We Lived Happily Ever After: 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012

And He Swept Me Off My Feet...

Today is my second Anniversary! Wow. I am SO blessed to be married to the man of my dreams. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Hot Chocolate Cake!

Today I want to share with you MY super yummy take on Hot Cocoa. But not in drink form... that's right  it's a CAKE in that mug!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Make Sparkling Cider from Apple Juice and Sprite!

It's kinda a Family Tradition to have Sparkling Cider over Thanksgiving. This year we had a super large crowd over at my parents so we needed more Sparkling cider than normal... forget that, just my brother alone would drink several gallons of this stuff. ;)

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Free Baby Penguin Hat Pattern

I am so excited to be sharing my Baby Penguin Hat Pattern with all of you!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Finger-less Gloves made from Socks!

I suck at knitting and crocheting. Even though I taught  myself to sew, I cannot for the life of me knit something that will actually LOOK nice. :) However, I've been drooling (not literally though) over all these beautiful "finger-less glove knitting patterns." and then I had this brilliant idea, "use socks!"

So off to the dollar store I went, and I found some cute wool socks (OH YEAH!) to help me "fake" it.

First, determine the "fit" you want for your sock gloves. I wanted mine to be pretty long. Your thumb should ideally be where the heal starts to curve. Cut it out, leaving a 1/4 " seam allowance.

Next, turn your sock inside out.  Fold the rims down where the green dash lines are. This will insure that there will be no fraying. Where all the blue dash lines are in the final picture, sew together. 

You can totally do this by hand. No Sewing Machine (or knitting needles :) required! 

Turn it inside out again (so it will really be right side out :)

I decided to sew on matching heart patches too. 

When sewing a patch, make sure to do your stitches starting on the inside of the patch, and then going outside the patch.

Not a bad transformation! A lot cheaper than buying a knitting pattern and supplies too (you can't beat $1 can you? :)

Think of all the fun possibilities! (Really cute patterns, or even matching Socks and Gloves!) 

I just love the way they turned out. And they seriously only took 5 minutes (and that included me photographing the whole process!)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

"Oh Deer" Baby Reindeer Hat!

I am so excited to share this one with you all!

I love giving away my patterns to all you crafty mommas!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

How to make Reeses Peanut Butter Egg Christmas Mice!

I wanted to share an adorable holiday idea I had with you all! When I was little my mom and all of us kids would make no bake chocolate peanut butter cookie mice.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Use a Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun to Make Snowflakes for your Windows!

TO SEE MY UPDATED PROCESS (which is SO much easier) go HERE!!!

I have the most adorable Winter Craft to share with you all today! The inspiration came to me when I was looking through Pinterest yesterday. I saw crafts involving snowflakes... and then I saw crafts using glue guns! And then it hit me! I can use a Hot Glue Gun to Make Snowflakes on my Windows! It's clear, pretty, and peels easily off of glass! I was like wow, I wonder if anyone has ever done this? It's such a "duh" idea! :)

Friday, November 30, 2012

How to Sew Safe Stuffed Animal Eyes! {Because button eyes are a Choking Hazard!}

Today I wanted to share how my method for sewing "safe" stuffed animal eyes. Button Eyes are a real choking hazard. But on the other hand, but I really don't have the patience for embroidery.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

14 FREE Beautiful Holiday Fonts!

 I love it when people share where they find all those beautiful free fonts out there, so today I am going to share with you all my Favorite Free Christmas Themed Fonts!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Peppermint Qua-Triple Chocolate Cupcakes!

I just HAD to share these delicious cupcakes with you. I call them Peppermint Qua-Triple Chocolate Cupcakes! They are a big hit.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Black Friday Sale!

Short post here. I wanted to share my coupon codes for my Black Friday Sale!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Make Your Own Bisquick Pancake Mix!

I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite recipe knock offs.

Bisquick Pancake Mix!

You can make lots of yummy things with this stuff. My husband and I basically lived on this stuff when we first got married.
(Hope you aren't reading this, Mom! :P)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Operation Christmas Child {a little more than just 1 WEEK LEFT!}

Who hasn't heard of Operation Christmas Child, otherwise known as "Operation Shoe Box"?

If you haven't you are going to LOVE it!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Coming Soon...

As you may have noticed, I haven't been posting as frequently... and it is due to a little secret I have...

