Wednesday, December 14, 2011

ahhhhh it's Justin Bieber!!!

Justin Bieber has been everywhere lately. He's been on the Disney channel, at the Rockefeller Tree lighting, and even in music videos with Mariah Carey. I know this because my daughter seems to have an uncontrollable urge to squeal at the very mention of his name. *rolling my eyes*
All that to introduce you to the most recent shirt I made for her. I heart JB.

It started out as a simple plain purple shirt costing a whopping ONE dolla! the Dollar Tree.
                                                                       LOVE it!

Then using the Silhouette Studio and my Silhouette SD, I cut the letters from white smooth heat transfer material. And the heart from smooth dark pink.
The font I used for the letters is Base 02 from It was by far the most intricate font that I've cut. But it worked perfectly! I absolutely love the fact that everything stays in it's place on the transfer sheet. I would have never been able to keep all the little splatter pieces if it wasn't for that fact.

While we're on the subject of's another Dollar Tree transformation.

She had recently picked up these fuzzy pajama pants at WalMart with some birthday money. But was bummed when she couldn't find a matching shirt. So I did what any other frugal mom would do, and made one :) To get the bow to match I placed her pants on the scanner and literally scanned them. Using photoshop, I traced the bow and created my own shape inside of Silhouette, using the trace method. And then dressed it up with some white zebra stripes around the bow. I used the same color heat transfer material as the Justin Bieber shirt.

So I there a rehab group for tshirt makers anonymous? Cause if so, I may need to attend a meeting or two!

Pinterest Inspiration

While spending countless hours browsing Pinterest, I came across an idea that I found to be pretty ingenious. While it may not be groundbreaking...I saw it as an easy and cheap way to make a gift for my daughter's teacher.

source here

So I pinned it on Pinterest as well as in my head. While shopping at my local Dollar Tree recently, that pin popped into my head. Oh yea!! It was the perfect place to look for the supplies.

I was able to find the clear 5x7 standing frame as well as generic brand post-it's. They were a little larger than the regular square ones, but still fit perfectly on the frame.

After raiding my scrapbooking scraps, I found the perfect papers to use. LOVE using up paper scraps!! I also had some extra alphabet stickers lying around that matched in color as well. Major score!!

But something just wasn't right. For whatever reason, it looked like it was missing something. Going with the office supply theme, I thought why not figure out a way for it to hold more things. Like paperclips perhaps?

I found some old magnets on our refrigerator that had been begging to be used for quite some time now. I used E-6000 glue to adhere them to the front.

Being a person to hardly ever leave well enough alone, I embellished a green binder clip found in my desk drawer to add to the top.

I can't wait to give it to her teacher. It's definitely something unique, but also useful. But best of all, only cost me $2!! :)

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Great Ideas Day - w/ Infarrantly Creative

So this super cool blogger from Indiana (more cool points awarded just for that!) is having her first linky party. (Clicking on the above button will take you to her post.) And it's all about great ideas.  What a great idea!...pun intended.  Wink wink, nudge nudge.

It didn't take long to come up with my idea/tip.  I've been contemplating sharing little tips here and there, but thought no one would really care. So I'll try it out for the first time and see where it takes me.

This first item, is a product that a lot of people would probably pass over while at the store. More specifically at Wal-Mart.

Yep! Great Value Rising Crust Pizza. Are you typically a Digorno's type of person? Well we were too. But one day I was perusing the frozen pizza section, I found this one. How bad could it be, right? I took the chance and will never go back.

It's so stinkin' good!!

That first time we tried it, I was taking it over to a friend's house for lunch. Thankfully they already know that I like to save a buck here and there whenever possible. But no one really cared. Including the kids. I now have them hooked on the brand as well.

The crust was just as good, if not better, than the big name brands. It was nice and soft. A lot of the time, the crust can be too hard. To be honest, some might as well be cardboard. My picky 10 year old NEVER eats her crust. But she eats this one! If that's not a selling

So next time you're looking for a quick supper idea, save a buck or so and try out Great Value. You won't be dissapointed.

And now to my second recommendation. It's now that it's going to start sounding like I work for the marketing department of Wal-Mart.

