Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Unfortunately it's break time...

Well ladies, it looks like I'm going to be taking a short break from the blogging world. Due to financial aid complications I ended up with FOUR classes this month, meaning a LOT of reading and homework. I simply don't have enough time or energy to get everything done that I want to do, so blogging is one of the things that will have to be put on hold.

I am hoping to get this blog up and running again sometime in February; I have lots of ideas and things that I'm hoping to do and can't WAIT to share them with you! In the meantime, I hope you are all enjoying the New Year and are working away at those resolutions; I know I am!

See you soon!


Saturday, December 24, 2011

A Christmas Resolution

I have a Pinterest album full of holiday crafts, décor, and projects that I fully intended to do. However, due to a million tiny things that have all combined to bring on a bit of a bummer Christmas, I’ve been pretty blah this year. Even M has commented on how weird it is that I’m not really into Christmas, since I’m normally ALL OVER IT.

Seriously, I’m the person
singing Christmas music in July. I’d have a tree up in every room and bake Christmas cookies nonstop if I could. I love me some Christmas. So this is my promise to you.

Next year will be awesome.

C will be three years old and can really get into it with me. We will have saved up enough money to have someone put up our exterior lights (no way we are brave enough to do it ourselves, have you SEEN our
roofline?!?) I will complete my gift shopping by Thanksgiving so I’m not stressing about it come December. The house will be clean and organized so I can have a holiday party. We will take family photos. I will make lots of cookies and treats. And I will get all my crafts and projects done in advance! 

Here are some of my favorite holiday crafts and ideas that I really really really meant to do this year. But I didn’t. So I will do them next year. I will.

Don’t laugh, I WILL!

Okay, to go with my grumpy holiday mood this year, I’d like to present my first selection.
Scrapcation Getaway made these fun boxes of “Grinch Pills.” So awesome. M would definitely appreciate these, since he’s not the biggest fan of the holidays.
grinch tic tac

Snowflakes and Dragonflies made these awesome frosted bulbs and I WANT THEM!

glitter bulbs

The girls at The Ivy Cottage had an ornament party and made their own ornaments, including a beautiful one filled with pearls. Bet I can find some pearls at Goodwill!
pearl ornament

Bunny Hill Designs has the cutest snowmen ornaments ever, I am so going to make them.


Any Harry Potter fan would looove these cute golden snitch ornaments from Tiny Apartment Crafts. I know I do!

snitch ornament

It’s not all about the ornaments, though. Two Junk Chix made a beautiful holiday “wreath” out of balls of yarn… definitely recreating this! (Watch out, their site contains MUSIC so be sure to turn down your sound if you are trying to be quiet!)

yarn ball wreath

What about the chandeliers? I didn’t have enough greenery to do something as festive as the chandelier from Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour, but I will next year! It’s on my list of things to buy at the post holiday sales!
chandelier greenery

A Step in the Journey used what is probably one of my favorite holiday phrases to accent her décor, I’m bound and determined to use it somewhere in the house next year!

singing plate

Last but certainly not least we have stockings. For years I’ve been looking for the perfect stocking. One that I have a vague vision of. One that will match our regular décor, AND match both of our regular holiday themes (red white and green, and blue white and silver). And now I’ve finally found it.

Well. Almost.

Just imagine a lovely white, knit stocking. Now add a beautiful fur cuff and pom poms. I haven’t been able to find them yet, but I think I could make them. Or if you happen to see them anywhere, please let me know!

white stocking   fur stocking

Well folks, that’s my list. I fully intend to make each and every thing on this list for Christmas 2012, and you are my witnesses. I can’t very well change my mind now that it’s out there, right?

Do you have a list of things you wish you had made or decorated this year? Are you going to try again next year, or just cross them off the list?

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Homemade Poptarts

I’m not sure if I mentioned it, but M works crazy shifts. They are 12 hours long, and every two months he switches from days to nights and then back again two months later. Couple that with his weird need to be at work an hour early and a 30 minute commute, and you have long 14 hour days.

