Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Cookie Cutter Kitchen Wreath


My kitchen was in need of a festive new wreath, so I put together this sweet little cookie cutter wreath using materials I had on hand (don't you love when that happens?)  Perfect for a pantry door, a kitchen window, or a wall too!

When I was going through all of the holiday stuff this year, I noticed that my enamel coated cookie cutters were looking chipped.  I definitely didn't want paint chips in our cookies, but I didn't want to toss them either...problem solved!


Here's what you'll need:
  • Grapevine wreath (any size, I used an 18")
  • Ribbon (I used red and white burlap)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Small piece of yarn or ribbon to make a hanging loop



Start by wrapping burlap around the wreath, I let a little grapevine wreath show, because I liked the way it looked.  Secure with hot glue.


Next place the cookie cutters when you want them.  I had to re-arrange mine a bit before I got them how I wanted.  If you will be adding a bow later, leave a little room in your placement.  Glue cutters down securely.


Last, add a little bow to the top or bottom.  I kept mine simple, using some leftover burlap.  A hanging loop is helpful...just tie a little yarn or ribbon on with a secure knot and you're finished!  Lie flat and be sure to allow the glue adequate time to cool and dry before hanging.


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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Winter Princess Countdown Calendar!



I love countdown calendars...a super fun way to build excitement for an occasion or trip.  Here is one that is super easy to make featuring favorite characters too!  Best of all the frame can be used after your trip for a lovely photo frame for a special picture.

Using dolls or stuffed characters you already have, all you have to do is make the frame component...


Here's what you'll need:
  • Stuffed friends or dolls
  • Hot glue
  • Inexpensive unfinished wood frame
  • Craft paint
  • 1 piece of scrapbook paper
  • Buttons, beads, or gems
  • Dry erase marker



  1. Take apart the frame and paint it with craft paint.  I chose lavender for the "winter princess" theme.  Allow to completely dry.
  2. Cut the scrap paper to fit inside the frame.  Assemble the frame.
  3. Glue gems, buttons, beads, etc as desired.  We chose "icy" clear gems.
  4. Allow to dry and you're finished!



When everything is completely cool and dry, you can use the dry erase marker directly on the glass to count down the days.  Use a tissue to wipe clean.  After the big day, use the frame to display a keepsake photo memory!


Happy crafting!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Book Review: The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan


I was recently able to review The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering by Valerie McKeehan (Workman Publishing, ISBN 978-0761186113).  I have always wondered how to make the gorgeous lettering and designs seen everywhere at the moment, and this book shows you absolutely everything!

The book is divided into lessons, each with a different and interesting design or lettering topic.  It includes block writing, script writing, floral, banners, and lots more!

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The back cover gives a fun sampling of some of the some of the things inside, check out the variety!




For people like me who haven't done much lettering, there are detailed photo step by step pictorials with a clear explanation for each step:


The result is beautiful lettering for just about any occasion! 


Isn't that L fabulous above?  One of my most favorite things about this book is the practice chalkboards in the front and back of the book, the fron is lined for lettering and the back is unlined for freehand, drawings, and stuff like that...awesome!


Happy crafting families!

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Monday, November 9, 2015

How To Finger Crochet!


Finger crocheting is a fun, easy and relaxing project.  Best of all you have something when you are finished to wear!  To walk you through, I created a video that goes through step by step.  So grab a ball of yarn and bring it right up and we'll learn together!


Ready to make a project?  Here are two pretty projects from our sister site Fiber Flux...a sparkly cowl and fun kids scarf...so much fun!


Click here for scarf project (includes full video tutorial too)



Finger Crochet Sparkle Cowl (includes full video tutorial too)

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Make Your Own Pizza Night! (Plus 50 Topping Ideas)


Pretty regularly around our house, we wrap up the week with a make your own pizza night.  Everyone gets to make their own, so everybody is happy and all is well (yay!)  While I keep shredded (pizza blend) cheese, crust, and sauce on hand, often we will poke around the refrigerator looking for something exciting to throw on it.  

I want to take a moment to talk about the crust...there has been much experimentation over time, but my absolute favorite (and easiest) is Naan bread.  It's thick, doughy, and has an amazing flavor.  One Naan is the perfect size for a generously portioned personal pizza too.  They freeze fabulously and I often buy big multi-packs of them to keep on hand.  I have made my own dough in the stand mixer, but the Naan is super duper easy and totally delicious.

