Watercolor Name Gifts!

I have recently picked up a new art form. I have loved watercolor for years but never was serious about learning it until now. With our new house, came a great big attic space to stretch out and have space for all my craft & art needs. I'm still working on my space but love the energy in it already.

I have done a few small paintings to get my brush wet (no pun intended) and have also started to combine hand-lettering with watercolor. I've made and given a few gifts already and love the response I am getting from them! A co-worker even told me I should start selling them!

Here are a few examples and I hope you enjoy!

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Homemade Basil Hummus Recipe

It’s that time of year again. Where gardens are in full swing and this heat has them growing like crazy! I went out this morning and harvested my second batch of lettuce & my third batch of basil!

Anyone who knows me well knows I LOVE Basil. There’s something about the smell and taste I can’t get enough of it. From using Mrs. Meyers Basil Dishwashing Soap to having Basil a scented Candles around the house I am always surrounded by the smell.

When we moved to our home back in December, I told my husband that I would really like to have a vegetable garden this year. I have only ever had one once and that was when I was living home and it didn’t go so well due to poor soil we had purchased for the planter box my father made me. In the spring, my husband made me a beautiful planter box and we filled it with Natures Care organic specially mixed soil meant for raised garden beds.

I was determined to have a good year! So far, we’ve had plenty of rain, a lot of hot sunny days, and the garden is thriving. I planted 5 Basil plants, 3 varieties of Tomatoes, 3 variety of peppers (some hot some sweet), green beans and cucumbers.


The photo above was the first round. I relocated the lettuce to a big pot in the shade, and added a few more plants.

I have been trying eat more healthy, and I love hummus! My husband has made it for me a few times but after my harvest of Basil today I wanted to try my hand at it.

The result was amazingly yummy! I am so glad I got out in the garden today and was able to say “that came from my garden!”

The girls at work are going to love it and I can’t wait to share it with them!



Homemade Basil Hummus

10 servings – 152 calories per serving – 6g total fat – 8g protein – 18g carbohydrates 

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 3 tbs tahini
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Pink Himalayan salt (to taste)
  • Ground pepper (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until all ingredients are blended and mixed well.
  3. Store in mason jars or other small snack size containers.
  4. Enjoy!

See, I told you it was easy!

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A Hot Digity-Dog Mickey Mouse First Birthday!

 

Kaleb’s First Birthday Mickey Mouse Themed Birthday

 

We had so much fun putting together Kaleb’s first birthday party! Everything you see below was hand-made with the exception of the Mickey Mouse Cupcake Towers, & Mickey Mouse Cupcake Papers.

The Mickey Mouse cupcake toppers were melted chocolate I put into a squeeze bottle and then traced over them on wax paper & let cool in the refrigerator. The Mickey Mouse month by month banner I hand cut from templates I printed online. Which makes me very grateful that my husband bought me my Cricut Explore Wireless! Makes cutting designs out so much easier and faster!

I’m going to keep this post short and sweet and might come back to it as some point to add more but I hope this post gives you some ideas to make your Mickey Mouse Birthday a hot-diggity-dog one!

My little Mickey Mouse Man! 

Fork-print Fireworks! (Toddler friendly!)

Looking for a fun and toddler friendly craft for the 4th of July?? Try these fork-print fireworks!!! All you need is paper, a fork and washable paint (I did say toddler friendly 😂) you can try these many different ways, and even add glitter! The perfect craft for this holiday weekend!  

  1. Pick the paint colors your little wants to work with.
  2. Get your area ready.
  3. Place your painting surface in front of your little.
  4. Grab a fork.
  5. Help your little with dipping the prongs of the fork in the paint.
  6. Let them plant a few fork stamps on the page.
  7. Help them by turning the paper so they can make a firework!
  8. When done with all fireworks, dip the ends of the fork prongs in paint and make polka-dots on the way down the page for the firework trail.
  9. Look back and admire your littles artwork.
  10. Enjoy your 4th of July!!! 

