Thursday, September 6, 2012


I've had a plain white boring 7 on my shelf for a few months and I finally go the inspiration to do something with it :)  A 7, you say, well what's that for?  Well, it's the number of people in my immediate family...our signature I suppose.  I received these wood veneer people in the mail with my MW Express Kit and the lightbulb went on!

Green:  because I love the color!

Would make a cute Christmas gift!

Scrap fabric

Got fabric scraps left over?  I used mine to make this shabby chic lampshade for the girls room!
{inspiration:  Pinterest of course!}
I repainted the base of the lamp (it was black) to tie in with all the beautiful colors.

So sweet!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

monogram canvas decor

Hi all!  Just popping in to share a little home dec project I did for the girls room!  The girls needed something above their beds and I wanted to do something with their initials.  I purchased some cheap (walmart) canvas boards, added some scrapbook paper, paper doilies, binding tape, ribbon and buttons.  I modge podge everything to the boards and hot glued the buttons on.

Emma's :)

Emmy's is pink and u love the chevron paper???
Her canvas is a little more girly.
The little angels came from my friend April.
Madi's board is a little more fits her personality :)
Two little girls with such different little attitudes, likes, dislikes....
I really love that they each have a little guardian angel watching them as they sleep.
Happy day to you all!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Trash-y to treasure!

Ok, so I was at Goodwill (again) and happened upon this {OMG how gaudy is this piece????} little mirrored tray.  Undeterred by the sheer hideousness of it, I set to work.

Two coats of satin white spray paint this afternoon and a little bit of antiquing glaze did wonders.  I washed the mirror well and dried it all up.  I thought it still needed something so I added a little metallic chalk to it. 
And here she is, ready for some pretty perfume bottles or little girlie trinkets :)
And these my friends, are all over Pinterest. 
I love them almost as much as I love turquoise paint right now so I decided to
combine the two!
They will each get a little candle inside and grace my Labor Day table :)
happy day to you all!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Carrot Cake Jam

Ok, so I had a bumper crop of carrots from my garden.  I didn't want them to go to waste, so I started searching for recipes.   I've already made 4 loaves of carrot bread, one big old carrot cake {that our Sunday School class gobbled up and I'm making another one today :)} and last night I busted out my canner to make....

Doesn't that sound delicious?

It was super easy to make...getting all the jars together was probably the most time consuming part!

Big old bowl of carrots...had to grate them all up!

Into the water bath for processing!

= 10 delicious jars of jam!

Can't wait to taste happy all my jars sealed!

If you'd like to make's the recipe!

Carrot Cake Jam

2 cups finely shredded carrots
1 cup finely chopped and peeled pear
1 15 ounce can of crushed pineapple (juice pack, undrained)
2 T lemon juice
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1.75 ounce pkg of fruit pectin
4 cups granulate sugar
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup raisins or flaked coconut (optional)
1 tsp vanilla

Combine carrots, pear, pineapple, lemon juice, cinnamon and nutmeg in 4-6 quart pot.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Remove from heat and stir in pectin until completely dissolved.
Bring mixture to boil, add sugars. 
Return to full rolling boil, boil for one minute.
Skim off foam with metal spoon
Stir in coconuts/raisins and vanilla.
Ladle into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.
Process in water canner for 10 minutes.
Makes 7 half pints.

Recipe is from BHG Canning magazine!

happy day!


Friday, June 15, 2012

Doodle Lampshade

I needed a reading lamp for over my reading chair.  Not a whole lot of choices out there, so I went with the simplest (cheapest!) one I could find.  It came with a plain white plastic lampshade.  Ugh.

That's ok, though, because I have Sharpie markers and paint.  A little while sitting at the kitchen counter and I had hand doodled and painted the shade into this....

Ha ha!  Cute and funky. 
After I did it, I thought about all the other ways I could have decorated it.  Stamped it?
Anyhow, no matter...Emma loves it and it adds a little quirkiness to my reading spot!

happy creating to you!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Scrapping 6 x 6

i adore scrapping 6x6 layouts.  Generally, they are easier to do, they come together quicker, and the finished product doesn't take up tons of room!  Plus, you can replicate them pretty quickly and they make great X-mas gifts for the grandparents!!!

I have been utilizing my new MW goodies....and since four kiddo's have barely nothing scrapped for them in the pasty, oh, ummm...2 years?  I figured I should get to work!

Here's what I was up to!

Sam's Layout:

 Emma's Layout:

Madison's Layout

I also entered this layout in the MW Week 2 Challenge. 
You had to use a flower, and something metal.
As you can see below, I used a metal flower!

Jacob's Layout

I also entered this in the challenge. The flower is a punched and layered flower underneath the bottlecap (my metal).  I machine stitched swirls on this layout as well.  Really, the challenge was about adding embellishments to your I think mine qualify!

I chose 6x6 layouts because I am making mini albums of my favorite pics of the year for each kid.
I have some doozy pics (see Sam's!)

It was actually pretty nice to just lock myself into the craft room and work on some projects.  Haven't done that in a while!

Happy Crafting to ya!