Keeping it Simple: September 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday

This past weekend I went to a baby shower. As one of my gifts, I usually make up 20 thank you cards that they can send out (I wish I would have made some for me too :D). They both are having boys, so I made some cute boy cards. Both of them are about the same, just one with bugs and one with animals.
I love inking around the edges, it's a free and quick way to really add color!


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

CSN Stores Review

CSN Stores

CSN Stores is one of my favorite stores right now, it is just so awesome!!!! I literally spend hours and hours looking at what they have and they never cease to amaze me what they have. Every time I go to their websites, I found something new that I want to have!!

If you haven't gone to any of their stores, you will be amazed by what they have to offer. There is so much. They have cute little nesting tables, baby furniture, rugs, and so much more.

Here are a few things that I have just fallen in love with!
OSP Designs Merlot 3 - Piece Nesting Tables - ME19
These are awesome, you get tables but they only take up the space of one!

Dalyn Rug Co. Carlisle Circle Chocolate Contemporary Rug - CR60CH
This rug would look amazing in my master bedroom!!!


Lambs & Ivy Flower Power Crib Bedding Collection - FLOWER CRIB BED
Isn't this set so cute?!?

I know that you are now dying to go check out CSN Stores!! So don't hesitate and just go!!

Whatever Wednesday: Paper Pumpkin

I saw this cute idea here and had to make one! Instead of using 6 inch strips, I used 24 1"x12" strips to make mine. I punched a holed in each strip and connected them on with a brad on the top and the bottom. Then I added a paper stem and some raffia. Super easy!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Autumn Blocks

Do you remember this post? Well I finally made my autumn/winter blocks!!

This is how I made them:
1) I took a 2x6 and 2x4 and cut them into various sizes and then painted them white
2) I then cut out scrapbook paper to fit each block
3) I then cut out the letters to spell autumn
4) Using mod podge, I put the paper and letter on each block

Here is the winter on the back of the blocks. I love them!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #37

Hello everyone!!! WOW, what a great week for links. There were so many great ideas, I really enjoyed looking at them!!

Here are a few that caught my eye

Krista from While He was Napping made this fun menu board!!

Suzy from Joy is at Home made this great dishwasher magnet out of an old cd!!

Halloween is on it's way (I can't believe it!!!) so here are a few Halloween ideas

Jen from Mess Hall to Bistro made these spooky balls using twine!!

Sarah from Crafting and Creativity made this great tic tac toe board!!

Lisa from Keefer Style Creations made this adorable bottle cap necklaces!!

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I'm so excited to see what you all have come up with this week. You never cease to amaze me!!

There are two separate parties, one for crafts and one for recipes. I do delete ones that aren't in the right place.







Thursday, September 23, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday

Here is a two page spread. This was one of those times that it didn't look as cute as I thought it would in my head. I just had to finish it, put in it his scrapbook and go back and look at it. Although not my best page, I like it and I'm just glad that it is done :)
I love decorative paper but sometimes I don't have paper that matches enough for my liking, so I make my own. I cut out the letters out of white card stock and then added the stripes for color and then inked the edges to have it stand out. I love doing this because I can choose my color scheme.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Chicken Chow Mein


Just like my crafts, I like to keep my cooking simple and easy. I don't love to cook, so I only like meals that take about 30 minutes from start to finish and are super easy to make. But most of all, they taste really good! Here is one of my favorites growing up, chicken chow mein.

This what you will need:
1 pound of chicken (raw or cooked)
1/2 cup oil
3 cups of water with 3-4 chicken bouillon cubes
1 can bean sprouts (drained)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 can water chestnuts (drained)
1/2 cup diced onions
2 cups diced celery

This is how you make it:
1) Cook chicken in oil, salt and pepper to taste
2) Add water and cubes
3) Add onions and celery, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
4) Add bean sprouts, water chestnuts and soy sauce
5) Heat until done (5-10 minutes)


We like to serve it on chew mein noodles. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tutorial Tuesday: Super Easy and Cute Pumpkin


This week is the beginning of fall! I'm so excited for fall. I love the weather (especially now that I don't live in Wyoming and it doesn't snow) and the changing of the leaves. It's just a fun season. So I actually like to decorate for it.

