Saturday, March 31, 2012

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

Happy spring, crafters and goodie makers! I haven't posted in so long I actually had to text Samantha for the password to log in. Oopsie ...

The sun was out for a little bit today before the wind swept in some nasty clouds and rain. Halfway through my morning of spring cleaning I felt inspired to make something light and cheery. Blame it on the rain (tee hee) the bleach or the lemon scented Lysol. I had all the ingredients so I decided to make some lemon cookies. This is pretty much the ONLY non-chocolate dessert item that I like since I don't normally do fruit without booze and never cared for cinnamon (which is in EVERYTHING). Its easy and delicious and you will love them.

Lemon Poppy Seed Cookies

1 box Lemon cake mix

8oz cream cheese

1/4c butter

1 egg

1/2tsp vanilla

1tsp poppy seeds

zest of 1 lemon

11oz white chocolate chips

Now do this ...

Preheat oven to 375

Get out your mixer, stand or hand (we don't judge) and blend together the cream cheese and butter. Toss in the egg, vanilla, poppy seeds and lemon zest. Stick your nose in the bowl and smell ... yum. Sprinkle in the cake mix a little at a time. Toss in the chips and mix. Bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes or until you see the bottoms turning lightly brown. Cool on a rack.


Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Valentine's Card with a bonus!

I don't know about you but 90% of my friends and family are on a diet. It's the time of year to concentrate on eating better, exercising more...and these holidays are the perfect excuse to get you off your game. I decided I wanted to stay away from any of those yummy sweets with this year's Valentine's cards (for the women in my life anyway) and wanted to partner in some sweet words with something fun to wear. And with that I whipped up a fun Valentine's card with a coordinating hair clip!

Supplies used:
Cardstock (used for the card base, border and inside border)
Scrapbooking paper (I picked mine up in the Target $1 bins
Craft Felt (I used green for the flower stem, and pink red and white for the flowers)
Hot Glue Gun
Glue Stick
Hair pins or broach pins
Machine cutter and/or scissors
Border punch
Foam dots
Exacto knife
Big Shot and die cuts (optional)
Headband (optional)

Start off by folding your cardstock in half, and cutting them down to 5.5" x 5.5": Next you'll need to cut your scrapbooking paper:
Glue your scrapbook paper to your cardstock: Using my Martha Stewart punch, I punched out a border:I glued the border to the bottom front edge of my card:
Using the cinnamon cake font, I printed out a Happy Valentine's Day message and glued it to another cardstock scrap and cut it out (leaving a small border around the text):
Used one of my favorite forms of adhesive, my foam dots:
Glued my new message to the upper left of the card:
Using some of the leftover cardstock scraps, I made a heart-ish flower stem template for my green felt:
Using very little glue, I applied the flower stem to the border: (If you use to much glue it comes right through the felt and creates a giant mess - for me anyway)
I picked up a new die cut for my Big Shot, and was hoping I could use it on this project. I used it to frame my inside message:

Next, it was time to prepare to add the fun hair accessory. Using the exacto knife, cut a slit above the top of your stem.
Here's my favorite part, making the flowers! I found this really fun tutorial from Emily's Little World and haven't stopped making flowers since then. I mean, I could stop at any time I want. I just don't want too! :)

I did cheat a little bit from her tutorial, I used my Big Shot instead of hand cutting out the flowers. But in case you don't have a cutter, there's a template you can use to still make the some fun flowers.

Once you have your flower pieced together (aren't they SO fun?!), hot glue them to a hair pin or broach and attached to your card. If you are using a broach, you'll want to cut 2 slits to weave the pin through. Otherwise, slide the hair pin right down the front - like a paper clip, using that slit you made earlier. One arm of the pin is running down the front and the other is running down the inside of the card. I try to run the close and parallel to the stem so that if possible I can hide it a little behind the stem.
And there you have it.
I love these cards. Made a few for decor on my mantle too!

I have a new love for red {felt} flowers.
These broaches are the perfect extra touch to any outfit, purse, or project.

So of course as I was making these cards, I was wondering how I could incorporate these felt flowers into a fun headband for the holiday...and voila! I love it.

I will be linking up to the following fabulous linky parties, have a wonderful week!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Quick and Easy Weekend Hat

A good friend of mine loves to find projects to keep me busy, but mostly because she ends up getting a fun new accessory for her closet. Not that I mind though, I actually encourage her to let me know what she would like made because it keeps me from crocheting the same patterns over and over...and over. She came to me and asked if I could find a slouchy hat for her to sport on her "bad hair days". And as luck would have it, Danyel Pink of CrazySocks shared a very quick and easy crochet pattern for her Super Slouchy Hat. It's super comfy and whips up in one evening. I've made a couple of these and have found that Vanna's Choice really is the best choice yarn for this project.

But my favorite part of the hat, besides the comfy factor is the design of the back. I love the look of it! Sorry for my over exposed photography, I haven't had the best luck with photographing black yarn.

I did alter the pattern slightly. While using the "K" Hook, I added one extra row of "slouchy" for row 17. Switched to the "J" hook when starting row 18: (2 SC, 9 SC) repeat 6 times. This added a few extra stitches making the band wider for my fat hat - otherwise it kept popping right off my head! :)

From there I followed the pattern as listed.

And now off to work I go!

Thank you so much Danyel of CrazySocks for this awesome pattern, I foresee a lot of these as gifts in my very near future. (Friends and family, try to act surprised).

I hope you're all having a good week!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Valentine's Day Garland

Have you seen this adorable garland tutorial from Betz White on Craftzine? It's so fun and so simple that I'm making my mom, my cousin and myself a strand to add to the Valentine's Day festivities. I substituted the felt balls for .99 1/2" Pom Poms from Michaels. These hearts are so fun! :)

I can't wait to get these up, they instantly make me happy.

Take care, and talk to you soon!

Glade Design The Air House Party!

Have you heard of House Party?

"House Party makes it easy to have a party in your own home and get exclusive access to products for you and your friends. We provide the fun, you provide food and feedback and promise to have an awesome time."

I was ecstatic to find out that I was chosen to be one of the lucky hosts for the Glade Design The Air House Party.

For every party you're chosen as a host, you get to receive a wonderful little package at your front door. Here's what was waiting for me in my party pack...

A Glade tote, spiral notebook, 4 Glade Expressions Fragrances (Pineapple & Mangosteen is my FAVORITE), 2 Oil Diffusers, 15 Home Design booklets, Glade coupons (my mom's favorite), 15 magnetic picture frames and 15 sticky notepads.

Here's my sweet set-up, you could really smell the Pineapple & Mangosteen Oil Diffuser when you walked in the door. Yummy.

I was having too much fun with these on my fridge!

My sister scored big time!

Kim couldn't get enough of the Fuji Apple & Cardamom Spice, perfect scent of winter!

Staci was kicking butt at the "Who Nose" matching game, matching the listed notes to the Glade Expressions scent. She really wanted to score the Cotton & Italian Mandarin scented spray, it reminded me of laundry fresh out of the dryer - so clean smelling.

Mom wasn't too bad at the game either!

The girls and I had such a fun day!

A special thank you to:

I hope you have a great start to your week!