Monday, September 30, 2013

Re-purposed Starbucks Bottles


Today I am sharing this fun re-purpose project with you that many party planners and crafters might already know but it is so fun that I have to share it anyways. For my son's Barnyard birthday party I thought it would be fun to use Starbucks bottles as the drink glasses for the milk that we were serving since they look like small old fashioned milk bottles. 


It's so fun when you find something like this that you typically throw into the recycling that you can actually use over and over again! 


Once you have the empty and cleaned bottles the process is quite simple. 


To remove the labels you want to soak the bottles in hot soapy water for about 30 minutes. 
While the bottle is soapy use the scrubber side of your sponge and scrub off the expiration date as well as if there are numbers up around the top of the bottle. (some of mine had this and some didn't)


Now peal off the front and back labels and if there is any residue left use Goo Gone on a paper towel and rub it off the bottle.


You then have clean clear small bottles!


They were such a great addition to my son's party and I have many plans to use them again in the future at my daughters birthday and other parties. 
There are many gift ideas on Pinterest to make using the bottles as well so DO NOT throw your 
Starbucks bottles out! 

Thanks for taking a look at this project today!

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baked Taco Pie Recipe


Today I am sharing with you this delicious Baked Taco Pie Recipe. This is a simple dinner to make so it's a great recipe to have on hand during those busy week nights. 

Ingredients:
1 pound ground turkey or beef
1/2 onion chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 can corn, drained
1 can black beans, drained
6 small tortillas (6 inch)
1 cup shredded cheese 
Sour cream to top

Directions:
Heat oven to 375 degrees
Brown meat and onions in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
Add chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
Add tomatoes, corn and black beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Spoon 1+ cup meat mixture into a 2 gt round casserole dish then top with 2 tortillas. 
Top with 2 cups of meat mixture and 1/2 cup of cheese and two more tortillas.
Cover with remaining mixture and tortillas and cover with a lid or foil.
Bake 25-30 minutes, top with the remaining cheese and bake uncovered for another 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 



I hope you enjoy this recipe!

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Pennant Banner Tutorial

Today I am sharing with you this very simple tutorial on how to make a pennant flag banner like the one I used in my daughters new big girl bedroom. This takes time but it really is very basic and as long as you know how to work a sewing machine to make a straight line then you should be able to make it. 



First I started by taking a pennant shape that you can easily just print from a Google search
Then I cut out all of my fabric for the flags using a template that fit the size I wanted. 
I cut the fabric in two layers with the right sides facing each other.
Then sew a straight line down one side and up the other of the two pieces of fabric leaving the top open.


Turn all pennants inside out and iron them flat. 




For the strand to make the banner that the pennants are sewn onto I used a pink Wrights Extra Wide Double Fold bias tape like shown above. 
I tried to space them evenly at about 1.5-2 inches apart
Once you have the pennants ready you want to figure out how long you want the strand and add the pennants using pins to the bias tape according to your size needed.
I used pins to hold the pennants in place then did a straight like across the entire bias tape holding all the pennants onto the strand.
So simple and easy!

Here are some picture below






See the rest of my daughters room here.

Thanks for stopping by today and taking a look!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Big Girl Bedroom Reveal!!



Finally I get to share with you today my daughters Big Girl bedroom! I have been working on this bedroom since the first of the year. Then we decided to move and it was put on hold, we sold our house and bought another home and suddenly the project was rushed to be ready for my daughter when we moved into our new house. It has been ready for sometime but as you can see we still have little things to do like baseboard, finish the crown molding, closet doors etc. But I couldn't wait any longer to share, so here it is:


First I have to tell you my initial ideas for this room was to have bright colors, not a specific theme (i.e. princess, a character etc.) and to have an accent wall to make the room pop a little more. I found many rooms on Pinterest that also played a huge part in my inspiration for the room and also my daughter is obsessed with the color pink so that was an important factor in the design decisions.



The closet organizers were made by my very talented father. We still have closet doors to install as well.
The minky blanket at the end of the bed is the blanket that I made and shared a few months back.


