Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Paper Sack Bunny

If you're needing a quick, last-minute Easter craft, try making a paper sack bunny!! I found this idea HERE from Everyday Celebrating.

This literally took me 5 minutes to make (minus drying time for the glue!!).

I used a cotton ball for the tail...'cause every bunny needs a fluffy white tail!!
I helped my MIL's preschool kids make these for their Easter party earlier this week. I cut the bags out for them (too complex for little 3 & 4 year old hands!), but they glued the eyes, whiskers, nose, and tails on themselves. They loved taking their Easter eggs home in such cute little bunny sacks!!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sew Cute Tuesday {3.30.10}

Happy Tuesday, everyone!! Let's see some of the great projects linked last week:

How adorable are these Funny Bunny Treat Bags from Positively Splendid?! She gives a full tutorial on how to make cute!!

I'm loving this cute Easter Outfit from Katy-Di's Creations!! Isn't her little boy precious?!!

This Gun Holster from Homemaker immediately went on my "To Do List" for my little boy!

And Mommie Guide's Fabric Baby Blocks are too sweet!! They'd be perfect to make for a baby shower!

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Now let's get this linky party started!! Two things to remember:

1. Please link sewing projects only!! (can be sewn by hand or machine!)
2. MckLinky will remain open until Friday evening so there's plenty of time to link your projects!

Rules for linking:
**link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
**link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**have fun!
**MckLinky will remain open until Friday, April 2nd so you have plenty of time to add your project!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Burlap Wreath

Have you ever hit a wall while in the middle of a project? That's what happened to me while making my burlap wreath. I got as far as wrapping the wreath form in strips of burlap, then didn't know where to go from there. I let it sit for a day, hoping that some inspiration would come.

And it did!! Lucky for me, Joy from Mommas Kindacrafty linked her Spring Burlap Flower Wreath in last week's "Sew Cute Tuesday", and it was just what I needed to finish mine.
I'm thrilled with how it turned out! Now I just need to buy a wreath hanger so I can hang it up on my door!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Grandma's Pistachio Nut Pudding

This recipe is one of my Grandma's signature desserts! We always looked forward to her making her Pistachio Nut Pudding for family parties...and if you didn't get a piece quick, you were out of luck!!

It has become a tradition in my little family to make Grandma's Pistachio Nut Pudding each year for St. Patrick's Day. My kids look forward to it, and it doesn't last long at our house either!
Here's how to make it:

1st Layer:
1 c. flour
1 T. sugar
1/4 c. nuts (I use walnuts)
1 cube butter

Mix together (like you would a pie crust) and press in a 9x13 pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

2nd Layer:
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
2/3 c. powdered sugar
1 small container of Cool Whip

Mix together and spread over cooled 1st layer.

3rd Layer:
2 pkg. instant pistachio pudding
2 1/2 c. milk

Mix together until thickened. Spread on 2nd layer and wait 5 minutes.

4th Layer:
1 small container of Cool Whip
1/4 c. nuts (I use the leftover walnuts)

Spread Cool Whip on the 3rd layer and sprinkle the nuts on top. Chill and serve!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

January 2009 Scrapbook Pages

I debated on whether or not to share the scrapbook pages I've been working on for my kids. The thing that scares me about it is not having any control over the pictures once they've been posted. I remember being sick a few summers ago when I read some mean comments left on someone's blog regarding her kids. Really cruel comments attacking the way one of her daughter's looked. That scared me. I decided then and there that I would never post my kids' pictures because I didn't want something like that happening to me.

With that said, I decided to go ahead and share these pages. I'm more of a visual person, so trying to explain what I'm doing without showing examples would be a mess!! Plus, I trust that we're no mean comments will be made about my kids. If you don't like my pages, that's a different story!

I am YEARS behind on my kids' scrapbooks. It has been a bit overwhelming for me, so I just didn't do anything about it. Until now. I've come up with a plan that will help me get 'caught up' without being overwhelming and that won't take forever to do! This may not be new to some of you, but it's not the way I've scrapbooked in the it's new to me!

Instead of scrapbooking by event, I am scrapbooking by MONTH. For each month, I do a 2-page spread. Some months have lots of pictures, and some months don't have very many. And another new concept I'm adopting is this: You don't have to scrapbook EVERY single picture you take!! I just pick the best pictures for each month, trying to cover all the events of that month. Am I making any sense?! Here are my kids' January 2009 scrapbook pages to give you an example of what I'm talking about:

I only had 4 pictures for "January" for my 2nd daughter, so her 2-page spread is for January and February.

Another thing that is helping me is keeping the pages simple!! With 5 kids to scrapbook for, I don't have time to spend on all the frilly details! True, they do add a lot to the pages, but I'm more of a simple girl!

I was able to get January-August 2009 pages done for all 5 of my kids in 5 days. Not bad!! The best part is that I'm excited to scrapbook again!! It doesn't seem like an overwhelming, never-ending project anymore.

How about you? How do you keep 'caught up' with your scrapbooks?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sew Cute Tuesday {3.23.10}

Are you ready for another great week of sewing inspiration?! Me too!! Let's take a look at some of the fun projects linked up last week.

Rhonda made a cute Boys Messenger Church Bag for her son.

My little boy would love a belt like THIS from Bubbaroo!!

These Easter Pennie Pockets from Minutes to Spare are adorable!

Crafts ReDesigned shared a Hooded Towel Tutorial!

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Rules for linking:
**link to specific blog post, not blog home page!
**link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**have fun!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Cute Necklaces Made by my Girls...

These are some necklaces my girls made over the weekend.

My oldest used glass pebbles and glued beads on top of them. The pictures really don't do them justice. They look almost like broaches. Too cute!

This picture shows the back of one of them.....yeah, she used one of my pebbles that I had made for a magnet! Oh well! I guess I should have glued the magnet on it right away instead of waiting. As we always say at our house, "You snooze, you lose!"

My 2nd daughter decided to glue the pebbles together to look like a flower. I can't get enough of their creativity!!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Yummy Sandwich Wraps

These are really simple to make, but oh so delicious!! You'll need:

**Tortillas (we like wheat tortillas at our house!)
**Chive & Onion cream cheese spread
**Cheese (singles or shredded)
**Lunch meat

1. Spread your tortilla with the chive & onion cream cheese.

2. Add the lettuce, cheese, and lunch meat.
3. Roll up like a burrito and cut in half!
See.....I told you it was easy!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Burlap Bunnies

I finally got around to making these cuties! I just LOVE them!!

**I used THIS tutorial from Oopsey Daisy. If you haven't made them yet, you've got to give them a try!!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Sew Cute Tuesday {3.16.10}

It's Tuesday {Woo Hoo!!} I was blown away by all the awesome projects linked up last week. guys are awesome!!

I loved these Vinyl Composition Book Covers by JK Made. How cute is this?!

Oopsey Daisy linked these adorable Burlap Bunnies with a tutorial. I can't wait to make these!!

Rockie at Something Wonderful made this cute Blanket Bag. What a smart idea!!

I love these colorful Luggage Tags from Fun To Craft!

And check out Dainty Couture's Simply Chic Tufted Stool!

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Now let's get on with this link party!! Remember, I'll keep MckLinky open until Friday evening, so there's plenty of time to link your sewing projects.


Rules for linking:

**Please link sewing projects only!! (can be sewn by hand or machine!)
**Link to your blog post, not your home page!
**Have fun!!