Monday, May 31, 2010

Wiggly Watermelon

My kids love watermelon and they love Jello, so for todays Memorial Day BBQ I got a little inspiration from, the idea room (of course) who got her inspiration from gourmet mom on the go and combined the two. You can get the recipe here.

It was a big hit with everyone, especially the kids.

So here are a few extra tips:
- Carve out the watermelon a lot. The thinner you get the rind the easy it will be to cut once it is full of jello. When I was cutting it I was wishing the rind was easy to cut through.
-Don't get distracted. I put mine in the fridge and took the kids for a "quick" walk. By the time I got back it was too set up to add the mini chocolate chip seeds.
-I used half sugar free and half regular jello.
- Make use you have plenty of time to let it set up. By the time I got home from the store and got started on this I only had about 3 hours before the BBQ so I did 4 cups boiling water and 1 cup ice water. It didn't hold it's shape as well as I would have liked, but we had like two pieces left the next day and they were really well set up and I was able to cut them nice and thin like I would a normal watermelon.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am so excited, infact I'm even a little giddy.

I went to Ben Franklin today (with all 4 kids after they were tired from playing at the park for about an hour) to see if I could find a cute fabric for the baby life quilt. And to my surprise they had quite a bit of the "Make Life" by Sweetwater fabric. That is what Vanessa over at V & Co. used. I loved it in the pictures and I love it in person. And I was lucky enough to have a Michael's 40% off coupon on me so I got 40% off the 1 1/4 yards I needed for the background fabric. Now I am all inspired to get busy. Yay! Sadly I have a few other projects in the works (like 4 costumes for my church's Savior of the World performance, a quilt that I was silly enough to think I would just quilt by hand real quick, and did I mention we have a newly built house, so we are putting in the yard right now). But I am still excited and think I might try to get those costumes done today so I can work on this.
OK so did you know that a lot of craft/fabric stores will take other stores coupons. I would suggest asking next time you are checking out at your local craft store and just seeing what their policy is. After all it doesn't hurt to ask and who doesn't love saving 40%, especially on nice fabric.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I Wanna Make it

Numero Uno on the I just gotta make it list comes to you from V & Co.. I love her blog. It is just so bright, happy, and fun. Anyway I have plans in the very near future to make my Baby Bryce her baby's life quilt. Go check it out!

I love love love it! It is cute, it is fun, it is a little funny, and oh so true.
You want it don't you?

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A shelf fit for a princess

or at least a princess room.

I did it! I reclaimed the "play room" and am in the process of turning it into my craft/laundry room. The only problem is what to do with all those toys. Well most of them are going to be moved down to the basement, but quite a few of them are going to be moved into the kid's bedrooms. Sadly we really are lacking in the furniture department.

So I took this shelf that was already in Emma's room and didn't really match because it was from when she had a kitty garden and now she has a princess room.

And this shelf that was in the play room

And I turned them into one shelf that would work a lot better in her room.

Emma was very excited to start putting things on her new shelf and chose where to put things herself. We still have a box or two of dolls and stuff to load into it. So I plan on putting the top of it to good use.

Supply list: Two shelves that are the same depth, primer, paint, quilt batting, fabric, staple gun, heavy duty staples, leather/protective gloves, butter knife, flat brackets, wood screws, a piece of wood trim, hammer nails.

Wow when I was doing this I didn't realize there so many supplies.

Ok to before you start you will need to measure the height of the shelves and then add a few extra inches so you will know how much fabric to buy and then measure the fronts, add it together and get that many inches of molding.

So here is how I did it.
First I took out any removable shelves. Then I took the backs off of the shelves. The shelves I had had large staples holding the back on so I used a butter knife it pry them off. On the second staple I realized I should be wearing so kind of gloves because I pulled a staple out and sliced right through my finger tip. Then I set the backs aside for awhile. Next I primed and painted everything else including my piece of trim. Once the paint was dry I laid the shelves down on their front and then one at a time I upholstered the backs.

First lay out the fabric wrong side up and get it all even. Then place a few staples so it stays on place. Next cover that with the batting and the shelf back. At this point you can trim away some of the extra.

So now for some fun. Get your staple gun, fold the fabric and batting back over the shelf back and staple through all the layers pulling it tight as you go. I find it works best if you find a spot in the pattern of the fabric and always staple that spot.

Do one side, then the other, then the top, and then the back. And there you have it a shelf with an upholstered back.

Cute right?

So now you should have two upholstered shelves. For this next step I found it easiest to move the shelves to where I was going to want them and then lay them back down on their fronts. Push them together and use the flat bracket and screws to stick them together. You may want an extra set of hand to help you keep them pushed together.
Ok we are at the home stretch. Stand the shelves up and nail you piece of trim to the front, put the extra shelves back in, bracket the shelf to the wall, and stand back and enjoy your handy work.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes

I thought it would be fun to kick off my blog with something sweet. I LOVE to bake! Cakes, cupcakes, cookies. If it is sweet I love to make it and Amy over at the idea room is one of my favorite people to turn to when I want a yummy fun treat.

Today I made some delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes for my 4 year old's t-ball treat. I am totally kicking myself for not taking pictures, but lets face it today I took care of my 4 kids (my oldest is 6 and my youngest in 4 months), went to a t-ball game, made 40 cupcakes, and we are trying to get our yard in (we have a newly built house). So pictures just fell by the wayside. I promise to do better in the future. I did however borrow some from the idea room.

Are you drooling now???
Ok So now for the good stuff. Here is the post Amy did about these wonderfully awesome little treats. And here is were she originally found them at Annie's eats. I made the the cupcakes following the recipe on Annie's site and ended up with about 22 regular and 24 mini cupcakes. While driving home from the game I thought to myself that maybe next time I try these cupcakes I may just use a box cake mix and add chocolate chips and maybe a package of dry vanilla pudding to make the cupcakes instead of making the whole thing from scratch. After all it is Annie's ingenious faux cookie dough and frosting with brown sugar in it that make these cupcakes special.

They were a very big hit, but how could they not be. Have you seen these pictures?


Welcome to my new blog. I have been toying with the idea of creating this blog as a way not to clutter up my personal family blog with a bunch of posts about my constant need to be doing something domestic. Then after have baby #4 in December I found myself on-line A LOT. With all my new time spent surfing the web I have found that there are so many amazing domestic divas out there in bloggerville that inspire me. So on this blog it is my goal compile some of their genius and some of my experience to create a really fun and creative place. And at the very least I will be able to have links to a favorite sites all in one place.