Thursday, January 31, 2013

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 162


Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  Every week we come together to show off our stuff!


 It is time to party!
Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!









Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Ice Cream!

There are few things better to a pregnant women then to receive a box of ice cream delivered right to your door!   I mean- seriously - it doesn't get much better than that!  And since the baby needs calcium it is totally ok to eat a bunch of ice cream - right?!

So, when I was asked if I wanted to try to new flavor of ice cream from Graeter's  I gladly said yes!

Graeter's new flavor is Black Cherry Chocolate Chip:
This Ice cream is good... I mean really good.  The Black Cherry Chocolate Chip is creamy and has big chunks of dark chocolate and cherries!  Yumm-o!   My hubby and me both loved it... sorry kids- there we didn't save any for you! 

Greater's secret is they make all their ice cream 2 gallons as a time from original family recipes and it is all hand packed. 

Here is a word from Graeter's on their ice cream:
There is no marketing advantage like a product advantage. Our perfection of the traditional French Pot process is the true magic behind the making Graeter’s, the world’s finest ice cream. By creating just two gallons at a time, Graeter’s achieves an irresistible creaminess that’s completely unlike any other ice cream.
Our secret recipe of fresh cream and egg custard is gently swirled along the chilled sides of a slowly spinning French Pot Freezer. As the creamy blend thickens, a blade softly scrapes the sides of the pot, folding the ice cream into itself. Then we add the fresh ingredients to complete our unique flavors.
The gentle folding process prevents air from whipping into our ice cream and accounts for the extremely dense and creamy consistency. Where a typical pint of ice cream can weigh as little as 8 ounces, a Graeter’s pint weighs nearly a full pound! Graeter’s ice cream is so rich and creamy that we have to pack every pint by hand using a specially designed spoon. 


At Graeter’s we’re committed to bringing you the finest, creamiest, most deliciously indulgent ice cream in the world. It’s why we use only the highest quality ingredients in everything we make.
  • Fresh cream from farms that pledge not to use artificial growth hormones (rBST)
  • 100% cane sugar
  • No hydrogenated oils, therefore no trans fats
  • Peter’s Chocolate – the inventor of milk chocolate
  • Premium, hand-selected Oregon black raspberries and strawberries
  • 100% Arabic coffee beans
  • Madagascar vanilla beans
  • Genuine Oreo® cookie chunks and Heath® toffee
  • Made-from-scratch cookie dough
    Graeter’s is also famous for the massive chunks of gourmet chocolate found in our signature chip flavors. We create these unique chips by pouring our own specially prepared liquid chocolate into the French Pot just as the ice cream is finishing. The result is nothing short of spectacular, velvety smooth chunks of sweet chocolate in every bite. 


And you can order it delivered right to your door!  How sweet is that?!   Check out Graeter's Ice Cream! 

**Disclosure:  I was supplied with the ice cream from Graeter's, however all my opinions are 100% honest.***

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

3-D Heart Garland Tutorial (12 months of Martha!)

I am so excited to be part the 12 months of Martha Crafts!  Each month I get get a box of up-and-coming Martha Craft supplies to show off to you all!  This month is Valentines Craft Products! 
{All these craft supplies are available at Michael's}

Here is the box of supplies I got this month....


To make this 3-D Heart Garland you will need:
Martha Stewart Craft paper
Martha Stewart Glitter Eyelash Yarn
Sewing Machine and Thread (not pictured)
Scissors or Die cutting machine (not pictured)

1. cut out your hearts.  I used my Silhouette but you could trace a heart and use that.  Or if you have a heart punch that would work too.   I used 4 different patterned papers for each 3-d heart and I used 5   3-d hearts total for my 5 foot garland.

2. Pile your 4 patterned paper hearts all on top of each other and sew a straight stitch down the middle of the hearts.  Be sure to leave a long thread at the top of the heart... we are going to be using it later! 

3. Fold your hearts to make them 3-d.

4. Cut a piece of yarn to the length you choose.  Use your long threads to tie the hearts to the yarn. 

5. Repeat for your other hearts! 


***Disclosure: I was supplied with the Martha Stewart craft supplies but my opinions are always honest!***

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Things to make for the baby!

