"Just Married" bunting banner

Every vintage wedding needs some fabric bunting and here is mine. The best part is no sewing! The thought of that task was a little daunting so I used heat bond tape instead and it turned out great!

The other day I found a bunch of great quality fabric at Goodwill for half off. I scooped all this for less than $8.00…My fav is that yellow toile fabric for $1.00. I decided to use the solid beige fabric for my banner.



All you need for this project is:

· Heat bond tape

· Fabric

· I used pinking shears

· Iron

· Starch

· Twine

· Paint & brush

· Stencils

First I made a triangle template with cardstock. Second I traced a diamond shape using both sides of the template & cut out shape with pinking shears. This is so its double sided. Third, I placed strips of the heat bond in the fold and at the point. Just iron and starch really well. The last thing I did was stencil the letters on with black paint. The bird stencil I made from clip art via Google.



So easy and I think will be a fun statement piece at my brother’s wedding!

Here’s some of my own thrity finds & DIY projects with it!

There’s some of that fabric from Goodwill, my DIY chalkboard plate, thrifty plate stand, & a new sqare stand I found for $3.00. Love it!

It’s gonna go great with this cute-ness! By the way…thanks a whole bunch for all your sweet comments on my little vintage suitcase “Honeymoon fund”. The bride went crazy over this which also made me ecstatic!

Speaking of the bride (my cute future SIL), her aunt is an incredible photographer in Utah. They recently road tripped it to see her and had these gorgeous engagements done. Visit Stephanie McBride Photography to see all the photos.

Seriously… she captured their style and lovliness perfectly!!



This makes me even more excited about their wedding in Sedona, AZ this October. My 3 year old flower girl is super excited saying, “Mommy they’re getting ‘merweed’ and I’m gonna ‘fro’ some ‘frowers’.” Love it and can’t wait for that part!

Xoxo

Lina

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"Just Married" bunting banner


Every vintage wedding needs some fabric bunting and here is mine. The best part is no sewing! The thought of that task was a little daunting so I used heat bond tape instead and it turned out great!

The other day I found a bunch of great quality fabric at Goodwill for half off. I scooped all this for less than $8.00…My fav is that yellow toile fabric for $1.00. I decided to use the solid beige fabric for my banner.


All you need for this project is:

· Heat bond tape

· Fabric

· I used pinking shears

· Iron

· Starch

· Twine

· Paint & brush

· Stencils

First I made a triangle template with cardstock. Second I traced a diamond shape using both sides of the template & cut out shape with pinking shears. This is so its double sided. Third, I placed strips of the heat bond in the fold and at the point. Just iron and starch really well. The last thing I did was stencil the letters on with black paint. The bird stencil I made from clip art via Google.



So easy and I think will be a fun statement piece at my brother’s wedding!

Here’s some of my own thrity finds & DIY projects with it!

There’s some of that fabric from Goodwill, my DIY chalkboard plate, thrifty plate stand, & a new sqare stand I found for $3.00. Love it!

It’s gonna go great with this cute-ness! By the way…thanks a whole bunch for all your sweet comments on my little vintage suitcase “Honeymoon fund”. The bride went crazy over this which also made me ecstatic!



Speaking of the bride (my cute future SIL), her aunt is an incredible photographer in Utah. They recently road tripped it to see her and had these gorgeous engagements done. Visit Stephanie McBride Photography to see all the photos.


Seriously… she captured their style and lovliness perfectly!!




This makes me even more excited about their wedding in Sedona, AZ this October. My 3 year old flower girl is super excited saying, “Mommy they’re getting ‘merweed’ and I’m gonna ‘fro’ some ‘frowers’.” Love it and can’t wait for that part!

Xoxo

Lina

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Dr. Seuss All About Me & Cat & The Hat Snacks (Summer Fun)


This post started last week when I discovered my own “Book about Me” by Dr. Seuss, in our garage, all filled out from 1985. I was around my son’s age when I made mine and knew I definitely wanted to make one with my sweet boy.

Living in the extreme heat, it gets hard to entertain little ones indoors sometimes so this is the perfect summer activity. We had a blast filling his out and it kept him nice and busy one afternoon counting all our forks, mirrors, beds, and other funny stuff around the house! Plus it was great writing practice….He is so proud of it.

And boy you could tell mine was from the 80’s…I said I wanted something called a Charmkin and favorite books were Berenstain Bears! Ha

This hardcover book is well worth the $14.00 from any bookstore, but I did find some free online printables from a great blog The Art of Teaching.

I did these for little Sis so she didn’t get left out. Just click on the link to download. This would be a fantastic play date!!

And now for the best part…SNACKS!

I found these little Cat and the Hats via Pinterest from So Domesticated. They used them for cupcake toppers. All you need are Oreos, red gummy life savers, and white icing.

