Tuesday, December 7, 2010

made in the north pole

Came across this magical idea recently at Giver's Log. And there's a free download available. Some people are just so nice to share their talents and ideas. I heart that.

Now I'm imagining similar tags and labels to adorn Santa's gifts.

Bring on the magic!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

right on target

I love this target commercial for the 4am sale coming up. I laugh everytime I see it on the telly. Yes, I felt like saying telly instead of television...so I went with it. And it was fun.

When I found the commercial on YouTube, I came across GPSmas and First [commercials in the same "family"] and enjoyed them just as much. I'm tempted to use her first in line strategy, only I'm fairly confident I won't be venturing out at 4 am, but I do love Target.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

garage sale finds

I'll confess...I'm really excited about the 20 dollars I just spent at a garage sale. I purchased the patio set and the hutch behind it...for 20.

Now I know they need some work, and I'm trying to envision the end results...but for the price I don't think I can lose. And I feel like I actually had some success with garage sales. [so check that off my to-do list] Wahoo!

I even rummaged through old clothes to see if I could envision something new. Even thought of converting the material to Halloween costumes...I've done that before. Nothing really popped. But I did it!

Friday, October 1, 2010

fall colors

Now for the outside colors to catch up with the inside of my house.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

pumpkin bread

I love recipes that call for a good dose of pumpkin. Don't you?This is my go-to recipe for pumpkin bread...thank you, Missy. Chocolate chips are a must for me, but sometimes I kind of like the cream cheese frosting with the bread. Today I decided a chocolate cream cheese frosting might be just the combination to satisfy both cravings. [nailed it]

pumpkin bread
courtesy of Missy

Dissolve 2 tsp. of baking soda in 2/3 c. water

Add the following to the water mixture:
2 c. pumpkin
4 eggs
1 tsp. vinegar
1 c. oil
3 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
chocolate chips (optional)

Mix together in a large bowl with an electric mixer. Grease your loaf pans.

Bake at 350 degrees for 60 minutes for a regular loaf pan. 25-30 minutes for mini loaves. Test with toothpick before removing from oven, just to be sure.

chocolate cream cheese frosting
courtesy of Betty Crocker

1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
2 to 3 tsp. milk
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Add 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled , to the butter.

Beat cream cheese, butter and chocolate mixture, vanilla, and milk in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth.

Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Store frosted bread, cake, or any remaining frosting covered in the refrigerator.

More pumpkin to come...'tis the season.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

crush[es]

I believe as I was growing up, I always had a crush. Crushes were fun for me; there was no commitment...mostly because my crushes didn't even know I existed...like Pierce here.

He was probably my first crush. And I had to be young because I barely remember and Remington Steele aired from 1982-1987 [this I know, thanks to googling]. I do have vague recollections of this crush, the knowledge that I've always found Pierce easy on the eyes, and my sister's reminding me of how much I loved him when I was younger to prove that this crush did in fact exist.
Oh, Harrison! I think that's all that needs to be said. He was pretty much a constant in my life once I saw him as Indy. His role as Jack Ryan in Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger solidified a place in my heart for him-for pretty much ever. And yes, The Fugitive. I believe I watched that one like a kazillion times.
This may come as a surprise. Patrick Stewart. But I loved him. I'd watch Star Trek: The Next Generation, reruns and all, just to catch a glimpse of him as Jean Luc. And considering I was in high school at the time, I think this one genuinely classifies as my ultimate old man crush.
And then there was Colin. Yes, it was his role as Mr. Darcy that brought him to my attention while I was in college. Let's just say that he totally nailed the role because I know I wasn't the only girl to recognize him.
I know these are but a few past celebrity crushes I've had. Probably the most relevant, since I posted them. The list could go on though: David James Elliott, John Michael Montgomery, John Paul Gosselaar, Bryon Russell, Ben Affleck [had his Armageddon poster], Sully from Dr. Quinn, and those are just the celebrities. Whew! [I was a little boy crazy]

{And clearly I don't take credit for the images...and can't exactly recall where I found them.}

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

celebrate good times

Just finished celebrating a very special little princess' birthday...

Complete with the birthday banner I made awhile back and a variety of balloons dispersed around the celebration.The cake made to order. [nailed it] And homemade party hats for princesses and knights in attendance.
Also, simple little goody bags for the attendees.

We'll chalk this one up as a success.
I made the little banners [for the chairs] the night prior and I think I'll stow them away for future parties or friendly gatherings. And I also like to spice up our party table with wrapping paper; it's quick and easy and should be already on hand.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

am a fan

I am a fan of marta's am a fan series. Well, her blog too.

But I love how she links to all her great finds in one post every so often...and I usually find myself to be a fan of most of her finds.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

l.b.j.

