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Monday, February 28, 2011

Spring Candles

So, what did you think of the carved candles?  Has anyone tried it yet?  If so, I’d love to see yours.

Now, I’m gonna show ya how to embellish candles using rose petals and other springy flora.  It’s easy and nearly free if you turn to the outdoors for your inspiration and supplies. 

Here’s the How:
1)  You will need candles and something to put on them.  In theory, you could use just about anything.  I suggest using things that are fairly flat (like rose petals, leaves and the like).  The more 3-D the objects the more wax you have to melt away to get your objects to stick.  Make sure your objects are still fresh.  My rose petals were past their prime and the dried, brittle edges were difficult to work with.
2)  If you have a heat gun, that will be your best option.  A blow dryer will work, but you’ll learn that lesson of patience you keep putting off or praying for (which ever the case may be, the latter in my case).  I don’t have a heat gun, so it was the blow dryer for me.   Decide on a layout for your candle.  My ivory candle has petals and leaves all the way around.  The white one just has the five leaves on it. 
3)  Use your heat gun or blow dryer to melt the wax just enough to mold your objects into your candle.  If the wax gets drippy, you can trim it off with an Exacto knife and smooth the wax out with your fingers and firm, but slight, pressure.
4)  There were a few times I couldn’t get my wax to melt sufficiently.  I used some Tacky glue (My glue of choice for most projects) and glued the edges down.  I actually used just Tacky glue on two or three of the petals and leaves.  No melting.  They are sticking wonderfully.  Let dry completely.

 
Side Note:  Don’t put candles in the microwave… (Yes, I tried putting my candles in the microwave.  No, nothing major happened.  However, in hind sight, probably not a very wise thing to do)...  Live and learn, yeah?  Back to the candles.



For the white candle, I used my hot glue gun.  Yeah, I share the same attention span and patience of my 19-month-old.  I just squirted glue on my leaves and stuck them to the candle.  The hot glue helped melt the wax and they stuck really well.  I did try to glue a stick in between the leaves… It didn’t stick well and I then decided to just use the tip of my glue gun to melt the wax away and leave a gaping hole canyon for a little more dimension to the design.  Just make sure you clean off your glue gun tip afterward!  =]

Well, grab those candles and start melting!  As always, I’d love to see your creations!  Good luck!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saint Patrick’s Day Printables

I have never, ever decorated for Saint Patrick’s Day before.  It’s just really not my holiday.  I will wear the green hair tie or bracelet or something to keep those pinch-happy friends and family at bay, but that’s about the extent of my celebrating.  Until now!

Because St. Patty’s Day isn’t a big holiday, I didn’t want to spend much money on decor.  It’s just not in my saving-for-a-house budget.  So, I turned to the computer and created something.  Actually, several somethings. 

If you find your decor lacking in the Saint Patrick’s category, grab yourself one (or two or three or four) of these, print it out and easy, peasy you’re all decorated for St. Patty’s Day! Woo Hoo!  ENJOY!

These are all available at 4shared for free download.  The links are below.  Of course, the downloads don’t have watermarks.  Quotes, quaterfoil and good luck… what more could you want? 




 

Follow the links to download the images:.
http://www.4shared.com/photo/7MZETWId/Irish_Proverb.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/OljkII9G/Irish_Proverb_gray.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/cs34eozz/Kiss_Me_Im_Irish_Fade.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/wp4eroSC/Kiss_Me_Im_Irish.html
http://www.4shared.com/photo/9p-yXpH0/somewhere_over_the_rainbow.html 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Weekend Wander #19

Welcome to another fantastic party!  I hope you've had a fantastic week, full of all sorts of creativity.  I have been working on several projects, but I'm gonna keep them a secret.  For now.  We had a great party last week, some very neat projects were linked.  So, on to the features!

Last week's most clicked link was a tie!  Check out both of these really cool projects!
Many Moments of Me made these super cute signs to go in her house.  What a cute idea!
The Bird's Papaya did a really cute update to their bedroom!  What a bright and fresh feeling her changes made!

The sewing feature this week is:
Army Wife Quilter's ACU skirt.  Maybe you have to be a Military family to appreciate this, but I think it's awesome.  I once made a purse out of my hubby's old ACU's.  Those pockets are AMAZING!  I also like the idea of being able to do this with any pair of pants... not just old Army pants.

The Recipe Feature is:
Italian Pot Roast at It's a Keeper!  I L.O.V.E. Italian food.  It is, by far, my favorite!  This had my mouth watering just from reading it!

The seasonal feature belongs to Funky Polkadot Giraffe for her rainbow jello.  If only there was a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow... 

Congrats Ladies!  Awesome projects!  Featured buttons are in the side bar if you'd like to grab one.
Thank you to everyone who linked up!

Now on to the party!  Let's see what you've got.  What have you been doing this week?
Please don't link a commercial site.  Etsy shops (and the like are fine).  Ready?  GO!



ABC’s of Love: Z is for



This is it.  The last letter.  I’m a little relieved, because I have some cool projects to show you and now I won’t have to worry about leaving this series half-way done.  But, I have had fun with this.  I hope you have too.  I’ll make this short and sweet though.

Z- Zodiac, Zenith, Zealous, Zillion, Zine, Zoo, Zone

Ideas-
Zodiac-  Go star gazing.

