New Year, New Projects!

Hey all! It’s been quite some time since my last post but believe me that doesn’t mean I haven’t been my usual craft self! I’ve been finding it harder and harder to find the time to write down these posts. I take the photos, have all the right intentions, but where do I find the time? From taking care of my little man to keeping house and working full time, it’s almost impossible.

My New Years resolution: Make The Time!

I always find it funny when you are looking on Pinterest, and one minute you are looking at “gym bag essentials” and you wind up watching tutorials on “how to diy dye yarn”. How did I get here? Not that I mind, because it got me interested in hand dyeing my own yarn.

Whenever I go into this fancy yarn stores, I am enthralled by all the skeins of brightly colored hand-dyed yarn. But as soon as my eyes read the price tag, back it goes, intimidates to even try anything with them for fear of wasting $20+ of yarn on something that won’t come out right.

My first project of 2018 was easy, affordable, and really fun! I hope you enjoy reading about it here ——–>DIY Hand Dyed Acrylic Yarn

Until then,

Stay Crafty!!

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!

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! 

Halloween Party Foods

LHalloween Party Foodsast weekend was Halloween! One of my favorite holidays like I mentioned in my last blog post. I had been talking with my sister-in-law about wanting to throw a halloween party and we decided that this year we were going to do it! So after weeks of planning and waiting for the party day to arrive, we had a successful halloween & pumpkin carving party!

I wanted to share a few of the food items that I made for the party! They were really fun to make and really easy.

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Pumpkin Deviled Eggs

The first I can’t take credit for. The Pumpkin Deviled Eggs were the result of my wonderful husband. I just contributed the idea of making them look like pumpkins 😉

  1. Prepare them like normal, hard boil the eggs, let them cool a little, de-shell them and cut them in half.
  2. Take the yolks out and place in a bowl.
  3. Mix with a little mayonnaise, ground mustard, hint of ground pepper and orange food coloring.
  4. Put into a piping bag (can use a zip lock bag, just cut the corner off to make a piping bag) and fill the center of the eggs.
  5. Next, chop up some celery and place halfway into the filling to make the “stalk” of the pumpkin.
  6. Enjoy!

Oreo Bats

IMG_6155Ingredients:

  • 1 Package of Oreos
  • 1 Block of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • Melting Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  • Candy Lollipop Sticks or Paper Straws(pictured)
  • Wing Stencil (click here) & wax paper
  1. Finely crush up Oreos in blender or food processor.
  2. Mix Oreos in a bowl with softened cream cheese until well blended.
  3. Form 2 inch balls (can be smaller if you wish) with the mixture & set on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
  4. Stick lollipop sticks/paper straws in Oreo balls.
  5. Set in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  6. While the balls are in the freezer, start making the bat wings (I did this the night before & just put the wings in the refrigerator overnight.)IMG_6108 copy
  7. Print off your stencil & cover with wax paper.
  8. Melt some chocolate & put into a piping bag (again you can use a ziplock bag with corner cut off.)
  9. Start tracing the bat wings with the chocolate.
  10. Trace twice as many as you have balls and place in the fridge when done.
  11. When the balls are cool enough, start melting the chocolate down. I used a chocolate that I found that comes in a microwave safe container and melts down in 60-90 seconds.
  12. Take the balls out and start dipping! you’ll want to do this part carefully as to not over cover the balls. Should be able to evenly coat the balls & let chocolate harden a little before putting down. (to avoid a flat spot, get a foam block to stick them in.)
  13. While the balls are still wet add the eyeballs to the bats & the bat wings one at a time. If you need to, coat the end of the batwing in chocolate and stick to the ball.
  14. Optional: you can add tiny chocolate chips to the top of the balls to make little horns/ears.
  15. Enjoy! – These were a big hit and I promise they will go fas

IMG_6125Mummy Oreo Pops

Ingredients:

  • Oreos
  • Paper Straws/ Lollipop Sticks
  • White Chocolate
  • Candy Eyeballs
  1. Stick the lollipop sticks or paper straws into the middle of the Oreos. (if using paper straws you will want to cut them in half and flatten the part you are sticking into the Oreo.)
  2. Freeze/Refrigerate the Oreos for a half hour.
  3. Start Melting the white chocolate, making sure to save out some for the “wrapping”
  4. Dip the pops into the white chocolate giving it a good coat.
  5. Lay on wax paper & add candy eyeballs
  6. Wait until they are completely dry & start adding wrapping.
  7. In a piping bag (or zip lock – as you can see I love using this option due to the easy cleanup factor!) place the melted white chocolate and start drizzling over the pops going back and forth to make it look like a mummy who’s all wrapped up.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to eat!
  9. Enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Leave me a comment below if you have any questions or want see something specific!

