June 29, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.45

HELLO! It's that time again to show yourself off and link up the crafty, recipe or DIY goodness you have been up to this week. Look out for features on Monday, that's the new day to see if your project was highlighted!
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Here are the details:

  • Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
  • If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread, that would be great.
  • Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!    
  •  Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
  • Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!

Thank you so much!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo

June 27, 2012

Recipes >> S'mores Fudge

There are only a few recipes that my kids are obsessed with during the summer, and by that I mean they ask for it every weekend.
The boys love:
> BBQ Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
> Homemade Buffalo Wings
> Smoked Ribs

And S'MORES!

Of course s'mores! I know, I know every kid in America loves s'mores, but my boys may take the cake when it comes to how many they can eat and the ratio of how many times a week they eat them. It's a gift.

When it's a random Wednesday and I dont' want to drag out the BBQ pit for a bon fire I thought it would be fun to make a different, less involved version of s'mores. This fudge tastes just like a s'more you would make over a campfire, it's crazy.



You will need:
> Foil
> 8x8x2 Pan
> 1 Cup Tiny Marshmallows
> Graham Crackers
> 1 Can (14 oz.) Sweetened Condensed Milk
> 3 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
> 1 1\2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

1. Line your pan with foil.
2. Layer your graham crackers on the bottom of your pan.
3. Sprinkle marshmallows on top of crackers.
4. Pour fudge on marshmallows and spread evenly.

Fudge directions:
1. In heavy saucepan over low heat and melt condensed milk and chocolate chips.
2. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and pour over graham crackers and marshmallows.

It's that simple. Let the fudge cool for about 2 hours and its ready to be cut up and eaten. It's so good, for reals.
ENJOY!
april
xoxo

June 26, 2012

5 Things Tuesday >> Projects For Leftover Ribbon

"The number 5 is my favorite, hence my need to pick 5 things that tickle my fancy every Tuesday"

Dude, I really like ribbon. It's my new favorite crafting material. I have had a few custom orders for children's hair bows and I now have a small bag of ribbon scraps, but I can't throw them away, that would be crazy. So for todays' 5 things I thought it would be fun to look at few ways to use your ribbon scraps.
Do you have a stash somewhere in your craft room, or in my case craft closet...

Here are 5 project ideas:

Bow Ring

Ribbon Bunting

BeRibboned Flip Flops

Ribbon Pacifier Clip Tutorial

Ribbon and Chain Bracelet

I'm going crazy for the ribbon bow ring and chain bracelet. I'm thinking a craft night is in order for my scrappy scraps. 
Recycle baby!
april
xoxo

June 25, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.44 >> Features

Happy Monday! It's time to share the features from this past Sweet Saturday. Thank you for all of your projects friends! Let's see who was featured and what link received the most views:

Honeydew Melon Pops

Hot Sauce Popsicles

Upgraded Owls

Pallet Coffee Table Tutorial

AND.....
The most viewed link was:

Flower Thumb Tacks


CONGRATS!
Feel free to grab a button if you were featured!

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Thank you again for linking up all of your awesome projects, I hope you have an great week!
april
xoxo

June 24, 2012

Recipe >> Super Easy {Sugar Cookie} Pecan Tarts

About a year ago I posted a recipe for crockpot sugared pecans and I recieved a huge response from readers saying they loved the recipe. People were so surprised you could use your crock pot to roast and flavor nuts, but it's true and the recipe is crazy amazing!
This got me thinking about HOW I could use pecans in another dessert, hence the pecan tart recipe. I was a big cheater by using premade sugar cookie dough, but if you wanted to make the dough from scratch you totally could. I won't be mad. Ha!


Here is the sugared pecan recipe in case you missed it the first time.
Crockpot Sugared Pecans:

You will need:
>16 ounces pecans or walnut halves
>1/2 cup melted unsalted butter
>1/2 cup powdered sugar
>1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
>1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
>1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1. Turn slow cooker to HIGH about 15 minutes in advance. In hot slow cooker, stir together the nuts and butter.
2. Add the powdered sugar, stirring to blend and coat evenly. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 minutes. Reduce the heat to LOW and remove lid; cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for about 2 to 3 hours, or until the nuts are coated with a crisp glaze.
3. Transfer the nuts to a bowl.
4. In another small bowl, combine the spices; sift over the nuts, stirring to coat evenly.
Let cool before serving.

