Sunday, November 6, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
Halloween is not my favorite holiday. I’m not a huge fan of dressing up and I feel like Halloween costumes are over priced and way to skanky. We’re trying to limit our spending because of the upcoming move, so we wanted to go cheap. We found this picture and decided this would be our theme: the princess and the frog.
I figured I could do just about this for Alex, but mine would be a little more complicated. I haven’t finished mine but once I got started on Alex’s, I couldn’t stop. I now present to you my Frog Prince:
We lucked out and found a green hoodie the first time we looked at Walmart. I wanted to make sure that Alex could wear the hoodie after Halloween, so I wanted everything to be easily removable. My original plan was just to use white fabric for the eyes and stuff them with plastic bags. Then Alex asked me if I was going to make him googlie eyes and I responded that yes, yes I was.
I got two .99 (they were on sale too, so they were even cheaper) clear plastic Christmas ornaments from Hobby Lobby. I made a little pom pom (see Pinterest for instruction) and shoved it in the ornament. Then I sewed them to the top of the hoodie. Easy peasy. Plus the ornaments already have the loop thing on the top so there is something to sew onto.
Then I had to come up with a crown. I was originally going to use a cereal box but it wasn’t rolling quite like I wanted. Then I had a brilliant idea and got a big yogurt container out of the recycling bin. I cut a crown shape out then sprayed it with adhesive and attached yellow fleece. So easy. The hardest part of the whole thing was sewing the yogurt container to the top of the hoodie. Since the plastic is really thin it was totally doable, it just took a little muscle.
I’ll be honest, I love the way it turned out. We bought the hoodie (will be worn after Halloween), ornaments (I actually plan on reworking them and gifting them at Christmas) and the black yarn. I can’t wait to show it off this weekend. And I guess I’ll have to keep kissing him until he turns into a prince.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
We’re big Kansas City Chiefs fans around here. And by we, I mean Alex is a big Chiefs fan. I’m not much of a football fan, especially football on TV. I like to go to pretty much any sporting event live, but really the only thing I like to watch on TV is college basketball. But I’m getting there since we watch football pretty much every Sunday.
I am constantly trying to incorporate Alex’s likes into our décor. This can be slightly problematic since the only things Alex really likes are sports and beer. I don’t really want to feel like I am living in a college frat house, so this can be kind of difficult. However, I was browsing Pinterest and after seeing a few things, got inspired.
I used one of the viney wood wreath frames from the Dollar Tree. I got red and yellow fabric and cut it into one inch strips and starting tying. This would be a great car ride (as long as you bring a lint roller to get all of the strings off your clothes) or TV watching activity because it is easy and mindless.
Just keep tying and tying and tying until your wreath is full. Have a fuller wreath form helps give it a little heft.
I felt like it needed a little something else, so we stopped at Hobby Lobby and got this wooded football. It was already painted and everything. I hot glued an extra piece of fabric on the back of it then once it dried, tied it to the wreath. That way, if for some reason I ever want to take it off, I can.
Since we are moving soon, I’m not sure where it will be hanging long term, so I didn’t really know how long I wanted the hanger to be. So, for now, I took a strip of yellow and red fabric and tied them together around the wreath. I knotted the top so it hung at the right height for now, but I can change it once we move.
Alex likes it and it is a cute way to incorporate his interests into our décor.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
1. Take Alex to the American Royal Rodeo since he claims to have never been.
2. Visit the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, either for a performance or just to look.
3. Tailgate at Arrowhead--just drinking beer in the parking lot doesn't count.
4. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy, then print it out for dreary days.
