Monday, September 30, 2013

PB&J Bars

Now that Fall is here and the temperatures are more manageable I can get back to what I really enjoy baking. And since I work full time the best day for baking is sunday and that's how sunday sweets came about I try every sunday to make something sweet for my hubby. This week I am tried a new recipe...
I used to think I would re write recipes and have this great neatly organized book but I have found that the best option is page protectors and a binder!

Can't live without my Kitchen Aid mixer

turned out gooey and tasted just like a PB&J definitely a good recipe!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Business Cards

It all is beginning to feel less like a hobby and more like a business ( a very small business ) but none the less my business!!!
 I have two  people to thank for helping me take the leap from just a hobby to a business.
Kelly Paige from MyTALEfaethers check out her etsy shop!! ( Kelly has really inspired me and continues to mentor me as I grow my etsy shop. 
Kristi Arabe one of my best friends she coordinated the design and printing of my business cards!!
I appreciate all the support of my friends who have become my best clients thank you for all the ideas and opportunities to make banners and DIY projects for your special occasions! Thank you!


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Not Just in October

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month...however not just in October are people fighting the fight we are just made more aware. With things like think pink Thursdays wearing pink in honor of those fighting and the memory of those lost. A co worker asked me to create a banner for this month for her office she gave me some great  ideas and this is what I came up with.....

I really enjoyed making these banners (and not just because I love anything pink) they mean something and I hope that when they get displayed they remind people that Cancer not just breast cancer is a terrible disease and no matter how big or small support the FIGHT!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

College Football

Were a few weeks into the college football season and we have already had some crazy upsets...are you ready for game day!?

This banner is  a special request from my friend Lexi (her hubby went to Mizzou) now their house will be game ready!

New Orleans

This last weekend we took a little vacation to New Orleans...a city we LOVE and it was my hubby 35 birthday!!!
Birthday Shots!!!

Saints Game ( and my first NFL game ) AMAZING!

Walking to the game a fellow DIY was selling these handmade saints headbands!!!


It was a quick trip and as always we had a blast New Orleans is an amazing city the people are friendly and the food is incomparable! Can't wait to go back and take in another Saints game


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Football Season

I love football both college and NFL this time of the year is my favorite because every weekend is full of potentially exciting games and plays. In honor of this time of year I created homemade banners to show your team pride below are the first two.

My team so of course the first banner that I created!!!

49ers at the request of my friend Kristi
You can find both these banners in my Etsy shop and if these aren't your teams send me a message I can always create your team if I haven't already!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Ruffle Party Streamers

I found this idea ( and I apologize I don't remember where so I can't give proper credit) but its turns ordinary streamers and makes them adorable! I am hosting a baby shower in Oct so right now everything is pink and white. Supplies needed for this DIY: streamers and sewing machine

Take ends of two streamers set the machine to Baste stitch and begin sewing you can do as little or as much as you want when done sewing its time to begin pulling the loose thread and ruffling

The most time consuming part is pulling the thread and ruffling

However once complete its a great detail to any party or bridal shower

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Burlap Clutch

I love burlap and I have been seeing it everywhere from Hobby Lobby to Joann's and being used on anything from wreaths to candles. I also love the fleur de lis design ( I think growing up with French teachers as parents might have had something to do with that ) so when I found fleur de lis burlap I knew I had to make something. I also love to sew and while on vacation this summer in mammoth I found the perfect clutch to recreate just a simple fold over with a zipper top.

Folded over and ready to carry

I added a pocket under flap for all my chapstick

Zipper Opening

Its approx. 17 inches tall by 10 1/2 inches long
Its perfect for my trip in a few weeks to New Orleans..can't wait to take it to the Saints game.

Monday, September 9, 2013

My Craft Room

Everyone always ask about where I create my projects, or how do I have space to make banners. So I thought I would give you a peek into my craft room. Usually its quite messy and that's because I have multiple projects going usually at once but these are a few photos of my craft room neatly organized.

I have a nice big window to let in natural light

I love this desk setup from ikea it allows me great storage
and a great work station for my silhouette. I even have a super cute chevron dog bed for gizmo   
(our adorable shih tzu although he never lays in it)

Homemade Cookies

My hubby is super picky about cookies (ok not just cookies) so when he found a recipe he wanted me to try naturally I agreed. I don't remember the edition but its from Rachel Ray's Magazine ( which is awesome)


1/2 Cup Nuts ( I used pecans but you can choose any nut)
1/2 Cup sugar ( I used baking sugar its a little finer but regular sugar works too)
2 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Salt
1 Cup Butter ( softened
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
21/2 Cups Flour
1 tsp baking soda


Heat oven to 350F
Line Cookie Sheets with Parchment Paper
Mix flour baking soda, salt and cinnamon set aside
Beat butter & sugars until Fluffy add eggs vanilla and flour mixture to the bowl
Mix well
Stir in Chocolate Chips and Nuts
Bake 10 to 12 min or until light brown

All mixed and ready for the baking sheet

 Hubby likes smaller cookies these are nibbler size

Fresh out of the oven! YUM

Friday, September 6, 2013

Willy Wonka Party

I love birthday's and not just my own although I do think that I get the entire month not just the one day. Anyway we make a big deal of birthday's at work its actually really fun we try and come up with  a fun theme and run with it. This month it was my friend Yvonne birthday and she loves willy wonka which is actually a really fun theme...

Homemade Pumpkin Muffins (my friend Lexi's specialty) and W shaped sugar cookies with NERDS instead of sprinkles.

Wonka and Candy Shaped Birthday Banner

Close up of the Candy Shapes and the Wonka

Candy Bar Willy Wonka theme woudn't be complete without Candy

It all came together perfect! Happy Birthday Yvonne!!!

Canvas Art

I have been seeing a lot of Canvas Art all over Pinterest and online mostly picture transfers but I came across the idea for a thumbtack design and I liked the edginess of the I bought a canvas 8x8 and some thumbtacks ( I originally bought 200 I mean how many could you really use turns out it was more like 300) and then chose a design.

This was the design used at our wedding so it has a lot of sentimental value to me. Luckily I have silhouette cameo (which I will talk about often because I LOVE and can't live without it) so I didn't have to trace the design I just cut the size I needed.

Turned out perfect! Not going to lie its kinda hard on the hands/fingers putting those thumbtacks into the canvas. However the end result is awesome pictures just really don't do it justice.
You can find this item for sale in my etsy shop as is or I can customize it.