Sugar cookie tarts:

1. Grease each cupcake well.
2. I used 3 sugar cookie dough balls for each tart, the premade packs make it super easy to ensure that each of your tarts are the same size.
3. Press three cookie dough balls into each cupcake well and press them firmly, packing the cookie dough together and evenly to the bottom of the well.
4. Use two fingers to make a dip in the center of your dough and fill with a scoop of your sugared pecans.
5. Do NOT make the dip too deep or else your tarts will fall apart when you remove them, I totally did this with one of my batches.
6. Bake at 300 until the edges are golden brown.
7. Let cool and loosen the tart by going around the tart with a knife.

Amazing right...
We ate these bad boys for dessert and then the hubs and I ate one with coffee the next morning. So good.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we did.
april
xoxo

June 22, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.44

HELLO! It's that time again to show yourself off and link up the crafty, recipe or DIY goodness you have been up to this week. Look out for features on Monday, that's the new day to see if your project was highlighted!


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Here are the details:

  • Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
  • If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread, that would be great.
  • Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!    
  •  Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
  • Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!

Thank you so much!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo

InstaFriday >> Hello Kitty Memories

I'm pretty much just as obsessed with Hello Kitty now as I was when I was a kid. The only difference is that I'm an adult, and now I don't have parents to buy me pencils and candy. My parents have sooooo many stories of me going crazy in the Sanrio store zoning out on all the sweet kitsy goodness. I coveted every mechanical pencil and chunky eraser I took to school. Don't even get me started on the plastic picture holders, you know the one's that held about 20 wallet size photos. Your popularity at school was based on how full your photo wallet was. For real. When I was at the Sanrio store this week I thought it would be fun to buy one and was SHOCKED to see it was 7 bucks! What.
I'm old, I didn't buy it, I'm way to cheap for a purchase like that! These days all purchases are compared to iced coffees at Starbucks, and I could get 2 of my coffees for 7 bucks, easy choice.
Here are a few Instagram snapshots from my mallrats trip.

These glasses were amazing. They also had sunglasses, swoon.


I mean talk about vintage, they have the SAME characters from when I was a kid.
Hello Kerokeropi.
Did you miss me...
It's great to see that some things never change, and that I can indulge myself with memories of my youth.
I hope you have an awesome weekend!
april
xoxo
life rearranged

June 20, 2012

Tutorial >> Ribbon Flower Hair Clip

I recently had a few custom orders for hair bow using various widths of ribbon. I had never used ribbon to make hair clips, so I was a little nervous. Those "boutique" style bows are tough, I think it took me like 4 hours to make one! For reals I wanted to scream. But I didn't, I'm way to stubborn for that, and after trying a few different designs I made the cute stacked ribbon flower that I'm going to share today. It's perfect for toddlers or little girls, you may be able to use this flower for an infant headband but I haven't tried that yet.



You will need:
>> Scissors
>> Lighter
>> Tape Measure
>> White Thread
>> Alligator Hair Clip
>> Glue Gun
>> 1 1\2 inch Ribbon {11 inches long}
>> 7\8 inch Ribbon {9 inches long}
>> 3\8 inch Ribbon
>> Button Center For Your Ribbon Flower


Directions:
1. Heat seal the ends of your ribbon strips by using a lighter. Just place the ribbon very quickly through the flame.
2. Hot glue the tips of your ribbon on each end. I used my finger to pinch it down just a bit.
3. Sew the entire length of your ribbon.
4. When you're done sewing pull the thread so the ribbon folds up like an accordion and tie your thread off.
5. Hot glue both ends together to make your ribbon flower. Repeat steps 3-5 for your smaller 7\8 inch ribbon.
6. Hot glue your smaller ribbon flower on top of the larger one. Then glue your button to the center of the flower.
7. Hot glue your 3\8 inch ribbon to your hair clip. Your are going to "cover" the top section of the alligator clip.
8. Hot Glue your clip to your ribbon flower and let dry. You're done!