5. Create a will and a living will/heath care directive. Have them witnessed so they are legit.
6. Have a picnic at the Kauffman Memorial Gardens.
7. Go camping.
8. Visit the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.
9. Spend an afternoon at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art.
10. Attend First Fridays.
11. Go see Shakespeare in the park and stay for the whole thing. Gotta stay awake too.
12. Go ice skating.
13. Donate $1000 to charity.
14. Write a love letter to Alex every month.
15. Send someone flowers.
16. Own a (right hand or left hand) diamond ring.
17. Run a 5k.
18. Get a professional massage.
19. Make ADPi t-shirt quilt (or have it made).
20. Host a Christmas cookie exchange. Go all out with it.
21. Finish captioning JYA photo albums.
22. Read 50 new books.
23. Watch 50 new movies.
24. Cook 50 new recipes.
25. Save $5,000.
26. Make a budget and follow it for three months.
27. Read the Bible, cover to cover.
28. Keep the TV off for a weekend.
29. Don't get on the Internet for a weekend (phone and computer).
30. No Facebook for a week.
31. Complete a color book.
32. Reach 250 blog followers.
33. Memorize Alex's phone number.
34. Get rid of 101 things.
35. Go to the drive-in.
36. Set up and implement a photo organization system.
37. Carve a pumpkin.
38. Make a snowman/woman/animal.
39. Set up retirement savings.
40. Fit comfortably into blue England dress.
41. Kit something.
42. Learn to play chess.
43. Stop using paper napkins at home.
44. Comment on at least one blog per day for a month.
45. Go to the driving range with Alex.
46. Get rid of laptop from undergrad (I don't really need three laptops).
47. Make border showdown Christmas cards.
48. Make ten projects from Pinterest.
49. Fill up leather bound journal.
50. Go diving.
51. Make 25 new cocktails.
52. Make homemade Halloween costumes.
53. Have a party/compete at the American Royal Barbecue.
54. Make 100 Etsy sales.
55. Donate blood (or at least make an attempt).
56. Finish Outlander series.
57. Pick a TV series to watch from start to finish.
58. Take a dance class.
59. Take an exercise class.
60. Have a progressive picnic.
61. Have a movie marathon date night.
62. Cook 90% of recipes in Pioneer Woman's cookbook.
63. Volunteer for something not family related.
64. Make and use my own chalkboard paint.
65. Adopt a dog.
66. Eat a whole meal with chopsticks.
67. Pay for the person behind me in the drive through.
68. Swim in the ocean.
69. Lean to do my own eye makeup.
70. Don't drink any alcohol for one month.
71. Make homemade ice cream.
72. Take one picture a day and blog about it for a month.
73. Learn to play poker decently well.
74. Make bed every morning for two weeks.
75. Scrapbook 25 pages from college.
76. Host a murder mystery dinner party.
77. Ride on the new sky ride thing at the Kansas City Zoo.
78. Read a book of Alex's choosing.
79. Go to church.
80. Visit 3 new states.
81. Buy do, then donate a puzzle.
82. Go geocaching.
83. Get mats cut for lawyer frames.
84. Play in the rain.
85. Use my iPhone for calls and texts only for a weekend.
86. Make/get reusable sandwich/snack bags.
87. Only homemade birthday gifts in 2012.
88. Eat at 25 new restaurants.
89. No eating out unless it is with friends for a month.
90. Take a picture of Alex and I every month.
91. Spend a lazy Saturday in pajamas at home.
92. No plastic bags from stores for a month.
93. Take a photography class.
94. Ride a bike
95. Go shopping early on Black Friday.
96. Spend an entire weekend at home.
97. Buy three new board games.
98. Get rid of all law school text books.
99. Get a manicure.
100. Have professional pictures taken again.
101. Blog about each completed task.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Silya—the paper elements are all from the same pack, but I don’t remember where it came from. You can’t really tell in the picture, but the paper elements have some texture to them, which makes them look really nice. The picture was taken at a baseball game, hence the people in the background.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
We got this cast-off mail organizer from some friends who were moving. We needed a place to put our mail so it didn’t get lost but I just wasn’t feeling it (and of course, I forgot to take before pictures). Enter some blue paint and vinyl and we’ve got ourselves a functional and cute mail organizer. It hangs right by the front door so we never forget to mail our Netflix back.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Since it was celebrating their new house, I wanted the label to reflect that. I got a picture of the front of their house and used photoshop to turn it into a sketch. Then I added the type and printed them out. They turned out really nice and really took the gift to the next level.
