Monday, April 30, 2012

Emma's Baptism Dress

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Emma's baptism is less than a week away....  I am so excited and I have so much to do!

I am a Mormon.
In the LDS church children are baptized when they are 8.  We believe that children are born innocent and are incapable of sin so there is no need to baptize a baby.  But once they reach the age of 8 they have reached the age of accountability, meaning they are old enough to understand right and wrong and held accountable for the choices they make.  At this time (or anytime after the age of 8) they can choose to follow  the example of the Savior and be baptized.

When we are baptized we wear white and it is pretty customary for little girls to then wear a new white dress afterwards.  I am making Emma two dresses.  One to be baptized in and one to wear after.

This is her after dress.

I love how it turned out.  Classic.  Clean.  Sweet. 
Do you love the pose?  She thought it was a very pretty pose.  She did it over and over again.

Did you check out her teeth in this pic?

 Yup, she lost two more teeth on the bottom within 24 hours of each other and the day before I planned to take her and her little friend Abigail into Salt Lake for a photo shoot.

Awesome right?

Emma and her friend Abigail both turned 8 in April, so they will get baptized together.  It is so fun that these sweet girls will get to share their special day.

Don't they look like little angels in their white dresses?

I used that satin rosette fabric on the underskirt layer and for the band in the overskirt.  I love the texture it gives.  But I have to warn you, the rosette fabric needs to be babied.  

So what do you think?  Do you want a tutorial?  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Friday Night Features and Pinterest

Pinterest....  Personally I LOVE pinterest.  I actually really love going over there and seeing what of mine has been pinned.  (I know it's so vain.)  But it is a good researching tool and it is nice to know that sometimes I inspire people.  So, have you ever wondered how many times something of yours has been pinned?

There are a few posts of mine that I see being pinned everyday and I always wondered if there was a way to know how many time it had been pinned, but I had googled it and couldn't find it.

Finally, I found out how thanks to my friend Abbey who email me this link.  The tutorial was pretty easy to follow and now I can have a better idea of how many times things are being pinned.  YAY, now on to the features.

You are my sunshine sign from AKA Design

Kodak Moments Dresser from Bliss Ranch

5 Felt Flower How To's from The Crafted Sparrow

Mod Podge Plates from The Cards We Drew

Embroidery Hoop Art from Cabin Fevered Gem

Scrappy Rosette Pillow Covers from My 3 Monsters

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Emma's Cupcakes and Kitty Cats Party - Setting the Scene

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We had Emma's party at Get Air (it is a trampoline park).  I knew that I would have limited time to set up and I knew that I would have to transport everything there.  So I tried to make the party room feel special with as little as possible.

My first thought was to make the treat bags do double duty.  I wanted them to serve as party decor that I wouldn't have to take back home with me.  

SO SWEET!!!  get it?  sweet...

To make them I just went to my local craft store and bought a package of pink paper treat bags, a pack of  polka dot and striped paper (I love buying a pack of paper so I can up a 40% off coupon), and I bought 2 sheets of pearlized white linen paper for the frosting.  I got the cupcake shape from the Silhouette store and used my Silhouette to cut them out.  Then I just hot glued the paper on to the bag.  This shape is a really great deal.  There are 3 different cupcake shapes with the sprinkles, cherry, swirl, and loopy thing for just $.99.  Totally worth it.

Each cupcake turned out different and the girls liked being able to pick out their favorite.

I used the rest of the paper from the pack to create a festive kitty cat banner.

To make it, I once again turned to my Silhouette.  The shapes are all available through their store and the hearts where left overs from the cupcakes I cut out to make the treat bags.

 It was super easy.  I just had my Silhouette cut it all out (umm I really think that at this point Silhouette should be paying me for this post... they're not, but they should be or maybe they could just send me a Cameo.  I am just sayin') and then I hot glued the kitties and hearts to the pennants and then hot glued the tabs of the pennants to baker's twine.  There are a few things I LOVE about this project.  I LOVE this happy paper, I LOVE how easy it was, and I LOVE hot glue.  Hot glue is such an instant reward.  Am I right? No waiting for glue to dry.  LOVE IT.  Seriously I love hot glue.  I use my glue gun ALL THE TIME.   My kids think I can fix anything with my glue gun.