Enjoy!
april
xoxo

June 18, 2012

Dress Form Jewelry Holder >> Mod Podge Upcycle

I hit garage sales a lot. If I'm driving around with the kids on a Friday or Saturday morning and I see a garage sale sign I have no problem diverting our plans for a good 15 minutes to meet someone new and look for treasures. I love taking someone elses trash and making it my new treasure.
This upcycle project started with a dress form jewelry holder that my mom bought for a few bucks at a garage sale. I thought it would look great covered in book pages. One problem, do you see the pile of lavender velvet fabric and a fake flower laying next to the dress form...I'm so impulsive sometimes! I just had to rip the fabric off, then I remembered I didn't have a before picture. Woops. My bad.
I have seen these jewelry holders at several garage sales, Im sure if you looked you could find one. If you do, or you have one already, this is what you will need:

>> Mod Podge
>> Spray Paint
>> Book Pages
>> Paint Brush

The instructions for this upcycle project are pretty self explanatory. 1.} Take the jewelry holder apart 2.} Spray paint the metal fixture parts. 3.} Mod Podge your torn book pages onto the dress form.




A few tips for the Mod Podge(ing).
> Use a generous amount of Mod Podge to adhere the pages and then on top to seal it.
> Use your fingers to mold the pages to the dress form.
>Tear up a good amount of pages first, I ran out with glue on my fingers, that wasn't good. Haha.



After all the parts were dry I reassembled my jewelry holder and hung my neck party goodies on it. I am really happy with the way it turned out.
Trash to treasure friends. :)
april
xoxo

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.43 >> Features

Good morning friends! I hope you had a great weekend celebrating the dad's in your life! I unfortunately caught a bug that, combined with my fibromyalsia, made me stay home from the Father's Day festivities. Boo I know, but everyone else had a great day, so it was still a success. I did get to enjoy all of your links while I was sitting at home watching my favorite housewifes {New Jersey}, and I was blown away by all of the awesome links! I loved them all so much I added an extra feature! BAM!

Here's the good stuff:

Wood Tile Nursery Art

Spray Painted Shoes

Padded Memo Headbaord

DIY Pallet Wood Planter

Tutorial>> T-shirt Knotted Headband

AND......
The most viewed link was:
DIY Fabric Garland

CONGRATS!
Feel free to grab a button if you were featured!


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april
xoxo

June 15, 2012

Sweet Saturday Link Party V.43

HELLO! It's that time again to show yourself off and link up the crafty, recipe or DIY goodness you have been up to this week. Look out for features on Monday, that's the new day to see if your project was highlighted!




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Here are the details:

  • Please link up your crafty, yummy or DIY post, not your blog address. 
  • If you could include the button from the sidebar or link back to gingerbread, that would be great.
  • Comment on other friends' post, comments are sweet!    
  •  Every week I will highlight a few projects from the previous week, so you can check back next week to see if you were featured! 
  • Thank you so much for sharing your artsy goodness, I love seeing your creative projects!

Thank you so much!

Ok, let's see what you have to share!
april
xoxo


InstaFriday >> Some Nonsense

Are you ready for a small glimpse into my life this past week via Instagram photos...
BAM. Here ya go:

I took the boys to the mall this week, something I never do because it is the prime location for tantrums, whining and general nonsense. In my opinion the mall is more of an adult happy place not to be spoiled by the likes of kids. Haha, no really. Well I needed to take something back and I told the boys we would each lunch in the food court. To my surprise it was a great outing with minimal nonsense. Kaleb has been going to work with my mom and he had a pocket full of cash to spend and wanted to shop at Hot Topic, one of MY favorite stores. He had never been in Hot Topic before and he spent every single dollar he had on stickers, a plush Zelda doll and candy. I was proud. Dylan on the other hand spent the trip staring and touching the bras. Awesome.

Are you ready because I'm about to drop some knowledge on you. This is a chivamango, it is a cup full of spicy goodness. It is mango juice, bits of mango, chili, a snow cone on the top with pineapple syrup. What... I know. Then there is a straw covered in chili. Are you still breathing, calm down. If you live in Southern California go to 4th Street in Santa Ana and buy one. Your welcome. :)

I perfected the bow with a bottle cap in the middle. I finished a custom order of three of these bows. To be young again and enjoy princess movies, swoon. This style should be in the shop later today, email me if you are interested.

