Monday, December 31, 2012

Top Ten Posts of 2012

As we get ready to ring in 2013, we thought we'd recap the top ten most popular posts from 2012!

1. The Head Wrap Crochet Pattern.
By far our most popular post.  A free tutorial and a great gift project!

headwrap crochet pattern

2. DIY Dishwasher Detergent.
The "recipe" for a quick n' easy homemade detergent.  Works well and so much cheaper than buying the pre made stuff.  (Besides, how cool is it to say you made your own detergent??)

Friday, December 28, 2012

Introducing Our New Etsy Store...and a sneak peek for next week!

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!  We each had a great time with our husbands and kids and are grateful for the Christmas season.  The homemade gifts we made were definitely a hit and we hope that some of you were able to make gifts using our tutorials (like the Lacey Scarf, Last Minute Cowl or Little Girl's Jewelry Holder).  

Do you love the things we've made, but don't have time to make them?  Check out our Etsy store!  We are SO excited about this...we've got scarves, earrings and all sorts of homemade goodies!

Click on the picture above to get to our Etsy shop or go to and type in Domestic Bliss Squared.

There's some gorgeous things on there that are really affordable! Click on the pictures to go directly to the store!

Green Sparkly Lacey Circle Scarf
The Lacey Circle Scarf (Buy it or check out the tutorial here and make your own!).

freshwater pearl and swarovski crystal earrings
Those are real pearls...beautiful!

Next Monday, we'll be counting down the top 10 posts of 2012.

We are so excited about January!  We will be posting more crochet, recipes and thrifty tips.  We've also tackled a new project and will be sharing it with you next week!  

Here's a hint....

balls,beads,branches,Christmas,Christmastime,decor,decorations,holidays,special occasions

Do you have any suggestions for posts?  Let us know...leave a comment or send us an email! 

Have a great weekend!

~Hilary and Jessica
Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Whip-It-Up Wednesday: Indian Food!

Growing up in California, I was blessed to be able to eat lots of different types of ethnic foods.  Now that I'm a mom, I try to introduce my children to as many unique foods as possible (my 4-year-old daughter's eaten squid and her favorite food is sushi!).  So when my husband asked if we could do something different for Christmas dinner, I jumped at the idea.  We brainstormed picking a different country's cuisine and making a full meal of different and new dishes.  Great idea, right?  It took a while to nail down a country's cuisine since we eat gluten-free and it can be tough to find lots of ethnic, wheat-free dishes!

We do eat a lot of Thai food (almost no wheat) and Indian food (very little wheat) when we go out and we've always wanted to make Indian food from scratch.  So we found three incredible recipes and made this gorgeous feast:

gluten-free indian food recipes

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We just wanted to say Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays to everyone who's stopped by our blog!  Posting may be a little spotty this week, but we have a ton of ideas, free tutorials and more crochet coming up in the new year!

We hope you are enjoying the time with your families, friends, pets or whoever you're with this week!

~ Happy Holidays from Domestic Bliss (AKA Hilary and Jessica!)
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quick and Easy Christmas Stocking Tutorial

easy christmas stocking sewing tutorial

Anyone still need a Christmas stocking? We had a new member in our family for Christmas this year (for a pic of my new little Dude see this post), so I needed to whip up a stocking for him since everyone else in our house has a homemade stocking. I didn't want him to suffer the indignity of having a store bought stocking!

It's super easy, too! Here's what you'll need:

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Whip-It-Up Wednesday: (Gluten-Free) Pumpkin Cheesecake

I LOVE cheesecake in all forms and pumpkin cheesecake is towards the top of my list! Here is a simple, yet rich and creamy version of pumpkin cheesecake just in time for Christmas.  I've included two variations, the gluten-free variation and the gluten-y variation with a crust.

pumpkin cheesecake with gluten-free version

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: Christmas Soaps

I've always wanted to make soaps, but lately all my money has been going to jewelry making (stay tuned, we'll be posting soon about that!), so I wondered if you could make molded, pretty soaps from bar soap.  After last week's Pretty Almond Bark, I had some candy molds left over and wanted to use them for another project!  Here's what I came up with...

diy molded christmas soap in candy mold

Monday, December 17, 2012

Lacey Scarf Crochet Pattern

lacey scarf crochet pattern

This scarf is super light and airy, but still warm. You can wear it long or double it up, and because it's so loosely crocheted it's still not too bulky when doubled. I've made two for myself already, as well as various Christmas presents for friends and family. It comes together fairly quickly for a scarf, about 3-4 hours depending on how quickly you get going on it.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Pinterest Friday, Christmas Edition: Cinnamon Dough Ornaments and Gingerbread Houses

In order to make some wonderful Christmas memories this week we decided to do some Christmas crafts with our daughter (our son is not old enough yet to do anything other then goo and squirm and put things in his mouth!).

