Monday, December 12, 2011


This is the first year that my parents will be staying with me for Christmas.  We have lived in the same city my entire life but they just moved to California so the holidays have been spent at my house lately.  

Ashley and I hung our stockings on the mantle and then said Mema and Papa need one too.  

I bought 2 inexpensive stockings at Target:

We decided to cut out letters with my felt that I use for roses.  Ashley drew the letters and started cutting:

She wanted to stitch the letters on the the cuff (mind you it was 9:00 at night on a school night)
She has my husbands sense of emotion (she really is happy but smiling on the inside)

When I told her she could use hot glue thats when she got excited and started gluing buttons.

Final Result:

My parents saw them on the mantle this evening and LOVED them.  

Happy Holidays!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Kitty Kitty

Look who we found under the tree...............

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Who doesn't love Nutella?  Okay, maybe the chocolate haters- but they don't count. If you don't know what Nutella is its made with over 50 hazelnuts per jar, skim milk and cocoa... Its spreadable!  on anything!  Wow, right...

We were shopping at Costco (on a weekend) when they hand out samples.  Yes, I'll admit that's my families favorite day to go and not mine but I'll go along for the ride....

We saw the Nutella lady from across the aisle and my husband did one of those slow motion runs to get a sample... okay, maybe not... but it sure looked like it.  She was making toasted english muffins and then spreading Nutella over the top watching it melt like butter.... oh so yummy....

We immediately bought a jar (or 2)- You're at Costco- everything comes in LARGE or 2.

This is what we made:
Start out with Nutella and English Muffins (yes, that's it)

Toast them!

Have a little taste test! (Who needs bread?)

Now Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lights and Music

After tap class the other night Ashley and I always go to our favorite yogurt shop, Yogurtland.  As we were heading home I decided to see if the house in the neighborhood had decided to set up their Christmas Fantastical Light and Music Show on their house.   So we took a drive.

Once we turned on the street you could see the can't hear the music because you have to tune the radio to their channel to hear the songs that dance to the lights.  There are about 7 songs including Charlie Brown talking and reciting the Night before Christmas.  (I love that part).

Ashley and I sat there for about 4 songs while eating our yogurt and started to feel guilty because Dad or Amanda wasn't with us.  We will take them this weekend to get the full experience with our entire family.

Hmm, I think this is yet another tradition...

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Elf on the Shelf

I was seeing all the posts on Pinterest and Facebook about this Elf on the Shelf... What is this?  I LOVE traditions.......and I need to start a new one since my children are getting older.  A few traditions I do every year are:

The 12 days of Christmas for both of my children.  I set up a pink Barbie tree in their rooms and wrap 12 small gifts to place under them.  (The gifts are getting more expensive as they age and I didn't think about that when they were smaller but too late now). They look forward to it every year and I love when they open a gift.  We start on December 12th and work our way up to December 24th.

On Christmas Eve we always open a gift.  Guess what it is?  No surprise.... It's ALWAYS new jammies.  Everyone in the house gets new jammies to sleep in.  Yay, for me.  Last year I got jammies AND slippers ;)

We always make gingerbread houses and whiskey cake the 3rd week in December..... The whiskey cakes goes over well as gifts for the nurses at my hubby's workplace.  Stay tuned for the deets on the whiskey cake later on this month.

So back to this elf- Apparently its a long time tradition that an elf is placed on a shelf and when you go to bed it reports back to Santa on good and bad.  When the child wakes up in the morning the elf is in a different place in the house watching you. You ARE NOT ALLOWED to touch it.  I thought Ashley was going to break out in tears when she opened the box and touched the elf on accident.  She screamed, "oh no!  Its magical powers are gone!"   haha, no, I'm not exaggerating!  Our elf is named Lily.  I love the book that comes with it because you can write your family name, your elf name and when he/she entered your life.  I plan to do a little scrapbook of her adventures and place in the back of the book.

