Friday, April 29, 2016

{Feature Friday} #73

To say I am thrilled that it is Friday is an understatement. Travis is out of town and the girls are going crazy. Didn't help that the weather decided to be in the 50s and rainy all week so they couldn't go outside to play. Here's to surviving the first week of Travis's 3 week work trip. 

But since it is Friday, that means that I get to share with you some great ideas that were linked up to last week's Handmade Hangout Party. I hope it inspires you to get a little creative this weekend. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #99

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Green Pepper Nachos

Hey friends, I hope you are all having  a very lovely spring. I am loving that we can have the windows open a LOT right now. It's slowly becoming my favorite time of the year...but don't tell fall!! Ha! 

Pretty soon I will be planting my garden. I do not have a green thumb but I do my best. Last year I didn't get much of anything from my garden but the year before was very prosperous. My dad is an excellent gardener and I reaped the benefits of that for many years!! (see what I did there?!)

I always plant some green peppers and mini sweet peppers. As I said, sometimes I get a lot and sometimes I don't get any, but I am hoping this year with a little more tender love and care I can get a bumper crop (crossing my fingers).

Sometimes I run out of things to make with fresh veggies. I usually end up making jars and jars of spaghetti sauce, which I love. But I also want to make some other things with my fresh veggies to give my kids opportunities to try new things and to actually see the veggies they are eating. Now, some kids you may just need to keep hiding the veggies in their food but somehow I got lucky and my kids LOVE their veggies.

So, today I am going to share a recipe with you that a friend shared with me and that my family loved...and that I will be making again very soon!!

Green Pepper Nachos

Green Peppers
Ground Beef
Chili Powder
Onion Salt
Garlic Salt
Green Chilies
Shredded Cheese (I used Colby jack)
Garnish: tomatoes, sour cream (or plain greek yogurt), guacamole


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown the ground beef and drain. Add chili powder, onion salt and garlic salt to taste.

Cut green peppers into wedges. Place green peppers on baking sheet with parchment paper.

Layer with green chilies and ground beef mixture.

Then top with cheese.

Place tray into preheated oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly!

Remove from oven and  top with your favorite nacho toppings...tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, etc.

This is a great wheat free recipe. 
It can easily be adapted to fit in with the Trim Healthy Mama meal plan also. 
Full disclosure here...I did add some fake cheese and my family also ate some chips! So while this is a great healthy can also be adapted to those who don't want to eat that way!! 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Cross Stitched and Typography Canvas Art

Sorry that I got this post up a little late today but today is April's Craft with Me post! :) 

 Are you ready to see what you can learn this month? 

Here ya go! 

You can easily make this your own!
Use whatever phrase you'd like or don't do a phrase at all and just create a fun cross stitch pattern on the canvas itself. Whatever you'd like to do! 

Here is how I created mine.

-Canvas, any size but I used 11x14
-Embroidery Floss
- Graph Paper
-Markers, crayons, colored pencils
-Acrylic Paint
-Paint Pen, I used a Sharpie Oil Based Pen

To begin, I figured out what I wanted to do and decided since I had a few floral coloring books, I picked a flower I liked and pulled out some graph paper.

I just placed the graph paper on top of the flower that I wanted to duplicate and traced it onto the graph paper.

If you are a great artist, feel free to free hand anything you'd like! 

I then used some markers to color in the flower with different shades to help me know where to use each color thread.

 To transfer your image to your canvas, place the graph paper on the canvas where you want the image. Then using a needle push it through the paper and the canvas where in the corners of the squares.

Continue until all holes are pushed through.

You should be left with tons of little holes in the shape of your design on your canvas and now you're ready to go!

This is totally optional. If you are good at just following your pattern, you can just free hand it yourself especially if you want it a little bigger than the graph paper grid. 

Time to begin the cross stitch. 
I began at the very center of the flower so I just counted the squares to figure out where they were suppose to be and began.

 After the center was complete, I then moved to my darkest color pink and worked around my flower.

I then moved on to my medium color pink and worked my way around the flower.

And lastly, filled the entire flower in with the lightest pink.

 Pretty close to my drawing. 
I had to adjust some of the colors as I was going to make it work better for me and the cross stitch pattern.

After the flower was complete, I moved on to the leaves.
I used a light green for the majority of the leaves.

Then I filled in with a little bit of a darker green and used it to make the center line down the leaves.

Lastly, I took black thread and outlined the leaves and flowers and gave the flower some petals.
I again, modified the originally drawing and eliminated some of the petals near the top because there were a lot of petals in a small area.

After the flower was complete, I wrote out "Love grows here" in pencil on the canvas.

Using the paint pen, I wrote out the phrase. I'm definitely not an expert at typography but I think it turned out rather well for someone that only plays around with it every now and then! 

And it's complete!

Seriously, this can be customized to whatever you want!
Make just one giant flower on a canvas.
Use whatever phrase you want and perhaps an arrow or house, whatever you want!

I hope you do create your own version!
 If you create your own version, be sure to link it up to share! :)


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Handmade Hangout Party #98

Let's Party!
It's time to show off those great ideas you've been working on! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Two Ways to Create a World Globe Vase for Earth Day

This Friday, April 22, 2016 is Earth Day! If you're looking for a fun project that you or your kiddos can make, these DIY world globe vases can be made two different ways depending on your skill level.

Hey readers, it's Molly from Just a Little Creativity. I'm back this month with an Earth Day project you have plenty of time to make.
I really enjoy sharing projects for kids, but I know that sometimes the grown-ups want fun projects too. So, that's what I have for you this month, a double tutorial- one for easy and one for advanced.

Easy Tissue Paper Mosaic Globe Vase
(Perfect for Kids to Make)

Most of us made these tissue paper vases at some point when we were little and had tons of fun doing it. With the right color tissue paper, your little one can make theirs into a globe!

(I'm linking a few of these supplies using my affiliate links, just in case you'd like to purchase any)
Mod Podge or watered down white school glue
A globe shaped vase (I found mine for $1 at Dollar Tree)
Tissue paper in shades of green and blue (also found at Dollar Tree)
Paint brush
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