Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I LOVED these ducks. Seriously. Aren't they precious? For a number of pre-baby years every time I went into Target I told my husband that when we had babies, I wanted these ducks to decorate the nursery.
When I became pregnant I was fortunate they were being discontinued so I bought them up and have two shelves in my kids' room where they are displayed.
Fabric and Bedding
Next my mom took them with her to the craft store and found paints to match which we used to add bits of the color around the room. She mixed it with a fabric medium and stamped little circles on a cream fleece that she used in the bedding. We also chose fabrics that had colors that matched or blended. If you have never quilted or worked with fabric, it is not necessary you have a perfect match, blending is key. Lastly, to make the mixture more juvenile, she chose a large scale ric-rac trim and embroidered duck feet. You can see I chose to hang the quilt on the wall in the end because it was so precious, and babies don't usually sleep under the quilt anyhow.
Next I used the paint that we had matched to give the baby furniture details that brought it together. I was given the crib and bought the dresser at an antique store for $80. I painted both with cream paint and added the detail. My husband was very suspicious of the dresser as it was pink and gold when it came home!
I also found other accessories that were in the same color family. I LOVE the sweet lantern light that takes a low voltage night light bulb. These "boy items" were too sweet to pass up, now I need to add some more girly things with our new bundle on the way.
As my little boy has gotten older we added to our glider to make a reading area complete with cheap (they are on sale on and off this summer at Target for $2.99!) matching green crates for toys and books, and a fun bean bag. Notice also the lovely window treatment- again kudos to my mom!
We don't have enough bedrooms to have a separate guest room so we had to incorporate a guest bed. This trundle bed was a shiny white finish but I spray painted it with textured black spray paint (Learn more about how to do this from a prior post here.)
So here is to things you love - work with them and make something that is uniquely special to you!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I love so many of their suggestions - I'll post pictures if I try any of them out!
Monday, July 27, 2009
How to Wash Cloth Diapers
Step 1: Cold Rinse with Detergent – Rinse your dirty diapers in a cold rinse with ¼ the recommended amount of detergent. Always use a detergent that is “free and clear” to prevent build up and repelling on diapers. I like to use Tide Free and Clear. The cold rinse and will prevent stains from setting.
Step 2: Hot Wash/Cold Rinse – Wash your diapers in a hot wash and cold rinse cycle. Do not add any more detergent to the washer. The hot water will disinfect the diapers and the cold rinse will continue to wash out any detergent from the previous rinse.
Step 3: Extra Rinse – For an extra dirty load of diapers, run them through an extra rinse to ensure they get really clean and the detergent is rinsed out.
Step 4: Dry – Throw your diapers in the dryer to dry, however, you could easily line dry them weather permitting.
· Wash the diaper pail liner with your diapers (no need to send it through the dryer).
· Remove inserts from pocket style diapers before washing.
· Make sure all Velcro fasteners are attached to the laundry tabs to prevent excess wear and tear to diapers.
· Putting diapers in the sun to “bleach” them will remove staining without using harsh chemicals.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
All pregnancy I have wanted coconut cake, and since seeing this post on one of my favorite blogs, I have been wanting to give them a try. Here is the recipe.
Then I decided to also add my favorite and super healthy carrot muffins (just add cream cheese icing and they are carrot cake cupcakes!) Then I had to add some plain old yellow cake ones because my husband doesn't like either of the others, and it seemed just wrong to make 48 cupcakes and not a single one for my man.
Before a bake-a-thon, I always start by cleaning the kitchen thoroughly. And the nice part is you can set out your butter/cream cheese and any other ingredients that need to come to room temperature. Then I get out my ingredients, bowls, mixers, etc. The final step is filling your sink with hot soapy water and getting out a new clean dish towel.
Four hours later here are the results! 60 cupcakes/muffins and 3 separate kinds of icing. I froze a portion of the carrot, coconut and yellow cupcakes and put icing on the rest. Delicious! FYI - cake and cookies freeze well, but I wouldn't bother with the icing, it's easy enough to whip up fresh.
Recipe for Carrot Muffins
3 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup Splenda
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 1/3 cup applesauce
2 cups finely shredded carrot
1 cup juice packed pineapple with juice (1 sm can)
2 teaspoon vanilla
Bake @ 325 for 20 min
This is my favorite recipe for Cream Cheese Icing but I like mine super cream-cheesy, so you can find one to your taste.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Plus, it's always fun to say, "Oh this recipe? I found it when I was reading the New York Times..."
Link to article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/22/dining/22mlist.html?em
Here are my plans to give my front porch a makeover:
- Clean it. This may require me to buy a new vacuum cleaner as mine conked out on me yesterday.
- Sand and paint the walls that are not part of the siding of our house.
- Get rid of the nasty carpet and hopefully find something better.
- Either fix/clean/re-do the furniture we have out there or buy something better.
- Paint my front door. Any color suggestions? The outside of my house has white shingles with brown trim and the lower half is red/brown brick.
- Hang some flowering plants.
I'm thinking it has potential.
Yes, that is a Christmas decoration. Shame, shame, shame on me. I could lie and say I just put it up for Christmas in July... Yes, I think I'll go with that.
I have my work cut out for me. I'll keep you posted (no pun intended).
Also - a fun craft they have that I saw recently makes little squeeze balls out of sponges. Great for the summer!
I have found this site has lots of good ideas on all kinds of projects - happy exploring!
Link to the site here: http://www.makeandtakes.com/
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
I first made one of these such boxes back when I was in college, and I am still using it today, which is the first great thing about this craft - it is durable! It has survived several moves and being crammed into moving boxes, and it's still around! I keep it in my laundry room and store all the extra buttons and threads that come with new clothing. It's the perfect size and just looking at it makes me happy. These boxes are available at craft stores and are made out of some kind of paper-cardboard combination. Another bonus of this craft - it's cheap! The boxes I used for my mother-in-law's gift were only $1 each. They come in different shapes and sizes, so the cost probably varies, but not a bad base cost for a personalized gift!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
First - The July 4th cheese board starring delicious berries in the colors of our flag. Too pretty to just eat!
A bowlful of freshly split sweet cherries. I wish the camera could capture how dark and lovely they were! These made an incredible cobbler with vanilla ice cream. See earlier posts for the cobbler recipe.
And last, a super easy and very special breakfast. I've heard them called bulls eyes, eggs in a basket, and so on. I make mine with homemade cinnamon raisin bread (from the bread maker), one egg and a little shredded cheddar. The mixture of salty and sweet makes it just perfect.
After baking bread, you can freeze or refrigerate it pre-sliced. Warm a skillet on medium-high, add butter to coat your cooking area. Cut out the middle of the bread with a cookie cutter or a glass. Place the bread on the melted butter and crack one egg in the middle. Cook the remaining bread cut out on the side. Wait until firmed on one side, flip and add the cheddar.
Aren't these just the cutest?!
What communicates love better than heart shaped food?
Cinnamon Raisin Bread
1 1/4 cup water
2 TBS Honey
2 TBS brown sugar
2 Tsp sugar or splenda (this is just for extra sweetness, so do to your taste)
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp cinnamon
2 Cup whole wheat flour
1 Cup white flour
2 TBS butter
2 1/3 Tsp bread maker yeast
1 Cup Raisins
**Check your machine's instructions for timing of raisins, they should be added later in the cycle, generally it is about an hour in.