See, told you it was easy! K and I did this craft this morning in about 30 minutes on top of a few other things he painted. 


Have a happy & safe 4th of July & Stay Crafty!!

DIY no-sew blanket! 

If you have ever tried to find a cute blanket for your little that matches the “theme” you’ve deluded yourself into thinking your son or daughter needs you have most likely come to the realization that either A. You can’t find what you are looking for in “toddler size” (for a toddler bed which is the same size as a crib mattress) or B. You have found what you are looking for and it is astronomically expensive. $60 for a toddler bedding set? Really?  

When we moved to our new house back in december, I was set on keeping Kalebs room the same theme, Nautical. We already had soo many sheets and wall decor I couldn’t bring myself to switch over. We just bought a house, it was Christmas time, he’s a toddler. He won’t even notice! 

Moving to the new house meant some changes. One of the big changes was that Kaleb would be in a toddler bed now. We were all so excited! I hopped online and started searching for cute Nautical themed sheets, blankets and pillows. To my surprise, they were super expensive! How can something that is made with half the fabric be almost 2 times more expensive! I was able to find a cute anchor sheet set and blue and white stripped comforter from Target around Christmas that wasn’t too pricey. Since then, it has been a struggle! 

A few weeks ago I was at my local Walmart picking up a few household necessities. I noticed they are starting to redo the floors and are moving everything around so you feel like you’re on a scavenger hunt just to find the paper towels! 

Right across the isle from where the paper towels are now located, there was a huge rack with all of their fabric options, now up to 75% off! I went over and perused the styles and options because you know I can’t just pass up a bargain! I came to the fleece fabrics and got the crazy idea of making him one myself! 

I had gotten a fleece blanket from my husbands family member for my baby shower and I instantly fell in love with it! It was soft, warm and cozy! And of course, it was a no-sew blanket! I had never attempted one before and was excited to try! I made Kalebs anchor blanket for a total of $11!! 

This project was super easy, inexpensive and only took 2 and a half hours to complete. It’s the perfect project to do while you’re binge-watching your favorite Netflix show! 

Materials:

  • 5 yards fleece fabric (2 different designs)
  • Scissors 
  • Favorite Netflix show

Instructions:

  1. Lay out your fabric on top of each other, designs facing outwards. I laid mine out on my bed since it was the biggest surface I had available.
  2. Start cutting 1 inch wide x 2-3 inch strips around the edge of the fabric. No-sew, no sew, fabric, anchor, anchor blanket, craftybombshell, thecraftybombshell, the crafty bombshell, Nautical bedding, Nautical theme
  3. Tie the strips into knots. You can either cut all the strips and then tie, or tie as you go. I cut all one side first and then tied them into knots. 
  4. When you’re done, enjoy your blanket! See, I told you it was easy!

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Hand-Lettering 101

Two months ago I was eagerly awaiting my new purchase from Amazon, Hand Lettering 101: An Introduction to the Art of Creative Lettering. Even with AmazonPrime I felt like it couldn’t get here fast enough!  I have scoured Pinterest and all it has to hold and instantly became enthralled with this art form. I instantly started doodling on anything I could get my hands on!

If you remember from my Dinosaur Thank You Cards post I’ve been trying to keep up this standard of etiquette that our generations before us have all held. Send thank you cards, birthday cards, even a thinking of you note from time to time to a special someone far away. Ever since I have started my practice of hand lettering, I have put a special touch on all the cards I have sent out. Below you can see some of the other projects and “doodles” that I have done, and also a peek into the book!

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In the book it explains about the different mediums you can use to hand letter, the different types of paper and also about different typefonts that work well together.

After trial and error, mostly because I couldn’t wait for the pens on order to come in, I found that Crayola Markers don’t work very well. Some of my favorite pens to use for hand lettering are Elegant Writers. They have a tapered tip to handle all those thick downstrokes and thin upstrokes.

This was a fun little St. Patrick’s Day craft that I did with my little man!

I got this idea from one project closer. Go check out her blog for more cute ideas!