Yep, I went there. Never thought a topic of choice would be toilet paper. But it's a new day.

Now before you snub your nose...I will say that as with a LOT of things, I'm pretty picky about what helps to clean "down there". Not all toilet paper is made equal. A lot are too thin, some are too thick, or just plain too soft. Just like Goldilocks said , "This one is just right" :)

The moral of the story? Don't be afraid to try the store brand some times. They don't always work out in your favor (Target's store brand toilet paper), but think of the money you'll save if it does!!

(Sorry for the poor quality of the cell phone pictures. )

Thursday, September 1, 2011

free Printable - No Act of Kindness...

Being inspired by some of the big-time bloggers, I've created a printable to share.  I was browsing through a couple million quotes trying to find a specific quote, for a totally different subject.

This one was NOT it, but I loved it and knew that it needed some printable love.

So without further ado.......

To download click on the picture, which takes you to the Box website. Click on the download button in the top right corner to download to your computer. Both files are sized at 16x20. It can be printed anywhere you'd like, as well as at a smaller size.

And if green just isn't your color....(I don't see how it wouldn't be!)...I created a grey version as well that would look awesome in a brightly colored frame. Same download instructions apply.

  • These printables are for PERSONAL USE only. You may not re-sell, re-distribute, or claim them as your own.
  • If posting on the internet, you MUST post a link back to this website.
  • Personalization, color changes, and other customizations are not available on freebie printables. They are offered “as-is”.

  • Happy downloading! Oh and I'd love to see pictures of what you do with it!

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    Monday, August 22, 2011

    Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte - DIY!

    So people that know me well, know that I despise coffee! I can't even stand the smell. Yes really!

    It's true. Sorry to all you coffee lovers. But it means more for you, right?

    My aversion for coffee kept me away from Starbucks for years!! That is until I tried their chai tea lattes...YUM!! I was hooked.

    The only thing I wasn't so keen on being hooked on was the cost! Geez!! If I bought one every time I wanted one, I'd be flat broke! They are just that good!

    So imagine my joy when I found that they sold the concentrate inside their coffee shops. At $5 I was willing to try my hand at making one at home. But the best part is that $5 is for the whole box of concentrate that makes around 8 drinks! Score!!!

    After I was completely addicted, Starbucks stopped selling it in their stores. Do what???? How could they do that to me? Dang you Starbucks, got me again.  Or DID they??

    They are now sold in several grocery stores. I found my latest box at H-E-B here in Texas for $4. Before moving here, I was able to find it at WalMart I believe. But also for only $3 at the military commissaries on base, for all you military wives :)

    Start off with the supplies: Tazo Organic Chai concentrate, milk of your choice, microwavable measuring cup, and your choice of flavoring syrup (optional, but OH so worth it!!).

    I'm not sure how much beverage you get at Starbucks, but I normally make mine 1 cup. Using the measuring cup, fill to the 1/2 cup mark with concentrate.
    Then fill to the 1 cup line with milk. Our house uses 2%, but you can use whatever milk or milk substitute that you prefer.
    At this point, the only thing left is to heat. Again, there are several different ways to do this, but the easiest way is using the microwave!! AKA- the fastest route to my tummy!!

    For 1 cup, I normally heat for a minute and a half.

    For some people, you would be done now. Pour into your favorite mug, and enjoy. But I can't bring myself to stop there. Once you try a flavored you just might be hooked like I was.
    My favorite flavor is caramel. It's found in the coffee aisle at the grocery store, and caramel can normally be found all year round.  On my latest trip to purchase more, I found pumpkin pie flavored!!  Having tried pumpkin at Starbucks, I had to give it a try!!

    Now would be the time to add in your syrup and stir. Pumpkin pie is SO yummy!!
    Disclaimer: you will be addicted to this drink. I can not be held responsible for any lost sleep over thinking about your next fix. And for less then half of the cost of going to Starbucks.

    You're welcome! ;)

    Thursday, August 18, 2011

    Drink up! - Bottle cap necklace

    While out on a recent shopping excursion, my daughter spotted some really cute bottlecap necklaces. As I was bracing myself for the whining that follows her asking to buy one, and mean 'ole mom saying no..... my little girl surprised me!

