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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Rapunzel Costume

This month I decided to challenge myself and make my niece a Halloween Costume. She loves the movie Tangled and so I decided to make her a Rapunzel Dress.  I used Simplicity 2065- made in size 3- It is a slight bit too long for her and a little bit too big in the bodice. I read several reviews saying the bodice is sized too small and it is way too long but I didn't experience that.

It will be nice for it to fit her in January- I think she is planning on having a Tangled birthday party- so she can wear the dress then too!

This is my first time sewing something so detailed. The pattern was great- not too complicated, and I love the way the dress turned out!

My mother and I made the braid (Instructions for the braid came with the pattern). My mother also made the felt flowers just using felt, hot glue, and beads.

Seeing Marley play in this dress was just too fun!

Thanks to my talented sister Camille of Camille Nolan Photography for taking these photos of Marley!!

Eli wanted to dress up too, so we made him a makeshift Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume.  His real one should be better!

I will be linking up to some of THESE PARTIES!

Hope you all have a Happy Halloween!!!
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday 10- 10 Pins from Last Week!

I redid the design on the blog- what do you think?? I may want to change some things around but I am pretty happy with it!

I finished the Rapunzel Dress I made for my niece on Saturday. She got to try it on Sunday and it fit great! Now we just need to do a photo shoot and I can share it!!

This week I decided to do a random Tuesday 10- Just listing 10 recent pins from Pinterest! Here we go!

1) I would love this as a coffee table and it doesn't look like it would be that hard to DIY- so pretty! Source

2) I really wish I could make furniture. Ana White has some AWESOME patterns. When I was little I used to build chairs and houses for my cats out of 2X4s, so I probably still have some of those skills:)

3) Deer Graphic- my husband is a big hunter and I thought I could do something cool with this graphic from the Graphic Fairy. She has a lot of cool vintage graphics- kind of want to pin some more!

4) Color scheme for the new blog design. Didn't match it exactly but wanted a similar feel- how did I do??

5) I need some more meatless meals! This one looks so delicious- Zucchini, Squash, Tomato and Potato Bake- Yummm!  

6) This is so cute because it is something I say to my husband!

7) I want to quilt- love the fabric choices!

8)Someday when I have a daughter I am going to build her the best dollhouse EVER. This one is cute.

9) Love PurlBee Crafts. So many cute and easy ideas. These would make great gifts.

10) I want a mantle shelf soon. I think I could build one. Enter my cat house building skills again.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!
Hopefully I will have some more crafts for you soon!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

New Food Friday #12- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Last weekend we had a football watch party to go to- Go Cats!!

So I decide to try some bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers- they are my husband's favorite and I thought I would surprise him and make some.  He said that I didn't do them right, but I thought they were delicious!

And the Wildcats won!!! 6-0 baby!!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers:

Here is how to make them:

1 package bacon
30 jalapenos- mine were medium size from my brother's garden
1 package cream cheese
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
6 green onions, chopped
1 tsp garlic powder

Wash jalapenos, trim off stems, cut in half and take seeds out. You probably want to wear gloves while doing this part!

Mix together cream cheese, cheese, green onions and garlic powder. Fill jalapeno with cream cheese mix.

Cut bacon strips in half and wrap around jalapeno- use a toothpick to secure in place.

Place wrapped jalapenos on broiler sheet. Bake at 450 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until bacon is cooked.

My husband says that they taste better when they are cooked on the grill, so that is an option too. But in a pinch oven cooking works too :)


What do you have cooking in your kitchen that is new?

Linking Up with These Parties!!


Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!!
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Caramel Apple Treat- Improv Cooking Challenge

I am sooo excited to be taking part in The Improv Cooking Challenge at Lady Behind the Curtain.

The Improve Cooking Challenge

This month's challenge was Caramel and Apples. We could make up a recipe, or try a new recipe using caramel and apples in the ingredients.

