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Showing posts from January, 2010

Candy Heart Centerpiece

I put together this simple centerpiece for Valentine's Day. Hopefully, I'll get some real flowers to replace the fake ones on the 14th. Anyway, if you want to put one together, here's the how-to: 1. Get two vases: one a little thinner than the other, and both about the same height. Set the smaller one inside. 2. While holding the smaller vase in place, pour conversation hearts in the space between the vases. You could also use red hots for an all red display. (Or get creative.. you could use this idea for just about any holiday and small candy.) 3. Add water and flowers. Or just fake ones. :) *Disclaimer* You might want to purchase the candy this year for next's year's display. The stale candy might not slowly disappear.

Valentine Tile

While I was at Target to find a new garbage can that is Harvey-Proof, I walked past a Valentine display with cups, plates, bowls, and other festive tableware. One design caught my eye and I had to tell myself that one (or eight) Valentine salad plates would NOT be used enough to justify the purchase or the storage space. But then I started envisioning one of the said salad plates propped up on a stand, and decided that a homemade tile would look more classy than a plastic plate. I snapped a photo of the plate with my phone, then came home and whipped up a picture in Photoshop. And because I think it's so adorable, I decided to share it so you could make one for yourself. What you need for this project: Mod Podge 12 x 12 inch ceramic tile (just get the cheapest one.. it will be covered up) My Valentine photo (make sure it's professionally printed - home computer prints wont work) Sanding block Exact-o knife 1. Start by putting a generous amount of Mod Pod

Birthday Ideas: 1 Year

I know I say this every month, but I can't believe how old my baby is!!! Regardless, I had a ton of fun planning his first birthday party. I made three of these felt garlands: For each garland, I used one "page" of felt in each color (yellow, blue, red, green and sparkly white). I traced circles about 2 inches in diameter so there were 20 circles on each felt sheet. After cutting them out, I just lined them up and sewed one straight line down the center. No pinning.. because I hate pinning. I added a little ribbon on each side to help with hanging (but we just taped them to the windows anyway... sheesh.) My mom has a birthday banner made from cardboard (she bought it at a party supply store, and it doesn't sound cute, but it is.) Each year growing up I loved walking in the door after school to see that banner hanging for my birthday. I wanted something like that for each of my kids as well - something to make them feel special year after year. I saw

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Those vegetable-eating children from Hidden Valley would move if they tasted this version: (After trying to take a photo of the ranch in my Kitchen Aid and failing miserably, I resorted to our taco salads...) 1 quart buttermilk 30 oz container of mayonnaise (or 2 quarts if you want it thicker) 2 teaspoons onion salt 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt 3/4 teaspoons pepper 2 teaspoons dried parsley Add together. When adding the parsley rub it together in your palms to make it finer. Blend until smooth. Makes 2 quarts. Note: Compared to Hidden Valley Ranch, it's a pretty thin recipe. That's part of the reason why I love it... you can pour a little amount all over your salad, and you don't ever have any bites with tons of dressing. Regardless, if you like your ranch thick - add more mayo.