Friday, August 31, 2012

Anniversary Chocolate Bar Wrapper Printable

My parents celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary last week! I wanted to give them a really expensive extravagant gift to show them how much we love and admire them, but money is tight these days. So until we become multi millionaires and can buy my parents something they really deserve like a mini vacation, golf club membership or spa getaway, I decided on a "sweet" little treat.

These printable candy wrappers fit a regular size Hershey chocolate bar. You can print both wrappers or just use "Love is Sweet" for any occasion (I think this would be great for Valentine's Day!) Just print them on regular printer paper, cut them out, and tape closed around a Hershey's candy bar.

You can download the "Love is Sweet" printable HERE
You can download the "35 Years of Marriage is Sweeter" printable HERE

If you are interested in a customized version (i.e. 10th, 25th, 30th Anniversary) I would be happy to make you one. E-mail me at for pricing.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Crocheted Fall Wreath

I love fall, I love wreaths, I love to crochet... so naturally I crocheted a fall wreath for our front door :)

Crochet Fall Wreath Pattern

16 inch Foam Wreath
4 colors of yarn
Size H Crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle

Chain 23,
SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way across, chain 1, turn (22 SC)

You will continue to SC rows making...
5 rows with your first color (yellow)
8 rows with your second color (orange)
10 rows with your third color (brown)
3 rows with your 4th color (blue)

Continue this pattern 6 times so in the end you will have 6 sections of each color. Fasten off and weave in all ends.

Sew onto your wreath. Just be sure to line up each color to itself.

Embellish with my Teeny Tiny Crochet Pumpkins. You can find the pattern HERE.

The leaves are a free pattern from Wind Rose Fiber Studio. You can find the pattern HERE.

Crochet a series of rows to make a bow or loop to hang wreath with. Mine was 6 SC wide and about 3 ft long.

Happy Harvest!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Teeny Tiny Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

Fall is just around the corner and it's my favorite season! I am already working on some fall crafts to decorate my home and one of the first things I did was make little crochet pumpkins. This is a simple little pattern that leaves you with a tiny little ridged pumpkins.

Teeny Tiny Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

-Vanna's Choice Yarn
-Size G (4.0mm) Crochet Hook
-Tapestry Needle

SC= Single Crochet
HDC= Half Double Crochet

Working in back loops only...
Chain 11,
Row 1: SC in second chain from hook, SC in next, HDC in next 6, SC in last two, chain 1, turn
Row 2: SC across (10 SC)
Row 3-17:  Repeat rows 1-2. Leave long tail.

Stitch together row 17 to beginning row.

Just like you would begin to make a single crochet decrease, stitch together one end of the pumpkin. Keep looping the tapestry need under two stitches at a time until it closes. Stuff with poly-fil and do the same to the other side. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Pumpkin Stem:
Magic ring, 4 SC in magic ring,
2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6 sc)
Continue to SC around until stem is to the desired length

I added on a leaf and coil as well. I like THIS free leaf pattern.

Pumpkin Coil:
Chain 10 (or more/less for desired length)
2 SC in second chain from hook and the rest of the way down chain.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Crock Pot Blackberry Jam

We spent the past couple weeks picking fresh ripe blackberries from the abundance of blackberry bushes in our neighborhood. I think we filled up at least 5-6 containers like these!

So what was I going to do with all of our blackberries? I knew I had to make jam! Crock Pot jam of course! I found an easy recipe HERE and with a lot of help and mentoring from my friend Heather at Fruitful Delights, I made 3 batches and canned 20 jars!

Here is the recipe and feel free use these recipe cards I made (download the printable recipe cards HERE).

Lightly mash blackberries in a bowl with a potato masher. They should be chunky.

Transfer to crock pot and add in the sugar and lemon juice. 
Cook on low for 2.5 hours, stirring twice. Remove lid and cook on high for 2-3 hours. 
The jam will look thin but it will thicken once it cools. 

My first batch came out too liquidy so I e-mailed Heather from Fruitful Delights and she suggest I add one more cup of sugar and another tablespoon of lemon juice and cook for one more hour. And it came out PERFECT!! Thanks Heather!

I canned my jars which should last about 6 months since this recipe does not have any pectin or preservatives in it. Otherwise you can leave it in your refrigerator for  up to 2 months.

If you aren't a fan of the seeds, you can strain your jam once it has cooked. I did one batch like this using a jelly strainer I found at the Culinary Apple in Lake Chelan, WA. Again, it will thicken once it has completely cooled. 

