Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thrift Store Thursday

T shirt and Jeans
A recent and old thrift store find.

    I have been visiting thrift stores before it was cool.  I know that is an old cliche, but it is true.  In the 80's and early 90's, while in high school and college, I loved hitting thrift stores.  Early on, I had my favorite haunts like Klassic Line Vintage Clothing (click here to check them out).  My favorites have changed over the years, as my phases of life have changed, but my love for thrifting is still there.  And now, I want to share it with you.  
The t shirt was my most recent acquisition.  I know it's winter, but is always hot in my classroom.  The jeans are a previous purchase that I altered and patched, shooting for boyfriend jeans (click here for the post).

Just thrifting away

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What's Cooking Wednesday-Christmas Baking

Christmas Baking
  I am just now getting around to showcasing the baking, cooking, mixing....we did in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Sugar Cookies with Royal Frosting
  It is a mix of new challenges and old favorites.

    Lea's Banana Nut Bread
  • Sugar Cookies:  The sugar cookies were a new challenge.  My advice don't give up and it isn't as easy as it looks.  This was my 3rd try, and the only  ones good enough to take a picture of.  I did however find a wonderful new blog to follow in the research . She has great recipes, tips, and encouragement.  Go check her out.
Ghiradelli Fudge
  • Lea's Banana Nut Bread:  The banana nut bread is an old favorite at our house.  My tip is freeze your brown bananas throughout the year, and I like to make the mini loaves.  This recipe can be found here.Lea's Banana Nut Bread
  • Ghiradelli Fudge: This season was my first attempt at fudge.  I made it twice, the first time was better (not shown), but this one was good and popular at a party.  The recipe calls for white chocolate with minimal bittersweet.  On my first attempt, I did mostly bittersweet with a touch of white chocolate, this was my family's preferred version. Click here for the recipe.
  • Flanigan's Seasoned Pretzels:  One of my family's favorites, and they are great anytime of year.  They are nice to have around for last minute gifts, just package them in a cute tin. This recipe can be found here. Flanigan's Seasoned Pretzels 
  • Flanigan's Seasoned Pretzels
  • Almond Bark Pretzels: No recipe here, we just had leftover almond bark.  My son spread pretzels in a pan, drizzled almond bark, and sprinkled them.  The almond bark was left over from another recipe and we didn't want to waste it.

Almond Bark Pretzels

Have a Great Day

Disclaimer:  I have no intention of misrepresenting any of the recipes above.  I have given credit to those who shared with me.  If the recipe is yours, by all means notify me immediately so that I may give proper credit.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monday's Musings-Balancing Act

The Art of Balancing it All

   As I start a new year, and reflect over the past, I wonder "can I balance it all"?  I have been pondering this since the new year began.  Really the easiest solution I have come up with is to have
time in everyday.  But, as you and I both know time is finite.  Therefore, 
Plan B....
...but I haven't formulated that yet.  I am a great list maker, structure creator, organizer, label-er......but if I take those approaches I am afraid I will be counterproductive.  In other words, use more time creating more time...make sense?
    So as time marches on, I will do my best to make EVERY MINUTE count.  What will you be doing?

juggling my time away

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Valentines Day Shirts

Valentine's Shirts

    I have been wanting to batik a shirt after seeing this great tutorial from sweet verbana and then I knew I HAD to after seeing this tutorial at life of charmings.
    Luckily over the holiday break, I had time to hit the thrift stores. I brought this shirt home with the intent to try my hand at batiking.
     The ladies above have great tutorials and pics, but the process is pretty easy.
  • Get your shirt wet.
  • Using the gel glue, draw out your image/relief.
  • Let it ALL dry completely.  Mine set for a couple of days
  • Dye, I used fuchsia by RIT
  • Rinse, wash, you may need to scrub the glue off.
     I have a hard time dumping the dye when I am done.  
     So....I went through my daughter's closet and found a white shirt (it had stains and had already served it's purpose as a white shirt). Therefore, I did a quick ombre dye. (I am ombre crazy)  She liked the idea of a Valentine shirt after seeing mine, but I had already dyed hers. Off I went to get the bleach pen, and I got to work.  I used the pen on the back, just free handed the word love.  Then added a little bling , flexible fabric glue and some sequins. 
I love to create, has been my inspiration for bleach pen shirts in the past.  WARNING, I usually only leave the bleach on for 5 minutes.  If it is left on too long, it will eat through the shirt.