This secret is pink & cute and I have been working on it for quite a while...

Friday, November 2, 2012

35+ Baby Sewing Tutorials & Ideas {found through pinterest!}

Today I wanted to share with you my favorite Baby Sewing Tutorials! I found most of them through Pinterest.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Hot Chocolate Peppermint Coffee Coolatta Recipe

I was never a coffee person until I had Dunkin Donut's Oreo Coffee Coolatta It is one of my favorite things ever! You may have seen my post on how to make one yourself. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The secret to making your Blog Tutorial & Etsy Photos Clean and Professional! {for only 60 ¢}

I get lots of people asking me how I get the white backgrounds in my photography for both my blog tutorials and my etsy photos. So today I thought I would share my method. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Olive Garden Salad Dressing Taste A Like

I think I would go to Olive Garden if only for their salad {and bread sticks!}

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

How to make a Dunkin Donuts's Oreo Coffee Coolatta

I was never a coffee person until I had Dunkin Donuts's Oreo Coffee Coolatta. It is one of my favorite things ever! Since they will probably stop making it eventually, I just had to figure a way to make it myself.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

DIY Pottery Barn Decorative Clock Tutorial


I've come across several great clock tutorials based off of the beautiful Pottery Barn Clock below.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Etsy Shop is now OPEN!

Thanks to all the encouragement from all of you (my wonderful supporters) I have opened up an Etsy Shop with all of my Stuffed Animals!

Right now I am working on stocking up more inventory but will be adding several new creations very soon!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Homemade Tortillas (you will never go back to Store Bought!)


Today I get to share with you the recipe for Homemade Tortillas that my family has been using for over 3 years... so yeah, it's really good! :)

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Edit Baby Pictures Like a Pro Using Picmonkey

Update: Now Picmonkey charges for some of their actions, but there is a free website called Ipiccy that has identical software.

I own Photoshop, but I actually prefer the simplicity of Picmonkey! Plus, most of the actions are free & it's so simple anyone can use it! 

Friday, September 28, 2012

Spaghetti Squash Boats~ A Wonderful Fall Recipe

We had a wonderful harvest of Spaghetti Squash this year & it inspired me to come up with some new ways to cook with this delicious canvas! 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Tips on How to Throw an Awesome Outdoor Movie Night!

As today is our last day of our 5 Amazing Weeks of Party Tutorials, I wanted the finale to be special. So today I am going to share with you all my tips to having an amazing outdoor movie night!

Monday, September 24, 2012

DIY: Paper Roses

I am so excited to share my Paper Roses with you all.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

17 SUPER Creative Party Ideas! {Via Pinterest}

Welcome to Day 33 of our 5 Weeks of Party Tutorials!
Today I want to share with you all some of my favorite birthday ideas.

Friday, September 21, 2012

High Heel Cupcakes! {Tutorial}

Thanks for stopping by today! Only a few more days left in our   

Today I get to share with you my Absolute Favorite Tutorial: 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

10 Creative Party Food Ideas that will Make Any Party AMAZING!! {Via Pinterest}

Welcome to day 30 of our 5 Weeks of Party Tutorials!

Today I am posting some of the amazing and great ideas I stumbled upon, but didn't get a chance to do for my Sister's Surprise Birthday Party.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cute Paint Chip Banner!

Thanks for stopping by today! Only a few more days left in our  5 Weeks of Party Tutorials!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

Whimsical Party Banner!

Thanks for stopping by today! We're on Day 24 of our 5 Weeks of Party Tutorials!

Today I wanted to share with you how to make a simple party banner that will bring a lot of class to your party.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tangled Inspired Origami Box Party Lights! {Plus More Party Light Ideas!}

Who here loves Tangled? There is just something super romantic about the scene where they light all the thousands of lanterns.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Popcorn Stand

Thanks for stopping by today! 

For my sister's surprise birthday party, we did a Movie Night Theme. And we had to come up with a Popcorn Booth, because what Movie Night would be complete without a Popcorn Booth? 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Movie Sign {Just a board and Christmas Tree Lights!}

Thanks for stopping by today! I am really excited to be sharing this one with you all!
I fell in LOVE with the concept of an outdoor movie night (more about this on another day.) I thought it would be special to reserve it for my sister's surprise birthday party because she had talked about how she wanted to do one this summer.