May 31, 2011

Retro Father's Day Printables

I’m pretty convinced that the black hole in my dryer that chooses to eat our socks is the same hole that consumes “time”. Seriously, can you believe it is going on June already? That being said, it’s time to start thinking about Father’s Day and what to get good ol’ POPS! I’d thought it would be fun to design a printable to share. All you need to do is add some of these retro inspired soda labels to a few vintage pop bottles and you’ve got one groovy gift for daddy-o! {Okay seriously, how did people in the 50’s and 60’s take each other seriously talking like this?}



 Download labels here. You can print them on plain or self-adhesive paper.  There are 4 labels on each sheet and the labels are 3.5 x 5 inches in size, which should cover most average 12 ounce soda bottles.

Cut your labels and adhere to the glass bottle {You can remove the retail label with Goo Gone or do what I did and just place the retro labels right over them}. If you used regular paper instead of the self-adhesive paper you can adhere the label with double-sided tape.



Toss the soda bottles in a gift basket and make this present a little suh-weeter by adding some of Pops favorite retro candy treats.  You can continue to play on the dad theme by throwing in some Pop Rocks, Sugar Daddies, and Tootsie Pop suckers! Dad doesn’t have a sweet tooth? No problem, tie a gift card from his favorite hardware store or coffee shop onto the neck of the soda bottle.



Here are some of my favorite spots to pick up vintage soda:

World Market
Target
Whole Foods

I'd love to hear if you use these for your Pops or hubby!

 

                                                              




May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day

“Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you.”
--John De Paola

 {Image Source: Chance}

Wishing you a happy and relaxing Memorial Day!


 

May 27, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.3}

Who doesn’t love Fridays? Hands down the 2nd best day of the week - next to Saturdays that is {only because I get to sleep in!} I am even more excited about the long holiday weekend {that’s 3 days of sleeping in for me!} Do you catch a theme here?  Yes, I like my sleep.  But enough about me; let’s get on to the fun stuff like this week’s Friday Dose of Delight! Here’s what I’m crushing on this week:


Banquette from Dixie Delights


Hello! Is this not the greatest looking lounge space ever? I can’t even tell you which part is my favorite considering I L.O.V.E. everything about it.  I am gaga over the mix of patterns, the color combo, and don’t even get me started on those stylish rosette pillows! Mrs. Amanda you are one lucky gal!


Allyson Hill on Etsy


I discovered this mod shop a few months ago and recently fell head over heels in love with it again while browsing my faves on Etsy.  This shop features a delightful array of car litter bags and other fun, modern auto accessories.  I bet you never thought a trash bag could be so darn good looking did ya? If my husband bought me one of these I guarantee I would be more inclined to keep my car clean.
You can check out all of Alyson Hill’s
handmade goodies here.

Hope everyone has a safe and Happy Memorial Day weekend!




May 26, 2011

Chived Salmon Spread


I’m one of those people who could live off of seafood and pasta. Filet mignon does nothing for me – but mention lobster or crab meat and I’ll start to salivate like a Pavlov dog {which by the way is one of the few things I remember about my college education; not that I can drool like a dog but that I can actually remember the name of a Russian scientist}. Last weekend we spent a lovely evening with some friends celebrating our neighbor’s 50th birthday. The party was potluck style so at the last minute {because that’s the way we roll} we {and when I say “we” I mean the hubby} feverishly threw together this yummy dip recipe I remembered grabbing from one of those sample tables at our local Sam’s club. The recipe is courtesy of Stacy’s Pita Chips. If you’re a salmon fan you’ll enjoy this light spread and you’ll be even more smitten when you see how easy it is to throw together!



Recipe

2 (6 oz.) cans of Canned Salmon
2 Tbsp. Garlic & Herb Seasoning Blend
1 cup of sour crème
1 cup of light mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. chives
Drain salmon and combine remaining ingredients.  Chill several hours to blend flavors. Serve dip with pita chips, pretzels, crackers, or whatever your heart desires!

What is your favorite type of dip to munch on?



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May 25, 2011

Ladybug Party Ideas

What better way to celebrate your little lady’s big day than with a ladybug themed party? Despite being a beetle, people can’t get enough of these bright and joyful looking bugs. A matter of fact, it is said to be good luck if a ladybug lands on you. Fortunately, there’s a lot of inspiration out
there for ladybug parties!

Ladybug Party





1~Ladybug themed dessert table by Glorious Treats and featured at Kara’s Party Ideas

2~NEW Our Little Lady Invitations from yours truly at Delightfully Noted

3~Decorated Ladybug Sugar Cookies from The Cookie Jar


4~Ladybug pretzels featured at Bee in our Bonnet blog

5~Personalized Ladybug Placemat from My Personalized TShirt


6~Ladybug Tablecloth Weights from Amazon


What are some of your favorite types of birthday themes?