Zenith-  Was there a high-point in your dating relationship (like when he proposed…)?  Take a trip back to memory lane.  If you can’t revisit the location, dedicate a night to remembering.  We have a Monopoly game I made the first year we were married.  It is has different places/activities we did while we were dating.  The coveted dark blue properties are the proposal and our wedding.  It’s fun to play and remember. 

Zine-  Make a mini magazine dedicated to your relationship.  Write up mini articles with memories you have made together.  Include pictures.  Print it out or have it bound or whatever you’d like.  It could even be an e-zine!

Zoo-  Go to your local zoo.  Or plan a date to do so.  Take the kids and make it a family day!


Zone-  Get a little physical… with a game of basketball, touch football, or another fun sport.  Invite some friends and have at it.  Play guys against girls for a fun twist!

Carved Candles

Candles are pretty much a necessity in decorating, in my opinion. I’m, by no means, a pro; but, in our house I am the one with the eye for the aesthetically pleasing.  That’s a term I picked up from my 8th grade English teacher.  Weird, right?  Anyway, candles.  Candles are one of those things that are easy to find and aren’t usually a strain on the budget.  And, if they are a strain, there’s probably a way to DIY for a lot less than the name brands are asking.  (Like, did you see these PB knock offs?  I want me some of them!)

Here is a cheap, easy and relatively quick way to embellish your candles. 

Here’s the How:
1)  You will need a candle and something to use as a scraping tool.  I used a mechanical pencil that no longer works to scrape the wax on my candle.  It worked pretty well.  I also used a cheap red candle from the Dollar Store.  I did this on purpose, not ‘cause I’m cheap.  Ok, partly because I’m cheap, but I also wanted a candle that just had the color layered on.  With the white wax of the candle base, I didn’t have to paint my carving.  Hopefully, that will make more sense later.
2)  Begin by drawing your pattern on your candle or lightly scratching it into the wax.  I just sorta free-handed the whole thing, but I go against the grain and hate patterns.  I warned you about sewing, but really I just have a general dislike for patterns. 
3)  Take your scraping tool (mechanical pencil, in my case) and begin scraping deeper into the candle.  It works best to work in layers.  If you use the cheap Dollar Store candles you will eventually scrape through all the colored wax.  The white wax of the candle base will then show through.  If you are using a solid color candle you can paint your carvings with candle medium and that will make them more visible.  After you’ve gone all the way around your candle or have your chosen design carved, that’s it.  You’re done!

Disclaimer:  These candles are for decorative purposes only.  Don’t burn them, as the thinner wax may melt as your candle burns, creating a fire hazard.


If you MUST burn these (which would be really cool once your candle burns so you can see the light through your carvings) make sure you use a candle plate.  Candles should always be burned on a plate!  And ALWAYS supervise your     lit candles.  If you do burn these and your house catches on fire, I accept no liability.  I did very specifically say don’t do that!

Krista

ABC’s of Love: Y is for

Only two more letters!  If you’ve played along, I hope you (and your sweetheart!) have enjoyed learning that there are so many languages of love.  Gifts, gestures, time together, physical affection and any other ways you have discovered.  I hope you’ve made some memories along the way.  It is by remembering the good times that we can make it through the not-so-good times.  At least in my experience.

Y-  Your Eyes Only, Yummy, Yesterday, Young, Year, You, Yearn, Yes, Yosemite, Yahoo

Ideas-
Your Eyes Only-  This can be as naughty as you want to get.  A simple, sweet note like you used to pass in high school or something more risqué.  It’s all up to you.

Yummy-  Make a new dessert recipe.  Or go out for dessert somewhere.  Or serve dessert sans table and utensils… or whatever.  Here’s an easy idea.

Year-  Make plans and schedule date night on your calendar for the next year.  Plan for as often as you would like.  Once a week, month, bi-monthly.  I would suggest at least once a month.  This is a gift that will strengthen your relationship.  Try it.

Yellowstone-  This is more of an example than an absolute.  It doesn’t have to be Yellowstone.  Check out THIS LIST for National Parks in your area.  This list includes parks that have Free Entrance Days through out the year.  This would be a great family outing.  If you have little ones, stop and get out often.  Most parks have places to picnic, hike or walk and some have bicycle trails too.  Don’t forget the sun block!


Yahoo!-  Do something adventurous.  Ride that new roller coaster at the amusement park this summer (you could give your sweetie tickets to the park to mark the day) or skydive like you’ve always wanted to (not me, but maybe you?  If so, make a reservation with a local company and give the reservation info to your honey to mark the date).  I’m a roller coaster junkie.  I wish I’d been to more amusement parks than I have so I could tell you the best roller coasters, but my experience is limited. 

Krista

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

ABC’s of Love: X is for

This one was tough… I wish you luck!
X- XOXO, Xian (Chinese Date Night), Xylograph (wood engraving)

Ideas:
Xian-  The capital of the Shaanxi province in China… a great lead-in for a Chinese Date Night.


Xylograph-  Ever tried your hand at wood engraving?  Me neither, but it might make for a cool gift.

RACY WARNING: Stop now, or forever hold your peace.



XXX -  You little vixen, you… how about some tasteful boudoir photos for your sweetie?

