Monday, August 29, 2011

Cork & Chalk Board Frame with Marble Push Pins

This is the cutest and simplest gift idea or office decoration idea.
It's a chalk board and a cork board!

Supplies Needed for Frame:
Wide Wood Frame.
I got mine from Michael's for I think less than a dollar if not a tiny bit more than a dollar.

Chalk board paint, Spray adhesive, Chalk, Cork Board Squares and Fabric (not pictured).

First, paint the frame. I forgot to take a picture of it, but you just follow the directions on the bottle. I got the chalk board paint on ebay I think for under $5 including shipping.
Then you trace a square out of the cork board and cut it out with an exacto knife or with scissors, whichever works best for you. Also cut a small square out of the fabric to wrap around the cork board you cut out.

Follow the directions on the spray adhesive and attach the fabric square to the cork board while it's still wet. I don't think I did correctly because it came out a little thick in a couple areas, but it still looked cute once I finished.

The do the same for the back and wrap the fabric around to attach it. I cut the corners and edges of the fabric a little to make it look better.

Then let that dry and put it into the frame. Write something cute on the frame and you're done with this part!

Supplies Needed for Push Pins or Thumb Tacks:
Flattened clear marbles, Thumb tacks, Mod Podge (not pictured) and Scrap paper (not pictured).
I got the marbles at Michael's and the thumb tacks at a store on Etsy.

First cut out small squares out of the scrap paper.
A side note - the marbles I got were kinda irredescent and gold glittery, which actually created a cool effect.

Dot a little drop of Mod Podge on the back of each marble and then stick them down to the side of the paper you want to show through the marbles. Let that dry for about 20-30 mins.

Then cut around the marble to remove the paper that's sticking out. Should look like this when you're done. Sorry, I couldn't get a good picture of me cutting around the marbles.

Then hot glue the thumb tacks to the backs of the marbles and you're done.

These are pretty small frames I got, so they will probably only hold small pictures and post it notes, but I thought it was still a really cute idea. Hope you like it too!

Sunday, August 28, 2011


August's Giveaway

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3 Ruffle Headbands from Funky PolkaDot Giraffe!
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes

Creamy Cheesy Potatoes, otherwise known as Funeral Potatoes.

I've been told 'Funeral Potatoes' is a kind of gruesome name for them, so I changed it.
I guess it's a well known dish for showing up at funeral gatherings.

1 32oz. bag - shredded hashbrowns
2 cans - cream of mushroom soup
2 cups - sour cream
1/2 cup - melted butter
1 sm. pkg - grated cheese or 2-3 cups of grated cheese
2 cups - crushed cornflakes or 4 uncrushed cornflakes
2 tbsps - melted butter

Put hashbrowns into a 9x13" baking dish and mix in grated cheese.

Combine soup, sour cream and 1/2 cup of the melted butter.

Gently blend into potatoes and cheese.

Take 4 cups of cornflakes and put them in a plastic storage bag.

Crush cornflakes in bag.

Add 2 tbsps of butter and mix together.

Sprinkle on top of potatoes mixture.

Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes.

Yummer Nummers! I love this stuff! I can't get enough! Hope you like it too!

Monday, August 22, 2011

No-Sew Car Seat Strap Protector

I found this cool no-sew stuff and wanted to try it out.
For this project all you need is, fabric, an Iron, Batting, Velcro, and either a sewing machine or no-sew iron on adhesive. If I had my sewing machine I would probably like to use that instead of the no sew stuff. It worked just fine, it just took a lot longer to iron on than it would take to sew it together. You are basically making a mini blanket.

First I cut out some scrap fabric into 7 by 7 inch pieces. You might need to measure your straps on your carseat for the exact measurements. You need 2 pieces of fabric for one Strap Protector. Iron the edges, and place a thin piece of scrap batting(you can always use extra fabric if you don't have any batting). Ironed on the edges of the no-sew pieces except for one side which will be covered by Velcro so you don't need to bother with that one side. Iron all fabric together. Use the directions from the no-sew container.

Put the Velcro on and you are just about done.

All you need to do it put it on your car seat and there you have it. Just repeat the same thing for another one. Now my daughter's neck is protected from the straps cutting her neck.
Any questions, let me know. I am happy to help.


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Chocolate Oatmeal Strawberry Filled Crumble

Chocolate Oatmeal Strawberry Filled Crumble

This recipe is quick and easy, but tastes very decadent. The recipe is:
1 Package Chocolate Cake Mix
(you can even use yellow cake if you don't want it chocolate)
2 1/2 cups quick cooking oats
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 cup Strawberry jam (you can use any jam that you like)
1 Tablespoon water
Chocolate Chips for the top
White Chocolate for decorating

First Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9x13 pan. I used a 8x8 pan. In a large bowl, mix together oats, cake mix, and melted margarine so that it makes nice clumps and there is no dry mix left. I had to add some more melted butter.

 Press 1/2 of the oats mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.

 In a separate bowl, mix jam with water, and spread over the crust.

 Sprinkle the remaining oat mixture evenly over the top.
I also added some chocolate chips that I had left over, half way through baking. Then once it was out and cooled I melted some white chocolate and decorated the top.
 Yum, Enjoy.



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