Friday, January 27, 2012

Pinspiration: Remember When Box

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For ages my Mother-in-law has been telling me that I needed to write down things that my son says.  So when I saw a guest post by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar on Tatertots & Jello, I knew I had to pin it for future reference.  And it came in handy this Christmas.  Here is our version.  I painted the background to save time.  I let someone else do the sides.  On the left is the dogs and on the right is my Mother-in-law . . . yes she is wearing an animal print suit and white high heels.  No she would NEVER wear this in real life.

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And here is his Daddy. 

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And here is the self portrait.  No he doesn’t have that much hair.   I’m not sure if my Mother-in-law liked it, but I think it’s a super success. 

Here is the inspiration photo.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


I never realized how much I want coffee in the morning until our coffee pot broke.  I miss it so much that I think I need the above print in my kitchen.  How cute would that look over a coffee station? 

So we spent all week last week without coffee.  I looked around, but couldn’t make a decision.  I even went and browsed the local WM, but left even more confused.  It seems like coffee makers now either come in one of two choices, pot or single serve.  And in the single serve you have the cheap ones that you have to feel with water for EVERY cup and only take the non standard pods to the very expensive  k cups.  Something just seems wrong in spending so much money on a machine that .  . . well that can’t bring me the coffee in the morning.  Or do the dishes.  But I know this style has become very popular.  And the people who have them say they love them.  So is it worth it?  Or do we go back to a cheap pot version? 

When I was in college I bought a Mr.Coffee pot in white for between $5 and $10 and it lasted for about ten years.  When it finally went caput we bought a little higher end $50 Mr.Coffee and it only lasted a couple of years.  The reason I think it crapped out is because  when you filled the water in the my old style pot it had an open section that you just poured the water in.  In my last one it had a grid over it and water would go everywhere.  So I think it must have run down the inside and crapped out the heating element or something. 

So the parts that have me one the fence are these:
1)  If we get a less complicated machine it will be a) cheaper b) less complicated c)if it does crap out then we won’t be out much d) maybe with less complicated parts it will last longer
2)  If we get a fancier single serve machine a) will it be of higher quality so it will last longer b) make those bleary eyed mornings so much easier

So friends I ask you, what would you do?  Do you have a coffee machine that you love?  Is it worth it for fancy coffee?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pinspiration: Gifts for Warm Wishes

This school year I haven’t been able to put as much thought into teachers gifts as I would like.  The main reason is because it jumped from 2 to 5 different teacher gifts!  Kind of hard to do on a budget.  So of course I went to Pinterest.  And then when I found a deal at Kohl’s on gloves from one of the many money saving blogs I follow on my reader I knew it was perfect.  The original idea is from It is What is Is, but the pin only linked backed to items tagged Christmas.  There are tons of great printable there, but I couldn’t find the post of the photo in the pin.  So I decided to make my own printable using Publisher. 

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It’s hard to take a picture of black gloves and white cardstock.

Here are the gloves I started with.  These were really nice chenille gloves marked for just around $2 a pair. 

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For the bags I found these clear gift bags in the party section at WM.  Can’t remember the price but I think they were around $2.  For 20 bags!

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Here is the part that did give me some difficulty.  I have seen a lot of bag toppers, but I’ve never seen any hint to how they are attached without showing staples.  I’ve seen some with staples showing, but I don’t really like that.  If I’ve went through all the trouble of making a printable, I don’t want to have my staples showing.  I discovered that If I stapled the bag first then I could attach the paper with my handy dandy glue runner. 

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One line on the edge of both sides, then sandwich over bag and press.  That is one of my favorite craft tools.

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And here you go. 

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And here is my inspiration.

I’m kind of on the fence about putting up a printable of this, since it wasn’t my idea.  But if there is a lot of interest in something like this, please let me know.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Restaurant Shopping

A while back I decided to try my hand at shopping a a restaurant supply store.  I had heard that there were wonderful deals to be had on ramekins, glasses, and storage pieces.  So I decided to take a trip into the big city.  The first shop we tried was more like a gourmet store.  And the prices reflected that.  I asked if they had the screw on lid for growing sprouts, which they didn’t.  They did have a ton of Himalayan salt though. 

The next place we tried was fully of oddities.  Do you know what this is?


It’s some sort of stove for a wok! 


And I wish I had gotten a better photo of this.  It’s a girmous rice cooker.

I didn’t really come way with any ramekins, glasses, and storage pieces though.  I found some skewers and three pairs of tongs.  Not much for my trip into the big city.  My shopping buddy got some cool storages containers but I was too afraid of BPA.  Have you ever tried shopping at a restaurant supply?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Why Martha Why?