Here is the Flower Letter I made awhile back as well.
 


This gallery wall was so fun to make and put together. 
It took quite some time but in the end it was exactly what I was hoping for.
Here is the tutorial to the canvas pictures as well.




This is the bow holder that I shared in a tutorial a while back.


This heart was made from a foam shaped heart and wrapped with pink ribbon. A very simple and inexpensive project.
 

I sewed this pennant banner and just love how it gives the accent wall a little more of a pop.

Where I got it all:
Sheets: Ross
Comforter: Target
Accent pillows: I sewed using fabric from Joann Fabrics
Bird Cages: Michael's Crafts
Crown on gallery wall: Hobby Lobby
Love mirror on gallery wall: Hobby Lobby
Frames on gallery wall: Michael's Crafts, thrift stores and Target
Canvas pictures: Tutorial here
Minky Blanket: Tutorial here
Flower Letter Wall Decor: Tutorial here
Pinterest Inspiration: find here
Pennant flag: tutorial here

See the bedroom featured on Shutterfly here

If you have other questions on where things came from or how I did it just let me know!

Thanks for coming by today and taking a look, 
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Monday, September 16, 2013

Barnyard (farm) Birthday Party


Well the big day has come and gone and we now have a big 2 year old boy in the house!! I am amazed how our son's infant years flew by right before our eyes. It probably didn't help that big sister has been keeping us busy with him as well. 

As you might have seen in the past I shared that we were going to have a farm themed party for our son and that I was going for a more rustic, vintage feel for the party. Well here it is! Take a look and let me know what you think.


I took a long time to design his invites and after many re-do's I finally got them perfect! Invites can be found here


Here is the entrance decor to the party.
We rented straw bales from a local feed store which is a great way to get them very inexpensive.


All the apples came from my parents apple orchard and I loved the pop they added to the decor.


Produce stand with fruits and vegetables. 
My talented father made this stand for us and I painted the top with chalk board paint.
This will be great for the future for lemonade stands and such.


Our dessert bar!
The banner I made using paper wheels as the base circle then cutting out white circles and letters using my Silhouette machine. 


Fun desserts for a farm theme:
Oreos: Tractor Wheels
Some type of chocolate cookie: Mud Pies
Rice Krispie treats: Hay stacks
and of course some milk and cookies.


These adorable cow print straws are from Paper and Present on Etsy.
I loved that they were made in the USA and FDA approved to be nontoxic


I also had some fun animal suckers and other random candy to match the theme.



The "watering hole"
We served Lemonade, water, apple juice, Coca-Cola in bottles to help give that older feel and beer. 


Apple cupcakes


For the cupcakes I used a pretzel for the stem and mint leaves for the leaf


Some fun food to serve at a farm party:
Pig tail pasta salad
Fresh fruits and vegetables
Chicken feed: Chex Mix
Farm Fresh Eggs: Deviled Eggs
Pigs in a Blanket


We also served pulled pork on the rolls and cole slaw


I made pennant banners using cow print fabric, red gingham and burlap. 


Simple white flowers gave the tables a little pop



I set up a photo booth with various props and it was so much fun to get people to take pictures and be a little silly. We left one of our small cameras on a tripod so that people can take pictures as they pleased. 



Our daughter being a piggy :)


Activities that we had were bobbing for apples


A bean bag toss game that my Dad cut all out and I painted a barn red.


Sack races


Horse races


Pinata


Tractor rides


The fruit stand was a huge hit with the kids! 


My son was the fruit stand champ though and kept eating at it throughout the entire party!


This cake was so fun to make! It was actually a challenge to make cow spots that didn't look so fake or out of place. 


Hudson loved having everyone sing Happy Birthday to him!


and of course Sissy had to help him eat the cake



Some photo booth fun with Hudson and his grandparents



Family picture but the kids aren't really paying attention


My husband and I decided to do it alone when the kids wouldn't sit still :) 
I made most of the props on my Silhouette machine


The birthday boy!! 


And there you have it!! I hope you enjoyed taking a look at the party and now have some inspiration for your own Barnyard Bash!

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