Guest Post

I'm guest posting a fun new project over at Creating My Way To Success today! Head on over & check it out!



DIY Glitter Toes

Where I live, it's finally gotten to be summer weather - and we all know what that means... you'll be wearing flip flops and you need to make sure your toes look their best!! Pedicures can get expensive, so I have come up with a way to do glitter toes YOURSELF!! And for cheap - which I think is the best part! I talked my sister and her friends to let me try it out on them and we had so much fun!


Want to know how to do it? All you need is nail polish and craft glitter. Yep, that's ALL. You can use any color of polish, or even clear. I recommend using a thicker topcoat if using clear, but regular clear nail polish works great, too.

First, place foot on a paper plate or cardstock. Paint the big toe with nail polish. Paint it on kind of thick.

Pour glitter on big toe and let sit. Paint the rest of the toes while the glitter sits on the big toe.

Pour glitter over the rest of the toes. Let sit for a couple of minutes then tap toes to get most of the glitter off. Making sure to wait long enough so the paint is dry, I recommend using a makeup brush to brush the rest of the glitter off your foot and toes. Pour glitter on plate or cardstock back into the container to use again another time!

Wait a few more minutes and then cover nails with a clear topcoat polish. Then you're done!
If using clear polish as a base instead of color, you can keep layering the polish & glitter to cover the nail (polish, glitter, polish, glitter, polish). You can add more layers if using colored polish as your base, too, just add glitter over topcoat and repeat the process. Just make sure to end with topcoat to seal glitter.

The paint should last a few weeks, depending on your quality of polish. The possibilities are endless!!

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Hoo Are You?

Hooray for Tuesday!! It's time for another round of
NightOwlCrafting
1. Do you decorate for the 4th of July?
I decorate for every holiday... in my mind. One of these days those ideas will finally live on my walls!

2. Do you buy fireworks for the 4th of July?
Not really, they are just so expensive! We probably will buy little ones when my daughter gets older. My family does their own little fireworks show so we watch those for free!

3. How do you celebrate the 4th of July?
My grandma always throws a big party with all the family, so we eat dinner and treats and then watch our little fireworks show. Then we head home and watch all the big city fireworks on the way. Hard to stay up very late with a little one.

4. Do you have a family member that is serving our country?
Yes, my cousin's husband is in Afghanistan right now. So grateful for all of them out there!

5. Do you dress in red, white or blue on the 4th?
Of course! Even more fun to dress up my daughter in cute festive outfits! :)

Come on over to Night Owl Crafting and join the party!

A Great BIG Thank You Giveaway!!

Wow, already made it to 300 followers!!
Actually - 316 as of today, 211 on Facebook and 21 on Twitter...but who's counting? ;)

You all are so awesome, I am so grateful for each & every one of you.

So, to say thanks, I want to offer a blog redesign to one lucky reader!!

So, what does this include??
Custom header/banner • Up to 5 sidebar labels
Custom background  • Custom button with HTML grab box

 
*Please note: I'm going to limit installation of this to blogger for now, just because that's what I'm most comfortable with.
If you are on Wordpress or some other platform and want a redesign please still enter and we can figure something out :)

Of course, this will all happen with your input, after we've had some e-mail communication about what it is that you want!
To see my design portfolio, visit Happy Potamus Designs.
Hopefully this sounds like something that you would be interested in winning!! 

Here's how to enter:
(Please leave a separate comment for each, each thing is a separate chance to win!)
  • Leave a comment telling me WHY you want to win. Link up your blog if you want!
  • Become a follower of Artsy-Fartsy Mama; comment and tell me that you're a follower!
  • Like Artsy-Fartsy Mama on Facebook, come say hello if you want to :)
  • Follow Artsy-Fartsy Mama on Twitter
  • Become a follower of Happy Potamus Designs; comment and tell me that you're a follower!
  • Friend Happy Potamus on Facebook, keep up to date with new designs and sales!
  • Blog, Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway! (One entry for each!!)
(You could tweet something like this: Want to win a blog redesign from @artsy_mama? Click here to enter: http://tinyurl.com/5uqgy5e)

 *Please remember to include your email with your comment if it's not attached to your profile. I want to be able to contact you if you are the winner!

So... that's a lot of chances to win!!
The contest will be open through TUESDAY, JULY 5th at MIDNIGHT MST
so get your entries in before that! I'll announce the winner on Wednesday, using Random.org!

I'm SO excited about this! I hope you are too!
The bigger the response, the more likely I am to do this again! (hint, hint!)

Don't want to take your chances on winning, but still want a blog redesign?
Don't have a blog, but want to order some invitations or announcements??
To say thank you, I want to offer 10% off any order from Happy Potamus Designs!!
Visit Happy Potamus Designs and contact me  with your order, and let me know you want to use the follower discount!

Good luck to you all and thanks again for all your support! You guys are amazing!!

