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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Turn an old Tshirt into a summer hat

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do with out.
(This is my best attempt at blurring out the laundry in the background!)

My husband was throwing away one of his old t shirts and I held onto it thinking I could make something out of it.  When I stumbled across this tutorial here, I knew I had to make one. It went really fast and I love how comfortable and light it is.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Farmer's Market

Getting ready to sell at a Farmer's Market is a lot of work and we didn't even have that much stuff! 
                                      I made a couple more pairs of shoes

 Black shoes with red sole and bows

I came up with some last minute packaging for my shoes
(baggies and scrapbook paper)

Pioneer girls excited and ready to go

All set up and waiting for customers to come, the girls sold jam, brownies and water and almost every penny they earned they spent at another booth.

Who could resist buying something from these two!? 

All my shoes and flower clips.

My wreath on display looking rather see through and less than full.

 My wreath after adding some local shrubbery!  Shhhh no one noticed because I sent my girls to pick it.  Doesn't it look better?

Vintage windows and Mac's picnic tables

Some children were quite helpful with the packing up, others not so much!

It will probably be a while before she comes to the Farmer's Market she was a little burned out and I was too.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Itty bitty red baby shoes

I have been trying to get ready for a craft fair my husband and I are selling at.  I have been making a few baby shoes and it turns out if you do the wrong seam allowance they end up really small like newborn size and I didn't even have to adjust my pattern  yay!  These were also made from an old purse I found at  DI.


They turned out so cute I am tempted to keep  them for myself if I ever have a little girl again or to give as a gift. You can find the pattern for these here.  If anyone would like a tutorial for making these just let me know and I will post one.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

How to make your own detangling spray

If your kids are anything like mine combing out hair involves a lot of whining and crying and I have found that detangling spray helps quite a bit but is pretty expensive.  I had no idea it was really easy to make yourself and all you need is water and a little bit of conditioner. 

5 parts water
1 part conditioner
   spray bottle
 (I saved my old one and refilled it)

Squeeze conditioner into bottle, add water, and shake well.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Father's Day Ideas

Printable Pop Tag

Tape Measure Card

Tie Cards
gifts 1s Guest Blog: Insane Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Laminated Wallet Collage
(tip junkie)
Tutorial can be found here.

Free Printable Card

To print this card click here.

Happy Fathers Day!
I made my Father's Day collage on Picnik,  google's free photo editing website.
 (In case you were wondering yes we did have a little photo shoot in the car while we were waiting for Mac at Home Depot and yes one of my kids is laying across the back window.  I think it turned out quite nicely, sometimes your kids are smarter than you think.)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Chocolate Cupcake Recipe/ no eggs

This is my best shot at imitating my favorite cupcake at the Cocoa Bean Cupcake Cafe and I think I came pretty close.  YUM!  I found this recipe for Wacky cake out of the 2008 classy cookbook and it has been a favorite ever since. 

Wacky Cake

3c flour
2c sugar
6 Tbsp baking cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tsp baking soda

Mix dry ingredients well and add:  2 tbs vinegar, 3/4 cup vegetable oil, 2 cups cold water, 2 tsp vanilla.  Mix together well.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 min for 9  by 13 and 15 to 18 min. for cupcakes.  This is a great moist cake and if your husband happens to be allergic to eggs it's even better.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

3 cups powdered sugar
1/3 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 to 2 tbs milk

Mix powdered sugar and butter, stir in vanilla and milk.  Gradually beat in enough milk to make it smooth and spreadable. 
 For frosting cupcakes I usually put mine in a gallon plastic bag and snip the corner off and pipe it on. Sprinkle with crushed Heath Candy Bar

Friday, June 3, 2011

Flag Blocks

Flag Blocks

Field of Heroes

Each of these crosses represents a life lost in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Field of Heroes at Century High School, Pocatello Idaho, Memorial Day, May 31 2010
This is what I saw on my way home the other night, I was blown away by the amount of markers that were there.  I have been wanting to make these flag blocks I spotted a while ago, and this was incentive to get it done. 

I love the way it turned out and it is nice to have a flag displayed in my home as a reminder to always be grateful.

What you need:
2 x 4 cut into 2-7in. blocks, 2- 3.5in. blocks and 2-3in. blocks.
craft paint and brush
sand paper
textured craft paper (for star)

Once you get your blocks cut paint with one coat and let dry completely (3 in. blocks are blue).  If you want a more antiqued look sand until you like it.  Finish off with a star or stars cut out of craft paper and distress the edges with ink pad, glue on star with elmers or you can use double stick tape.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wooden Hammer Toy

I Love SpRiNg!

Ok back to the wooden hammer toy
(couldn't think of a better name)
We made this for Christmas and as you can see it has been well used, it was easy to make and all of our kids have enjoyed it.  We used a dowel for the pegs and leftovers from the kid picnic tables.  I used regular acryllic craft paint and it has held up pretty well.
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