    She simply said something along the lines of :

    "Hey Mom, I like these but I know we could make them ourselves."

    My daughter say WHAT??
    (Said in my best Hannah Montana fast talking impression)
    You can't even start to imagine how proud I was at that moment. No matter the fact that I had no freakin' clue what supplies we'd need. But where there is a will there is a way, right?
    Enter my husband. While he normally doesn't have much to do with any of my projects, he did have a small hand in this one. And I'm sure it a sacrifice he would do time and time again. But don't go feeling sorry for him. It was simply to drink the bottled beers in the fridge. Rough life, right??
    So on to the steps.
    First drink a bottled beverage, and save the cap. Wash and dry.
    Next, using a nail, make a hole in the bottlecap where the sides meet the top. Insert a 9mm jump ring and close. (Sorry there aren't pics of this part.)
    Once you have the jump ring closed, spray paint the back side of said bottlecap so that no one can tell your sweet young daughter really has a beer cap hanging from her neck :)
    Now comes the fun part. Coming up with what you want the inside to look like. For this example, I cut out a 1 inch circle from houndstooth paper, and the letter A out of cardstock using my Silhouette. But of course you could cut any design you want using scissors as well.
    Using liberal amounts of ModPodge, glue the circle into place under the jump ring. Cover the top side of the circle as well, and adhere any embellishments. Then give everything a nice coat to seal it all together. Don't worry, it will dry clear.
    Once it is all dry, fill in the bottlecap with Dimensional Magic. This stuff can be tedious to work with some times, but there are a lot of tips out there in "blog-land".
    Once filled, leave the bottlecap on a flat surface to dry overnight. The directions say to let it dry for 3 hours, but that is most likely for a smaller amount than what I used. And whatever you do, resist the urge to do a touch test. It's the hardest part of this whole thing. Remember that feeling when you smudge your nail polish cause you just can't wait any longer?'ll feel the same way in this case. So do yourself a favor, and wait it out.
    And just when you can't it ANY's done! Hang it from your necklace of choice and wear your creation proudly.
    And here's the original that started it all.
    I'd love to see if any of you make any!

    Friday, March 11, 2011

    Want a free movie??

    Are you a movie buff? Watch a lot of movies? Then it's safe to say that you may have already known about the awesome-ness that is
    But just in case you've been under a rock....I've got a great deal for you! Clicking here will take you to a special link that RedBox helped me create. If you click on the link and it's your first time renting online, they'll give you a free one-night online rental credit. And I'll get a free rental each time you rent via my link through 3/17/11.

    Reserving movies online is the way to go! Putting in your zip code will pull up a list of all of the kiosks local to you. Once you select the one you'd like to go to, you can then view the movies that are currently available at that location. As you are confirming your reservation, they then ask for your credit card information to hold the DVD for you to pick up. Your card is not charged until you go to the kiosk to receive the DVD. But don't forget the card you used.  At the redbox, touch "Online Reservation Pickup," swipe your credit card and go!

    What are you waiting for?? The movies await!!

    Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Knitting: Not just for grandma anymore!

    Being a housewife that does not work, I have a lot of free time on my hands. And while I know quite a few women that would kill for just a little bit of free time to themselves, there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. Don't get me wrong, I've been on the other side as well. At our last duty station, I did work outside the home and felt like I never had enough time to do anything else. But for now, I am fortunate enough to spend my time at home.

    With that being said, it got to a point recently that it was just too much time. I had nothing to do. When we first moved here, I had gone on a decorating, recycling, painting etc spree. I have all the walls covered with my creations, with no room for anything else. (I already feel like it's a little cluttered as is. I didn't need to add to it)

    So in my fits of boredom, I brainstormed ideas that could get me into something new. A friend of mine had started learning how to knit a few months before, and I got to thinking about it. I hadn't ever tried to learn or had anyone to teach me. But it didn't stop me from looking up videos on YouTube. You can just about anything and everything on there, I swear!  Without boring you with all the details, long story short is that I got hooked. My first project was a simple garter stitch scarf on straight needles. I just didn't know what it was called at the time. All I knew was that I was knitting row after row after row.

