Thursday, February 28, 2013

No-Sew Fleece Blanket for Toddlers

Today I'm over at Huckleberry Love sharing a tutorial on how to make your own No-Sew Fleece Blanket for a special little toddler in your life. :)

This fun blanket only cost me $12.40 to make. Compared to the $25-$30 that kits cost at JoAnn Fabrics, I'd say it's a pretty great deal!

I'd love for you to stop on by and check it out. :)

Happy Thursday, friends!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

DIY Spring Pallet Art

Here it is, my very own DIY Spring Pallet Art! It's pretty warm down here in Houston and I have been itching to start decorating our house for the upcoming season. I had to start somewhere, right? :)

I've been eyeing up this gorgeous Easter pallet art that Taryn over at Design, Dining and Diapers ever since she posted about it.

And I've finally decided to create my own! I LOVE how this turned out. It matches perfectly with our décor and it could be displayed year round in our home. And, it features two of my favorite things: the color yellow and birds. :)
Here's what you'll need to make your own:
* Wood shims
* Wood glue
* Yellow Paint (I used canary from Valspar's Lakeside Cottage collection)
* While Acrylic Paint
* Sponge brush
* Paint brush
* Stencils or Silhouette

First, you'll need to decide how large you want your art to be. I measured up my bird stencil (which I cut from my Silhouette) against my shims to figure out how large I wanted it. I decided on 9 shims for my design.

Next, apply a liberal amount of wood glue to two additional shims and press your other shims on top. Let it dry completely.

Now, you need to paint your pallet. I just love this yellow color. It makes me so happy to look at! :)

Finally, it's time to place your stencil onto your pallet. Using your sponge brush, gently apply the white acrylic paint following your stencil design. My bird's legs are very thin, so I was a little nervous about how they would turn out. There really was no problem, though. :)

After outlining my bird in paint, I colored it in. I also added the word "tweet" in the corner to add a little big of whimsy to my pallet sign.

What do you think? I'm rather smitten. :)

I'm so excited to be linking up with The Pinterest Challenge. It's a little something that Sherry over at Young House Love and Katie over at Bower Power started up. This is my first time joining them and I'm so happy that I did!

Also sharing with these great parties:


Monday, February 25, 2013

{Lemon-y} Lemon Bars

So, I don't know about you... but I LOVE all things lemon-flavored. Especially desserts. One of my all-time favorites is lemon bars. So, today I'm sharing my amazingly awesome recipe for lemon bars! I've been making this recipe for at least 8 years, and I have to say, they're probably the best lemon bars I've ever had. I promise, you won't be disappointed. :)
Here's what you'll need to get started:

* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup sugar
* 2 cups flour
* 1/4 t salt
Lemon Filling:
* 4 eggs
* 1 1/2 cups sugar
* 1/4 cup flour
* 2-3 lemons juiced, plus grated rind
* powdered sugar to dust top

First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Then, mix together your crust ingredients. Spread into a greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 18 minutes, or until lightly browned.

While your crust is baking, get to work on that delicious filling! I start by grating my lemon rind. If you don't like as much lemon flavor only use the rind of one lemon. If you like a lot, I suggest using three! (My name is Emily and I am addicted to lemons. The more the merrier!)
Next, squeeze the juice out of all of the lemons. Again, if you don't want as much lemon flavor, I suggest cutting back on the amount of lemons you use. Try using the juice of just two lemons. A little trick I'll let you in on is this: squeeze your lemons into a small bowl first. Then, place a strainer into your larger bowl and pour your juice into the strainer. This way, the strainer catches all of your lemon seeds. I'm a genius, I know. ;)
Add all of your filling ingredients into a bowl and mix until well combined. Pour it on top of your baked crust and pop it back into the oven for another 20 minutes.

Voila! Aren't they beautiful? Look at that beautiful yellow color! Mmmm mmmm good!

Dust a bit of powdered sugar on top and spread with a knife or spatula to evenly distribute. Let them cool completely (atleast 45 minutes), then cut into squares.