When I saw this post I was shocked!  Apparently “The Martha Stewart Show” is . . .(gulp) canceled.  Production is suppose to end April 2012.  The post says that the show has struggled with low rating since moving to the Hallmark channel.  I must confess I think I’ve only watched a couple of episodes after the move.  It just wasn’t as convenient and the content didn’t seem as good.  And by that I mean that the direction seemed to change.  It use to be more home décor/craft centered.  Now it seems more . . . elitist.  Not sure if that’s the right word.  Maybe, unattainable is better.  When I first picked up Living I loved that I felt like I could do all the stuff in it.  Now, it seems like it’s full of unrealistic mansions and health advice.  So I’ve let my subscription lapse.     
What is almost just a disturbing is that Home Depot is no longer going to carry the Martha Stewart line of paints!  Noooooooo!  So you  may want to run and snatch up all the paint chips that you may want in the future.  Right now they have an agreement to still mix the colors using Glideen paint, but who knows how long that will last. 
Well, there goes my dream to attend a live taping of the show.  Pretty sure I can’t get there before April and I’m sure EVERYBODY is trying to get in for the last episode which the New York Post calls Oprah-esk.  And even bigger, there goes my dream to one day be on the show. . . . (sniff sniff tear).

Friday, January 13, 2012

Pinspiration: Christmas Tree Branch Ornament

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What was crafting like before Pinterst?  Honestly, I’m not sure.  I feel just like I did when I first discovered Martha Stewart Living.  Changed!  Here is the latest pin-tastic craft that I’ve conquered! 

After dragging the tree to the back porch I told my husband tat I needed him to cut off a section of the base.  After about 2 minutes of that he came back in and told me that it was my turn.  So, out I went, grabbed the jig and immediately knew why he didn’t want to do it.  I felt like I was in one of those chairs at the pedi-place that had went crazy.  So I did what any crazed reasonable crafter would do.  I drug it to the edge of the porch and sat on the tree as I continued to cut.  And why did I do that?  1)  There hasn’t been a day where I let something like that stop me and 2)  To show my husband that I can do it.  And I did.  And I’m glad that I didn’t stop, because I love it!  I let it set out for a week because I’m lazy like that and I had packed up everything already because I need to let the pine sap come out.  After trying to whip away the sap and successfully getting it all over myself, I screwed in these 7/8” cup hooks that I found in the hardware section at Target.  The directions said to predrill a hole, but pine is a soft wood so I just screwed them in by bruit force.  Then I took a Elmer’s paint pen and wrote the year.  And viola! 

And here is the inspiration:

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Thursday, January 12, 2012


I’m not sure this is the perfect word for me, but here is what I’m thinking for 2012.

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Climb.  To go upward with gradual or continuous progress.  To rise, to ascend.  To raise oneself especially by grasping or clutching with the hands.  To draw or pull oneself up, over, or to the top of by using hands and feet. 

Sounds like a lot of hard work doesn’t it?  I’m ready!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Out with the old and in with the New

Well hello 2012!  I can’t exactly say it snuck up on me, however I’m still surprised its here.  I can’t say either that 2011 was a bad year, yet I’m glad to see it go.  There are still plenty of things that I would have liked to have gotten done in 2011.  Again this year after Christmas, I started thinking about what my one word resolution might be.  In the past I have chosen Harvest (2011), Keep (2010), and Simplify (2009).  I’ve come up with nothin.  Partly because I’m not sure what I want to get out of 2012. 

Last year I knew what I wanted.  I wanted to reap memories and spend time with family and friends.  And I’ve tried to work hard in cultivating those relationships.  I just don’t think I stored as much as I wanted to. 

So what is it that I want out of 2012?  I still want to remove excess (I think this will be a continuing goal for the rest of my life).  I still want to make meaningful memories.  I want to be a good example.  I want to be the perfect wife for my husband.  I want to be a good mother.  I want to be a good daughter/sister/friend.  I want to work on being health (full disclosure here.  We have purchased p90x, but haven’t yet done it because the diet is confusing.  At least for me.  That is something that I want to work on.  But even if I don’t get the diet figured out I want to start eating better.  For my whole family.  More whole foods, and less eating out.)  I want to be a better steward of our finances.  I want to start reading more.  I saw on another blog were the resolution was to read more, and she set of goal of reading one book a month and shared her list.  I think I read four books last year.  For the WHOLE year.  While I just don’t have the time I would love to be able to learn new things this year.  And I would love to get pictures hung up on the wall.  That’s right people!  I am outing myself.  Though I love to look at HGTV , decorating magazines, and other people’s houses I can’t even hang anything in my own home!  Much less pick out furniture.  And I want to blog more.  I have let this blog get neglected and I hate it.  I feel like I have so many other priorities that I let this go.  Not that that in of itself is a bad thing but really I just let me go.  And I’m learning that when I do that everything else suffers.  All the relationships that I want to be a part of.  All the goals that I have.  If I don’t feel good, than nothing gets done.  I just not sure if there is one word that encompasses all that. 

Some of you have come up with some great words!  Any suggestions?