Friday, April 30, 2010

Easy Decor and Fish Bowl

This craft is brought to you from my mama's house.  I have a few more posts to share from my visit to Texas.  My mom bought these candlesticks on clearance from Christmas.  She used 5 min. Epoxy to attach a little fish bowl- which you can also find pretty cheap.  She used this for an actual fishbowl and to decorate above her craft desk.

I took two pictures of how she decorates with them- so you can see it when it is lit up at night.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Help Was on its Way!!

I have a problem with some benches in my back yard.  I live in the desert and the sun is torture on anything outside like my benches.  Rory over at Tools are for Women Too sent help.  Check out his site to see his solution for me.  Thanks Rory!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Texas Ranger Fan Apparel

Staying in my Texas Theme, I wanted to show off some clothes I made for a friend.  She loves the Texas Rangers and when I had a half a yard of Ranger fabric from some orders I thought of her.  She had a set of twins this past spring and another daughter who is under 2.  Wow -huh? good thing she has lots of energy!


Texas Bedroom

Here is my parents bedroom.  I feel it must be shared and discussed.  My folks are very proud Texans and they show that off in their bedroom. Take a moment and try to see all there is to see.

Sorry about the flash in the mirror!  Notice the vinyle lettering on the wall

Lots to see here.  They put a bookcase on top of their dresser which looks great.  And can you believe that chair- it is actually a recliner-PERFECT!! Now take a closer look at those lamps.

Here is the window and window treatment.  Mom hung crystals in the windows so that in the morning there would be prisms dancing all over the room.
I also wanted to point out one more thing.  Did you notice shutters on the sides?  Those are old closet doors repurposed.  Now lets make a quick stop at my cousin Terry Lynn's house in Bastrop to see how she used them.

She also added pictures to the shutters.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

To Do Tuesday

Here are some great projects to have a Crafty Week.  I chose 6 out of the blogosphere this week so you have one for everyday with a day of rest!

1.  Debbie over at debbie-debbiedoos has a wonderful tutorial up this week that shows you how to make this sweet tea cup and saucer for your garden.

2.  Tammy over at Life on Possom Trot did a super job on this glittery rose made from a pop can! Go check out her site to find out the details of this project.

3. Alisa  at The DIY Nest made a beautiful personalized gift by etching glass.  I have been meaning to try this so it has to be on my to do list. Go to her blog to find out how to do this project.

4. One of the girls over at The Clever Chic had a great idea for a tool set for her son using real tools. Go to this blog to find out more.

5.  Denise at Wallflower Grown Wild made some fun family magnets and shares how she does this project on her blog.

6.  I am a sucker for children's clothes so I had to add this sweet dress. You can find out how this dress was made at The Sweet Life 
I know!!! - soo many  crafts and sooo little time.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Meal Plan Monday

I am looking forward to a relaxing week with getting my house back in order from our trip.  So this week the meal plan is this.

Grilled Pork Chops, stuffing, and rolls

BBQ chicken, BBQ beans, salad, and macaroni

Breakfast night


Bean Tostadas

Dessert : coffee cake

Have a Delicious week!!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Colander Planter and Planter Bling

This hanging basket is made with an antique colander. Here is what I started with.
I lined the colander with the coconut lining stuff used for most hanging baskets.  Then I added potting soil and the flowers.  Next thing added is the bling.  My mom made these by using fishing line.  She beaded it and glued mirrors on both sides of the fishing line.  Then it is tied onto your baskets.  This basket is hung with fishing line as well.  Here is another hanging basket with some bling.

My mom is daring and thinks outside of the norm.  She has decorated pots with marbles and paint. Here is a picture of one of her flower beds in which she wasn't afraid to add some color to her big pots.

Have a beautiful Sunday and thanks for stopping by to see me.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Chicken Zucchini Tortellini

Here is my recipe feel free to change it for your tastes.
1 package frozen cheese tortellini
1 tablespoon all purpose flour
1 c half and half or milk
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 c shredded Parmesan cheese
5 strips of bacon
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1-2 diced zucchini
2 grilled chicken breast shredded or diced

Cook tortellini according to package. In large skillet cook bacon and remove and saute zucchini in some bacon grease.  Then add flour and cream until smooth and then add cheeses. bring to a boil.  cook and stir for 2 min.  or until thickened.  reduce heat.  drain tortellini add to sauce.  throw in chicken and bacon and pepper.  cook 5 min or until heated through. hope that makes sense and comes out delicious.  serves 3-4

Texas Style

When I was home we had to take pictures in the blue bonnets-yes we took them of the kids too.  I wanted to show you the shirts we made for ourselves.  We appliqued the crosses and hearts on a black t shirt and just did a straight stitch around the cross and heart.  We also added some iron on rhinestones.  After we finished we had to make something for Kate so she would match.

