Sunday, January 30, 2011

Valentine's Day Heart

Here is a fun, cute craft project Holly and I did together one afternoon!  I love how simple it is, yet it sums up the whole meaning of Valentine's Day - LOVE! 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A little bite of hEaVeN

YUM! Thank you Reece's for putting this recipe on your bag. My weakness: chocolate and peanut butter. Reece's peanut butter cups have perfected this combination. Yes, they are my guilty pleasures. Make a batch up for yourself and you be the judge. Oh, yummy goodness.Peanut Butter Temptations
from Reece's bag, makes approximately 40
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 11oz package of Reece's Miniature Peanut Butter Cups, unwrapped

Beat together the butter, sugar and brown sugar. Then add peanut butter, egg and vanilla. Mix well. Finally, add the flour, baking soda and salt. You will need a mini muffin tin, spray with cooking spray. Shape dough into 1" balls and place into muffin tin. Bake for 10-12 minutes (watch your oven, I baked mine for less time and about 25 degrees lower but I have a hot oven) at 375 degrees. Remove and immediately press peanut butter cup into each cookie. Cool and Serve. I actually liked them the second day after being in an airtight container, they were softer. AGAIN: YUM!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Baby Gift

I am sure you have seen the cute decor phrase: KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON! It has been everywhere in the blogging/craft world. I have loved all the variations of it too, my favorite: KEEP CALM AND EAT A CUPCAKE. That was until I came across this one: KEEP CALM AND BABY ON. How stinking cute is this?! Seriously, I fell in love. I don't have a new baby's room for this cutie to adorn, but my friend does. If you know her, don't tell her about it, I haven't given it to her (will this weekend). This one is customized for her little baby boy. The best part about this lovely printable is the work is done for you and all you have to do it print it out! You choose your own frame and paper and it is done. Head on over to The Scrap Shoppe, see her cute version and cute baby shower ideas and then give her some love for this gem! She has some seriously cute cupcake washcloths, LOVE IT.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Updo you can DO!

 This is a really great hair style if your hair is really dirty, you don't have time to wash it but still want to look cute! First you are going to take a fish tail comb and back comb the crown of your hair to the point it is standing up like my models!
 Then kind of shake it and smooth it out with your fingers, I don't like to comb it because it will take some of the cushion out that you worked so hard to put in!

 Now pull it back in a half pony. Then take a bit from the bottom of the pony tail and wrap it around the top of the pony tail and secure with a bobby pin at the bottom.
 Pull the rest of your hair into a side pony and do the same thing, wrapping an under piece of hair around the pony tail and securing with a bobby pin. Curl the ends of your side pony and your ready go!

Another idea is to make your side pony into a "messy bun"

My name is Holly and I like fun, easy hairstyles

Friday, January 14, 2011

"Owl Always Love You"

And I Will!

I am not sure why, but I love Valentine's Day!  Maybe it's the colors, the fun, the candy, the sweetness.  I don't know?!  All I do know, is I LOVE IT!

You gotta LOVE the cricut (or other cutting machine!), paper, vinyl, wood and Mod Podge.
You can't go wrong in life with all of the above!

Isn't this little owl the cutest?


Just a side note - I HATE my camera and I am saving for a new one!  It take the worst pictures in the world and one day, ONE DAY, I will have a better one!  But for now, this is the best I can do!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chic Vintage Door Decor

I must tell you I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DOOR!
I wish it was mine!

Want the story?  A few months ago my sweet friend Kesha called asking me to help her with a project!  Of course I was excited and couldn't wait to get started!  Kesha told me what she wanted to use the door for and we got busy turning an old ragged door into this CHIC VINTAGE WALL DECOR!

Kesha found this AMAZING door tucked away in her Father-In-Laws garage.  I believe it was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!

Can you just imagine the possibilities when you look at this beauty?

We began by sanding it down and applying two coats of a light tan paint.  For the life of me, I can't remember what it was called.

Then - DON'T BE SCARED!  We hit the door with a hammer giving it even MORE character!
Pulled out the orbital sander and sanded the heck out of it AGAIN!

Put on a nice thick coat of glaze and gently wiped it off, making sure to leave plenty of glaze in all the nooks and ridges.  (Glaze is on my top 10 favorite things in life - Just thought you would want to know!)

