Sunday, April 25, 2010

DIY Utensil Caddy

This is a total knockoff from another blog, "Rocky Bella". She has the best ideas! The only difference between her crafty can and mine is the fabric and font. I have been wanting a new caddy for my kitchen utensils forever. I took some fabric and hot glued it around a coffee can. Next I painted the No. 5 with some craft paint. I simply printed a font I liked and traced it onto black paper. And wa-la, a fresh new look for my counter.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Monogram Door Wreath

Finally I finished a new wreath for our front door. This is a knockoff of "Morning T's" Monogram Wreath, so check out her blog to see her version. Thanks for the inspiration!

I simply wrapped a cardboard cutout with Jute, glued some Spanish moss, shells and hung the letter with some ribbon, done. I'm happy with it, simple and fun.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Vegetable Stock from Scratch

I read about this great money saving kitchen tip on making your own stock. Save all those vegetable scraps you put in your compost. Instead, collect them in a half-gallon milk container and store in the freezer. When you have a couple of these full of veggie scraps make stock!

Simply slash open the boxes and place in a pot, add water, boil then simmer all day. Once it's done simmering for several hours strain with a sieve covered in cheesecloth. Don't forget to place an empty pot underneath to catch all that yummy broth. You're thinking, "duh", but I did forget but just for a second.

Free veggie stock, can you dig it? And you can compost the veggies even still. Talk about reuse and recycle!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Laundry Room Envy

This is for Fingerprints on the Fridge. I hope this is the laundry room you were talking about. Sorry, don't know from which blog it came, but I think you do, share the credit if you will.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Inspiratonal Project

Isn't this chalkboard platter charming? Found this fun idea at The Creative Maven. I am now on the hunt for inexpensive patters or plates to give this project a try.


Dreaming about sunshine and the future on a winter's day.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Baby Food

I love the vibrant colors of freshly made baby food. The little jars, the colors, the down home freshly made food, so great.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Cakes!

Because the cake(s) make the birthday!

Birthday Fun

Cakes, pinwheels, paper stars oh my!

Birthday Fun

Sarah and Marin are now one year old. What a milestone for my girls. I think the most fun is the preparation. Baking their cakes conjured up memories of my mother and her love of baking. I have great old photos of all my chocolate birthday cakes from years past. I use the same classic Hershey recipe, just like mom. Just to mix it up I also made a pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting which turned out so moist and yummy.

How fast a year goes by. It seems like the first year with the girls went so much faster than the first year of Sam's life. And now for the next birthday party to plan, Mr. Sam Pickle!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Daily Sugar

Another day in the life of a sleepwalker. I think my positive attitude really helped yesterday as the day went well. Sam was mostly a lovely child to be around and I even finished a few decorations for the girls' birthday party this weekend. Can't wait to make their birthday cakes. Exercise did not make the cut, but I did organzie a new bulletin board I created inside a kitchen cabinet. I placed four cork squares inside a kitchen cabinet door so I could move some of the endless paperwork that ends up piled up on our counter. Not a novel idea, totally been done before, but that fact that I followed through with a project is so satisfing. Motivation!

Monday, February 22, 2010

this needed to be posted larger, too cool


Okay, so what do you think of this lovely photo. Not mine, these nets are for sale @ West End, a very cool website/catalogue with sustainable material goods. This photo just grabs me. It's my image of the day.

Today, it's all breezy. Even though I'm terribly tired, girls up many times last night, I am going to have a breezy attitude, try and get outside for some fresh air, no yelling at Sam and just have a productive day.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Gripes, Wipes, so she Types

Went to a fortieth birthday party ta-ta-mi style. Dinner was lots of fun, but found my demeanor to be a bit surly. I am tired, cranky and need a serious re-charge. When asked how my kids are I responded with comments like, "He's a pain in the ass" and "I'm done!". Game plan is; more sleep, a layed out schedule, more exercise and infuse creativity. That's the goal. I'm guessing that list looks fairly similar for mothers everywhere, am I right? On a lighter note, some inspiring photos from a beautiful sunny day in the Pacific Northwest yesterday. I am such a sucker for inspiring images, but what to do with them? Aha! Post them to a blog.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Daily Sugar

Today is a beautiful sunny day! Must try and get outside with the whole family. Went shopping for birthday presents for the girls yesterday and thought better of it. I mean they are turing one and everything I saw that might be fun...they already have a perfectly fine version. Silliness. I will focus on two fabulous cakes and good food for our guests. Organization is on my mind!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Getting Started

Where to begin. I wrote a few words yesterday, ya know to get goin' with this whole blogging thing. I'm tossed up about whether or not to have a creative/decor type blog or blog about my three little cupcakes. A.k.a my toddler son and three daughters. Oh, the lamenting, the proud moments the stories I have to share. I think they may be two separate blogs. Anyone care to comment? I'm having trouble just figuring out how to set my page and post my link elsewhere, i.e. facebook page. HELP!

Well, mini fires to put out and oh, yeah, should I get out of my p.j.s at some point? I know I'd feel better. At least all the children are dressed and ready for???? Do most moms have a plan for every day pre-school years? I'm tired.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Play Day

Today was a great day! Beautiful sunshine on a winter's day filled with fresh air, friends and fun. If I can get my cupcakes outside it makes all the difference in the world. Thank God for friends to share the day. A walk in the park, playing on the playground, throwing rocks on the beach and I even got myself moving a little bit. The rest is gravy.