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Okay, I just HAD to share this blog I stumbled upon today. Arlette is the author of Polka Dot Pineapple http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/ and makes fabulous things that are so cheerful and fun! I was drooling over the million-and-one ways she uses yo-yos! This photo is just a little taste of what you'll find on her blog. Isn't this little bouquet...
I thought I'd add a few more pictures from the quiet book I made for my daughter. First up is the "Build-A-Snowman" page. Each piece is moveable and the kids can build the snowman however they want. I plan to make female accessories too...a flowered hat, scarf, purse...fun stuff like that. On the second page, kids get to sort a stack...
I found a great website today. You can type in any words or text that you want and it makes it into word art for you! It even lets you choose different fonts and colors! Wow, I could really waste a lot of time playing with this one, but I think it has many potential creative applications. You could...
These bars have become one of my favorite treats to make. Who doesn't love a treat involving chocolate, caramel and oats? They are ooey-gooey and oh so delicious. I now keep caramel ice cream topping on hand just so I can make this recipe! WARNING: Make these bars at your own risk... seriously, you can't eat just one! Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose...
Looking for something fresh, tasty, and super simple for dinner? Have I got the recipe for you! I made this for dinner tonight. It tasted like I'd been in the kitchen for hours, but I had it on the table in less than 30 minutes. And it didn't heat up the house!* 1 package frozen cheese tortellini* 2 boneless,...

Wedding Card

Thought I would share this wedding card I made since it is that time of year. Anyone else getting bombarded with wedding invitations?! To make this lovely card, I sketched a dress shape onto beautiful shimmery paper and cut it out, then made a skirt overlay of vellum. The bride's wedding colors were chocolate brown and pink, so of...
These are a fantastic treat to take to baby showers or tea parties. They would also make great additions to a cookie plate at Christmas time. They look so dainty and fancy---no one will ever guess how easy they are to make! Ingredients: * 1 package brownie mix, any variety* 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk* 8 ounces...
I have to admit that I am totally addicted to yard sale shopping. I've gone out every Saturday possible this summer and even recruited my sister to come along a few weeks ago. I just had to share pictures of my finds from the last two Saturdays. I didn't keep track of the total as closely this time, but...

Soft Pretzels

This recipe has quickly become a favorite at our house. They take almost no time to make, are extremely inexpensive, and we always have the ingredients on hand. Try them and you may never buy one from the place at the mall again!Ingredients1 1/4 cups water1 tablespoon yeast1/4 cup brown sugar4 + cups flourDipping Solution1/4 cup baking soda1 1/2...
I love scrapbooking, but I've always been on a really tight budget. I know plenty of people who spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on their supplies. That just isn't going to happen, so I've found ways to cut costs and even in the depths of poverty (aka grad school), I can still make cute pages. Here are...