Before I lose this info...forever in this ole' blogosphere I wanted to bookmark it.

And by bookmarking it, I mean to link to it via my blog, so when I feel like getting digital with any future projects. I can and will reference Lyndsay of Lyndsay & the Johnsons post How I Create My Designs. Plus I think the posters she made are darling.

Thanks for the know-how, LBJ. [Not that I know if you even have a B for a middle initial, but I like to think that you do]

Monday, August 23, 2010

jane eyre


If you haven't seen this 4 hour version of Jane Eyre you must.

It is simply brilliant.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

priorities

Ah, yes this blog is STILL here.

Just not at the top of my to do list and frankly never will be. Because right now my little guy keeps putting a necklace around my neck and kissing my cheek ever so sweetly. This blog will never top that.

But when I have something worthwhile to share I will.

lots of love.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

all is well

love this.

[Stephanie Nielson's testimony]

Monday, April 26, 2010

on the look out

For the record, I attempted "yard sale-ing" this last Saturday. [see post directly below]

No purchases were made. I did come across an antique sewing machine with it's wood cover, which was tempting, but most definitely not a necessity. So I passed it up.

I don't view this as unsuccessful; I was happy that I actually tried this new venture in the second hand world.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

yard sales

I don't really do yard sales, but I think I might start it up. Originally, I thought I'd just do yard sales to get inexpensive furniture that I could slab on a coat of paint and make it a great piece. I'm so inspired by you all out there who do this and share your before/afters.

I might keep my eyes open for old dresses too, the kind I never would have thought twice about until viewing the blog...New Dress A Day. Guarantee you'll be inspired to look into second hand after you see what she comes up with.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

an update

...on an update.

Yes, something will be coming soon, after we get this new house of ours together from the move.

So stay tuned, if you must, but I'm not promising anything too juicy in the future.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

a matter of time

I knew it would happen someday; just wasn't expecting it to be this soon.

A lady at the grocery store asked me if my 2 year old son and my 4 year old daughter were twins.

[yes, he is tall]

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

m. writes

am excited to check in on m. writes blog & business workshop everyday this week. you should check it out too. if you have a minute. or two. or three.

am attempting to write in true marta fashion.

Friday, February 12, 2010

k-rock

My sister, K-Rock, rocks! She sent me a little heart-shaped treat in the mail. This was literally the sweetest surprise ever.
Let me give you a little background: I love Red Vines Red Ropes. Love them. Always have. But I haven't had any for years because I haven't been able to find them locally or online. And it's not just where I live, but where all my many family members live [or have lived] across these United States.

Another sister Kimbabwe even contacted the company...and they told her they're still available. But none of us have been able to locate these red ropes.

...until now.

Even though they're heart-shaped, they still have the same rockin' taste I've been missing forever. On behalf of my taste buds, I thank you, K-Rock, from the bottom of my heart.

p.s. happy birthday

p.p.s. they are already gone...feel free to send more.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

i [heart]

...this sweet valentine's mobile that was available at PBKids. ...and these lovely placemats are just a fun item to have on hand for Valentine's.

Like most things at PBKids, I think the price tag can be a little hefty, especially when I know I could make something similar [and just as lovely] for less. Which is my plan for these items.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

have a heart.

So I got SJ really, really excited about decorating for Valentine's Day...only to dig through the holiday decor and find fake rose pedals and darling little heart doiles to don our house.

For some reason, I thought we had more decor for this little sweetheart's day... [well, we have a few more pieces, but they're always on display]

Anyway, SJ was happy to tape the doily hearts on all the doors and our front window, but I've been on a mission to add a little more decor to our stash for next year. So I mod-podged this old chocolate box...finally. [embarrassingly enough it's been sitting around for a year] And came up with 2 cute hearts to display [by using both the lid and box].
I've also found some inspiration over at Dear Lizzy: lovelovelove and la la love you. Just wish I had a store nearby that sells X's and O's.

I'll be sharing what I'm totally digging over at PBKids tomorrow...if you're interested.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

the answer

So....back in October, was it? I gave you the clue...And you were given a chance to guess what I might possibly be doing with that color...well, I finally got around to the project's completion...and so now for the long-awaited answer...A giant ruler. [Would you ever have guessed?]

I saw a similar 6 foot ruler in PBKids, only their version was $99. This cost me around $30 including paint, board, and vinyl lettering. [And I have a whole extra foot, just in case, my son, DJ continues to rock the height charts.]

I was going to paint the lines and letters on [to save money], and I actually did paint the lines on once...only to find out my hand-made template was actually a few centimeters off which obviously made for wrong measurements. [rookie mistake] So after a couple more coats of opulent to cover the mistake, I decided vinyl lettering [at approx. $9] would be the better/easier choice.

