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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Scrapbook Organizer

For the longest time, all my scrapbooking stuff was in a small tote that I had to pull out of the closet when I wanted to scrapbook.  I had accumulated so much, that my tote started filling up and I had to start keeping things on top of my tote.  Well, last weekend my hubby and I were at Michaels looking around and he saw these two scrapbook organizers. 
After looking at them for a while, I was convinced that they were perfect for me!  Also, to make things even better, they were half off!  I love good deals!  Now I don't have to break my back carrying out my tote every time I want to scrap.  

Here is a great website for more ways to organize all your scrapbooking items.
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Wooden Phrase Blocks

Last weekend, my hubby and I were thinking of all the different ways we could use our envelope date.  Last weekend's envelope had $10.00 in it and it could be spent however we wanted.  After a lot of thinking, my wonderful hubby thought of using it on crafts!  Oh, how I love him!  So we called around to find someone to sit with our baby girl (because she was already in bed for the night) while we went to Roberts.  We got there about 30 minutes before they closed! :)  We looked around and I got some supplies for my craft while my husband got supplies for his craft (oh yes, my husband is creative, but still a man!!!).  We spent a little more than $10.00, but still got good deals.  I love my husband's craft so much that I wanted to post it on my blog. 

Wood blocks
Paint and brushes
Cardstock/ scrapbook paper
Mod Podge
Hot glue
Cut out letters or stickers

(1) Take your wood blocks and paint them whatever color you want.

(2) Cut to fit your cardstock/scrapbook paper to fit the blocks.  Use the mod podge to attach to the wood blocks.  He also used a corner rounder to round the corners of the paper.  You can also mod podge over the paper to give it a glossy look (if you want).
(3) Take your stickers or cut out letters and either stick them on or mod podge the letters on the wood blocks.

 (4) Do the same for your remaining blocks to finish out your phrase.  As you can see, he added a few things to his wood blocks, the hearts and the stacked wood blocks (which are attached by hot glue). 
This is the finished product.  Isn't it cute!!!  When he finished it, he told me that this was one of my Valentine's Day gifts!  He is the sweetest!!! 
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Cute Scrapbook Store

I wanted to share a new scrapbook store I found the other day.  It is called Pebbles in my Pocket.  It is located in Orem, Utah.  It has a lot of cute paper, embellishments, stickers, scrapbook kits, and so much more!  They are also very reasonably priced.  You can visit their website here

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Recipe Box

So, I finally got fed up with how unorganized my recipes were, so I created a recipe box.  I found this super cute idea here.

Here are the materials you will need:

*White tin- I bought mine at Roberts Crafts, but I believe you can also get them at Michaels.
*Mod Podge
*Cardstock/ thick scrapbook paper
*Embellishments (anything you want to decorate the tin with)

(1) Cut your paper to fit the tin.  The paper I used didn't fit all the way around the tin, so I had to cut two pieces.  If you use lined paper, like I did, try to get the lines to match up.

(2) Attach the paper with Mod Podge as shown in the picture above.
(3) Tie ribbons to the top handle.

(4) Use hot glue to decorate the front with embellishments.  Get creative!!!
(5)  For the inside, you can create your own dividers (breads, cookies, desserts, appetizers, etc).  Just take a piece of cardstock/ scrapbook paper, cut to fit the inside.  Make your labels and just staple them to the top of the dividers.  Then just place your recipe cards between your sections.  I just used the dividers I already had.  Just do whatever feels good :)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!!!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Very First Homemade Cards!



So, over the weekend I made my very first homemade cards!  I wanted to make a Valentine's card just because I was feeling "festive" and I have a friend who had a baby shower, so I wanted to make one for her.  I'm so excited to be making cards because it's something I have always wanted to do.  There are a lot more cards to come so I hope you enjoy!!

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Envelope Date Night

For the longest time, my hubby and I have had the hardest time trying to figure out something to do for date night.  Then one day, my brilliant man came up with the idea of the envelope date night.  What we did was we thought of some fun dates (some original and some found on the internet), typed them out, and put them in a sealed envelope.  Now, two or three days before we want to have our date night, we pick an envelope.  We take turns drawing the envelopes and sometimes we prepare the date together and sometimes we don't let the other know and surprise them.  Some of the ideas are romantic, some call for a babysitter, and some are just fun.  We are already enjoying our date nights a lot more and we are only on our third envelope.

What about you?  Does anyone have any fun and unique date ideas?  Please feel free to share!  :)

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Favorite Knife

This is my new favorite kitchen tool, the Rachael Ray Gusto-Grip 6-in. Santoku Knife from Furi.  I used it for the first time last night and it was love at first slice!  I bought mine at Bed Bath and Beyond, but you can also order it online here at Rachael Ray's website.

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Hanging Stockings

This is such a great idea for those who don't have a mantle.  I have seen the vinyl at The Quilted Bear and I'm sure it can be found online somewhere.  The hooks for the stockings are those small screw hooks that can be bought at any hardware store (Home Depot, Lowes, or even Wal Mart).  This is TOO cute!  Thanks for the idea, Amanda! 
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins
Thanks Kamden!!!

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

*These muffins are great and one will never be enough!*

Skippyjon Jones

Source: http://skippyjonjones.com

My family LOVES the Skippyjon Jones books. We read them all the time. The books tell the story of a the great sword-fighter, El Skippito (a kitten who thinks he's a Chihuahua) who battles banditos the world over! He has a huge imagination and is TONS of fun to read! Spanish is integrated in every book, but easy to read. I have found that every time I read the books, I slowly develop a Spanish accent! It's a lot of fun!

The website link below the picture is a GREAT website that has tons of ideas on how to use the book with children. Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

About Me

Hello friends!

Thanks for visiting "Patches of Pink."  I hope you are enjoying yourself!  

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