Monday, June 29, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Isn't my giant cupcake cookie jar amazing?! It was my Mother's Day gift from Carmie...it has her sweet hand print on the bottom :)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Just ordered my free paint from Glidden.com. They have a wonderful promo going on for a free quart of paint in any color of your choosing. I choose Granny Smith Apple :) I for see lots of craft projects in my house turning this color. Go get yours!
Most these tips are pretty common knowledge but I still wanted to help out those who have never gone flea market shopping or are still new to it.
Tips for Flea Market Shopping with Kiddos:
- Mind the weather. Of course I decide to take my toddler flea market shopping on one of the hottest days in weeks. It was mid to upper 90s that Saturday.
- Don't forget the stroller. There may be a lot of walking involved based on the size of the flea market you are attending. And there may be a lot of waiting for your kiddo if you're like me and like to over analyze each purchase :P
- Bring snacks. Lots of water for warm summer days and treats to keep their little hands occupied around all the valuables being sold.
- Hit bigger flea markets. Mamas know that time is a valuable thing. So I suggest looking in the paper to find larger sized flea markets that'll be more worth your time. You don't want to be taking your tot in and out of the car visiting smaller markets. Plus, larger flea markets tend to have more family friendly facilities like bathrooms and food booths. The booths who sold candy last Saturday were a Godsend for keeping Carmie's tears and whining at bay. Haha.
- Get your child involved. We made sure to break into Carmie's piggy bank for some change she's earned from cleaning her room. She had fun picking out little toys and trinkets.
and remember these General Flea Market Tips:
- Bring comfortable walking shoes.
- Bring lots of loose change and small bills
- Don't be afraid to negotiate or haggle prices
(especially on items that have seen better days)
- Look at how you might be able to use items in different ways than intended.
With that being said I found this lovely vintage crate last Saturday. I plan to use it when I start to do craft shows as a display, but for now it'll house my little trinkets and/or craft supplies. I also picked up a few pieces of costume jewelry. The locket is one of my fave finds. Hope this helps a bit for you newbies out there, good luck shopping!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Boojiboo Flirty Apron GUEST GIVEAWAY!!!!
I came across this tute for Recycled Fabric Necklaces on one of my fave blogs, Cucumbersome. These necklaces are so fun to make! They seriously only take 5 minutes each to create and they instantly add to a simple outfit. I ran out to my local thrift store and bought 5 Large colorful t-shirts with the right softness and stretch (Britt does a great job at explaining what types of fabric to look for while thrifting) for only 99 cents each. Make sure you use a ruler, it helps to lessen the jagged ends when cutting. And a rotary cutter will make the cutting process much easier, although you could use fabric scissors but it might take a bit more than the 5 mins promised as well as some more sweat to cut through the four layers of fabric. I love them and plan to make more. You can wear them so many different ways. You can't beat updating outfits with $1 necklaces you made yourself...they are addicting, I'm warning you.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Her main inspiration for the nursery is based on the Ikea Fabler line and when I saw this Hot Air Balloon stuffy I knew the invites would work out :)
The invites are inspired from Jack and Izzy's Etsy store. (Gotta give credit where credit should be given). But I wanted to use my own design/colors and I used cut-out punches to add dimension to the invites. So if you like these I urge you to go visit their store. They have papergoods for lots of occasions at quite reasonable prices.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
- This happy song by Owl City, aptly named "Hot Air Balloon."
- I am working on my sisters baby shower invites and they too involve Hot Air Balloons...I'll be sure to post a pic soon.
- And I've added going to the Hot Air Balloon Fiesta that takes place every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico to my list of life goals :)
Ahh so whimsical. Enjoy the rest of the week!
Monday, June 15, 2009
I stumbled across SoapLane's rendition of the Fight Club soap and thought it was perfect for Carmen's daddy. He's a big Chuck Palahniuk fan so I thought it'd be a nice little addition to his other gift. There are a few other Etsy shops that sell it but I liked SoapLane's creation better than the rest, it looked more authentic for whatever reason. Its a great gift idea for those daddies out there that love the movie or the book or both ;) Happy Etsy shopping!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
I used this No-Knead Bread recipe I found online. I don't have a bread maker so I wanted to find the simplest bread making recipe I could. I didn't have any bread flour on hand, but after a quick check on yahoo answers, I learned that regular all-purpose flour would be okay. It will taste the same, just a bit more dense. I mixed the ingredients and tucked it away overnight. The recipe says you can wait as little as four hours, but I did this right before bed.
The next day, you could tell the yeast was doing its thing, but it seemed rather wet to me still and against my better judgement I dumped it on the counter top thinking it would be okay to start kneading it. Man on man was I wrong. It was way more liguidy (making up my own words) than I thought and it ran all over the counter top. So Carmen helped me thrown LOADS of flour in it until it thickened up. Also, it smelled kind of funny while baking. I was looking forward to the smells of fresh bread baking, but it unfortunately had a fishy type smell? I have no idea how that worked out or why my dough was extra runny...either way it ended up looking and more importantly tasting fine :)
Its more of a rustic type bread, very crunchy and crispy outside. I would think it would go nice as dinner bread to have with steak or pasta. I was honestly looking for a recipe that would be more so for a regular loaf of bread that we could cut up and use for sandwiches. As I said, despite some minor setbacks, it was still edible. I guess I'll keep practicing and keep my eye out for a more loaf-like bread recipe. If you all know of any, please pass them on!
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Monday, June 8, 2009
cousin and I finally went to Melt Gelato & Crepe Cafe over in Town Center, Virginia Beach. She's never had a crepe before and I was craving gelato. Its the best of both worlds in my opinion ;) The prices are typical of Town Center stuff, but very much worth it. I def suggest getting some gelato and a crepe together. So yummy <3
Thursday, June 4, 2009
In Hampton the Blackbeard Pirate Festival is here all weekend. With lots of activities for the entire family to do, from battle reenactments to puppet shows. Check out the site for more details.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Speaking of warm weather...I'm excited to go biking with the little one. I came across these super cute bike accessories...I already have both a bell and a front basket...but that rear basket is looking mighty fabulous!
Monday, June 1, 2009
did some bowling...
received a sweet and much needed DS Hello Kitty travel kit to go with my Hello Kitty DS...(thnx Jo!)
contributed to Relay for Life in Currituck, NC with the family...
but most special of all...I. GOT. HER.
She's not Bella...but I'm still naming her Bella. ;D Vanilla wasn't available but pink is just as awesome and its from my family so it means that much more to me. Next I just have to get a bike rack for the car when we want to take Bella to the beach ;) It was a happy birthday indeed!