Monthly Archives: April 2012

Mothers day finds for under $50

When it comes to holidays I can be such a procrastinator. I get lofty ideas and completely put them off (or even forget) until the very last possible second. But not for this coming Mothers Day! I made it a point to get my hand crafting done early in April so I wouldn’t forget. Now I just have to make sure I get to the post office and ship it out before it does get too late.

And Mom if you’re reading this, no I won’t give hints as to what I made for you!

Ideas for gifts are floating all over the place, and I realized just how hard it can be to buy for your mom. Every mom is different, so I found just a few of my favorites that are under $50.

mother and baby rabbits embroidered hoop art :: source ::

fingerprint jewelry :: source ::

eco friendly gift box :: source ::

love pillow :: source ::

small ceramic bowl :: source ::

love nugget ring :: source ::

I’m a big fan of taking a bunch of little gifts and putting them together in a box or basket with a cute card. The best presents in my opinion are the handmade ones, but I know not everyone is crafty enough for such ventures. Maybe try your hand at a homemade Mothers Day card? I know my mom would love it if I even just finger painted on some cardstock and sent it her way. (No mom, that’s not what I did either).

I hope this helped get your gifting juices flowing. Stop back this week for a great roundup of DIY projects for Mom, and even a Mothers Day card roundup.



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Sunday springsational DIY roundup

Here I go, hiding away again. After last Mondays incident, I haven’t been feeling up to doing much, other than resting and avoiding doing the dishes. I’ve gotten pretty good at that last part.

Usually this time of year I’m trying to hide indoors anyways. The pollen swirling around in the air always finds a way to ruin my life. This year it hasn’t been nearly as bad as previous years. I’ve even taken to enjoying the flowers! It makes my job that much easier when I don’t have to worry about allergies.

Ok, so onto better things! I’ve been seeing a lot of Spring inspired DIY’s lately. Paper flowers, birds, you name it. Here are just a few of my favorites involving string/felt. I’m feeling rather inspired and may even get out my felt and thread later today.

twine flowers :: source ::

felt dahlia brooch :: source ::

felt flowers :: source ::

felt pom poms :: source ::

I came across these painted Tom’s, how cute are they? Not to mention super Springy!

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Wishful Wednesday: Spring time outfits

The weather here has been absolutely perfect! For my line of work that is. In the 50’s and overcast. Ever so lovely!

But I suppose it’s not all that lovely when you want to wear Spring dresses, sandals and get ready for Summer. Last week was just that, warm and Spring like. Borderline Summer weather even. With warm weather come the warm weather outfits. I have slowly begun to stock up on just that. I had to return some things to Old Navy the other day and ended up getting two things to replace it, and a credit back. I love being cheap.. er.. thrifty!

A simple black halter dress for $9. You like my super obvious tan line?

Another simple black dress for $12.

I’m getting much better at returning clothes I’m not at least 95% in love with once I get them home. They end up sitting in my closet or on the floor. I have a strange habit of not taking tags off clothes until I wear them for the first time. I won’t even tell you how many shirts still have the tags on them in my closet.

With all this talk of outfits, I couldn’t help myself and had to put together 2 Spring time finds of outfits. I’ve done this a few times before, and well, I must admit I’m a window shopper to the extreme.

:: shoes: sandal via dsw ::
:: dress: woodblock artist dress via modcloth ::
:: necklace: petal to the metal necklace via modcloth ::
:: earrings: marrakech your eye earrings via modcloth ::

Now this outfit is my favorite, and when I showed Kh the only reply I got was “So very you.” Which.. I’d have to agree. Others may like a bunch of floral prints for Spring.. but I like my solid black.

:: dress: holiday in paradise via modcloth ::
:: shoes: sandal via dsw (can you tell I love these sandals?) ::
:: earrings: textured triangle earrings via forever 21 ::
:: necklace: geo accent necklace via forever 21 ::
:: bag: studded fringe hobo bag via forever 21 (I have one just like it from dsw but you can never have enough fringe bags, amiright?) ::

This weekend I’ll be on the hunt for the perfect thrifty outfit, so watch out for that next week. Do you have any Spring time/seasonally appropriate wear that you’re drooling over lately? Share it with me!



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Taking it easy Tuesday style

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I’ve been taking a bit of a break from the blog these past few days. Involuntarily, of course.

It’s not all jelly beans and lemonade when it comes to life. Sometimes you get hit smack in the face with a whole lemon, and that smarts. Especially if you don’t see it coming. It’s those times you have to take a deep breathe and remember it can’t last forever, there’s always a valley before a hill (quoting a fortune cookie I saw recently, I can’t take all the credit).

This past weekend we had a couple of friends over. It was our first real time entertaining since we moved in. We made homemade pizza (recipe here), and had a few drinks on our back porch. It was a great night, until the incident happened. While biting into a piece of pizza, one of my back molars broke in half. Ok, that sucked. What sucked even more was the following 2 days. I can’t remember ever being in so much pain. I barely got any sleep, and walked around like a zombie.

