Friday, September 19, 2014

Fudge Brownies

There's nothing quite like a fresh, homemade brownie! My sister used to make pans of them all the time growing up, and they were gone that day. I usually take the shortcut route by making brownies from a box mix, but after making these homemade brownies, I'm never going back. The brownies come out fudgy, chewy, and irresistible!! You can even combine the dry ingredients and make your own "mix" to use for days when you feel like doing a little less work but need to get your brownie fix! 

Easy Fudge Brownies Recipe at

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  2. Stir in eggs, oil, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Spread batter (it will be thick) into greased or lined 9x9 pan.
  4. Bake at 350º degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Recipe adapted from

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Artsy Corner Link Party

Welcome to Artsy Corner link party! I hope you had a great week and are ready to link up what you've been working on! I'm always blown away by the projects and recipes shared and am looking forward to seeing all your new posts this week!

artsy-fartsy mama

Thanks to all those who linked up last party. There were so many fun posts to look through!!
You are all awesome and so inspiring. I'm excited to see what you have to share this week!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Kids DIY Letter Decor

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Crafting with kids can be a lot of fun, and can sometimes really turn into something quite memorable. This particular craft helped teach my daughter that by using her imagination, she can create anything!! It was also interesting that this project also had some unexpected surprises, which taught her (and reminded me, once again) that even though you might have a "craft fail", you can still turn it around into something even better than you imagined.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at

This Kids DIY Letter Decor is the kind of project that will entertain kids of any age for hours. It makes for a great rainy day craft, or one that you can use for days when they are just bored.

We found a paper maché letter Z at the craft store for about $3. My daughter loves everything sparkly and shiny, so I got out some Shimmer Poms, Sequins, Peel & Stick Heart Acrylic Jewels, and Acrylic Circle Jewels (from and used some Elmer's Gel School Glue to attach everything to the letter.

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I dumped all the supplies into cups, laid down a mat for her to work on, and told her she had total creative freedom. She was able to easily peel the backing from the adhesive jewels and would add drops of glue to the letter to attach the others.

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It took a bit of practice, but she quickly got the hang of adding just enough glue so that it wasn't squishing out everywhere. She's one to not really like getting her hands messy, so this was a big accomplishment! Sadly, the poms wouldn't stick with the glue, so we nixed that idea and stuck with the bling. 

Kids DIY Letter Decor at

Since the poms weren't sticking, it left quite a bit of empty space and I wasn't so keen about getting out paint at this point. Instead, I got out some Neon Glitter Glue and told her how it works and to have at it!!

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She had a lot of fun drawing with the glues and adding some extra sparkle. These glitter glues are the perfect size for little hands, and the neon colors are so fun!!

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Then, we had a bit of a glitter glue...explosion. There must have been a plug in the glitter glue bottle and squeezed too hard. We had a good laugh over the whole thing, and then I explained how sometimes things can go very, very wrong when you work on a project, but if you take a minute to calm down and take another look at it, you can fix it!! This mess looked pretty bad, but it didn't have to mean we were done.

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Instead, I showed her how to spread the glue out with fingers (and refill the empty glitter glue container with the excess) and that we would make the letter look even better than we planned. Since glitter glue is actually a glue and not just for looks, we could now put all the bling in the glitter glue spread and put the school glue away!

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She worked on filling different areas with the glitter glue so that there would be blocks of different colors, then stuck on jewels in the globs. It worked out great and was even easier/faster than the way she was gluing before!!

Kids DIY Letter Decor at

The glitter glue takes a while to dry, so it was simple to add extra jewels and sequins in areas that needed a little extra bling. Since we had already glued on some jewels before and were already dried, we just used the tips of the glitter glues to go around the gems without a problem.

Kids DIY Letter Decor at

Since we had so much glue on the letter, we let it dry overnight. It was completely dry in the morning, and my daughter has been so proud of herself!! She put it on display in her bedroom, and it makes me happy to see how much fun she had even though we had a few craft fails.

What are some of your craft fails??

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