I performed a very important operation on Alvin. Those darn Build A Bear toys aren't always sewn up that great, FYI. Alvin made it through and is recuperating on Dylan's bed.

Kaleb started basketball and had his first game last weekend. His team rocks this year, they won their first game. Baller.

Instagram is my favorite, can you tell...
april
xoxo
life rearranged

June 14, 2012

My Vinyl Review >> I Need A Self Help Group

While at Elevate this past weekend we given my favorite thing in the world, a craft! I was like "bring it on", and did something I have NEVER done before, work with vinyl. I know, I know, I'm so late to this party, but I don't have a cricut thingy because it's like a bazillion dollars, so I kind of ignored any post or tutorial about how to use vinyl. Gasp, are you mad at me yet...

Look at cute sign I made:


So cute right...
My thoughts on vinyl are that it is both the best thing in the world and the worst all at the same time. If both things can exist in one craft, that would be called vinyl. It was sooo difficult to work with, I mean, spending so much time and stress making sure their are no bubbles and don't even GET me started about how awful it is to pull the vinyl off, making sure to not mess up your graphic. Talk about a panic attack in the making! Yet when you're done you have the cutest and most awesome sign in the world. I could never have free-handed the lettering by myself, so I totally get why people put up with the madness.
I made my cute sign with only these supplies:


Amazing I know. I would be dangerous if I had that magical machine, I would probably tag up my entire house. For reals.

Here is my "Be The Change" sign up in my casa.


My grade for vinyl is an A+ for being highly addictive, because I am. Do you think I could find a cricut at a garage sale...
It could happen.
Self help group needed, ASAP.
april
xoxo

June 13, 2012

DIY >> How To Pierce Your Nose

So I know this is kind of a weird DIY project, but I received so many comments and emails from people wanting to know how I pierced my own nose. So if you are squeamish or simply just don't care to see me with a needle in my nose I totally understand, just come back tomorrow for my normal crafty or recipe related post. I'm not mad at ya! :)


I decided to pierce my own nose because of two reasons. Number one: I'm cheap, probably the cheapest person you have ever met. Obviously cheap enough to pierce my own nose. Number two: I knew it was possible because my sister pierced her own nose a few years ago.

>>I have to stress that this is only my personal experience. I do not claim to be an expert in piercing. I simply did my own research online and took direction from my sister.

The most important thing about this entire process is to make sure everything is clean and sterilized. I avoided a lot of pain and any type of infection because I was a freak about keeping everything clean.



You will need:
>> Sewing needle {the same width as your nose ring}
>> Nose Ring Stud {I bought mine at Walmart, classy I know. It was a .22 gauge}
>> Alcohol Swab
>> Peroxide
>> Q-tips

First things first, clean your nose really well with an alcohol swab taking off all your makeup. While looking online a few sites suggested that if your face was broken out to wait until it cleared up to avoid infection. Mine was not, which was a small miracle, so I went ahead. Haha.
Then make a mark with a pen (small dot) on your nose where you want the ring to go. When you are happy with the location you are ready to start.
This is the fun part, haha just kidding. You are going to push your needle through your nose by pushing it a few times. I pushed the needle only three times and it was through my nose. Just be careful not to poke the inside of your nose, that would hurt man.
Take a few deep breathes, wipe your eyes, cause they are gonna be watering.


The worst part is done. Remove the needle and immediately put your nose ring in. The hole will close up super fast and you don't want your efforts going to waste.  I chose a stud that had a tiny ball at the end, which made it a little tough to push through, don't give up, you can do it! 
The I used my Q-tips to put peroxide on my nose ring from the inside and out.  I kept putting peroxide on my nose every few hours, because, like I said, I was a freak about keeping it clean. The area around the ring was a little swollen for two days but after that felt normal.



I have NO regrets about my nose ring OR the fact that I did it myself. I love it. Swoon.
I hope I have answered any of your questions about my nose ring, or at least quenched your curiosity by posting the pictures, and like I said in the beginning this post reflects only my own experience. 
So there ya go, a DIY post about piercing, only at Gingerbread. :)
april
xoxo