    But enough of the talky talk...I'll get to pictures. To limit the sheer amount, I'll add them in collage and then describe below. You know...cause I can't seem to stop talking....ever!

    1. My very first knitted project.
    2. a set of cabled wristlets to try doing cable stitches. It was so much easier than I had ever imagined. As
        long as you have the right supplies
    3. a hat for my daughter, first one made with circular needles. The only problem was that it got too small to
       finish on the circular needles, so for the first time I transferred the work to double pointed needles (dpns),
       and some where in the process I messed up and knitted the opposite of what I needed. That's the reason
       for the large pom pom to help hide the mistake ;) Lesson learned first of many newborn hats. This one was sent to our friends in NC that are expecting their first little
    5. more newborn experience, this time for friends expecting baby #3...along with a custom designed onesie
       with their nickname for the baby while still in the "oven"
    6. a girly colorful number made for a friend's for a little one that already loves to accessorize.
        LOVE it!
    7. living with my husband, I knew that I needed to attempt to make a New York Yankees hat. Thankfully
        after some advice from the owner of I got the results you see. (this was attempt #3)
    8. After making #6, I knew I couldn't leave out her older brother. And he loves loves loves Yo Gabba
    9. Yet another newborn hat. This one was shipped out to Virginia to some friends that unexpectedly had to
        move. They had been stationed here, and she had become my thrift shopping buddy. I was sad to see
        them go. But they are also expecting their first baby girl. And she's the first in line of my 4 friends to 
        deliver. I can NOT wait to see pics of this little one!

    There you have it. The abridged version of my last 2-3 months. I am by no means anywhere close to an expert knitter. And I guess that's why I felt like I didn't have much business blogging about my creations.

    Ok, I must go. I'm off to start on the last of the newborn hats. Love it!!

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    The world for a pen!

    I'm sure all of you can understand this next scenario. You get a phone call. The person on the other end has some information to give you, that needs to be written down before you forget. Oh crap! Where, where, WHERE is a pen???  I grew tired of the hide and seek game that all the pens in our house was playing. When coming across a pen randomly laid out on our counter, or table, or floor, or laundry room, I would then walk it over to the side table in our living room. We have our couches in an L shape with a large square table in the corner. After a while I had gotten quite the collection. So much so that it was taking over and looking way too cluttered. But what to do with them all? I still wanted them to be accessible, but not neccesarily in the large heap pile they were in at the time.

    The solution came to me in the kitchen. I was at the sink, cleaning out several items intended for the recycling bin. For supper the night before we had opened two cans of peas. And the cans looked like a perfect container for all the pens I had accumulated. So once the insides of the cans were clean, I then tore the labels off.

    But they still needed a little something else. Don't you agree?

    And yes, that is one HUGE pen there in the middle. My daughter bought it from a Mother's Day fundraiser at her school. What's that? You'd like to see it? I knew you'd ask ;)

    All together now...awwww! I'm so loved

    So I'd love to say that I covered the metal cans right away. My original thought was to cover them in scrapbooking paper, and scrapbooking embellishments. Lord knows I have enough laying around. But for some reason the task of measuring and cutting the paper was more than I felt I wanted to take on at the time. So there they the metal cans for about a week.

    Just as I was about to give in to the measuring and cutting of paper, another idea hit me. I still had some burlap leftover from my table runner for my tv stand that I could use, as well as some leftover fabric from another art piece.

    I don't have pictures of the process of putting the cans together. Sorry, bad blogger! But I do have the after shots.

    The first one is covered with some brown fabric, a little piece of webbing leftover from the same table runner, and a set aside piece from an old necklace.
    I used my handy dandy glue gun to attach each of the fabrics to the can, with the seams lining up in the back. It still needed a little more embellishment. And what's better than using something you already have? I had bought a necklace a couple years ago, but never liked the tassel the hung from it. I had removed it before wearing the necklace, but didn't want to part with it.

    I ran a piece of embroidery thread around the can to hang it from.

    As for the second can, I wanted to go with something a little "frillier". I felt like the one above felt a little structured, so I wanted to soften the other one a little. It got covered with the burlap, white ribbon, and some white felt.

