July 22, 2014

A Little Layla Room Update

Hi!  With all the work going on in Hadley's new room I thought it only fair to share a few new snaps of Layla's room!

I added some 3-D flowers (from the Oh Joy Spring collection) to the wall  for a little more color and shine (I love the gold ones!)  And every couple of months I hang something new above her bed on a string of fishing line.  During the Winter is was snowflakes, in February we did hearts and now we have big puffy flowers. 

When Spoonflower offers a free swatch of fabric (usually when they are introducing a new type of fabric) I take turns asking the girls what they like and then I search for fabric based on that.  Last month Layla picked mermaids so I found this adorable fabric and the swatch has been hanging on the lamp on her dresser ever since!

Her room is still my favorite in the house...: ) Pin It

July 21, 2014

Easy Amish Cinnamon Bread

One of my friends (thanks, Karen) posted a recipe link on Facebook that I just had to try.  I love cinnamon ~ just the smell of it baking makes me happy (:

This Amish bread was very light; it didn't have the dense consistency of most quick breads.  But it tasted delicious.  A perfect treat for breakfast!

Ingredients (2 loaves)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice
4 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
Topping ~ Cinnamon/sugar mixture:
2/3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease two loaf pans.
Mix together the topping ingredients in a small bowl.  Set aside.
In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar, and eggs.
Add the flour, baking soda, and milk.  Mix just until combined.
Fill each prepared pan 1/2 full.  Sprinkle with 1/4 of the topping.
Add the remainder of the batter to each pan, and sprinkle with the remaining topping.

Use a knife to swirl the cinnamon and sugar into the batter.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes or until done.

Cool in pans for 20 minutes. 
Remove and enjoy!  ♥

** Note ~ freezes well.  Printable recipe

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July 18, 2014

Creativity Fun Things to Do with Legos

My grandchildren love legos  ~ building castles and super heroes are our favorites.  But I never realized the incredible ideas that have been created using those little plastic objects.

How about a legos for your kitchen utensils....

 ... or a lego key holder...
 ....or perhaps a soap dispenser floating with colorful legos...

...for my patient friends ~ a lego quilt...

...or for those who just can't get enough... a lego kitchen island...

... and for me when the grandkids leave....

Hope that you found something interesting!  ♥

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July 17, 2014

Crocodiles ~ DIY ~ Free Pattern

I am hearing so much about the new season of "Shark Week," but for me it is Crocodile Time ~ Tick Tock Crock to be exact!
This pattern is free from Sew4Home ~ one of my favorite blogs.  I have to admit that I started the softies back in March, then put them aside, and recently pulled them out to finish.

While the pattern was extremely easy to follow, the plush fabric did require some adjusting (and more than a few uses of the seam ripper)!!

After asking my granddaughter their favorite colors, I selected aqua and lime green minky fabrics.  (Reminder to self ~ always use the same color for both girls!)

Stitching from the back...

...and from the front...

button eyes added...

...and then the stuffing (got to catch up on a few television show while doing this!)

...and my crocks were finished...

The process did take some time, but the results were well worth it.

Enjoy!  ♥

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July 16, 2014

Wishlist Wednesday - Summery Cuteness

I love all the bright colors out there right now!! So much cute stuff to make/buy to make sure Summer lasts a bit longer!!
Snow Cone Print
Vintage Bikini Stamps
DIY Cocktail Umbrellas

DIY Fabric Lanterns

Balloons in the pool!!

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July 15, 2014

We're Back and Smoothie Day!

Oh we are the worst!  Sometimes Summer just gets the best of us and we take off for a few days (weeks) and forget to update you all on our whereabouts.  Summer means travelling to visit our families as much as possible since it works for everyone's schedule and there is soooo much for us to do both here and away.  Anywho, we're back (with a vengeance) and promise to post something every day for the next week...after that who knows: )

After a prolonged vacation I usually go into detox mode - or healthy eating mode to help counteract all the ice cream, pizza, beer and ice cream (it deserves two mentions!) consumed during our time away.  We both have Moms The girls' Noni and Grandma) who love to spoil us with yummy treats everyday and since we don't eat like that at home we go all out when we are with them.

So the Monday we got back I made a trip to Michaels for a dozen mason jars and another trip to Whole Foods for smoothie supplies.  Then, after about two hours of washing, cutting and blending I had 12 jars full of smoothies ready for freezing and about 15 bags of prepared smoothies bags that just need to be dumped into the blender with either the frozen coconut water or coconut yogurt ice cubes I made and done!

Here are a few of the combinations I came up with:

Baby Spinach
Almond Milk
Chia Seeds

Lime (juice of two)
Coconut Water

Peach (skin off)
Coconut Water
Chia Seeds


Coconut Water


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June 30, 2014

Hadley's Big Girl Room - Part 2

Hello!  Last week I posted a ton of photos of Hadley's (finally finished) big girl room.  Today, I'm following up with a few more photos and a more compete source list.  Let me know if there is anything I forgot!

Quilt: La Rue de Fleurs
Heart Sham
Bali Headboard: Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Flower Garland and Wall Dots: Oh Joy for Target (no longer available)
Knit Dolls on Bed
BLOOM pillows on bed (ordered these before Layla was born!)
Nightstand - Target (no longer available)

Globe Light  - vintage from Restore for $15!
ART: Wake Up & Dream
          Swirly Hair
          Cat with Glasses
Fluffy Rug: made using this fabric


Bunny Pillow: H&M Home (no longer available)
Owl Table Lamp: Urban Outfitters (no longer available)
Scroll Mirror: Home Goods
Frames on Dresser: Target and Michaels
Yarn Wrapped Tree: Target
Curtain Tie Backs: Painted pink: )

You will find more item links here!

Nap Time!

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