Stay Crafty!

Elephant Diaper Cake!

Hi guys! Sorry I haven’t gotten to post in a while. Life has been a whirlwind of crazy and busy and laughs and tears all mixed together! Today I went to a baby shower for a friend and co-worker and her and her husband are expecting a little boy in October. When she posted about her baby shower I knew exactly what I wanted to do for her, Make a diaper cake!

I had a beautiful diaper cake made for me for my shower and I found it so useful because of all the best things that were included with it (including the cake topper Taggie Monkey which my son loves!) I have never done anything like this and was excited to attempt it!

I will apologize for the poor photos, I did this diaper cake in the hour my son had finally fallen asleep for the night and the time he woke up from teething pain.

Here we go!!!

Materials:

  • Diapers of choice – I chose honest company diapers that had an elephant theme as her nursery will be elephants
  • Take and toss spoons and forks – for decoration & support inside
  • Ribbons & Twine – You can really get creative with this, add embellishments & cute pictures. Since I had already had these colors in my crafty tower, it was perfect!
  • Cute Cake Topper – I used an elephant teether. Kaleb has the same one but only his is a giraffe and he loves it! I try to give people things that I can personally endorse!
  • Cardboard Cake Round
  1. IMG_5343I first rolled up all the diapers into cylinders. I rolled about 60 or more and secured them with the clear rubber bands.
  2. Then, I made the first layer of the cake. I used about 10 diapers and arranged them all on their ends. I put the elephant teether in the middle for the “cake topper”.
  3. I then wrapped the first layer with the jute string to secure it tightly.
  4. Next, I took my colorful ribbon and IMG_5340
    wrapped it around and made a tight bow on the front.
  5. Next, I untied the jute string and re-tied it nicely over the colorful ribbon. I incorporated the knot of the jute with the knot of the ribbon so they both stayed straight.
  6. I continued steps 2-4 with the next two layers, making them noticeably larger to make the layers distinguishable.
  7. After the layers were all done, I started putting the “pillars” inside. I took all the green and blue forks and spoons and put them aside and used the rest of the colors as columns inside to hold the layers of the diaper cake together. diaper cake
  8.  After the cake was assembled, I started putting the rest of the spoon & forks into the cake layers and made them look like candles sticking out. Just something fun to add to the cake. When Kaleb started eating baby food I was so grateful to have these around for him!
  9. The final step was to transfer the diaper cake to the cardboard cake round so I could easily carry it to the baby shower!

You can do so much with your diaper cake. Be creative! Walk down the baby isle at your local store and take inspiration from what you see! A baby’s world is so colorful, you can’t help but be inspired!

Until Next Time – Stay Fashionably Crafty!

 

Guns or Glitter? Gender Reveal

Back when my husband and I found out we were pregnant we decided we wanted to know the sex of the baby, but we wanted to find out with all of our closest friends and family around us. We had been toying with the idea of having a gender reveal party and thought, well why not! So I took to Pinterest, pinning all the ideas I could find because I wanted to make the party  special, not only for us, but for everyone. A way to get everyone together and relax. We had had a busy year, Jack and Jill in the spring, followed by a surprise bachelorette party, not to mention finding out I was pregnant 3 days before said bachelorette party (surprise!). Then the whirlwind of the rehersal and wedding we had a busy 6 months! When we learned we were going to have the ultrasound to find out what we were having in the beginning of September we were ecstatic! We had a honeymoon cruise turned babymoon planned for September 6th and we couldn’t imagine having to wait until we got back to find out if our little bundle was going to be a boy or girl. So we did what every sane person would do and planned the party for the night before we left on the cruise. (Did I say sane? I think I left out a few letters there) All in all I think that party was a success! I had a lot of fun planning it and making everything for the party. We ended up having to make the reveal cake ourselves. I made it out of vanilla cake with white frosting and had cut outs inside where when we cut open the cake and blue M&M’s came pouring out 🙂 everyone was gathered around and so excited when they found out what we were having! I would recommend any expecting parents to consider a party like this! And I hope this gives you all some inspiration to throw your own!    The end result of our “Guns of Glitter” party (minus the cake!) We also had different cupcakes, ones with pink edible glitter frosting, and the others with little army men on top. We played a game where everyone could guess the gender and they got a sticker.   Got all these at my local Walmart! Didn’t have to spend a lot for the supplies! This was a very fun and cute favor for our guests! All you need is the candy, the sharpies, and patience! All in all, it was a fun way to include everyone in this wonderful news!