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Thursday, February 20, 2014

tissue tassel garland {tutorial}

I've always loved the look of these tassel garlands. Simple but fun. So as I'm helping a friend with some birthday decorations, I knew I wanted to try my hand at one. 

The awesome part? It takes so few supplies! A single sheet of tissue paper makes four tassels (right!?). 

: : Materials : :

- tissue paper
- hot glue/gun
- string or twine for garland

So to get started, unfold your paper. And remember, be gentle. This paper will rip if you aren't nice to it... 

Fold down once lengthwise.

Then fold across. 

And fold across again.

Now grab your scissors and cut the fraying slits up the bottom. Just make sure you leave at least two inches uncut at the top. 

Once you've got that done, unfold your paper once. And cut it in half. 

When you take each of those sides and unfold them once more, you'll be nearly there. One side will be ready, with two separate sheets. The other will need one last cut down the middle. In the end, you should have four long sheets, frayed at both ends.

Now it's time for the rolling. Grab one cutting and lay it lengthwise in front of you. 
Roll it up.

Then twist that center part (tightly but gently).

You'll want to bend the twisted area in half, doubling the tassels over onto other another and making a little loop at the top. 

Grab some hot glue to hold it. And boom! A sweet little tassel! 

Once you get the flow of this you can knock out a ton of tassels in no time. Then just string them up on your line and enjoy!

I love seeing them in birthday decor, but as cute as these are, my window might even like a simple white set someday, no? 

Friday, February 14, 2014

please be mine

Gah, isn't he the cutest?! 

After making our super adorable valentines for school friends and teachers, we also decided to send out some love notes to our close friends and family. And while I've never really been into the whole mustache phase, I made an exceptions for these adorable mail outs. 

I actually printed these sweet things out at home and used scalloped edge scissors to give them some extra flair.

They were paired with charcoal envelopes, using a silver sharpie for addressing them.

I just love this stuff!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope you enjoy the day with your loved ones!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

jake's little valentines

Jake goes to our church's Mom's Morning Out program one day a week. And this Thursday his little class is exchanging valentines.

Obviously, I was so psyched to craft something up!

Since these kiddos are all about two years old, I wanted to make sure it was age appropriate. 
So I went with the perfect toddler snack - goldfish!

I made a little fishbowl template. 

Then I used cellophane bags and some blue bakers twine to tie them off.

Love them!

I also put together a couple of valentines for his two teachers too. 
Who doesn't like a Starbucks gift card, right?

Now I just have to cross my fingers that he actually gets to go to school on Thursday. We've had snow this week and there seems to be much more to come. Definitely not the norm for Alabama. Everything here shuts down and we all go outside to play in the snow. 
It's a little stressful {to get folks home safely!} and a lot of fun {to spend the day having fun!}.

So I'll leave you with this sweet shot of my peanut.
Happy hump day, friends!

Monday, February 10, 2014

for heart day...

I like to change out a few of my art print pieces from time to time. Holidays and seasons are usually what captures my attention too. And to me, nothing is easier than a printable. I find my design, download it, and then print it out according to my needs!

So today I put together a list of some of my favorite Valentine's Day printables this year. All of these are under $5 {several are free!}.

Shop away!

 I'm still a sucker for some glitter. This print is a $5 instant download from Etsy. 


I always like a floral print. This one is free!


Watercolors and an Emily Griffin quote? Free, so why not!
Lots of color and sizing options on the site too. 


Simple and sweet. And only a $2 instant download at this Etsy shop.


This lovely print is a $5 instant download on Etsy.


Water color heart! $4 on Etsy.


How about one of these silhouette printables? Free!
And this site will immediately customize it for you!


Hope you find something to enjoy!
 More this week on Jake's fabulous Valentines!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

my latest addiction {the plaid barn}

It seems like the "deal of the day" websites are a dime a dozen now right?

Like everyone else, I've had my share of Groupon and LivingSocial. I signed up and got my daily email. Most of the time, it wasn't anything I was interested in. And when I was interested, I probably couldn't afford it or work it into my schedule. So after a few weeks of buying nothing, I unsubscribed. After having Jake, I tried the baby deals sites like Zulily and Baby Steals. But it was more of the same. The emails clogged up my inbox and many of the deals just weren't for me.

But a few weeks ago, I stumbled onto a site that I can't get enough of. Have you heard of it?


The Plaid Barn is a also a daily deal site {they have a lot of other items for sale too, but the daily deal is where its at}. The difference here is that I want every single deal. And since they typically keep their price point pretty low, I can actually afford to get most of them!

I've officially been signed up for two weeks. One deal, every weekday - that's ten deals so far. And I've gotten six of them! Sometimes its craft supplies like cute washi tape or awesome striped straws {love those things}. Other days they have handmade camera bags, jewelry, or personalized address stamps. It's very Etsy ish. With super affordable price and low shipping costs. Yes, I'm in love!

Here's a few of the items that have come up in the last few weeks...

 These awesome personalized state stamps?? $16.99!! 
I've priced these a bajillion times for $40-$50

Super cute chevron cosmetic bags? $4.99, people.

This camera strap?! NEED. Handmade $9.99. 

Straws galore. And the adorable lids? Ordered.

You get it. I'm addicted. And I just wanted to share.

 Maybe you guys are looking for that perfect deal site that fits your taste? 
Give The Plaid Barn a try!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

oreo cheesecake bites {recipe}

Hello there, deliciousness!

Cheesecake has always seemed like one of those intimidating things to make. No clue why. But I love how simple this recipe is. I took a batch to a church party last weekend and miiiiight have hidden a batch in our own freezer too. And then they miiiiight have disappeared entirely too quickly.

FYI, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to make this. The actually cooking is minimal, but as with all cheesecakes, there is a bit of sitting time as you allow it to stand in the fridge. 

: :  Ingredients  : :

 - 1 package of Oreos
 - 1/4 cup of butter, melted
 - 4 packages of cream cheese {8 ounces each}
 - 1 cup of sugar
 - 1 cup of sour cream
 - 1 teaspoon of vanilla
 - 4 eggs
 - 4 ounces of semisweet chocolate {optional}
  - 4 ounces of white chocolate {optional}

First, preheat your oven to 325 degrees. 

Then cover your 9x13 pan in tin foil. 

Crush 2/3 of the Oreos and mix with the melted butter. Apply this to the bottom of the pan as your crust.

Now grab a large bowl and soften your cream cheese. Mix with sugar.

Then add in sour cream and vanilla. Mix again.

Next, add in your eggs, one at a time, mixing it after each egg.

And finally, crush the remaining Oreos and add into the mix. 

Pour the mix over your crust.

Bake for 30-40 minutes. You'll want to make sure the edges are set and just starting to brown and that the middle is almost set. 

Wait until the cheesecake is completely cooled from the oven, then move it into the fridge for two hours. 

Upon removal, removing the cheesecake by grabbing the edges of the tin foil and lifting it out of the pan. I always like to cut the ugly edges off before I slice it up into squares.

And finally, feel free to melt the semisweet and white chocolate to drizzle on top!
I'd recommend letting these set in the fridge for a bit longer.

Personally, I love mine straight out of the freezer!!