The label paper came from our local brewing store. You wouldn't have to homebrew to do this either. You could use anything in a bottle, as long as you could get the old label off first. It would be great to do custom labels for a birthday or holiday party.
Monday, October 17, 2011
After a longish hiatus, I’m back. I hope you like the new blog look. My mom said it was too big for her screen so I made it a little smaller. Mom, hope this works better for you. I am to please. I’m still working on the Etsy shop and hopefully will launch it before too long. We’re still house hunting (spent 4 hours today looking) but we haven’t decided on anything yet. We’ve got a few calls in though so fingers crossed something will come through soon.
I’m hoping to have some crafty time this week, but house hunting takes priority so if we can go look at a few places, I may not get much done. I’m itching to sew something, I just don’t know what yet. I also have a yarn wreath that I need to finish.
Here’s what’s for dinner this week:
Sunday: Chicken Parmesan Skillet Pot Pie
Monday: Hard Cider Pork Chops
Tuesday: Chicken, Bacon & Avocado Quesadillas
Wednesday: Chicken Ranch Pizza
Thursday: Italian Bubble Up
Friday: BBQ Pork Ribs in Crockpot
Saturday: Italian Pork Chops
And something to make you smile on this mundane Monday morning:
and this one too
Friday, October 14, 2011
And speaking of new things, I officially started a new job. I'm working in the same office but I am officially an attorney now, practicing in the state of Missouri and the Western District of Missouri (federal court). I'm working on my Kansas bar application so in the spring I will be (knock on wood) licensed in Kansas as well. I am so blessed to be working in the field that I want to. Getting up in the morning to be at work by 8:00am is a little rough, but I'm sure I will get used to it eventually.
You may or may not know this, but this is one of the top 10 happiest days of the year. If you know why, Rock Chalk! If you don't, tonight is Late Night aka the official start of the college basketball season. I am a HUGE University of Kansas basketball fan. More often than not by this time of year, college football has gotten rather depressing for KU fans, so the start of basketball season, even if it is only practice, is very welcome.
Another reason I have been MIA is that we are looking for a new place to live. We
Have a great weekend and I'll see you all next week!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
After I finished my first puff quilt the day before Easter last spring (so I could give it to my cousin and her baby on Easter), I started a puff quilt for Alex’s cousin who had also just had a baby. Then came finals, graduation, the bar and recovery from all those things. And puff quilt #2 sat unfinished. Then our friends found out that they were having a baby and I decided I wanted to make them a puff quilt too. Only problem was that puff quilt #2 was still not done and I decided that I couldn’t start another one before I finished the last one. So I got my butt in gear and started sewing and sewing and sewing. Puff quilts aren’t hard, they are just really time consuming. I got Cole’s quilt (#2) done and in the mail the weekend before the shower for Baby J. So I had a week to get Baby J’s quilt done. And guess, what, I actually managed to pull it off. Granted, I did the binding the morning of the shower. But the point is that is quite the accomplishment for me, the World’s Slowest Sewer. Here are some pictures of both quilts. The morning of the shower it was rainy and icky so the light was terrible, so the shots of Baby J’s quilt aren’t great.
This is Cole’s quilt:
And here is Baby J’s quilt:
Both of these seemed so much easier than the first one I did. I messed up the piecing on Baby J’s quilt, but didn’t have the time or patience to redo it. I also don’t love the binding on either quilt. That is something I can’t seem to get right and it frustrates me. I even tried to do it differently on Baby J’s quilt, but it didn’t work either. Practice makes perfect, so hopefully I will get a hang of it one of these days.
