Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Show & Tell #73


Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

I LOVE this party and am so glad you come to link up every week! It's always fun to see what others have been working on and a great way to get new project tips, tricks, and ideas. So, thanks for linking up!

If you follow along regularly, you may have noticed that I did not put up a features post yesterday. Those posts get the least views each week. You guys work so hard on the projects you link up and I want the features to get some great big attention. So, I've decided to blend the feature and link party posts together. If you prefer it the other way, please let me know.

Yesterfood: Peep Houses

Adventures of a DIY Mom: Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Delineate Your Dwelling: Lime Cream Popsicle


Sew Can Do: Faux Quilt Binding

Just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.





Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Washi Reward Jars

Washi Tape Reward Jar

It's that time again. And oh, how I dread it. My youngest is 2.5 and it's time to start potty training. Oy! Potty training is tough and I am not above using bribery to get it done. That's where this cute little jar filled with candy comes in. The "Potty Jar" makes it's appearance again.

I've been trying to get Hayley interested in toilet training; trying to just get her to sit on the potty. She's not afraid of it. She just doesn't want to. I think she thinks she's too busy.

The idea is that if she will go and sit on the potty, she gets 1 candy. If she tinkles, she gets 2 and if she goes stink, she gets 3. I used this same system with my youngest and it worked -- some. It got her to sit on the potty and get candy. It got her used to the idea of it all. Eventually it took a lot more to get her fully trained, but this was a starting point. And so it is again.

Sixlet Candy for Jar

I try to keep the candy small so she isn't getting full from it or getting overloaded on sugar. When I saw this bag of Sixlets at the Dollar Tree, I knew they would work perfectly. I had to open all those little packages, but with a pair a scissors in hand, it didn't take too long.

To dress it up and make it pretty (cause that's what craft bloggers do) I added some washi tape to the jar. I love the bright colors of both the washi  and the candy and how it makes this utilitarian thing decorative and pretty on my mantle.

Potty Reward Jar

It's already working some. I have to remember to tell her to go sit on the potty. And when I tell her, she says no until I remind her that she can get a candy. THEN she's ready and willing to sit.

No actual luck yet, but one step at a time. I'm trying to remind myself that this is a process that takes time and to be patient.

Reward jars are fantastic tools for working with young children. And it doesn't have to be limited to potty training. Have you used a reward system with your kids before? What kind?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Oreo Bunny Treats

Oreo Easter Bunny Treats

Ok, ok. I've got to get in one Easter related post before Easter. We've been so busy with the house and garden that I've done very little holiday decorating/crafting. My daughter wanted to make a surprise for her Daddy. She wanted to make an Oreo turkey treat that my Mom had made at Thanksgiving. So, to keep it seasonal, I suggested that maybe we try a bunny instead. And that's how our little Oreo Easter Bunny Treats came about.

It was a total experiment. I'm not the best cake decorator, so this was a trial for sure. I was afraid it would end in project failure. The tastey, but not too pretty kind. But instead, I think they turned out kind of cute.

Ingredients:

White Candy Melts
Oreos
Chocolate Chips or Chocolate Icing
Pink Icing

Directions:

Spread wax paper over your work surface.

Melt your candy melts as per package directions.

Use a spoons to pour a candy over Oreos. I tried dipping the Oreos, but that made a huge mess. Pouring the candy and then smoothing out the surface with the back of the spoon worked much better.

 Candy Dripping on to Oreo from Spoon

Gently create ears by drizzling candy from spoon off the Oreo into triangles. Use toothpicks to shape them as needed.

Making Candy Bunny Ears

As the candy is hardening, use chocolate chips to create eyes. I tried putting a whole chocolate chip for each eye, but they looked a too large and strange to me, so I ended up cutting my chocolate chip and using small pieces for eyes. Alternatively, you could make eyes with some chocolate frosting.

Use a toothpick to add nose, mouth, and the pink parts of the ears with pink frosting.

Once your candy has hardened, carefully pick your bunnies up off the wax paper and serve them however you want.

I served mine on a little bed of raffia. I liked how the brown raffia kept it simple, but made the white bunnies stand out instead of getting lost on a white plate.

My kiddos LOVED them. I mean, sugary sweets + bunny rabbits. Yes, and yes for them! I only let them have one or two though because they little guys are pretty sweet. They make the perfect little dessert for the Easter table this year.

So what started out as what was supposed to be a surprise for Daddy, ended up being fun dessert for my kids. Hmm. I wonder how that happened??

Candy Bunny Snack
 
Candy Melt and Oreo Bunny

Candy Covered Oreo Bunny Treats on Raffia

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Show & Tell #72


Welcome back to Gingerly Made's Show & Tell party!

I LOVE this party and am so glad you come to link up every week! It's always fun to see what others have been working on and a great way to get new project tips, tricks, and ideas. So, thanks for linking up!

Just in case you've missed some of this week's post, here's what I've been working on.

Ok, Let's see what YOU have been doing this week.

Nautical Rope Coasters

Nautical Rope Coasters

Earlier in the week I showed you a sneak peak of how our living room remodel is coming along. With the major work done (floors and ceilings), it's now time for decorating. Nautical rope coasters were a quick and simple project but necessary for protecting the tables I plan on refinishing from water rings.

