Flower Embellished Flip Flops

In Az we where flip flops year round so when they go on clearance at Target for $1.98 it’s so exciting! Since I’m in my mom uniform of yoga pants and tank top most of the time, cute flips help a little 🙂

I made some satin flowers to embellish mine and they are so easy and cute.

To make these kind of flowers I burn circles to make the petals. You line them up in a circle and stitch together (pic 2). I do a second larger row for the bottom and sew together.

Then just embellish with a bead or brad in the middle. I use E6000 glue to secure the flowers to straps

I used the same technique on a larger scale for a flower on my shirt. Such a great way to rock whatcha got already in your closet, don’t you think?!

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xoxo

Lina
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Stamped Washer Name Tag & Necklace

Are you a fan of hand stamped metal jewelry like me? I recently came across a fantastic washer necklace tutorial on Not So Idle Hands, Crafts from the Crafty and thought how cute would a washer name tag be for lunches and backpacks?

I ended up this name tag for my cute chalkboard lunch box.


These are super inexpensive, simple,and cute to make. I started with a stamping set from a tool store called Harbor Freight for around $8.00 (I just saw a set at my Hobby Lobby for $10.00 also).

I used both 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch washers and and a hammer to stamp in a name and room number. This takes a few times to practice and I did go through a few washers but its worth it. I think the key is heavy, short, controlled taps. It doesn’t have to be perfect.


Clearly someone needs a mani! ugh…Anyway..Once you stamp, fill in the letter or number with black sharpie and use a baby wipe or magic eraser to wipe off the top and there you go. Stack them and tie with a chain, ribbon, or whatever you’d like.

It helps if you have a cute assistant 🙂

Here is a washer necklace I made for my pumpkin girl. A simple bead and ribbon makes the washers look so stylish…for less than a couple dollars 🙂 It reads, you are kind, smart, and important…Quick what’s that from? 🙂

Yeah…so fancy and frugal…LOVE these!

Would any of you talented stamped jewlery ladies like to share with me where you purchase your metal disks and other stamped jewlery supplies? I am trying to make some necklaces on the cheap….as always 🙂

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend.
xo

Lina


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Strawberry Ice Box Cake

At this point we are completely melting in AZ, and wishing for fall to arrive. School is in session and the kids can’t play outside longer than 10 min! In fact my 3 year old informed her teacher, “It’s too hot. I’m not going out there.” Ha ha…. The swimming pools are like bath water by now, so the only thing that cheers us right up is ice cream 🙂 When I saw this cake last week in my August 2011 Woman’s Day magazine I had to try!! Here’s how you make it.

Strawberry Ice Box Cake
from Woman’s Day
Recipe Ingredients
1 lb strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4-oz envelope unflavored gelatin (from a 1-oz box)
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
27 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Famous Chocolate Wafers)

(TIP-These cookies took me 4 different stores to find. Apparently they are seasonal at the normal stores like Safeway and Fry’s. I finally found them at A.J’s Fine Foods, a high end food chain. Look by the ice cream toppings because sometimes they are there.)

Recipe Preparation
Line the bottom of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-in. loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. In a food processor, pulse the strawberries, sugar and vanilla until smooth.


Transfer 1/4 cup of the strawberry mixture to a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let stand for 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves, about 2 minutes. Transfer the gelatin mixture to the food processor and pulse to combine.


Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream and yogurt in a large bowl until stiff peaks form.

Fold the strawberry mixture into the yogurt-cream mixture until fully incorporated.

Arrange 3 cookies, spacing them evenly, on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place 3 cookies standing up against each long side of the pan. Click here to see a video of how to assemble the cookies if you want.

Spoon the strawberry mixture on top.

Using 2 cookies on opposite long sides of the pan as your guide, place 6 cookies standing up in the mixture between them, creating a row of 8 cookies. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. (You should have 3 total rows of 8 cookies each.)

Cover and freeze for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to serve, invert the cake onto a cutting board and remove pan and parchment.

Cut crosswise into slices.

This was my first ice box cake of any kind and it was FANTASTIC! Not only does it look super cool with the lines in the middle, it’s really creamy and not too sweet. My little fam was pretty impressed with it! 🙂

Wouldn’t be a perfect Labor Day treat?!

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Lina

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Ring Bearer Pillow, Flower Girl Baskets, Personalized Crate (Vintage Wedding Series)


Here’s my 3rd post in my vintage wedding series dedicated to my little brother’s wedding I am working on. You can catch up here, and here if you’d like.

I picked up a box of wood to make a crate for $1.99 recently at Goodwill. It was a kit for Pampered Chef associates. We put it together and I painted the couples last name using stencils, a sharpie and black paint.

I love how this turned out and will be on the hunt for an old crate to make one for myself!

I’m sure we can use this on the buffet or gift table and they can even used it after the wedding (if they want).
My son (who is now five), will be a ring bearer in my brother’s outdoor Sedona, AZ wedding this October. He was the c-a-utest little ring bearer in our own wedding almost 5 years ago! My brother brought him down the isle…..awwww

I am passing down this very same pillow (originally made by a very good friend) to use in their wedding. I thought adding a cute fabric flower would make it extra special.



I made this flower from this $1.00 fabric scrap from Goodwill. I love its vintage look…





All you do is cut a long piece. Mine was 1 inch wide and about 30 inch long. I used pinking shears to cut. Then make a running stitch starting in the upper right corner. Loosely stitch all the way down and when you gather it together it ruffles up (photo 3).