Oh the cuteness.

It is amazing what you can do with a pack of paper, 2 rolls of wrapping paper, 14 polka dot balloons and some party tableware.

You can get the low down on the treats here.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Emma's Cupcakes and Kitty Cats Party - The Treats

Finally!!  Emma's party low down. 

I really like making cupcakes, so I was pretty happy when Emma chose the cupcakes part of her cupcakes and kitty cats party.   I know kitty cats and cupcakes don't traditionally go together, but Emma likes them and they are both cute so it seems like a great combo.
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The first cupcakes Emma chose were Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.  These are my personal favorite, although I actually would prefer to just eat the faux cookie dough with the frosting on it.  Oh my goodness guys.  This frosting is SO GOOD.  You will want to just eat it with a spoon.  Even if you don't like frosting as long as you like cookie dough you will love this.

The Cake:
One box vanilla cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
1 large box of vanilla pudding
1/2 cup water
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar

Just mix it all up and bake in cupcake liners. Bake at 325.  Bake time depends on the size of your cupcake liners.  For minis think around 12 mins, normal size is around 20 mins and larger liners are closer to 30 mins.  

The faux Cookie Dough:
This recipe makes a lot of dough, but I have it this way because it uses a whole can of sweeten condensed milk.

1/2 cup of soft butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 1/4 cups of flour
14 oz sweeten condensed milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mini chocolate chips

Beat the butter, mix in the sugar, milk, and vanilla.  Then slowly add in flour.  Then mix in the chocolate chips.

You can use a cupcake corer or something, but I just press a little ball of dough in the middle without coring it.

The Frosting:
2 cups shortening
1 cup butter
6 cups (most 2 lb. bag) powder sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp butter flavor
About 1/4 cup of milk (it depends on texture)
1/2 tsp salt

Mix it all together and lick the beater.  :)

Emma also decided she wanted pink cupcakes.  (Didn't you know pink is a flavor?)

Just a quick note.  Emma really wanted two kinds of cupcakes and a batch of cupcakes makes about 26-28 cupcakes.  I really didn't want 52-56 cupcakes around, when 25 would be plenty, so I use one box of cake mix and separated them just before adding the things that would make them different.

Pink Cupcakes

The Cake:
One box vanilla cake mix
4 eggs
1 cup oil
1 cup sour cream
1 large box of vanilla pudding
1/2 cup water
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract (I always use imitation almond so I don't have to worry about people with nut allergies.)

Mix it all up and bake at 325.

The Frosting:
2 cups shortening
1 cup butter
1 2lbs bag powder sugar
1 tsp butter flavor
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract

Mix it all up.  Add milk to get the desired consistency.

Lets talk for a moment, about how I made these cupcakes pretty.

First lets talk liners.  These bad boys are TRIPLE papered.  I know that is crazy talk, but they sure do look pretty.  First I baked them in those kinda ruffly looking liners from wilton.  I have never like using them before, because they didn't fit on my normal cupcake/muffin pan and then when I used them as a second liner the poor little cupcake just swam in their bigness.  
This time I bought a wilton muffin pan that fit the bigger liners (it fits the regular liners too).  I baked the cupcake in the large ruffle liners, then added another large ruffle liner and then added a the regular sized cupcake print liner.  The second two liners are purely decorative.

Them I made the super cute cupcake pix.

 These were SO easy.

You will need a 2 inch scalloped circle punch, or you can use your silhouette.  My silhouette was already otherwise engaged. (I will show you that another day.) A pack of cut stickers, toothpicks, hot gule, and cardstock. (I used pearlized white linen cardstock.

Punch out 2 times your desired number to cupcake toppers from your card stock.

Then hot glue your tooth pick on the back... do you see where I am going with this?  Do I even need to tell you what to do next?  
Let the hot glue cool a little  (this makes the tooth pick stay nice and straight) then add more hot glue and stick another circle to the back so that both sides look pretty and then put a sticker on it.  I lined up the scallops in the circles when I was sticking them together.