I don’t know how he does it. But he’s told me many times that he would never want to switch “jobs” with me because he doesn’t know how I do it, so I guess it works out for us.

Right now he is on the night shift which means we do a lot of breakfast for dinner. C and I definitely don’t mind having pancakes for dinner, but M isn’t too enthusiastic about a pot roast for breakfast (I don’t know why, I think it sounds… okay yeah, that doesn’t really sound good at all).

M is a big fan of pop tarts so when I saw a recipe for homemade pop tarts from Bake Me More, I decided to go for it.

pop tarts

The only thing is that M doesn’t really like the fruity pop tarts, he’s more into the cinnamon ones. But I decided that it should be fairly easy to adjust the recipe if I used a cinnamon and sugar mixture instead of jam.

Since I didn’t have a ready-made pie crust in the fridge, I just made my own. I accidentally added double flour so I just doubled the whole recipe. Extra pop tarts definitely won’t go to waste in our house. Then I rolled the dough flat and cut little rectangles to make my pop tart shapes.

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Then I mixed up a cinnamon and sugar mixture that I borrowed from another recipe…

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… and scooped a few spoonfuls onto half my rectangles. The rest of the rectangles were used as a top layer…

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… and then I pinched the edges together to hold everything in.

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Tossed them into the oven at 425 for about 8 minutes…


… and they came out looking like this.

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I think OMG is the appropriate term for this situation.

Apparently the butter holding the cinnamon-sugar mixture together just completely melted in the oven. Oops.

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I am SO glad that I thought to cover the cookie sheet with foil before cooking.

Needless to say, these were not edible. No, seriously. I actually tried one, just in case. The dough was all… doughy… and not in a good way.

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And just in case you are thinking they don’t look too bad… here’s what they were supposed to look like...

  pop tarts

My first attempt at a pie crust?    Fail. 

My first attempt at homemade pop tarts?    Definite fail!

Ah well, it’s not all sunshine and roses. I had a good laugh at my cooking misadventure because, well, what else can you do? I’ll probably try again some day, and hopefully that batch will turn out better.

Anyone else have an embarrassing baking mishap? OH, and by any chance do you have a recipe for cinnamon-sugar pop tarts?

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A gift from Santa… built by me

This year Santa is bringing C a fabulous custom built train table. But the super special thing about this train table is that it will double as a fabulous custom built coffee table (when C isn’t playing with it of course)!
The thing is, I’ve never actually built anything before. Sure, I’m great at designing, and organizing, and the Spray Paint Queen, but actually building furniture? With power tools?

Nope. Never once.

So this will be my first attempt. And I’m a little nervous, I want it to be super duper spectacular. And perfect. Something I’d pay hundreds for, only I don’t want to actually pay hundreds. Because I’m cheap like that.

I must’ve spent hours drawing up plans for my fabulous coffee table… I mean, for C’s fabulous train table. Anyway after what seemed like forever, I had my basic design.


Looks like a cute, simple table, right? But after looking at it for a while, I couldn’t help but think I’ve actually seen it somewhere before. This exact table. Serious deja vu, people.


After a quick internet search, I realized why my design looked so familiar.

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Ah right. There it is. At Pottery Barn.

For $200.

Yup, that’s the table I want. But not for two-hundred freaking dollars. Because that’s just silly. I mean, look at it. It’s just a few pieces of wood slapped together, right? A few nails and some wood glue, anyone could make that. Even someone with little to absolutely zero carpentry experience. Right?

In less than 12 days... Well I'm not saying it's going to be easy.

During the 2 hours a day that C is napping... Sure, I mean, that's plenty of time.

In the 30 degree garage. With a chance of snow... Okay now you're just being mean.

Yes, I have inner monologues. And it's going to be ok. I have faith in me. I can do this.

activity table

Where are Santa’s elves when I need them?