Here are some ideas for having your own pizza night:
  • Put everything out so everyone can get to it...kids love to do their own thing (see smile pizza above)
  • Keep items like shredded cheese and crusts in the freezer for a fast meal that is always on hand.  Shredded cheese freezes nicely and will last longer if you don't use the whole bag and have some left.
  • I like to put the crust right on the pan it will be cooked on.  A loaded up pizza is hard to move.
  • For smaller appetites, sharing a pizza works well too!  Have each person top their half.
  • This is a great opportunity to clean out the fridge and use some leftovers...put it out and watch those odds and ends disappear!
  • For a super fast dinner, freeze some of the toppings...things like onions, peppers, and herbs freeze very well.  You can also cook things like ground beef and sausage ahead of time too.
  • For super organized people, you can make pizza "meal packs" in a big freezer bag complete with everything needed to make one pizza (crust, pre-measured sauce and cheese, plus any toppings)
  • About the pan...some people prefer to place the pizza right on the oven rack to get the bottom crisp, I like to use one of those pizza pans with little holes all over it.  It still gets the bottom crisp, but it easier to transfer the pizzas in and out of the oven.
  • If you have a "pizza" setting on your oven (see below), try it.  I like the way it cooks our pizzas...however, cooking it on a nice and hot temperature is great too...I usually do ours on 550 degrees to try and emulate a pizza shop.

And for my favorite part...the toppings!  Here are some toppings for everyone (for the adventurous and the not-so-adventurous), it you are unsure if you'll like it, just add it to a small portion of your pizza.

Do you like putting something else on yours?  Comment below!
  1. Black Olives
  2. Pepperoni
  3. Fresh Basil Leaves
  4. Green Pepper
  5. Mushrooms 
  6. Pineapple
  7. Feta Cheese
  8. Red Onion
  9. Artichoke Hearts
  10. Barbecue Chicken (great way to use leftovers!)
  11. Kalmata Olives
  12. Meatballs
  13. Sliced Fresh Mozzarella
  14. Roasted Garlic
  15. Arugula
  16. Banana Peppers
  17. Italian Sausage (crumbled or sliced)
  18. Sun Dried Tomato
  19. Goat Cheese
  20. Grilled Asparagus
  21. Ground Beef
  22. Diced Onion
  23. JalapeƱos
  24. Crumbled Bacon
  25. Grilled Shrimp
  26. Fresh Spinach
  27. Chorizo
  28. Blue Cheese
  29. Capers
  30. Grilled Zucchini
  31. Pulled Pork
  32. Broccoli
  33. Oregano
  34. Ham
  35. Eggplant
  36. Ricotta Cheese
  37. Pancetta
  38. Green Olives
  39. Roasted Butternut Squash
  40. Sriracha Sauce
  41. Canadian Bacon
  42. Grilled Chicken
  43. Brie
  44. Chopped Fresh Tomato
  45. Pesto Sauce
  46. Shaved Parmesan
  47. Caramelized Onion
  48. Prosciutto
  49. Kielbasa
  50. Pepperoncini (also called Tuscan Peppers)
Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie Bites



One of my favorite desserts is lemon meringue pie...I love the fabulous fluffy top and the delicious lemon filling that isn't too overly sweet.  These frozen little bites are a healthy and fun alternative and perfect for keeping on hand if you're craving something a little different.  They keep well in the freezer and use only a few simple ingredients too!

Here's what you'll need:
  • Lemon Greek yogurt
  • Cool Whip (use lighter varieties to keep calories down if needed)
  • Graham crackers
  • 3 sandwich bags
  • Foil covered cookie sheet that fits in the freezer
  • Kitchen mallet
  • Spoons
  • Scissors



Step 1: Cover a cookie sheet with foil.  Open yogurt and stir well.

Step 2: Spoon into a sandwich bag.

Step 3: Snip the corner and squirt into 1 inch blobs onto cookie sheet in evenly spaced rows.


Step 4: Prep the Cool Whip the same way (spoon into bag, seal, and snip corner).

Step 5: Squirt on top on each yogurt drop...to get that pointy peak on top, make the bag go straight upwards each time.

Step 6: With a kitchen mallet, place graham crackers into sandwich bag and crush into a rough powder.  Sprinkle a pinch of graham powder on each one.  Freeze overnight, peel foil off the backs of the bites and store in airtight container...enjoy!


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Monday, August 3, 2015

Pool Noodle Fun...8 Fun Activities to Make and Play!


Pool noodles...those squishy tubes that are super fun to swim with or just float around on a hot day.  If you're ready for some fun new ideas or maybe have an extra one lying around, here are 8 unconventional and creative ways to use them too!

















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