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I’m a book-reading, craft-making newlywed living outside Chicago. I love my husband, cooking dinner and especially eating desserts! We love to ride bikes all over town and read books at coffee shops. I also enjoy shopping at JoAnns, drinking wine on the patio and playing with my bunny rabbit Penelope. Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog. Please leave a comment- they really make my day! :)

Friday, May 18, 2012


The most AMAZING package arrived on my doorstep.....

 It's a Cameo!!

 So pretty and big and beautiful!

The Cameo came just in time to make some paper balls from How About Orange for my brother's wedding!!

 Even Penelope was excited by this package!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Monster Truck Cake

Last weekend we celebrated my nephew's 5th birthday!  He wanted a monster truck and wow, did my mom deliver! 

Chocolate cake with frosting details- chocolate donut wheels and graham cracker dirt.  Watch out match box car- you're going to get crushed! 

Best detail was a picture of the birthday boy on the cake!  My mom just cut out his head and stuck it on the frosting. 

This is one happy birthday boy! 

Check out the sweet ride outside my grandmother's retirement center!  ThatGuy is adding this to his birthday wish list.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Glass Etching

 For Christmas I received some glass etching creme from Silhouette and it took me about 4 months to use.  I don't know why, because it's really fun and easy! 

Using the Silhouette software, design the pattern that you want etched on the glass.  Remember to flip it! 

Cut out your pattern using vinyl and stick it to the glass.

Add the etching creme and wait 15 minutes.  You can even add the extra creme back into the bottle to use again!  Wash the glass in warm soapy water.  Then admire your handy-work.

Groom and bride showing off their mustache and lip champagne glasses

Monday, May 7, 2012

Crafty Shower: Decorated Clothespins

I showed you the crafty banner and food table and decorations.  Since the theme of the bridal shower was crafts, we clearly needed to make some crafts! For party favors and as a gift to the bride, we made these awesome paper covered clothespins: 

This is a really easy craft, which is nice for people who have crafting anxiety, or people who have a hard time talking and doing something at the same time! 

Crafty niece L and me- we like to talk and craft
 I ordered wooden clothespins from Amazon and used a pack of paper from JoAnn's and some Mod podge. We also had some vintage buttons that both moms brought for embellishments that were attached with hot glue. 

Simply cut your paper down to size to fit on top of the clothespin.  Add a later of Mod Podge to adhere the two items together.  Wait a couple minutes for it to dry, then add another layer of Mod Podge to act as a sealant so the paper will not peel off the clothespin.

After that layer dried, people could use the hot glue to add a button (or 2 or 3 or 4!).  Everyone left with a couple of clothespins for themselves and the bride got a whole bunch!  

Would these be great with a magnet on the back to use as fridge magnets too?  ThatGuy is always using our clothespins to close his bags of jalapeno pepper pretzel bites (yuck!).

The bride modeling one of the many uses of decorated clothespins

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Crafty Shower: Banner and Food

What party isn't complete with a food table and decorative banner?  I make this really cute banner using brown kraft paper for the backing and colorful letters cut out on the Ellison machine at my school.  Combined with the knitting wreath, wooden spool photo holders, colorful clothespins (tutorial coming this week!),  it really set the tone for a crafty-cute shower. 

The food was a team effort- my mom made an awesome chicken salad with whole wheat bread or croissants, I did veggies and hummus, and the bride's mom brought meat/cheese and a lot of delicious Michigan fruit!  Sooooo good!!