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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

banner place cards {tutorial}

We hosted a family birthday dinner last week.
 It was a lovely excuse to make some new place cards. 
{as if I need much of an excuse}


 

And these little dears are so cute and simple. 

I started by created this template.
I added some text to include the names on each place card.

Then I cut them out...





And folded along the dotted lines. 

The interior dotted lines should fold backwards. Then the outside lines will fold back forwards.

Like this....





And then display them!
How simple! 






They even stand up on their own, if you want to display them that way...





Since these are printed, you can used a variety of paper patterns. 
And fonts.

Feel free to grab my template and use it for your next get together!



Friday, April 26, 2013

the moss letter {tutorial}





I'm loving the spring moss this year.
And after having my gathered linen wreath up for the last two springs, I decided to try something new for my front door this season.



: :  Materials  : :

wooden letter or foam board
sheet moss
hot glue gun/glue
ribbon



 I didn't find a wooden letter that I particularly liked. So I decided to draw one onto a piece of foam board.
If you don't want to freehand, you could always trace a letter onto the board. I'd recommend making a simple document in Word and then taking it to an office supply store to have it enlarged. An 18 x 24 should be about right {and it should only cost you about $2}.




I used an exacto knife to cut out this bad boy.






I flipped it over and hot glued the letter to the sheet moss.
Cutting various slits in the moss makes it pretty easy to wrap it around the front of the letter.








Ta da!






I added a burlap ribbon to the middle of the letter so I could hang it from the top of the door frame.






Tuesday, April 23, 2013

lately I'm loving...

this book...


{It's my May Book Club pick. I'm a fan so far.}






this scent...
 {White Barn #3: Renew and Refresh, from Bath and Body Works}




this drink...


{International Delight Iced Coffee - I'm mildly obsessed with the Light Mocha}




this music...


{El Camino by The Black Keys - It's not that new, but I love it}







this blog...



{eatdrinkpretty.com - the author and I have kiddos the same age and are in a mom's group together. She has some fantastic recipes and great tips for healthy toddler foods too.}




this place...


{Spoiled Rockin' Kidz Salon - Jake just got his first real haircut and this place was great. Momma got a lock of his hair and Jake got a sweet little certificate of bravery with a before and after shot. Plus a balloon, duh. I loved the fun little environment. Super cute spot for a girl's party too!}







these shoes...


{My baby has his first little Toms!}






and this sweet boy...



Of course. He's the best.




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

the puppy pillow beds {tutorial}



Seriously. Have you guys priced dog beds lately??
I'd consider $40 for a decent bed to be a good deal. Umm, yikes!
And for what is essentially a large pillow? No thanks. 


So obviously, I decided pretty quickly to make my own.
My must-haves: a durable fabric, a removable cover, and {since my pups sleep in our bedroom} something cute.



: :  Materials  : : 

 fabric*
 matching zipper
 matching thread
 stuffing


*I have big dogs {understatement}, so I bought a yard of fabric for each bed and just folded it in half for the two sides.

Basically, I made a giant pillow cover. Here's how:


Start by cutting your fabric and laying the right sides facing in towards each other. 
{I'm using double sided fabric here, for what its worth}



Center your zipper on one end of the fabric. Stick a pin above the spots where your zipper starts and ends. 





Now toss your zipper aside and sew that side of the pillow. When you get to the first pin {signalling where your zipper will go} change your stitching to a wider setting. Then when you come to the second pin {where your zipper will end}, change your stitch setting back to normal.

See the difference in the stitches here:






Now, iron your seam open.






And pin your zipper in place {face down}. 






Next, sew down each side of the zipper. 






Flip it over and use a seam ripper to pull out the looser stitches that are in front of your zipper opening.
And try out your zipper. 





Now sew the other three sides.  
Boom. Pillow cover done.

I love that I can remove this cover and toss it into the washing machine when it gets funky. I also made this out of cotton duck fabric. It's a little more expensive than your regular cotton, but it's thicker and holds up much better. 





I stuffed my dog beds with a section of old comforter.
You could also use a thick batting, or even traditional stuffing. Since I wanted to be able to easily remove the cover, I didn't think loose stuffing would work as well.

