Thursday, March 31, 2011

Easter Wreath

This post comes from my family blog, before I started this craft blog so some of you who follow both, may have already seen this, but since Easter is coming up I figured it was appropriate.

 I got the idea for an Easter wreath at Life, Marriage and Motherhood. I love dollar store crafts. In all it cost me $3.

It was so easy to put this together. You just need a wreath form and these eggs on sticks (lol what else do you call them?) from Dollar Tree. I just cut down the sticks and slid the eggs randomly into the form and put some hot glue on them to hold them in place.

I made this wreath last year, but I was thinking you could also make the eggs like I did for the Easter Egg Tree and glue them on. That way you can keep the same color scheme between the two decorations.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Please Forgive Me...

I'm going to be a little scarce around here over the next week or so. We're packing up and moving. Where to? hehe I wish I knew...

Did that confuse you? Yeah, me too

Well we're buying a house, but the seller has been HORRIBLE at answering phone calls so we've been waiting and waiting. In the mean time our apartment lease is coming to an end and they want $500 more than we're currently paying to go month to month. So we've got a rent house lined up in case it takes another couple weeks, but we've heard rumor that we might close early next week. So we're really kind of in limbo. We definitely don't want to move twice if we can avoid it, but I'm not sure we'll close before our contract is up.

So our house currently looks like this...

 And Andrew's room is the storage space for some of it

In the meantime I'm going to try my hand at scheduling a post or two, but once we get settled I will have tons to share on cleaning. I actually can't wait to attack our new place with Shaklee products! I know the stove we bought for it needs some major help. I've also got a giveaway running over at A Little Knick Knack, check it out, maybe you could win a sample of the Basic H2 for your spring cleaning!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Easter Egg Tree

So I know I've skipped over St. Patrick's Day, but I'm getting ready for an upcoming craft club so I needed to prepare an example. This project was inspired by Martha Stewart, although she used real eggs that had been dyed and emptied out. I wasn't that brave so I went ahead and just used plastic eggs from the Dollar Store.

I started by gluing the egg closed. When it was dry I Mod Podged a couple different materials onto the egg;


Scrap book paper:

And printed tissue paper:

The fabric and tissue paper were the easiest to apply to the egg, but I like how they all turned out.

So after Mod Podging the material to the eggs and applying a coat of Mod Podge to the outside, I waited until they were dry and whipped out the drill. I carefully drilled a hole in each end and with a long thin needle I threaded ribbon through with the loop at the smaller end.

Tie a knot at both end right up against the egg and you're done! I embellished one with some rickrack, you could also use buttons, glitter, rhinestones, basically anything you choose.

I put the whole thing together by gathering some branches from some nearby trees and arranging them in this little planter. 

I love how it turned out and if you're able to find some cute artificial branches you could make this a year round thing, hanging little decorations for each holiday. I'm gonna give it a try, I'll let you know how it goes.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

What I Did With My Friday Night...

I wanted to start off by thanking all of my new followers, I'm really excited to have a larger audience. I hope I can help inspire and motivate you, if even in the smallest, slightest way. 

After the little man was asleep last night I FINALLY got up the courage to do something I've been dreading...clean my master bathroom. Blah...So in my defense for the shower I have really bad eyesight and when I shower I don't have my contacts was bad!

 So I also wanted to see how long it would take me to clean my bathroom using Shaklee's Basic H2. I only had two cleaners for everything. I loved that. I didn't have to switch cleaners, I just sprayed everything down and went from mirror to sink to tub and floor. It took about 25 minutes to clear everything out and clean it all. Mirrors, sink, counter, shower, tub, floor, and toilet. The Basic H2 did such a great job, everything sparkled!

When I was writing the post, I realized that I didn't have an after picture of the drain. This is the picture I took this morning...
The little ring isn't very visible in the light of the bathroom but the flash brought it out. I think it's hard water because there's always a pool of water that doesn't drain completely. I went at it with the Scour Off this time and it was gone!
So 25 minutes for a really nasty bathroom, great. Fume-free, non-toxic cleaning that is simple and effective, WONDERFUL!! 

I also conquered the guest bath a few days before and since it wasn't as bad, it was WAY quicker. 10 minutes!!! 

How quickly can you clean your bathroom? How many cleaners does it take you to clean? Shaklee's Basic H2 makes it so quick and easy to clean and on top of that it is much less expensive compared to name brand products. I mean 22 cents for a GALLON of all-purpose cleaner and less than 1 cent for a GALLON of window cleaner!!! AMAZING!!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Delectable Treat - Reese's Pie

So I've had this hankering for Reese's lately. They are my favorite candies by far! So this weekend when I finally got food for the house, I got the ingredients for an AMAZING dessert...Reese's Pie!!! Yum.

We got the recipe from Curt's aunt a while back and have taken it to a few parties and it has always been a hit. But beware, it is so addicting!
Reese's Pie:
2 Oreo pie crusts  (you can make your own too)
 1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
  mix together and smooth half of mixture into each pie crust. I highly recommend slightly melting the PB so you don't break the crusts to pieces.

1 large instant chocolate pudding (or a small pudding to make only one pie)
make according to pie recipe using less milk
Layer half of pudding onto peanut butter layer in each pie.
 Chill pies until pudding is firm

2 - (8 oz) cool whip
   top each pie with cool whip
 1 - ( 12 oz.) Pkg Reese's peanut butter cups -use half of pkg. For each pie, mini or regular.
 Cut Reese's into quarters and/or crumble on top of each pie.
 Refrigerate and serve or freeze for later and thaw in fridge before serving

Just as a side note, don't try cheating the calorie count by using low fat PB...there's not enough oil in this kind to make it melt or even smooth it into the crusts for that matter. 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this yummy dessert as much as I do, now I just have to find someone to give the second pie to. Any takers? :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Currently Working On

a quiet book for my little man. I'll definitely share pictures of the whole thing when it's finished. 

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