Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hi-lo dress makeover with mini-tutorial

hi-low dress makeover with mini sewing tutorial

This is week 2's project for Merrick of Merrick's Art's Pinterest Challenge. Hilary's DIY jewelry cleaner was week 1, so this week it was my turn. Since a hi-low hem was on my list and I had a dress waiting to refashion, this dress was born.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Whip-It-Up Wednesday: Speedy Crab Cakes (gluten-free!)

I'm always on the lookout for quick and easy dinners for my kids family.  And when you don't eat gluten, it means you have to be extra creative!

I recently went back to work part-time, so I've been looking for meals that are fast, healthy and I can make in 30 minutes or less!

I love crab cakes and here is a yummy version that you can make in about 30 minutes.  They are baked, which makes them a tiny bit healthier as well.

speedy baked gluten free crab cakes

Monday, February 25, 2013

Girl's hi-low circle skirt tutorial

girl's hi low circle skirt sewing tutorial

 My Girl has been growing like a weed lately! She seems to get taller about every 30 minutes (my husband is over six foot six, so we are not surprised by this at all). So needless to say that at a very grown up four and a half years old, the summer clothes from last year no longer fit her.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

We were featured!

Sumo's Sweet Stuff

Our Ugly Skirt Refashion is featured today by Sumo from Sumo's Sweet Stuff! She does a showcase every Saturday of her favorite posts from her linky party. And we were picked! Yay! Go check it out and share the love!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pinterest Challenge: DIY Jewelry Cleaner

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge

I have seen tons of different jewelry cleaners online.  Some look easy and use things like dish soap and baking soda (easy, safe, clean) and others use things like ammonia (which probably is great, but totally freaks me out psychologically!).  For years I used my toothbrush to clean my ring, but it definitely strips the pretty white gold plating off of my ring, so I'm intrigued by a cleaner that cleans without using any harsh scrubbing tool and is made from natural ingredients.

I looked around and finally decided to try this cleaner from the lovely women at Homemade Mamas (this is a SERIOUSLY awesome site....tons of great ideas and natural cleaners which I love!).

Here's the before, during and after pictures!

(*I did these at night with a not-fancy camera, so the pictures definitely don't completely capture the difference  between the before and after pictures!*)

Before: Not awful.  I try to keep my ring clean and pretty since my favorite man in the world gave it to me, but it still could be much shinier and I'm pretty sure there's diaper cream or mushed up baby food stuck in the prongs.

diy jewelry cleaner

During: Quick and easy to make.  The first time I tried it, I'm not going to lie.  I was concerned there might be a tiny ball of metal after all of that bubbling and soap instead of my ring, but it did come out whole and undamaged.

diy jewelry cleaner
Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble (a little Shakespeare shout-out for my mom)...

After: So much cleaner!  I love it!

diy jewelry cleaner


diy jewelry cleaner

I'm definitely hooked on natural cleaning solutions and I'm looking forward to trying other cleaners.  Next on my list: this homemade tutorial of cleaning a microfiber couch from Homemade Mamas.  After two kids, three pets and guests galore, I need a good cleaner for my microfiber couch!

So excited!

A Pinterest Challenge? Heck yes!

As you all know from all our Pinterest Friday posts, we looooooove Pinterest! It's changed the way we all craft, made it much easier to connect with other bloggers, and single handedly sucked away all of our free time (am I right?).

So of course, when we saw that the lovely Merrick of Merrick's Art is doing a six week Pinterest Challenge with her equally lovely sisters, we said heck yes!

So Hilary and I (Jessica) each picked three Pinterest projects to do over the next six weeks. Without further ado, here are our top six picks:


She's been meaning to spruce up her bathroom floors with DIY peel and stick grout-able tiles:

And she's wanted to learn how to make her own DIY jewelry cleaner:

Last, she wants to make a super cute elmer's glue aged letter for her living room wall:

 I've been wanting to try out making over some '80's or '90's dresses/skirts into hi-low hems: 

I've been dying for a pair of polka dotted jeans, and I've got an old boot cut pair I can make over:

We've been trying to eat healthier again now that we've moved, and this recipe for spicy turkey lettuce wraps fits the menu perfectly:

That it folks! Over the next six weeks, whenever we finish a Pinterest project from the challenge, we'll add the button below so you'll know we've been sticking to our plans. I can't wait to see how all these turn out, and check out what some of the other participants have made!