Happy Romancin!

Krista

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

ABC’s of Love: W is for

Wild, Wii, Waltz, Want, Winter, Watch, Wallet, Woo, Woman, Wonderland, Wild West, Waiter, Walk, Warm, Wax, Weather, Wedding, Wheels, Wife, Wish, Written Word

Ideas:
Wild-  Do something you used to enjoy when you were in high school or before the kids came along.  Like when you used to go to the local track and watch the amateur drag races… or whatever your wild selves used to do.

Wii-  Have a Wii tournament.  Our personal faves are MarioKart and Wii Sports Resort.  Particularly the speed slice and sword fighting.  =]


Wonderland-  Have a “wonderland” themed date.  You could do winter wonderland or Alice in wonderland.  Get creative!  Snow cones, anyone?

Wild West-  Have a wild west date night.  Have ‘drinks’ at the ‘saloon’ (IBC Root Beers or Cream Soda?).  Play a few games of ‘hangman’.  Watch a cowboy and indians movie.  Pull out those Nerf dart guns and have a wild shoot out!

Wax-  Maybe I’m the only one that does this, but I’ll admit that, during the winter,  sometimes my legs don’t get the attention they do during the summer.  Ya know, shorts season.  Now, I’m not saying like 2 weeks of stubble, but sometimes I am guilty of just that.  Eek, right?  Give your sweetie a treat and get that all waxed off!  You’ll feel better about it too.


RACY WARNING:  Stop now if you’d rather not know.  Highlight the text if you would.



Whoopie, Wig, Water, Wrestle.


Whoopie-  Get in the mood with some Whoopie Pies.  Save any extra filling.  I’m sure you could come up with something to do with it…


Wig-  Spice it up a little... or maybe just grab a wash out hair dye.



Water-  Hot & Steamy Shower?  Or a warm soak in the tub?  Your choice.  Hot tub accessible?  Consider that too.



Wrestle-  Or whatever you wanna call it…

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

ABC’s of Love: V is for

V-  Vows, Valentine, Vacation, Vanilla, Vineyard, Vista, Variety, Value, Verse, Virtual, Visit

Ideas:
Vows-  Renew your vows.  Whether you do a fancy shin-dig or a small exchange with each other, the meaning is the same.

Vacation-  Make plans to take a vacation sometime this year.  Schedule it into the calendar so it doesn’t get pushed off.

Vineyard-  Live near a vineyard?  Take a tour this summer.  Make plans to do so.

Vista-  Find somewhere pretty and go watch the sunset.


Variety-  Give your sweetie a variety pack of their favorites. 


RACY WARNING:  Stop Now.





Voluptuous, Vixen, Vibration, Virgin


Virgin-  We don’t drink, so I meant this as in virgin drinks.  But because that isn’t the only meaning… it’s here.

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

Monday, February 21, 2011

ABC’s of Love: U is for

U-  Unforgettable, Unwind, Underwater, Ultimate, Unite, Utopia, Unique, Universe, Useful

Ideas:
Unforgettable-  Do something you’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  Bungee jump?  Skydive?  White water rafting (I suggest waiting until the ice melt in the river before you do this one though… =])? 

Unwind-  Take the evening off.  Go get your favorite take-out and forget about the pile of dishes in the sink or the laundry that needs to be done.  They will be there tomorrow.  Take the evening off and relax.  The whole household.

Underwater-  Last year My Mr Right got a certificate (handmade) for a trip to the hot springs about 1/2 hour from our house.  We didn’t get to use it… though.  We ended up moving before it was warm enough for me to venture out in my swimming suit. 

Useful-  Give a small, but useful gift.  Need to replace something that has been worn out.  Now is as good a time as any.
Extreme precision cutting pocket knife

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

Multi-Strand Beaded Necklace

If you haven’t figured out that I’m trying to get through the ABC’s of Love, well, I am.  I’m feeling a little tied down to those posts while I have letters that aren’t finished.  So, I’m trying to get those all out and done so I can move on to other things.  Two months of nothing but love posts (well, almost nothing but love) has me worn a little thin and I’m sure I started repeating myself about 6 weeks ago, right?  Well, my apologies and thanks for sticking with me.  I have some fun posts planned for the next few weeks.

So, have you ever needed some jewelry for an event or occasion, but don’t have the budget to go out and get some?  A couple years ago, My Mr Right was working for the Army.  It was a civilian position, but he was required to wear his ACU’s to work (the camouflage uniforms).  And, because he had this job, he was also required to attend the Annual Military Ball.  At $20/ticket, we were less than thrilled.  However, it gave me the excuse to buy a new dress and shoes.  I spent thriftily (dress $20 and shoes $10) and borrowed what I could, but I didn’t have any jewelry and could find any I liked in my price range.  I walked down the beading aisle at Wal-Mart and the love affair began.  I love to make my own jewelry.  For about $10 I got everything I needed to make earrings, a necklace and a bracelet.  And there were leftovers.  Waaay cheaper than the jewelry I’d been looking at.  And I think it turned out nicely.
 
