Pretty Burpies


Here’s a cute & pretty easy gift idea for wee ones…

start off with

cloth diapers

the thicker ones with the extra padding the the middle are the ones I like to use

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Choose some pretty cotton fabric

(I pre-washed and pressed it)

Cut it to fit onto the bottom third of the diaper

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I sewed this with a coordinating thread color on top and white in the bobbin (for the underside of the diaper)

I also added an applique of the baby’s initial


added ric rac and top-stitched around the whole thing

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I like these prettified




Crazy that I’ve had to start using these!

what in the world!

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Wrap up the bunch of burpies

& other little rattles, pacifiers, etc. with

tulle & coordinating ribbon…

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from my ribbon stash

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Éclair Cake


I love me some eclairs…

they are

- hands down -

my fav pastry dessert


Enter a

summer get together

with friends

Mind you - It’s 89 degrees outside

I don’t wanna turn on the oven to bake something

so I whipped up some of this


this was a winning recipe on this hot summer day because it was

1) easy to make


2) used no oven

BONUS - yep – it was pretty delish!

All ya need to whip this baby up is:

graham crackers
2 boxes of instant pudding (I used one box of french vanilla and one box of chocolate fudge – mmmm!)
3 cups of milk
1 carton cool whip
1 can of chocolate frosting

line the bottom of a 9x13 pan with the crackers

mix vanilla pudding with 1 1/2 cups milk, add 1/2 carton of cool whip
spread over the bottom layer of crackers, add another layer of crackers,
mix the chocolate pudding with the other 1 1/2 cups of milk and then fold in the rest of the cool whip, spread over the crackers.  Chill in the fridge for a while (half hour or so). Heat the can of frosting (remember to remove the metal lid/cover, of course) in the microwave for 1 minute and 50% power.  Pour this over the cake. 

Pop back in the fridge and chill for at least 12 hours.

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Take to your dinner party, have guests devour and
bring an empty pan back home!

Enjoy this cool summer treat!

(but really it’s good any time of year!)

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Windmill Love

Hello lovies -

Long time - no blog!

I’m back today with the results of a little project I’ve been able to eeeek out..

Remember I found this beauty {a little worse for wear}

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but still

I fell for her


here she is on the road to recovery


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nothin a little gorilla glue won’t fix up

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all spiffed up

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ahhhhh love!

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Far far behind!

I don’t know that it can get much busier!!

I want to blog

I want to visit all of your sites

I want to comment on each beautiful post I come across

but…I can’t

{right now anyway!}

I just don’t have time - (aren’t we all in that boat!?)

Here’s the lowdown -

Work has been very busy

Prepping for a HUGE kids party at the end of the month

Prepping for a sale

Wrapping up the summer with the kiddos
{aka making some good memories}

Prepping for back to school


Just letting Google reader go for a few short days has resulted in this:


Yikes!  I am tempted to mark them as read (but I don’t want to miss anything FABULOUS!)

This is just my reader for the blogs I know I already love & follow

It doesn’t count the ones I’m still finding and loving!

or Pinterest 
(the lovely, though slightly addictive, pinterest!)

How do you guys manage keeping up with everything??

I hereby promise to post a real project soon
{really, I do!}

Hang with me!

Chat soon -

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Crates and Boxes Oh my!

I think I’ve got an addiction to boxes, bins, crates and storage

I LOVE them & I’m always attracted to them first
at markets and shoppes.

Here are some examples:


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Inside of which I’ll put some of these:

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you probably already saw my rainbow bookcase crate

I’m just loving how they’re


within the
wooden crate

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I just snagged this shelf (below) at a little sale

and am on my way to filling it up with bins

not done yet… so you’ll see this in a bit

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I love the color of these drawers
(I don’t have the dresser - only the drawers - so am still deciding how to utilize these)

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this breadbox is gonna have a new life soon

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and wooden boxes

oh how I love wooden boxes with typography!

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I think back to school will have a positive affect
on my ability to

get projects done!

Stick with me and
hopefully I’ll be able to show ya some results of my labors soon!

Chat soon -

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Rice Krispie Caramel Bars

Oh my!


this dessert is terribly addictive and delicious!



Here’s the low down on how to make up a batch for yourself

You can decide to share (or not!)


Make Rice Krispy bars as you normally would

you know….

rice cereal



{all the healthy good for you ingredients you use EVERYDAY!}

only difference for this recipe is that you’ll split the batch in half and press each half on a sprayed cookie sheet


put more mini marshmallows on one of the cookie sheet with the
rice krispies on it

now in a pan, cook up a can of sweetened condensed milk, a couple tablespoons of butter and a bag of caramels

(if you enjoy unwrapping the caramels one by one for like 14 hours go ahead & buy a bag of wrapped caramels like normal – OR luck out and find that your grocery store sells these yummy wonderful caramel bits near the chocolate chips)

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melt that all together

and pour over the top


plop (yep that’s an official baking term) the other pan of rice krispies over the top

I put it in the fridge to firm up

a little while later…
(can you hear the elevator music playing while we wait??)

cut into squares & enjoy!


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