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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Meatball Sub Casserole

Are you ready for some pure deliciousness?  I had this casserole over the weekend and I fell in love!  I scoured the internet and came up with my own concoction that is closest to what I had this weekend.  If you love the traditional meatball sub, you will love this recipe!  My kids have a hard time eating meatball subs so this is the next best thing!

Check out this yummy goodness!

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Minnie Mouse Purse

My friend's daughter had her first birthday a couple weeks back.  It was all Minnie Mouse themed.  I made her a Minnie Mouse Hat like I have shown you before.  I wanted to make one more thing for her. I believe every little girl should have an adorable purse.  I went beyond the other purses I have been making and made her a Minnie Mouse Purse!

Check it out!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Repurposing Broken Crayons into a Valentine's Day Surprise

What can you make with a bowl full of broken crayons?
A Great Valentine's Day Gift!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Valentine's Day Gift-Scrabble Tile Framed Art

Do you need a very last minute gift?  This one was made with three things and took less than ten minutes.

You need: a frame, a piece of background paper, scrabble tiles, and hot glue. That's it!!!!

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Personalizing Pre-Fab Picture Frames

These cute heart frames were $1.99 each at Hobby Lobby (unfinished).
They came very plain but it was easy to make them fabulous!

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My Second Cake Decorating Class

Happy Valentine's Day!  I hope your day is filled with feeling loved and loving other people!

Yesterday, I had my second cake decorating class.  It was a ton of fun.  I have been practicing using the bags and tips all week and I was ready to tackle a cake!

Being the over eager student that I am, I practiced everything for the week ahead prior to class.  (Yep, I am one of those students.  I can't deny it).  I also found a great resource for learning some basic cake decorating.  Did you know that Wilton has its own you tube channel?  I am now in love.  Here is a link to the main you tube channel.

I watched two videos last week in preparation for class.  If you are interested in learning some new skills, these are a great resource to start with.

This is a video on how to ice a cake using the tip 789.  It is so much easier and smoother than using a spatula.

The second video that I viewed was how to make Rosettes.  I thought these were beautiful and easy to do!

I utilized my new learned skills to decorate my cake in class today.  The teacher is great and very helpful so it is nice to try new things in class.  I wanted my cake to be decorated for Valentine's Day.  I used a transfer technique for the heart, it was my first time so it wasn't perfect.  I also want to work on the shells that I did the border along the bottom.  They aren't quite right.  Other than that, I am very pleased with my first attempt at decorating a cake.

What do you think?

I can't wait to show you some of the ideas I want to try on future cakes.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Ryan's Valentine Card

I have wanted to make a Valentine Card like those on all the other blogs and on Pinterest for a couple of years.  This year I did it.  Wow, it was so easy and cheaper than buying the flimsy paper Valentines you get at the store.  These cost me $2.75 to make since I already had some lollipops to use.

Here is my Ryan in his Valentine Card for his classmates:

I took the picture on our new camera and then uploaded it to the computer.  I edited it in Picnik (very upset that it will be closing down soon) and added the greeting.  I sent it off to Sams and picked it up this morning.  Then I took my exacto knife and made a slit at the top of his hand and bottom of his hand.  Then just slide in the lollipop.  I saw someone else use a glow stick for their Valentine as well.  That is a great idea that kids will love.

I am looking forward to celebrating Valentine's Day with our family.  We are taking the kids roller skating and I got them "The Lady and The Tramp" movie.  They've never seen it before. I have to be honest and say that I really wanted the movie as it has always been a favorite of mine, but I will use my kids as an excuse to get it on DVD.

Have a very Happy Valentine's Day!

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

"I Love You Because...."

Are you looking for a last minute Valentine's gift that you can use all year? Here's a really easy one!
Once again, this was made with things I had on hand.
Here's what you need:
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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Blinging Up the "Love"

I "LOVE" how this turned out!
This Valentine's decoration started as an unfinished wooden sign I paid $4.99 for at Hobby Lobby.

My friend Cassie and I each made one. Here's how we transformed them...
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Crochet Heart Hair Clip

The other day I made some heart hair clips for my daughter and for an order in my shop.  They were so easy to make that I wanted to give you an easy tutorial.  These hair clips can be attached to any hat or directly in the hair.

Are you ready for a very easy tutorial?

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Lone Red Heart

Do you need a fifteen minute-start to finish craft project?
Here's one that I made using things I had on hand.
Here's what you need:
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

"Bee Mine" Valentine's Day Photo/Gift Card Holder

I love the way this photo holder turned out.
Believe it or not, it was SUPER easy to make.
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cake Decorating Class

I have always wanted to take a cake decorating class.  I see all these amazing cakes on Cake Boss, Ace of Cakes, and Pinterest and I am envious of their talent.  Now, I don't plan on going profession with any newly learned decorating skills, but it would be nice to make some nice gifts or cakes for my children's birthdays.

I am taking the Wilton Basics class from our local Joann's store.  Yesterday was my first class.  I convinced my friend Jen to take the class with me.  We both have little ones and don't get out just to ourselves very often.  It is nice to just spend time with each other without little ones running around.  Jen has some experience decorating cakes, but she wanted to learn all the ins and outs.  I will have to convince her to send me some pictures of her cakes and a mini tutorial as they are amazing!

Let me share with you some of my first attempts at decorating and a great video tutorial on putting together clean icing bags.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

A Valentine's Day Decoration Using Scraps

This Valentine's Day craft was made entirely of scraps!

Here's a quick tutorial:
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Ear warmer or Headwrap

I added a new project to my Christmas list this year.  It is a beautiful ear warmer.  I made one for my husband's cousin's wife, Lana (follow that one?).  She looked through my pattern book and said she would love one of those.  I actually made her two.  One was just a basic ear warmer and the other one was a new stitch for me, the basket-weave or waffle stitch.  I preferred the new stitch.  I liked it so much that I made my best friend, Laura, one for Christmas as well.

If you don't like hats but want something cute to keep you warm, an ear warmer is a great accessory.  (It is hard to write about this when it is 70 today in Georgia on February 2!)

Check the ear warmers out.

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