Kesha knew she wanted to use this to display photos (she is an amazing photographer!) but she didn't want them to be permanent.  I suggested she use plexiglass to showcase her photos.  This way, she could update her photos or change them out whenever she wanted!  After drilling four small holes (one in each corner) of the plexiglass and each section of the door, use small screws with the decorative bolt to secure to the door.

If you want to check out Kesha's Photography, click HERE!

Two of the sections are magnet boards! Apply scrapbook paper with Mod Podge to the metal and you have a beautiful coordinating magnet board!

Isn't She Beautiful!  I love this Chic Vintage Door Decor!

So question for YOU!  If this was YOUR door, what would you do with it?

Winter Quilt

I have a thing for snowmen. It is true. I love them. However, my love for sewing isn't as strong. I found this material over seven years ago. I started the quilt, got tired of working on it and put it away for a time......for seven years! I decided to finally finish it. It isn't my best handy work, but I like how it turned out. The best part (besides how it looks) is the sense of accomplishment. There is pride in a finished quilt. So, Christmas is over and out comes my snowman quilt to warm us through the chilly winter months.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Holy Names

I am really excited to show you this project!  I couldn't post it sooner because I made it for my in laws Christmas gift.  I didn't want them to accidentaly see it.  They came down this past week for a visit so I was able to give them their gift.  I saw this BEAUTIFUL idea on I Show Off Vinyl Designs and new this would make a perfect gift for my in laws.  Especially since they arrived home just a few months ago from a 2 year service mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Australia. 

I created the image in Photoshop because I wanted to do something more than vinyl.  There are so many fun options that Photoshop offers!  I kept the same design/set up that Becky from I Show Off did but made a few minor changes and addtions.  I hope they enjoy it!

If anyone is interested in printing out your own picture, please let me know!  I have the JPEG saved and will be more than happy to share!  All you will need to do is save it to your computer and send it to Costco to have it printed in the size of your choice.  I say Costco because they are so quick and inexpensive!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Home Movie Theatre

Holly needed a super cute decor idea for her parents home theatre.  A sign for POPCORN!  She wanted something different and unique.  One that no other theatre would have. 
Here is what we came up with!

We found a an old cupboard door that needed a new home!  We spent a few minutes sanding down the old stuff, making it nice and smooth so it was ready to paint!  Decided to use Krylon Antique White spray paint.  Why?  Because spray paint is AWESOME!  Spray the first coat and allow to dry.  Apply a second coat and let it dry.  Once paint is completely dry, glaze over the top using Ralph Lauren Technique Glaze tinted Old Violin Brown.  Cut out vinyl and apply!  Simple as that.

Now, I can't wait for her parents house to be finished so it can be displayed for all to see!  Oh and maybe if I am super duper nice, Wendy will let me hang out in the theatre and watch Holly play Wii Just Dance 2!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Valentine's Day Cupcake Printable!

I know, I know!  The big LOVE day is several weeks away but I can't help but get excited to make some LOVE cupcakes, LOVE cards, LOVE everything!  Why?  Because I LOVE Valentine's Day!  This day means so much more to me than spending money on a special someone, or going out on date night.  I love this day because I get to express my LOVE to all those people I LOVE! 


Mom & Dad
Great Friends
Church Members
Police Officers
Military Men &Women
My list could get really long so I will stop now.

Valentine's Day is not just about lavish gifts, chocolates and diamonds.  It's about showing and expressing how much you LOVE and appreciate those around you.  A simple smile, hug or embrace can give someone more LOVE than buying them gifts.  So this LOVE day, make sure you express LOVE to those you LOVE!

Here's a free printable to top those cute cupcakes.  You know I will be coming up with some great LOVE cupcake.  Maybe next week I will have a cupcake creation recipe for you?  Maybe just because I am in the LOVE mood!

Print off these super cute LOVE cupcake toppers and put on those delicious cupcakes you want to make for all those people you LOVE!  Remember, I would LOVE to see your creations if you use these printables!

Have you ever been to Summertime Designs?  Summer Driggs has amazing digital scrapbook kits.  This is her "So This Is Love" kit and I LOVE it!  I put together these printables from her kit, Thanks Summer!!