We tried these two pins:

A Gingerbread house from the Food Network...
Picture of Gingerbread House Recipe

...and these beautiful Cinnamon dough ornaments from Martha Stewart.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Pinterest Friday: No Knead Bread

So this pin totally inspired me! It looked so easy, and we go through bread like it's going out of style in our house, so I figured we would love us some cheap, easy bread. I decided to try it with my daughter because it looked so easy and fun, and as a bonus was also egg free!

Here is the original recipe that inspired me from Alexandra Cooks:

my mother's peasant bread
That looks AMAZING....*drool*

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Spray Bleached Shirt DIY

spray bleach shirt DIY

I've been wanting to try bleach dyed shirts for a while. I love the funky, unique look. I love how each piece comes out patterned differently. And most of all I love that it looks so easy! I've been lusting over several different pins and I decided to try this myself!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Whip-It-Wednesday: Pretty Almond Bark

I LOVE almond bark and make it every year.  Normally, I follow the traditional method of layering dark chocolate, white chocolate and peppermint on a cookie sheet, then pulling it off and breaking it apart.

easy molded pretty almond bark

However, it can look kind of cheesy (like you threw a bunch of shards of candy in a pretty box), so I was thinking of ways to "pretty up" my almond bark.  I had seen people putting almond bark in candy molds on the internet and wanted to use it for Christmas gifts.  So here's the steps:

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: The Gift Closet

This is a the door to a very special room in our house, a room my daughter and husband know they dare not enter...

gift closet ideas

Even though Christmas is right around the corner, I will give you all a peek inside. Are you ready? This time of year it's pretty scary.

Monday, December 10, 2012

18-24 Month Basic Baby Beanie, a Free Crochet Pattern

crochet basic baby beanie pattern 18-24 months

I made this manly little beanie for my son to go in his stocking. It's made with leftover yarn from an identical one I made for my husband. They're going to match! I love it when they match, it always makes me swoon.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Pinterest Friday: Pumpkin French Toast Bake

A few weeks ago I talked about how I was "Pinspired" to try a pumpkin french toast bake like this one from Minimalist Baker:

I tried this the very next day! What can I say? I'm a sucker for french toast and pumpkin! I added pumpkin coffee and it was the holy trinity of breakfasts.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DIY Baby Mittens

DIY baby mittens made from old sweater

I have been searching for baby mittens...not the cute, tiny newborn ones made of flimsy cotton, but beefy, thick warm ones for my 8-month-old's hands.  I've seen some cool tutorials where people make adult mittens out of sweaters and I figured I could make infant ones the same way!

Here's how I made mine:

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Whip it up Wednesday: Apple Nachos!

apple nachos

I have a confession to make, my husband made this dessert. After he finished rubbing my back and playing a Polly Pocket board game with our daughter. I know, I know...he's amazing.

Ok, so this is our favorite easy dessert! They are delicious, quick to make, and (sort of) healthy. Depending on what you put on them, they could be super healthy. This recipe takes about five minutes and is just the perfect amount for my husband and I and our four year old daughter. If you need to feed a larger crowd all you have to do to is slice up more apples.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: "Watercolor" Paints

My daughter wanted to paint a few weeks ago and we literally had no paints in the house.  No fingerpaints, no watercolors and I definitely wasn't going to let my four-year-old near my expensive acrylic paints.  I didn't want to go buy paints since they can be a little pricey (plus the idea of wrangling both kids to go to the store for paints wasn't thrilling either).

I wasn't sure what to use until she pointed to a cabinet and said, "I want to paint with egg food coloring" ("egg" because my husband dyes our scrambled eggs green sometimes in honor of Dr. Seuss).

It sounded like a good idea, but I was reluctant to dirty up a ton of bowls with "paint," so I came up with this:

food color watercolor paints
Monday, December 3, 2012

DIY Sweater Skirt

sweater to skirt refashion

Do you remember the sweater I used to make my faux boot socks? After I had made my boot "socks" I had this left over:

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

And have a winner for our giveaway! According to the random number generator my husband wrote this morning (apparently computer programmers need to do these things themselves) the winner is....

...Comment #23, Jamie T.!

Congrats Jamie! I will contact you today and get your info for shipping out your goodies!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered, we appreciate all your support for our little blog. We will probably be doing more of these giveaways in the future!
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