Fancy Little Outfit - Part 2

First-off, I just want to thank ALL of you!! I now have 300 followers!! You guys are awesome, I love reading your sweet comments and sharing my projects with you! I can't thank you enough :)

So as promised, here is the top-half of the outfit to go with the fancy pants! It was a little tricky for a beginner sewer like me, but now that I'm done, I feel a little more confident that I could make another one! Thanks to my mom for helping me understand all that sewing-lingo!!

I love how it turned out and it looks adorable on!!
Ta-da!! The finished outfit :)
A closer look at the top. Love it!!
Had to share this picture. I think it's hilarious.
We were getting ready to head to the park, and she wanted to be a cheeser for the camera.
Love that girl.
Modeling her new outfit. I love that it fits her perfectly!! Still need to add some bows though...
She loves going for walks with daddy!
The outfit held up pretty well while playing outside. Gotta love that. I'm pretty excited that I finally finished sewing an outfit for the first time, can't wait to try some more!!

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Mexican Lasagna

I love easy recipes. LOVE. This is a recipe I make pretty often. Even my husband, who is the pickiest eater EVER, loves it! Score.

Mexican Lasagna

So, here we go. Mexican Lasagna!
*Please note that you can add your favorite taco-ish ingredients into this recipe.
Let's just say my style of cooking is more... kid friendly (?)...

Ingredients:
Tortillas - 12 small or 4-6 large, flour or corn
1 can enchilada sauce
1 can refried beans
Hamburger - cooked, drained & seasoned with taco seasoning
Cheese
Any other ingredients you normally enjoy on tacos:
olives, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, guacamole, onions, etc.

Mexican Lasagna

1. Pour small amount of enchilada sauce in 9x13 pan so the tortillas won't stick. 
2. Layer 6 small tortillas in pan, covering the enchilada sauce.

Mexican Lasagna

3. Next, layer on refried beans, taco meat, cheese, then enchilada sauce. This is also when you would add other taco-ish ingredients.

Mexican Lasagna

4. Do one more layer of tortillas, beans, meat, cheese & sauce.
5. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes, adding a few more minutes if cheese isn't completely melted.

Mexican Lasagna

6. Cut, serve and enjoy!!

**I have also made this recipe with changes: flour tortillas (halved, 3 whole for each layer), chicken instead of beef, and added cooked rice to refried beans, sauce and cheese - DELICIOUS!!**


Dr Seuss Wall Art

I saw this quote while surfing Pinterest (I'm obsessed, I admit it) and it was just what I was looking for to hang in my daughter's bedroom. I was about to put it on canvas (I just love canvases) but then I had a thought to try something different...
I used six 2 1/2"x12" boards, and two 1"x12" boards to make the wall hanging. I had paint leftover from my hairbow holder, FolkArt acrylic paint in Tickled Pink. Total amount spent on this projects was about $6.
I alternated the boards and made them about 1/4" off to give it a little bit of an uneven look. My lipped sewing ruler worked perfect for this project!
Then I put the two smaller boards on each side of the ruler and centered on the larger boards. The "top" board was placed a little higher so that hanging it would be easier.
Leaving the ruler in place, I put some Amazing Goop glue all over the back of the board and pressed it down, making sure it was centered and then put some packages of copy paper on top until it was dry. Don't want the project to fall apart!
Once it was dry, I turned it over and got ready to paint!
I painted about 2 coats, letting it dry in between.
Once the paint was dry, I 'distressed' the edges by sanding all the way around, and in between each board. Then I covered the entire thing in Mod Podge.
I don't know about anyone else, but I get a mini panic attack before I use my Silhouette. Don't get me wrong, I *love* the machine - I just get so afraid of messing up & wasting vinyl! I end up making mistakes all the time, but I'm slowly learning...
Anyway... So I set up all the words on my own and then cut them out in white vinyl. I love how it turned out!!
It still needed a little something, so I got out some glitter glue and went around the words "you" & "youer" so they would stand out. Super easy!! And that's it!!
I really love it, it's so girly and hopefully the quote will always remind my little girl how special she is :)

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Hoo Are You?

Welcome to T-whoooo-uesday everyone!!
NightOwlCrafting
Here are this week's questions!

 1. What is your favorite summertime snack?
hmm... probably watermelon and homemade ice cream!
Not together, of course...

2. Do you tan at all? (tanning bed, outside, spray, etc)
I don't have the time to actually go "lay out" or go to the tanning bed.
I usually just get my farmer's tan from playing outside with the diapered one! :)

3. What is your favorite activity to do outside? 
Probably watching my daughter play at the park, especially now that she loves the slides!

4. Do you recycle? 
Unfortunately, no. Where I live doesn't make it very convenient.
BUT, I do recycle all kinds of other objects for fun craft ideas!! That counts for something, right??

5. How hot is it where you live today?
It's supposed it be in the mid 70's today! Perfect.

Come join the party & link up your answers at Night Owl Crafting!

brownie crap

Since my husband had this weekend off, I decided to make him one of his favorite treats that his amazing mom usually makes. (Someday I will be half as amazing as she is!) His family calls these babies "Brownie Crap." So messy that you can't hold them in your hand to eat them - you better have a stash of napkins on hand. YUM!! They are mighty tasty!!
 

