Awards & Shtuff

I've been so lucky to be given a couple of awards & I just wanted to say thanks!

From Hannah at Daughter By Design

Here's 7 random things about me...
1. I love to watch cooking shows, but I'm not much of a cook.
2. I'm a licensed Pharmacy Tech
3. I'm a complete introvert, but blogging has helped me to meet new people and be more social
4. I've never broken any bones or have been in the hospital, in exception of having a baby
 5. I would love to be fashionable & cute, but that costs a lot of money & I don't know where to start...
6. I get mini panic attacks before using the Silhouette & my sewing machine. I'm afraid of messing everything up!
7. I love scuba diving & hope to go diving in Hawaii & the Caribbean someday!

I'd like to pass this on to these fabulous blogs:

From Christy at Christy's Cuties

10 things that make me happy...
1. My husband - he is my best friend and the best husband! I don't know where I'd be without him. I love that he just gets me & is patient with my craftiness!
2. My daughter - I love her laugh, snuggles, and she has the best sense of humor. Love that girl!
3. Crafting - coming up with ideas, creating things & blogging about it
4. Graphic Design - love coming up with new ideas to create something fantastic & making someone's event/blog special!
5. Reading comments & seeing new followers on my blog (thank you ALL!!)
5. Watching Wipeout!
7. Cruises & vacations with my family
8. Seeing a project turn out better than expected
9. Mint mint chocolate chocolate chip ice cream from Cold Stone
10. Painted toenails and new haircuts

I'd like to pass this on to even more fabulous bloggers:


**On another note: I've been informed that you can still use the code STMMMS37162 to get $10 off the My Memories Suite v.2!! Head on over to http://www.mymemories.com/ and get yours, you'll be glad you did!

**Another random note: On my side bar I added a gadget that I thought might be fun. You can ask me any questions you want, maybe even suggest post topics you'd like to see, or just ask whatever's on your mind! Could be fun.. we'll see... :)

Feature Friday: Vanilla Bean Girls

Happy Friday, everyone!

I'm always so inspired by all the amazing blogs out there, so I wanted to take time to feature them and their talents!

I'm so excited to have Ellie from Vanilla Bean Girls here today for my first ever guest post! She is so fun & creative - I'm always looking forward to her posts! After you're done here, head on over to her blog and see what she's got going on!

Take it away, Ellie!

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Hey there everyone!  I'm Ellie from Vanilla Bean Girls!

Vanilla Bean
I'm so glad to be visiting you all here at Atsy Fartsy Mama!  Lindsay has linked up some great projects at VB's SHOW OFF SUNDAY Link Party, and I've loved seeing all of her great sewing projects!  I thought I'd share a quick project I whipped up the other day for my girls!

I'll apologize ahead of time because I'm a total novice seamstress!  I made each apron to fit each girl, so it didn't even occur to me to take measurements for y'all until I was through!  Sorry 'bout that!

First up was lil' Boo Boo's apron.  She picked a rainbow fat quarter, of course!  She's completely in love with pink and rainbows lately.  I had an extra pink cavas textured curtain panal left over from a different project, so we thought we'd use that for the bottom half since it was already hemmed beautifully and saved me time!

We cut the edges to fit her width and then hemmed them in.
Fold in twice and iron so that the raw edge is hidden!

We used the rainbow fat quarter for the top half.  Fold it in half  and iron.  Then we trimmed it to the right size width as well.  Fold it with WRONG sides together, yes, I know, it's backwards of what we always do. . . . but keep it wrong sides together and sew 1/4" seam all around.

Fold over the top of your bottom apron half 1/4' down and iron.  Pin the top half of the apron to it, RIGHT sides together this time.  (Make sure that the CUT side of the fat quarter gets pinned to the bottom part of the apron, and the FOLDED side of the fat quarter is the part that will end up being the very top of the apron.) Sew along the pinned bottom.

For your edging, choose a fabric you have a long width of.  Lil' Boo Boo just couldn't take her eyes off another fat quarter, so I had to do my best to make it work!  I cut it diagonal and then took four inches from each side of the half to make biased tape.

