Thursday, July 29, 2010

Last Minute Gift Wrap

I found a solution for a last minute gift wrapping debacle. I like to keep brown paper gift bags (you can get them 2 for a $1 at the dollar store) on hand. They can be easily personalized using ribbon, colored tissue paper (20 colored sheets for $1 at Dollar Tree) and/or scrapbook paper, all of which I always have on hand in multiple colors. I just grab coordinating colors for the occasion whether it be for a baby girl being born, thank you gift, or Grandpa's birthday it is easy to wrap it up quick and cute!

Happy wrapping!

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Nail Polish Glazed Washers

This is a nail polish glazed washer tutorial that I did for Ucreate a few weeks ago, so here is a recap if you missed it.

Nail Polish Washer Accessories

I love the glazed and stamped washers and decided to put a fun new twist on the washer. I "glazed" them using nail polish.

Supplies needed:
  • Washers
  • Nail Polish (color and clear)
  • Nails
  • Cereal Box
  • Accessory supplies: key ring, necklace, charms, clasps
(all the accessory supplies I used were 50% off at Hobby Lobby and cost $2 or less)

1. Poke the a few nails in the cereal box to hold up each washer so the paint can drip if needed.
2. Paint a light coat in the back of the washer so it will be the same color if it flips when you are wearing your necklace/bracelet.
3. Paint the edges of the washer.

4. For the top, really glop it on. There are four different techniques I used.

A. Paint small circles (I did about 10) to get a spirally effect.
B. Drag your brush from the inside to the outside all the way around to make it look like the iris of an eye. Next time I would do this in blue or green. :)

C. Stipple with your brush to get a hammered type look.
D. Drag your brush in circles around the whole washer.

5. Let dry until hardened. Add a clear coat to protect and add shine.

Ta da!

Now embellish however you like.

Add a clasp and a charm for a fun key chain.

Play with chains (mine was a 60 in. that I wrapped), clasps, and charms for a super versatile necklace. Click any of the images to see them up close.

Or rock it as a bracelet.

The possibilities are truly endless!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Foil Dinner Tips

With summer winding down I thought I would share a thing or two we have learned about foil dinners and how to make them the very best.

  • Line the foil with a leaf of cabbage to keep your dinner from burning.
  • Use tater tots instead of plain potatoes to cook faster and add more flavor
  • Ingredients we like to use: Hamburger patty, tater tots, onion, any other veggie we have around (Broccoli, Cauliflower, Zucchini, carrots, snow or sugar snap peas, etc)
  • Add onion to flavor even if you don't like to eat it
  • Add salt and pepper over the whole thing
  • Use two layers of regular foil or one layer of heavy duty, roll the edges to form a pouch.
  • If customizing the dinners to people's preferences, use a sharpie to mark with initials
There's nothing like unwrapping a pouch full of fire cooked goodness just when the air starts to get a little cool at night.

What are your favorite tips for foil dinners?

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kid Friendly Lunch

Looking for some kid friendly food this summer? This is what my little one lovingly calls "tray food." We put lots of little finger foods in a fun ice tray. He loves to gobble them up out of their little slots and I love that he is filling up on healthy foods.

We try to have something from each food group to fill his tray.

Above: Mini rice cakes, ham, clementine, carrots, string cheese
Below: String Cheese, nuts, craisins, carrots

Some of our other tray food faves are: popcorn, celery, raisins, grapes, and olives. Really anything that is small and can be eaten with fingers.

I originally saw this idea on Supermom Central last fall.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Flirty Apron Review & Giveaway

Up until this point in my marriage I have been donning an apron that did the job, but did not add anything to my life. It involved a picture of a farm couple and cows for heavens sake. So, when Flirty Aprons asked me to do a review I agreed with a smile.

They have so many fun designs to choose from, I honestly had a hard time choosing.

They even have fun aprons for men and kiddos!

I chose the sassy black and seriously this is what an apron should be like! Something that's not just functional, but makes you feel like you could bake all day, well, because you look hot!

Don't you just love it with the brown polka dot dress. haha.

Love that it has pockets.
Love the ruffles.
Love that it ties up top so I can adjust it based on how big the belly becomes. ;)

Now how could I show something this cute and not share?! I get to giveaway an apron of your choice! Pretty snazzy, eh?!

Leave a separate comment for each entry with your email. If I draw your name and cannot find your email I will draw someone else.

Mandatory entry:
  • Visit Flirty Aprons and tell me which one you would choose. (The women's sassy black, chic pink and cocoa lime are not available for this giveaway. But, any others that are in stock are, including men's or children's.)

Extra entries:
  • Follow A Little Tipsy
  • "Like" me on Facebook
  • Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway and leave the link
Good luck! The giveaway closes Wednesday, July 14th.