Ok, here’s the how:
1)  Gather your supplies.  You will need wire or beading cord, clasps, scissors or bead wire cutters, super glue and your beads of choice.
2)  Lay out or draw out your basic pattern.  At least have an idea of what you want.  I usually tie off one end of the wire and attach the clasp and just string one way.  But you can start in the middle and work your way out.  Just be careful about where the ends of your wire are.  There’s nothing worse than to string in on there and then pull the wire out and have to do it all over again. 
3)  Begin stringing you beads in the pattern you outlined in the previous step. 
4)  If you are going to do multiple stings, you will still need to string out the entire pattern, attach the other end of the clasp and tie it off so you have a single- strand, completed necklace.

5)  Decide where you want your multiple strands to start and end.  Take a piece of wire or cord (that is triple the length from your start point to your stop point) and loop it up through the bead that is at your starting point.  Pull it a third of the way through the start point bead.  String your beads in the desired pattern on both ends of the wire.  This should make two stands of beads. 
6)  Take the end of the wire that should be almost out of room and thread it through the “end” bead.  Secure it with several twists above the “end bead and a dot of super glue.  Let dry.  Be sure to avoid contact with the other beads or any other surfaces.

7)  Take the end of the wire that still has a lot of room on it and loop it through the “end” bead and the bead above it.  Loop the “end” over the second bead and back down through the “end” bead.  You should be able to string another strand on the rest of the wire, making four strands total.  Secure the end of this wire the same way you did in the previous step, but with the “start” bead.
You may want to tangle your strands together before you secure them for a more cohesive look.



ABC’s of Love: T is for

Thrill, Together, Treasure Hunt, Text, Tickets, Tall Tales, Talent, Taste, Thanks, Theater, Thoughtful, Time, Today, Towel, Treat, Tropical

Ideas:
Thrill-  Get season passes to a local amusement park to enjoy this summer.  Watch the newest thriller movie you’ve been wanting to see. 

Together-  Do something you both enjoy.

Tickets-  Get tickets to a concert, play or other event your sweetie would enjoy.  Don’t have the budget?  Give your sweetie a “plane ticket” and take a destination date to anywhere in the world.  All without leaving your home.  There are a couple of kits in my Etsy Shoppe if you're interested in that.  If you have somewhere you'd like to go and there isn't a kit, let me know and I'll work on putting a custom order together for you.

Tall Tales-  Tell each other stories of your childhood… embellish them and see if you can tell the truth from the tales.

Taste-  Splurge on a fancy dinner, at home or go out.

Time-  Sometimes time is the best gift you can give.  Especially if that’s your sweetie’s love language.

Towel-  Have some towels monogrammed (or monogram them yourself).  His and Hers gifts are good reminders of the special bond you have.


Racy Warning:  Stop now…  Or don’t, but you’ve been warned.  Highlight if you wish to view.



T-  Teddie, Tender, Touch, Tongue, Tease,
Get Creative!


Happy Romancin’!

Krista

ABC’s of Love: S is for

S- Spa, Smooches, Spoil, S.W.A.K., Secret, Smitten, Sweetheart, Sandwich, Sassy, Stars, Scenery, Schedule, Scheme, Sea, Search, Senses, Serve, Shipwreck, Sketch, Skills, Sleep, Smile, Soak, Social, Songs, Space (outer), Sunshine, Super Powers, Swings
Ideas:
Spa-  Treat your sweetie (and yourself!) to a massage at a spa.  Living on a budget that doesn’t include spa visits?  Turn your home into an inviting spa for the evening.  Take turns giving massages after a warm soak in the tub.

Sandwich-  My Mr Right loves sandwiches.  So, he’d be thrilled with this one.  Your sweetie… maybe not so much.

Stars-  Go stargazing.  Even if it’s from the front seat of the car with the heater blaring.

Search-  Create a puzzle or treasure hunt for your sweetie.

Senses-  Have a date night focused on the five senses.  Taste, touch, smell, hear and see (in case you forgot, or something).  Serve some yummy treats and hold hands and steal kisses all night long.  Light some yummy-smelling candles or take a scented bubble bath and make a mixed CD to listen to.  Set a romantic atmosphere with soft lighting.

Skills-  Teach each other something.  Or learn something new together.

Space-  I mean as in outer space, not "give me some space".  Go stargazing, but kick it up a notch and bring along a star map.  Can you find any planets?  If you have access to a telescope, you can see some pretty cool things… like the rings of Saturn or the moons of Jupiter(in the summer in the northern hemisphere).

Swings-  One of the things My Mr Right and I often say to each other is “come play five with me”.  Ok, Ok… That’s mostly a phrase I say, but he’s been known to utter it on occasion.  Basically, “I’m gonna go do something really dorky and dumb, but it’ll be a lot of fun!  Wanna come?”  Head to the local playground and swing.  Play on the slides and the monkey bars.


Racy Warning:  Stop now if you aren’t interested.


S- Sex, Sexy, Seduce, Strip, Shapely, Sheer
All pretty self-explanatory, yeah?

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

ABC’s of Love: R is for

R-  Romance, Roses, Remote, Raffle, Race, Rain, Reacquainted, Recipe, Recommend, Recreation, Relax, R&R, Rendezvous, Reservations, Restaurant, Reward, Rich, Ring, Rock Climbing, Roof

Ideas-
Remote:  Let your honey control the remote tonight.
 
