Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekend Wonders #13




Last week's most viewed link was:


Kathe with an E shared a post called "My Dirty Little Secret". Thank you Kathe for keeping it real! If only you could see my craft room/office right now!



And a few of my favs:

Doesn't this Oatmeal Coconut Cookie Scrub from Smart! School {House} look divine? And I think it would make an awesome Christmas present. Just sayin'



Decorated Chaos linked up 12 (More) Ways to Tie a Scarf. I totally needed this! Thank you!



House on the Way has some serious style! I love this Office Inspiration post. Do you mind if I copy? (When I eventually get around to actually decorating my office!)





Aren't these Silhouette Trick or Treat Bags adorable! Uncommon Designs is so talented!




And I love, love these Cord and Button Bracelets from The DIY Dreamer. Another great Christmas present idea!




How cute are these Mummy Cookie Bites from The Recipe Critic!! I want to just reach through my computer and take a bite!


Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!


Love and Laundry



One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss plus our weekly guest host. So, three blogs equals three times the exposure for your awesomeness!

This party has been so fun and has grown so fast, that we wanted to share the party every week with a guest host! This week's guest host is Kathryn from Destination:Craft - a blog chalk full of crafty goodness.






Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: Destination: Craft, Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Kid Craft: Furry Halloween Spider

My kids love to help decorate for the holidays. I love the help, too. So, a little while ago, we busted out some craft supplies and made some fun Halloween Furry Spiders together!

furry halloween spider

These are so simple to make! Here’s what you need:

furry halloween spider supplies

A styrofoam ball
Black furry yarn
8 Black pipe cleaners
Googly eyes

I love this kind of craft because the kids can pretty much do it all by themselves. I couldn’t find sticky eyes, so I had to help them hot glue the eyes on. But, other than that, they pretty much handled this one on their own.

The first thing I did was tape the yarn onto the Styrofoam ball so it would stay in place.

furry halloween spider step 1

Then, I let my girlie wrap and wrap and wrap. I told her to use the whole skein of yarn so we could make sure the Styrofoam ball was completely covered.

furry halloween spider step 2

After it’s completely wrapped, just tie in the end with some of the other yarn. Then, we tucked in the pipe cleaners underneath the yarn and twisted it together to form the legs. It’s hard to photograph black on black, so I drew an arrow to kind of show you how to do it. I’m sure this goes without saying, but there should be 4 legs on each side. Once the pipe cleaners were all through, we bent the pipe cleaners to look like spider legs.

furry halloween spider step 3

Finally, we hot glued the googly eyes on.

furry halloween spider step 4

I hung it from a string to dangle below our kitchen light.
furry halloween spider finished underneath

Don’t those legs look creepy and cute all at the same time?

furry halloween spider finished

This was a fun project and the kids were so proud of what they created. Plus they are some fun Halloween decorations!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pound Cake

I love pumpkin. And I love cream cheese. So, when I saw this recipe for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pound Cake, I knew I had to try it.

pumpkin cream cheese poundcake

This is so delicious! My husband isn’t a huge fan of pumpkin and even he loved this velvety and moist cake. You can bake pound cake in a Bundt pan, but I like to do it in my bread pans.  I love pound cake because it’s more dense and smooth than a traditional quick bread. And it’s just as easy to make.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Pound Cake
adapted from Tasty Kitchen Blog

3 sticks of butter, softened
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of packed brown sugar
1 cup of pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons of vanilla
3 1/4 cups of cake flour -OR- all-purpose flour
6 eggs

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. Measure flour in one bowl and crack eggs in a separate bowl.
3. Meanwhile, in a mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugars. Add the pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
4. Alternate adding in flour and eggs, starting with the flour and ending with the flour. Do not over-mix.
5. Pour batter into a prepared Bundt pan or 2 bread pans. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until done. Check the cake after 1 hour and 15 minutes. After baking, allow to cool.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

#ACraftersDream Christmas Giveaway!

I don't know about you, but I love giveaways! Especially right before Christmas because you can use your winnings as a Christmas gift!



I'm so excited to bring you A Crafter's Dream Christmas Giveaway! This giveaway is hosted by My Merry Messy Life, Earning-My-Cape and Tutus & Tea Parties and has a Christmas, crafting, and supporting small business theme! Each blogger is offering her/his own giveaway worth $25 or more going on now through Sunday, November 4, 2012.

Christmas is just around the corner, and the time to start crafting our gifts for friends and family is now! Some of the blogs in the giveaway group will be giving away some awesome crafting supplies! Sometimes we want to give a handmade gift, but just don't have the time or know-how to make them ourselves. This is a great opportunity to support small businesses and shops who offer handmade items! Some of the blogs in our giveaway group will be highlighting such small businesses and offering giveaway items for them, as well. Even if you don't win the giveaway, we hope that you will keep these small businesses in mind when shopping for that perfect gift for your special someone.

So, what can you enter to win? This blog has 2 awesome prizes!!


Prize #1:
$25 worth of hairbows from CuteNCurly Bowtique! 



You have to go see all of the adorable hair bows she has! And really affordable, too! Here's a few of my favorites:







Prize #2:
A $10 gift card to Michaels!


