January 31, 2012

How to Make Hairpins

Today's craft is super, duper easy and fun.  We're going to make/embellish some hairpins.  


This is a great project to do with younger people as well because it's really easy.  (While Rex won't be wearing one, he was really excited to help make them.)  The reason for this project is that I've been wanting to wearing my hair (not my makeup) like these pictures I found on Pinterest.

January 30, 2012

The Martha Stewart Link and a GIVEAWAY!

Thank you all so much for your helpful answers on Saturday.  I've already used a lot of the advice.  You guys are awesome!

For those of you who didn't get to tune in to Martha last week, I now have a link so you can watch it online.  You can go HERE and then in the left sidebar there's a link that says "Watch the Video."  You kind of miss a tiny bit of the beginning, but you see the most important parts. 

I also wanted to thank you guys for all your encouragement and for sharing the excitement along the way.  I feel so lucky to have such supportive, kind readers.  So, today I'm giving away the dress that Martha sewed in the final stage.... 


....AND the one they had displayed on the mannequin to two of you readers. 


All you have to do it leave ONE comment below.  If you leave a couple comments by accident, please go back and erase the others.

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for dropping in.

January 29, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - sledding, scowls, and Saturdays

Rex has been counting down the days till his preschool's sledding day.  We haven't had a lot of snow this year and he's been wanting to sled so badly.  Then on Tuesday we finally woke up to snow.  His sledding day wasn't until Friday and I thought the snow might melt before then, so my friend and I took the boys sledding that morning.  We got fresh, untouched snow all to ourselves...and it melted by Friday so the preschool sledding day was cancelled.  I was really glad we went.


Rex made a snow angel.  Baden didn't really like the snow to come in contact with him in any way :)

January 28, 2012

Sharing Saturday - a few questions

It's been FOREVER since we had a Sharing Saturday and I miss them!  Here's how it goes.  I list three questions and you give your answers in the comments.  If you have a questions YOU'D like asked of everyone here, just shoot me an email and we'll fit it in sometime.  Since it's been a while, I don't have reader questions.  They are mine.  I'd love your help/suggestions.


1) What is the best product for cleaning off the hardened brown stains on a stovetop.  Our stovetop is stainless steel and when the water accidentally boils over I can never get it off very well.  Any tips?


2) What are some games that are great for young children other than Candyland?  Let's just say I've spent hours playing Candyland this week month and I need something new.  Rex can't get enough of it.  He's only four, so I need something else that he can understand and like.

3) Where's the best family vacation you've ever been on?  Is it Disneyland, Legoland, or is there some place that you'd rate higher?  I don't know if we'll really do it, but we've talked a little about trying to do a little family vacation sometime this year.  Our kids have never been to any of those places.  Thoughts?

Thanks for your advice and input!  I can't wait to hear what you have to say.  Thanks for reading!

January 27, 2012

Nesting at Delia's

Today I'm over at Delia Creates.  She's hosting a nesting series, as she is getting ready to have her third baby.  After two boys she's having a GIRL!  Yay!  Delia AND her blog are both my favorites.  I've met her twice and she is the extremely kind, thoughtful, and gorgeous.


Here's a sneak preview of what I made.  You'll have to go head over HERE to get the full low down.


Thanks for stopping by.

January 26, 2012

Valentines from a Rockstar

If by some chance you're arriving here to today because you saw me on Martha Stewart today, then WELCOME!!!  I hope you enjoy my blog and spend some time peeking around.  Today's project is for Valentine's day.

I wanted to come up with a new fun Valentine for my son Rex this year.  I had so much fun making last year's.  I wanted to include a photo again this time around.  Here's what I came up with.


They were easy to make.  Here's the how to:

January 25, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Last week's challenge was to do something for your spouse or significant other.  I got off rather easy because this past week my husband had his birthday.  However, I did do something sentimental in addition to the presents.  We got engaged in Central Park 7 years ago, so while I was there last week I had my sister take this picture for me.

If it's too small to read here, the note says, "I would say yes again."  (Don't worry.  I printed it big enough for him to be able to read it.)


This week's challenge is to write a note to someone who impresses you.  It could be a friendly co-worker.  It might be a family member.  This challenge is pretty loose, but I have someone in mind that I've been meaning to write to for a while.  Maybe you do too.  Let them know how you feel.  It's fun to see how much people shine when you recognize their goodness.  Even children light up when you point out the good.

