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Friday, February 12, 2010

Yes, Yes... Mod Podge does Rock!

I won a giveaway! Yes! My first win EVER! I just had to give a public shout out and thank you to Amy with Mod Podge Rocks!
I got this sweet booty in the mail yesterday!

This is a Neatnix bucket! These are so cool!
I love all the little compartments and the inside has even more compartments and pockets!
I love the bright color and I am so excited to put it to use!
Oh and all the lovely Mod Podge... I didn't even know they had outdoor Mod Podge. I cannot wait to show you what I use all these goodies on! More to come!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Inspired by another Blogger!

Sandra with Stone Creek Market made this adorable wood sign.
I absolutely love this sign... so simple and so adorable!
I love the colors and the ribbon is too cute!

This became inspiration for my next Valentine's Day project...

I made this sign... I love it! I think they are both just so cute!!!
This flower was inspired by the flower I used on my throw pillows!!!
Love the polka Dots! I made the flower, the same way as I made them for my pillows.
Go Here for the Tutorial!
Thank you Sandra for the inspiration!!!

Throw Pillow REWind!!

Remember this post...
I was talking about these cute little red pillow covers that I got at Target for $4.00 a piece. I said I was going to add something to them and now they are finished!!!

Here is the Before...

* After *
I love when your former "After" becomes the Before!! haha
I love Love LOVE how they turned out! I couldn't be happier with them!

Did you know that you could paint on acrylic flowers???

I used white acrylic paint and the end of the paintbrush.

How I made the flowers...

I took a bushel of flowers that I got at Hobby Lobby at 50% off!
I took apart the flowers
Restacked them on top of each other in the order I Love!
Even added my painted flower!
And a button of course!!!
I used a needle and thread and sewed the layers together first.
This is the back of the flower... I know it is not professional looking AT ALL! But no one sees the back anyway, so I always have a mess on the backside of the flowers.
I then took these sweet little pearls and sewed them in a swirly whimsical pattern by hand. I think this is by far my favorite part of the pillow!
The completed pillow up close and personal!!!
OOohh!! La La!

I still have these three pillows that need some recovering! I told you I am really trying to PHASE out that PURPLE!! I had a ton of it! I love what I am working on for these!! You will too!!!

Yummy Valentine's Day cookie Bouquet

At one of my former jobs, one of my co-workers always brought in these DELICIOUS Cookies...
They are so yummy! I love them. I have not made them until now! I get some of my best inspiration at night as I am laying my head on the pillow to go to sleep! So, as I was falling asleep this little bitty was born...

My Take on a Cookie Bouquet...
* Ritz Crackers (I know crazy, but they are so yummy as this cookie, I promise)
* Creamy Peanut Butter
*White Chocolate
*Sprinkles (Optional) I added sprinkles to them to give the cute factor, but they do not need them.
They actually taste better without sprinkles on them.
*Bamboo Sticks
Lay out your Ritz Crackers on wax paper and spread the peanut butter on each cracker. I put the bamboo skewer in the center and added a little extra peanut butter to the center to compensate for the stick.
Mmmm.... Peanut buttery goodness!
*Put your ritz crackers with the peanut butter in the fridge*
This is a very important step. Let them chill for about 20 minutes.
This keeps the peanut butter firm while dipping in the white chocolate
 so you don't have a peanut buttery mess!

*While you are waiting you can work on the tin holder!!*

Melt your white chocolate on a medium heat. Once the chocolate has melted, remove it from burner. I use a saucepan with water and a stainless steel bowl that I set on top. This works great! You don't need a special pan to melt the chocolate in.
I just spoon the chocolate onto the cookie. The bamboo skewers are super handy for this step.
Now you can sprinkle the sprinkles onto your cookie... I really wanted to use Ritz in the shape of hearts for Valentine's Day, but they do not have them. All I could find was football shaped Ritz. Darnit! So the sprinkles give it that same cutesy Valentine's Day Flair.

I tried using a stencil for the hearts and that just didn't work with the melted chocolate so I just used my fingers and put the sprinkles on in a -V- and it worked! *Sigh*
Oh aren't they just cute??? Don't worry about the big blob of a cookie to the right, while it is still soft just trace around the shape of the cookie with a toothpick and it will not be a ginormous blob when it hardens!
These Cookies really are so yummy! You should try them! You will love them. They are SO Easy!
After you make them, E-mail me at and let me know how they turned out!

Now that the cookies are ready, let's make the container they are going into...

I started with a craft ball... Hard foam
I cut it in thirds with a saw. This way it will fit into the container and I can do this bouquet 3 times!!
Insert your foam in the top of the container.
I made mine flush with the top rim of the vase.
I took squares of tissue paper and folded them around the end of a paint brush.

I put dabs of craft glue in sporatic places and using the same paintbrush end, I put the tissue paper on the glue. I pushed them into the foam with the brush as well to make them really secure.

Add Ribbon (of course) and Voila... you have a cute little Valentine bucket!!!
You are now ready to insert your cookies and go!!!
 So Pretty and so EASY!!!
Your kids will love it!
I will be posting in the summer, my idea for a Summer Fruit Bouquet...
Stay tuned!!!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

My sweet little canisters...

Saturday I was on a roll... We went shopping. I found some of the SWEETEST Deals Ever. I was so excited. I found these little Bitties at Hobby Lobby.
The big one was only $5.46 and the two small ones were $3.40 a piece. It was just TOO good to pass up! $12.26 for three really pretty porcelain canisters. The big one has a chip on it, but with a little Elmers Glue, you can't even tell. Plus, I will put it to the back anyway. No Sweat!
I took that and turned it into this....
Three beautiful canisters to hold Doggie Treats, Flour and sugar... Oh joy!
With a little Ribbon and
and maybe some buttons...
I added this little puppy foot... I love the buttons. I think it is just a little something extra! I love it!
TIP: I only have the regular stick vinyl. So in order for the vinyl to stay on for years to come and last through washes, I just put a little dab of super glue on the backside of each of the letters.
This works.... the vinyl is not going anywhere.

I love it! Only $12.26 for these beauties...
Good Luck and Happy hunting!!!


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