Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Look what I found!!

I've been looking for a bassinet, and was looking at this particular type in fact on KSL in the classified section, but they were all around $50. And I'm much too cheap for that. So I almost gave up hope, deciding to just use my pack-n-play like I have previously (it has an insert that acts as a bassinet, but that's not very cute).

But then, on Saturday, my sister's neighborhood was having a neighborhood yard sale. And as i was chatting with my sister, from across the street I spotted this beauty in the neighbors yard. We made eye contact. And I knew.


WOO HOO!!!

(yes, I literally shouted for joy) I ran across the street, not really paying attention to oncoming traffic or everyone else looking as the huge pregnant woman almost gets hit by a car as she jumps up and down in joy.
And I got it for only $20. MADE MY DAY.


So now I'm on the hunt for fabric to make some new bedding for it and tossing around paint color ideas. Oh, I'm excited.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

P-51 pillow and details

I know I was supposed to post about updates in Gavin's room yesterday after a weekend of working on some projects for it. But, of coarse, it didn't happen. When we finally got some sunny weather on Saturday after weeks of rain, we decided to take advantage of it.

Then when I worked on projects on Sunday (when I got a short-lived chance), I had a couple project "FAIL"s. But I did get one simple project finished up yesterday. A pillow. Yep, just one. Even though I have plans for 3. But one of them was one of the failed projects. And the second, I never got a chance to buy the one last item I needed for it. But that one should be done by tomorrow. In the meantime, here's the P-51 pillow. I found these basic stencils at walmart for a few bucks, and decided to stencil on some fabric for pillows. Seeing as Gavin's room is planes and automobiles, I decided to go with the name of a plane. P-51 Mustang.
It didn't turn out perfect, but luckily, I didn't want it to. I like the imperfection of "rustic". So that's kind of what I was going for.

We've had a few other small updates. I found that license plate picture frame at Hobby Lobby. There was also a very large picture of license plates cut up into all the states and pieced together to make a large map of the United States. I didn't buy it, and I'm kicking myself now. Hopefully it will still be there so I can go back and get it.

I finally got some pictures printed and put in frames.

(From our family photoshoot seen here.)

I love those pictures of Gavin. Even with him crying.

I finally arranged some of his metal "vehicles" on his dresser. Plans are being discussed for a shelf to display the rest of them.

The metal basket also took place on the dresser (for now, at least) but I'm not sure what to fill it with. I know, it's pretty pathetic that it has one baseball in it now. I was thinking about getting some baseballs and filling it up with those. I know it doesn't go with the theme of his room, but it "boyish". Anyone have any other ideas??

We finally put up his metal signs as well here...

And above his closet.

Then of coarse, there's the plane pictures I took.

And the metal planes blogged about here.



And I just had to share the fan we put in his room. I don't think I ever showed it. I love it because the blades remind me of propellers.


Anyway, there's a little update on his room. Hopefully those other projects will work out so I can get his room closer to being done. I'm trying to finish up projects that I've started. I hate the unfiinished rooms. But I guess it's just what happens when life gets busy, right? Or am I the only one?


I'll be back tomorrow with (maybe) the other pillow, and a fun find! But maybe at this point I shouldn't make any promises. Haha!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Want a project peek?

I have multiple projects I'm working on right now (I shockingly still have motivation! I hope it keeps up!) And here is a peek of just a portion of what they involve:+


(hint for the ruffles here)
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Hmmm....wonder who's room those are going to be for
??? Then some summery goodness will be happening with these. I bet it's pretty easy to guess as to what.


Then the leaning tower of pillows (this is only some of them) We're gonna be having some pillow MADNESS going on in the house. For multiple rooms in desperate need.
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For a certain boys room, a little of this will be happening to them. Plus, a little something else with these stencils as well. I'll show you an update on his room Monday after I have a weekend of finishing a couple of the projects for it. A little more has already happened in there and much more is in the works.


There's a peek into my current busyness. Most of it has been revolving around the baby since I am officially 30 weeks (as of yesterday) and my doctor is wanting to induce me possibly in 6 1/2 weeks!! (Because my last one was over 10 lbs. and we're trying to avoid having another one that big) AHHH!! So much to do and not much time!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Anna Dress

I finally finished up my dress from the Anna Dress Sew Along from Craftiness is Not Optional.