So, did any of you do something for your spouse or friend this week?  Let's hear how it went.  Thanks for joining in.  Tomorrow I'll show you the fun Valentines we made for Rex to hand out this year.  See you then.

January 24, 2012

Easiest Ever Minestrone (for the DailyBuzz Mom's 9x9)

After reading the title today you might be thinking, "But Cheri doesn't ever post recipes."  And you're right.  However, I have a rockin' recipe from my mom for minestrone and I love it.  Why?  

- Because it's one of those things I can still make when I have almost nothing in the house.  
- I love eating warm soup in the winter.  
- It's quite healthy and a great way to get my kids to eat veggies.
- It's crazy easy and delicious, which makes me happy.


So today we're breaking the rules and I'm sharing a recipe.   It's one of those recipes that's very adjustable.

January 23, 2012

The Martha Stewart Show

Okay, it's time for the low-down.  First of all, the show will air on THURSDAY (January 26th) at 10am on the Hallmark Channel.

I'll give you the full story of my experience.  Read as much or as little as you want :)


I was contacted by someone from the show in the very beginning of September.  They found my blog and wanted me to demonstrate how to make the Upcycled T-shirt Dress.  I was floored when I got the email and wondered how I could even verify it was real.  She explained that they didn't have dates, but wanted to see if it would even be a possibility for me.  I didn't really tell anyone because I figured I'd wait to see if it would really happen.

January 22, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - NYC Edition

I thought I'd share some pictures of what my sisters and I did in New York and tomorrow I'll give you the Martha low-down.  I brought my nice camera, but never had the energy to drag it with daily.  We walked so much, so I just ended up using my iPhone instead.  

I LOVE NYC!  I'd been there once before when my husband and I got engaged, but I got to see a lot more this time around.

We hit China Town to score a cute knock-off bag for my sister who didn't get to come :(


There was a sweet Lego store at Rockefeller Center.  My boys would have drooled all over the place.

January 21, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Fabric Organizer

I'm in the process of slowly changing our office into my craft room.  My husband didn't initially like the idea, but I promised him I would keep it clean and organized.  With all sorts of fabric in bins and baskets everywhere, I knew this promise would be hard to keep.  Then (through Lindsay) I found the Fabric Organizer.  Yay!  Now things are looking great and tidy.


Let me tell you a little more about them.  They are thin and made of corrugated plastic.  They have tabs that hold the fabric in place and then you wrap it around like a bolt at the store.  They keep your fabric looking like a store and they help it stay wrinkle-free as well.

January 20, 2012

Just Like New - Show and Tell

Today is our last guest post for "Just Like New."  Our guest today is Sausha from Show and Tell.  This lady is an absolute expert with giving furniture new life.  I love her blog because it's full of incredible makeovers.  She also has a blog where she lists furniture she's finished to sell.  It's called Sweet Pickins and if you live in Utah you definitely want to check it out.  Sausha has been on the Nate Berkus Show and she drives a rocking set of wheels.  Welcome Sausha!


Hey everyone!!  Im Sausha from {show and tell} and i am super excited to be guest posting today!!  On my blog i post lots of furniture before and afters and a popular re-do is always a dresser turned TV console.  Everyone loves a good furniture make-over right?!

My clients dresser wasn't bad, but it wasn't good either!  It was solid wood and in really good shape so they didn't want to trash it.  They needed a tv console for their new flat screen and after seeing the one that i posted about here, they decided to have me re-purpose their dresser as well.


January 19, 2012

Just Like New - Pretty Handy Girl

So, Tuesday was the filming for Martha.  I will share lots of details soon, but for now here's a little picture my sister took from the audience before the filming.  (It's proof  I can use to remind myself that it actually happened :)


Today while I'm gone we have a guest post from Brittany at Pretty Handy Girl.  She has a garden flag project to share with us today.


Welcome Brittany!


January 18, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday


So, Cheri is out of town still so she had me of all people (her non-crafty husband) write this post for her.  So last weeks challenge was to give compliments.  I went out of my way this week to make sure Cheri knew how proud I was of her for going on Martha Stewart.  She is soooo dedicated to this blog, spends a lot of time and effort to make it something all of you will come back to see, day after day.  I'm happy to see her have an opportunity to reap the rewards of her efforts this last week by spending some time with her sisters and be on a TV show (note: its not the first time she's been on TV before, ask her about it sometime).  I'm one lucky guy for having such a wonderfully talented and hot Momma!  BTW Cheri says she gave lots of compliments this week, too.  I'll vouch for her since she is usually pretty good about this.

