Monday, October 29, 2012

Made it Monday: Bat-tastic Par-tay!

So, I've been MIA for a while from the blog! Sorry! I have been busy stocking up my supply of Remnants items as I had a craft show last weekend and another one coming up in December. Here is a quick peek at my table from the craft show this weekend. I was also selling scarves and necklaces my mom makes.

But now, back to Made it Monday! In this post I talked about the Batman themed 1st birthday party my sister and I were throwing for my nephew. Well, the party happened and it was BAT-TASTIC! We had such a fun time and everything turned out so cute! Warning: tons of pictures today!!!
The Big Picture
Joker Juice and Batman Bombs
Batmobile Wheels, Mini Baterangs, and Catwoman Tails

My sister made the cake while I decorated. I cut out the symbol with my cricut for her to trace.
Reserved for Batman.
Balloon decor- I wanted to have balloons on the buffet with the food, but small town=no helium.
Two Face Tacos
The Birthday Boy himself! He's sporting his Batman Birthday Boy onesie with cape.
Happy Birthday!
The proud big sister in her batman shirt.
The other proud sister who wished she had a batman shirt.
Myself and the birthday boy.

I found superhero tatoos and stickers on clearance for a quarter so I picked them up for the big kids at the party. It was a tough choice for cousin Cambria.
Present time!
Cousin Kynslee thought the food was delish, as you can tell by her face.

I used my cricut and Sure Cuts A Lot program to cut out all the Batman symbols for the banner, decorations, and onesie. I was very fortunate that the bridal showers I hosted this summer/fall had color schemes that when put together made up the Batman colors!! I had saved all the ruffled crepe paper from the showers and was able to reuse it as well as the blue and white poms.

Hope you made it through all the pics today! I'll share the cape and cake tutorials later on.

Have a great week!


Monday, October 15, 2012

Made it Monday: Batman!

In just a couple of weeks my sweet little nephew, Trig, will be turning ONE! Time goes so fast! Usually our family isn't much into throwing big birthday parties, but I love throwing parties, so here we are. My nieces wanted to have a Batman party for him, and after talking with my sister, we decided we could make this really cute. The party will be this weekend, so I'm busy making decorations for it. The first thing I decided to make was this cute sign:
The process to make this was quite simple:
First, I found this scrap piece of wood from a previous project. It was a little smaller than I wanted, but by using it, I didn't have to go buy more.
Then I painted it yellow with some craft paint. Technically, I probably should have primed it, but I was being lazy.
Next, I cut out the image with my cricut. I found the image and font online. I transfered it to the piece of wood.
Finally, I spray painted the whole thing black. Once it dried, I took off the vinyl.


I love how it turned out and it will be a great piece for the party. Best part about it is that it was free because I had all the supplies on hand!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: Pumpkin Scones

Fall has arrived. I have been seeing a ton of recipes pop up that look really good, but all include pumpkin, which I'm not a huge fan of. Then I ran across this recipe--Pumpkin Scones. The picture looked just like the ones at Starbucks, which I had tried and were delish!

I decided I'd give the recipe a try. I figured they couldn't be too bad if there is only a half cup of pumpkin in them:) They were so good and tasted just like the Starbucks version. Here is the recipe:


For the Scones:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

For the Powdered Sugar Glaze:
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons milk

For the Spiced Glaze:
1 cup plus 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground ginger
1 pinch ground cloves


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with fit the paddle attachment, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick rectangle about 4 inches by 12 inches. Use a large knife to slice the dough making three equal portions. Cut each of the portions in an X pattern (four pieces) so you end up with 12 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar glaze by mixing the powdered sugar and milk together until smooth. When scones are cool, use a pastry brush to spread plain glaze over the top of each scone. Allow to firm.
While the powdered sugar glaze is firming, combine all of the ingredients for the spiced glaze. Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour).
Recipe Note: you can freeze unbaked scones and enjoy hot from the oven scones any day of the week. Just freeze on a baking sheet until firm, tightly wrap in plastic wrap and place in a ziploc freezer bag. When ready to bake just pop into the oven straight from the freezer, no need to thaw. Just add a few more minutes to the baking time.

I skipped the spiced glaze on mine due to lack of time. I also didn't allow them to cool enough before I put the glaze on, but they were still so good!



Monday, October 8, 2012

Made it Monday: Personalized Doormat

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I had a couple of friends getting married over the last few months. I wanted to do a DIY wedding gift along with something off of their registry. As I was thinking what I could make, I remembered something I had seen in a Ballard Designs catalog a while back- monogrammed doormats (I believe they also sell personalized doormats). These bad boys run for about $90.
Suzanne Kasler Bordered Initial Coir Mat
I was pretty sure I could make one of these for significantly less. So, I started my hunt. It was a little tricky finding plain doormats,but I found one at Home Depot for $7. I bought two and set out to make the personalized mats.

Once I got home, I cut out the couples' last names out of vinyl with my cricut. Using the vinyl as a stencil, I laid it out on the doormat. It was not sticking. I tried setting heavy objects on top of the vinyl to get it to stick, but it didn't work. So, I decided to take back the mats and look for something the vinyl might adhere better to.
I scoured a few stores, then tried good ol' google. I found a nice mat at Crate and Barrel for $15 that I thought may work a little better.

Luckily these shipped quite quickly and I gave it another try. The vinyl stuck a little better, but still wasn't great. I decided to just give it a try.
I stuck on my stencil and spray painted it black. On the first attempt, I put newspaper around the edges that the stencil didn't cover, to protect them from getting spray painted, but the spray paint blew the edges up a bit. This left a few minor black spots.
**One important thing I learned from the first mat to the second: Put sticky vinyl around the outer edges of the doormat as well so the spray paint doesn't get on the edges of your mat.**
I spray painted two coats of black paint on each mat and once completely dry, removed my stencil.
The mats were not completely perfect for my perfectionist self, but they turned out pretty well. They did turn out to be more work than I thought (mainly because the vinyl wouldn't stick), but if you want a personalized door mat and want to save a bunch of money, this is the way to go.
I think another option would be to use craft paint instead of spray paint, but I wasn't sure how that would hold up outside in all the Minnesota elements. Here is how one turned out in the end. I thought I had a picture of the other, but apparently I don't. I did a script font on the other doormat.

Have a great Monday!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Made it Monday: Onesies & Shirts Galore!

Over the past few weeks, I have been making some fun shirts and onesies- some just for fun, some for the etsy shop. I LOVE my heat and stick vinyl!

My brother and I competed in a Mud Chug...a 5k with obstacles. Our team was "team dumb and dumber." The back of our shirts said "what was I thinking?!" As you can see from the picture, it was a nice rainy day. Pretty ironic considering that there hadn't been rain all summer until that day!


Each year, my family attends Lifelight Festival in Sioux Falls, SD. It is a three day Christian music festival. We love it! This year, I made the nieces and nephew some shirts/onesies.

Here two of the nieces are sporting their shirts:

Here are a few onesies I've been working on. I am doing a craft show the end of October, so I'm trying to add some new designs. I'll also put them on my etsy account...eventually!

Thanks for taking a peek!