Love how it turned out!It has a bit of a vintage flare, which I LOVE!




Thanks for another great sew along Jess!!


I have some fun sewing/decorating projects coming soon!! Promise!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Frolicking Rhino

Today I had to share a new shop with you. Because these felt rhinos are so stinkin' adoreable!! The rhinos are all handmade to perfection and with so much personality. Such a genius and creative twist on a "stick horse"!! Rhonda.

Raleigh.


Rupert.

(all images via Frolicking Rhino)



I am in love with these.

To go to the Frolicking Rhino shop, click HERE.

Monday, May 16, 2011

another frilly skirt

I had to make another frilly skirt for Kadie to keep. She loved the one we made for her cousin so much she asked me to make one for her. So here it is!


I had to throw in a picture of one of Kadie's fabulous poses. I call this one the pondering flamingo. She cracks me up.



I can't wait to show you what other projects I'm working on. I'm dying of anticipation!! So I'll be back soon!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Frilly skirt

A gift needed to be made for one of my neices, and what little girl doesn't love a skirt? Luckily, Kadie never minds modeling them. She even comes up with her own poses. (Hehe)








Frilly, summery, and girly.






And of coarse, a hair accessory to match. (a good tutorial for the yo-yo flower here.)



Hope she likes it!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Budin

I used to know this guy from Puerto Rico who made amazing Puerto Rican dishes that were

TO.DIE.FOR.

Sadly, I haven't seen this friend in many years, and ever since, I've been on the search for recipes that are similar to his. One of them was for Budin, which is Puerto Rican bread pudding. And I've finally found something pretty dang close.


The taste is almost identical, and oh so delicious!



First, you start out with 2 (3 inch) cinnamon sticks, 15 whole cloves and 1 tsp. of anise seed (or you can substitute the anise seed with 1 tsp. almond extract. It changes the taste a little and also tastes amazing)



Put these in a bowl. We're going to make a tea like mixture with it.



Add 1 cup of boiling water. Cover it and set aside to let it steep for at least 15 minutes.



Next, you're going to need 1 lb. of day old bread. I like to get mine from the discount bread section at the grocery store that has the bread that didn't sell the day before, but it's still good, and marked down. I got this italian loaf for 90 cents.



Now, get a nice sharp knife, and remove the crust.



On the bottom where the crust is extra soft, just scrap it with your knife and it should come right off. If you accidently take off too much bread with your crust, just pull off the good stuff and make a little pile of it



Now break your bread into chunks. They don't need to be perfect or even. It'll all mush together anyway when you add liquids. Place in a large bowl and set aside.



Now take your first mixture and strain it through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the sticks/cloves/seeds.



Now you'll have a nice tea-like mixture.



Pour it over your bread chunks.



Add 4 cups of evaporated milk.



Mix until evenly moistened and set aside for 10 minutes, or until the bread is extremely soggy.



In a seperate bowl, mix 4 eggs, 1 1/2 cups white sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla, 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 cup butter, melted.



Whisk together well.



Add to the bread mixture



and stir until evenly mixed.



Now, you can either proceed to the next step if you'd like the pudding plain, or you can add raisins, or my personal favorite, chocolate chips (SO, SO YUM!) I used what I happened to have on hand (apparently I ate all the chocolate chips) so I mixed in some golden raisins. You can add as much as you'd like.



Transfer to a greased baking dish. I used a 2 1/2 qt. cassarole dish. Or you could divide it between a couple loaf pans.



Now, we're going to cook it in a nice hot bath. Get a roasting pan (or whatever large pan you have) and place a damp towel inside.



Place your dish in the center. Now boil a large pot full of water.



WARNING: Do NOT add the boiling water to the roasting pan and then try to put it in the oven. It'll be heavy and you'll probably splash and scald yourself. First place the pan on the oven rack and then add your boiling water.
Add enough so it reaches half way up your baking dish. Cook in a 350 degree preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. It could take anywhere from 1 1/2 hours to 2 hours, depending on the size of baking dish you use and your oven. With mine, it takes about 1 hour and 45 minutes. It should be beautiful and golden. Cool for about an hour and then place in the fridge to cool completely, at least 2 hours.