Ok here we go!!

Mix & bake brownies according to package
(or if you are awesome, cook them according to your recipe)

Wait until brownies are completely cool
{ba-dum-dum}

Warm marshmallow creme 20-30 seconds in microwave, stirring half-way through. Frost the brownies with the marshmallow and let cool. (No glasses this time, too cool for that!)

Warm frosting for 5-10 seconds in microwave and frost over the marshmallow like a cake.

Done!! You can chill brownies or just dig right in!!

...we chose the second option!
Enjoy!! I know we did :)

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first giveaway winner!!

First I just want to thank all of you who entered the giveaway and for all of you following, it's so fun getting to know you!! I have more giveaways in store for the near future, so stay tuned!

Now, on to business...

The lucky winner of the My Memories Suite v2.0
{drumroll}

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Congratulations, Angela!!
Contact me to get your free My Memories Suite v2.0 Download!!

And thanks again to all who entered!
If I don't hear from the winner in 48 hours, I will choose a new winner.

Giveaway Reminder


I've heard some people have had problems posting comments on Blogger. If you are one of those people, you can email me at yourfavoritelizard {at} gmail {dot} com or leave a comment on FB with your entries.

Good luck!

Enter by tomorrow (6/10) at midnight!

laptop cover

My awesome husband let me get a laptop last week, so of course I needed to make it a cover so I didn't scratch it up whenever I take it somewhere. I wanted something unique and hopefully simple enough for me to make myself. (since stores charge so much for ugly, plain ones!) Soon, I found this cover and knew it was perfect for me! I also ended up making my husband one for his laptop - with different fabric, of course.
As a warning to all of the fabulous sewers out there - I probably won't use the right vocabulary and most likely will do things the hard way, but I am kind of teaching myself so please don't judge. Now that I've gotten that out of the way, let's get on with my version of a tutorial for a laptop cover:


 Here's what I used:
- 1 yard cotton fabric (for outside)
- 1 yard flannel (for inside)
- Sew-On velcro
- and the obvious:
   sewing machine, scissors, pins, etc

You will have extra material, I just wanted to be safe and got more than I would need.


 Step One:
Measure all the way around the laptop. Write the number down if you'll forget.
Measure the screen height. Add this to the number you just wrote down, and add about two inches for seams. The total number will be your length.
Measure the width of the laptop and add an inch on each side for seams.
Step two:
Cut your fabric! I really need to get myself a rotary cutter... :)
Step three:
Time to make the tab! Cut a small strip of the fabrics (it can be any size you choose). I ended up cutting mine about 1 1/2"x4". It just kind of depends on how much of a tab you want to have. I also cut an extra piece of the cotton fabric because I liked the look of the fabric being the same all the way around and added the flannel in between for some padding. You can also just use the two fabrics & place the flannel on the bottom side.
Cut a piece of velcro to fit your tab. Pin it in place where you'd like it to be.
Sew it on, either on the one layer of outside fabric or with the flannel layer as well.
Put the layers together, outside fabric right sides together and flannel on the outside. Pin in place.
Sew around 3 sides of the tab, leaving the edge opposite the velcro open.
Cut the top two corners, being careful not to cut your seam.
Turn it right-side out and iron to flatten your seams.
Step four:
Put your fabrics right sides together and center your tab in between, lined up with the top edges of the fabric. I took this picture before I realized I had the tab flipped the wrong way - make sure your velcro is face down on the flannel! I had to un-pick later, so learn from my mistake :)
Pin all the way around.
Step five:
Sew all the way around the edges, leaving the side opposite the tab open.
Step six:
Turn the cover right side out and iron. Place your laptop on the cover, tab on the bottom and flannel side touching the computer. Flip the fabric up & over the screen. I somehow cut my material about 2 inches too long, so I just pinned it where I wanted the edge to be and trimmed it.
Fold the laptop down, making sure it's fitting right.
Once closed, pull the tab up and mark where the opposite piece of velcro should go.
**This can come later, but I also pinned where the cover folded over the top of the laptop screen at the same time.**
Step seven:
Fold the bottom edge under and tuck inside. I just liked doing it this way so the edges would look cleaner. Iron if needed to stop them from coming unfolded and pin in place. Sew along the edge.
This is also the time to sew your piece of velcro in place. It's okay for you to sew through both fabrics because the stitching won't show after the next step.
Step eight:
If you didn't pin the fold earlier, now is when you would do it. Pin where the fabric folds over the screen and iron to crease it and make sure it's laying straight. Also pin down both sides of the screen.
Then sew down both sides so you have a giant pocket when you're done.

TA-DA!!
You're finished! Slide the pocket over your screen, fold it down and bring the tab up to close!
The flannel protects your laptop while the tab and pocket keep it in place!

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