May 23, 2011

Memorial Day Inspiration: Patriotic Cupcake Toppers

I am willing to bet I am not the only one who is eager to kick off summer this Memorial Day weekend! I love the idea of having a day where family and friends all across the country gather for cookouts and picnics and commemorate those who have given their lives to serve our country. These types of weekend festivities are typically laid back so there’s no need to wear your self out over elaborate decorations or dessert tables. Trust me, I’m all about simplicity when it comes to doing anything. That’s why I am smitten with these easy {as in do you have two minutes to spare} cupcake toppers! The second I saw these little patriotic top hats at my local Hobby Lobby I instantly envisioned them on top of a cupcake. It’s a real easy way to add some red, white, and blue to your backyard celebration with out having to sacrifice sipping away on your favorite cocktail. All I did was bust out my hot glue gun, adhere some lollipop sticks to the inside of the top hats, and TADA! Now you have your self some adorable toppers. Craft stores are filled this time of year with all kinds of holiday odds and ends and you’d be amazed at how many of those items make wonderful toppers. Go ahead, give it a try!

Supplies


Top Hats

Lollipop Sticks

Cupcakes

Glue Gun


ONE EASY STEP: Take your glue gun and adhere the top hats to the lollipop sticks.  Top your cupcake and look how adorable they are!










See how easy that was? I feel like a cheater labeling it a tutorial! The cupcakes were even store bought-don’t judge!



What’s your go-to cookout recipe?



In the spirit of Memorial Day I'm sharing with Step It Up for The Troops:




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May 20, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.2}

I can’t wait for the weekend. I think those of us in the Midwest are finally safe enough to plant our flowers! Of course, I say that and then I’ll wake up Saturday morning to another bleak 40-degree day just like last weekend.  I hope that isn’t the case because I’m eager to add some color to our landscape! Regardless of the weather, I am still excited to present this week’s “Friday's Dose of Delight.” This is where I highlight two of my favorite things I discovered this week.  My small roundup typically includes anything that caught my eye; craft projects, new Etsy shops, recipes and anything else that’s sure to delight! Hopefully, these ideas will inspire you too.



My great-grandfather passed away when I was about 6 years old. My only memories of him were of how he used to always buy my brother and I orange creamsicle push-ups from the ice cream truck every time we visited.  So when I came across these cupcakes not only did I want to lick the screen it also brought back some fond childhood memories!
Yummy recipe can be found here.



I love interior design and I am always on the lookout for home décor ideas. This blog is definitely full of inspiration! The best part is you can browse by color, room, or style. Some of the homes featured are quite luxurious but beautiful nonetheless! You can check out the blog here.


Have a terrific weekend!



May 18, 2011

Moss Candle Holders: How to Add Style to Your Outdoor Decor


I love the ambience that outdoor candles can bring to a deck or patio.  One of my favorite summer pastimes is to spend an evening relaxing on my back porch with the hubby, a bottle of wine, and the soft glow of an outside candle. Awww…. the carefree days of summer await me. This nature-inspired vase will go perfect in any intimate outdoor setting.  The best part about this craft is that it is fast and simple – my type of project!



Place your candle in the glass vase and fill it in 1/3 of the way
 with your small pebbles.


Take your scissors and cut a strip of moss about 5 inches in width.  Take the strip and start gluing around the vase until the moss meets end to end. Depending on the size of your vase you may need to cut more then one strip in order to wrap the entire vase. That’s all folks – you now have yourself some simple but elegant décor.




What kind of décor do you like to include in your outdoor spaces?



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May 17, 2011

Oh, the Places You'll Go! Graduation Gift Ideas

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!
~Dr. Seuss

I love Dr. Seuss’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go! It’s the perfect message for recent grads. It’s that time a year again where hundreds of young women and men are preparing to start their new journey in life. Below are a few great gift ideas to help the graduate get on their way to bigger and better things!


Jewelry is a can’t-go-wrong gift choice for any girl. Dream Big Scrabble Tile Pendant Necklace from Sugar Lane Shoppe.

College bound kids need laundry bags.  How else will they get it home to mom? Ruffle Laundry Bag from Layla Grayce.

Every new journey in life deserves a journal! Green Sari Swirls Large Journal from Parkside Harmony.

Technology doesn’t need to be ugly! Laptop Tote from Lilly Pulitzer.



  
Arm any athlete loving grad with this pen and they’ll never have to worry about writer’s block! Ballpark Pens from Uncommon Goods.


