My musings on crafts, design, being a mommy, and all things sarcastic =)

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Things that are awesome

Random cool things I found recently

How many times do you argue or stare blankly when it's time to go out to eat? Or when it's time to oplan a date? Problem solved and it looks pretty too! (ps there's something I just love about any craft involving mason jars)
Link to printable

I need to use my Silhouette for things like this as my most recent endeavors involving paint have failed.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Early Projects

Below catalogs some early projects I did when pregnant with P, or even before. I've also got links to some "improved" versions I would do next time. I think I'll put these in piecemeal so here's part one.

My First Silhouette Cuts
All you need is paper, a frame, and a Silhouette!

I made these letters that hang over my mantel with 8" 3D cardboard letters from the craft store, fabric which i cut into various scraps, mod podge. I used white paper (or you could use paint) on the sides to create a shador effect. Hot glue and ribbon loops and they're ready to hang on the wall.

Wooden letters, paint,glitter, embelishments,hot glue to create a pretty bow holder! I put a wooden shape at the bottom to add weight. Also doubles as a "ponytail rubberband" holder.

Lancaster and Beyond

Friday/Saturday I left Peyton overnight for the first time ever, and went on a trip with my friend Jocy. We had planned several stops around southcentral PA. Our first stop was Pottsville PA to the Yuengling Factory.

Very interesting tour. We even got 2 free beers at the end! I got to wear nifty yellow adidas superstars as I had worn flip flops- a big no no as in the tour there is no glass, you are right there on the brewing/bottling floor!

We got to see a prohibition wall built by the US Government in the Yuengling's Cave.

Things I didn't know about Yuengling:
*It is fifth generation family owned
*They made ice cream from 1920 (during prohibition)- 1985.
*Light beer is just distilled for a longer period.
*Yuengling is a regional beer, sold only on the east coast.

After that, we headed over to Shartlesville PA to see Roadside America, the world's largest indoor miniature village. I couldn't help but think of my grandfather and his trains.

There was a sign for "Authentic Amish Food" getting of the exit in Shartlesville so we decided to try it out as "When in Rome..." unfortunately this Authentic Amish Food was served in a large room kind of like an elementary school cafeteria, in which we were the only two people. The decor smelled of 1960, and we felt like we were in The Shining. I glanced at the menu and all it had was a couple of burgers. Authentic Amish? Needless to say we were creeped out and left.

After eating some food in the metropolis of Reading, PA we headed down to Blue Ball to visit the Flower and Craft Mart. IT WAS AMAZING. Rows and rooms of decor, baskets, papers, stickers, etc. I was a bit overwhelmed, and as I did not have any new particular projects in mind (I'm very backed up) I only allowed myself to purchase some frosting (for this), a white plate (for this) and a bucket for Peyton's stuffed animals.

Next it was on to Lancaster, where we were staying at the Lancaster Arts Hotel. I would never be able to stay somewhere this nice in a major city like DC or Philadelphia, but in Lancaster it was possible =). After checking in the rain finally subsided so we headed downtown on foot where we discovered most of the shops to be closed for the evening. We did stumble upon Friday Night Music at Lancaster Square, which featured some really good bands, crepes, drinks, and a group called Junkyard Junkies sponsored by Music For Everyone (who had put pianos out all over the city to promote music "for everyone").

After watching the breakdancers and musicians it was to dinner and then back to the hotel for the most sleep I've gotten in AGES! I slept till 10AM!!!!

Then on to Central Market in lancaster, pretty much your typical Amish Market like in Germantown or Annapolis. But of course so much better because you are actually in Amish Country.

We then left Lancaster and drove to Intercourse, PA where we visited the Kitchen Kettle Village, and took a 5 mile ride on an Amish Buggy! Pretty country out there.

Things I didn't know about Amish Buggies:
*They last about 15 years
*The horses are retired (2-9 years old) race horses bought at auction by the Amish

The Kettle Village didn't have much shopping that impressed us, so we headed to the outlets in Lancaster before leaving town. I always regret going to outlets as they are pretty much a waste of time. I feel you can get the same stuff at the mall, for the same price. Seeing as I don't get to the mall much though, I was able to get myself a shirt and a pair of shorts, and Peyton a shirt.

Excellent quick trip!!!!


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Martha Stewart on Demand

Did you know that Martha Stewart has tutorials on Demand on Comcast? I stumbled apon them accidentally the other day. So far I made this "five minute craft" below; I'm going to use them for the kids that come over this weekend as part of their "water fight," by sitting them in a bucket of water, and they can get them as wet as they want before throwing them.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


My new "item of delight" is wreaths. I would like to make one for every holiday/season of the year so that I have one on the door year round! So I've searched hundreds of wreaths and below are my favorites, along with links to the instructions of how to make them.
PAPER PINWHEELS! (I  would make it without the "School" Stuff)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Ladybug Birthday Party

On March 31st Peyton turned One! So I put together my first children's birthday party ever!
This was all pre-silhouette so everything had to be cut/dreamed up by hand. Ahh to think of
what I could have done with the machine. Next time.

"Guess How Many?" Jars....just need candy, ribbon, hot glue, paint for the lid, image for the lid, wooden die-cut. I'm keeping this one bookmarked for future "Teacher Gift"
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Goody Bags
(Toys and treats for the kids, smaller bags with ladybug mints for the adults)
Chocolate covered pretzels

Oreo Cakester Ladybugs. Recipe here
Ladybug Bruschetta...this was my favorite..I made three plates but I could have eaten them all...
Recipe Here

Cupcakes =)

"Older Kids" activity table

Antennae for all. (Some of us wore them out to dinner that night)
Entrance table with "Guess How Many" jars, treats (including black and red licorice), personalized water bottles, and photo slideshow of Peyton's first year via ipad.

The kids had a "ladybug band"