Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Marshmallow Heart Attack

I bought a bag of pink heart marshmallows about a week or so ago with the intent of putting them on lollipop sticks and dipping them in chocolate.  

But for FHE last night I made doughnut holes and said, "Donut you guys know I love you a hole bunch!" While my kids were at school today I made sugar cookie bars.Then my kids came home from school with tons of candy from their class parties.  To add chocolate covered marshmallows to that would be overloading the overload! 

So I saw this idea 

on pinterest the other day and thought it was cute.  Then the idea hit me to do a Valentine version!  After all, I already had the marshmallows!

So when The Hubs comes home from work tonight this is what he'll see taped to the door.  I can't wait!  The kids are SO excited!

Love is a battlefield.  You are about to get a heart attack.
P.S.  You better run!
The arrow points to his ammo!

So if you need a last minute fun family idea for Valentine's Day today, feel free to have a marshmallow Heart Attack!

What are you doing to make Valentine's fun this year?

Lots o' love...especially because it's Valentine's Day,


Thursday, February 9, 2012

15 Minute Kids' Bathroom Rescue

Nice and organized...in only 15 minutes!!! Can you believe it?  I hardly can.

Really, 15 minutes was all it took.  I even timed myself to be sure.
 Here is what my kids'/guest bathroom looked like 15 minutes ago.
There were lotions and potions from I don't even know when. 
There were random things that were supposed to go in other places.
 And bandaid wrappers that to me, obviously belong in the garbage...apparantly not to my kids though.  
So I tossed and purged and here is what I ended up with.
 Only the essentials!
I put all the hair stuff in the upper cupboard.
All the toothbrushes and toothpastes are in the drawer so there is order now.
 This is what it looks like under the sink. I have bulk TP, bath mat, cleaning stuff and my guest stuff organizer.  You can see how I did it in this post here.
 This is the lower drawer with extra TP and emergency items for guests.
 All things teeth in the upper drawer. I wrapped two rubber bands around a cup to make a toothbrush holder for 4 with a cup I already had.  I have lots of toothpastes because my kids have more fun brushing their teeth that way.  It's like shoes for me...I can't wear the same pair day after day...  Options are good! 
Here is the cabinet above the sink.  I gave it a good wipe down and put things away in a way that made sense for us.  Everything on the right side is for my daughter's hair care needs.  On the left, for my boys.  I went to the dollar store and bought a pack of 12 combs because with 3 boys and a husband...they always seem to be disappearing.  Hopefully these will last a while. ;o)

On the bottom shelf is a nail brush and our boo-boo box loaded with neosporin and bandaids... sans empty wrappers!

Just for kicks I slid wrapping paper down behind the shelves for a pop of color and fun.  If I decide to change it or it gets too wet I can easily take it out.

That's my kind of makeover!

What do you think?

Lots o' love,


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Upcycled Apron Made From a Skirt

Here she is!  SO SUPER SIMPLE too!  
 Here is the really cute Chaps skirt I got from a resale shop for just a couple of bucks.  It used to fit until I washed it, and then it was too short!  Dang!  Well instead of throwing it out, I decided to make a cute apron with it instead.
 I cut the side with the zipper open.
 Then found the center seam, which is at the 2" mark here.
 Then I made 1" pleats.
 Here it is all pinned on the outside...
 ...and inside.
 I hemmed the bottom and sides and ran a line of stitching though the pleats.
 I added a 1" grosgrain ribbon for the tie with a stitched zig-zag...
 ...and voila! 
The "Rose" apron.
Aint she purdy?!?

Now that's my kind of makeover!

Lots o' love,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Kitchen Disaster

Ay, ay, ay!  Where do I begin?!?
Well it all started about a month ago...it was a dark and stormy night...all the children were asleep in their beds...only one sound could be heard.  At first Megan didn't think much of it, but at the clock ticked on she became more and more uneasy. She ran from room to room trying to figure out where it was coming from, getting more and more panicked with each failed attempt to locate the evil noise.  She realized she couldn't do this on her own so she enlisted the help of her brave husband...who quickly solved the mystery. He pulled the fridge out and they discovered...wait for it...wait for it...WATER!!!! (insert blood curdling scream here!)

OK, I've had enough drama...seriously folks I'm waiting for this nightmare to end!  But alas, it's real life... sigh.
So there was this little crack in the part of the fridge that splits the water line to go to the water and ice dispensers.  It was shooting out a mist so who knows how long it was actually doing this.  It had been leaking so slowly that we didn't even know it was happening.  Water soaked up 4ft up the walls, up into the cabinetry, and between the flooring and sub floor!!! BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW THIS YET! WHAAA???

We tried to dry it as best we could until our homeowners insurance got involved.

They sent out an adjuster who used a moisture meter to see how far it spread.  That's when I realized the real scope of this mess!  They brought in 9 crazy industrial fans, a dehumidifier and...

...three drying mats to *hopefully* pull the moisture out of the hardwood floor on the back side of the kitchen wall that (that we just refinished less than a year ago) because it was all cupping!! AHHH!  These fans stayed here almost a week.  Oh, did I mention they started the dry out process the day before THANKSGIVING!

They also came and boxed all my pantry cupboard, pots, pans, dishes, kids dishes, hot pads, etc.
It's been crazy, but I'm reminding myself that I need to see the glass as half full here.  I will get a new beautiful kitchen out of it so pray for me that I'll have the patience and enough crock pot recipes to get me and my family through the next few months!

Lots o' love,


Saturday, November 19, 2011

Fun Flirty Apron

I made an apron for my soon-to-be Sister-in-Love, Margaret.  She is an amazing woman and my brother is so blessed to be marrying her!  I made this for her shower gift.  I didn't have a pattern but this is what I did.

I started with a remnant piece that was half of a yard.  I cut a piece for the top and trimmed it on a bit of an angle so it would nip in at the waist a little.

I cut these two strips and sewed them together

I also hemmed one side and gathered it.  It'll be a ruffle in a minute...

Next I cut 4" strips for the ruffles.

I hemmed one side of it and gathered it.

I sewed it on...

...and went back over my stitching with a zig-zag stitch.

Then I top-stitched so it would lay flat.

I added the smaller blue ruffle and the top was coming together nicely.  I cut a piece for the bottom and rounded off the bottom corners. I gathered the top.

I attached it all together with yet another coordinating yellow for the waistband.

For the neck strap I used the yellow plaid and sewed a tube. The easiest way for me to turn it out is to attach a safety pin to one end.

I sink it down into the tube...

...and fish it through until it comes out the other side.  Super easy!

I top-stitched both sides and pinned it down

I tucked the end up under itself so no raw edges were showing.

Now for the fun part! Wait...all of this was fun! I made a big flower with the 3 fabrics I used for the apron.

Each petal was backed with and stitched to the yellow plaid for stability.

I made a little fold in each petal...

...and ran it through the machine.

I cut them apart leaving each color together.

I laid it out and stitched it in place.

Repeat with each layer.

Then stack them up.

I used FabricTac to adhere the little jewels.

So this is what the top looks like up close.

And here she is in all her glory!

I made the ties long enough to tie in front on the right hip into a cute bow.

My husband liked it so much he keeps asking when I'm making one for myself!
What do you think?

Lots o' love,