This jam is not like store bought jam (it is BETTER!). It is homemade and will not have the same consistency as store jams. The pictures above should give you a good idea of what it should look like when spread on toast. I had 3 taste testers who gave it raving reviews! This would also make a great gift. I gave some to our new neighbors! I found these cute new neighbor tags HERE. I think they work well if you have a new family in the neighborhood or you just moved in and want to get to know your neighbors.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Cardboard Box Elevator with Push Buttons

What kid doesn't love to push buttons?! Both of my boys are obsessed with pressing buttons. Whenever we get to ride in an elevator it becomes the highlight of the day. When I saw this simple tutorial for "Pressing the Buttons" over at Toddler Approved, I knew it was something I needed to DIY for my boys. It is such a simple idea: use large goggly eyes for the buttons! When you press into the goggly eye, it indents and then pops back into original form when you let go.

I used 24mm goggle eyes and printed out a page of numbers that I cut out with my 1" punch. These fit perfectly over each eye. You are going to want to print your numbers out on Avery® Full-Sheet Sticker LabelsI tried printing mine on regular paper and then glueing them onto the goggle eyes but this doesn't work, they easily fall off once the "pressing" begins. You could also just use round sticker label and write the numbers on as suggested by Toddler Approved. When you have your numbers attached, hot glue them to a piece of cardboard.

I also made up and down buttons!

Using a large cardboard box, I left one end open to act as the elevator doors and the top flap to show the floor numbers. The arrow is attached on with a brad tack so that you can move it to different floor numbers.

Now let the fun begin!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Rice Cake Owl Snack

Hoo Hoo wants a snack?

I am always inspired and impressed with Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons food creations that I decided to try my hand at a fun snack. And you guys know how much I love owls, so I made Rice Cake Owls with these simple ingredients.

- Rice Cakes
- Peanut Butter or Nutella (or try using alternative nut butters for those with allergies)
- 2 Ritz Crackers
- 2 Yogurt Covered Raisins (or regular raisins would work too)

Spread your peanut butter (nut butter, Nutella, etc) onto the rice cake to look like wings and also on top of the Ritz Crackers. Place the Ritz Crackers on top (they will stick to the top of the "wings"). Add Raisins for eyes and there you have it!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Gender Reveal Party

I had the honor of helping my friend Shannon with her gender reveal party this past weekend! Shannon is pregnant with her 3rd baby, a much welcomed pregnancy after her and her husband had been trying for over a year and a half. They have two wonderful boys and would love to have a another boy, but would be equally happy with a girl as well. They thought it would be fun to host a gender reveal party and find out the sex of the baby among family and friends. I was so excited when Shannon asked me to be the "revealer." I created a set of pink and blue crochet owl hats and diapers that would dress a stuffed animal that Shannon provided.

After her 20 week ultrasound, she delivered the sealed envelope from the doctor with the sonogram photo inside to my house. I dressed the stuffed bear in the appropriate color and wrapped it in a mystery box :) This is a cardboard box I got from Michaels, decorated with question mark cut-outs from my Cricut, and tied closed with pink and blue ribbon.

Shannon is also a crafty woman. She has a knack for discount shopping at places like Goodwill and Craigslist where she finds great deals on old furniture and home decor and refurbishes and up-cycles them. I told her she needs her own craft blog! So I am so excited to show you pictures from her fabulous party.

She went with a pink and blue owl theme, so I knew I had to give her my pink and blue granny squares which I made into bunting that hung over her food table.

You can find the FREE pattern for my Owl Granny Squares on my guest post over at Petals to Picots.

I also made her a set of 24 owl cupcake toppers which ended up being perfect for all the yummy goodies she had. You can download my FREE owl cupcake toppers HERE.

Check out all the other goodies and creative ideas Shannon came up! She is one talented lady.

Pink and Blue Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Her"she"y and Hers"he"y Chocolate Bars

Blue and Pink Lemonade

Voting Chalkboard

The cupcake topper printables also worked well on top of empty spice jars that she filled with jelly beans. Everyone guessed how many beans were in each jar and whoever was the closest, won the jar! 

I made her the voting cards and food tags as well, but unfortunately can't give those printables away since I am pretty sure the images used on them are copyrighted :|

So now the moment you all have been waiting for...The Gender Reveal!!
It's a..........


Here is a video of the reveal!

Congrats Shannon! I am so excited and happy for you and your family! Thank you for letting me be such a special part of your party!

She is here! Baby Greta Marie was born on 12-30-12 at 4:14pm weighing in at 7lbs 1oz and 20 inches long! Her two big brothers are taking wonderful care of her already and the entire family is over the moon in love and so excited to be a family of 5! Congrats Erickson Family! She is absolutely perfect and such a cutie!