"My skin is kind of sort of brownish pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green, but I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown, but it's silver when it's wet,
And all the colors I am inside have not been invented yet."
-Shel Silverstein

Friday, April 30, 2010

How to make tags

I made some tags for all the things I've been sewing lately, and it was super easy, so I wanted to share in case anyone else would like to do it.


I bought some printable fabric (I think you can make your own using freezer paper, but I've not tried) I bought Sew-In Computer printer fabric by Tailor because it was the cheapest. I got 4 sheets for 5.99 but used a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby. Not the kind that you iron on, but that you print directly on.


Then I used Microsoft Publisher (Love that program!) and started a custom page 1.5"x.5" and removed the margins. Then I just made the design that I wanted, which was something basic and simple that would go with anything I put it on.


When you go to print them, set it to print multiple pages per sheet, but be sure to add a little space where it says "horizontal gap" and "vertical gap". This will make it much easier to cut out. I didn't leave a lot of space, but just enough to make cutting easier. I was able to make 80 tags on one sheet of printable fabric!

Be sure and check how to treat your fabric so that the ink is set. The brand I got can't be washed, but it works for me for now. I just had to iron mine on high heat without steam. Then I cut them out and put fray stop around the edges. If you skip this you won't have a tag after a little while because the stuff frays pretty quickly.

Let the fray stop dry about 15-30 minutes and start attaching your tags to everything you make! :)


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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Happy Birthday


Today is my grandma's birthday. She passed away in December and it was a hard day without her. Which is true for a lot of days. I want to be sure my son remembers her. She loved him so much. I know because she would count the minutes since I had brought him to see her. :) "Now, Amanda- I haven't seen him in 2 days!" I love her so much, and I miss her dearly. I called her about 10 times a day most days and it's been a hard adjustment not having her here.

We had dinner tonight and my aunt, uncle and mom came over. We planted 2 trees (Nana Trees) in my flower bed that we'll eventually transplant. My son drew her a picture and we sent it to heaven on balloons (Nana's favorite color- at least according to him).


It was a sad day, but I'm glad we were together and I'm glad that I have memories of my grandma.

I love you Grandma. Happy Birthday.

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Lots to catch up!

Well, I've been a little out of the blogging loop. I guess I've been online a lot, but mostly looking at other blogs instead of catching up on mine. I have lots of pictures that I need to upload, and I think I'll just get most of them up in this post. I've been doing a little less crafting because I had thyroid surgery Monday and although it's been an easy recovery, I've been laying around and not doing much.

Anyway, here are the things I have been doing:
A friend of mine has been pretty sick, and just started back to work, so I made him a card. I think it's tough to make "guy" cards so this was my attempt at something caring, but still manly. I need to get it in the mail Monday with a bag of candy. Cause candy always helps :)




This morning, after eating a muffin and a pop tart (pop toaster for those who know us) my son decided he was still starving, and I haven't really been grocery shopping, so I dug through what we had around and we worked together to make some yummy monkey bread. It was good! It was nice because we can do it together (he rolled the dough in sugar after I cut it- he loves to help) The recipe is at the bottom of this post, but it's just a basic one, nothing too special.


I've been making jewelry tiles for a while, but haven't ever posted them on here for some reason, so I made an order of them with our mascot. Then I did up a little bottle top magnet too.

Sorry about the lighting- it was 9 pm and I don't have the greatest lighting I guess!

Monkey Bread
Ingredients:
Refrigerated biscuits (I used 2 of the "Large" biscuits)
1/2 c sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 c butter
1 c packed brown sugar
1/2 c pecans

Preheat oven to 350*
Spray a bundt cake pan with oil and add pecans (I didn't add them all, because I layered them with the biscuits)
Mix sugar and cinnamon in a bowl
Cut biscuits in quarters and roll in cinnamon sugar mixture then place in cake pan. I'd add some then add more nuts.
Then melt the butter in the microwave and add the brown sugar.
Pour over the top and bake for about 35 minutes till done.
Cool for about 10 minutes and flip over onto a plate and enjoy!

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Homemade Boy Birthday Gifts!

Today is my cousin's 7th birthday party and since I'm always running low on cash, I made him some presents. I think boys are hard to make things for to begin with, but especially older ones! This is what I came up with!



To make the "bath slime" (it's actually just body wash) you simply take 1 cup of vegetable or olive oil, 1 cup of shower gel (any scent), 1/4 cup honey and some green food coloring. Stir them all together and pour into a container (I got this one at Hobby Lobby). Then I attached a card saying what it was and a nice green poufy!


I also took a Walmart 2.00 frame and personalized it for him. We're all huge Buckeye fans, so I made scarlet and grey circles with jersey font "friends".


There are play slime recipes everywhere, but I can tell you that in my opinion this one is the best! We also made Martha's and it was too solid. You couldn't play with it. This one is less firm.

1.In a glass or ceramic bowl, add 1/2 cup water and 1 cup white glue.
2.Stir in 4 drops food coloring if desired.
3.In another bowl, dissolve 1/2 teaspoon borax in 1/2 cup water.
4.Slowly add the dissolved borax mixture to the glue mixture. Stir well.
5.When not in use, store in a tightly sealed jar.

I only made 1/2 the recipe since I didn't want to use every drop of glue we had. And there was still plenty to play with for one kid!

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Friday, April 16, 2010

Signature...

Just testing my new blog signature...

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bubbles

I saw this post about making bubble snakes and knew that it was a "must do" with my almost 4 year old! So today we had a little extra time to kill outside while dinner was on, and we went to town.

The bubble blower is just a bottle with the bottom cut off and a sock pulled over it. I wet it and wrung it out then just stick it in a bowl with a little dish soap and blow! It was so much fun- he loved it!






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Saturday, April 10, 2010

Spring Fling

On Tuesday Tip Junkie and several others are having a huge giveaway with lots of great things you can win! Be sure and check it out! Here is the link!



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Friday, April 9, 2010

Laptop Bag

I made myself a laptop sleeve/bag using 4 fat quarters, fusible fleece and an old belt! I actually love how it turned out, which is impressive, since I'm not usually pleased! What do you think?





I really like how the belt that I used as a strap is frayed. It actually matches better than it appears in the picture. It is sort of army green and there is army green in the bag material.

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