Briefcases are convenient for high school grads to lug around all those books but yet perfect for college grads when entering the working world. Maine Guide Briefcase from L.L.Bean.

Keeping track of business leads and connections as a recent college graduate is a lot easier when you have a place to organize them. Personalized Leather Card Holder from Harlex.


Music loving grads always enjoy receiving something cool and unique. Solid Sterling Guitar Pick from Birth Designs.

Of course there's one gift every graduate would love to have and it sounds a little like this -- cha-ching, cha-ching.  They could always use dough to help them out with late night pizzas tuition and books.


What kind of gifts do you like to give to recent grads?

Gather more grad gift ideas at http://www.collegedegree.com/!

May 16, 2011

The Versatile Blogger Award



Woo hoo! I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award thanks to Karima over at Karima’s Blog.  I should never have expected to be so honoured in my lifetime. I need my award delivered to my dressing room, along with a dozen gold-dusted roses – I mean pure gold – dusted roses.  What’s that you say? Oh sorry, wrong award, different speech.  Regardless, wherever this Versatile Blogger Award originated from I truly am honored that Karima thought of me when handing them out – it means at least one person is reading my blog! It’s always a good thing when you aren’t talking to yourself. So apparently this award comes with some rules, which are as follows:

*Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
*Tell us seven things about yourself.
*Award fifteen recently discovered new bloggers.
*Contact these bloggers and let them know they’ve received their award.

 
Okay, that sounds pretty easy. So here are 7 things about myself:

1. I can twirl a mad baton, or atleast I use to be able to. I was a competitive twirler for 5 years and once even twirled a fire baton. I’m not sure this talent serves any purpose as an adult besides the fact that I find the need to twirl broken broomsticks any time I see them.

2.  I am not a morning person. I am probably one of the meanest morning people ever! A matter of fact nothing angers me more then people who are morning people like the man who sings and dances obnoxiously beside me EVERY morning while getting ready. I’ve been advised to work on this before I reproduce.

3. Ever since 5th grade for reasons unbeknown I have suffered from fainting spells. Coincidently, I always manage to break small garbage cans when I faint.

4. I own enough make-up and toiletries to open my own cosmetic store. I just buy random things like cuticle cream, use it once, and then forget that I even have it until months later when I come home with another cuticle cream.         
                                                                                                                                  
5. I am absolutely terrified of rodents and marsupials, especially possums. They are like ninjas - very clever and stealthy.

6. My life is filled with sitcom-worthy moments. For example, there is a department store security tape somewhere out there showing me feverishly trying to get on an escalator for like 3 minutes before I realized the store had their down escalator on the opposite side of what is commonly down. I just thought I couldn’t get on because I was having another one of those darn fainting spells.

7. I haven’t cooked in about 6 months, unless you consider toasting bread cooking. It’s not that I am a bad cook or anything I just happen to get off track a few years ago when I worked a 12 hour job in the city and didn’t get home till 8:30 at night. Thankfully, the hubby is an awesome cook and enjoys doing it!



Thank a Soldier Project & Free Printable Download

I was flipping through a magazine the other day while waiting in line at our local Michael’s store when I came across this great story about a 10-year-old boy named Stephen. This young man is on a mission to send a handmade card to every troop member overseas. That’s a whopping 180,000 thank you cards he’s trying to collect! I have a cousin who is currently serving in Iraq. I have wanted to do something to thank him and the other brave men and women for serving our country for quite some time now. Stephen’s Thank You Card Project couldn’t have been more perfect for a paper gal like me! It’s as simple as sending 5 cards and as if that wasn’t easy enough I’m sharing with you a free printable thank you card! All you have do is download the card here, print on plain white cardstock, cut with some scissors, and sign your name {you don’t expect Stephen to sign all 180,00 cards do you?}




The card is a standard flat A2  {4.25x5.5} and they are asking that you please include envelopes. Cards must be received by July 1, 2011. Once your ready to send, mail the cards to the following address:

Stephen’s Thank You Card Project/Bazzill Basics Paper
7001 W. Erie Street, Suite 2
Chandler, AZ 85226

Full details regarding Stephen and his undertaking can be found here.

This is a wonderful project to do with your kids. Don’t forget to share with friends so we can help Stephen reach his goal and most importantly thank those who have fought for our country.

I’d love to know if you participate!

Now drop down and give me 20!