Raffle:  Hold a raffle for you and your sweetie.  (You could incorporate this to include your kids too, if you want.)  Raffle off things like back rubs, bubble baths, dinner dates, ect.  Take a stack of play money and equally divide it in two (dollar amount wise).  Give your sweetheart one of the stacks of money to “award” you with through out the week.  He is also trying to be awarded your money pile.  Your good deeds will definitely pay off this week.  Hold your raffle on date night.  Buy tickets for each of the prizes with your award money.  Be generous with your stack, it’ll probably be reciprocated.

Race:  Have a good, old-fashioned race.  Just don’t get so competitive that feelings get wounded.

Recipe:  Try a new one together.  Or as a whole family.

Rendezvous:  Meet your sweetie for lunch or something.  Or sneak away for a weekend!

Roof:  If you have access to a roof (without the possibility, or probability, or slipping to your death- or injury), have a picnic or share a snack and look at the stars.  Or where the stars would be if you could see through all the smog.

Risque Warning:  Stop now if you aren’t interested.



Racy:  Splurge on some new lingerie.  Or pull out some of the ones you haven’t used in a while.  Give a fashion show.  How racy and risque you get is up to you….

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

ABC’s of Love: Q is for

So,  I “follow” my own blog… which means I get my own posts in my dashboard on blogger.  When I actually get the chance to scroll through there, I can see what the little clips say that show up in the feed.  I’ve tried to be sensitive to the fact of intimacy in these ABC’s, so imagine my shock and horror when I realized that there was no ‘editing’ done to these little clips of text.  So, I apologize to anyone that has seen those and blushed due to content.  So much for best intentions.  I am changing the format so that you can just stop reading when I tell you to if you aren’t interested in the risqué nature of some of the words.  Again, my apologizes.

Ok, Q is for:
Quarter, Quadruple, Queen, Questions, Queue, Quest, Quick, Quilt, Quintuple, Quiz

Ideas:
Quadruple:  Give a gift in a set of four.  Or four small gifts.

Questions:  Play 20 Questions.  Make the topic something like “our first date” or “our song” or whatever.  Take turns or play a quick round while you’re in the car.

Quest:  Send your sweetie on a little treasure hunt.  Maybe make the prize a yummy dinner.  I know that would be encouragement enough for My Mr Right.

Quick:  Go kidnap your sweetheart from work for lunch.  A quick and unexpected date is sure to lift his spirit.

Quilt:  Make your honey a quilt… or just buy a new one… for your bed.  It’s important for the bedroom to stay a place of interest.  Changing up the decor and set-up once in a while is an easy way to keep the ‘too-familiar’ at bay.
 
Quintuple:  A gift in a set of five.  Like favorite gum.  Or five gifts.  Mix and match.

Quiz:  If you haven’t already done so, take THIS quiz.  It will help you through out your relationship!  Click on the appropriate tab (one for husbands, one for wives).  It might be cool to find out your kids’ love languages too.


Ok, here’s the racy part.  Stop now if you aren’t interested.



Q-  Quickie

Ideas:  Do you really need me to spell this one out?  I think not. 

Happy Romancin’!

Krista

Friday, February 18, 2011

Weekend Wander #18

Real quick.  The turn out last week was less than exciting, but it was a text linky.  Thanks to everyone who stuck with me, even though we didn't have thumbnails.  Good news, though, the thumbnails are back!  Yay, Etsy sales.  See, good things come to those who spend money.  Hahaha, I'm kidding, I'm kidding.

Here's the features from last week:

Most clicked link:
Amy @ Increasingly Domestic charms again.  This time she got the most clicks for her yummy Valentine's Treat!  Unfortunately, I couldn't get a photo.  You should still go check it out though!

Recipe:
Emily @ LaForce Be With You shared a delicious Crock Pot Potato Soup.  YUM!

Craft/Seasonal:
Holly @ Hoosier At Heart had me rolling with this awesome Valentine card.  Straight to the point, very man-appropriate.

DIY:
Heidi @ Budget Wise Home has an amazing Office re-do!  I love the designated space for her boys!



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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Award Time!

I have been awarded two different awards in the past week and a half:  The Stylish Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award.  I’m incredibly grateful to the two awesome ladies that presented these to me, and honestly a little surprised.  Michelle at Heartfelt Balance gave me the Versatile Blogger and Our Family Forest gave me the Stylish Blog Award.  However, the reason I love getting awards so much is that I get to pass them on to other deserving bloggers! 


