Friday, May 28, 2010

Jedi Robe

My son loves those hooded bath towels.  And he loves Star Wars. 
So I made him a 'Jedi Robe'.... and he LOVES that too!

(I apologize for the sideways picture, Blogger and I are not getting along today)
I found pictures of an Imperial Walker, the Death Star and R2D2 (at my son's request)... 
cut them out of a cheap white fleece blanket from IKEA that was being ignored in my home and sewed them on the towel.
The hood is a hand towel - cut in half and then sewn on.

Here is my son trying his best to ignore the camera.
He really does love his Jedi Robe.  He wears it even when it's not bath time.

I wonder what type of robe I'll make next... fire fighter?  dinosaur?  pirate?  astronaut?  
The possibilities are endless.  Give it a try.  Your kids will LOVE it!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

High Chair Straps

 My mom has this darling high chair.  But it has no straps.  
When ever we go over there, we've just used a belt to keep the kiddos strapped in.
The problem with that is they slide out the bottom.
So I found a solution...

 I measured the high chair and cut out the material to fit over the top.
Then I sewed two really long strips of material that would come from behind the chair, go under my baby's bum, up between his legs and tie in the back.  
(Did that make sense?  I can draw a diagram if anyone is interested.)

It works perfect!  When it's dirty, throw it in the wash.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Dumpster Diggin'

A few weeks ago I pulled into our parking area and saw something on top of the trash, I walked closer and saw this beauty... isn't she lovely? OK well I knew she COULD be lovely. When my hubby got home from work I asked him to go grab it for me. He wasn't fond of the idea but he did it anyway (THANKS JAY!) It wasn't like he had to go digging for it- the trash was full and it was sitting on top. It needed a good cleaning and a little sanding and a fresh coat of paint and she would be beautiful.

I turned her into a plant stand for my porch. I don't have anymore room in my small apartment for more furniture. The drawers were a little crooked and it's a little wobbly, and I didn't feel like fixing it up perfectly. This will do just fine! The drawers now hold my gardening items and a few outside toys for my daughter- PERFECTION! And only cost me $3.00 for a can of spray paint (Krylon, Celery).

Friday, May 7, 2010


I have a super crafty friend, Carolyn.  She made all of these bags/purses out of old jeans.

Aren't they darling?!  LOVE them!

They inspired me to create something out of my old denim...

So I started cutting.  (I"m not big on patterns... I tried to make a pattern, 
but it wasn't working... so I just started creating)

I decided on a cute pirate lining.  My boys love it!

And now I have a new diaper bag!
I should have taken more pictures... but it's hard to photograph the inside of a bag.
There are pockets on both of the outside panels.  Pockets on the inside.
A zipper pouch in the middle - as a dividing section of the bag.
And I sewed in elastic loops to hold sippy cups or bottles.

It was fun to create something new out of something that would 
usually be thrown out or sent off to the local DI.

Thanks for the inspiration Carolyn! 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Sunshine Award!

We are so honored to receive the Sunshine Award from Oh my heck this is so cute! 
Melinda has such a darling, classy blog.  You've GOT to check it out!

Rules for the Sunshine Award Recipients:

1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
2. Pass the award on to 12 other bloggers.
3. Link the nominees within your post.
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Link back to the person from whom you received this award.

The Crazy Crafty Cousins would like to pass the Sunshine Award on to:
We love her style!  And doesn't this chicken look so tasty?!

There are too many yummy recipes on this site... jump over there and try one out!

How creative is that?!  Love it! 
Ok, so dang cute!  My boys would love these!
Can't wait to try them out! YUM!
Oh my weakness... homemade tortillas.
I'm drooling.
Such fun and easy crafts! 
I'm a sucker for a yummy Chicken Salad recipe... add pasta into the mix, and I'm sold!

 Don't you just LOVE this idea?!  Can't wait to try it out!

 This blog just makes you happy!  
And it makes me want to start planning my next trip to 
The Happiest Place on Earth!

Thanks again for the Sunshine award!
Please jump over and check out these blogs!  You'll be amazed and inspired!
Leave a comment, become a follower... everyone needs a little love!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Just a shout out

This isn't anything crafty, but I'd like to send a shout out to my cousin, Jodi who told me about this product from Trader Joes (you think I would have known about it since my hubby works there, oh well) This stuff is awesome and a better alternative to plain rice as a side dish. And it is still way easy to prepare. My 3 year old asked for seconds the first time I made it.Click--> to read some reviews about this product Harvest Grains Blend has couscous, orzo, baby garbanzo beans and red quinoa

I made it as a side dish to grilled chicken one night- delish! So if you live by a Trader Joe's go and pick up a bag. I know it's less than $3.00 a bag.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Breakfast Casserole in a crock pot

Great for early breakfast when you have guests and want to sleep in a little...

1 doz eggs
1 cup milk
1 bag (32 oz bag) frozen hash brown potatoes
1 lb bacon, cooked crisp - or Ham (other meat will work as well)
3/4 cup chopped sweet onion
1 1/2 cup cheese - shredded (cheddar, jack, or both)
salt and pepper
garlic powder

1. Spray inside of crock pot with nonstick spray.
2. Layer potato, bacon, onion, cheese 1/3 of each 3 times.
3. In a large bowl, beat eggs with milk and seasonings.
4. Pour egg mixture over the ingredients in the crockpot.
5. Cook on low 10 - 12 hours, until eggs are set and thoroughly cooked.

Suggestions:It needed a little extra kick, next time might add some green chilies or salsa)

**Made great Breakfast Burritos the next day!
(sorry no, no pictures - forgot about it until everything was all put away)

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

 (this is the best recipe I've found - I've made a few tweeks that I think made them even better)
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cups white flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oatmeal
2 cups chocolate chips (I use 1 cup semi or milk chips and 1 cup white chips)
1/2 cups cinnamon chips (adds extra kick of flavor)
option - add 1/2 cup walnuts (my personal favorite)

350 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix sugars and butter together. Soften the butter before hand. (You can microwave the butter but it just doesn't work out as well).  Add eggs and vanilla, mix.  Mix in flour, salt and baking soda.  Mix in the oatmeal.  Stir in chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, and optional nuts.
The finished dough won't look like your typical non-oatmeal dough since there's less flour in it.  Bake for 10-15 minutes. - Original recipe states to take the cookies out before they look totally done (usually around 12 min), leave them on the sheet for 3 to 5 minutes then remove to flat surface to cool.