Keeping it Simple

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Minecraft Boy’s Room Décor Idea: Large Wood Minecraft Characters

If you saw my home tour post, then you saw my three boys' room all decked out in Minecraft stuff.  I had so much fun making their Minecraft themed room.  Some of my favorite pieces in there is this large statement piece with these Minecraft characters, including a zombie, Steve and a creeper.  Each face is about 21x21 inches.    These were so easy to make and the best part was that they were very inexpensive.  I just reused some wood that I had for another project I did for my last house. I just used the backside.  And that wood was cheap, only about $2 for all three pieces.

This is how I made them.  I took some ply wood and cut them into 21x21 squares.  As you can tell by the paint, this is the back side of painted wood.  I then drew a grid onto the ply wood using a L square to line it up.  Each line was 1.5 inches apart.  As you can see, I always have "helpers" when I do projects :).
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Once I got all the squares drawn out, I then taped off the hair and painted it black with some grey and white squares.  Then I taped off the eyes and painted those.
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I continued to tape and paint all of the squares.  As you can tell they weren't perfect, but that's fine because altogether it looks good.
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The creeper I did it a little differently, I painted it green and then drew on the grid lines.  Then taped off the face and painted it black.  Then I went back the green and painted it different shades of green all over the place.
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I did the same thing for the zombie.  They were a lot of fun to paint and they look awesome in the boys' room!
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And here they are in their room.  I love that they are a huge statement piece for such a long and big wall!
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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fabric Interfacing on Silhouette: Fabric Curtain Wall Sticker

One of my favorite features about the Silhouette is that it can cut fabric.  It's awesome and I have done so many fun projects with it!  I'm always amazed by how well it cuts the fabric too.  I use this feature all the time to make pillows and to make t-shirts.  It's fun to cut out a cute design and then sew it onto a pillow or shirt.  

Here is a pillow that I made for fall a couple years back.  It still looks great and I still love it!  

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Another way I have my Silhouette cut out fabric is so I can put it onto the wall and kinda make a fabric sticker with it.  When I was decorating my little girl's play kitchen in her closet, I wanted to make a fun little window for it.  You can't have a window without a curtain.  And curtains are so much cuter with fabric, so I made her a fabric curtain wall sticker.
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This is how I did it.  I took a piece of fabric and then I piece of white vinyl.  I cut them the same size.
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Then using Mod Podge, I put a layer of the glue onto the vinyl and then put the fabric onto the vinyl.  I pressed it down hard and then pushed out all the air bubbles. 
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Then I put the fabric onto the Silhouette mat and cut it out.
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Here it is all cut out. I used the regular settings for fabric interfacing, but just made it a little deeper cut.
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I then cut out a window and curtain rod with vinyl.  I just peeled off the backing and stuck it up on the wall.
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It was super easy to make and I love how it turned out!
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And here it is in her play kitchen.  So much fun, huh?  I love it!
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Right now there are some awesome deals going on.  You can get the Silhouette Portrait® with the fabric interfacing and a fabric blade for less than $150!  This is a great idea if you've been wanting a cutting machine but don't want to spend all the money for the CAMEO.  The Portrait can do all the things that the CAMEO can do, it's an awesome little machine!!  Just use code SIMPLE at checkout.  Go here for the bundle deal.  

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 Another deal that they are having is the adhesive cardstock.  You can get it for 40% off when you use the code SIMPLE.  Just go here to save on the cardstock.  

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

11 Great Recipes for the Slow Cooker {MMM #242 Block Party}

Unique Slow Cooker crock pot recipes
It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly I hope you had a lovely weekend..

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It’s me Marissa again and I’m your host this week. It's solidly Fall here and things are getting busy with work. Every Fall I make close to 500 costumes and the orders are starting to fly in. That being said I thought it would be good to collect some Slow Cooker Recipes to make preparing dinner less of a chore. Here are some awesome crock pot recipes that you guys have shared recently!
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Apple Cinnamon Apple Sauce Bundt Cake #FlavorOfFall #CollectiveBias

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Fall is in the air and it is finally cool enough to turn on the oven and bake!  I enjoy baking, especially when it fills my house with a sweet smell, like apple and cinnamon.  Right now it is apple season and I love it!  I love that there are several different kinds of apples in the stores right now and they are inexpensive.  Since I now live in the apple state, I'd better like them :).  I also love to pair apples with cinnamon, they just taste amazing together.  

I love all things with apples.  Apples, apple sauce, apple juice.  I love it all.  So do my kids, they are always asking for it.  I know that you can use both apple sauce and apple juice in baking, so I thought that I would give it a try.  And I was so amazed by how good it tasted in this bundt cake.  I just loved it.  I found a recipe here and then made it my own.  Instead of caramel, I decided to make a super yummy cinnamon cream syrup to go over it.  And then I topped it with some fall M&M's.  The candy apple M&M's went perfectly with it and just gave it the #FlavorOfFall.  
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I got the ingredients at Walmart.  I got the Mott's apple sauce in the canned fruit aisle, the Mott's apple juice with the other juices and the fall M&M's in the Halloween section.  The candy apple flavor is exclusively at Walmart (and they are delicious!).  
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This is what you'll need for the cake:
1 box white or yellow cake mix (Yes I know that the box says lemon. I did not use lemon cake, I used a white cake mix instead). 
1 cup Mott's apple sauce
1 cup Mott's apple Juice
2 large eggs
2 apples, peeled and diced
2 TBSP oil
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla
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1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2) Mix all ingredients except for the eggs and apples in a mixer.  
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3) Add the eggs and apples and mix until smooth.
4) Spray cake pan with cooking spray and coat with flour.  Pour batter into pan evenly.
5) Bake for 60 minutes.

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For the cinnamon cream syrup you will need:
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup evaporated milk
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1) Mix all the ingredients except milk in a saucepan and bring to a boil for 2 minutes.  Stir constantly.
2) Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes and then add milk and stir.  

I let it sit out to cool before putting it onto the cake. 
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Once the cake was done, I let it cool and then I added the cinnamon cream syrup and the candy apple and candy corn M&M's to the top of it.
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And that's it!  Very easy to make and very yummy to eat!
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Going with the apple theme, I used the candy apple M&M's and put them into some fun candy pouches.  
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The cake was a huge hit.  Everyone in the family loved it!  I'm excited to make it again when we have guests over.  
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If you love apples as much as I do, then you should print out this coupon to save money on Mott's apple sauce.  You can also print out a coupon for M&M's.  

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