Sisters Share It All: Pinterest Challenge
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Whip it up Wednesday: Banana S'mores (Gluten Free!)

gluten free banana smores

I am always on the look out for healthier versions of desserts. I love dessert, my Girl looooooves dessert...we eat a lot of them. It's nice to at least feel like I'm giving my child some nutritional value when I make it! 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Spring shopping--thrift store style

Lately I've been dreaming of blue skies, birds chirping and the ability to walk out of my house not wearing boots and heavy coats. And since I got rid of a full 2/3 of my clothes during our move from Washington to Idaho, I have been doing a teensy little bit of spring shopping.
At thrift stores, of course! I'm cheap like that.

So what I've been trying to do is buy more actual colors. It seems like everything in my closet is neutrals right now.

So I got this Target dress for $2.50:

Monday, February 18, 2013

DIY Fabric Wall Art

I have been drooling over fabric headboards forever.  There are some incredible fabric headboard tutorials including my favorite one from Young House Love that I've been eyeing, bookmarked and pinned, but never have the time/energy/materials/fabric/etc.  My other issue has been that we don't have a bed frame for now, so we have nothing to connect a headboard too.

So my interim idea for putting fabric + something above my bed was this:

diy fabric wall art

Friday, February 15, 2013

Healthy Mac 'N Cheese (gluten-free!)

My husband loves macaroni and cheese, but it is not the healthiest of meals. We are always trying to mix it up and make it more interesting and lower calorie (like my buffalo mac 'n cheese).

This last week, we bought our first Bountiful Basket (if you don't know what that is, check out their website!).  It came with a head of cauliflower, which we LOVE.  There's so much you can do with cauliflower, but ultimately, we decided to use it in our mac 'n cheese.  It allowed us to use less cheese, no flour and sneak in some healthiness for our kids!  You can also make more and freeze some!

Here's the quick and easy recipe.

healthy mac and cheese

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ugly skirt refashion

Right after I moved I posted this post about my thrift store scores. One of the things I found to refashion was this skirt:

ugly thrift store skirt refashion
Soooo long and unflattering!

 At first glace, it's ugly right? 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

whip it up Wednesday: kale chips

kale chips

Here in our house we loooooove a good crunchy, salty snack! The problem my hubby and I struggle with is that there are very few healthy crunchy salty snacks. Which is why when my friend Lisa suggested this recipe using just three ingredients (the main one of which is a vegetable, and she swore her own daughter loved) I knew we would have to try it out.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Thrifty Tip Tuesday: DIY One Cent Laundry Detergent

Now that we are a family of four, I've noticed that we blow through laundry detergent like it's going out of style.  This is a huge bummer because laundry detergent is expensive!  I had initially resisted making my own laundry detergent because I had bought into the idea that making homemade would never be as efficient as the store-bought stuff.

I was so wrong.  The detergent is equally as effective.  The only difference I have to make is putting the detergent in the bottom of the washing machine before I put the clothes in (versus pouring it on top of the clothes once they're in the washer).  And once I calculated the cost (it costs a whoppin' one cent per load), I was hooked.

I also love that making it up front is cheap (about $10 for the first batch, then $2-5 for subsequent batches) and lasts for months and months.  I am just finishing up the original batch I made on October 13th!  Wow!

We used to purchase All Free and Clear which was about $.11 a load, so dropping that to a penny a load is great.  Also, because I only have to make it three times a year, I'm not always sending my husband to the store to pick up more laundry detergent.

So here you go!

diy one cent liquid laundry detergent

Monday, February 11, 2013

Men's shirt refashion and a (mostly) thrifted outfit

Several months ago, before The Move to Boise, I purchased this shirt from the thrift store:

Men's thrift store shirt refashion
Also not great with gray PJ pants.

