September 30, 2011

Feature Friday - Dry Shampoo

I think we've all heard that it's not good for your hair to be washed every single day.  However, it's hard for me not to feel a bit greasy on day two.  Enter dry shampoo.  There's quite a buzz about dry shampoo.  It's pretty pricey stuff and I'm a thrifty girl.  I thought I'd see if it was easy to make and I found a recipe HERE at Petite Elephant.

September 29, 2011

Viking Tee

Tuesday I showed you how to cut freezer paper with the Silhouette.  Today I'm going to show you the shirt I made with my stencil.  

Baden is at about the same age Rex was when he went through the mustache obsession.  I think Baden is going to be going through a Viking stage.  He wears this hat everywhere.  (I don't fight him on it because I think it's hilarious.)  So, when I made this little t-shirt for him he was seriously excited.

September 28, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to assemble a small kit for someone who is homeless.  We did this one together as a family.  We ran throughout the house looking for things to put in the bag.  We included shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lots of non perishable foods, a spoon, a washcloth, socks, chapstick, Q-tips, a water bottle, and anything else we thought might be appreciated.  I'm really excited to be able to give this away the next time I meet who is struggling.

September 27, 2011

Cutting Freezer Paper with a Silhouette Cutter

I have had quite a few of you readers ask me about cutting your freezer paper with a Silhouette cutter.  I tried to do a little experimenting to figure out the best way to get the job done.  Here we go.

Cut your freezer paper to match the size of your cutting mat.  Use the thinner mat.  Mine isn't super sticky anymore, which probably helps a bit.  I think that it's a little trickier to weed out the design when the mat is brand new.  

September 26, 2011

Placing Portraits

For the past month Kristen Duke has been doing a really cool series on her blog called "Decorating With Portraits."  She's had lots of guest bloggers, all talking about how and where they place family portraits.  Today I'm up and you can my post HERE.  So head on over and check out the series.

Thanks for stopping by.

September 25, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - brothers, trains, and vikings

I am so thankful that these two have each other.  Now don't get me wrong.  They do a whole lot of fighting, but once in a while I catch a really tender moment when they are laughing together or when Rex is trying to teach Baden something.  I always pray that they will always be good friends.  Rex has heard me say that in our prayers and yesterday in his prayers he said, "And thank you that can can always be buddies."  It was so sweet.  (Please ignore Baden's dirty toenails.  He was playing outside :)

September 24, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Atlantic luggage and a trip to Legoland

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Have you ever been on a trip with your family before?  I remember a few from when I was a child.  "I get the window seat in the plane!"  "I'm not sitting by her!"  "Are they going to have a meal on the plane?  I'm starving."  There's a lot to "coordinate."  The last thing you want to have to worry about is your luggage.

Well, Atlantic luggage is lightweight, durable, and affordable.  It's exactly what you need for a family on the go.  Their luggage is good looking and well priced - perfect for stress-free travel.

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September 23, 2011

Feature Friday - arm warmers, take two

A year ago I did a Feature Friday on arm warmers.  You can see it HERE.  Well, I was rummaging through my craft room the other day and I saw four pairs of super cute knee socks I had purchased on clearance a while back.  Autumn is when we bust out arm warmers for the boys around here, so I thought I'd show you this idea again - plus the new ones I just made.

September 22, 2011

Color Scavenger Hunt and Nature Bracelet

Before we get started today, let's announce our Pick Your Plum winner:

Kristen who said:  Who can't use crafting supplies. Ooh, they would be so fun!


One of my friends at I Love to Create asked if I had any project ideas for kids using their new dry adhesive products.  So, I thought up a couple of ideas and I'm excited to share them with you today.  These products work great with kids because there's no mess.  Nice.

The first idea was a Color Scavenger Hunt.  I cut up a cereal box into the shape of a artist's palette and then I drew circles and labeled them with a color name.

September 21, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to do something small for someone who was sad.  We recently met a lady who has been struggling.  She's been taking care of her father, who is extremely sick and she's felt overwhelmed.  We made a pie and took it over as a family.  She was really happy to know someone was thinking of her.  She started to cry.  When we left Rex asked why she was crying and I tried to explain it. When I involve my kids in the wake up Wednesdays they always end up being the best experiences.  It feels good to do something good, but even better to teach a little one to do something good.  It was a great night for us.

This week's challenge comes from an awesome reader.  Here's what she said:

"Cheri, I saw a cute thing on pinterest the other day and thought of your Wake up Wednesday. They had taken trial size bottles of personal hygiene items and small non-perishable food and placed it all into a gallon ziplock container. These little packages were then put in the car and when they saw someone holding a homeless or need help sign, they had a nice care package made up to give them. They also suggested keeping trial size dog food bags. Your blog reaches so many thought you might like the idea."