I made a shirred top and shirred the straps too.  Then I appliqued the hearts on the bottom and we added iron on rhinestones.  I make some ruffled capri pants to match.  My sister made her a flower clip that is too fabulous for words.  She also made this necklace that matches perfectly.

I will post more of my trip in the upcoming days.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dressing Room

I have been in Texas over the past week and want to share some of the things I love.  My mom is a stylish pastor's wife. She is very crafty as well as a good dresser.  When my siblings and I are were no longer in the home, she decided to turn one of the rooms into her very own dressing room.  Here are a few pictures of her room- for some reason I did not take very many.

Here is a great idea for your closet.  She took some shutters to put her belts on.  They are perfect for those belt buckles and for the other kinds she used s hooks that you find at the hardware store.

You can also put your sunglasses collection up there too.  (A Girl can't have on too many accessories especially if you are from Texas!!)

Here is another idea for more belts, bracelets and hats and scarves.

So don't forget to accessorize and have a great day!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fast Easy No Sew Eye pillows

You can make this as simple or as fancy as you would like.  This craft is for my MOPS group this week.  Every year we have a spa day and so as the craft person I need a spa craft.  I chose to do these eye pillows but the challenge was to make it a no sew project.  This craft would also be fun for a girls slumber party and it is very cheap to do.

~3/4 C of Rice per pillow
Snack Bag Ziploc Bag
low cut sock
sticky velcro

First, I put about 3/4 cup of rice in the ziploc bag.  I put it in a ziploc bag because I was not sewing the sock closed and I didn't want it to be a mess for anyone. When you seal it get all the air out.

Next cut about 3 inches of velcro to use to seal the sock closed.  You need to cut the ankle /heel part of the sock off at this point and you can use the rice bag to help you determine how much to cut off but leave room for the velcro.

Put the rice bag in and close it up.  You could sew it closed or weave ribbon on the end for closures too.
It looked plain so I just used some fabric paint to decorate real quick which it is not fancy at all but let your creative juices flow here.  I am having the ladies at MOPS decorate with permanent markers since that is what we already have on hand and like I said if you used this for a slumber party they can autograph each others pillows or just decorate.  These can be microwaved or put in the freezer to be cold masks. 


I wanted to announce we are headed to the big great state of Texas this week to be with family- so you know what that means some Texas inspired crafts and fun this week so you can share in my excitement too!! we will be traveling tomorrow so pray for us as we drive from las cruces to Bastrop to stay with my cousin and we will end up in Riverside on wed.-with the toddlers in tow!

In the meantime check out baby week over at my frugal family i enter some old crafts but she is gathering quite a collection so if you have something do share;)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Spring Flip Flops Tutorial

Here was my problem:  "Easter is tomorrow and no white sandals!" I did not like the selection at Walmart and did not want to make an extra trip to the mall for the hunt. 
 Solution: "Embellished Flip Flops"
This week flip flops are 1/2 off at hobby lobby so they are about 75 cents!!  I bought white ones at full price last week 1.47 -still not too bad and had the rest of the supplies at home.
Here is what you need:
glue gun
2 "REAL" diamonds-jk
flip flops

So to start I wrapped the 3/8" ribbon on the tip of the flip flop.  You won't find much success by just gluing directly on the flip flop it just doesn't last on the plastic.

glue the ribbon on top of each other and wrap, wrap, glue, wrap, etc.
Now I decided to make a simple small boutique bow to glue the flower on top of. to do that here are pictures to show you how i did that.

So real quick, you make a figure 8, bring loops in and scrunch with your fingers.  At this point, I use thread and wrap around it and tie in a not.  I don't have 3 hands so to do this I put one end of the thread in my mouth, hold the bow scrunched in one hand and the other hand I wrap around the thread with the other hand.
Next glue flower on top of the bow and glue the bow on the flip flop.
This is how she looked.