For mine I decided to make a quick, easy treat that I would eat for breakfast or an evening snack. I have fixed this twice and I love it!!

Individual Caramel Apple Treat:
Only four ingredients:
1 Apple- I used Fuji
1/2 cup yogurt
1 Tbsp Caramel sauce

Cut the apple into bite size pieces and place in bowl. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon.  Place in microwave for 3 minutes, or until apples are tender.

Take apples out of microwave and top with yogurt, cinnamon and caramel sauce.  If you don't like plain yogurt you can use vanilla, I am sure it would be good too. I love this snack because it tastes like a treat but it has a good amount of protein in it from the yogurt.

Make sure you check out all of the other entries from the Improv Cooking Challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011


We have a winner for the giveaway of Modern June's "Sewing With Oilcloth" and fabric to make the Market Tote. Thanks again Kelly for letting host this awesome giveaway!

And the Winner is..........

Comment #1: Kellie said...
"What fun fabrics... possibilities are endless!!!"

Congratulations Kellie- I will be contacting you with the giveaway details.

Hope everyone has a great day!!!
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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tuesday 10- Cute Baby Animals

Today I don't have a lot of crafting updates- still just working away on the Rapunzel Costume- who knew a little dress could take so long??

A REMINDER- The Oilcloth Giveaway ends tonight at midnight- check it out!
So today I thought I would brighten your day with some cute baby animal pictures I gathered from Pinterest!

1) Baby Pig- Source

2) Baby Squirrel- Source

3)Baby Fox- Source

4)Baby Polar Bear- Source

5)Baby Lion- Source

6) Baby Wolf- Source

7) Baby Cat- Source

8) Baby Deer- Source

9) Baby Bunny- Source

10)-Baby Tiger- Source

Hope all the cuteness brightened your day!!
Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, October 14, 2011

New Food Friday #11- Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

I love Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps but I recently have been trying to cut back on grains so I decided to make a low carb version of a Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap- so basically make it into a salad!


It was so good and had a lot of really healthy ingredients too!

Here is the basic recipe-
2 cups baby spinach
3 oz. grilled chicken, cut into strips
2 slices cooked bacon, torn into pieces
1/2 avacado, sliced
1/2 tomato, diced
5 olives
2 slices red onion
Ranch dressing.

Place all toppings in a bowl, drizzle with ranch!

This is a little high in fat because of the bacon, avacado, olives and ranch but if you watch your portions on the bacon and ranch the rest of it is healthy fat. This was a salad I really enjoyed and it was super easy to make.

What kind of New Food are you cooking up in your kitchen??

Linking up with some of these parties!

Thanks for stopping by!
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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Oilcloth Lunch Tote

Do you want to win some oilcloth and an oilcloth sewing book?? Enter my giveaway here.

This project has been planned for a long time and I just finished it two weeks ago! For the longest time I was using a lunch box that I had bought in 2006 to take my lunch to work. Nothing special and it worked just fine, but then it broke.

I had seen a few of these cool Oilcloth lunch bags on Pinterest and I decided I wanted to make one for myself. So I didn't buy a new lunch box, just carried my lunch in plastic baggies for the past 3-4 months!! This is a big improvement :)

So I am carrying my lunch in style! I got the basic shape from this Skip to My Lou tutorial, but I added a liner and straps and made it a lot bigger so I can carry my rectangle pyrex.
I also sewed it together differently so that I could make the sides a different color from the front and back.

For the most part I didn't have difficulty sewing the oilcloth- I set my stitch length to 5.0 and sailed through. But then came time to sew the liner in and it bunched a bit- you can see it at the top. Not a craft fail, but definitely not as good as I want it to be. If I do this again I will try and use some of the tricks ModernJune has on her website.

If there is enough interest I can post a tutorial for the lunch tote to show the alterations I made to the original tutorial.

Linking up to some of these great parties!!
Thanks so much for stopping by!!
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