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Thursday, June 30, 2011

4th of July Luminaries

I love making these luminaries since I made my first for Halloween and then for Valentine's Day. They add so much color and festivities to the room. They are super simple.

clean jars with labels removed (as many as you want)
tissue paper
mod podge
paper for stars, or you can make some that spell freedom, liberty.. you get the picture

I think they came out really nice. I don't have many 4th decorations so this adds alot to my home.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Awesome Blog

I have a new favorite food blog. I'm always looking for new recipes to feed my husband. While this blog does have some dinner recipes, it mostly contains very yummy desserts! I'm gonna start baking once a week with little I because he loves to "help" me in the kitchen and he also gets to wear his super cute apron I made him which I have to still write about.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day

We had a great father's day last month. We went on our annual visit to the zoo and Ian enjoyed it alot this year. It gets more fun as he gets bigger and bigger.

We had our annual Peanutbutter chocolate pie.... yummy! So rich but so good. We have it every year and look forward to it so much.

Ian and I made Dan some snacks for his desk at work. Ian had fun finger painting the box and "helping" eat fill the jars with goodies.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Super Burpies!

I've come a long way since I last made burpies for little I. I have greatly improved them and sad his were not so pretty. Cut me some slack that is the first project I did when I bought my sewing machine 2 years ago!

I realized I only have 4.5 weeks left and still a few projects I need to complete before Jr. Jr. comes. So today I finally finished his burpies. I really love them. They are super cute! Last time I made mine with a secret ingredient.... an old towel in between the layers. They were bulky but worked really well. This time I took a piece of flannel, or cotton fabric and sewed terry cloth or a hand towel to the other side. They look really good. The terry cloth gives it a nice textured look.

I made 8 with the "original" pattern, curved edges. I also made 4 rectangular cloths with cotton fabric on one side and terry cloth on the other. I realize only one side is really usable for the intended purpose of spit up,  but there are so many more options for cute fabric. Or in my case, an old dress, husband's old shirt and some extra cute fabric I had lying around.

Simply cut out your desired shape, really you can't mess this up! Cut another piece with an old hand towel, terry cloth or what ever you have.

Sew right sides together, leaving an opening for turning

Turn right side out and iron flat

stitch around the outer edge, sewing up the open gap

You're done!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Homemade bread

I ran out of bread and our food money envelope (thanks Dave Ramsey) is empty until Monday so I had to make some bread. This isn't the first time, I've made a lot of bread in my days but don't have a favorite recipe so I am always on the lookout for a new one. Today I went on all recipes and found a white bread recipe and it had 5 stars and had "grandma" in the title, I knew I couldn't go wrong :)

It was so good. Not dense and tough, it was very chewy and soft on the inside and the outside a bit crunchy. At least for today since it was fresh out of the oven. I highly recommend it! Ian even asked for more sandwich at lunchtime, that's when you know it's got to be delicious!

Felt Playhouse

It took me many many hours of blood, sweat and tears... ok only sweat maybe. But the hubs said I spent like 80 hours on it. I wish I would have kept track. It probably wasn't 80 but it was ALOT! I started it many many months ago and had a goal to finish it for little man's birthday. Good news is I finished a whole month early.

I am not totally finished. Some of the sides look alittle empty so I will have to come up with some ideas to fill in the space.  I took some inspiration from homemade by Jill. I also came up with my own ideas as well.

Ian spotted the playhouse on the table when he woke up the next day... ok, I didn't put it away on purpose. He had to eat his pancakes in his house for breakfast. He loves it!!