September 20, 2011

Make Old Clothes New With Paint

I started thinking the other day about how NOT every project really has to start from scratch.  Here's what I was thinking.......

So, as explained, I broke out my Tulip Glow-in-the-dark dimensional paint....

September 19, 2011

Super Simple Beaded Bracelet

Today I'm going to show you how to make a really simple beaded bracelet.  It's a fun, quick project.    Here are two I did and one my mom did.


September 18, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - the internet, reading, and the primary program

I am very grateful for internet access at home his week.  I'm back in action!  It was a bit frustrating to figure it all out, but that has a way of making you appreciate something you took for granted.  If you've emailed me in the last week and a half and not heard back, please be patient with me.  I'm still trying to dig myself out of my inbox.

I just finished a book about motherhood and seriously helped me see things a bit differently.  Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as a mother.  I love it, but I often feel like I'm falling short.  (You can find the book HERE if you're interested.)

September 17, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - Little Gentleman's Closet

Before we get started  let's re-announce the winners of the Inner Hooker Patterns.  (I accidentally only picked one the other day instead of three.  So, here are our three winners:

Mother May who said: Super cute!! I need some patterns :) I started crocheting in June, long story short, I am making headbands and different types of beanies for all of the patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while I'm here :)!

Carla who said: I have a boy and a girl and I LOVE to crochet!! I usually just look at a pattern and wing it, but then they don't turn out as cute! I LOVE all her patterns and would love to try out actual patterns to make some adorable hats for my kids!!!

 the Airharts who saidThis post is perfect timing for me! I just learned how to crochet two days ago....and just finished my first "real hat" this afternoon. I have been walking around all day with it on my head in 90 degree weather becasue Im so darn proud of it! I cant wait to learn how to do this kind of stuff!!!

Please drop me an email so I can get you hooked up.  Thanks!

Today we're welcoming back a fun sponsor - Little Gentleman's Closet.  Get ready for the cutest little boys ties and bow ties.  Here's a few I'm in love with.

September 16, 2011

Feature Friday - Pick Your Plum and a GIVEAWAY!

I know I've told you about Pick Your Plum before.  If you don't remember and you don't stalk their site like me, then I'll remind you.  Pick Your Plum is a daily deal site, featuring crafting items.  Their deals are seriously good.

Well, the great ladies at Pick Your Plum sent me this pack of rockin' Halloween ribbon to play with.  There is patterned ribbon and even a personalized one that says, "Happy Freakin' Halloween from the Heaton family."  Funny, huh?  Here's what I did with the ribbon.

September 15, 2011


Sorry this is a teeny bit late....still without internet here....but here's our winner for the Inner Hooker patterns:

Mother May who said: Super cute!! I need some patterns :) I started crocheting in June, long story short, I am making headbands and different types of beanies for all of the patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital while I'm here :)!

Drop me an email and I'll get you hooked up!  Congrats!

Etched Kitchen Table

I'm at HERE Project Run and Play today and while I'm still waiting for my internet to get set up my sister Leca is in the house today.  Welcome Leca!
Hello all!  It's me Leca from Leca Unplugged!  I've hijacked Cheri's blog today to tell you all about my table woes.
So I have this table and I wanted it to stay nice.  I ordered up a piece of glass for the top thinking it would save my life and my table. 
It didn't.
It turns out glass shows finger prints and crumbs super easily.
I really couldn't have that.

See how shiny?  Well, I decided to etch the glass to change the reflection and hide all my kids' nastiness.

September 14, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

I'm still figuring out the internet stuff, but meanwhile I stopped by my sister's house to write today's post.  Thanks for your suggestions and help.

Last week's challenge was to pick up trash.  I was floored at how easy it was to teach my kids to do this.  We talked about what littering means and BAM - they got it.  We picked up all sorts of stuff and they were proud to do it.

September 13, 2011

Reluctantly Unplugged

So, we cancelled our Internet and cable on Saturday in search of something cheaper. We tried to get Internet through digis yesterday, but it didn't work in our location. Do any of you who live in Utah have something fairly fast that isn't Comcast? Please help. I don't have a tutorial today because I'm typing this on my phone! Hopefully we'll be up and running soon. Thanks for understanding.

September 12, 2011

Coffee Table from Scraps

Here's another project from my sister Cassie's house that I never showed you.  That's because she ended up trading it with another sister, so it didn't ned up in her house.  Anyhow, she and my dad made this cool coffee table.

Pretty, huh?  Well, let me show you what it looked like before it was a table.  It was a decorative column and...

...and a door from a selvage yard.

They cut the column into pieces to make legs....

