Thursday, December 30, 2010

What the new year brings!

So excited about this upcoming new year. First off, we have been slowly remodeling our house. We did the bathroom this summer, and now we are slowly ripping up all our carpet, and we're going to refinish some pretty beautiful hardwood floors. Then, on to the ugliest room in our house- the laundry room! When we bought this house (4 years ago), it was the first room I intended to decorate, but as things seem to have a way of doing, it fell by the wayside. It has wallpaper with really ugly tiny flowers on it, some really cheap looking paneling, and behind the washer there is a curtain covering a section of wall where they must have run out of paper. It is a rather large room, and I'm really excited about seeing some changes in there. Hubby also decided with my newly found crafting addiction, that I should turn the closet into a "crafting closet", since we don't have enough rooms for a whole room dedicated to it. I need an area for all of the awesome new things I got for Christmas (a ton of crafting stuff, a new sewing machine, and digital camera!) I have already begun looking at all kinds of decorations! Including an adorable little chandelier to go over the desk (which I couldn't find a a pic of online to post). SO excited! Will definitely post pics when this remodel takes place (hopefully sooner than later).

And on to the other part of my life- trying to conceive. I had a failed round of clomid in November, and then had some issues, resulting in yet another ultrasound to check for cysts. Everything seemed to be looking alright, so it's on to another round of provera and clomid in January. I am so hopeful for this time. I keep telling myself that 2011 just has to be "our year". We want a baby SO bad. So I am hoping and praying that this round works. The Dr. will only allow me one more round of clomid before running a whole other round of tests. So we keep on praying...

I also really would like to lose some weight, as PCOS makes it really hard to do so. I am promising myself that I will exercise and eat healthier in this new year. So I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year and gets a good start on those resolutions! :-)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Ringing Bells

Today my hubby and I took two of the boys from our youth group and rang bells for the Salvation Army. Me and one of the boys went to our local Kmart, and hubby and the other one went to Big Lots. We rang bells for about 4 hours, and even though we froze our tushies off, it was really an uplifting experience. It was a little hard to keep a 14 year-old interested, but he did a good job. It made me feel really good to volunteer my time and do something good this holiday season. And, I couldn't keep track of the number of people who thanked me for giving up my time, and told me how much they appreciated what we were doing. Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas this weekend!!!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

...Brownies in a Jar!

So, as a gift for a few of my friends and family, I decided to make something cute, and yummy! I got the recipe for the Brownies in a jar, and looked up a few others...soup in a jar, etc. I picked up some adorable Christmas-y jars at the dollar tree, added another dollar tree find- a double ended spatula, and voila! Yummy goodness!



I had another one as well, but already gave it away before I could take some pictures :-(

Here's what the jars looked like up close:

So cute!

Here's what the layers look like inside:




Then I made some tags, and tied them on with some cute ribbon- note: they're not cut completely straight in this photo:

In the end, I really liked how cute they turned out, and hope the brownies are as yummy as they sound! (Did I forget to mention that I haven't had time to actually try out the recipe?! Oops!)

Monday, December 13, 2010

my new present.

I saw something cute last year while at the Chocolate Walk, and pointed it out to my very crafty friend. So, this year for Christmas, I got this little gem:

I love the stained glass, and the colors look awesome hanging in my bay window. And get this, she made it herself. In case you really enjoy this piece, you can find one here! at her Etsy site. Check out some of her other creations as well!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Apple Cranberry Crisp

So, tonight I decided to try a new recipe...well I decided yesterday, but I was too tired after church last night, so tonight it was. The recipe was for Apple Cranberry Crisp. I love apple crisps, and I've also been doing the Homey Goodness Challenge over at Crazy Domestic. One of the challenges is to make something with apples, so here goes. I posted the recipe, but I'll go ahead and write how I made it:


  • 2 pounds Granny Smith apples - peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup cranberries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Directions

1.) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C.) Butter an 8 inch square baking dish.(I used a round, deep dish pie pan, and it worked really well).


2.) In a large bowl, mix together apples, cranberries, white sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Place evenly into baking dish.  



3.)In the same bowl, combine oats, flour and brown sugar. With a fork, mix in butter until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over apples.



4.)Bake in preheated oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until topping is golden brown, and apples are tender. 

 And, just because I wanted an appley-yummy drink to go along with it:

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It was really good. The pecans were super crunchy, and gave it a nice flavor. It looked like there was a lot of cinnamon in the recipe, but it turned out to be the perfect amount. The Granny Smith Apples held up really well, and still had a slight crunch, but were tender and sweet. The cranberries burst while baking and added their own sweetness as well. The cider was also a nice compliment. This is definitely a recipe I will make again!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

My Placemat Throw Pillow....

So, I've seen around blogland that people were creating some cute lil throw pillows out of placemats- and I thought, "Even I can do that!" Hee hee...so I did!

