July 31, 2010

Two little sprays keep the monsters away!

First off - HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Little Sister (Yes, we are 7 years, 1 day, to the minute apart)!
I visited My Insanity this past Tuesday and shared this fun little freebie.

When I was 12 and my little brother was 3, monsters entered our home.  You know, the monsters with one eye, a snaggle tooth and wiry hair.  The kind that hide in childrens closets and under their beds. Yea.  That type.

So being the older sister that needed to protect her little brother at all costs, I emptied out my Suave hairspray bottle, wrapped a piece of paper around it, wrote "Monster Be Gone" and added some water to the bottle.  I told him it was Monster Spray to keep the Monsters away.

Well, now I'm 27 (oops! Officially 28 now!) and it's my son that is 3... and Monster Teddy Bears have taken over our home.  Fortunately my Monster Be Gone has matured a little since I have grown and here is the result:

I did use a Suave bottle, but it was my daughters detangler spray bottle this time around.  I added water and a little lavendar oil (which is perfect for relaxation).  We do two squirts each night before bed.  He thinks its fun to spray it up into the fan and watch it blow away AND he loves the smell.  I don't know how much he thinks it repels those Monsters, but it is a feel good thing for him.  He enjoys doing it and it is routine now so adds to the stability of his environment, making him feel safe (there's my Psych major coming into play).
For all of you that have a monster invasion, you can download the file to label your own monster spray HERE!
Here's a little somethin', somethin' new since I am posting this on MY blog today... A GIRL version!
Click HERE if your little girl is being harassed by the big and scaries.
Print onto a full page label or regular paper and attach to your monster spray bottle.
Happy Monster Hunting!

July 30, 2010

It's my birthday and I'll... give something away if I want to!


Because it's my birthday and I want to share the love I have decided to do a RANDOM FOLLOWER GIVEAWAY!
The lucky winner that has won a Weekly Meal Planner and Recipe Book Download is:
Congrats Mama Lusco.  So happy to see that you are a Cook and Baker!  Hopefully these items will be useful.

FFF: Framed Monogram

It's my Birthday, time to party, oh, oh yea, Happy Birthday. :)  Sorry, I was gettin' a little jiggy with it (or maybe a little 2legit2quit) since today is my.... SHHHHH - 28th Birthday!

Looking for a gift for newlyweds or maybe a housewarming gift?  Then head over to Homemakin and Decoratin to see how she made this lovely Framed Monogram!  I love her color choices.

Happy Creating!

July 29, 2010

What are little boys made of? Weekly Link Party

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Looks like a lot of you out there don't like the colors of your children's cozy coupe's because the most popular post last week was Moody Girl Projects

Painted Cozy Coupe!  I was BLOWN away when I saw her transformation!  What an amazing idea and great way to personalize that bright red plastic.

Party Guidelines: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project and 2) Enter your blog name and in paranthesis add the name of your project so we can clearly see what it is 3) Don't forget, these should be BOY RELATED (Big Boy projects are accepted too)! AND PLEASE grab my button!

July 28, 2010

Sugar & Spice Weekly Link Party #17


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There must be a lot of ugly desks out there amoung the seven thirty three readers because last weeks most clicked link was:

MLE's ABC's GORGEOUS desk makeover!

The party guidelines are: 1) please link to your blog post (not your blog main page) so people can go directly to your project and 2) Enter your blog name and in paranthesis add the name of your project so we can clearly see what it is 3) Don't forget, these should be GIRL RELATED (can be for us grown up girls too)! AND PLEASE grab my button and add it to your post so that other crafty ladies can come join the fun.

July 27, 2010

Friendly Tuesday :: My Insanity

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Hey all!  I am over at My Insanity today.  I'm sharing a FREEBIE too, so make sure to head over and see what fun surprise is in store and give me a little comment love while you're there!

Hi, my name is Kendra and I'm excited to bring a little crazy to seven thirty three today!

My blog is called My Insanity, because it is an accurate description of the way I often approach my various creative pursuits.  If you want the entire backstory on the name, you can read it here.  (Hey, Kim!  What's the story behind "seven thirty three?"  I'm sure it means something really important!) (Why yes, Kendra, it does, and you can read what it means HERE.  Thanks for asking!).
I'm a little crazy about things like party planning...


...decorating my home inexpensively...

...and lots of other crafts, gift, and projects:
On my blog you'll find lots of parties that I spend months planning and preparing for.  Unfortunately, we don't always have months to get ready for an event.  For example, I found out that we would be having my SILs b-day dinner at our house.  No one really asked or expected me to do much other than provide dessert, but if you know me (do you know me?), you know I have to inject a little insanity into most every occasion.  I really did keep this one pretty simple for once!
While shopping at Target a day or two before the dinner, I found some fun napkins, plates, and decorations on 75% off clearance!  (Did I mention I'm cheap?  Anyone else have a radar for those red price tags at Target?  I'm drawn to them like a moth to a flame.  But I digress...)
These were actually the perfect things to go with the chicken enchiladas my Mother-in-law was making and the sort-of Fiestaware plates I have (I have Oneidas Petals line.  They look a lot like Fiestaware.)
Then to keep the cake simple (I was at this amazing photoshoot all day the day before, and didn't have a lot of time to go crazy), I used a lemon cake mix, filled with lemon pudding.  I added some fresh lemon zest and juice to both to help them taste fresh, and a layer of coconut with the pudding filling.  We made cream cheese frosting and then decorated the cake with Skittles to mimic the pattern on the napkins.
It was fast and easy, and I learned that everyone was excited about having skittles on their cake!  My daughter had her purple bouquet left over from the photoshoot (originally made by Zuzu's petals), and it made a great centerpiece.  So all in all, it was a festive and fun celebration for just a few dollars!