The batting inside this comforter is about an inch thick.  I cut off a section and folded it four times over before stuffing it inside my cover.


{I know it looks pretty clean here, but this thing is blaaaah} 






I think these puppies approve.



{Denver & Delilah}




All together these beds cost me about $8 each.
My only purchases were the duck fabric {on sale at Hobby Lobby} and a zipper for each bed.
Much better than $80 at the pet store!

Friday, April 12, 2013

one year stats

I realize that I'm a little behind with this post, since Jake has been a year old for three weeks now. 
But you guys seem like a forgiving bunch. 




: :  Stats  : :
{from his 12 month check up}

Height: 30 inches {60th percentile}
Weight: 21 pounds {30th percentile}
Head Size: 47 centimeters {60th percentile}

Jake is a lean mean machine. He's super long-waisted but has short legs. Which means we're in 12-18 month onesies, but still in 6-12 month pants. Bless.




: :  What he's up to  : :
Walking! - Jake started walking at 10 months. Now he's seriously cruising. He loves to run around all over the house and the back yard and explore. Truthfully, this kid has two speeds: asleep and exploring. He's is constantly on the go!


Talking! - He's gotten "mama" and "dada" down pretty well. "Mama" is usually reserved for times that he's tired and wants something, even just to be cuddled. I'm okay with that. "Dada" is the fun word that he yells out all the time to J.B. to get his attention. I'm a little jealous of that... He also loves to fake sneeze and say the word "hot". Not idea where either of those came from but they are pretty hilarious.

Playing! - One of Jake's favorite games is Hide and Seek, which basically consists of you stepping somewhere out of sight and him chasing you down. We go around and around the hallways in our house. He always bursts out laughing when he finds you. It might be the cutest thing ever.

His latest obsession is a 50 cent maraca from Target. I grabbed a two pack from the $1 section thinking "why not" and woah... a musician was born. He loves loves loves his maracas. He carries one around with him 90% of the time, just shaking it while he does other things.  Oddly, he was never into rattles, so maybe I just have a blossoming percussion fellow.

He's also using the big bath tub now, which is guaranteed fun every night. He loves slipping and sliding all around the tub and spraying water everywhere.  J.B. and I keep lots of towels handy because Jake really enjoys getting water out of the tub...





: :  Mom Problems  : :

Eating -  We're working on getting him off of any pureed foods. Which has been a little tricky but is manageable. My biggest issue right now is trying to get protein into him since he dislikes meats. Recipe suggestions are welcome!

Sippy Cups -  This kid loathes drinking from a sippy cups. Loathes. I've been trying for months, with a ton of different kinds. All to no avail. Suggestions welcome here too.






: :  Best Moments  : :

Kisses! -  He's learned to give his momma, and only his momma, open mouth kisses. My heart melts a little every time he does it.





Tuesday, April 9, 2013

chocolate peanut butter pie {recipe}



 

I know I say this every time but, seriously, this recipe is so simple. 
Clearly I only can cook things that require a tiny amount of time and patience. And basically no cooking skills. Oh well.


::  Ingredients  ::


 - 8 oz of cream cheese
 - 1/2 cup of peanut butter
 - 1 cup of milk
 - 1 pkg of Jello vanilla flavored instant pudding {3.4 oz box}
 - 2 1/2 cups of Cool Whip {one tub -ish}
 - 3 oz of semi-sweet baking chocolate
 - Oreo pie crust



Start by softening your cream cheese and mixing it with the peanut butter. 
And yes, this type of hardcore stirring is sure to give you Michelle Obama arms.
Now add in the milk, pudding mix, and 1 cup of Cool Whip. Mix again.





Spoon this into your pie crust and set aside.





Grab the baking chocolate and begin melting in the microwave. As it softens, add in the remaining Cool Whip until smooth and well blended. 






Allow the chocolate mixture to cool, then pour it over the peanut butter layer. 





Refrigerate for four hours. Then enjoy!
 

 


J.B. is pretty obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate. We might occasionally run out of milk or bread around here, but we definitely don't run out of the Target's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream.
Needless to say, he loves this pie.