a boutique this summer, and thought I'd give it a try. It was a bit tricky to figure out some of the steps since I only had pictures to look at, but I'm pretty happy with the result-especially since it was my 1st time sewing vinyl.
The thing I like best about this is the window. So your baby can see out, and people can see in without opening up the cover. This is especially nice if you have a baby during flu/RSV season like I will.
Front view:

Side view:

Side view w/flap closed
I love that she made the flap so in case your baby is asleep, they can stay that way when changing environments. :)
I'm still trying to decide if I want to venture out and make a tutorial for this or not. I am in no wise savvy on proper sewing techniques or lingo. But if you'd like to know how, please let me know in a comment. Maybe once the hustle and bustle of Christmas crafting is over for me I'll type one up...

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Taco Soup

Taco Soup
1 Can kidney beans (drained)
1 Can black beans (drained)
1 Can corn- drain off 1/2 the liquid (or 2 cups of frozen corn)
2 Cans petite diced tomatoes (with green chiles if you want it spicier)- sometimes I do 1 of each.
1 Lb ground beef (browned)
2 packages taco seasoning
Pour all ingredients into crock pot with 1/2 the liquid from the corn, plus another cup or so of water. (I usually put enough water in until the consistency looks good to me.) Then season with salt, pepper, chili powder, onion powder, garlic salt-whatever you'd like-to taste.
Set on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4+.
Serve with sour cream, cheese, and tortilla chips. :)

Yum! This will be a tasty dinner as the weather gets chilly!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My 1st Car Seat Cover!

This was my first attempt at a Car Seat cover for my friend's baby. And can you believe, it ACTUALLY WORKED! I've had a lot of train wrecks lately, (that's the reason for the hiatus from this blog...) So I'm really surprised! Yay!
The print from the underside shown:
Side view
Strap detail
If you want to make your own, go here for an awesome, easy-peasy tutorial! I can't wait to make another one for my own little man on the way!!!