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Monday, May 18, 2015

Baseball "Fan" Bracelet

Baseball season is in full swing again!  Last season the KC Royals went back to the World Series.  They waited almost 30 for this return.  It was an exciting time to live in Kansas City.  
I thought this was the best idea to show your love for the game and your team!

ITEMS NEEDED FOR THIS PROJECT:

- Leather Baseball:  Ball must be real leather.  Imitation does not work.  I didn't want to cut up anything my husband was attached to.... so I went to my local sporting goods store for a ball.  They range in price.  You don't need anything fancy... the cheapest version will do. 

- Xacto Knife:  Please be careful!
- Scissors






Extra Info:  I used my scissors to straighten up my edges.  I also did a little tugging/pulling/twisiting to straighten my bracelet.  It straightened out more with a little time.  
❤️‍ �� ⚾️ Be Royal KC!

 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Delicious Crepes - Perfect for Mom!

With Mother's Day next week I wanted to share a good recipe with you!  This is really easy but impressive!  Perfect for Breakfast or Brunch. 

My kids absolutely beg me to make these for every special occasion.  Holidays, First Day of School, Breakfast in Bed and definitely when Cousins & Family are visiting. 


Grandma Debbie's Swedish Pancake Recipe:

6 Eggs
2 1/4 Cups Milk
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
3/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Mix above ingredients together.  I use my food processor but you can use a mixer, blender or whisk. This recipe makes approximately 15 crepes.  (8")

Toppings:

Butter
Powdered Sugar
Whipped Cream
Berries:  ( I used strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries )











Monday, April 27, 2015

Fabric Banner DIY

It has been the month of bedroom makeovers! First at my house, next at Mindy's (Cutegirlshairstyles) and then my step-daughter.  It was a ton of work but the results are serious cuteness!
There is one common item in each of the rooms I worked on.  It is something very cute and I decided to share the tutorial with you.  I love these fabric banners.  They are such a cute and colorful accessory for kid/teen bedrooms.  I am thinking I could use this same format for  a table decor at my next party as well!

Items Needed For This Project:

-Fabric/Ribbon: I used 9 different designs of fabric/ribbon.  I cut them 18" long and 2" wide.  The size of your banner will determine how many strips you need.  In Emma's room I used 54 total strips.  The Vintage Blush and CGH bedrooms were about double the size.  
I purchased all supplies at Hobby Lobby for all 3 rooms.  

-String:  I used a black string in the video.  Twine in the other rooms.  
-Misc:  Scissors and ruler.




                                      
(Emma's Room)




Vintage Blush Bedroom (Video Tour)

Cute Girls Hairstyles: Dax & Paisley Room (Video Tour)




Don't forget to share your creations with me on social media using #smcfabricbanner

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Butterfly Crown

For the last couple of years I have seen such adorable flower crowns!  I absolutely love them.  With Spring/Summer festival season upon us I wanted to share a different  "crown" idea with you.  

Supplies Needed For This Project:

-Cord Wire: I found this in the floral supply section at Michaels.  
-Butterflies:  Michaels had a Huge selection of Butterflies in all different colors and sizes.  
-Misc:  Wire cutters, hot glue gun & glue sticks, scissors









I would love to see your Butterfly Crown photos.  Use #smcbutterflycrown on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Faux Druzy Necklace DIY

I've noticed the growing popularity of Druzy jewelry.  I love them but it comes with a price.  So this idea got me excited as a cute alternate.  

Items Needed For This Project:

- Glass Glitter:  I got my glitter at Michaels in the scrapbook section.  (See pic below for brand info) I saw it at Hobby Lobby as well and online.  
-  Pendant:  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.  Michaels had a few to choose from but weren't my favorite.  The best selection outside Hobby Lobby would be Etsy.  
-  Mod Podge:  I used gloss finish. 
- Misc:  Craft brush,  Needle Nose Pliers, Jump Rings, Necklace.  








Monday, March 9, 2015

St Patricks Day DIY 2015

St. Patricks day is around the corner.  I found 3 cute ideas I wanted to share with you!
I've had many requests for Trevor to appear in a video with me and we found something green he wanted to share for the holiday.

Lime Sherbet Floats: Ingredients needed...

- Lime Sherbet
- Sprite


We made ours in Mason Jars and added a cute striped paper straw from Target.  The Shamrock picks are from Michaels.  I can report these are just a addicting and delicious as Trevor says.  


Shamrock Pops:  Supplies Needed...

- Ring Pops:  I bought ring pops that were green.
- Paper or Fun Foam:  You need two colors.  I used gold glitter and green.
- Misc:  Glue Gun, Scissors, Double Stick Tape



Golden Scavenger Hunt:  Supplies Needed...

- Rocks
- Gold Paint:  I used gold spray paint that I had on hand.  You could also use any gold craft paint.
- ModPodge:  or Spray Adhesive
- Gold Glitter
- Misc:  paint brush if using Mod Podge

- For this activity create your own custom scavenger hunt!  Hunt the golden rocks leaving the sparkle rock as the final find!  You can customize this for any age range.  For my teens I thought it would be fun to add a few other prizes to the rocks (incentive).  I found some cute prizes in the dollar spot at Target i.e...lucky charms chapstick, gold chocolate coins, glow sticks, etc.  It's something different and can be done inside if you have bad weather or outside!



For a tutorial on all 3 projects click on the video link below!  Thanks for watching & Happy St. Patrick's Day.




Sunday, March 1, 2015

Instagram Cookies

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a segment for our local Fox TV Morning Show on things you can do with Instagram Photos.  I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  My favorite idea presented that day was Instagram Photo Cookies.  They turned out adorable and were very yummy!
I posted pics (on Instagram) of my cookies and received many requests for a tutorial.  I am really excited to share this fun idea and very good recipes I used.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

3 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 Cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:  In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Using stand mixer & paddle attachment.  Beat butter until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Add sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition, then add vanilla.

Turn the mixer off.  Add the flour and then beat just until combined.  

Remove the dough, shape into a disk about 6 inches wide and wrap securely in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.  

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut in half.  Roll half the dough until it is about 1/2" thick.  Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes and place on a cookie sheet about 2" apart.  Repeat rolling and cutting with remaining pieces of dough.  (Leftover scraps can be re-rolled.)

If your dough gets too soft refrigerate the cut-out cookies for 15 minutes.  (This helps them keep their shape when baking)

Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes until pale golden.  Transfer them to a cooling rack.  Frost & decorate as desired.   

(If you refrigerate the dough over night.  You will need to let stand at room temperature until workable.)




I ordered this cookie cutter set (here)  The range of sizes was perfect for my instagram photos.  

Frosting Recipe: (Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies)

4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
6 tablespoons Heavy Cream

Directions:
Use stand mixer with paddle attachment.  Cream together butter and vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and pinch of salt.  Beat slowly until smooth and creamy.  Add in heavy cream.  Beat at medium-high for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.  

Edible Instagram Photos:

I took my photos (already sized at 4"X4") to my local grocery store bakery.  They have a printer that will scan the photos and print them on sugar paper.  My bakery charged $5 per sheet.  
Tips: 
- Wal-Mart does this but I tried 4 stores and all 4 said their machines were broken.  
-Call your local grocery store bakery and see if they will do it.  
-Store the photos in large Ziplock bag to keep air tight.  If not, the sugar paper will dry out and crumble.