So for the last few nights I have had to sneak down stairs to find a "good" spot for Lily.  Its getting harder and harder because I literally have 3 minutes to do this while Ashley takes her shower at night.  Here are a few places Lily has shown up:

I'll keep you up to date on Lily's adventures as I try to find new places for her. Ashley seems to find her every morning and the squeal in her voice makes me happy that I started another tradition in this house.  

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

December Festivities

Hi everyone~  I decided to close my shop for the month of December.  Probably not the smartest choice for my business but definitely the smartest choice for my family.  I was feeling out of touch with everyone so I'm going to blog this month.  Enjoy: and feel free to comment~

My husband was off last weekend so it was my opportunity to say "hey hon, wanna put the Christmas stuff up?"  It was still November but I was pleased that I got it out of the way.

Here is my tree:

I have been collecting ornaments since my first Christmas tree at 18.  I won't tell you how long that is but its been a while.  My tree consists of childhood memories, ornaments from my grandmother when she passed, some from my mother, quite a few from my hubby and majority of the space is made up of my children's handmade ornaments or memories with them.  Amanda, my oldest daughter has a set of 12 angels that I let her place on the tree every year.  I wrap them individually in velvet pouches every year in hopes that when it's time for her to have her 1st Christmas tree these will be her 1st Ornaments.  I haven't found anything that I want to collect for Ashley yet to pass on- so any suggestions would be helpful.

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Alice in Wonderland Purplicious Party

My daughters 11th birthday was a few weeks ago and I asked her what she wanted to do- She seems to think I can make anything and came up with an Alice in Wonderland Party but wanted a Purple Theme as well.  I tried to talk her in to the skating rink, the go cart place or maybe the movies.  Not so much.  She insisted I could do it!  So here is what I came up with:

I started on Pinterest to get some ideas.  If you have never visited Pinterest you are missing out.  Its addicting and I spend hours on the website pinning away....

I started with making tophats for 10 of the girls plus 1 boy (my nephew Jameson).  Ashley wanted them all to have purple feathers to stay in the theme.

Since I have an embroidery machine for my onesies and have been dying to embroider everything in sight- I decided that each guest should have a chair cover with their name on it.  So I bought white material and cut it with pinking shears and made these:

I wanted to do a photo booth for the girls so I was throwing away an large old frame and kept it, spray painted it purple and hung it under the playset out back:

I knew props would be helpful so I found some on etsy to stay in the theme:

Here is my candy table and some really cute tags that say Eat Me and Drink Me...  (those were my favorite)

I found some purple bags for the candy at Michaels and stamped them with a cake tied with tulle- perfect  for a take away:

Notice the cute little bottles I bought on etsy and filled with pixie stix sugar above ;)

I set my table with my grandmother and mothers tea cups, purple table wear, lots of flowers, covered the chairs with purple material tied with purple tulle and hung poms in my living room:

Ashley decorated some Rice Crispy Treats to look like playing cards:

I found a tutorial on etsy to purchase to make your own Alice in Wonderland croquet set.  Guess what the hubby worked on for 2 weeks?  Yep..... He's so crafty...  We made 10 mallets and 2 mini mallets for the little ones.  Lots of work but worth it.

Ashley blinged her mallet out as you can see.  Here are the stakes and we used tennis balls for the balls:

I was too busy to make a cake so I bought one.  If you're in the Las Vegas area, Cake World has awesome custom cakes.  I took a few pics to the pastry chef and he made this for me:

No party is complete without Spaghetti Tacos from the tv show I-Carly:

And everyone needs a magician come to their party:

Did I mention that I made everyone wear purple to the party including my husband? This is the only shirt I could find that Ashley and I liked:

My daughter came home from college and dressed up like Alice in Wonderland for the party:

The magician and guests
It was a successful party and everyone had fun- especially Ashley!

I'm linking up today over at the CSI Project-

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Fall is in the air......

Fall was in the air on Friday so I decided to spruce up my worn out wreath that has been hanging above my door for about 8 years.  It only gets changed out at Christmas... Poor Poor Wreath.  I wish I would have taken a before picture but honestly I'm too embarrassed.  