It was $6.99, which is usually a little rich for my blood at a thrift store, but I loved the blue and white gingham, and I loved that it was lined with a light blue and white pinstripe pattern. It had some serious problems though, not the least of which were the sleeves being waaaaaay to long! I fiddled with it and fiddled with it (and packed the unfinished piece and took it with us across state lines) and finally I came us with this:

Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Day Project Roundup

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and I'm feeling crafty and inspired to make some projects this year. Last year at this time, I was very pregnant and pretty much sitting on my couch waiting for my due date; this year I'm feeling crafty and ready to go!

There are some amazing projects and recipes out there, so here's a few from our favorite blogs that I can't wait to try!

From the inspiring blog Skip to My Lou: Easy Chocolate Truffles.  These only have five ingredients and look amazing.  Click on the picture to find out which surprising ingredient she uses (that me and Jessica love!).


Thursday, February 7, 2013

I've Been Working On...More Necklaces!

I already showed you my first few attempts at making necklaces here, but I thought I'd just take a few pictures of my latest creations! I'm loving this craft so much, I'm obsessed with jewelry and making jewelry is so satisfying. I've actually reached a point where I have waaaaaaaay too many necklaces of my own!

My favorite semi-precious stone is coral...I just love the color and natural texture. The bottom necklace has one single real turquoise bead just for a pop of color. I was inspired by some of the gorgeous earrings Hilary made to combine these two colors and I think it is so pretty.

red coral necklace

Both of these bad boys are actually be for sale in our Etsy store here and here. As much as I love them (especially the top one) I just can't justify keeping them! I could already wear a different necklace every day for a month and still have some I haven't worn. It's a problem.

One can only have so much jewelry before it becomes excessive.

red coral necklace

And these weren't even made with any of my giant bead haul from Michael's last weekend! I can't wait to finish unpacking my craft supplies and get back into the groove of making things again.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Whip it up Wednesday: Cheater hummus

easy gluten free cheater hummus

On Sunday our two families got together to celebrate a time-honored all-American tradition: The Superbowl!

Hilary already showed you her crab-stuffed jalapeno poppers, and now I'll show you my addition to our feast, my (cheater) hummus!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thrifty tip Tuesday: Cutting the costs of craft supplies

As anyone who crafts knows, DIY projects are not necessarily cheaper then buying something off the rack or from a store. Craft supplies are EXPENSIVE! Beads are an especially big offender, with a single strand of really nice beads ranging anywhere from $4.99-$16.99! Learning to make my own jewelry has been a pretty pricey hobby to pick up. 

This is why today's Thrifty Tip Tuesday is kind of a no brainer for those of us who craft: Shop the sales! And when you find a good sale, for the love of God stock up!

Keeping this in mind, when I head about the 90% off clearance event going on at Micheal's I had to check it out. My friend Nicole, who makes amazing jewelry, said she always stocks up when she finds beading supplies on sale/clearance and I decided I better do the same! The prices were 90% off of the red clearance sticker price (or sometimes more)!

I got all this for under $20! And all of these are the really nice genuine stone or glass beads. See those gorgeous dark red stone beads? Those were originally $9.99 for EACH STRAND. Yikes! After the 90% off I paid only $0.79 each. Much more affordable!

saving money on jewelry beads

Monday, February 4, 2013

Superbowl Roundup/Crab-Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

So this year was the first in a long time that we were actually able to get our families together for the Superbowl!  The boys were into football, but me and Jessica were excited about the food.

When you don't eat gluten, you have to get creative with party foods.  No deep fried food, no breaded wings, no cookies or cake.  So after putting our heads together, we ended up making several dips, veggie trays, wings (baked and not breaded) and these:

gluten free crab stuffed jalapeno poppers
Yum, yum!  Scroll down for the recipe!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Pinterest Friday: Sharpie Mug Redo!

Remember this?  Last Friday, Jessica posted her Sharpie Mug of Doom project (which is actually my birthday gift!) and how it didn't, *ahem,* work so well.

diy sharpie pen on mug
Yeah, not so great.  Great quote, awesome project, execution...questionable.
So, after researching a little more, Jessica decided to redo the project with a ceramic pen, which is designed to work on already glazed ceramic (mugs, plates, etc.).

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