Monday, May 23, 2011


Two of my girls will be cheerleaders next year, but they started practicing this year. They do a big spring show to say good-bye to the outgoing cheerleaders and to welcome the incoming cheerleaders.

Anyway, they get assigned big sisters that they are supposed to exchange gifts with every now and then, and there's a $10 limit on the gifts. I don't know if it's a good thing or not, but as a product of me the girls want the gifts to be extra special so I wind up making them.

For Addison's big sister, I bought a straw bag at Target's dollar spot and put in some of her big sister's favorite soda, a container of the hamburger cookies, some 'french fries' (made with bread stick dough), and ketchup (made with strawberry jelly).

Of course they CAN'T both give the same thing so we had to come up with something different for Abigail's big sister.  We settled on a candy sundae.

I used kisses to fill the glass (it's an old fashioned coca-cola glass from the dollar store), tootsie midgies, a tootsie pop for the cherry and a pixie stick for the straw.

Abigail really liked and wants one for herself now. Too bad they ate all the left over candy already. LOL

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Bento lunch

I love all the cute bento lunches that I've seen when I'm blog surfing. Well, I finally couldn't take it anymore so I made them for my kids.

I just used square plastic containers (the kind that I normally use for leftovers.) I ended up adding more cupcake liners for the crackers and the cheese and chicken so that things wouldn't move around so much.....besides, it looked better in there with everything all separated out. :0)

The strawberries and grapes that I bought are huge!!!!

I used Texas shaped crackers and then cut out shapes of colby jack cheese, and roasted chicken lunch meat.

And I made these cookies.

They're 'Nilla Wafers with a chocolate cookie in the middle. They're held together with red and green icing for the fixins. I bake cookies every morning for their lunches. When I originally saw these cookies (again, somewhere blog surfing) they used a chocolate covered cookie but, believe it or not, I couldn't find any at the store. So I baked up some tiny chocolate cookies this morning. Every one of the kids commented on how small the cookies were this morning since they didn't know what I was doing with them. Are they spoiled or what?! LOL

The kids were already excited about their lunches before I even got them made. I was afraid they would be embarassed about the cutesy factor (since they're almost teens and all) but they like them. Woohoo!! Although, now Addison has decided that she wants these types of lunches every day. Yikes!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Mother's Day Art

I've probably mentioned here before that my mother-in-law likes things with the kids' handprints on them. Since I've been making these types of things from the time they were babies, I'm starting to run out of ideas.

I've used their foot prints a couple of times, and even their tiny little butt prints. (It was a shirt with 'butt-erflies' on it. Too funny!!)

Anyway, I saw this picture at Come Together Kids and thought it looked like something I could do. (She's got a whole tutorial on how to make it.)

Great idea, right? (By the way, she's got lots of neat stuff so go check out her blog.)

Anyway, my mother-in-law is more into modern and these flowers were a little frilly for her so I tweaked it just a bit and came up with this.

I tried to keep the flowers a little higher on the 'trees' so that it was clear that they were hands since my flowers are bigger than Laura's. And, since it was a gift for Dax's mom, I decided to add his hand in there too. He's in the middle with all of his little saplings around him. :0)  I also wrote their names along the trunk.

It was a little labor intensive making all those flowers, and I was concerned whether she would like it at all.
Oh, I also started with a purchased canvas to save some effort where I could.

But, I think she LOVED it, so it was definitely worth the effort.

While I was busy making it, though, I wondered to myself why I never make any of these treasures for myself.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A New Bag........

My Mom has been saying for some time now that she needed to learn to crochet. Soooooo, for her birthday I had gotten her some supplies to get started.

I had looked at the bags at Hobby Lobby (it's all we have in my area) and didn't really find anything that I thought she would like.

Then last week, as I was grabbing some other supplies, I came across a display that had kits for aprons and a couple of different styles of bags. I decided to make one of those for her.

I chose this one because I thought she would like the fabric.

It comes as one big panel that includes all the pieces as well as the directions.

I thought that was great, especially for what I wanted to use it for.

However, the lining for this piece was a hot pink with black/grey leopard spots.  Not really my Mom's style.

So, I dug around a little in my stash and found this fabric instead.

It has the same colors as the outside fabric and the strap. Score!!

Anyway, I was careful when I stitched up the bottom of the lining by using an invisible stitch (although if you look closely, it's not invisible enough. LOL) Now, this bag is also reversible! Another score!!

I hope she likes it!

I saved the lining pieces that came on the panel and I'll use those to make another bag. Maybe a school bag for one of the girls for next year?

Thursday, May 5, 2011


I've been busy making flowers.

I'll show you what they're for soon!!