You may notice that the lion fabric shows up in all three quilts. I love it, which is probably the ADPi in me. I also have some trouble cutting the border pieces but they are the same width as the puffs, so one quilt’s messed up border is another quilt’s puffs. I used two fabrics to bind Baby J’s quilt. This was sort of planned and sort of not. I originally wanted to bind it in green fleece. I think that if I had more time and patience, it would have worked. As it was, the week I was working on his quilt was also the week I found out that I had passed the bar so I wasn’t home every night. When I finally got around to binding it a few hours before the shower, the fleece and I weren’t getting along and I didn’t have enough of any one fabric to make new binding so I used two different ones. I actually like the way it looks and would probably love it if I could figure out how to sew it right.
Now I just need someone to have a baby girl because I am dying to make one of these in girly fabrics!
Monday, September 26, 2011
0Alex, my parents and I are off in Jefferson City (the MO state capital for those who don’t know) so I can get sworn in. That means that by dinner time I will officially be able to practice law in the state of Missouri. I am really excited because this is what I have been working towards for pretty much my entire life. I'm not sure what exactly my work schedule will be from here on out but I feel so blessed to have a job already.
Here’s what we are eating this week:
Sunday: in Lee’s Summit with Alex’s family
Monday: BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches
Wednesday: Kyle Chicken
Thursday: Bubble Up Enchiladas
Friday: American Royal Barbecue with my Dad
Saturday: Pork Chops
Here’s what I’m working on this week:
I have two wreaths that I started a while ago and need to finish so I can actually used them to decorate.
I know its early but I’m already starting to think about Christmas gifts, so I’m trying to figure out who needs a gift and what I should start making.
I’m also thinking about starting an Etsy shop so I will probably do some thinking/planning about that.
Here’s your inspiration for the week:
Friday, September 23, 2011
When I make things, people seem to think I’m pretty cool. They don’t really know that pretty much all I do is spend way too much time online (what else am I supposed to do when Alex thinks his video game is plotting against him and that is why he keeps dying?) and then I try, sometime with success and sometimes without, to recreate it. And now that Pinterest is on the scene, I have all kinds of ideas to copycat. And now I bring you pizza waffles.
Here is the original pin/link. You will soon see that hers are a lot prettier than mine:
I should probably also give you another heads up. My favorite place to go shopping is my parents house. They have really cool stuff and it is free. Well more or less free. They prefer to charge in man hours. My current payment plan includes stringing pompoms onto string to be used for some project when little kids visit my dad’s museum. (Note my dad doesn’t actually have a museum. He just works for a place that does. Although he has enough stuff he could probably start a museum). So anyway, stuff there is free. It’s also a you take what you can get sort of situation. Why am I rambling on? Well I though you should know before you see the pictures and start scratching your head and wondering what in the world I am up to that I don’t have a real waffle maker like the one in the picture. My mom does, but she didn’t give it to me. Instead she gave me the Mickey and Minnie Mouse waffle maker. You’ll be glad to know though that it works just as well to make waffle pizzas. Well, sort of.
This is the waffle maker. It has some flour on it because prior to taking this picture I was checking to see if my dough was the right size. The great thing about waffle pizza is that it can be super easy or super fancy, depending on your style. I’ll let you guess which one mine is. All you need is pizza dough and your choice of pizza toppings. I used dough from Trader Joe’s—we had the wheat and the garlic and herb. Both were good but the garlic and herb was pretty sticky. I don’t know if it was just my batch or if it is always like that, but if it were that sticky again, I would probably just work some flour into it to make it easier to handle.
Here’s what you do. Roll your dough out to the size of your waffle maker. We did separate Minnie and Mickey pizzas because clearly I need to eat Minnie since I am a girl and Alex needs to eat Mickey because he is a boy. Plus we don’t really like the same food, so I didn’t want to have to eat his. Put your dough on the waffle maker, top with sauce and your choice of toppings, then put a second piece of dough on top, close that sucker up and let it cook.