I hope you will join me over at My Insanity for "an insane amount of ideas!"  If you hurry, you can link up your Christmas in July projects today!  (Linky party will close tonight)  There are prizes to be had, so hurry!  I look forward to seeing a little of your insanity, too!
Looks like Kendra and I have a lot in common in the party-planning department.  I hope you go over to visit here.  She has some really fun ideas!

Would you like to participate in Friendly Tuesday?  Email me at 733blog (at) gmail.com!

July 26, 2010

Crafting Hope for Terminally Ill Children

Craft Hope Spreading seeds of hope one stitch at a time
You all have heard me talk about Craft Hope before, but in case you missed it,

Craft Hope is a love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those who need them.

Jade from Craft Hope just announced the next project and it is one even the most beginner seamstress can handle.  Craft Hope has partnered with ConKerr Cancer to bring a touch of joy to terminally ill children.    ConKerr Cancer provides bright and cheery handmade pillowcases for these children and have succeeded in delivering 225,000 pillowcases up to this date.  So what can you do to help?
Make a pillowcase, full of fun colors and patterns and send it in to a participating hospital.  For more information, visit the Craft Hope page.  It looks like most states in the US have a participating hospital, so shipping costs should be minimal and pillowcases are inexpensive to make.  Please help if you can.
I will be sending my pillowcase (or two) to the Vermont Children's Hospital in memory of my cousin, Michael Cook, who I have written about before.  He died last October, a few days after his 20th birthday from complications of Hyper-plastic left heart syndrome.  He spent much of his child in and around hospitals and Ronald McDonald homes and the last week of his life was spent in the Vermont Children's Hospital.  This will allow me a way to help others in the same situation to have some measure of comfort knowing that others are thinking of them and their children.

You know you lookin' at a winner, winner, winner...

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Below are the winners of several giveaways from last weeks Creativity Week!
Random.org was used to pick the winner of each giveaway.
KATIE'S NESTING SPOT - Mini Accordian Album
LIL LUNA - Rosette Earrings - TWO WINNERS!

CRAFT ENVY - Ribbon Earrings

SEW MUCH ADO - Ruby Lou Pattern
The Foster Family I do not have an email for you.  I left you a message on your blog.  If I do not hear from you by Wednesday I will have to pick a new winner (so please email me at 733blog (at) gmail.com ASAP!). (OH - and if you are looking for someone else to make this for... keep me in mind!!! OK, that was a bit forthright of me... but still, keep me in mind. LOL).


Would you like to have a seat?


My husband and I spent last week putting together our son's new loft bed and accessories.  The set came with a desk so we needed to get a chair for it.  I ran to Staples and found these cute little chairs for only $20.  My daughter needed one for her desk as well, and I thought they were perfect.

The girl one was so cute with adorable fabric, but the only option for boys was black.  BLAH, right?  But, it was a decent chair and, again, only $20, so I said, "Ah well" and bought them.
I brought them home and then realized, wait a minute, I have this extra flat sheet from his sheet set (yes, I'm one of THOSE moms that doesn't put the flat sheet on the bed.  It just ends up on the floor each night!), so thought that I would see how it would look on the chair. 
Needless to say I upholstered the chair in under an hour and this is how it turned out:
He loves it.  I love it.  Everyone's happy.
This week I have given myself two tasks: come up with some unique, DIY house numbers and two, edge my recently reduced landscaping with pavers.  Not sure that I'll accomplish both, but I'm going to try! 
I also can't wait to show you girls my new Mother's Ring I am getting for my birthday (THIS FRIDAY!).  We went to a local jewelers and found this gorgeous ring that the jeweler designed.  It is being custom made right now and won't be done for four weeks, but I am SO excited for it to come in.  Thanks to the Hubs for an amazing gift!  He also bought me a vacuum cleaner... but he said it was because I forced him too so doesn't count! :)
Happy Crafting.

July 25, 2010

Can you say WINNERS?


The Winner of The Jolly Fat Elf's Quilted Ornament giveaway is:
Carleen, I have no way to contact you.  Please email (733blog(at)gmail.com) me within 48 hours or I will pick a new winner. 
AND SURPRISE!  I decided to giveaway TWO of my meal planner/recipe book downloads, so the two lucky gals are:

HOW TO: Number Your Comments in Blogger


Phew!  With all of the giveaways we had going on this week I HAD to learn how to number all of my comments.  I just wasn't into counting all of them to figure out who number 45 was, and imagine if I had 150 entries! Ugh.  SO, I did a Google search and found this great TUTORIAL on how to do it.  I had to share with all of you, because it really does make giveaways that much more simple.
And if you are old school and still using paper, pencil, hat and a human drawer, then you really need to give Random.org a try!  So, so simple.
Happy Blogging!

July 24, 2010

Can We Do It? YES WE CAN!

My cousin's little guy just turned one and she asked me to put together some items for his party. 

Here are the designs I did for the party:
Bob the Builder Invite that I designed
 Cupcake Toppers (Minus the Sticks)
Construction Signs (click here to download the signs)
Birthday Banner

I also picked up some construction tape they used to decorate the food table for $.50 at Michaels!

All of this for this cute little man:
Happy Party Planning!

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