Today I am 30 weeks Pregnant!  That means that it is crunch time to get things ready!  Here are some things I would like to make before his arrival!  





(in boys colors to put around the baby bassinet in the hospital)









Do you have any good suggestions of things I should make?  Leave the links in the comments!



Thursday, January 24, 2013

Show Off Your Stuff Party #161


Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  Every week we come together to show off our stuff!


 It is time to party!
Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!



















Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mrs. Smiths's Deep Dish Pies (with Williams-Sonoma Giveaway!)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mrs. Smith's for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Do you need an easy dessert to bring to an event?  Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies is your answer!  Their new line of deep dish pies are sure to please! These pies have a crust that is made with REAL butter (you know it is going to be good) and you know a good pie starts with a good crust!   On top of that they use the best fruit and give you icing packets to add the perfect finishing touch!   Mrs. Smith will make you look good when you show up with this yummy pie that look great too! 

They have 4 different pies to choose from:

Dutch Apple Pie with Caramel Sauce
- Cherry Pie with Butter Fudge Sauce
- Peach Pie with Cream Cheese Icing
- Pumpkin Pie with Cream Cheese Icing

You know you want to try them all! Our favorite is the Dutch Apple Pie with Carmel sauce... I love anything with caramel!  
My hubby really liked the Peach Pie with Cream cheese Icing!   But seriously all of them are yummy!  Here is a list of retailers that sell these pies so you can get your own! 
 
 
GIVEAWAY! 
 
One Lucky reader is not only going to get a coupon for your own pie... BUT you will also get a $50 gift card to Williams-Sonoma!  
 
Here is how you enter:
1. Leave a comment telling me which one of Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish pies you would like to try.
 
2. Leave another comment telling me what you would get from Williams-Sonoma.
 
3. Follow Mrs. Smith's on Pinterest
 
4. Like Mrs. Smith's on Facebook
 
This giveaway will end on Jan. 21st 2013 at midnight (Central time zone).  The Winner will be chosen using a random number generator and will be contacted through e-mail. 
 

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Show Off Your Stuff Party # 160


Welcome to our Show off Your Stuff Party!  Every week we come together to show off our stuff!


 It is time to party!
Here is the run down:
1. Pay attention! There are 4 categories to link up:
Crafts and Sewing
DIY and Home Decor
Recipes
Inspirational/Creative Writing
pick one and go with it!

{If you pick the wrong one... you can delete your own and add it to the right one! :) }

2. Add a link to your specific post, not the main page of your blog.

3. Please do not link up to something that you are just trying to sell.


4. Link to this party from your post so everyone can get in on the fun. You can just grab my button!






Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy Projects with Lace Trims (Tutorials!)

I am working with WholePort - they sell a bunch of crafting supplies!  I got sent a bunch of fun lace trim and came up with 3 easy projects just for you! 



Project # 1 
Lace Book Socks

Instructions:
1 Start with lace trim and a pair of boot socks. (mine are from Target for $2.50)
2. Cut your lace to be 1.5 times as big as your sock circumference.
3. Sew your lace into a tube with right sides together.  Put around the right side of the sock and stretch the sock out to fit the lace.
4. Pin your lace to your sock.
5. Sew your lace around the sock- stretching it as your go.  Use a zig-zag or stretch stitch.


Project #2 
Flower Clip
This lace trim come with the flowers ALREADY made to make it SUPER easy!!

Instructions:
1. Start with clips, felt, flower lace trim and hot glue (not pictured)
2. Cut your felt in a circle to match the size of the flower
3. Use hot glue to attach the flower the the felt and clip.
4. Trip off any excess lace or felt.

Project # 3
Lace Cards
(no sew!)

Instructions:
1. Start with Card/card-stock, Mod Podge, Paint brush and lace trim.
2. Apply a thick coat of Mod Podge the width of your lace on the card with the paint brush.
3. Place the lace over the Mod Podge with a little extra hanging off each end. 
4. Wrap the extra lace around the the back of the card and use the Mod Podge to glue it down.
5. Wait for it to dry and add any other embellishments.


Here are some other fun ideas that you can make with Lace!










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