Super Easy.  It is like write the directions for pop tarts.

I also made fun giant cookie lolly pops and wouldn't you know it my camera died just after I took this picture and by the time I got the new battery in the camera a plague of  devouring locus (kids) attacked and the table no longer looked like this or had cute cookies on it.  

At least the cookies were enjoyed.  These cookies are better known as Play Dough Cookies.  They are a favorite around our house.

Since Emma's party was at Get Air, 
I knew drinks were going to be very important.  Kids can work up quite the thirst jumping that much.

I wrapped water bottles to fit the kitty cats cupcakes theme and I put everybody's name on their bottle.  It makes keeping track of who's is who's a lot easier.  And it is cute.  I also had one of those glass spouty container thingys with a  juice/diet 7up mix, so they had plenty to drink.

I also got them some cute stripey straws.  Don't you love those stripey straws.

Well I think that coves it for the treats.  We also had veggies and pizza, but that's not really all the fun to talk about.  

Saturday, April 21, 2012


I find it kinda funny that I haven't had time to blog all week because I am at a bloggers conference.  But let me tell you SNAP has been AMAZING!!!  like AMAZE and a ZING.  Everyone is so fun and I have met SO many women who I just adore.  (If you are reading this, you know who you are.)

Seriously, here is the thing I believe to be true about crafty/DIY bloggers...  We all just love each other.   I think we are all so happy to find someone else who really understands our own insanity that we just LOVE each other.  In fact I was trying to decide if  there could  to be a reality tv show called "Real Housewives of Blogland." or something.  I don't know if it could work.  There just isn't any drama....  Although dangle a free silhouette cameo in front of our little noses and things could get ugly (especially with the large amounts of Diet Coke that have been consumed here this weekend.  I haven't had any, but I am sure collectively we have had a LOT.)

Here is the other thing I find to be true...  Are you ready for this?  I don't actually know how to blog.  Well to be honest I already kinda knew I wasn't really a blogger (I just play one on the internet).  But there have been quite a few moments, especially when talking about using social media apps, that I am like "Oh SNAP have NO idea what they are talking about".  But I do try to only say the "oh snap" part in my head.  By the way I actually say "Oh Snap"  quite a bit in real life.  I think it is my profanity of choice.  You know, I burn my finger with a glue gun and I say "oh snap" while waving it in the air like that is going to make the liquefied plastic spot searing it's self into my finger suddenly stop hurting.  Or when I am driving somewhere and I realize I totally forgot something I needed I will often let out an "ahh SNAP!"  Anyway, I have been trying really hard to avoid oh snap moments while I am here.  I just think it might be a little strange to to let out an oh snap at SNAP.  Right?  I blame my computer.  Whenever it has a problem gives my an oh snap screne of death.  Literally it says "oh snap."  And then when it says oh snap I then read it out loud.  And since I tend to that a lot of oh snap moments with my computer I read it a lot.

Ummm I think I am rambling due to the fact that it is now almost 3am.   So, I should probably go to bed, but dude I have missed you guys this week.

OH and guess what.  I pretty much got Emma's baptism dress done before I left.  Do you want a seek peek?

Awesome dress right?  That really is the dress, I am not just being a stinker and not showing it to you.   This is the picture I used for her invitations.

Oh, oh, and also I am super excited that while I have been here I have had TONS of really great project ideas.  It must be all the creative energy.  I will just be sitting there and have an idea for something completely unrelated to what we are talking about, but I am SO excited.

Okay, so starting next week I will be back posting like usual with lots of fun stuff to show ya'all.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Spring Time Features

I came across so much awesomeness this week I just had to do a few more features.

I want this.  Like exactly this. 

These make me happy.  They would be prefect lined up on my mantel.

Don't you love these?  I love the body a circle skirt gives fabric.   And I love the fabric and ruffles.

Also I want.  Such an awesome transformation.  You really have to go check out all the details.

Such a fun settee.  Check out the little button things across the front.

Really great stuff right?