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Monday, July 5, 2010

July Visiting Teaching Handout: Strengthening Families and Homes

Summer is a great time for July's VT message about Strengthening our Families and Homes. We have more time together to build bonds and unify our families around the gospel. I decided to use a couple of the scriptures shared (Mosiah 4:15; D&C 93:40) in my VT handout for July.

July 2010 Visiting Teaching Handout Strengthening Families and Homes
Click thumbnail to print 4x6

I also loved the FHE idea about the mom being the iron rod. What a fun idea for kids. I think we will try that one out tonight!

I love this handout design. It makes me smile. I used the Free Backyard Play Kit from Julia at Everyday Mom Ideas. She is so talented and shares her kits for free!! Love!! The font is Waterfalls from Kevin & Amanda's free fonts.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

Feature Friday-Blog Swap with I'm Topsy Turvy

I am SO excited to be here blog swapping at A Little Tipsy!! I've enjoy checking out Michelle's blog and honored she's asked to swap with lil' ol' me! While I've been blogging for almost 3 years I'm new to the craft blogging world this year and am having the time of my life! It's just so much fun!

My name is Ashlee (photo taken by the AMAZING mooshinindy). I have a purple faux hawk, look just like my dad, make BEAUTIFUL babies and I have a little blog called I'm Topsy Turvy!

topsy turvy

With 4 young children my crafting has taken a back seat the last few (10) years. But it's been an unexpected crazy, stressful year and I found that getting back into crafting has been a huge relief and escape for me.

On my blog you'll find tutorials, holiday crafts, home and family crafts, crocheting, parties, etc.. I bit of everything. I can't narrow down my interest, I'd get too bored! I tend to get REALLY into a certain medium (cross stitching, crocheting, painting, sewing, etc...) for a few months then drop it and move on to the next thing. Always coming back again!

crafts guest spot topsy turvy

On the other side of my interests and blogging are the food and cakes! I have recipes, meals, cakes, tips and tricks! I LOVE cooking and baking. I started cooking from scratch when we lived in Japan and I HAD to! And I fell in love with cooking from scratch. Then I got into cakes, with 4 kids I have lots of birthday parties to throw!

cakes guest spot topsy turvy

And since I can't stick with just one thing I also started an Etsy store. I know, crazy, right? But this way I get to keep crafting (better than therapy) but don't have to find places for all of it in my small basement apartment! I have my continuous zipper purses, silhouette jewelry and canvas's,my new flower headband/clip (as seen at EVO 10) and more!

etsy store craft guest tutorial

On to the QUESTIONS from Michelle!!!!

What is your favorite crafting tool or secret weapon?
  • THAT is tough... I do so many different things that it's hard to narrow down. My first thought was my sewing machine, since I've been using it a LOT lately, but then I remembered it was in storage for the last 3 years before that... I actually LOVE tools, and have used my drill quite a bit in the past, but haven't used it too much lately. And of course my handy dandy dremel... I like working with paint too... And of course the Handyman's secret weapon, duct tape (although I'm more of a hot glue gal!!! In the end??? I think I'll have to go with scissor! Really I used them for every project, I have them in all sorts of sizes and I can't think of a project when they haven't come in handy! (Can you tell I think things out by talking? Feel sorry for my sweet hubby yet?)
What is your favorite 4th of July Tradition?
  • Well... I'm really the wrong blog swapper for THIS weekend. I've moved 31 times, 10 in the last 10 years of marriage. SO our annual 4th of July traditions revolve around a recent move or upcoming move. We've seen more fireworks at Renaissance festivals (yes, I'm a geek) than for the 4th! Are we just terrible or what! There was ONE year, when we were getting an MBA and actually lived in one place longer than 11 months, that we climbed onto our carport with chairs and TRIED to watch some fireworks, but our HUGE walnut tree got in the way and we almost completely missed them! But THIS year??? We have a great view from the balcony of the park where they do the SLC fireworks. So the HOPE is that we catch them! I MIGHT even through in some themed food this year! oohhhh aaahhhhhh!
How many things have you made out of zippers?
  • Ummmm Not very many, looking around at all the amazing stuff out there. I have my continuous zipper purses, clutch and coin purse, a headband, and some bows! Right now I have some thoughts on a LARGE zipper bow/headband, some earrings, some great shoe ideas and maybe a statement necklace...
Anyway! Thanks so much, Michelle, for the blog swap! I love your great 4th of July ribbon topiary and burlap table runner... I'll put them in my "to make" box for NEXT year (since it looks like we're here to stay!!!!)


Isn't she great?! You have got to meet her in person! She is such a riot and I totally should have had her make me a 30th bday cake! Her cakes are so dang cute! Thanks to Ashley for swappin' it up and can't wait for our next GNO!

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