Archive for November, 2012


My favorite time of year is here and I wanted to share with you some pictures I took of my girls yesterday.


Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds

So this isn’t anything too creative but it is too delicious not to post! I found this recipe on


Heres what you will need

  • About 3 cups of raw almonds
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 1/2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions: To start in a bowl dump your raw almonds, in a seperate bowl whisk your egg whites until they are bubbly. Then add them into almonds and stir together.


Next mix all dry ingredients together then stir into almonds.



Pre heat oven to 275, spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Then dump almonds into cookie sheet and evenly seperate them with a good shake.

Let bake for 40 to 50 minutes. In the middle of baking Flip with a spatula. When finished let them cool and they should look like this :

Tissue pom pom tutorial

We just had a baby shower for one of my friends and I was put in charge of the decorating. After much contemplation on what to do, I came across tissue pom poms and thought this is waaaayyyy better than streamers!


Materials you will need:

  • Lots of tissue paper 20×20
  • A decent pair of scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Fishing line or ribbon to hang the pom poms
  • patience

for a large pom-pom layer 12 20×20 sheets and start to fold accordion style. For a smaller pom-pom just cute the tissue paper down. When folding, fold in 1 inch folds.











Next on each end your going to round the edges. In the middle of the tissue paper tie floral wire and add your fishing line .







I forgot to mention … depending on how many you’re doing, expect a mess. You will have scraps of tissue paper everywhere 🙂 Now start with one side and grab one piece of tissue paper at a time and start fluffing. After that sides done go to the other. Now you have a pom-pom, tinkle with it until its nice and fluffy. Warning: your first one may not come out so pretty (at least mine didn’t) so go to the next one, each one will look better and better.









The cool thing about pom poms is you can use them for so many things. Home decorations, parties, showers, wedding etc. Be kreative ;), here are some pics from the baby shower:







Bow and headband holder

So the baby shower is over and now I can finally post the gift I made for my good friend Cheryl. She told me she was doing the baby’s room in damask and pink. Of course …. I had to do a DIY gift 🙂 So I thought of a bow holder, every girl has bows so I knew it would get good use. So here’s how it all started….

It started with a trip to the goodwill, yep that’s right the frame cost me a big whopping $3!!! We then made a trip to Lowes to get the pink paint $5 and the chicken wire $16 ( I have tons of chicken wire left over for future projects). Then we also got the hooks for the headbands to hang on the bottom $6.

So first with primer I had from the dresser makeover, I primed it. I let that dry then applied 3 coats of the pink paint. While each coat dried I spray painted the silver chicken wire white. After all was dried Kenny stapled all along the back of the frame the chicken wire nice and tight.

Next came some fabric I found that I had left over from a previous project.  also had some batting that I would use behind that to give a nice cushion. Kenny then stapled the batting a fabric I had cut down to the exact size of a piece of plywood he cut for me to match the exact size of the back of the frame.

Now the finishing touches came. Kenny screwed in all the hooks for me and I started on my fabric flowers. I hot glued them down along with the center piece and DONE!

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Chip board memory book

My anniversary was last weekend (7 years), so I made something extra special for Kenny. I came up with the idea to take a picture of all the special and meaningful places in our lives and make a little book out of it. To start would be a picture of the place we met, a picture of the hospital where our girls were born, a picture where we were married, our first apartment, the first house we bought, where we were baptized etc then at the end I put a picture of us on every anniversary so far. I did a different scrapbooking page on each one along with a brief description and stickers. I purchased everything at Michael’s, the chipboard was already put together with the binder rings and cover with the burlap $7.99. I just added the wooden heart that I put red scrapbooking paper on then stenciled “Our & Story”.

Gift for the teacher

I made this for my daughters kindergarten teacher a year ago. She was such a great teacher that a simple end of the year card wouldn’t do. So I watched endless fabric flower tutorials on you tube and came up with this. I got the photo insert from walmart in the crafting section along with the paints. On the pot I wrote ” Thank you for helping me grow”. Her teacher loved it and even wrote her a letter during the summer to let us know.

Modge podge that picture

Instead of spending so much money on canvas why not just modge podge your picture on wood? I had some pictures laying around so I decided to try it. Its only 4×6’s but I plan on doing it on a much bigger one soon. I had Kenny cut me out the size I needed from plywood, painted them gray from a tester can I had gotten from lowes. Took a painting sponge and modge podged the wood layed the picture on top then modge podged the picture on in strokes. It takes literally 5 minutes to do.