Nautical anything is really trendy right now. I live in North Carolina, so it's nothing too new for me. We've been doing coastal forever. I live in the middle of the state a few hours from the coast, but anything coastal is still perfectly normal. Some of us practically wear our flip flops year round. Not me though because my feet are like icicles. I only wear my flip flops 9 out of the 12 months in the year. He he he.

Personally I love beachy type things, they are usually made from fairly simple materials and have a relaxing feel to them. I need "relaxing" to be a theme in my home because we have some very high energy people living here who have a hard time winding down. And with kids, something simple like this means I don't have to worry about it breaking. Perfect.

Glass on Nautical Rope Coaster

Back to the coasters..... they are simply made from hemp rope, hot glue, and felt. I used hemp partly because sisal rope is usually thicker and more coarse and mostly because I couldn't find any sisal rope. I think sisal would be more substantial in size, but now that I have the hemp rope done, I like the smaller gauge of the rope and the smoother texture.

I used hot glue to hold the rope in place as I circled it around and around. Once the coaster was large enough, I hot glued it to a circular piece of felt. Then trimmed the excess.

Sideview of Nautical Rope Coasters

You might notice that there are only three coasters in the pictures and that is kind of an odd number for coasters. Most of the time you find coasters in packs of 4. I actually did make four, but one of my kids has creatively hid it from me. I'll find it somewhere soon I'm sure. And if not, they are so easy to make, I'll whip up a new one. Most likely I'll make a new one and THEN find the old one. Life with kids, right!

In the mean time, I'm enjoying my three new nautical rope coasters and no water marks on my table.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Show & Tell Features

Tuesday - Feature Day! I'm still trying to piece my house back together after all the DIY work we did last week. So, I'm going to keep it short and get straight to the good stuff; YOU.

On to my picks from last week's Show & Tell party....

Favorites:


Maddie Moes shows us how to make some cute felt flower headbands. Gorgeous photography on her site too!

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Get ready for the beach with nautical stenciled tote bags from Vintage Zest.

#shop #Stencil1 #cbias DIY Stenciled Nautical Beach Tote

Need a new take on those plastic Easter eggs? Try making owls. Wesens Art shows you how.

EggsOwls   wesens-art.blogspot.com

Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen has a fantastic recipe for Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts.

Bacon Roasted Brussels Sprouts ~ Lydia's Flexitarian Kitchen

That's it for this week. If you are interested in taking a look at the rest of the link ups from last week's party, click here.

If you were featured, please feel free to grab a button.

Gingerly Made


See you at the next party on Thursday!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wood Ceilings & Floors ~ Living Room Update

Phew. I'm beat. And I'm pretty sure my husband was skipping on his way to the car this morning as he headed off to work. Last week was a marathon of wood flooring. 700+ square feet, ripped up carpet, old wood flooring, and linoleum, moving appliances of all kinds, a gas valve, a toilet and can you believe we didn't even get around to putting the quarter round trim back on. But let me tell you, it looks FANTASTIC!!

In my last living room update, we had installed a bead board ceiling, but not yet painted it. Now that the ceiling is finished and the vast majority of the floor work is done, our living room looks like a completely different place.

The first thing was to move our furniture around. We didn't want to haul everything out of the house or up the stairs so we opted for moving the furniture to one side of the downstairs area and working on the open space. Then when one side was done, we moved the furniture to the other side of the downstairs space and worked on the new open area.

After the furniture was moved out of the way, we pulled up the old flooring. I actually really hated the old wood flooring because it had a honey colored finish and was really soft wood that scratched super easy. While we could have tried to match it and just continued it throughout the downstairs it was not what I wanted.

Prying Up Old Wood Floors

We put down strand woven bamboo. I LOVE the variations in color. It has a beautiful warmth to it. Plus it's a super hard wood that doesn't scratch easily and that is just what this house with two kids, a dog, and a cat needed.

It was a LOT of work - mostly for Hubs. My job was babysitter/cleaner upper/official project gawker. Hubs did all the hard work. And thank goodness for his Dad. Eric's Dad came over every single day to help.


We had to rent a flooring nailer to help things move along quickly. We could have used our finishing nailer, but it would have been extra effort and extra bending all the way to the floor.


Using a Flooring Nailer

The kiddos had fun with the empty rooms. Once the floors were almost done in one area they were busy chasing each other 'round and 'round.

Playing while Daddy works

It took the whole entire week to get this done. Hubs took the week off to work on this. He worked from 8 in the morning to around 7 each night. Nap time for the girls was a nice break each day, but even then we tried to do quieter things like cleaning up and prepping for the next stage.

Somewhere we read that someone got 660+ square feet done in 3 days. I sort of assumed then that we could get our 700+ done in 4 days. HA. Big fat - HA. We started tearing out the floor Sunday afternoon and didn't get done until the following Sunday night.


I don't want to give away too much before the reveal, so here's just a little preview of how things are coming along. Now that we got all the big stuff done, it's decorating and finishing touches and we'll be done.

Wood Ceilings and Floors Preview


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