Friday, July 29, 2011

Weekend Show Off Party~July 29,2011

Ladybird Ln

Did the week go by already? my goodness!  
Thanks everyone for joining in the fun!  Do you want to see a sneak peak of an upcoming blog post?  I sure hope so because you get to anyway!

I am so excited to introduce our blog of the week, Christie of Christie Cuties!

My name is Christy, and I am addicted to all things bloggy, crafty, and thrifty! I blog over at Christy's Cuties.   I'm basically a "baby" blogger. I started to blog in April of this year. And I have never had more fun, or made more friends in such a short period of time. Do you all realize how many amazing people you are able to meet in the bloggy world?? I had no idea!

I am a Wife to a handsome Military Man. A momma to three adorable kiddos. Luke is 7, Kaleb is 5, and my only girl Riley is 3. I'm also a Psychology major in College. In my spare time, I like to blog about what I've been up to around my crazy house!
I like to blog about just about anything. The top of my list would be anything I think to be a cutie! Perhaps this shirt.
Or possibly something for my kiddos....maybe this pillow.
I also love all things that have to do with saving money, please welcome my Coupon Binder!
I would absolutely be on cloud nine if you all would come and take a look see at what I do!  Thank you all so much....and SPECIAL thanks to Ladybird Ln.
Have A Wonderful Day!!

Thanks Christy, I am excited to see what you have been up to!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Happy Camper--Shirts!

"My Heart is at Home in the Great Outdoors!"

Ah the marshmallow roasting, hiking, swimming in freezing lakes, trying to find my kids under all the dirt, swatting mosquitoes, eating out of a dutch oven... it must be Camping time!! About a month ago I saw THIS shirt on Tatertots and Jello, and fell in love, I knew I needed to make a HAPPY CAMPER SHIRT! But since I don't have Silhouette, or heat transfer stuff (sigh)... I knew I must find a different way. So I decided to APPLIQUE!! Which I am fast becoming a fan of... it is easy, and super versatile. 

Items Needed:
Solid Color Shirt
Scrap fabrics, I used silky silver material for campers
Ric Rac
Lace for Curtains
Iron on Interfacing
Heat and Bond (I think Wonder Under is also the same thing)
Embroider machine, if wanted

Here is a very rough pattern, it gives you a basic idea of the shapes used.  This should fill an 8.5x11 sheet of paper.

Part 1: Applique
  1. Draw your patterns on to Heat and Bond, on the smooth paper side.
  2. Cut around your pattern (not right on pattern)
  3. Optional: Cut out windows inside your pattern so shirt will not be so bulky. I would not recommend it on the silky fabric I used... but with heavy cotton fabric it works great!
  4. Iron the Heat and Bond on to your desired fabric.
  5. Cut the pattern pieces out, with Heat and Bond attached.
Repeat this step for all of the camper pattern pieces, including hitch wheels and door.

Part 2: Applique
  1. Now that your pieces are all cut out, sew the ric rac onto your camper.
  2. Iron the door onto your camper. Sew around the door with a decorative stitch to secure the door. I used a satin stitch which is just a zig zag stitch with really narrow zigs!
  3. Baste your lace curtain to the back of the camper, so it will stay securely on when you attach it to the shirt.
  4. Your camper should now look like this!
Part 3: Applique
  1. Iron on interfacing to the back of the shirt. This helps so the shirt does not stretch when you put your camper on.
  2. Remove Heat and Bond paper from the back of your camper. Iron the camper onto your shirt. Iron on your wheel and your hitch.
  3. Use a decorative stitch to secure all the pieces of your camper onto your shirt. I used silver thread for the camper and window, and black thread for the wheels and hitch. I used a satin stitch.
  4. Now your shirt should have a camper on it! I am lucky enough to have a friend with an embroidery machine that embroidered 'Happy' above each of the campers!  I also added a button to the wheel, which is completely optional!
I am IN LOVE with the lace curtains!  Also, I have decided to help these last longer, I am going to TRY to remember to line dry the shirts.
Aren't these the cutest HAPPY CAMPERS! The rule was if you were wearing this shirt you had to be HAPPY... it worked, most of the time!  I made a Happy Camper shirt for my kids, and their cousins, I also considered making one for my Mother in Law (haha, just kidding)!
For my little boy I had to make a Sheep Camp, because he is in love with our Sheep Camp... The broom, by the way, is a Nimbus 2000!
I know I know, I have the cutest models EVER!
SO if you have some Happy Campers, or want to promote Happy Campers on your next Camping trip... Make a shirt!
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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Showing You OFF! {Party Features!}

I had a great weekend of marshmallow roastin', river raftin', dutch oven cookin, belly laughing, and mesquito swatting! Now it is back to reality.... and laundry! But it was totally worth it! I can not believe I had all of my fabulous friends link up 75 amazing projects while I was camping! Thank you so much here are a few that caught my eye!
I just love Homemae Renegades idea for a 'Cousin Camp'. It looks like so much fun! I might have to try this tradition out!
I think Kassi has got to be the cutest bride ever! I love these personalized totes she made for her bridesmaids!
Here Come's the Sun made these kid friendly birdhouses, honestly it can not get any easier than this! My mom called me and told me she saw this at the party and wanted to make them with my kiddos!
This frozen Oreo dessert from Heidi's Recipe's looks fabulous! Especially on these HOT summer days!
And the lucky linky for this week blog of the week is....
#57 Cherry Limeade Chillers from Christy's Cuties! I could go for one of these right now! I will email you with more info!
If you were featured please feel free to grab a button!