After you pull the string to make the ruffle shape it into a flower and stitch it through from front to back really well. I embellished with a pearl looking bead. Super easy and inexpensive.

I found both these baskets at Goodwill for just a couple dollars each and spray painted the wood one white. I embellished it with a fabric flower. For the brown basket I just wrapped the handle in cream ribbon. They should work great as flower girl baskets!

My daughter is one of the flower girls and has been practicing!

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Embellished Clip Boards (Teacher Gifts)


Last week I noticed a “wish list” for my daughter’s preschool teachers and clip boards were on it. Here’s a fun way to embellish these I’ve seen around blogland.

I picked up a plain clipboard at Michael’s for $2.99. After I unscrewed the metal, I used Mod Podge to apply scrapbook paper on the wood part. Then applied a coat on top.
I had this color spray paint on hand and sprayed the metal part.

I glued a piece of ribbon across the bottom and tied some matching ribbon and tulle to the metal clip.

I found this clipboard for $1.00 at Goodwill and they had a bin of these stick on monograms for $1.00.

The vintage french sheet music printable is from the Graphics Fairy.

I glued plain black ribbon on this one.

I hope her teachers LOVE them because I do 🙂

How perfect are these for Teacher Apreciation Day or actually for anyone who uses a clipboard?
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Chalkboard Lunch Box

I saw this idea for the first time a couple weeks ago in the Shutterfly booth at Blogher and had to have one. I’m not sure how much theirs is…but mine was a whole dollar.

I found this cute metal lunch box at my Goodwill for $1.00 and used the rest of my Krylon chalkboard spray paint on the inside top.

How perfect to write your child love notes in their lunch! Right?

…..and little reminders too! 🙂



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Lina

P.S. Stay tuned for my metal stamped label tutorial for lunches and backpacks 🙂

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Chalkboard Paint Organizing

Do you feel like as soon as the kids start school you’re bombarded with kid clutter? I’m determined to keep it off the kitchen counter and here is my tiny “command station” I created by the garage door.

The white wood organizer we’ve had awhile from our old house and was currently stored in the garage…It was a 20$ Ross find and is actually pretty heavy and nice.

It’s kinda hard to find inexpensive, attractive organizing tools so my solution was to find some plain 10$ document hangers from Office Max and paint them with my fav Krylon Chalkboard spray paint.

I also found a scrap piece of wood and sprayed that as well. We screwed 3 white hooks ($1.99 each from Hobby Lobby) to the board for some hanging storage.

I had some cute black and white scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge to apply on the sides of the document holders.

I feel so much better with an area for the kids to throw there “Stuff” after school!

The hanging space is the perfect height for them 🙂

Yeah for backpacks and lunches not on the floor!

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Chalkboard Paint Organizing

Do you feel like as soon as the kids start school you’re bombarded with kid clutter? I’m determined to keep it off the kitchen counter and here is my tiny “command station” I created by the garage door.

The white wood organizer we’ve had awhile from our old house and was currently stored in the garage…It was a 20$ Ross find and is actually pretty heavy and nice.

It’s kinda hard to find inexpensive, attractive organizing tools so my solution was to find some plain 10$ document hangers from Office Max and paint them with my fav Krylon Chalkboard spray paint.

I also found a scrap piece of wood and sprayed that as well. We screwed 3 white hooks ($1.99 each from Hobby Lobby) to the board for some hanging storage.

I had some cute black and white scrapbook paper and used Mod Podge to apply on the sides of the document holders.

I feel so much better with an area for the kids to throw there “Stuff” after school!

The hanging space is the perfect height for them 🙂

Yeah for backpacks and lunches not on the floor!

Thanks for stoppin by 🙂

xo

Lina

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"The Help" Inspired Cocktails

I’m sure most have you read the book “The Help”, if not stop what your doing and read it NOW! It’s so great and so was the movie. I’ve only read a hand full of novels since my babies were born and this was on of them.

I was lucky enough to attend a screening while at Blogher 2011 in San Diego last weekend. My friend Laurie from The Momccupation and I had a wonderful time. Here’s us with our paper fans before the movie.

The casting in the movie was perfect! Emma Stone was an excellent “Skeeter”. In fact all the actors did a wonderful job and did the book justice!



After the movie there was a little cocktail and dessert party. They featured yummy drinks inspired by the movie, along with some mini bite sized peach cobbler, and upsidown pinapple cake bites. I thought this would be the cutest theme for a card club or mom’s group get together.

My favorite drink was the “Minny” pictured below….the vanilla syrup made it fantastic.

THE SKEETER

Sweet, strong, and a little spicy

1 oz. tequila

1 oz. triple sec

½ oz. cranberry

Finish w/ jalapeño orange foam

The HILLY

Sour & Chilled, with a sharp twang

1.5 oz. triple sec

½ oz. lemon juice

Fill with dry hard cider

THE CELIA

Sugary, sweet, a true Southern Treat

1 oz. bourbon

½ oz. peach liquor

½ oz. triple sec

½ oz lime juice

½ oz pomegranate juice

THE AIBILENE

Subtle, smooth, and strong

1.5 oz coffee liquor

½ oz. bourbon

¼ oz amaretto

1 oz cream

1 dash coco nib bitters

THE MINNY

Strong, with a kick

1.5 oz vodka

½ oz. triple sec

½ oz lemon juice

½ oz house made Tahitian vanilla syrup

I wish I would have taken more pictures…I guess I was too busy tasting all these lovelies 🙂

xo

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