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May 14, 2011

Friday's Dose of Delight {No.1}

No, I didn't have one, two, many drinks last night. I am well aware it is Saturday and not Friday. I'm delighted about that! For those of you who aren't fellow bloggers, Google's Blogger was down on Thursday and Friday. Hence why this Friday feature is coming out over the weekend. In addition, I've also decided to change "Friday's Delightful Dozen" into "Friday's Dose of Delight." I know, I know, I am giving up after only doing the "Delightful Dozen" for 2 Fridays. What a wimp! Trust me, I have a whole folder of fun ideas, recipes, and blogs that I'd like to share but my goal here is to make life a little easier on me. If that is even possible! I decided that highlighting two of my faves was much less time consuming then editing and posting a dozen. So without further adieu, I introduce to you two things I've come across this week that are sure to inspire or brighten your day! Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend {I've always wanted to talk like a Texan}!


Front Door Entry from
In Between Laundry


Ever since I laid eyes on Erin's entry makeover I have been wandering around my house searching for the perfect wall space in which I can pull off her framed wall stenciling. Two problems with that: 1) walking and thinking at the same time may cause you to walk into walls and 2) I may have been blessed with a few creative talents but stenciling is not one of them.  It’s not a pretty picture when stencils and I get together. So in the mean time, I will just continue to admire Erin’s work.  Seriously, from the paint color, to the rug, I love everything about this makeover! Read more about it here.



Twisted Cheese Straws from
Under the Table and Dreaming 


Although I haven’t been there in years, I love those cheddar biscuits you can get from Red Lobster.  When Stephanie posted this cheese straw recipe I instantly added it to my cooking to-do list.  Kind of funny, considering The Negotiator does all the cooking.  So eventually I will move this onto his to-do list. I imagine these cheese straws would taste delicious along side a big bowl of pasta! You can find the recipe here.




I love finding new ideas! Do you have anything delightful you came across this week? New shops? Bargains? Crafts? Please share!



May 11, 2011

I {Heart} Window Seats

Many people tend to idolize the idea of having window seats in their home. Growing up I was pretty certain its main purpose was to serve as a space for pre-adolescent teenagers to scribble away in their diaries. I’ll blame the TV show, Blossom, for that. It turns out window seats also function as the perfect place to relax, daydream, or cozy up with your favorite book. We have two window seats in our home that I have had the full intention to decorate for ummm…the past 3 years. In the mean time, I’ll just continue to be inspired by all the beautiful options out there. The photos below just may help motivate me into crossing another task off my to-do list!

{Source: House Beautiful}

{Source: Domino Magazine via Bahraini Diva}
{Source: Design*Sponge}
{Source: theLENNOXX}

{Source: Better Home & Gardens}


Where's your favorite spot to cozy up at?




4 Things I am Addicted To

Obsessions. Guilty pleasures. Compulsions.  What ever you want to call it, we all have them! I'm not ashamed to admit I should be a member of the Chapstick Anonymous Club.
Here's the 4 things I can't live with out.






Tell me what Anonymous Club are you a member of?
I promise I won't be an enabler.



May 10, 2011

How to Organize All Those Rewards Cards

I have a love-hate relationship with reward cards.  Every business under the sun offers some form of a rewards card as an incentive to attract repeat customers.  Sure, I love redeeming points for free perks as much as the next gal but what I don’t love is having to lug all those frequent buyer cards around! My cards had a temporary home in an old sunglass case inside my glove compartment of my car. I wanted to create some place more permanent for them so I threw together a fun and bright tin can organizer. This is a really easy craft and can be personalized in so many ways!

Supplies

Tin Can {I used a gift certificate tin

 can purchased from Michael's}

Sheet of patterned paper

Decorative stickers

Ribbon

Scissors

Pencil

Glue Gun

Mod Podge


1. Take the lid of your tin can and trace around it on the back of your paper.
2. Cut out the traced design and then set it on top of your lid to see if you need to trim off any excess paper.
3. Now take your stickers and start decorating the paper. I thought it would be cute to spell out “Shop ‘til you drop” on mine.
4. Once you have your stickers in place take your sponge and brush a little Modge Podge on the top of the tin lid.  Lay your decorated paper down on top of the glue and continue to brush more Mod Podge over the paper and stickers. Let it dry for 15 minutes and then repeat. You may have to repeat this step
    2-3 times depending on how well your stickers and paper adheres to the tin lid.


    What? You didn't notice I listed a dog ball as one of the materials you needed in order to complete this project? Apparently, someone was trying to get her message across.  I step away for one minute and I come back to see my ball-obsessed dog had neatly placed her toy amongst my project. She'll be starting her new blog soon.

5. Now for the finale! Take your glue gun and start adhering your ribbon around the sides of the tin lid.

  Easy peasy, right? Now all you have to do is take all those darn reward cards out of your wallet and toss them into their happy new home!

I’d love to know how do you organize all your rewards cards?




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