    After seeing these felt pom pom flower type things all over blogland, I had been wanting to make one. I just hadn't had the right place or reason. It was perfect for this situation. Opposite of the first can, I left the unfinished seam in the front. I wanted to be able to see the fringe left on the top and seam. I then ran some white ribbon around the can with the seam also in the front so that it could be covered by the felt.

    And there you have it. Recycled vegetable cans into functional but pretty pen and cord organization.

    Pay no attention to the layer of dust on the lamp. Geez, what was I thinking??
    But you get the idea. Now when I get those phone calls, I know exactly where to go for something to write with. No more hide and seek playing with the pens. Now just if the paper would come out of it's hiding, I'd be golden. It never ends!

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011

    DIY table runner, on a budget

    After putting away Christmas decorations, it always feels so bare in the house. At least at mine anyway. While decorating for the holidays, I came across a festive table runner that I had forgotten all about. Yes.....had forgotten all about when I had just purchased and used it last year. I know, pathetic...but what can I say? Moving will do that to ya.

    Remember this?
    The placement of the runner sort of was an accident, but I loved having something under the tv so that it wasn't just a bare cabinet underneath.

    So I set out in search of an everyday option. I looked at several stores and just wasn't finding anything that appealed to me. There were lacy numbers...bleh. Stripes...again.bleh. Florals..uh uh. I'm not quite sure why it took me so long to get to my next conclusion. Why not just make my own? Oh that's right...cause
    I DON'T SEW!

    So what is a non-sew-er (it looked strange w/o the dash) to do in times like this? Turn to blogland for inspiration of course.

    I've seen so many neat projects others bloggers have done using burlap, and even seen Nate Burkus endorse it on his show.That's it!

    Today I set out in search of the burlap. Not knowing my way around the fabric section, I had to ask for help finding it. They had light brown, tan, white, black, sage, and hunter green. I had given thought to some green to add a little color, but really liked the natural raw look of the natural brown. But oh crap! I forgot to measure the cabinet top before I left. So I got 2 yards just in case. And thank goodness!

    I had more than I needed, but 1 yard would have some up short. That just means I'll have some leftover to use on other things...yippee!

    I then eyeballed about how long I wanted the sides to hang off..
    And then made a cut. Of course as soon as the scissors made the first cut, I realized that I was cutting into the unwrinkled end of the burlap. Crap. I could have easily cut off the other end so that I didn't have to iron it. Oh well...ya live and learn. It was too late at that point.

    After cutting off one end, I folded the material in half lengthwise to cut the width to the correct size. I'm horrible at cutting a straight line, so I wanted to lessen the length I'd have to cut. The burlap was a little hard for my scissors to cut through since it was 4 layers thick, but they also have a hard time with So I cut 2 layers at a time up to a point, and then followed with the same cut on the remaining layers, making sure to follow the same line as the first cut. (That made sense in my head. Hope the picture helps)

    It was than time to fray the edges. Here is where I'd like to give first time users of burlap a little piece of advice. Do not sit on the floor, in dark jeans while fraying the edges of burlap. Don't say I didn't warn ya.
    It gets messy. Just sayin.

    But it's worth it. It has the natural look I was going for and has just enough color to be a good backdrop for other decor. Oh and it's CHEAP! At only $3.99/yard, you can't go wrong.

    Oh yea, and I also bought a couple yards of burlap webbing. I had originally planned to wrap it around a few vases, but the burlap needed something a little more to go along with it. But at 79cents/yard, I can easily go back for more.

    I've had this frame for only a whole year and a half, and just now filling it with pictures. I love when projects motivate me to finish others. It's sat in a box, unfilled until now. (Bought from Michael's some time last year cause I HAD to have it....yep)
    On the left are 2 of 3 whiffle balls from the 99cent store covered in hot glue and jute string. I love all the ideas you can find for cheap. Decor balls can get so pricey!

    On top of this thrift store book find, is a glass piece that belonged to my grandmother. On our most recent trip to Indiana for Thanksgiving, my dad got some of her things out of their storage. I didn't see a lot that I could envision using in our house, but this way too cute to pass up. In person it looks almost like lace. I had originally thought it would make a great landing place for jewelry while doing dishes.

    Not bad for a little over $10 right?
    The tv doesn't look so bare anymore :)
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