Here are the rules for accepting the awards:
  1. Thank and link back to the person (or people) who awarded you this award
  2. Share 7 things about yourself
  3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
  4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award
Because I was given two awards I’ll share 14 things about me and pass it on to 30 blogs… but it might take me a few days to get them all passed on so bear with me while I do that, kay?
THINGS ABOUT ME:
1.  I am five feet tall.  My husband is six-foot-three.  We make it work.  The only thing we really have trouble with is dancing…  I get to listen to all the gurgles of his stomach when we do.
2.  Uhm, I wish I was craftier than I am.  And that I had the space to be so.
3.  I make up words.  All the time.  Weird words.
4.  My little family of three lives with my parents currently.  And I ache for our own space.  It’s also one of the reasons I don’t take on “big projects” like remodeling the kitchen or redecorating the bathroom… I don’t have a kitchen or a bathroom.  But, if when we get our own house…. just you wait.
5.  I love being a mom, but sometimes I wish I could just jump in the car and run errands without having to pack a diaper bag first or watch a movie from beginning to end without it taking three times as long as the movie’s running time.  And I’m so sick of Finding Nemo.
6.  I am an Army wife.  It’s a love-hate relationship.  I love my husband, and often hate the Army.  It’s a lot of politics and who-ya-know.  I hate when it frustrates My Mr Right.
7.  I’m a night owl.  I’ll even keep Little Monkey up late with me so I can sleep in… Bad Mommy?  Maybe, but my life is a lot less hectic and I’m a lot less tired than those who put their babies to bed early and have to be up at 5am.  Rested mommy=happy mommy.
8.  I love to sew… but I hate using patterns.  I often times just “make it work”.  This blog hasn’t changed that.  I don’t want you all to think I’m a moron, so if it doesn’t work… I don’t tell you about it.  =] 
9.  I over use ellipses… See…
10.  I don’t like the idea of having the same stuff as everyone else.  I don’t often use the subway arts I give away.  But I LOVE to see all the different ways people do use them.  I would never have thought to make a pillow with it!  It amazes me how many different things can be done with the same piece of art.  And it always makes me smile to see a project with my pieces.  I love that “hey, I made that!” feeling, even though I just did the easy part.
11.  I’m running out of ways to keep my little toddler busy and happy.  He longs to be outside.  I’m also running out of things to post on this blog… Guess I better get to work with the brainstorming and projects.  =]
12.  I do my smiley emoticons with an equals sign and a left bracket because I don’t like to do things like everyone else.  I like it, but it probably looks dumb.  I don’t care.
13.  I was due on the 4th of July, although born two days early, I’m still of the opinion that Fourth of July firework shows are in celebration of my birth… And I like sparkly things.  And fire.
14.  I love the outdoors, but hate the cold.  I love the beach.  I’m a simple girl.  I get angry and bite my tongue, rather than talking it out.  My Mr Right hates it.  I love to play.  I love to tease.  I love to write.  I don’t have many real friends, never have.  Quality, right?  I love to learn, just not math.  I love to shop, but I’m frugal almost to a fault.  I just do the best I can with what I have.  I love my life, most days… =]

PASSING IT ON:
Ok, I’m gonna start with 3 blogs and the Stylish Blog Award.  I’ll get to the others over the next few days. 

Simply Designing – Ashley and her blog are simply adorable.  She’s got everything!  A weekly link party, giveaways, tutorials, recipes, and so much more.  I often get sucked into her blog during nap time.
Mommas Kinda Crafty – Joy has a fantastic blog.  It’s a place I like to go in my free-time.  I don’t get there often, but more than one dinner has been late because I lose track of time trying to get all caught back up on her amazing ideas!
RACKS and Mooby – Kyra is on my same craft wavelength.  I am always in love with her projects and ideas.  And her writing style is so fun.  I leave her blog always feeling like there is someone else out there a little like me.

I'm just gonna keep adding on here... This post will be like 10 pages long, but all the info is already here.  The next few blogs I'm awarding the Stylish Blogger Award to are:
Keeping It Simple - Before I ever started my blog, I blog stalked Kaysi.  Her blog has grown and her ideas are amazing!  Thus, the reason behind the growth, duh, right?  I'm grateful for her nap time-friendly posts.  It's always nice to find projects that won't take days to complete, but she does have more involved projects for you "highly crafty" people too.
Living In A Creative Bliss - Angi's blog is one that I have just recently stumbled upon.  She has super cute ideas, and a lot of them are kid-friendly.  Even for my Destructor Toddler.  I am really loving her stuff!
Karen's Ideas Galore - Karen's blog is also another one I've just somehow ended up at.  Weird how that happens sometimes.  But, I'm so glad I found it!  She has great, easy gift ideas in abundance all over her pages. 
Young & Crafty - Hannah has a great blog.  Her blog name says it all.  She has some awesome ideas and her creations are often times renovations of things she has found at Goodwill, on Craiglist and at garage sales.  I love that she can see the potential in things others are getting rid of.  One man's trash easily becomes Hannah's treasures.

Ok, I totally slacked on this, but I'm gonna pick it up...
Paisley Passions - Lori always has cool stuff going on.  She's also got several link parties to join, one is a great blog hop!  And I love when she links up to Weekend Wander.  =]  This is one blog where I look at the clock and think, "shoot, I was only gonna be here for a minute!"
Krafty Kat - Kat has some serious crafty pants going on.  She has projects that are nap time friendly and don't have to be out for days at a time, waiting to be finished.  She's got all sorts of good stuff!  I love looking through her blog.
Sweet Bee Buzzings - Bethany's blog is a new one to me... and I am in LOVE!  I was looking through several link parties and I kept ending up back on her blog!  I'd say that's a pretty sure sign that I need to hit the "follow" button.
A Girl & A Glue Gun - This was probably where I got my first taste of public blogging... not my public blogging.  I had a family blog and I enjoyed keeping up with that.  But, we didn't do interesting things very often, so the updates were few.  I started posting some of my projects on our family blog... and then more and more and more... and then I found Kim's blog.  I thought "that's what I need, a separate craft blog!"  My family was grateful when that happened!  Kim's blog is witty, funny and she has some amazing ideas.  This is another one I could spend hours on...
Nap Time Crafts - Uh, hello, the name says it all.  Serena's blog is another one that I kept finding myself at, a little unsure of how I got there.  But, oh so glad I was!  Seriously, it's where I go for baby shower gift ideas... no joke.  And she has a super cool Army bunker tent she made.  That's a winner in my book!