My kids loved making these! Savoring the last days of summer before my son starts kindergarten and daughter preschool next week…It’s so bittersweet isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by!
Xoxo
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Dr. Suess All About Me & Cat & The Hat Snacks (Summer Fun)


This post started last week when I discovered my own “Book about Me” by Dr. Suess, in our garage, all filled out from 1985. I was around my son’s age when I made mine and knew I definitely wanted to make one with my sweet boy.

Living in the extreme heat, it gets hard to entertain little ones indoors sometimes so this is the perfect summer activity. We had a blast filling his out and it kept him nice and busy one afternoon counting all our forks, mirrors, beds, and other funny stuff around the house! Plus it was great writing practice….He is so proud of it.

And boy you could tell mine was from the 80’s…I said I wanted something called a Charmkin and favorite books were Berenstain Bears! Ha

This hardcover book is well worth the $14.00 from any bookstore, but I did find some free online printables from a great blog The Art of Teaching.

I did these for little Sis so she didn’t get left out. Just click on the link to download. This would be a fantastic play date!!

And now for the best part…SNACKS!

I found these little Cat and the Hats via Pinterest from So Domesticated. They used them for cupcake toppers. All you need are Oreos, red gummy life savers, and white icing.

My kids loved making these! Savoring the last days of summer before my son starts kindergarten and daughter preschool next week…It’s so bittersweet isn’t it?
Thanks for stopping by!
Xoxo
Lina

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Vintage Suitcase "Honeymoon Fund" Wedding Decor



A few months ago I shared with you my little brother is getting married. Here is the happy couple. Aren’t they are the CUTEST!?



With just a couple months until the big day, wedding plans are full speed ahead. I am thrilled to help out with the decorations for their Sedona outdoor event with a combo vintage/farm feel. The colors will be all neutral creams, whites, and beiges since the beautiful colors of Sedona will be the backdrop. In fact I’ve been collecting quite the inspiation board on Pinterest for this wedding. Click here to see it if you’d like.

I found this sweet vintage aqua & cream colored suitcase at Goodwill , a feel weeks ago, for $10 and knew it would be perfect to set on the gift table. The couple is saving their money for a honeymoon this spring and is hoping to get a little boost on their special day.

There was one slight mishap with the suitcase though. My curious 5 yr. old managed to lock the old fashioned 3 combo lock! So it eventually took some power tools to open and we were good to go..It just won’t lock..Oh well!

With the help of the most fabulous blog, The Graphics Fairy, I was able to find gorgeous vintage map printables. I used the program Picnic to type text over the map, and then cut out my triangles for the banner. After that I just hot glued them to my string.

Here is one of my thrifty pedestal picture fames used to display my “honeymoon fund” sign. I used a vintage currency printable also from The Graphics Fairy.



I also printed out some of her vintage post cards…I love love love these!!!

I am so excited to see my little suitcase at the wedding!!

Xoxo

Lina

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A few months ago I shared with you my little brother is getting married. Here is the happy couple. Aren’t they are the CUTEST!?



With just a couple months until the big day, wedding plans are full speed ahead. I am thrilled to help out with the decorations for their Sedona outdoor event with a combo vintage/farm feel. The colors will be all neutral creams, whites, and beiges since the beautiful colors of Sedona will be the backdrop. In fact I’ve been collecting quite the inspiation board on Pinterest for this wedding. Click here to see it if you’d like.

I found this sweet vintage aqua & cream colored suitcase at Goodwill , a feel weeks ago, for $10 and knew it would be perfect to set on the gift table. The couple is saving their money for a honeymoon this spring and is hoping to get a little boost on their special day.

There was one slight mishap with the suitcase though. My curious 5 yr. old managed to lock the old fashioned 3 combo lock! So it eventually took some power tools to open and we were good to go..It just won’t lock..Oh well!

With the help of the most fabulous blog, The Graphics Fairy, I was able to find gorgeous vintage map printables. I used the program Picnic to type text over the map, and then cut out my triangles for the banner. After that I just hot glued them to my string.

Here is one of my thrifty pedestal picture fames used to display my “honeymoon fund” sign. I used a vintage currency printable also from The Graphics Fairy.



I also printed out some of her vintage post cards…I love love love these!!!

I am so excited to see my little suitcase at the wedding!!

Xoxo

Lina

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Jalepeno Cilantro Hummus & Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Recipes

Hummus has been quite popular in our house lately, and I’m thrilled since my picky eaters aren’t into eating veggies unless it’s dipped in something. I feel like this might be healthier than ranch.
I decided to make my own hummus instead of buying it because it goes fast, can be pricey at the store, and to prove to my dear hubby that the giant Cuisinart food processor was not a bad purchase 🙂 Let’s all give him “I told you so!” all at once! Ha.
I was inspired to make the jalapeño cilantro hummus from the one at Costco. It is heaven, and kind of tastes like guacamole…YUM.

