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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Yo-Yo bracelet

Here is one version of the yo-yo bracelet I made. You can do so many different ways of putting this together as a bracelet. Here is my own original version of one!

I just used lace to tie it together. That's what's hanging down from the bracelet if you are wondering. :) I am sure there are other ways to connect this together to make into a bracelet but that's just what I had laying around at the moment. What do you think? I am loving it actually!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Yo-Yo necklace

I made my own version of a yo-yo necklace, inspired by this one

This is my version:

What do you think?! I am going to try making a yo-yo bracelet too. 

Monday, July 25, 2011

Recipe- July cupcake with fruit kabobs

I saw a recipe similar to this on another craft blog I saw awhile ago and decided to try it out and because it has been a while I don't remember where I got this idea from. So, I definitely don't take credit for this.  I don't know if they added the banana's to their kabobs or not either. Anyways, these were really fun and easy to make and tasted good. Here is my version of them!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Kids crafts

I found some fun kids crafts from a couple of blogs. It's a win win situation doing crafts with Audrey. She loves to do them, and it keeps me sane!!! She gets bored so easily and always needs to be doing something like most 3 year olds. Here are a couple of the ones we have done so far. There are many more to come.

Paper towel butterflies!

Edible painted marshmallows

You just mix food coloring with milk and then paint the marshmallows. We tried painting a banana and an ice cream cone, but those didn't work out so well. I was just trying to find other things for her to paint because she loved it so much and wanted to keep painting!

She was pretty excited to paint these marshmallows!

She figured out that when she mixed two different colors of food coloring together it made a different color. She thought that was so awesome!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Need a photographer?

My sister Holly does photography and is AMAZING at it and doesn't charge near as much as other photographers do and dedicates most of her time to photography. She will meet your needs and go wherever you want to go to get your pictures taken, or you have the option of doing them at her studio in her home. She can also arrange flowers for weddings, make wedding announcements and all of that fun stuff.  She loves what she does and is such a fun person! You will not regret picking her as your photographer! I really just wanted to make a post about her because I didn't want any of you to miss out!!! :)

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Bow holder

We had a DVD stand that we were just going to throw away, but I took it apart because I knew that I could make something out of it. So, I came up with the idea of making a bow holder. I will be hanging it on the wall. I just couldn't because I didn't have screws that were long enough and I was way too excited about how it turned out that I wanted to show you all!!

The best part is, this project only cost me $3.00. I only had to buy those cute flower containers and I had everything else!!!

I had to add the pictures of my daughter, Audrey to it because she helped me a lot with this project. I had her help me pick out the paper and she also wanted to paint the screws pink and so I let her. She was with me almost every step of the way when making this project, "figuring out," (as she calls it), what her next idea would be.
It was so fun making this with her!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Darling earring holder

My sister-in-law just made this amazing earring holder. I love how she came up with this idea and especially LOVE that you can cover it up with the lid or leave it out in the open. BRILLIANT! Seriously you need to check it out! I am definitely going to put this on my "crafts to do," list.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Shimmering Bay Jewelry

My Sisters-in-law  make some of the best custom made jewelry I have seen for such a great price. Most of the earrings I wear are made by them! My favorite ones right now are the feather earrings! LOVE them! Check them out!!

I just wanted to show you a picture of what the feather earrings look like on.

Dream Kitchen

This is seriously my dream kitchen!! I posted this picture on my family blog awhile back and found it again, and I still LOVE it just as much as I did before..if not more. I seriously cannot get over how gorgeous this kitchen is. How would you not want to spend all of your time there?! It's just BEAUTIFUL!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Crafts/food I have made recently

This is my most recent creation. I seriously love it. Brandon is not a fan of it, but I really am loving it. I told him that I am going to be starting a new trend! haha!


Ice cream cone cup cakes and whoopie pies!!





My decorated eggs from the wood connection!