ABC’s of Love: P is for

P- Pamper, Pretty, Promise, Package, Play
So “P” seems to be a little more naughty than the other letters…  =]

Ideas:
Pamper-  Devote the evening (or an hour or two) to your sweetie.  Give a foot massage after a soak in some yummy-smelling warm water.  Rub down the shoulders, neck and back muscles.  A scalp massage is always nice.  Pamper your honey.

Pretty-  Get all gussied up and take your man out to dinner.  Even if “out” is a picnic in the back of your SUV at “your spot” or on the living room floor.  A Choose Your Own Adventure Date would be fun.



Package-  Make your sweetie a package.  Or two or three or four or…  This is what I did for our anniversary this year.  My Mr Right loved opening little gifts all day long.  It was a fun way to celebrate all day.  Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture of my pile of packages.  Ugh!

Play-  Do something fun!  Mini-golf, bowling, laser tag, rock climbing, board games, whatever suits your fancy.  Play together.  “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes.  I’m a huge believer in this quote, it is so true.  To keep the romance alive, you have to play together!



Maybe this letter is a good time to show your honey some lovin’… Intimacy is a great thing and those seemed to be the majority of the words I could find for this letter.  Happy Romancin’!

Risque Ideas:
PastiesPanties, Private Peep ShowPassionParking.

Krista

ABC’s of Love: O is for

O-  One & Only, Olive, Ocean, Opera, Outdoor, Oasis, Oath, Officer, Oils, One Hundred

Ideas:
One & Only-  Do something with the theme one and only.  Make a basket of ‘memories’.  Or one of plans for future memories.  A year of pre-planned (and prepaid?) monthly date nights?  If you decide to do the pre-planned dates and want ideas, let me know…

Ocean/Oasis-  Plan a trip to the nearest ocean sometime this coming year.  Start saving your pennies!  Or plan an ocean/cruise/beach themed date night.  Seafood for dinner?  Watch an Ocean movie (Oceans 11 just jumped to mind, but that’s not the kind of ocean I meant).  Beaches?  Jaws?  Something with gorgeous scenery.  Build sandcastles with sugar cubes.  Wade in a kiddie pool or the bathtub.

Opera-  Throw in Phantom of the Opera and pop some yummy popcorn.  Wanna make it extra special?  Make up some tickets and present them to you honey beforehand.  He’ll wonder what you’re up to.

Outdoor-  Brave the weather and head out for some ice skating, sledding or skiing.  Make sure to bring along hot cocoa or at least curl up by the fire with some when you get home.

Oath-  Renew those vows without the cost of a big, fancy to-do.  A simple handwritten note will be enough.  And if your sweetie isn’t the type for that stuff their car with balloons and a candy gram declaring your love.  Make sure to tape a safety pin to the door handle…  =]


Oils-  Make your own massage oils AND use them!  Let me know if you’re interested in any recipes.  I know there are tons out there though.


One Hundred-  There are endless possibilities.  100 balloons (rent a tank or pump up the air compressor for this one.  100 is a big number!)  100 Reasons I Love You Book.  100 kisses.  100 anythings!


The Risque Ideas:
OrgasmOral

Have fun!
Krista

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ABC’s of Love: N is for

N-  Nightie, Nice, Names, Nature, Necessity, Neck, Need, Never-ending, Newspaper, Night, New, Nostalgia, Noticeable, Novel, Notorious

Ideas:
Nightie-  Invest in a new little “something” or revisit some of your old little somethings.  Give your honey a fashion show.

Naughty & Nice-  I made up some coupons around Christmas with a naughty and nice theme.  You could do something similar.  The NICE coupons had things like holding hands while we go on a walk, getting a new pair of sheets for our bed, a back rub.  The NAUGHTY coupons had more intimate and risqué things to exchange them for.  I have a set of 52 coupons made up already, but they do have a Christmas theme.  If you’re interested, let me know.  I don’t know if I could bring myself to just give them away, there are 52 of them and they took a fair amount of time to make, but I’ll let you have them for super cheap.



Never-ending-  Your love, of course.  Use your sweetie’s Love Language to let them know that they will always be the one for you.

Newspaper-  Write up a newspaper article dedicated to your sweetheart.  If you’re really ambitious, make a little mini newsletter all about them.

Notorious-  Do something a little naughty…



… but not too naughty.  It would be awkward to have to call the babysitter or your kids to come bail you out of jail…

Risque Ideas:
Naughty, NakedNipple

Have Fun!
Krista

ABC’s of Love: M is for

Sorry I missed yesterday.  My Mr Right and I were disagreeing when I finally had time to sit down and construct a post.  I didn’t really feel like trying to be all mushy and lovey.  I’ll make up for it in the next few days though.  Promise.