With it being the weekend I couldn’t get to the dentist until Monday. Monday came, and I finally was able to get the tooth pulled. I’ve had a phobia of the dentist for years, but with the amount of pain I was in, I didn’t mind the 10 shots of novocaine or the surgical extraction. I got to sleep last night! And today I look like a chipmunk.

A chipmunk wearing pajamas and watching as many crime thrillers from the 90’s as possible. I did have a couple of client consultations, I’m sure they thought I was pretty terrifying, and mildly humorous looking.

Sitting around like a chipmunk isn’t all that bad. I’m looking on the brighter side of things, no pain! It’s given me a lot of down time to …

snuggle with the pups
catch up on laundry
watch every movie ever put on netflix
get all my reading done on bloglovin
surf every last inch of etsy
eat as much mashed potatoes, pudding, and mushy food as I want (mmm mashed potatoes!)
wear my pajamas, constantly
get caught up on blog posts
contemplate doing the dishes but ultimately decide against it
brainstorm new blog ideas, start working on a new header, and even start up a few more simple DIY’s

Once I’m all healed up I have every intention of ordering pizza.. or maybe chinese food. Either way, give me!

Do you have any scary dentist stories? I know everyone’s got them! For now this gal’s going to go back to her mashed potatoes, and her cheesy crime movies. Until next time!


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DIY Saturday: framed cork board

I have a serious surplus of frames in my house. It’s gotten to the point where I’ve started to hide them in drawers so I don’t have to look at them. Upon opening up the bottom drawer in my hutch to stash a few more, I realized I really should find a few craft projects to make use of these frames.

Ta-dah! Which brings us to today’s DIY project. I’m loving the simple projects lately.


  • Cork board (you can buy small squares at any craft store, or even cork board contact paper at Target)
  • Frame
  • Hot glue gun/glue sticks


1. Remove the back of the frame and carefully take out the glass. Using the glass as a template, put it down on the cork board and trace the shape. This will make sure your cork board fits inside the frame. You could even make it just a tad bit smaller.

2. If the glass isn’t easy to remove, you can take the back of the frame and face it with the back upwards and trace this onto the cork board. Some frames even come with a small piece of cardboard between the back and the glass, trace this! Trace any number of things that will give you the right size cork board.

3. Cut out the cork board. Put it inside the frame to make sure it fits. If it doesn’t trim as needed.

4. Once you have the right size cork board, put glue around the edges of the cork board where it’ll be hidden by the frames edges and glue it down.

5. Put another bit of glue onto the back of the cork board and glue it to the back of the frame for extra durability.

6. Let sit until dry. You may need to clean up some super glue cobwebs, but otherwise you’ve got yourself a framed cork board!

There’s no real limit to the size of frame you can use in this project. As long as you can find a piece of cork board big enough to fit inside the frame. You also need to watch out for the frame back not fitting on once the cork board is in place. I had to really struggle with mine to make sure it was secured. Gluing it down helps with this too.

I may make a couple more of these, to you know, free up my drawers from all the hidden frames I have.



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Banana-licious bread

I’ve been in a baking spirit around the house lately, while trying to avoid overdoing it with too many cupcakes and tons of sugary treats. This was my first attempt at making banana bread and I must say I’m proud of myself.

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  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Peel and mash bananas all together.

2. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

3. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.

4. Add the flour last, mix well. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan.

5. Bake for 1 hour.

6. Let cool and serve!

Prep time: 5 minutes (unless you need to go to the store to buy eggs half way through like me!)
Cook time: 1 hour

Delicious and incredibly moist! I actually wasn’t able to get a picture of it, we ate it so fast. Kh thinks it went perfect with coffee, I’ll leave that up to you to decide. I’m too busy stuffing my face!



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Thirsty Thursday: iced tea

Earlier this week we had some serious scorchers weather wise, and I just about melted into a giant puddle of goo. It was rough. I know for certain it’s only going to get worse as we actually move into Summer months, and not just excruciatingly hot Spring days.

98% of my work is done outside, making it particularity hard to avoid the heat. In a panic to cool off earlier this week, I bought my first ever iced tea (that wasn’t in bottle form). The lady behind the counter asked me if I wanted it sweetened, did I? Or if I wanted lemon in it, lemon?! I said no to both accounts purely out of ignorance.

I hesitantly put the straw into the cup, took my first sip.. and fell in love! Iced tea, where have you been all my life?

This has made me look high and low for different iced tea recipes. I’m going to have to try one, or all of these.

:: peach tea ::

:: limoncello with tea ::

:: lemon iced tea ::

:: blue green iced tea ::

Bring on the heat wave. I’ll be ready with my mason jar filled with iced tea.



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