Happy Valentine's Day


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Valentine's Boxes

Valentine's Boxes

2012 Love Bug Valentine Box

    My memories of Valentine's Day, include the creation of the Valentine Box.  I have wonderful memories of sharing time with my mom creating these boxes in elementary.  

2012 Icee Valentine Box
    When my kids became school aged, I couldn't wait to share that experience with them.  We have had a blast and a challenge creating them over the years.  Some of our most memorable
  1. Alien spaceship (probably our best designed)
  2. Locker (pictured below)
  3. Cupcake
  4. Castle (the kindergarten teachers had a castle theme every year)
  5. Ipod
  6. Spongebob
  7. Toilet (probably our most unusual)
  8. Heart with an Arrow
  9. Rocket
  10. Lovebug (pictured above)
  11. Icee (pictured above)
  12. Football Field (pictured below)
2009??Locker Valentine Box
2009?? Football Valentine Box

   This year is bittersweet as we prepare for Valentine's Day.  My youngest is in 4th grade, therefore, only 2 more Valentine's Days and boxes.  My boys are both in middle school now, sometimes I miss my babies.  They are growing up too soon! ........
      Sorry, enough tears, on to our plan this year.  R and I have already started researching and have a master plan for her Valentine's, as well as, her box.
      Pretty sure she wants to do 'you rock valentine' as her Valentine's, thanks to 'a small snippet' for her post.
     And staying with that theme, she wanted to do a jukebox for her box.  We had difficulty getting any examples when we were doing our research, but we did find the image below.  Thanks to 'Sweeten Your Day Events' and her cake image, I think we have a plan.
     Stayed tuned for updates on our journey, and hopefully pics of the final results.

**update:  click here to jump over to our finished box & treats.
Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pinterest Pillows

I pinned the tree skirt below from pinterest, 
and used it to inspire a seasonal pillow for my mom.  The pattern is compliments of Joann's, and you can find it by clicking here.  This was a simple and easy project.  I enlarged the poinsetta pattern, by taking a print screen and pasting it into word.  I had the beads and the felt already.  I didn't do the center piece the joann pattern called for but layered and sewed them based on this burlap image I found on pottery barn (click here for that link).  I loved how it turned out, and hope my mom enjoys it when she opens it this weekend.

My other pinterest pillow was this picture pillow.  All over pinterest there are printing on fabric tutorials.
I read them all, so I don't have a particular site to reference.  Some say to run freezer paper through the printer, others say run wax paper through the printer.  Well I did option 3:  I pressed my fabric and then used spray adhesive to attach it to an 81/2 by 11 sheet of paper.  After the adhesive dried, I just printed it.  It turned out well, but of course you are limited in size and I probably will never revisit it.  My mother-in-law, whose present it was, was very happy with it.

Keep Pinning

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Gingerbread Houses

I am still catching up and reviewing all the things we did at home before the holidays.

We have put together Gingerbread Houses for years.  Usually I buy a kit at the after Christmas sales and store it for the year (my kids don't eat the gingerbread anyway).  Well this year, I decided the kids are old enough to make their own.  I played around with the idea of making my own gingerbread, but after a round of the stomach flu and the regular flu at our house, I decided graham crackers would work.  So thanks to, my new favorite reference site, I got busy making royal icing.

Enjoy the pictures and get inspired to try it yourself with your kids.


I helped a little with the initial gluing together (with royal icing) of the houses, but they took over after that.  The tree is a sugar cone upside down.

Give them candy and they will build it!

Happy Holidays 

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