...and they cut the top of the door off.

They drilled holes and used dowels to connect the legs as they wanted them.

Then they used wood glue as well....

...and clamped them while they dried.

Then, to attach it to the top they screwed top of the leg into a square of plywood and screwed that plywood into the table.

Cassie painted the table yellow, distressed it, and then glazed it.

The little ottomans fit under it nicely.

It's a great statement piece in my other sister's family room.  I love it.

She got the all the stuff from George's demolition.  It's downtown Salt Lake and only open a couple times a week.  It's FULL of stuff and nothing's really priced.  You can bargain with them a bit.  It's kind of fun.

That's all for today.  See you tomorrow.  Thanks for dropping in.

September 11, 2011

Sunshine Sunday - autumn, family photos, and secret news

I had the best week I've had in a long time.  The weather has been a bit cooler since we're heading into autumn.  Autumn is my favorite season.  I can take the kids to the park without sweating like crazy.  We got in a lot of play time with the cousins this week, which was so fun.  (Excuse the low res photos.)

The older cousin has learned to pump on the swing.  No pushing necessary.  I'm hoping that rubs off on Rex soon :)

You can't really beat swings followed up with Jamba Juice.

He asked me if he could wear a hat that day.  As if he didn't already have me wrapped around his baby finger - I'm a huge sucker for boys in hats.

We had Katie Dudley take our family photos this week.  I'll post them here when they are done.  She was absolutely awesome.  She was great with my boys and made it fun and easy going.  Can't wait to see the pics.
And lastly, I received some crazy-awesome-exciting news this week, but I can't share it just yet.  I know that's annoying, but I'm waiting until the details are firmed up a bit.  (No, I'm not pregnant.)  This one's big and I'm bursting to share it.
Thank you for reading!

September 10, 2011

Soapbox Saturday - the Inner Hooker and a GIVEAWAY!

Today we are welcoming a fabulous new sponsor - the Inner Hooker.  (Yes, the name makes me giggle too.)  I should warn you before reading this post.  It will make you want to learn to crochet or it will make you want to have a baby or it will make you want both.  Seriously cute stuff coming up.

The Inner Hooker has the cutest crochet patterns I've ever seen.  I'm not joking.  Check these out.

I warned you!  Okay, let's check out a few more.  I want to drop everything I'm doing and make this one right now.

Oh, and there's more than patterns for babies.  See?

Okay, so now you probably want to head over to her shop and see all the cute ones I didn't show you.  You can head over HERE to check out all the rest.

She is also giving away THREE patterns each to THREE people today!  Leave one comment to enter.
Giveaway ends Tuesday night.


September 09, 2011

Feature Friday - my Mom's first pattern

If you've been reading my blog for a while you know my mom is crazy talented.  She can sew and paint with the best of them.  I have three sisters and she made most of our prom dresses.  She can whip stuff up pretty easily.  Well, today she opened an easy shop called Gramma Allie's and this is her first pattern for purchase.

What?  That's nice, but you don't sew?  No worries.  She's making the actual capes to sell as well, right HERE.  Sweet, huh?  Check out it out.  They are reversible.

The boys can choose who they want to be that day - Batman or Superman.

In fact, the capes are guaranteed to improve your superhero abilities :)

He's pretty intimidating...don't you think?

So head on over and visit Gramma Allie.  She'll be happy to have you stop over for a visit.

Thanks for stopping by.

September 08, 2011

Drying hooks

Before we get started today let's announce the winner of the Ultimate Hairstyle Handbook.

It's Abby who said: Not only does the author have the most AMAZING name in the world that just happens to be the same as mine, she also has incredible taste in hair. I'm drooling over the pictures!

Congrats Abby!


Today's idea is very, very simple.  I needed some more places to hang items to dry in the laundry room.  I bought a few cute hooks and added them to a quote board I no longer liked....making this.

Maybe it's just me, but I keep seeing these different signs I bought several years ago and I just don't like them anymore.  They are awesome to repurpose, though.  I sprayed this baby red and hung the new hooks on it.  I found the umbrella hooks at JoAnn's for 50% off and I love them.  I thought mounting them on the plaque would make them stand out a bit more.

They kind of coordinated with the sign I made that hangs up close by.

So now I have some more spots to hang the non-dryer items after they get washed.

Want to see what the laundry room really looks like?  It doubles as my husband's bike room all through the summer.  My husband thinks keeping his bike in the garage is absurd.  I'm kind of surprised his bike doesn't have a name.  I might just have to think of one :)

That's all for today.  I have something fun to show you tomorrow.  My mom's releasing her first pattern and it's a pretty easy one to sew.  See you tomorrow.  Thanks for being here.


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