For those of you new to biased tape, you fold it in half, iron, and then open it up to fold each side in to the middle and then iron it again.

Once you have the sides ironed in, you fold the whole thing in half and then iron it again.

Cut off the ends so you have a nice straight line.

Open up the end, fold it over, and then fold it back in half again and sew ONLY one of the ends shut.
Leave the rest open so you can use it as a border for your apron top.

Pin the biased tape onto the top of your apron.  Your apron top should go inside the biased tape, and when you sew along the biased tape to close it, sew with your needle all the way to the inside so it'll attach to the apron as well.

When you get to the top of your apron, just keep on going so that it'll close the entire strap.  Do it for both sides, and these will be the two straps that tie around your neck.  Pick a coordinating fabric with lots of length as well, and make another long line of biased tape, but try to make it a little fatter, so start with 5-6 inches of fabric.  This will be the strap that you use to tie around your waist.

When you have your waist strap done, (I sewed on both sides of the strap just for looks) You'll pin it on top of your top and bottom pieces which are already connected.  I pinned it in such a way that when I was going to attach it, I could sew right on top of the hem line I already had for the waist strap.

You should end up with something like this:

For Freckle's apron, she wanted more of a patchwork/quilted look.  She picked a few different fabrics, but they were just thin cotton, so they needed to have a muslin backing.  I sewed three strips together and ironed open the seams.

Then I put it RIGHT sides together with muslin and cut the muslin to fit, pinned it together and sewed three sides together, just like you'd do for a pillow.  Leave the top open.

Turn it right side out and iron the edges.  Next, you'll sew the three edges again, and down both sides of each seam for the front pieces.  Back should look like this:

Front should look like this:

Do the same sort of thing for the top like I did with the first apron.  (Folded fat quarter for the top and biased tape edging.)  However, Freckle didn't like that the other one tied around the neck, so she wanted a simple loop to put around her neck.  When you sew the top biased tape, just keep it going all the way around.  I sewed both edges just for looks on this one too.

Then you'll connect the bottom and the top with your long waist strap.
Here's a picture of what it will look like from the back side.

After we were all done, they decided they wanted pockets so we had to throw some together.  If you want more sturdy pockets, this is how I do it.  Fold a piece of fabric in half (WRONG sides together) and iron flat.  Fold over the three open sides 1/4" and iron flat.

Pin it onto your fabric and sew the three open sides down, making sure that you sew through both layers.

And here you go ~ two happy little mamas ready to do some baking!

Thanks again for letting me visit, Lindsay!
Hope y'all enjoyed our kids aprons, and try some of your own soon! Hope to see you all soon!

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Thanks so much, Ellie! It was so fun having you here!

Rolo Cookies

Rolo Cookies

When I was adding new recipes to a blog I help with, I found this recipe and I couldn't resist trying it out. So glad I did!! They are mighty delicious, so I thought I would pass it along so you can try them, too! Super easy (only 4 ingredients) and are my new favorite!

Rolo Cookies
1 devil's food cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
Rolos
(I bought the bag and used 1 Rolo per cookie, or use about 5 Rolo candy bars)

My dough made about 24 cookies

Mix together cake mix, oil & eggs well. 
My dough was a little crumbly but they still turned out great!

Rolo Cookies
Roll a Rolo into a dough ball and cover completely.
Use just enough dough to cover the Rolo if you want the entire center to be full of caramelly goodness!

Rolo Cookies
Preheat oven to 350° and line dough balls on cookie sheet about 2 inches apart

Rolo Cookies
Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes (mine were perfect at 9)

Rolo Cookies
Eat warm for a gooey caramel center.
Or if they last long enough, eat them cold or room temperature for chewy caramel!

Highly recommended with a glass of milk.


Hoo Are You?

Hooooray!! It's time for Hoo Are You Tuesday!!
NightOwlCrafting

1. Have you ever attended a professional sports game?
I've been to a few Utah Jazz games, some were more fun than others. I think it depends on the people you go with :) I went with my husband a couple years ago to a Bees game (Utah's minor league baseball team) and had a great time!