This is a super cute and easy pumpkin to make. It's so easy that my 5 and 3 year old boys actually made these, with little help.



This is what you'll need, toilet paper, fabric, stick and rafia.

This is how you make it
1) Take your fabric and make a 2 x 2 foot square and place your toilet paper in the middle. The bigger the roll, the fatter the pumpkin

2) Stuff the fabric into the hole of the roll

3) Continue stuffing the fabric all the way around the roll


4) Take a stick and tie some rafia onto the stick and put it into the hole


It's that simple and so cute!!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Motivate Me Monday #36

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You can find some beautiful jewelry there!!


Check out my apron giveaway!

Hello everyone!!! Wow what a week of links. There were some really cute and fun ones!! With this week being the beginning of fall (hooray, I love fall!), I thought that I would feature some cute fall ideas.
Jan from the Simpler Life made this super cute pumpkin topiary!
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Allison from The House of the Hepworths made this pumpkin out of a dryer duct!!
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Kristi from The Speckled Dog made these cute pieces using wooden hoops!

Amanda from The Hand me Down House shows us how to make these fun pumpkins!!

Katie from A Chirp in the Forest made this darling centerpiece!!
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Now it's time to party!!! Remember that there are two parties, one for crafts and the other one for recipes


Saturday, September 18, 2010

1000 Followers Giveaway (closed)

This past day I have hit 1000 followers!!!! I was so excited when I woke up that I decided to do a giveaway to thank you all for following me and reading my blog!! I have really loved doing this blog!!

Do you remember this post, about turning pants into aprons? Well because I'm a crazy person, and always overdo things, I have several in my craft room. So I thought that instead of having them in there, I might as well give some away to you.

So here's what they look like on. I didn't dare take a picture of my big belly under an apron today :)

So two lucky winners will get one of these aprons.

This one is size S-M

This is one is size L-XL
You have two ways to enter: (please let me know what size you would like)

Mandatory:
1) Be or become a follower and then leave a comment telling me you are

extra enty:
2) Grab a new button and put it on your blog and leave a comment

Please leave a separate comment for each entry and please leave your email address so I can get a hold of you if you win!

This giveaway will end on Wednesday, September 22nd at noon. I will announce the winners soon after.


Thanks once again for reading my blog, you guys are the best!!!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scrapbook Thursday

Every time my boys get a new scrapbook, I make a title page with a 8x10 picture and their name. Now that I have three boys, I just do the same design/set up for each of them because it is just too hard to come up with unique ideas every time. I usually change the colors a little bit. In this case, I focused on one color more than the others.This is a great way to use all of that scrap ribbon we all have. Each piece is only about an inch long.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Whatever Wednesday: Carseat Redo

I have several people redo car seats and strollers. I have really wanted to do it, but just didn't. Well I found the most perfect fabric at Walmart (I couldn't believe it) and so I decided redo our little car seat. I encounter a couple of problems but overall I think that it turned out really well!!

So this is the before

And here is the after

So what I did was took the old car seat cover and just put fabric over it. I pinned it down and then sewed the new fabric onto it. The cover is padded, so I didn't want to replace it.


This was actually one of the hardest parts to do.... I wanted something waterproof so I put vinyl over my fabric. I soon learned that the sewing machine doesn't like vinyl and it sticks easily.




For the canopy, I took the old canopy, cut it up and used it for a pattern. The tricky parts were here for sure. I had to sew the green fabric on the bars and trying to figure that out with the machine was interesting.

I love the outcome though, it just looks so clean and new!!

My little boy was just as excited as me, he jumped right in :)


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