I'm not going to show a tutorial, because my camera was dying, and it was pretty self explainatory.

Basically, I took a placemat that was already backed, that I picked up from Wally World for about $3.50. Then I tore the seam open along the red edge, just enough to shove some poly-fill in there. I filled to my desired "fluffyness" and sewed the seam back closed with some matching thread that I picked up while I was out. Viola! A cute holiday throw pillow, that didn't cost me a fortune. I love the colors, and it looks good on my slightly beaten up suede sofa! :-)






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...slacker

Been slacking of with my blogging as of late. Been having some baby-maker health issues. I should've titled my blog "The Infertile Crafter" lol. Oh well, I've been decorating for Christmas, still. Every time I go to the store I buy something else to put somewhere. I can't help it, I'm just in the Christmas spirit! Hee hee! Hoping to get back to some crafting today. I found a new idea of something I want to try. If I make it to town to get the stuff this week, I'll post the tutorial for sure. That's all for now. Good Morning, and in case I don't see ya, Good Afternoon, Good Evening, and Good Night! :-)

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A few things I wouldnt mind getting for Christmas!

This aDorAbLe apron!

Well you know what they say about diamonds

And I could really use one of these.

Oh and if my hubby gets me one of these I would love him FOREVER! :-)

There are lots of things, so if you're listening, Santa- here's my list! :-)

...my lil "beaded tree"

So, the other "tree" I posted in my last post was a "beaded tree". I got the idea here: Tree!

Here's how I made mine...I will mention beforehand that I really like my ribbon tree a lot better, and the blog who I got the idea from has a much cuter beaded tree than me...don't knock a girl for trying though, hee hee!

First, I got one of these: "foam trees"
and then some of these, which I picked up at Hob Lob for just a couple of dollars:
They're a vase filler, but I did my decorations this year in red and silver, and I really liked the way they looked. Next, I got my glue gun and got to work- starting from the bottom up. Then, all the way around, making sure that none hang over, so it will stand evenly.


Then, just put some glue on a section and keep gluing.


I tried to use different sizes so they looked "randomly" placed, rather than in straight lines.
Go all the way up to the top.
Then go ahead and make a topper when you realize that the tree you were modeling yours after was much thinner at the top! Whoopsie.
I just used a tiny ornament...and because it's me and I love me some glitz-
go ahead and wrap some "ribbon garland" around it.
Not too bad for my first try.
I will say this is an easy craft, but a little time consuming. And you may drive yourself a little bit crazy trying to get those foam balls to fit in with each other!

Note: Careful, these lil foam balls will melt if the glue is way too hot! I had to learn the hard way, so you don't have to!

Friday, December 3, 2010

...my lil ribbon tree!

I was looking for some cute decor ideas for Christmas and I came across this one here: Ribbon Trees. I ran with the idea and I came up with one of my own...

I started with these materials:


 A foam "tree"


 Some cute Holiday-ey ribbon


and my handy-dandy pink glue gun. (Notice how it's covered in hot glue- as are my fingers as I type this!)


I then cut my ribbon into around 4 inch strips, as the other site instructed to do so. I eyeballed the amount and just checked to see what I thought looked best:
Then, I hot-glued the ribbon to itself:
Then, I attached it to the "tree"

...continuing all the way around:

Then, on to the next row.



Then, the third (kinda redundant?)
Repeat with previous 2 colors...
And...just because I could, I made a topper using a tiny ornament, bought in a pack of like 18 for $1 at Target!

 I love it!
If you haven't noticed, pretty much all my decorations are silver and red this year...I'm into those colors right now. :-) When I was finished with my tree I placed it in my little "village", which I'm still working on decorating...
I know, still unfinished... a little later I'll post how I made the other "beaded tree"...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

...new recipes...

I found 2 new recipes to try, and will cover two more categories on my checklist for the Homey Goodness Challenge! Check 'em out: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread and Apple Cranberry Crisp. They sound super yummy! I will probably be trying out both next week! Just a little "taste" of what's coming up! Tee hee! I also have a cute idea for "figure out a better way to do laundry", will try to post that soon as well! Happy Blogging!

my homemade wreath!

not the best pic, but here's my homemade wreath. I got the idea from Crap I've Made. I think this totally works in the Homey Goodness Challenge for "do something creative" and "decorate for the season". I love the glitter ornaments. It would have been bigger, but after I purchased the ornaments, then ran out- twice! I went back to three stores and none of them had anymore dark green ornaments. They only had the light green. Ugh. I know it's in style, but I didn't want to have to start all the way over again, and buy even more ornaments. Does that make me a bad crafter?! lol Still love it. I still haven't trimmed the hanger at the top either...work in progress, almost done.

Homey Goodness Checklist!

I'm going to participate in blogging in the Homey Goodness Challenge from Crazy Domestic. I'm going to do some of the items on the list, then blog about them. Wish me luck. Here's the checklist!