The amount of time it needs to cook will probably depend on how hot your waffle maker is and how thick your dough and toppings are. Our only took a few minutes—maybe five or six. I did flip them halfway though but I also do that when making regular waffles.
In the link above, she says to trim off the extra dough. I did trim off the parts that were hanging out of the waffle maker but as you can see, there was some around Mickey’s face that got cooked. If you were going to for cute you could trim this off. I chose not to because 1) I was starving and 2) I like bread.
One of the best things about this recipe is that you can customize it anyway you can customize pizza, which is pretty much limitless. They were kind of like calzones, but better in my mind because the dough was more cooked—I hate when you get a calzone and the inside of the dough is still kind of doughy.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
So I don’t know if you know this or not, but the boy version of a baby shower is a diaper party. For Alex and his friends that pretty much meant what they would normally do on a Sunday afternoon (drink beer and watch football) but they all brought diapers. I know diapers are practical and all, but they are not very cute nor are they clever. However, there are a lot of onesies on Pinterest that are cute and clever. I have a whole board of things that are ideas for gifts for other people’s babies. You should check it out. Only thing is that not all of these onesies are appropriate for when Great-Grandma is around. They are however, appropriate for a diaper party. I decided that I couldn’t let the boys have all the fun, and little baby J needed his own six pack:
I took an empty six pack container and spray painted it blue. Then I got six bottles from the Dollar Tree (note, you could get real, nice bottles, but the bottles weren’t really the gift, what was inside the bottlers were). Then I stuffed a custom onesie in each bottle:
These two are my favorites. Both ideas are from Pinterest, so I can’t take credit. I did put my own design spin on them though. I used Sure Cuts A Lot, my Cricut and freezer paper to make the stencils. (Yes mom, I took these pictures at your house. I was running a bit behind so Molly helped me get it put together).
These two are painted too. The brown onesie is from Hobby Lobby. I couldn’t find solid brown onesies or kids shirts anywhere else.
Just to mix things up a bit, I did some appliques too. I ironed Heat and Bond to my fabric and cut it out on my Cricut. Just make sure your mat is really sticky and you cut slowly or it will mess up and you will be frustrated.
Baby J is going to be the best dressed kid on the block, if you ask me. At least when dad gets him dressed, that is.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
One of Alex’s best friends and his wife (the best friend’s wife, not Alex’s) is having a baby sometime in the next month. This past weekend, I helped throw her (the best friend’s wife) and baby Jameson a shower.
We hosted it at a local kitchenware shop. It was a cute place and they did the food and clean up. Our theme was Bb is for Baby because their last name starts with a B, it is a baby boy and she is an English teacher. One of the other co-hostesses made this cute sign.
My contribution was mostly the decorations. You already saw the diaper cake and cupcakes. I also made three centerpieces. I used one of the diaper cupcakes on each table and then a Dollar Tree vase (vase glued to candlestick) filled with black beans. I made tissue puffs that are all over the blog world using yellow and black tissue paper (the colors for the day) and stuck them on sticks so they could go in the vases. They were super cheap but also super cute.
Like I said, the venue provided the food, but to make them it a little more personal, I made cupcake toppers for the mini-cupcakes. I used cut the circles, B's and bees out with my Cricut. I ran the B’s and bees though a Xyron sticker maker and stuck them to the circles. Then I used round white mailing stickers to stick the circles to tooth picks. They were so easy to make that even Alex could do it (I made him help).
We decorated bibs and onesies for little Baby J to wear once he gets here. To make it a little less messy, we stuck with pain pens rather than puff paint.
We had super tasty cake pops too that two of the co-hostesses made. They did red velvet and peanut butter/chocolate. Super tasty and super cute. It was a lot of fun throwing a part for the mom-to-be and Baby J.
Monday, September 19, 2011
I don’t really know how to describe this past week other than that it was a blur. Between co-hosting a baby shower on Saturday and finding out that I passed the bar I felt like things were always going a mile a minute. I’ve got good stuff to share this week, so stick around.
