Sunday, November 4, 2012

Fort Kit

Here's what I made for son's friend. She had a birthday last week, and I really wanted to give her a thoughtful gift, something she'd like, something a little different, something I could customize with some fun stamps. I decided a Fort Kit was it!
The first thing I did was carve a stamp of her name, then used it along with a few of my other stamps to decorate 2 cotton bags that I'd use to hold all the Fort Kit supplies.

Then I went out and found all the fun things that are needed to build a fort. This was fun and pretty easy. I went to stores like Michaels, Ross, and the Dollar Store. The even picked up a few extra items to add, just for fun, like glow sticks and a Mad Libs book.

I got this idea from Pinterest. There are literally a plethora of inspiring kits to browse through. Here's a link to check them out.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Pirate Party

At the beginning of this month I had the pleasure of hosting 16 children, along with parents at my boys' birthday party. I have two children, both born at the beginning of October (3 years apart). So, we always to joint parties for them!

My oldest passing out cookies joined by his best friend
The day was filled with lots of laughter, lots of treats, and a few sword fights!

My youngest with a friend making "Pirate Food"

 It is incredible to think that something to last only hours took countless days of planning and preparation! I made a few of the elements myself, while the rest was created by other amazing craftspeople.

One of my favorite parts of the party, were the goodie bags! I block printed each one with custom made rubber stamps, which I carved myself, of coarse. Each bag was filled with Pirate themed goodies perfect for little ones. For the goodies I looked to my fellow Etsy sellers, and found an amazing array of wonderful items!

Here are a few of the items that were inside of each bag:
1. Skull and Crossbones Soap: Your Little Cupcake 
2. Ocean & Pirate Crayons: Scribble Me Mine
3. Pirate Keychains: Trendy Tz
4. Tiny Pirate Treasures: These Tiny Treasures
5. Tiny Mermaid Magic: Enchanted by Fae
And, what bag of treasure would be complete without Chocolate Coins!?

Ships & Skulls by CookieXchange
 My other favorite element of the party was putting together the table spread! I found all the cream colored table cloths and lace I could scrounge up in my mother's house (where the party was held), and layered them over the table, and hung a few Piratey elements from the mirror. I served Fruit Kabobs, Veggie Cuts and other finger foods.
The highlight of the party was, of coarse, dessert! I somehow had a lapse and forgot to photograph the cake! I think it may have had something to do with the sugar craving children surrounding it and myself!
I did, however, find a moment to show off the amazing cookies that were also a sweet treat at the party. They were created by CookieXchange, also a fellow Etsy seller, and local! She did an amazing job. Yummy and beautiful!

 The Treasure Chest that held the goodie bags was a simple wooden chest, purchased at Michael's craft supply store which I painted to look dark and distressed.

We had a fully stocked Pirate Accessory table. Complete with cardboard swords, eye patches and gold doubloons. 
I made a sword for each child. Cardboard proved to be a perfect sword making substance for a children's party. Since they would eventually bend and break instead of hurting anyone on the loosing end a sword fight.
The eye patches, beard and hat (pictured above) were made by the talented Cassidy of A Rainy Day Play

It was a fun filled day for all!

p.s The super fun nautical t-shirts  worn by my boys were created by Zen Kids

Monday, September 10, 2012

Hand Painted Yarn

Today I tried my hands at Hand Painting Yarn.

Since I've got a homeschooling little one at my side these days I decided to make it into a project for the both of us to do together.
Needless to say, we both thoroughly enjoyed the process! So fun to see the colors soak in and spread together...
He was very thoughtful with his placement and even kept himself relatively clean!

We decided to go with a Teal/Green/Tan color pallet. But, to be honest, these are the only colors I had on hand that complimented each other.
Being that this was my first time taking on dying yarn I definitely learned a few things:
Next time I will use heat: we did this outside. Wet the yarn with cold water and used color dye on the yarn. Rinsed with cold water. All cold. This was the best choice for today, since I was trying to keep it outside, and had my boy helping. Cold seemed the best choice. The draw back is that most of the dye came out during the rinsing.
Make the yarn into a hank, then lay it over whatever surface I'm not concerned about getting dye onto. I chose to wrap mine around cardboard to make it an easy surface to paint onto. In the end the cardboard got soaked and I had to unwind it all around a lawn chair (creating the hank would have saved me this step)
I'm sure there are other things I'll learn along the way. I'm definitely going to try this again!
In fact, I've even got a bit of yarn draped across my lap as I type! I'm off to paint some more yarn :-)

My Sweet Little Assistant

Monday, July 9, 2012

Latin Cabbage Saute

I created this recipe at a time when I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, and wasn't sure what to make for dinner.
It turned out to be a hit! I loved it, my husband loved it, and my kids would eat it (what they love to eat seems to change everyday) So, it became a go to meal for my family.
Whenever I want something tasty and simple to make I do this little recipe.
But, the best thing about it, for me, is it's versatility. I have served this over rice, in a taco, and as a side dish. 

And, since it is so tasty, simple and versatile I wanted to share it here!

1 tbs Butter 
1 small-medium head of Cabbage (chopped)
1/2 cup chopped Cilantro
1/2 tsp Herbamare or Sea Salt
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder or chopped fresh Garlic
1/4 tsp Chile Powder
1/2 a Lime
Cotija Cheese (Crumbed) to taste  (this is a Mexican Cheese, found at most grocery stores, similar to feta)
Cilantro & Lime wedge to garnish

Heat a Skillet to medium heat and add Butter.
Once Butter is melted toss in the Cabbage, Cilantro, Herbamare, Garlic & Chile Powder (Make sure to add the Cabbage first since the Cilantro could burn if it's at the bottom)
Squeeze Lime over Cabbage mixture
Stir occasionally, until cabbage is soft and brown in some spots
Serve over rice, in a tortilla, or as a side dish
Garnish with Cotija & fresh Cilantro

Sunday, July 1, 2012

From Pallets to Playhouse

Here's a playhouse my husband and I are building for our children.
It is made almost entirely out of discarded shipping containers and pallets!
I just wanted to share this since it's an incredible testament not only to the vast amount of waste all around us, but also proof that with a little ingenuity and creativity it's possible to make something wonderful with almost no money involved (so far we have spent around $100 total. That was for things like nails, screws, and paint).
It's not quite finished, and I'll be sure to post an update when it is!

Monday, April 30, 2012

Best Pancakes Ever

I have to admit, I've got a bit of an obsession with pancakes. 
I love them, and have been playing around with different styles (Swedish, Buttermilk, etc.) for a long time. 
In general, I throw together my ingredients depending on what I'm in the mood for on a particular pancake breakfast day. On the day that this recipe was created, I had my heart set on pancakes, just to find out I was all out of milk. So, I improvised! Thus was born "The Best Pancakes Ever"! Well, in my opinion at least.

This recipe will make about 16 6" pancakes.

8 tbs melted butter
8 eggs
1 cup plain yogurt
2 cups water
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
2 tsp honey

In a small sauce pan, over low heat, melt butter. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, add eggs, yogurt, water, and honey. Blend with electric mixer until smooth.
Add melted butter to egg/yogurt mixture slowly, while mixing.
In a separate bowl, sift together flour and salt.
Add dry flour to egg mixture a little at a time, while mixing, until all is incorporated and smooth.
Grill, and serve!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Crochet Patterns

I now have a few of my crochet patterns for sale through Raverly! I'm really excited to be able to share my designs through this vast Knit and Crochet community. Feel free to stop by my shop and check out my patterns. The Carrot pattern is free!