Brandon's graduation decorations I came up with. Except for the chocolate caps. Those I got from a random site on the internet. Don't you love how I made the candle holders into caps? I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with that idea all on my own. It's not very often I come up with a unique idea, so I get pretty excited when I do!!!


I bought these canvas squares at the dollar store and re-decorated them how I wanted it. I just used paper to decorate these!





I found these decorative letter frames at Hobby Lobby on clearance for $1.20 each and they just so happened to have Gracey's initials. I was pretty happy about that! I just need to change the blue background look and then it will be complete.


Candy bar bouquet!!
I made this for Brandon for our anniversary, made one for my brother as a Thank you and made one for my Aunt and Uncle as a "Sorry for your loss." I love this idea because you can use it for just about any occasion and everybody loves chocolate. So you can't really go wrong with this!!! I got this idea from


I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY "SENSES" gift basket. I got this brilliant idea from


I bet you are all looking at this picture and noticing my earrings more than my necklace aren't you??!! It's all courtesy of

Necklaces/ bracelets

I loved the look of these necklaces when it is combined with another necklace. I just combined it with a necklace I already have. It's one of my favorites right now!!


Home made chocolate covered strawberries!!

Idea from
I made it for Brandon for Valentines Day! He really liked the idea and I LOVED it!

I made these for my family members for Valentines day! These were so easy to make but so fun! I love making things like this and giving them away to others! It's so much fun for me!

Valentine wreaths!


Valentine rice crispy treats! These were so fun to make! I was in charge of a playgroup for Valentines Day and I made these with some sugar cookies as well as had the kids decorate their own Valentines wreaths and bags to put their Valentines in. It was such a fun playgroup!


See, I again cannot remember where I got this idea from. I think it was from Ucreate. Anyways, I love it! If you don't know me already I LOVE LOVE LOVE Valentines Day! It's my favorite holiday! This craft was really easy just time consuming.


Audrey's butterfly cupcake cake!


I used one of those styrofoam cones to make Audrey's hair stay up with her Cindy louwho costume! I am convinced that she is the cutest darn Cindy Louwho out there!!!


I made Gracey's fairy wings out of a wire hanger and nylons! It was fairly simple. The hardest part was bending the hanger wire, but other than that it wasn't too bad.


$1 apron! I bought this place mat at Dollar tree and made it into an apron for Audrey. She loves it so much and still uses it to this day!! :)


I think I got this idea off of a commercial. These were really fun to make, but kind of a little messy for kids. That's okay, they had fun making them!


I got this idea from another awesome blog. I usually never celebrate St. Patricks day but I thought this would be a nice surprise for Brandon during that day. I put it in his backpack for him to notice while he was at school. He loved it!!


I made this for Brandon for Valentines one year. He loved it! I got this idea from "Love actually," but created it my own way. I loved how it turned out!


Nursing cover:

This is just a simple nursing cover rather than the carseat/nursing cover all in one. I loved how this one turned out!


I LOVE Valentines Day! You will see a lot of Valentines decor from me!


Carseat Nursing Covers

When I made these carseat tent, putting flowers on it was a unique idea. But now you see it everywhere! I also made my carseat tent into a nursing cover as well. Again, at the time, I looked everywhere and nobody had created this yet. I made this clear back in October of 2009.


I made Audrey her own little red riding hood cape. She was little red riding hood for Halloween and needed a red cape. Doesn't she look so cute?!


These are just some fun pillows that I made to spice up our old couch. It's amazing all of the different creative ways to embellish a pillow. I love it!


I was pretty happy about my little Valentine tree. I bought it on clearance at Roberts on the after Christmas sale. I also painted those hearts myself. I loved how it turned out.


This is one of my favorite Valentines Decorations that I have personally made. I still use it to this day!!


I decoupaged this plate a while back when Audrey was 2 months old. It was a little hard doing it on a plate but I think it turned out pretty cute and it helps that there is a pretty dang cute baby in that picture who somehow turned 3 on me. :)