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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Laundry Room Organization

This is my attempt to keep my laundry room.....well not heaping with mountains of laundry.  If nothing else it makes me happy to look at these cute little named baskets.  It has been working like a charm with my oldest who is six, the other two not so much but someday. 

I found these baskets at walmart for $3.00 a piece, this was much better than anything else I had found so I explained the plan to my cheap very frugal husband what I had in mind and bought them.  It's hard to tell on here but the lighter portion of the tag is a really light blue to match my wall and the rest is gray, I made mine on our basic paint program and printed them out onto a heavy textured cardstock and will probably need to get them laminated before they get destroyed.  I would highly recommend this system for a laundry room, I think it is working really well and the kids can take their own baskets and put them away themselves hooray!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My baby is off to school again!

Wow summer flew by!  
We had a great time but I have to admit it's been kinda nice to only have two at home and especially two at home that rarely fight.

First Day of School
(actually this is the second since she was sick with the flu for the first day)

I love this age where they have goofy missing teeth smiles, we went on a date to go school shopping and we ate at her favorite restaurant and we had icecream annnd I bought her a pair of red heels.... SPOILED!  We had a great time browsing at girly stuff and being sillly, I think we'll make it a tradition.

 I guess absence really does make the heart grow fonder!

Monday, August 22, 2011

New Flowers For School

Pink is definitely the color of choice at our house and some of our old pink flowers needed to be put to rest so I made a couple new ones to replace them.  The pink flowers are made out of polyester or pretty much any shiny fabric. These are made just like the circular flowers where you burn around the edge but in this case you burn around each petal.

I love the way this one turned out it's very full and looks a lot like a peonie to me.

Beaded center

Light pink

We needed a purple flower and I didn't have any purple polyester fabric at the moment so I came up with this out of an old scrap of chiffon.  I have to admit I don't like it as much as the others but that could be because it's purple.

Tutorials cooming soon.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Back To School First Aid Kit

I saw these cute little vintage looking Boo Boo Box's a while ago and thought they would be fun to make with my little girl who will be starting first grade soon and send it to school with her.  She did not like the idea of calling it a boo boo box so we changed  it to first aid kit and also changed the inside information to phone numbers she should learn and might need at school.  This way I feel a little better about sending my little girl off to school all day and so does she.

Here are my low quality pictures taken with my video camera yep I am still searching for a camera more like a great priced camera.  So just know it looks better in person.

 This picture was edited in picnik it doesn't really have a pink stripe there under her name, just don't want last names on here.

First you will need to save this image to your computer you can find it here.
I added my personal information on http://www.picknik/, googles free photo editing website.  Resize your image to 2.4" by 3.7 I did this on my Microsoft works program or just use whatever you have.  You will need to print out two of these one for the top and one for the inside.  Cut out and decoupage to your altoid tin, embellish with ribbon, glitter paint, or whatever you choose.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at craftycouple@gmail

Here's what we put in our first aid kit:

 bandaids of different sizes
antibiotic ointment with pain relief
disinfecting wiipes

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rock Crafts For Kids

My kids and I have been going on walks a lot this summer, I love it because this is when we get to chat about anything and everything.  Today the conversation went a little like this:
Pipps- "Mom can we paint our house Pink?" 
 Me- "well I don't know if you're Dad and little brother would like that very much." 
Pipps- "But we could paint blue strawberries on it!" 

She is definitely a bit of a girly girl, so as we were walking we came across a very rectangular rock, a rock about the size of a cell phone soooo.....

A little glitter acryllic craft paint, and some paint markers and next thing you know you're talking on a sweet cell phone/rock.

They are really happy with this right about ten years probably not.  Dang!

 Other ideas I think look like fun are...
Alphabet rocks by I am momma hear me roar

Garden Markers

Prayer Rocks by Brown Paper Packages

So have fun painting rocks with your kids.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Nutella Buns

I am still on the hunt for a camera so in the mean time I'll keep sharing recipes that I want to try.  If you ask me you can't go wrong with Nutella, I love the stuff.  You can find the recipe here. (This link should be working now sorry about that.)

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Chocolate Caramel Bars

I really want to try these they look delicious, I found them over at:

* Vegetable cooking spray
* 12 whole (6 ounces) cinnamon graham crackers, crumbled or 2 cups cinnamon graham cracker crumbs
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1 1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted


* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, at room temperature
* 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
* 1 tablespoon water

Chocolate Layer:

* 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/2 cup heavy cream
* 1 3/4 teaspoons instant espresso powder
* 1 teaspoon smoked sea salt, optional

Special equipment: a candy thermometer

For the crust:

Position an oven rack in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the bottom of a 9-inch round springform pan with parchment or waxed paper. Spray the paper and the sides of the pan with cooking spray. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the graham crackers and sugar. Process until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and blend until the mixture forms into clumps. Spread the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, pressing gently to form an even layer. Place the pan on a baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the crust is golden. Cool for 15 minutes.

For the caramel:

While the crust is cooling, in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine 1/2 cup of cream, butter, sugar, and water. Stir over medium heat until the mixture is smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer registers 240 degrees F, about 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully pour the caramel over the warm crust. Cool for 20 minutes. Freeze until firm, about 10 minutes.

For the chocolate layer: 

Combine the chocolate chips and cream in a small bowl and place over a pan of simmering water. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the espresso powder. Remove the springform pan from the freezer. Pour the chocolate mixture over the caramel layer and smooth with a spatula. Sprinkle the top with smoked sea salt, if using. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour until firm.

Allow the layers to come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Using a warm, slightly wet knife, carefully cut around the edges of the chocolate layer. Release the side of the pan and remove the paper from the bottom. Cut into 1 1/2 by 1/2-inch bars and store airtight in a covered plastic container.

What to impress your friends and family?  These are the bars to make.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Girl Room Ispiration

My camera officially died so since I can't take my own pictures here are some of my Pottery Barn Favorites. 
I'm in LOVE!!

Whitney Quilted Bedding


Hopefully I will be back soon with new projects and better pictures yay new camera!

Monday, August 1, 2011

How to make your own Tangled lantern

Tangled Lantern

My girls are in love with Disney's latest Tangled, we all loved the lantern scene and wanted to make our own non flammable ones, so we came up with this.

First you will need to print  off four Tangled Coloring pages, let the kids color and help if you want.  We found our coloring pages Here.  When they are all colored lay them all out next to each other and tape, then tape the last side.  Cut out a square to fit on the top and tape it on.  We used a battery operated tealight that you can find at Wal-Mart and tied a string around the plastic flame and taped it to the top of the lantern.  Attach a loop to the top to hang from ceiling.

This makes a great night light and my girls really enjoyed making it.
Have Fun!

We also tried makin these, they were a little bit harder but the same idea just use yellow paper and draw on your design.

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