The easter bunny even knows how to hand-letter!

 

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Valentine’s Treats!


Hey guys! Valentine’s Day is upon us and I wanted to share with you a few little things I made for my husband and son. In the past few years my husband and I have exchanged extravagant gifts for Valentine’s Day. This year I told him no flowers*, no gifts. Just a nice dinner out and a night to ourselves is all we are giving each other… but who am I kidding??? I just had to make my guys a few fun treats for today and the two that I picked were Oreo Balls and Rice Krispie Treats!

(*update* during the middle of writing this blog post my darling husband came home with flowers for me. He got Kaleb up out of bed and had him bring me the flowers. It was so cute and romantic and yes I said no flowers but… they are beautiful and I love them!!!) 


 Now you might remember from one of my older posts, I have made these Oreo Balls for you once before. They were in The shape of bats for our Halloween bash we threw in 2015. These are one of my husbands favorite treats! 

I’m giving them a sweetheart flair with “cupids” sprinkles I found at Wal-Mart. 


Oreo Ball Supplies:

  • 1 package of regular oreos
  • 1 package of room temperature cream cheese (any brand)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • 1 package of chocolate chips (I bought the Hershey’s chips like you see in the photo and they melted quite well in the microwave)
  • Sprinkles
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Blender, food processor etc. 

Instructions:

  1. Blend entire package of Oreos in blender, ninja, food processor etc. (save out 1/4 cup of crumbs for topping later)
  2. Add cream cheese & blend until completely mixed 
  3. Line baking sheet with wax paper
  4. Roll Oreo mixture into 2 in. balls
  5. Add lillipop sticks to each ball
  6. Freeze balls for 20 minutes
  7. Empty chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl
  8. Melt on high for 30 second intervals until melted, stirring each 30 seconds 
  9. Take balls out of freezer and start dipping in chocolate. You might have to use a spoon in this step to completely cover your Oreo ball. 
  10. Decorate your Oreo ball however you’d like!
  11. Repeat steps 9 & 10 until you are done
  12. Refrigerate & enjoy!!

This sweet treat is sure to bring happiness to everyone you gift them to!

Another fun treat I made today were heart shaped Rice Krispie Treats. I have never made them before (although they were a staple in my household growing up) so when shopping for the ingredients this morning I had to turn to the Rice Krispie legend herself, my mother. 

My mom has been making this treat for as long as I can remember, and it’s no wonder everyone loves them!!! She gave me her recipe which I noticed is different from the one they give you on the box, and I will share it with you!!


Supplies:

  • 10 cups Rice Krispies
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 bags of marshmallows
  • 1 bag of Hershey’s chocolate chips (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)
  • Heart shaped cookie cutter (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter on low heat in a large pot
  2. Add marshmallows & melt completely
  3. Remove from heat and add 10 cups of Rice Krispies
  4. Mix well
  5. Pour on greased cookie sheet 
  6. Spray your hands with cooking spray (so it doesn’t stick to you) and pat down until flat and even
  7. Refrigerate for 20 minutes
  8. Empty chocolate chips into microwave safe bowl
  9. Melt on high for 30 second intervals until melted, stirring each 30 seconds 
  10. Take your cookie cutter and start cutting out hearts
  11. Dip your hearts in chocolate. You might have to use a spoon in this step
  12. Decorate as you would like
  13. Enjoy!

A few other things that I made for this Valentine’s Day are custom Valentine’s using my cricut.  I left these for the girls I work with from Kaleb. The Mickey Mouse valentine was something that I had thought up and then I took it a step further with Kaleb’s Valentine’s Day card from us! 


What are some crafts and recipes you’ve done for Valentine’s Day? I would love to see your DIY’s!

And because it wouldn’t be an official day off without having to fix something…  today we get to go to the hardware store and get new plumping for our kitchen sink which leaked all over the place last night, and a new screen door hinge since it was so windy here yesterday the door blew open and it broke.. ahh the joys of homeownership 😂

Stay Crafty!