Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Monday, January 25, 2016

It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown - Halloween Decorations


As I was flipping through my blog, I realized that somehow I had forgotten to post about Halloween.  This is a crime!!!  How could I have forgotten my favorite holiday?!  This Halloween was especially great.  I got to wear a costume that I have ALWAYS wanted to wear (a post about that to come later).  I am particularly proud of how my yard decorations turned out.  The theme this year was: It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.  Who doesn't love Charlie Brown?  This movie is a classic!


I created 3 of the characters from the It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown movie: Lucy, Charlie Brown (of course), and Pigpen.
To make our friendly ghosts I needed:
  • Sheets of white fabric
  • Tomato cages
  • Foam balls for the heads
  • Paper bags
  • Safety pins
  • Black felt
  • Scissors
  • A hot glue gun
  • White Christmas lights
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • A foam mask and witch hat for Lucy 
First, I attached the Christmas lights to the tomato cages using pipe cleaner.  I tied the top of the

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Dragon Birthday Cake



I always ask my kids what they would like me to make for their birthday cake.  Bud said he wanted a green cake.  Easy enough.  He chose to have a dragon-themed party, so I couldn't resist making a dragon birthday cake for him.

Thank goodness for Pinterest, because I wouldn't have known where to even begin to make a dragon shaped cake.  I found this dragon cake tutorial to make my little green dragon.  The only thing I did differently from the tutorial is that I used 2 mini doughnuts for the snout of the dragon.

One thing I learned while making this cake: spice cake is really hard to work with.  Bud picked out the spice cake himself, so I had to use it.  Even after being in the refrigerator it was super moist and crumbly.  I would suggest putting it in the freezer before trying to cut and frost a spice cake.

I used my vanilla butter frosting recipe (you can find it at the bottom of THIS post).  I seriously use this recipe for EVERY cake.


Once the frosting was on it was time to decorate!  I used a large marshmallow cut in half and brown M&M's for the eyes.  I then used banana runts for the eyebrows and claws.  Making the wings, horns, and scales was the trickiest part.  I followed these directions for candy melt wings and they worked out perfectly.  Make sure to make a few extra wings because one will inevitably break.  To make the scales I dipped Vanilla Wafers in the extra candy melt and let them harden on wax paper.


The final touch on this cake was the fire coming from his mouth.  Using Starbursts, I followed the directions HERE and it worked perfectly.


All done!


Bud absolutely LOVED his green dragon cake.

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Friday, September 25, 2015

Dragon Birthday Party Decorations



My kiddos are growing up WAY too fast.  Bud is now officially 3!  I asked him what kind of birthday he wanted and he did not hesitate, "DRAGONS!"

I must admit I was super excited about this theme.  Castles, dragons, and knights are some of my favorite things to read about, watch movies about, and basically geek out about.  As usual, I went overboard on the decorations for his birthday, but I just can't help myself.  Decorating is my creative outlet.

I am going to walk you through all of the decorations I put up in the house and let you know how you can make your own.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

3-Ingredient Thin Mint Cookies



There are times when I crave Girl Scout cookies.

I mean, I gotta have one.

Not even kidding.

Right now!

(I'm not the only one right?)

I was in one of those "I will die without a Thin Mint" moods, but there was not a Girl Scouts to be seen.  What's a cookie deprived mom to do?

Hop onto Pinterest, that's what!


I found a terrific little recipe from Averie Cooks.  It only requires three ingredients and I just happened to have them on hand.  YAY!

All you will need is Ritz crackers, peppermint extract, and semi-sweet chocolate chips.  (Recipe at the bottom of this post.)  


When I bit the cookie, put it down, then proceeded to take this picture my hubby laughed at me.  Hey, I could have popped the whole thing into my mouth!  The things I do for this blog...

Hubby also said that he would have preferred milk chocolate over semi-sweet.  I will have to give that a try next time I am in a Thin Mint mood.


Bud had no complaints.  (I love chocolate-y baby faces.  Don't you?)

3-Ingredient Thin Mint Cookies
(By Averie Cooks)
18 Ritz crackers
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 t peppermint extract
*optional, but recommended - 1 T shortening (I used coconut oil instead and it worked just fine)

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Make sure to clear out a space to fit the cookie sheet in the refrigerator.

Using a microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips and shortening.  Heat on high for 1 minute.  Stir and heat for 10-15 second intervals until chocolate becomes very smooth.

Add 1/2 t peppermint extract to the melted chocolate and stir.  (For more mint flavor add another 1/4 t.)

Place one cracker in the chocolate.  Coat the cracker and remove with a fork.  Allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl before placing the cracker onto the parchment paper-lined sheet.  Repeat with all cookies.  Place in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden.

These cookies really hit the spot!  Give 'em a try (you won't regret it).  

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Little Boy Bow Tie Tutorials


We had a wonderful summer as we welcomed a new member to our family.  Yes, that's right...my brother-in-law got married!  My kids adore their new auntie.  

Weddings always end up forcing me to pull out my sewing machine.  I am not a confident seamstress.  It takes me hours of work and usually lots of seam ripping to finish a project.  I have no patience.  However, I am usually pretty happy with the way things turn out.  I used a pattern I had on hand for the girls' dresses, but I had no idea how to make a bow tie for Bud.  

Thank you Pinterest!  I would be lost without you.  

I found a super easy bow tie tutorial from Kiki and Company.  It was seriously simple!  The first bow tie I made was a little bit too big, (okay, it was more like something a clown would wear), but after a few alterations I had a tie that I was happy with.  


Bud loved his new bow tie.  He didn't want to take it off.  

The tutorial I used required minimum sewing, but if you would like to avoid sewing altogether you can try this bow tie tutorial.  All you need is a glue gun!  


Here are all of my little munchkins looking snazzy in their new clothes.  They were so excited to get all dressed up to go to the Manti Temple.


A perfect day with my sweet little family.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Interchangeable Flip-Flop Flowers


I love the little flip flops that have flowers on them.  Love, love, love them!  But they are always more expensive and you can't change them up.  You are stuck with whatever flower you buy.  I found a solution to this little fashion problem.


All you need is a piece of felt about 5 inches long, scissors, needle & thread, buttons, small hair elastics (one per flower), a glue gun, and a basic pair of flip flops.


Cut your felt into five scallops.  Thread your needle through the bottom of the fabric as shown above.


Pull the thread so that it forms the flower, thread it through your starting point, and tie it off.


Hot glue the small elastic to the back of the flowers.


Glue on a button and you're done!  Attach the flower to the sandal by pulling the elastic around the top of the flip flop and around the flower (like a button latch).  Now you can change up your flowers anytime you want and you don't have to buy the expensive sandals.


I went with a red, white, and blue theme for the 4th of July.  These are Goofy's shoes.  Blue is her favorite color.


Princess got red flowers.  She loves them (because red is closest to pink, her favorite color).

You could make any kind of flower you want!  Here are a few flower tutorials to help you freshen up your sandals.  Have fun!

Tipnut - 40 Flower Tutorials
Michael and Made - Tissue Paper Flowers
Skruben - Easy Fabric Flowers
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Fashion Tribe - Circle Roses

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