Sunday, January 27, 2013

Crafty Valentimes

I go in spurts with my Valentine's craftiness.  Some years I've bought boxed Valentines, sometimes not.  I was pretty early this year in my planning.  Q (she's in second grade) picked these out from Pinterest:

They actually turned out pretty good!  Here are ours:
Here's what we did:  1.  Take string (I used white embroidery floss & pink/red baker's twine), cut 2 pieces into 6" length and tie in knot about 1/3 of the way down.  2.  Tape to box at longer end.  3.  Cut scrapbook paper (I used one pack of Target's Dollar Bin paper) down to box size (ours ended up being 3.5" x 8").  4.  Wrap paper around candy using tape to adhere on back.  5.  Print out labels.  6.  Cut & stick labels on front (side without tape seam).  7.  Attach Hershey kisses on to string using small heart stickers (tape would work too).  8.  On back or sides, write To and From info.

Here's another site that includes a printable and uses Reese's miniatures.  She includes a color printable which would be way easier, but I didn't want to use all that ink, and I liked the patterned paper.  I didn't want to do the Reese's because of nut allergies in my daughter's class.

Next will be V's daycare Valentines!  She wants to do heart-shaped crayons.  I've been furiously scouring the crayon bins for broken crayons to melt down, and I don't know as if I have enough.  We may have to go with Plan B.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Target Valentine's Stuff is the Best

Target has the cutest Valentine stuff!  One of my prior faves at Valentine's Day were red and pink owls.  I still have paper plates and napkins from that year.  This year, it's like French circus theme in aquas, reds, and pinks.  This is just some of the stuff:

Here's stuff that I bought the girls.  Love the strong man cups!  The covered cup twists so that the strong man can be mustached or not.  The covered snack cups in the shape of a tent would be so cute as party favors filled with candy.

Supah cute!!!  That Target!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

2013 Resolution: Read More!

I'm what you might call a binge reader.  I received Gillian Flynn's three books for Christmas:  Sharp Objects, Dark Places, and Gone Girl.  I read the first two in two days.  I am obsessed with them!  They are apparently both being made into movies.  The only person rumored to be cast so far is Amy Adams in Dark Places as Libby which I think is a good choice (although I see her more as the mother).

The third is Gone Girl.  Hmm.  I guess people really love it.  I tried to love it.  I do love her writing style, but I just can't get into it.  The thing that I love about her other characters are that most of them come up short on morals, but you root for them.  She somehow makes even the worst characters display a glimmer of likeability (albeit many times faint).  But with Gone Girl, I don't like or really care about anybody.  I don't like Nick.  I don't like Amy.  I don't like Margo.  I find them boring and kinda nutty with no good reason for being nutty.  Plus, Reese Witherspoon is going to be starring in and producing the film version which kinda makes me say ICK (even though I don't hate her, but I can't see it being good).

Anyway, I don't think I can finish it, but I'll probably read ahead to see how it ends. 

Any good book recommendations for me?  Anybody else read these books and love them?

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Averting a Pinterest Fail

How is your 2013 so far?  Did you have any fun New Years Eve plans?  We have been lazing around the house with the girls for the last two days reading new books, watching fluffy movies, and playing card games with the girls.  It's been lovely!  Oh, and eating.  My husband has decided that he is really into cooking lately (which is great for me!).  He made a whole mess of appetizers, my favorite being parmesan puffs (mmm  fried!), fontina fondue (with green apple was best), and bacon wrapped dates filled with goat cheese.  YUMZ.  Last week, he made Moroccan Chicken with Lemons & Olives, and it turned out very good!

We've been so lucky to have great neighbors on our old street AND our new street (which is right around the corner from where we used to live).  Our neighbors across the street brought over wine & two little stuffed bears for the girls the day after Christmas.  I decided I wanted to make some cute Pinterest New Year's Eve cupcakes for them.  Here are what they were supposed to look like:

Here is what the clock faces looked like after simply following their instructions (not good):

Those Wilton food writers they say to use?  They don't work.  At all.  Maybe they would work better on fondant, but they do NOT work on Oreo cream.  And they were expensive too. 