This weeks challenge is do something especially nice for your significant other.  While Cheri made me promise to "keep it clean" I'll let each of you decide what your spouse, boyfriend, whatever, would enjoy the most.  It could be something as simple as a well thought out letter, a special date to their favorite restaurant, a delicious baked good.  Use your imagination and try something new!  If you don't have a significant other right now pick a close friend of the opposite sex and do something nice for them.  Who knows, maybe it will help you gain a significant other.

Ciao!

January 17, 2012

Just Like New - The Rooster and the Hen

Today we welcome Dustin and Whitney from the Rooster and the Hen.  While they haven't been blogging very long, their projects have spread through blogland quickly.  I loved their awesome master bedroom makeover.  They are really talented and they blog about their adventures and idea together.  They have a fun, bold project to share today.  Welcome Dustin and Whitney!

If your 2012 resolution includes anything along the lines of avoiding procrastination, then this might not be the post for you. Not that we advocate procrastination at The Rooster And The Hen, but in the case of our latest venture, it ended up working in our favor. We'll get to more of that in a minute...
We've been “all projecty” up in here working on our peacock themed kid’s bathroom, so Cheri's challenge to take something old and turn it into something new was right up our alley. When it comes to decorating, we’re all about re-purposing what we’ve got around the house or improving on a find from a yard sale, but it hasn’t always been like that.
peacock mood board

January 16, 2012

Just Like New - Dream Book Design

Our first guest this week is Adri from Dream Book Design.  She emailed me once, which is how I found her blog and this is the project that left my mouth dropped open.  I't sone of those that makes me wish I were a thief so I could sneak in her house and have this buffet for myself.  Yeah, that sounded psycho, but I'm just saying this project rocks my world.

Adri and her husband are very talented and creative, have great taste, and they also happen to be adorable.  (They are also expected their first baby in a few months.)  Welcome Adri!

A couple of months ago J bought this massive card catalog from Craigslist. It is from a closed down old Phoenix Public Library. It was so incredible, but yet we had no idea what the heck to do with it. It sat in the garage for a good four months until one day my hubby had a "light bulb" moment and decided he would take it apart and transform it into the most beautiful buffet ever...really, ever!

This is what we started with:

January 15, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - blanket rides, boys, and my man

Since we were home a lot this week, we came up with a lot of ways to entertain ourselves.  This was the favorite though.  I gave the boys blanket rides around the house since I needed to wash all the blankets anyway.  This is Rex's fake smile, but I gurantee you he was having a ball.


I'm now in New York and I'll have pictures to show later, but I'm already missing these little guys.  (Don't worry.....it's not impeding my fun , though :)

I am so incredibly thankful for my husband this week.  I don't have many pictures of him, because this is the look I get when I get out the camera.  However, he is so awesome.  He is extremely supportive of whatever endeavor I'm in the middle of and I am truly blessed to have him for a husband.

I hope you all have a great week.  Thanks for dropping in.  See you tomorrow.

January 13, 2012

Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.

This post brought to you by Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done.  All opinions are 100% mine.

When I think of spring flowers and adding color to my yard, I usually think about heading to the store once all the snow is gone and buying some already-blooming flowers.  However, I recently learned a bit more about bulbs and I'm definitely rethinking my ways.  

Do you know how easy it is to plant bulbs?  Do you know how many kinds there are?  Do you know you can grow them inside as well and even store them in the fridge for a while?  You can visit www.digdropdone.com to learn more and answer any bulb-related question you can think of.  Doesn't this picture make you want to learn a little more?


The site is really easy to use and there are funny videos from three different characters.  They each show you different ways to use and incorporate bulbs into your home and yard.  I got a kick out of Marcy the Super Mom.


Right now "Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done" is also having a contest.  Just visit Curbside Chaos for the full set of details.  All you do to enter is submit a photo of your front yard and you could win a $5000 yard makeover and a visit from Taniya Nayak (who will help you with the makeover).  Sweet, huh?

And while you're there check out the "garden guru" section.  It can help you decide what to plant and tell you when and how.  You just pick your country, select your area, select a picture of the plant you want, and then it gives you all the instructions.  It's like having a sweet lady next door with gardening experience to help you out.

Mine said I could plant this beautiful crocus and it would bloom in April.


And for every share on Twitter, "Bulbs. Dig, Drop, Done." will donate $1.00 to Rebuilding Together, a non-profit organization trying to revitalize communities.