This will be a fun display piece for future family rooms or play rooms. And since we'll have our share of moving, it will serve as a portable "door frame" to track the kids' growth.

noted for future reference: if I'm going to give a clue, I'll make sure I complete the project before actually sharing the clue...just in case, I take my sweet time finishing the project [again].

Monday, February 8, 2010

super ball

Saw this idea on a Kellogg's Rice Krispies box...except instead of marshmallows with the cocoa krispies I used a little peanut butter rendition. Mmmm.

It was a winner! [even if the Colts were not]

Monday, February 1, 2010

finding neverland

I think it's great when we can take our talents, whatever they may be, and create something meaningful for our children...which is why I love what Jayci accomplished over at Jayci's Daisies.

Jayci took her artistic talent and made these Neverland canvases for her son's room, giving him "all sorts of literary adventure with a little visual aid."

I just love how she created a treasure for her family. And added a personal touch to her home's decor (which is splendid, I might add).

With a little bit of pixie dust and a happy little thought...we can all create something meaningful to be treasured in our own families, no matter our talent.

I'm curious to know what you've made special for your special little someones? They don't even have to be little, just someone special.

To see more of these projects go here and here.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

the end of the end is near

I'm right in the middle of The End.

Monday, January 25, 2010

team [player]

How 'bout them Colts?

And them Saints?

Although I was cheering for Brett Favre to the end. But when I listened to Hartley say making that field goal in overtime, sending his team to the Superbowl, was a dream come true for him...I felt happy for his accomplishment. And for him.

I tend to cheer on individuals, and thus will cheer for their teams. And I will always cheer for the Mannings alongside my husband, which may clue you in to which team we will be rooting for in the Superbowl.

Well, enough about that. My whole reason for starting this post is to share the Walmart commercial that aired during both games yesterday. And both times I laughed myself to tears watching this. In fact, just now when I googled it and watched it on YouTube I laughed just as hard as I did yesterday.

So if you need a laugh...go here. [and go colts]

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

immensely

I realize I have not been nearly as dedicated to posting as I should be, and for this I am sorry. I offer my apologies to you if you are reading this.

...but in my defense, I am enjoying myself immensely.

(and I hope you all are too)

I'll post more randomness soon.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

happily better after

If you enjoy before/after shots of projects out there as much as I do...you'll definitely enjoy dropping by Better After once in awhile.

I find many of these projects very inspiring. And what's even better about Better After is there are usually always links to the original projects, which usually are accompanied by basic how-to's, which could come in handy for some of our own future projects.

One of my favorite projects I found on Better After was Kirsty's Kitchen Refab. And she tells you exactly how she does it...which I may be referencing sometime in the future.

Monday, January 11, 2010

go green

I'm sure you are just as aware as I am about the need to be more environmentally responsible. And we all know one small way we can do our part.

Reusable shopping bags

...which you may already have and use, so this is no news to you. But I had yet to make the change to reusable shopping bags. My reasons were silly, really. I was looking for that heavy-duty, yet affordable tote that I could maybe put a personal touch to. And I really didn't want to be a walking advertisement for any particular store. [See, silly] Months were going by, and I wasn't seeing anything I liked or could afford that fit my criteria.

Then I decided I didn't need to have that 'ideal' at this time. So I kept my eyes open for an affordable, yet nice looking bag. And while I was in Utah for the holiday, I saw these bags at a local grocery store. [Although it took me two trips eyeing them before I decided to purchase them] Totally worth the dollar a piece I spent, and I've only used them once. They're easier to carry than paper and hold more than plastic. Plus I felt good inside.

Check out bringyourownbag.com for more info, color options, and for a retailer request form (that is, if youd like to purchase something similar at a retailer near you).

Thursday, January 7, 2010

powder

I've heard rumors that you could make your own powdered sugar. Of course, I never had the need to make any powdered sugar, as I usually had it on hand. But one Sunday afternoon, I decided to make two recipes, both of which required powdered sugar, unfortunately I only had enough powdered sugar to complete one of the recipes. And I just wouldn't run to the store and get some, being Sunday and all.

Bit of a dilemma, really. But then I thought I'd look into this rumor...so I googled how to make powdered sugar. And chuckled at some of the how to's that popped up as google was trying to guess what I was getting at.

And then after the results popped up, I made me some powder.
true story.

I only tell you this in case you are ever in a similar sitch. [yeah, I just shortened situation like that...you can do things like that these days, afterall it is 2010.]

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

whoa.

It's already 2010...

I knew this. I even stayed up to celebrate the welcoming of the new year, but we're already 5 days in to this brand spankin' new year!

5 whole days.

Happy [belated] new years to you!