First off, you need to use a sharp knife to cut off the top layer of cream & Oreo crumbs.  Good thing I bought Double Stuff!  Luckily, I am a huge hoarder of sprinkles & baking products in general.  I pulled out my bottle of Halloween sprinkles containing confetti & tiny nonpareil sprinkles & pulled out all the black ones.  Then I sent hubby out in the snow to a candy shop to get black licorice strings (I'm not that mean-- he had other stuff to get, and it was on the way to the grocery store). 

Here's what I ended up with!  Did not nail it, but not exactly a Pinterest disaster either.  Give-worthy I'd say.

And here are the little labels I made to attach to the top of the cupcake box:

Feel free to use.  You can save these at the original size then paste them into a Word doc or otherwise.  Print out on cardstock or full sheet label sheets and attach to hostess gift bags, boxes of treats, wine bottles, etc., and I left a place to sign your name!  Voila.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Resolution: Blog Again!

Tap, tap, this thing on?  Is anyone still there?  *crickets chirping*

For anyone who may still be listening, I must apologize for my absence.  I have been away building up my immunity to iocaine powder just in case a battle of wits should occur. 

Keep Calm and Carry Iocane Women's Fitted T-Shirt 
I'm making a conscious effort to get back to blogging in 2013.  I have a lot to say!  Those of you who are Facebook friends with me know this.  But we're old friends, right?  And old friends can pick up right where they left off, so I hope we can do that. 

So many things to talk about!  We have been in our new house for over a year now which I cannot believe.  Um, Pinterest??!!  How great is it?  Although I don't know about you, but I've had my share of Pinterest fails (nailed it!).  Also, a friend of mine has started a new personal stylist/shopping business in the Detroit area called What to Wear.  I designed her business cards, Facebook page, and website!  I don't have a whole lot of room on the old hard drive that is my noggin, so I'm not sure why I opened up that WordPress can of worms, but I've been learning as I go.

I will be posting more, I promise.  But in the meantime, and in the immortal words of one Mr. Andy Dufresne, I hope this blog post finds you and finds you well.  xo

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Q's Bedroom & Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum

We took the girls to Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum. It reminds me of some cool place that Heidi might find and explore with her kids. It is literally 20 minutes from my house, and I had no idea that it existed.

It's a zillion old timey coin-operated machines-- some from the early 1900s and some from Coney Island. There are some newer games like Dance Dance Revolution and such, but of course, I was loving the oldies. And there were some CREEEEPY machines! I could not talk Q into having her bday party there in November. Booooo. Their favorite was the very realistic-looking dude who pukes. I know it's only fake puke (it's some sort of brown liquid), but I can only imagine how nasty the inside of that machine smells. THAT creeped me out big time.

Here are some of my favorite pics:

And a video of Wally & Wanda, the Polka Babies:

Besides that, I completed my first Craigslist transaction!!! I got this super pretty French Provincial nightstand for $20 (!), and it's wanting a beautiful coat of turquoise paint for Q's room (like this).

Speaking of, here is the design board for Q's room:

Inspiration was taken from Lay Baby Lay's Little Girl Wonder inspiration board! I couldn't work the peach in there properly and Q wasn't feeling the peach anyway (she was allllll about the purple-- I could barely get the teal in there at all). But I think it will be good. I am bummed that her forest-themed room is already defunct, but once we get the attic playroom finished, those items will be transferred up there.

Hope everyone's weekend was swell!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Laundry Room & Back to Black

Before I post my laundry room board, I'm just now putting aside my whining to contemplate the passing of Amy Winehouse. Was her demise a surprise to anyone? Not really. Is it a total shame? Absolutely. I'd say that Back to Black was one of those albums for me that affected my life. Have you listened to it? Please do.

So back to my laundry room! I will freely admit that I snatched this color combo from Nicole's basement bathroom. Right down to the exact paint color! Speaking of paint, I am so ecstatic to be able to move right into a house and NOT have to worry about painting. I get to pick all the room colors out and the painters will do it for us. PHEW! All the fun and none of the effort-- that's what I'm talkin' about.

Hope you all survived your respective Mondays! xo