So if your yard needs a bit of color go read up a little on bulbs at www.digdropdone.com  and if it needs a lot of help enter the conest at Curbside Chaos.  

Thanks for dropping in.

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Feature Friday - Light Up a Cardboard Box

We spent a lot of time at home this week due to sickness, so we were trying to come up with some fun things to do at home.  A few weeks ago we made a cardboard house and then through some blog hopping I came up on THIS IDEA from Play At Home Mom.


It was really easy to do.  I just got out a ball point pen and took some rage out on the box.  As I made the holes Baden cheered me on.  "Good job Mommy!"  I love it when they get into things we do together.

January 12, 2012

Valentine's Round Up

Now that Christmas is over, I've seen all the Valentine decorations creeping in.  It's still a little over a month away, but I started browsing some ideas on Pinterest and I thought they'd be fun to share.  Here are 5 fun and do-able Valentines.  (I'm not posting any here that would take hours and hours to make.  No thank you :)

1) Here's what we did last year for Rex's Valentines.  They were really fun to make.  I have a new idea for this year I'll share later.  You can find all the instructions for this one HERE.


January 11, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Before we get started, the Sodee Natural winner is: the Partain Family who said, "I would love to try the Eczema cream. I have a 7 month old son who gets patches of it on his arms. I haven't found anything over the counter that I can use on him, so I feel so helpless when I can tell it's bothering him and I can't do anything for him. :("  Drop me an email and we'll get you set.
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Our challenge from two weeks ago was to celebrate your 2011 victories.  I think many of us can be hard on ourselves.  I could definitely and easily rattle off the things I need to work on, but I believe it's important to see how far we've come.  

I thought of three victories I've had this year.  They are a bit personal, but we're friends :)


1) I've come to appreciate my boys even more.  If you've been reading a while, you know we've been trying to get pregnant for over a year now.  While there have been many moments of frustration, I really feel that it's made me appreciate the children I do have so much more.  I've been trying to cherish the little moments with them more.

January 10, 2012

Organizing with Leftover Containers

It seems everyone is busy restructuring and reorganizing around this time of year.  Rex got a second bout of the flu yesterday, so I thought it might be a good time to tackle a messy cupboard I've been putting off since I clearly wasn't going anywhere.

Here's the cupboard.  Doesn't look that bad?  Well....


....all of this was shoved inside of it without any rhyme or reason.  (Extra credit: Where are Cheri's feet in this picture?  If you guessed, "In her puppy dog sleeper pajamas," then you're right!)


January 09, 2012

Cherry Blossom Tee

One of Rex's preschool teachers is the cutest thing ever.  My sister (whose kids go to the same preschool) made her a shirt just like THIS shirt a while back and she loved it.  When Christmas rolled around I thought it would be fun to make her another embellished tee.  I made her this Cherry Blossom Tee.


Here's the process.

January 08, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - sisters and sharing ice cream

On Friday I was at my sister Cassie's house when out of nowhere Rex threw up all over her counter and floor.  Cassie is seven months pregnant and I told her to run to another room so she wouldn't get sick.  She, however, cleaned up my child's super nasty mess on her hands and knees while I took him to the toilet.  While that's a gross story, it illustrates how awesome and sweet my sister is.  She loves my kids as her own.  (Sorry again about all those ruined coupons Cass :)  And obviously, there's no picture to go with the story.  Pretty sure you wouldn't want it.

I have another sister that lives fairly close by (Leca) and she and I got to get dinner together the other night.  We stayed at the restaurant for hours talking and never ended up shopping, but that's how I like it.  It was so fun and she's always a party.  I really feel so lucky to have amazing sisters.


Lastly, we went to SubZero as a family and got ice cream last night.  We love to order one giant bowl of ice cream and share it.  (Plus, it's way cheaper that way.)  At SubZero they take the cream and use liquid nitrogen to make it into ice cream right in front of you.  The boys think it's super cool.....and frankly, so do I.  There is something fun about ice cream and even more fun when you have little excited mouths to share it with.


I am thankful for the big things and the little things.  Thanks for stopping by.

January 07, 2012

Soapbox Saturday - Sodee Naturals and a Giveaway

I was contacted by Sodee Naturals a while back and asked to review some of their products.  They mentioned having a lotion that helped with eczema, which peeked my interest (since Baden gets little patches of it on his legs).  


