Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Mustache You A Question...

Do you like my new key holder?
 
 
I have seen these popping up everywhere and finally decided to make one.  The old keychain holder I had kinda sucked, so I needed one that was more fun!
 
I found a mustache silhouette that I liked, enlarged it on my computer and traced it onto freezer paper.  This is the silhouette I used:
 
 
I cut out my mustache, and I was going to trace it onto my wood but it kept moving.  So I took the lazyman's way out and tacked the freezer paper onto the wood, sprayed around it lightly with black spray paint, then traced around the  image that was left.
 
I used my jigsaw to cut it out.  It got a little tricky in the curvy part of the stache, but I managed not to lose any appendages!
 
 
I gave it a nice sanding, stained it with one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut, then screwed on my hooks!
 
 
I bought a nice block of wood from Lowe's for $10.  I'll be able to make two key holders out of it and I have a little wood left over.  Since I used the hooks from my old key holder, this only cost me five bucks!
 
I love the imperfections of the wood!
 
 
Now I've got a funky little key holder!  I'm thinking these will make some good Christmas presents!
 
 
Cheers!
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Appliqued Onsies for A Special 1st Birthday!

Happy first day of Fall!
 
I had the pleasure of spending most of my day with my family!  My cousin's little girl turned one so we celebrated her birthday all afternoon!
 
Isn't she precious!
 
 
My cousin made the cute decoration on the booster seat.  I'll be storing that idea for when I have kids!
 
The birthday girl needed some more play clothes, so I made her a few onsies she could prance around in with style!
 
 
I originally saw the owl design on Somewhat Simple where Leslie from The Seasoned Homemaker was doing a guest post.  She used the owl applique on a kitchen towel (super cute) but I decided to slap it on a onsie!
 
 
I also made a bird onsie:
 
 
and an elephant onsie:
 
 
My favorites are the owl and elephant onsies!
 
 
We all had a blast celebrating and laughing!
 
Happy Fall!
 
Cheers!
 
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Sunday, September 16, 2012

Happy Almost Fall - Pumpkin Muffin Recipe!

As far as I'm concerned, Fall is the best season of the year!  You just can't beat bright blue skies, crisp and cool weather, and oh, the smells!
 
I'm officially official at work now - I found out Friday that I passed my certifying exam.  Now I just have a lot of paperwork to complete and I will officially be a PA-C!
 
In the meantime, I'm ready to start transitioning back into blogging!  I've got some exciting parties and swaps coming up, so stay tuned.
 
Today I wanted to share a delicious pumpkin muffin recipe I found online!
 
I took the muffin recipe from The Life of Jennifer Dawn and the pecan streusel recipe from serioustreats.com and combined them to make the most heavenly fall treat!
 
 
 
Ingredients for Pecan Streusel:
8 pecan halves, finely chopped
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon butter

Ingredients for Pumpkin Muffins:
1 box of spice cake mix
 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree
 2 teaspoons of pumpkin spice

Directions:
1. In a large bowl, blend together the box of cake mix, can of pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice.
2. Spoon the batter into a prepared muffin pan.
3. Sprinkle the streusel topping evenly over the muffin mix.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.
 
These make your house smell amazing while they're baking!
 
 
Enjoy your delicious Fall treats!  These are very easy to make, and they really impress everyone with your amazing baking abilities! ;)
 
 
Cheers!