Friday, September 30, 2011

{Roundup} Free Fall Printables

I know the start of fall was officially last Friday, but I' just had to share with you fun Fall printables from around the net before it got any later!


Sources (Top Left to Bottom Right):
Bunting Subway Art - 30 Handmade Days   
It’s Fall Y’all! - Craftingmom
Fall Bucket List - Funky Polkadot Giraffe
           Caramel Apples & Tree - The Creative Paige
           Autumn Orange & White Subway Art - While He was Napping
           Fall Subway Art - House of Bledsoe

Happy Fall Y’all - It’s a Crafty Life
Football Subway Art - Simply Crafty
           Framed Subway Art - Smile Like You Mean It
           Fall Leaves Subway Art - Today’s Fabulous Finds

Tree with Falling Leaves - The Letter 4
Harvest Subway Art  - Wayward Girls Crafts
           Autumn Party Circles - The Ivy Cottage

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Fun Halloween Foods

Since T’s fear of anything bat/spider/monster/ghost/skeleton seems to be persistent, I’m limited to dreaming about fun and creative food displays for the kid’s Halloween party this year.  Take a look at some of these stunning and spooky foods!

Cheese pops made with babybel cheese, nori and black sesame seeds, from Cute Food for Kids

Yay!  Healthy food!  Loving the veggie skeleton from Feeding Frenzy 

How about some Frankencupcakes? (from Megan Turnridge Designs)

Check out this adorable Halloween take on the Gingerbread house from Food Chicks

These monster smoothies are just cute enough that the little ones might like them! (from BHG)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

{Tutorial} Vinyl Tablecloth Ruffled Streamers

One of my favorite elements from T's birthday party was the streamers hanging from the tree.  Would you believe they're made from vinyl tablecloths?
When starting this project, I was actually hoping to turn them into zig-zag streamers, but that was just a serious fail!  So after mourning my lost project for about 30 seconds, I suddenly remembered seeing this blog post months ago from Cupcakes and Cutlery where vinyl tablecloths were ruffled to make a pretty garland. After creating the streamers, I went back and found the original post that inspired the look, and found that my streamers were actually a bit different.

Here's the gist:


I cut my streamers into sets of four or five.  If I'd had each of these cut individually, it would have taken so much longer to hang everything!  To actually hang them from the tree, i just used clothespins on smaller branches


Hang only one color at a time, or group colors for more interest.  The look fantastic hanging from all over the place!  This technique could be so cute for other themes as well.  I can envision hanging green streamers from the ceiling like seaweed or adding them to lanterns to create jellyfish for an under the sea party; use these instead of grass skirts for a luau...or even Cinco de Mayo!  The best part?  They held up so well, that they stayed in the tree for an embarrassingly long time...surviving countless storms, and even a hurricane!
Linky Party Love:
Sumo's Sweet Stuff


A Marvelous Mess
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Nap-Time Creations

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Somewhat Simple
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

{Recipes} Cheater's Donuts

Is your family a Sunday (or Saturday) brunch family?  You probably know what I mean; that’s the morning everybody gets up slowly; something special and warm is made for breakfast- like pancakes, waffles or french toast; and everybody just kind of hangs out.

I wish we were a Sunday brunch family.  The husband and T usually wake up so starving that they want to eat NOW.  And I need a bit of caffeine before even considering turning on the stove.  I recently tried breakfast bonding with T...and it went as far as opening a can of Pillsbury Cinnamon Buns and letting her put them in the pan - after she’d already devoured a full bowl of strawberries.  Clearly, I love cheats.  Serious cheats.  
 

Then I came across this post from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.  I HAD to try it.  How much easier can you get than cutting holes in canned biscuit dough and deep frying?  Well, aside from the fact that my first attempt was with the wrong dough (note: canned French bread does NOT make a good replacement for biscuit dough!), these donuts were as simple as you can imagine.

Warm, gooey, and with sprinkles!

After making 'homemade' donuts for my little family, I definitely felt a little bit more like a domestic diva.  We had some glazed with sprinkles and some with powdered sugar (they didn't last long enough to get a photo!).  Add some biscuit dough to your shopping cart this weekend, you won't regret it!
Linky Party Love:
Sumo's Sweet Stuff


A Marvelous Mess
Making
Anything Related Tip Junkie handmade projects homework
Nap-Time Creations

lil luna link party button BCD 125

Somewhat Simple
HookingupwithHoH
Chic on a Shoestring Decorating