Here are the ingredients I used in mine:
Jalapeños Cilantro Hummus
· 2 16oz cans of Garbanzo beans (rinsed)
· 1 Cup chopped Cilantro
· 3 cloves minced garlic
· 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
· 2 tsp Cumin
· 3 diced jalapeños (no seeds)
· 3 Tbs lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste

I minced the garlic first, then added the garbanzo beans and let it go for about 30 sec, while slowly adding the olive oil and lemon.

Throw in the jalapeños, and cilantro, and finally the cumin, salt & pepper.

That was so easy, right?! We like spicy so three jalapeños were great for us, but adjust accordingly.

For the kids I made a non spicy
Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
· 2 cans garbanzo beans
3 cloves minced garlic
· 1/2 C Olive oil
· 1 Tbs Seseme oil
· 1/2 C red onion
· 1 can roasted red peppers (tip: my dollar store carries jars for $1)
· 2 Tbs lemon juice
· 2 tsp Paprika
· Salt & Pepper to taste

Serve with your fav veggies or pita chips like us….Happy Snacking!! Perfect for summer 🙂

Speaking of summer, hope everyone is having a good one! I am trying to keep these kids busy with swim lessons and indoor activities! It’s H-O-T.

My good news this week is that I am attending Blogher 2011 in San Diego in a couple weeks!!!!

I’ll be Wearing Cute Shoes to BlogHer '11!

This will be my first blog conference. Are any of you attending? I only know one person who is going…gotta channel my inner networking self! Ha

I’m very excited to learn more about this industry and be inspired,….oh and to also cool off in SD with some mommy alone time!

xo
Lina

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Goodwill Mirror to Chalkboard

I am helplessly addicted to thrifting and spay paint. Together they make the best team.

Here’s a recent Goodwill bargain at $5.99. The mirror was not great quality, but I liked the unique shape of this frame so I disguarded the mirror and sent my sweet husband to the Depot to get a piece of wood cut to fit. I sanded and primed both pieces.

Then I rolled on two seperate coats of Rustoleum Chalkboard paint onto the wood, and sprayed the frame with my fav color lately Catalina Mist by Krylon. After they were dry we nailed the wood to the frame and I sanded the edges of the frame a little.

Yay, she looks so great in our entryway now!

And my new chalkboard goes well with this

and this

Why am I so obsessed with all shades of this yummy color?

Maybe cause of this?

Probably 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

xo
Lina
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Cannin & Jammin (Fancy Frugal Strawberry Jam)

Over the 4th of July weekend we pretty much hung around the house and relaxed, actually my family mostly relaxed and I was able to complete my very first canning project! (Yay, go me!) What motivated me was that strawberries were on sale for $.77 a pint, and we happened to be out of jam. Don’t you think jam/jelly in the store seems expensive? Sheesh.

Also, I don’t know about you all, but PB&J sandwiches are a fav around here and we go through both jam and peanut butter fast. In fact my little one just plain calls it “lunch”!

The Pioneer Woman’s two posts on Canning for Dummies, I mean “Canning 101” & they are so helpful! I read both posts Part 1, and Part 2 a few times and felt like I pretty much got it! I did buy the cans, lids, and tongs like she suggested as well.

Here is her simple recipe I followed, (well except I ran out of sugar and used a little less..shh)

Simple Strawberry Jam
5 cups hulled mashed strawberries

7 cups sugar4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 49g package powdered fruit pectin
1. Place 8 or 9 8-ounce mason jars in a large hot water bath canner (or pot). Cover with water and bring to a simmer.

2. Simmer center lids in separate saucepan full of water.
3. Place mashed strawberries and lemon juice in a separate pot. Stir in pectin until dissolved. Bring strawberries to a strong boil.
4. Add sugar (measure beforehand so you can add it all at once), then return mixture to a full (violent) boil that can’t be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute 15 seconds.5.
Skim foam off the top.
6. Remove one jar at a time from the simmering water. Pour water back into the pot. Using a wide-mouth funnel, fill each jar with jam, being careful to keep the liquid/fruit ratio consistent. Fill jars so that they have 1/4-inch of space at the top.
7. Run a knife down the side of the jar to get rid of air bubbles.8. Wipe rim of jar with a wet cloth to remove any residue or stickiness.
9. Remove center lid from simmering water and position it on top.
10. Put screw bands on jars, but do not overtighten!
11. Repeat with all jars, then place jars on canning rack and lower into the water.
12. Place lid on canner, then bring water to a full boil. Boil hard for 10 to 12 minutes.
13. Turn off heat and allow jars to remain in hot water for an addition five minutes.
14. Remove jars from water using a jar lifter, and allow them to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.
15. After 24 hours, remove screw bands and check the seal of the jars. Center lids should have no give whatsoever. If any seals are compromised, store those jars in the fridge.
Otherwise, fill your pantry with your newly canned goodness.
Enjoy!
After I followed all of her directions I got this


This jam is way yummy! In fact my 5 year old asked me yesterday. “Mom can I have a sandwich with your homemade jam?” LOL I impressed him I guess.
These look great as they are but let’s make them pretty! First I cut some 6 inch squares from cute fabric. Then I folded them in fourths and rounded one side with my new pinking shears. They don’t have to be perfect at all. Then just fasten with a rubber band or hair bands.

