Gotta Make Room...

Those of you who own Etsy shops know exactly what I am talking about! Sometimes your pile of finished products just takes up too much space!

So, I am offering some clearance items {because I need more space in my studio!} at 50%+ off of original retail price!

Tutorial: How to Make Cupcake Toppers

These are the latest craze to hit the party scene!! But, now that you can get your pdf printable files in etsy shops and blog everywhere... including my 4th of July printable here. So, how do you take the printed sheet of paper and turn it into a decorating masterpiece!?!?

Here's how:
{click on any of the pictures to see them enlarged!}

Print out your template sheet on sturdy paper. Think 80-110lb. card stock {bright white is preferable because your colors will be perfect}.

Next, grab your circle punch. If you happen to be using my template sheet, use a 2.5" circle punch! You can find them at Joann's, Michaels, and probably any other craft store {sadly there is no Hobby Lobby out here... but from all the wonderful posts I read elsewhere I kinda wish there was!}

Center the design in your punch... and...PUNCH!

Printable: 4th of July Cupcake Toppers

Looking for a little extra something to make your 4th of July BBQ/party a little more fun! How about a FREE printable!?

Click {here} to download the file.

Each square is 2.5". The circles are 2". You can use a 2.5" punch to cut them out or grab your scissors and cut them by hand! Then create your cupcake toppers.

{Come back tomorrow to see how to make your own cupcake toppers!}

Mingle Monday - 6.27.2011

Welcome to another wonderful week... and the first full week of summer!!! Yay!!! 

{Just because I like this pic and it reminds me of summer and backyard BBQ's!}

Bathroom Renovation Inspiration

{How are you liking my new blog layout!? I worked on it for most of the day yesterday... quite the undertaking!}
For the last 6 months or so {since we have moved into our home} I have been trying to decide what I want to do with our bathrooms. We are so lucky to have 2 FULL baths. One is the guest/kids bathroom... the other belongs to me and my hubby! I had hoped to start work on the kids bathroom this month... but with $800+ in car repairs this month {OUCH!} it kind of took a back seat.... again!

So, for now, I keep wishin' and hopin' and dreamin' and thinkin' {or however that song goes} for the $ to get at my bathrooms!! Just for fun, I put together some eye candy inspiration of bathroom renovations. Maybe you will see something you like and will want to do in your own bathroom! I am loving the bead board or board and batten looks.

Tutorial: Garage Sale Desk Redo {Part 2}

Just a quick recap.... we bought this desk for $10 at a garage sale. Feel free to go back and read {Part 1} of this tutorial to refresh your memory!

And the winners are...

The winner of the Bedtime and Naptime book and BONUS CD is #10

Dominika said...

My favourite thing about being a mom is cuddles!!! I love the way my son (3 months) snuggles with me and I love the way he smiles and laughs. It's amazing to see the world through his eyes, and ordinary object makes him laugh and shake. I love that even after a night of no sleep, his smile and love gives me the strenght to keep going.

AND... our Pizzazzing You Giveaway winner never contacted me. So a new winner has been chosen... #23

lindsey said...

Hi, I am now following Pizzazzing You's blog.

I am sending you both an email {if I have your email address}. You have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen! If you do not receive my email, please send me an email at to claim your prize.
Thanks to everyone who entered!!!! Make sure you check out the pages of my sponsors by clicking on their buttons. They have wonderful things to offer!!!

Tutorial: Garage Sale Desk Redo {Part 1}

A couple months ago we bought a lovely desk for $10 from a garage sale. As my daughter gets closer to starting kindergarten {sheesh.. I feel old!} we thought it would be fun to get her a desk for her room. That way she has her own special place to do homework, color, etc.  Here's what we got for $10 {before}:

And here is was I {and my kids} turned it into {after}:

Mingle Monday - 6.20.2011

Happy Father's Day to all you dad's out there!!! I hope your day is filled with peace, ties, and and chocolate!

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Pizzazzing You Giveaway: And the winner is....

...lucky #44. SummerSorbet.

Congrats!!! I am sending you an email and you have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

Meanwhile... the Bedtime and Naptime giveaway has been extended through today. Make sure you stop by and enter to win! One comment gets you entered! You will LOVE this book. It's a must have for all moms, grandmas, aunts, sisters, and women everywhere! There are less than 20 entries!!

