Friday, April 29, 2011

Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Tarts

About two months ago, my husband mentioned that his two favorite desserts are cheesecake and lemon meringue pie.  He went on to say that if someone were to combine the two he would be in heaven.  I told him that I was pretty sure someone combined the two ages ago, and I was right.  The wonderful invention of google provided me with not one, but many different recipes of the lemon meringue cheesecake.  I picked this one and decided to serve it at his birthday bbq party this weekend.  So this is what I'm about to make.  I found the recipe at Sweet & Savory where she posted a recipe for Anna Olson's Lemon Meringue Cheesecake Tarts from this cookbook.  

Yum.  I'm so excited for these.  Which is why I must go and prepare them!  Wish me luck!  I'll be sure to let you know how they turn out.  
Have a 
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Thursday, April 28, 2011

It's a Royal Wedding

So, I hear there's a big wedding coming up... I guess it's going to be HUGE!!  Haha!  Yes, it will be.  

Sadly, I'm not doing anything exciting or fun for the day except just tuning in to the royal wedding, but if you want to be a little involved, check out these fun additions to the Royal Wedding celebration.
At Family Fun, they have an adorable Princess Kate paper doll printable for your own little princess to enjoy!

Princess Kate Paper Doll

Or while you're watching, you can snack on some snazzy Engagement Ring Mini Cupcakes found on the Betty Crocker website.

Engagement Ring Mini Cupcakes

If you have planned a fun get together or party, why not add some appropriate party circles to decorate with. TomKat has some cute free printables for your enjoyment!

Whether you're going all out with a fun Royal shindig, or just watching it on the tube like me, it's sure to be spectacular and memorable, as always!  Enjoy!

William + Kate = Love

William and Kate Wedding Portrait

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nonslip Hairclip Variations

I promised you I would post some variations of my nonslip hairclips that I made.  I had to wait until Easter weekend had passed just because they were 'gifts' for my nieces.  I made 3 different clips that I'll show you how to make in case you might want some, too!  Here's the final product:

Before I continue, just a warning... this post is REALLY picture heavy just because I am showing you how to do the 3 different clips.  This is what you'll need for ANY of the clips:
embroidery thread and needle
alligator clips
hot glue gun

Okay, the first one is the purple flower clip.  For this one, you'll also need a button and a rhinestone for the center.  
You'll need to cut out five petals in felt.
 Sew them together with the embroidery thread by folding the bottom of each petal and sew through the fold, like this.
 Attach all 5 petals until you get this.  Pull on the thread as much as you can so they're all tight together.
 Knot your thread and snip.  Now you'll need green felt cut into two leaf shapes, your button and a rhinestone.
 Attach the leaves the back with one on top of the other to the back.
 And through the front, sew on the button.  If you attach them all at once, you have less bulk with your thread.
 Here's what it should look like.
 Now you can hot glue your rhinestone on.
 With the nonslip hairclip tutorial, you can cover your clip with the felt.
 Then, of course, hot glue the flower to it.
 Now you can use it as a clip however you wish.  I clipped it on a hair band for my gift.

For hairclip number two is a sequined clip.  You'll also need sequins for this one.  Cut out a circle from felt.  I used a small jar as a template.
 Start hot gluing on your sequins.  BE CAREFUL.  I burned myself a few times applying the sequins just because they're so small.
 When it's dry, hot glue the circle to your clip.
 So pretty and sparkly.

Last one is the blue clip with the mod flower.  You will need to cut out a circle shape (blue) that's about 1 1/2 inches.  Then a small circle (yellow) that's about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch and a tiny dot of a circle that's small enough to go on the yellow circle flower.  And lastly, you'll cut out a small leaf shape (green).
Hot glue on your felt shapes so they look like so.

Now comes some embroidery.  Sew a split stitch for the flower stem from leaf to flower.  Knot in the back and trim thread.
Hot glue it onto your clip.  You're done.

That's it.  They're all relatively easy.  So have fun!  
Here are my clips all packaged and ready for gift giving.

Happy Spring!  See you tomorrow!                     

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Good day, everyone!!  SUCH a gorgeous, sunny day where I am.  I love it!  I'm praying it will be beautiful out this weekend for the hubby's birthday party, too.  I've been so busy with the planning and such, I haven't done much crafting.  Kinda makes me sad.  BUT, I did happen to sneak in a quick DIY for myself (& for you all who want to do your own).  I'm a little excited about this one.  I don't know why, it's not unique or in depth or anything like that.  I think because I LOVE to repurpose clothing for myself because it's like getting something new to wear that I didn't have to BUY!  Whoopee, right!?  I love that.  
Okay, so let's get this started already.  Right now (and for a few years now, actually), my style icon is Reese Witherspoon.  I love her.  She's genuine, she's a mom, she's gorgeous, she's talented, and she dresses so stinking  cute.  If I could have anyone's wardrobe it would be hers.  Seriously.  
Awhile back, I caught a glimpse of her in some stylin' boyfriend jeans.  She made it look so easy.  Look at her.

I figured I could probably wear those jeans.  Definitely won't look as good, but maybe I could get away with it.  Instead of taking a risk and buying a 50+ dollar pair of jeans that I may only wear a handful of times.  I went through my stash of clothes and found these.  I don't wear them because they're ridiculously long, but I bought them for like $30 at Gap forever ago.  Plus, they're a tad big on me (I like to think maybe a little of my baby weight is coming off... 15 months later).  
 Here's what you're going to do.  While wearing the jeans you wish to alter, figure out where you'd make your pant cuff on your legs and roll them where you want them.
 Now take them off.  Note where the cuff starts and unfold the leg.  Add about a finger-thumb width, like in the picture and trim there.
 It's okay, you can make the cut.  It was hard for me, too.  But I did it, and I love it!
 Now to distress the jeans.  I saw a tutorial here, that helps.  I used what I had, sandpaper and an exacto knife.
 Like that tutorial mentions, place cardboard under what you're working on so you don't cut through both sides of your pants.  Then make your cuts up and down and side to side.  You can also 'pick' at the jean with the knife, it makes really good 'distressed' marks.
 The sandpaper worked well to roughen up where I was distressing.  Also, to thin it out and take away some of the darker fibres.

 I did small distress marks on the back pockets, along the edge and on the top.  I didn't want to be showing too much! 
When it looks decent, throw them in the wash and they'll look even more distressed.  
 Go back to the pant legs and make the cuff again.  Don't be fussy, the boyfriend jean is supposed to look a little messy.  Pin them in place.
 Sew a long the side seams of each leg.  This helps so the cuff doesn't come undone.  Mine kept unrolling, so I figured a quick sew would hold it in place.  You can also hand sew it if you don't have a sewing machine.
 And you're done.  Here's one with me in them.
 And my new mannequin...
 Isn't she pretty??!  I got her for Easter.  There was a closing out sale at a store in the mall and I bought it almost brand new for 70 bucks.  I'm proud of her.  And she's a nice 'medium' size mannequin.. no scrawny model sizes.  (Although, she's still pretty scrawny.) 
 Anyways, hope you make some of your own boyfriend jeans.  Have fun!

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