2. Have you ever been to a concert and if so which one was your ultimate favorite performance?
I've been to a few concerts, when I was younger we saw Rockapella (you know, from "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?) haha... I've also seen Phil Vassar, Jack Johnson. My favorites though were Nickelback for my birthday a couple years ago & Howard Jones just a few weeks ago! They put on an awesome show!

3. Have you ever been to Disneyland or Disney World?
I went to Disneyland for the first time in high school, and made it to Disney World a couple years ago with my in-laws & husband. Disney World was probably my favorite, but it may be because the people I went with are so much fun!! I can't wait to take my daughter when she gets a little older!!

4. What is your favorite theme park?
We always love going to Lagoon, the theme park in Utah. But my favorite place was probably Six Flags. I went there for the first time earlier this year with my husband & father-in-law. The roller coasters were awesome & we had a great time!!

5. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
I love the beach! Hawaii is my favorite place I have been so far, but in my opinion cruises are THE best way to travel! I've been to Alaska & the Mexican Riviera; snorkeling in Cabo was amazing!! Hoping to scuba in Hawaii & the Caribbean someday. But really, being anywhere with my family for even our little local "vacations" are so much fun! Going to Bear Lake in a couple months, so excited!

Head on over to Night Owl Crafting & join the fun!

Quatrefoil Canvas

I decided my living room needed a little extra decoration, so I of course turned to one of my favorite things: canvas! I love painting & creating something that looks nice without spending a ton of money. Plus canvas is easier to hang, in my opinion :)

So, here's my latest creation! I love it!! I couldn't make just one...


Here's how I made these beauties:

I started with 2 canvases, a couple sponge brushes & Violet Pansy acrylic paint

This is the canvas with one coat of paint. It turned out kind of streaked, but I like the look.
I added 2 more coats to get the darker purple color I was looking for.
Make sure to let each coat dry before painting a new one.

Next, I used Metallic Pearl White paint and painted a light coat over the purple

I wanted the lines of the stencil to be a lighter color with some texture & shine.
I think it turned out perfectly!

I created my own pattern to fit the canvas, printed it out to fit a stencil blank.
You could also use a pre-cut stencil if you find a pattern you like.

Use your Xacto knife and carefully cut along your lines.
Mine weren't perfect, but I did the best I could.

Pop out the centers & admire your work! Trim any parts that need trimming.

Lay your stencil down & secure the edges with painter's tape. I used foam spouncers to paint the canvas over the stencil. Dip the spouncer in paint, and blot out the excess. Too much paint will leak under the stencil & create more work for you to fix later. Dab the canvas over stencil in an up & down motion - going at angles around the edges can cause leaks. They won't all be perfect, but the mistakes are fixable. I painted each shape with 2 coats of purple paint.

For edges that leaked or look rough, go back with a small amount of the metallic paint and fix them with a small brush & a little water if needed. Try not to use too much or the paint looks white & will stand out. Going back over the purple mistakes with the silver made it blend right into the background.

Hang up the canvases, stand back, re-fix the canvas positioning since it's crooked & admire your work!

I love how the metallic paint makes it look different the way the sun hits it throughout the day!

Linking to these parties!

Busy Week & Pinterest Finds Friday

Sorry for the lack of posts this week, I have been working hard on wedding invitations, posters, invitations and blog designs!! I love it, go check out a few of the projects at Happy Potamus Designs. I have also been working on some crafts, so stay tuned, I'll have something to show off pretty soon! I'm in love with the one I'm going to share in the next day or so... :D

So, since my projects aren't ready yet, I wanted to feature some of the amazing things I've pinned over this past week! Love me some Pinterest! Come follow me, I'll follow you back!


Toffee Cake Balls via The Blackberry Vine

Tie Dye Nails via C.R.A.F.T.

Quote & awesome typography/design via Jamie Gandee
Embellished Grocery Bag Container via Tatertots and Jello
 

Interchangeable Flip-Flop Back Straps via MakeIt-LoveIt

Hope you all have a great Friday!!

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