Here’s what’s for dinner this week. We are trying a new thing where I cook Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday and Alex cooks Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then we switch off on Saturdays.
Sunday: Tacos with Alex’s parents
Monday: Sausage Penne
Tuesday: BLT Wraps
Wednesday: Kyle Chicken
Thursday: Bubble Up Enchiladas
Friday: Alex is on his own because I’m going out with the girls
Saturday: Orange Chicken
I’m not planning on starting any new projects this week, just wrapping up some that have been sitting half finished for far too long. We rearranged the furniture in our living/dining space so I’m going to be tweaking that until it is just right.
And finally, here’s a little inspiration to get you though the week:
Monday, September 12, 2011
I don't have a menu for this week yet. We're trying something new where we are going to switch off making dinner. My days are Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday and every other Saturday.
That's all I've got for now, but here's a little inspiration to get you through the week:
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I’m helping to host a baby shower for a good friend weekend after next and I’m making a lot of the decorations. Of course, a must for any baby shower is a diaper cake. I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time, so I was super excited when I was asked to help with the shower. The theme is Bb is for Baby and we are doing a yellow and black color scheme. The Bb theme is perfect because 1) they are having a Boy, 2) their last name starts with B and 3) she is an English teacher and loves to read so it is fun to incorporate little elements like that. Instead of doing one big post on everything, I wanted to break it down into the elements, but I will be sure to share pictures of the whole shower after the party.
On to today’s main event:
I used two packages of the Target brand diapers—they have these cute blue and green polka dots on them. I don’t have children so I have no idea if they are quality diapers or not. I started by just rolling the diapers up and using a piece of tape to make them stay—a great football game activity. Then I got started with the actual construction. I did a bit of Googling and Pinteresting before getting started to figure out what would be easiest for me. I eventually decided to start here:
Empty paper towel roll and cardboard cake base. You could cut your own circle out of scrap cardboard but I opted to buy mine so it would look nice. I’m terrible at cutting cardboard. Then I glued the tube in the middle of the circle like so:
Just use a little hot glue and make sure it is more or less centered. Now it is time to add the diapers. This is a point where it might be nice to have an extra set of hands, but you can certainly do it on your own, like I did. I started by putting a rubber band around the tube then filled in between the rubber band and tube with diapers.
Start by just doing one row to make it easier on yourself. This way diapers aren’t falling all over the place. After you do the inner row, work your way out.
My bottom layer had three rows so my middle layer could have two and my top one. After you get the bottom done, repeat with the middle.
Once the middle layer is done, stick a diaper in the top of the tube so that it will be level with the top layer of diapers. This way you have a nice looking top and not an empty tube. I didn’t take a picture of the complete cake without the embellishments. This is where you can really let your imagination fly. People use fabric, paper, ribbon, baby stuff, toys, just about anything you can imagine. I wanted to keep mine budget friendly (this isn’t my gift so I didn’t want to buy a bunch of stuff) so I used fabric. I find it to be more forgiving than paper even if it is a little more work.
Hobby Lobby as this cute bee fabric and I knew I wanted that to be a part of it. I didn’t want solid black so I went for black with white polka dots. And I got some black jumbo rickrack to top it off.
The top is my favorite. I sewed the black fabric into a tube then ironed it flat. I took a piece of the yellow fabric and added heat and bond. Then I cut out the B’s on my Cricut and ironed them on. On all of the layers, I attached the fabric by pinning the ends together then added a few more pins around to keep it up.
The middle layer is a tube of the yellow fabric with the black ric rack down the middle. I hid the straight pins under the ric rack to make it look a little nicer.
The bottom layer it two tubes of fabric sewn together. I love how it all looks together—sophisticated yet fun.
I had some diapers and fabric left over, so I decided to make some diaper cupcakes too.
Instead of rolling the diapers, I used a spiral method on these. Just Google diaper cakes and you’ll find someone who can explain how to do it. This method allowed me to push the centers up a little to make them look like cupcakes.