I cleaned the dust off a 36 inch grapevine wreath and made a sunflower bow.  (I used my floral design skills that were pretty rusty) and wired/hot glued it to the bottom.

Since all of the stores are covered in Fall right now I found one bunch of all of my favorite colors and flowers for $5.00.

Then the hot gluing began.  I usually wire the larger flowers to the wreath but was being pretty lazy today; so hot glue it is........

I start out on side and move up the wreath and then move on to the other side.  Always make sure you use the 1, 3 or 5 ratio.  You always want an odd number of each flower to balance your design.

Tada!!!  All finished...Now time to plant- It's never ending around here.........

Thursday, September 15, 2011

My Rubber Stamp Giveaway

This is my first giveaway and I'm so excited.  I ordered a logo stamp from MyRubberStamp and Eunice the artisan quickly emailed me that she was doing a giveaway and would I like to be a sponsor.  Ofcourse I do!   It ends up that there are 22 Handmade Sponsors in this giveaway and 12 ways to win each prize.  How exciting!  Who doesn't like 22 free things? Especially handmade "things". 

 Its easy to enter- just go to HERE and follow the instructions...... 

I'm #5 (hint, hint)

Have a great weekend,


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fresh Basil Pesto Pasta

My husband and I decided it was time to harvest the fresh basil I have growing in my garden (honestly, it was really overgrown).
I decided there were too many bugs so he plucked and pulled all of the basil leaves while I prepared the ground for new planting.  (definitely organic basil)
We decided to bring it in to the kitchen and wash it in the sink as we separated the leaves, twigs, buds and foreign objects.....
Hubby separated and washed as I dried and prepared for blending.  We thought we had a lot of basil..........

Blended some basil, olive oil, salt and a few rosemary sprigs

And the blending starts.......pulse, pulse, pulse......... This is what we ended up with.............

After all the hard work we decided to enjoy some for dinner and freeze the rest for winter.....

Happy Cooking,


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Trip to the LA Fashion District

My sister-n-law decided it would be a great idea to take a trip to the LA Fashion District to buy fabric.  She has been making my niece some pretty cute outfits and was looking for fall fabrics.  Im not gonna lie; I like to travel- I need fabric and trim- so why not?   We decided to drag our mutual friend along on the trip; Danyell from Bellawink.  So we stalked a few blogs to find out where to go, Julia made the hotel reservations, Danyell printed an 11X17 map of the area and our top 5 places to go and I got my oil changed-  We were off!

My husband is such a sweetie and bought the 3 of us Starbucks Travel cups- So it's our first stop!

We were so excited when we saw the signs................................

And then we arrived at our first stop on the top 5 places to go:

We walked in to FIDM and in the front entrance was wearable clothing.  Then we found the hidden walkway in the back where the left over fabric and trim was sold.  Yep, $2 a yard and I got rolls of trim for the price of a cup of coffee.  I don't know what I'm going to do with it but it was a good deal so I bought all I could.  Hey, I got a free measuring tape with purchase!

Our 2nd stop was Michael Levines Loft- we heard fabric was $2 a pound and you had to dig for the good stuff- Well, it was true.

Julia found 8 pounds of fabric and got her Michael Levine card- Definately a good stop.
I had to park downtown in the middle of NO PARKING ZONE- I could see my car across the street from the Michael Levine window-  Just checking on it since I had to park on top of a building and left my keys with some random guy.

Then we found The Trim shop- This was my best stop- There were so many choices of ribbon, elastic, flowers, rhinestones and trim it was a little overwhelming... Okay, a lot overwhelming.

We had a great shopping day, found everything we needed and filled the truck-

We left the Fashion District and found our fabulous hotel downtown across the street from Staples Center and went to dinner at Wolfgang Pucks.  Oh the Truffle Chips....-  I think sometime during the evening we ended up at a club but that's for another blog time ;)

Now I have to start crafting and figure out what I'm going to do with all my wonderful finds......

Happy Crafting!