It’s time to take down the Christmas decor and I feel like it’s too early to put up Valentine’s Day decoration but everything feels so empty with the festive Christmas stuff gone!
What’s a girl to do??
Well, my solution is to grab a cable knit sweater out of the Goodwill pile I started accumulating this week and refashion it into a wreath. Although, I must warn you…. once you start decorating with old sweaters you will become addicted and EVERY cable knit sweater in the Goodwill pile will refashioned somewhere!!
This was SUPER easy to make, I did it in about an hour this morning while my husband and son slept in.
1 Old Sweater
Ornaments (or whatever you want to decorate with)
Needle & Thread
1. Cut sleeves off sweater (save for another project)
2. Cut up center of sweater.
3. Decide how much fabric you need to wrap around your wreath- for this Dollar Store wreath I needed about 4 inches. The nice thing about cable knit is you have a line to guide your cutting! 🙂
4. One piece is not going to be enough to go all around the wreath, I needed 2, bigger wreaths will need more strips of sweater.
5. Place your sweater strip face down.
6. Place fiber fill on top of sweater strip.
7. Place wreath on top of fiber fill.
8. Pin sweater together, wrapped around the wreath.
9. Continue all the way around the wreath.
10. Take your needle and thread and sew the sweater together.
(this is the back of the wreath so it doesn’t have to look good)
11. Make sure you sew together each strip of sweater so it doesn’t come apart.
12. Now decorate your wreath with ornaments or cut outs- just use the glue gun to attach. I found these snowflake ornaments on clearance at Michaels along with the snowflake cutout.
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Have you ever seen something in the produce department that you had no idea what it was? No, these are not bananas…
they are plantains!
Well, this was me when I first discovered plantains. I thought they were some weird type of banana– which is both right and wrong.
Plantains are part of the banana family, they grow on trees, they look like bananas, they peel almost like bananas (much tougher), but DON’T try to eat one like a banana…YUCK-O! See, plantains must be cooked, they can not be eaten raw like bananas, and they taste nothing like bananas (I’m not a big fan of bananas but I LOVE plantains!).
It wasn’t until I met my husband and we went to visit his parents that I discovered plantains. See, my husband is from Puerto Rico and his family eats plantains at just about every meal, so I tried them, was shocked that I liked them so much, and began making them all the time.
There are tons of ways to cook with plantains but this is by far my favorite way! These are so good they could be considered dessert. And they are SUPER easy to make.
Ripe Plantains (These are best made when the skins are turning brown, see above.
Deep pot (to avoid oil splatter or you can use a frying pan or Fry Daddy)
1. Pour oil into pan – about 2 inches deep (enough to completely submerse the plantains).
2. Peel plantains – these are much tougher than a banana so you won’t be able to peel them like bananas – you will have to slice it open down the center with a sharp knife and peel off the skin.
3. Heat oil for a few minutes on medium low heat. It is ready when a drop of water sizzles when dropped in there.
4. Cut plantains at an angle, see picture below:
5. Cautiously place plantains in oil one at a time to avoid splattering oil.
6. Cook for 10-15 minutes
7. Plantains are ready when the outside is golden brown.
8. Use a spatula to remove from oil and place on paper towel covered plate.
9. The paper towel will help absorb any extra oil.
10. Once they are cool enough to to eat you can serve them!
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What mother doesn’t like seeing her child’s name personalizing just about everything?!
I love doing these cute letters as baby gifts because they’re super easy, really cute, very personal, and usually costs less than $10 (depending on the length of the name and whether I get the wood on sale).
This set I made for my best friend who I suspect is in the hospital giving birth as I write this post! Her official due date was yesterday and I haven’t been able to reach her at home or
on her cell- which is not like her at all! 🙂 So hopefully little Arthur is making his debut! Obviously he and Little Man are going to grow up to be the best of friends!
Enough about that and back to my tutorial (I’m just really excited for his arrival!).
Wood Letters: Hobby Lobby about $1 each
Scrapbook Paper: Hobby Lobby .59/ page (I suggest choosing something that matches the nursery…Arthur’s nursery is pirates… Argh Matey!) Paint: to match scrapbook paper .69 Ribbon: (optional for hanging) 1.99 but usually 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby Modge Podge: left from previous project 2 Sponge Brushes: Michaels .20 each
Sandpaper: left from previous project Pencil Scissors Glue Gun
1. Start off by flipping your scrapbook paper so the backside (blank side) is facing up.
2. Flip your letter so the backside is facing up.
3. Now trace your letter onto the scrapbook paper.
Hint: make sure your tilting the pencil in toward the letter so you are right up along the edge.
4. Once you trace the letter redraw the line about 1/5 of an inch further in.
You can measure if you want but I just eyeball it- it will never be perfect so don’t sweat it!
5. Continue with all remaining letters.
6. Now cut out the letters using the inside line. If you have an exacto knife I would suggest using it because it will make the inside parts alot easier to cut.