M- Make out, Memories, Mine, Movie, Massage, Magic, Maid, Manly, Muscles, Manhattan, Marriage, Mocktail, Mental Health Day, Million, Minutes, Monopoly, Months, Moon, Morning, Mountain, Museum, Music

Ideas include:
Memories-  Make a small memory book for your sweetheart with photos and written snippets about the memories you treasure.  Your first date, first kiss, proposal, wedding day, special trips or anniversaries or any other occurrences.  Or arrange to do something your honey has long-wanted to try.  Making new memories is always a good thing.

Massage-  Check out this date night kit.  Plan a special night to pamper and indulge your lover.  There is a digital kit available as well, if you just want the paper goods.  Pull out all the stops.  Full body massage.  For no reason at all and no expectations for reciprocating.  Make your own massage oils and yummy lotions or body butter.  If you’re interested in my recipes, let me know. 


Manhattan-  Plan a destination date to NYC!  Now, I have never been, and probably never will get to go, to New York so I wouldn’t be disappointed with this date.  If you have been, it might be a bit of a let down.  It’s like comparing the pet store to the zoo.  And I mean a really good zoo.    Get (or make) the best pizza around, take in a Broadway play (Phantom of the Opera on DVD?), take a walk through Central Park (just a nice park), check out the zoo.  Ok, my idea for this one is kinda lame… but sometimes that’s how I roll.  You know those little foam animals that come in the capsules.  You put the capsules in hot water and they melt, revealing your “prize”.  Well, check out the zoo by mixing up all the capsules and trying to guess what it will be when it opens up.  The one with the most correct guesses wins.  Of course, this is just pure dumb luck if you get it right, but sometimes dumb luck is ok.  And yes, I know that not all of those destinations aren’t technically in Manhattan, but ‘New York’ doesn’t start with M.  If you want less of a stretch, go to Morocco or Minnesota instead.

Mocktail:  Ok, If you haven’t already, do the In For Drinks date night.  Digital kit available here, complete with non-alcoholic recipes.


Mental Health Day:  Both of you call in sick to work and spend the day together, doing whatever you want!  You’ll just wish tomorrow could be M again.

Monopoly-  When we were first married, I made our own Monopoly game.  Each of the spaces was somewhere or something we’d done while we were dating and “Park Place” was our wedding day.  It is currently in storage 8 blocks away, it’s snowing here and I don’t have a car or else I’d show you a photo of it.  It took me a while to make, but it’s a fun reminder of our dating days and how we got to where we are.  I used the values from the real Monopoly (easier that way) and printed money I designed in Photoshop out on printer paper.  For the hotels and houses I used shrinky dinks and just drew them with permanent marker.  If you do this, put down a sheet of wax paper on your cookie tray before you put your shrinkys on it.  You’ll leave irremovable marks on your tray if you don’t.  Ask me how I know this…  For the playing pieces, I made little figures of a bride and groom out of air-dry clay.  They don’t look great, but meh, we get the point.


Happy Romancin’!

Super Simple Mini Chocolate Cream Pies

This is awesome if you want an elegant dessert with super little prep.  It doesn’t taste quite as fabulous as making real chocolate cream pie, but when you can do it in a quarter of the time, you’ll think this heaven.

SUPER SIMPLE MINI CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE

Ingredients:
1 Small (4oz) Package of Instant Chocolate Pudding
4-5 Graham Crackers (the big ones that divide into 4 rectangles)
1/4 cup Butter
1/4 cup of White Sugar

Directions:
Put the graham crackers in a zip top baggie and smash them until they are crumbs.  Using a rolling pin to roll over the crackers will help smash them fine enough.  


Once you have crumbs instead of crackers, melt your butter in a microwave-safe glass.  Mix sugar in with the graham cracker crumbs.  Stir until evenly distributed.  Pour your butter in the graham cracker crumbs and sugar.  Mix well.  (I do all my mixing in the zippered baggie.)  Press the graham cracker mixture into small bowls.  Mix up the pudding according to the package instructions.  Pour your pudding in on top of the cracker crusts.  Refrigerate until used.  Serve.
Serves 2-3, Depending on how thick you make your crusts.  You could probably squeeze 4 out of it if you tried.
If you want to dress up your mini pies, add some whipped cream, a drizzle of chocolate sauce. Add a fresh raspberry or strawberry for some color.  Chocolate shavings are also a good way to dress it up.  You can also substitute the graham cracker crust for an Oreo crust.  This is a great dessert that the kiddos can help prepare, but it can be a fancy date-night dessert too,

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

What's Your Opinion?

I'm beginning to think about scheduling future events.  It you notice on the Upcoming Events page, we are getting close to the end of what is already listed.  I have a "Spring Fever Week" coming up the first full week in March, where I'll help you rid those winter blues and get ready for some warmer weather (we can hope, right?!?  I don't know about you, but I'm so done with winter!).  After that I plan on doing some organizing and cleaning posts under the theme of Spring Cleaning.  Other than that... I have no plans.  So, here's your chance to give some input... What do you want to see posts about?  Crafts?  Recipes?  Kid-Friendly Ideas?  Cleaning and Organizing?  Doing Cartwheels?  Any suggestions are welcome!  Leave a comment with your ideas or email me... whilehewasnapping@gmail... also, if you're interested in guest posting, I'd be thrilled to have you.  Let me know!

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