If you are a facebook fan... pop over to my facebook page and enter my Friday Giveaway! You could win a key fob of your choice!

Have a great weekend... and a very happy father's day to all your dads out there!!!

Tutorial Thursday: Mod Podge Family Name Blocks PLUS Craft Linky

I made this the other day after seeing some different ideas on the internet!
{View this post for a similar Mod Podge project}

Tutorial: How to Make Mod Podge Tags

 Remember this post here where I made this?

Well, I finally got around to making my name tags to hang on the knobs! Here's how they turned out!

Mingle Monday 6.13.2011

Another week gone. Are your kids out of school yet?!? Mine are little and in the school -de-mom {which never ends!} but I think the neighborhood kids are getting ready to be done!

While you are here this week, puh-lease enter my 2 giveaways that are currently going on! Both end this week and both have very low entries!!!!

Mommy Lesson #3: Kids Make a Great First Impression {True Story}

... or more aptly titled..."How my kids helped me make a great first impression!"

So, we have been in our house for about 6 months now {yay!} and we bought it about 7 months ago. SO.... about 8 months ago we started working with a loan guy {not sure what the technical term is for him}. My husband had been dealing with him mostly, but the kids and I had to take a trip to his office one day to drop off paperwork because my sweet hubby had a meeting at work.

Review and Giveaway: Bedtime and Naptime... by Hilary Weeks

**Extended until Friday, June 17th!!!**

I was given the opportunity through Deseret Book Store to review a brand new book by singer/songwriter Hilary Weeks. The book is called "Bedtime and Naptime... and Bedtime and Naptime: The Simple Joys of a Mom's Life". Hilary Weeks is an LDS {Latter-Day Saint} mom and entertainer. She writes and performs beautiful religious songs. In this book {which includes a CD} she shares some of "the simple joys of a mom's life".

I just have to say... as a mom.... this made me laugh the hardest I have laughed in a l-o-n-g  time!! But, it also really hit home. She shares some fantastic quotes from women with great insight, as well as her own personal experiences being a wife and a mother.

Returning Sponsor: The Bitsy Beau {Plus a 15% off promotion code}

My Pizzazzing You giveaway has been extended for another week! Hopefully all of you returning this week from vacations {you lucky ducks} will be able to stop by and enter to win a custom bit of nursery decor worth $36!!

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I want to welcome back The Bitsy Beau as a sponsor again this month! They have the most beautiful hair accessories! Oh how it makes me wish I had a baby girl to embellish ...  decorate adorn!

These adorable "goodies" make fantastic baby shower and birthday gifts if you don't have a little girl of your own! They are also wonderful photo props if you are a photographer!

Cooking Tip: Make Your Own Shredded Lettuce

Looking for the Pizzazzing You giveaway!? It ends tomorrow... so get those entries in!

We have taco night at our house once a week. It used to be on Tuesdays, but now it can be any day. BUT, what are really good tacos without shredded lettuce!?? They are just good. With rising gas prices and and higher prices at the grocery store {which I still call the "market"} the price of lettuce and particularly shredded lettuce has gone up!

So, here's a "won't break the bank" way to make your own shredded lettuce.

Mingle Monday 6.6.2011

Make sure while you are hear that you stop by and enter my Pizzazzing You giveaway. Pizzazzing You is a wonderful all-in-one baby boutique. They have graciously offered a custom ceramic nursery tile {a $36 value} to one lucky winner!

There are very low entries. Ends Wednesday, 6.8 so get those entries in!!!

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Recipe : To Die For Banana Bread!

Do you have a bunch of monkey's at your house who love bananas? Do you ever find that some of them turn brown and speckled before they get eaten?

Solution: Make some delicious banana bread! These bananas are perfect for banana bread!

Tutorial: Knit Twirl Skirt

Knit skirts are so super comfortable ... and EASY! Don't let the fact that it's knit and not cotton fool you! I made this one for my little girl, but I think I will totally make one for me too!

Happy Birthday To Me!!! And Free Shipping for You!!!

Today is my birthday!!! BUT, I think I need a few more candles on the cupcake... because I am turning the big {gulp} 

So, to celebrate, for ONE DAY ONLY {!!!!!!} I am offering FREE SHIPPING on your entire order! {domestic orders only}