I took these to a Mom's Game Night last week and they were a hit! Make them this weekend, your friends and family will thank you. :)

P.S. Don't forget to enter this amazing group giveaway I'm apart of. You have a chance to win gift cards to Sephora, Hallmark, Starbucks and Hobby Lobby, as well as a gorgeous stacked ring set, ad space to a few great blogs and a customized monogram wreath from my Etsy shop! :)

Linking up with:
Jam Hands
Skip to My Lou
Toastie Studio
Off the Hook

Friday, February 22, 2013

February Group Giveaway {Hosted by Country Roots, City Living}

I'm really excited to share with you all this great giveaway hosted by Lindsey over at Country Roots, City Living. Like me, she's a Midwesterner turned Southerner- so, obviously, she's pretty fabulous. :)
Here's the group of the lovely ladies participating in her group giveaway this month:

To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter entry form below. Good luck! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Have a wonderful weekend. Be sure to stop back on Monday for my famous lemon bar recipe. You won't want to miss it!  Trust me. :)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Piano Daydreaming

**Please go and check out Lindsey at Country Roots, City Living for a special discount to my
Etsy Shop!**

The other day Jason mentioned that he wants to donate our fish back to the store where we bought them and take down the fish tank. There isn't another spot in our house where it would fit, except for right here.. and there is just too much light. Which means excessive algae. All. The. Time.

I immediately started dreaming of what we could do with this space! And, then it hit me. A piano. A beautiful, bright, fun, painted piano! {I'm thinking yellow...}

Here is some piano pinspiration I found while dreaming of our new piano nook. :)




Source: via Emily on Pinterest

Would you ever paint a piano? Which color is your favorite?

Linking up with The Vintage Apple today. :)

Pssst... You can find me on Pinterest here!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

President's Day Weekend Sale {8th Street Bridge}

Hello, friends. :)

I just wanted to pop in and let you all know about a sale going on in my shop right now.

Today through Monday, 2/18 all Customizable Monogram Wreaths and Yarn Letters are 25% off!

Head on over and take a peek at them. I'd love to create one just for you. :)

Enjoy your long weekend... I know we will!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Cricut Mini {Giveaway Winner}

Happy Friday, friends!

Well, the giveaway for the $200 Cricut Min Prize Package has come to an end.

There were 4051 entries.. pretty darn impressive! :)

AND.... we have a winner!!

Congratulations to Krystal Ladwig- she won with her entry for following @CandyPo on Twitter!

I want to thank Kathy from Sparkles and a Stove for hosting this awesome giveaway. Right now she has an iPad Mini giveaway going on and coming up in March she is hosting one for a $100 Macy's gift card.  Be sure to check her out!

We are gearing up to host some company for the next few days. My sister and her toddler son are flying down from Ohio for a visit. We are all super excited to see them! The weather has been gorgeous, so hopefully we will be able to spend most of our time outside. :)

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Felt Birthday Badge

 This year I didn't get Aidan the traditional "birthday shirt" for his special day. I wanted to make him something to wear, but had something different in mind. After scouring Etsy for inspiration, I found this cute felt badge that I thought would be perfect for him! It looked pretty easy to make and I had all of the supplies on hand to recreate one myself. Score!
Here's what you'll need to get started:
*Felt (I used 3 different colors, but two would do)
*Embroidery thread
*Embroidery needle
*1" pin clasp (found in Jewelry Dept.)
I traced three different sized cans to use as my outlines for the different sections of the badge.
The smallest circle was used as a size guide for me to draw the number 3 freehand. It took me a few tries before I got it right! :)

After cutting out my circles and "3", I cut out a small square that I used to anchor down the pin on the back of the badge. Using red embroidery thread, I sewed it onto the largest circle.

Next, I sewed the "3" onto the smaller circle.

All that was left was to sew the smaller circle onto the largest one. Be sure to keep the pin exposed on the backside!

And there you have it. A fun, felt badge for your little one to wear on their special day! It only took me about an hour to make and I LOVE how it turned out. :)

Aidan really liked it, too. He wore it to school on the day before his birthday and also on his special birthday trip to the Aquarium!

I can't believe my baby is all ready 3 years old! I plan on making him a new badge every year for his birthday. It's fun to be able to incorporate something homemade like this into his outfit. :)


Do you make something special for your little one to wear on their birthday?

This post was featured on Naptime Creations! :)
nap-time creations

Be sure to enter my giveaway for a $200 Cricut Mini Prize Package!

Sharing with these great parties:
Naptime Creations
 Tuesday TimeOut
Polkadots on Parade
Someday Crafts


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