I found these cute free printable labels from Intimate Weddings! Love it.

Now these look so great I will probably save for gifts and make us some freezer jam! 🙂
I saw this the other day and had to share…DIY Uncrustables from The Creative Imperative….Genious! How great to make your own so the’ll be way cheaper and healthier! I need a Pampered Chef sandwich press now!

Here’s what I also did with strawberries that weekend! My patriotic 4th of July Trifle!
UPDATE: Because this image was so popular on Pinterest I talk about how to make this dessert  here, and I also made an on the stick version here!

The stars are just from a Sara Lee pound cake and a cookie cutter…so simple and festive :
Hope you are enjoying summer strawberries like we are!

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Cannin & Jammin (Fancy Frugal Strawberry Jam)

Over the 4th of July weekend we pretty much hung around the house and relaxed, actually my family mostly relaxed and I was able to complete my very first canning project! (Yay, go me!) What motivated me was that strawberries were on sale for $.77 a pint, and we happened to be out of jam. Don’t you think jam/jelly in the store seems expensive? Sheesh.

Also, I don’t know about you all, but PB&J sandwiches are a fav around here and we go through both jam and peanut butter fast. In fact my little one just plain calls it “lunch”!

The Pioneer Woman’s two posts on Canning for Dummies, I mean “Canning 101” & they are so helpful! I read both posts Part 1, and Part 2 a few times and felt like I pretty much got it! I did buy the cans, lids, and tongs like she suggested as well.

Here is her simple recipe I followed, (well except I ran out of sugar and used a little less..shh)

Simple Strawberry Jam

5 cups hulled mashed strawberries


7 cups sugar4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 49g package powdered fruit pectin

1. Place 8 or 9 8-ounce mason jars in a large hot water bath canner (or pot). Cover with water and bring to a simmer.


2. Simmer center lids in separate saucepan full of water.

3. Place mashed strawberries and lemon juice in a separate pot. Stir in pectin until dissolved. Bring strawberries to a strong boil.

4. Add sugar (measure beforehand so you can add it all at once), then return mixture to a full (violent) boil that can’t be stirred down. Boil hard for 1 minute 15 seconds.5.

Skim foam off the top.

6. Remove one jar at a time from the simmering water. Pour water back into the pot. Using a wide-mouth funnel, fill each jar with jam, being careful to keep the liquid/fruit ratio consistent. Fill jars so that they have 1/4-inch of space at the top.

7. Run a knife down the side of the jar to get rid of air bubbles.8. Wipe rim of jar with a wet cloth to remove any residue or stickiness.

9. Remove center lid from simmering water and position it on top.

10. Put screw bands on jars, but do not overtighten!

11. Repeat with all jars, then place jars on canning rack and lower into the water.

12. Place lid on canner, then bring water to a full boil. Boil hard for 10 to 12 minutes.

13. Turn off heat and allow jars to remain in hot water for an addition five minutes.

14. Remove jars from water using a jar lifter, and allow them to sit undisturbed for 24 hours.

15. After 24 hours, remove screw bands and check the seal of the jars. Center lids should have no give whatsoever. If any seals are compromised, store those jars in the fridge.

Otherwise, fill your pantry with your newly canned goodness.

Enjoy!

After I followed all of her directions I got this



This jam is way yummy! In fact my 5 year old asked me yesterday. “Mom can I have a sandwich with your homemade jam?” LOL I impressed him I guess.

These look great as they are but let’s make them pretty! First I cut some 6 inch squares from cute fabric. Then I folded them in fourths and rounded one side with my new pinking shears. They don’t have to be perfect at all. Then just fasten with a rubber band or hair bands.

I found these cute free printable labels from Intimate Weddings! Love it.

Now these look so great I will probably save for gifts and make us some freezer jam! 🙂


I saw this the other day and had to share…DIY Uncrustables from The Creative Imperative….Genious! How great to make your own so the’ll be way cheaper and healthier! I need a Pampered Chef sandwich press now!

Here’s what I also did with strawberries that weekend! My patriotic 4th of July Trifle!

The stars are just from a Sara Lee pound cake and a cookie cutter…so simple and festive :
Hope you are enjoying summer strawberries like we are!

xoxo

Lina

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