Ladybird Ln

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Friday, July 22, 2011

Weekend Show Off Party 7/22!

Ladybird Ln

Hopefully as you are reading this, I am miles away from the nearest internet connection!  Thats right I am going camping!  So I am partying in my own way this week... But I still want to see what you have been up to!  I might not be able to mingle that much this week, but I want to THANK you for coming... Seriously, THANKS, I appreciate you coming each week, your comments, your support, it has been more wonderful then I ever would have imagined!  I have so many fantastic blog friends!

Enough with the mushy, I am excited to introduce the blog of the week... Artsy VaVa!
Hi Y’all! Yes, I’m a Southern girl through and through. My name is Virginia, but in the blogging world I am known as Artsy VaVa. I’ve always loved sharing my art and craft projects with friends. I started my blog as a way to share projects with a larger audience. I have been amazed at how wonderful and just how large the blogging world is. The people I’ve talked to are so nice and supportive. It’s great to see that are so many people besides me that are creatively obsessed! I live by one of my favorite quotes by Erma Bombeck… “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything You gave me.”

One of my favorite projects that I've shared on my blog is the dresser I turned into a bar...
Another project I love are the spoon plant markers...

Thank you Virginia!  Go check out Artsy VaVa!  Now let's see what you have been up to.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fruity Pasta Salad with Mango Corn Bread

 My favorite things to do in the evening, after a crazy day of chasing kids is read... I love to read. I don't believe in buying a lot of books, I am a big fan of the library... And I am super lucky to live right across the street from the library.... ONCE every TWO WEEKS... Ok, so my library is on wheels, but I love it.
The problem with having a library on wheels, if you read as much as I do, you get to point where you have almost everything you want to read... But this last trip to the book truck I found something wonderful a CULINARY MYSTERY... Can you imagine my excitement at finding my two favorite things, food and fiction, in one happy place!
Key Lime Pie is an easy read mystery novel, with delicious recipes throughout... While reading the book I kept thinking, how is she going to put food in this situation? I have already made four of the recipes, and they have each turned out DELICIOUS! I am going to share two of the recipes with you today!

Fruity Chicken Pasta Salad
This fruity tangy salad would be perfect for a lunch with your best girl friends!
2 cups mayonnaise
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 to 3 chicken breasts, diced*
1 (16-ounce) package tri-colored pasta (Rotini, wacky mac, penne, etc.)
2 (15-ounce) cans mandarin oranges, drained (Shawn likes fresh mangoes, for a more tropical taste)
1/4 pound sugar snap peas, sliced diagonally
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Chow mein noodles

In a medium-sized bowl, mix the mayonnaise, minced garlic, celery seed, honey, salt, and pepper together. Cover andplace in the refrigerator. Cook the chicken in a pan, then dice and place in a large bowl. While the chicken is cooking,cook the pasta, then drain and add to chicken. Add the mandarin oranges, sugar snap peas, green onions, and mayonnaise
sauce to the bowl. Gently mix together until everything is covered with the sauce. Refrigerate for one hour beforeserving. Top with chow mein noodles.
Serves 12.
*Can use canned chicken in a pinch.

Mango Corn Bread
I was a little skeptical of corn bread with MANGOS, but it is so yummy. It is very sweet almost like a cake.
2 cups flour
2 cups cornmeal
2 tablespoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups milk
1 mango, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine dry ingredients and set aside. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and milk.Add in dry ingredients, stir until just mixed. Add mango. Stir to combine. Pour batter into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. When bread is done baking, sprinkle top with sugar. Serve with softened butter.
Makes 12 servings.

Note: Can use a corn bread mix. Follow package instructions to prepare batter, then add cinnamon, nutmeg, and mango. Mix according to recipe.
This is a fresh and yummy summer meal!
I like to LINK to these parties!
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Showing You off!

I had so much fun browsing through your projects the past weekend! So many amazing projects were linked up these are a few that caught my eye!
I am always a sucker for a wedding, and loved the post Joy in the Jumble wrote about a beautiful blue and black wedding... She also made some impressive cupcakes!
I just adore a themed bedroom, Kissed by a Frog, made a rockin' room for her tween, go check it out!
This next post got me thinking how naive my kids are when it comes to where they live! Happy-Go-Lucky made the cutest placement for her son to learn his personal information!
Crafty Twin Mommy made the cutest shirt for her daughter she is expecting! I am so impressed how she is reusing her twin boys clothing!
Finally your mouth will be watering when you see these French Eclairs that theJoy of Desserts made!
The lucky Linky of the Week is.... NUMBER 50!
Artsy Vava, made this beautiful chair from a Thrift Store Find!  Congratulations, I am excited to have you as blog of the week!
If you were featured feel free to grab a button!

Ladybird Ln

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