So, what are you waiting for? Get entering!!
 a Rafflecopter giveaway




Friday, October 19, 2012

Glitter Pumpkins

A couple of week's ago, I guest posted this at The Thriftiness Miss. Just in case you missed it, here ya go! Happy weekend everyone!

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com

A while ago, I bought a pumpkin trio from this website and I have been dying to get them ready for Halloween! I think you could probably find something similar at a craft store. Here’s what you need to make your own:

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com

A set of pumpkins
Craft Paint & sponge or brush
Orange and Green Glitter
and Mod Podge

My pumpkins came with the stems separated. I was originally going to glue them into the hole at the top of the pumpkin. But, knowing myself, I couldn’t resist putting the stem in the hole. Well, it stuck. Completely. And instead of just leaving one alone, I had to try it on the second pumpkin. Yes, it did in fact stick again. So, before I could get tempted and see if the third one would stick also, I hurried and took a picture with one stem left out. But, in my rush, I forgot to add the mod podge to the photo. Oh, well! I’m human, I guess! Well,  it worked out easier to have the stems already in before starting. So, anyway…on to the project.


First, you need to paint the pumpkins orange. I did two coats.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



I didn’t paint the bottoms. Also, it doesn’t matter if the stems get orange on them. In fact, it’s probably better if they do. After they’re painted, let them completely dry.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



Now whip out the mod podge and add a coat to the front of the pumpkins, being careful not to get into the crevices.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



Then, sprinkle the orange glitter all over the front.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



 Then of course, dump the excess glitter. It’s just like  being in elementary school all over again! Why don’t I do glitter on every project?

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



After that part is all dry, put some mod podge on the stem, being careful not to get any on the rest of the pumpkin. BAD PHOTO WARNING! {I am obviously not a photographer! I took like 10 pictures and every one of them was focused past the pumpkin – so it’s a little blurry. Life does go on, I guess.}.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



Then, sprinkle and dump the green glitter.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



Give them a good while to dry completely. Now, you can leave it there if you want, but it you’re worried about the glitter coming off and making your shelf glittery as well, here’s a fun trick to getting glitter to stay put.

Grab a can of clear spray paint.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



And spray an light coat over the glitter.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



And that’s it! They’re finished and ready to display!

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com


I love glitter! It makes me happy.

Glitter Pumpkins - a tutorial from www.loveandlaundry.com



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Weekend Wonders #12



Last week's most viewed link was:

 
 This House Haunting that Shona Skye Creations shared is so awesome!! It is full of DIY Halloween goodness. You have to check it out!

And a few of my favs:


You all know how much I love wreaths (and yet my front door still sits wreath-less!) I love this Halloween Tulle Wreath from Just Us Four.



This round-up of 11 Kid-Friendly Halloween Ideas that Clever Nest shared is so fun! So many cute ideas! (especially that Floating Cheesecloth Ghost in the middle....hehe).


I love this Turkey Centerpiece from Second Chance to Dream. I'm hosting Thanksgiving Dinner at my house this year. This would be perfect!



When I was in college (I'm not sure why so many things I see in the blogosphere remind me of college). Anyway...when I was in college, one of my neighbors taught me how to make homemade bagels. I used to make them all the time! I forgot about that. Thank you It Bakes Me Happy for sharing. I'll have to jump on the homemade bagel bandwagon again!



I'll admit, I've never heard of Hertzoggie Cookies before With a Blast shared them. They're a South African treat. They look delish! I think my kids would love these, for sure!




I don't know about you, but after seeing these Free Printable Thankful Cards from The McBaileys I think I need to print some for my family to use during Thanksgiving!



At our house, we are breakfast-for-dinner kind of people. This Easy Breakfast Casserole from Harvest Moon by Hand looks simple and delicious!




Don't forget to check the features at The Thriftiness Miss! And grab a button if you were featured!

Love and Laundry




Now on to the party!!

One of my *favorite* parts about blogging is all of the amazing creativity out there in blogland! I'm so excited to see what everyone shares! Plus, since I'm co-hosting this link party, everything you share here will also be shared over at The Thriftiness Miss plus our weekly guest host. So, three blogs equals three times the exposure for your awesomeness!

This party has been so fun and has grown so fast, that we wanted to share the party every week with a guest host! This week's guest host is Diya from The Hobby Harbor .Diya is a sewing enthusiast. She is always sharing a fun sewing project and tutorial on her fun blog.






Now...on to the party. The party will be open until Wednesday at midnight and we'll both be sharing our features at the party next week. Be sure and come back then to find out if you were featured. Plus, we'll both be sharing other favorites throughout the week on our facebook pages, so if you're not already a fan, you can find me here. We'll also be pinning the features to our Weekend Wonders Pinterest Board


Weekend Wonders Guidelines...
  1. Follow your hosts: The Hobby Harbor, Love and Laundry and The Thriftiness Miss via GFC, bloglovin, RSS or Linky Followers. If you are a new follower, leave a comment and let us know how you follow and we will return the favor.
  2. Link to a specific post, not your homepage.
  3. Show us your crafts, recipes, shopping hauls, photos, stories, really whatever you're proud of!
  4. Please do not link up Etsy shops, parties, and/or giveaways.
  5. Visit some other links and let them know how wonderful they are! We all love some positive feedback. 
Love and Laundry

Now lets party! 

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