Hint: When you have multiples of the same letter mark the letter and the wood with a 1, 2, 3, etc so you know which outline goes to which piece- for some reason there is always a little bit of difference in the shapes and sizes. Also, when you have letters like H or S that are the same rightside up and upside down mark the paper and the wood in the bottom right corner so you know how it goes- same thing, they are never symmetrical.
7. Paint the wood pieces. This may take 2 or 3 coats. Make sure you let it dry for about an hour.
8. While allowing your letters to dry find something to do (like play with this happy little guy)
9. Once your letters are dry you can use the Modge Podge to paste the scrapbook paper cutouts onto the wood.
Hint: Line up the paper on the wood first then lift one section at a time to paint Modge Podge under the paper. If you try to move the paper once it’s attached to the wood it can rip or get really bad air bubbles. I also suggest getting your hands a little dirty and flattening the paper as it gets wet from the Modge Podge.
10. Let the Modge Podge dry – about 15 minutes
11. Cut your ribbon to the desired length for hanging.
12. Hot glue the ribbon onto the back of the letters.
Congratulations, your project is done and ready to give!
What else have you made using Modge Podge and scrapbook paper? I’d LOVE to see your creations!
So the last few days every blog I visit has the Silhouette Cameo featured. Let me start this post off saying that the following are my own findings and information… I have not been paid, compensated, or even contacted about the following information.
How would you like a Silhouette Cameo for
(and you get 30′ of vinyl for this price)
I really want one of these, the features are amazing and it’s so versatile. But $300 is a bit out of my price range so I started shopping around….
I stumbled upon Oh My Crafts! and they had the best deal around…
For $269.99 you get:
The Silhouette CAMEO™ with the following important items:
Silhouette electronic cutting tool
Silhouette Studio® software for Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac® OS X 10.5.8 and higher
51 exclusive cuttable designs
Power cable, USB cable
12″ cutting mat
$10 gift card to the Silhouette Online Store
Basic Instruction Guide
Vinyl sample packs includes 10 12×8 sheets of OMC vinyl (you choose 3 colors)
Then, I found on retailmenot.com a coupon code (2012) for an extra 20% off your entire order until 1/12/12! SCORE! So, with the 20% off, and did I mention free shipping?! the total comes to about $231 (depending on your tax rate)! This is the cheapest price I have seen… even better than the Black Friday price!!!
So if you didn’t get one for Christmas and didn’t win one then go order one from Oh My Crafts!, don’t forget the coupon code: 2012.
Like I said earlier, I am not being compensated in any way for this posting, just wanted to share the good deal with others.
Have you ever found yourself in a new parent situation that is just so disgusting that it makes you want to cry? Yet, this is your beautiful, sweet, bundle of joy that has created such a heinous act and all you can do is laugh? Then pair that with the other new parent who reacts so instantaneously that the whole situation turns surreal…..this is that story!
The other night Hubs and I are sitting on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy. I have the Little Man propped up on a pillow next to my lap with a blanket draped across us.
Little Man begins fussing so I pull him close to coddle him and I feel something wet. Babies leak through diapers all the time so I assumed he had peed- I asked Hubs for a diaper. Hubs walks over to the baby basket, grabs a diaper, tosses it over to me then he leaves to go get more wipes.
As I reach for the diaper I realize that a mushy brown substance slings halfway across the room…..yep….when I looked down I realized there was poo all over my hand– oh but that’s not all….. I start to move the blanket I have us wrapped up in and yes, there is more poo…. poo is ALL over the place! I never in my wildest dreams believed that so much **it could come out of such a cute little being….I mean where on earth was he storing it all?! There was poo all over Little Man, oozing up his back– reaching just below the hairline. There was poo all over the pillow, all over the blanket, all over me, spreading down to the couch…it’s never ending!
Now, if you have a newborn baby you know that this stuff will not stay put– with every little move I make I destroy yet another item with the dripping nasty poo….. and the smell was beyond rancid!
As I’m stumbling around the living room trying to avoid spreading this never ending poo Hubs returns with the wipes, sees the horror taking place in the living room. The poo is reaching out like the black plague to him so he turns and runs away! As I’m trying to get up off the couch juggling baby in a poo covered hand and trying not to fall over on the couch with the other poo covered hand (btw- I was still trying to recover from my c-section so getting up alone, much less holding a baby, is quite a feat!). As I’m yelling for him to come take the baby he responds………….
“Stay there, I need to get protection before I’m touching that– It’s gross!”
Me: “Um, yeah, I know it’s gross I’m covered in it!”
so, Hubs returns and this is his solution to the situation…..
Why yes, that would be my 2 week old little boy wrapped up in a grocery bag to protect dear Hubs from the dreaded poo! Hmmmmm…..aren’t you supposed to keep plastic bags away from infants and children?! I guess that rule doesn’t count if you put them in it!