They carry shampoo and conditioner bars, eczema creams, soaps, body butter, and shaving cream.  I was lucky to get to try out all of them.  Here's what I picked and what I thought:

January 06, 2012

Feature Friday - iPhone wallpaper reminder

So, I am a big fan of Erika from the Fairy Blogmother and her blog Oops I Craft My Pants.  She did my blog design and she's really cool.  I was on her blog yesterday and I read THIS POST.  She was talking about how it's easy to turn on your phone to do "one quick thing" and then that turns into a lot of time.  

So, she created this little wallpaper for her lock screen on her phone to help her remember her goal for the year.  (I told you she was cool.)  She made it so you can use it too and she even shows how to make that happen (for those of us who may not be as tech savvy as her).


I uploaded it right away....  

January 05, 2012

Ruffled Leggings

The past couple of days I've been trying to get things ready for Martha.  They asked me to do a demonstration of the Upcycled T-shirt Dress.  I need to have a few already done to show and then all the in between phases.  So, my sweet mom came over the other day and we set up an assembly line.  Here are a couple of them.  I wanted some different variations to show.


My mom had a great idea for the leftover shirt part.....

January 04, 2012

Wake Up Wednesday

Today is the Super Heroes of Service report and challenge (since it's the first Wednesday of the month).  Last month the challenge was to do the Good Deed Advent.  The boys and I had a good time trying to do all the little challenges.  We got to make gifts for our garbage men.  Rex was really excited to deliver them to the truck.  Our garbage men know him by name.  We got to deliver Christmas to a couple little families.  The boys loved putting change in the Salvation Army cup.  We had a lot of fun.


This month's Super Heroes of Service Challenge is write thank you notes.  I'm sure there are several people we could all thank for Christmas gifts.  I'm sure we can think of people we could thank for all sorts of things.  I'm going to have the boys color some thank you notes and send them off.  I want them to learn that saying thank you is important.  I like to let them say what they want, while I write it down.  It makes for some funny cards :)

Did anyone else get to do some good deed advent fun?  I'd love to hear about it.

January 03, 2012

TOMS Shoe Makeover

Many, many months ago I mentioned that my mother-in-law bought me some Toms.  I was so excited and I wore them a whole lot.  I wore them enough to get a hole in the front of them.


So I gathered some supplies to fix the problem.  I happened to have some coordinating fabric in my scrap bin.  I pulled out Aleene's Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick Sheets, which were PERFECT for this project.


Here's what they look like now.....

January 02, 2012

Old Window Turned Picture Frame

We're back to crafting again now!  Thanks for your patience last week as I posted announcements without crafts.  Don't worry.  I got lots of projects and plans lined up for the new year.

My sister Cassie bought me a really cool, old window for my birthday last summer.  It sat in my garage for a long time - not because I didn't like it, but because I had to figure out the way I wanted to use it.  I thought about using a vinyl phrase and I thought about pictures.  I thought of a lit of different things and then kept coming back to pictures with a phrase.  So, here's how it turned out.


Here's what I did.

January 01, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - YOU and a week with the fan

Do you ever feel like words are so inadequate for what you feel?  I have been overwhelmed with gratitude this week.  I am SO thankful for all of you readers and your support.  I was so excited when you got excited for me about Martha.  I was so thankful to have your input on my upcoming goals and projects.  AND I was seriously amazed by your support and kind words when I talked about adding advertisements.  I got really emotional as I read your comments.  Thank you SO much for helping me out this week.  I am so lucky to have your friendship and support.  I wish I could just hug all of you!

It was also really nice to slow down and have some time with my husband home.  We did a couple of fun things with the boys and even got out on a date.



1) My husband's bet is over and he shaved the 'stache.  Woo-hoo!

2) We took the boys swimming and the boys and I left our bracelets on all week to remember how much fun we had.  (I always used to leave those on as a kid and it was fun to do that with my boys.)

3) We went bowling.  It was so funny to see Rex's tiny, skinny body throw the ball as hard as he could and watch it roll for ten minutes until it finally reached the pins :)

4) Baden loves any occasion where there's fry sauce.  (If you don't live in Utah, fry sauce is basically ketchup and mayo mixed and they have it everywhere here.)  Mr. Fry Sauce now weighs the EXACT SAME as his brother even though they are 2 years apart!  Wow.

I am so excited about the New Year.....new experiences, challenges, opportunities, lessons to learn, and fun to be had.  Happy New Years!  Thank you SO much for joining me this year.  Here's to another year of friendship and projects :)  See you tomorrow.

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