"As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness,
you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you"
Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Monday, June 17, 2013

Fruit Cookie Pizza. AKA Divine stuff to shove in your mouth.

I made this last week.  My kids were drooling about it during every step of making it.
It. Was. Divine!!

Cookie Fruit Pizza with White Chocolate

(Click photo for link with recipe)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The best days of our lives

I've seen those floating around Blogland and Pinterest and I thought they were awesome.
So, of course I had to make one of my own.

Each date represents my children's birth dates.
I should have added our anniversary on their too, because that was the best day ever,
but it is what it is now.
I still like it.

Board 9"x17"  (I bought a wooden sign from a thrift shop and repainted it.)
Spray paint color:  Krylon's Jade 
Font for numbers:  Oh {Photo}Shoot, found HERE
Font for letters: LD Tilted, found HERE
I cut my vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter, 
but this could easily be done painting with a stencil.  Details for making your own stencil found HERE

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Birth Photography

On March 19th I ventured into the world of Birth Photography.  A month prior my good friend, Chelsea, approached me with the idea of photographing her birth.  It took all of two seconds to think about it and commit to doing it.  I was so excited and honored to be given the chance.  Waiting for her to go into labor was like waiting for Santa to come.  So much anticipation.

Finally the day arrived!  Not only did I get to photograph the labor and delivery, but I got to be a birthing coach as well.  Unbelievable experience.  Here are a few of my favorites.

                                      Welcome to the world Baby Charlie!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Star Wars Baby Quilt

My BCF (Best Cousin Forever) and his cute wife are having a little boy any day now.
Their nursery theme is Baby Star Wars.
Baby. Star. Wars.
Is that not the cutest?  It totally fits them too.
As soon as he told me, I knew I had to make a quilt for his little man
and I knew it had to be Star Wars related.
The first thing I did was scour the internet for Babyish Star Wars fabric.
Guess what?  There is not a surplus of them. There is one.


Luckily it's adorable and it's available at Spoonflower.com  It's also available in pink and fat quarters.


So while I waited not-so-patiently for my order to arrive I started on R2D2.  I drew him out on a piece of card stock.  I then chose his colors and ironed the fabrics on to Heat n Bond iron on adhesive.

 After all the fabric scraps were ironed on, I started cutting my R2D2 out.  Starting with the biggest piece.  I traced it onto the white fabric and then cut the pattern down smaller (Don't worry, I made a copy of him beforehand so that I'd be able to make another one of these babies later on.) I traced each piece on to it's corresponding fabric and then ironed him all together one piece at a time.   

I then used Sophia (that's my sewing machine's name) to stitch around each piece in coordinating thread.  I used a zig zag stitch.  Yes, it took forever.  It was so worth it though.

After I got him all stitched I added a button for his "eye" 
and used my embroidery attachment to add the words "the force is strong with this one."

I think it turned out pretty cute myself.
Once my fabric arrived, I joined the two pieces with a thin layer of quilting batting and finished the edges.

I gave this to my cousin and cousin's wife last week.
They loved it.

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Friday, January 18, 2013

Personalized Coasters - Inexpensive Wedding gift

I'm photographing a wedding tomorrow and I thought it'd be fun to give them a cute personalized gift.
This as easy for me because I also took their engagement photos so I had access to a variety of shots of them.  This would make a fun gift for 50th anniversary or something too.

I bought tile coasters from the Dollar Tree and made a copy of a few different print that I liked. 

I cut the photos to size and sprayed the backs of them with spray adhesive and pressed them firmly on the tiles.

I then filed the edges to make them look worn and to keep the edges from curling up.

I modge podged over the photos and allowed them to dry.

I'm pretty sure that I could have been done here, but I happened to have some spray sealant on hand so I gave them a good spray with that too just to make sure they stayed water-proof for wet glasses.

After letting the sealant dry for a few hours they were done.

They turned out great. 

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Homemade Hand Lotion

I'm sure you've seen this roaming around Pinterest.  It's unbelievable.  This is the most amazing hand lotion I've ever used.  It's the only kind that keeps my family's hands soft during the winter.  I put some in pretty jars and gave them as gifts for the special ladies in my life and they all loved it.

I made more today after hearing my husband and kids request "the good lotion" again.

It has three ingredients.  

6 oz. of Vitamin E Cream
6 oz. of Petroleum Jelly (Vaseline)
18 oz. of Baby Lotion (I've used regular scented and the lavender night-time lotion too.  Both were great.)
*Optional - A few drops of essential oil.  I used 3 of Lavender and 3 of Serenity today.

(The Vitamin E containers come with 4 oz, in each bottle, so I used 8 oz. of it, 8 oz., of Vaseline and 24 oz. of the baby lotion so that I could use both of the empty Vitamin E cream bottles to hold the lotion.)


You put all three ingredients into your mixing bowl.  (This completely freaks my husband out.)  I just dump it all into my Kitchen Aid mixer and mix it up good.  Mix it for several minutes so that it's thoroughly blended.  Then you just spoon it into some containers.  Don't use metal containers or it has a tendency to rust.  You just dip your finger in and get a small amount and rub it into your skin really well.  It feels a little greasy until you rub it in well.    After a day or so of using this stuff your skin will be so soft and stay soft after washing your hands.  Enjoy.

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