Create Your Own Pot Holders

Not sure about you….

But my potholders have seen better days.

Stained, thin, umm grossness. (I don’t think that is a word, but whatev)

So guess what?  We made some, and they are so cute!

I really like to give credit where it is due, so I am really sorry but I cannot find where my sis got this idea!  I know she was on the internet somewhere…

Here is what you need:

5-Scraps of fabric approx 10″x10″-coordinating (or not if you don’t like that)

2-Pieces of bunting approx 10″x10″

Sewing machine and thread to match

Cut your two pieces of bunting and stack them on top of each other.

Then place a piece of fabric on the top of that, make sure it is face up (so pretty side up).  This piece will be on one side.

Step 2 Potholder

With the 4 remaining, fold them in half with the pretty side out.  These will go on top of the stack with the edges out.

Step 3 PotholderStep 3 Potholder You will want to interchange these, kind of like how you fold a box one edge under the other (hopefully that makes sense).All crisscrossed

Geez, enough pictures for you?  Just wanted to make sure it made sense..Oncethat is on the stack, you will want to pin the edges.

Step 4 Pin Potholder

Now stitch around the outside.

Step 5 Stitch Potholder

Trim off the excess fabric.

Step 6 Trim Excess

Now flip the top flaps inside out.

Step 7 Flip

Umm so what is on the counter…really I do clean…once in awhile!

You can leave it like this, but we didn’t dig the little flaps hanging open.  So my sis just did a scroll like pattern over the whole thing.  This really made them feel better, and it is cute too!

Pot holder Scroll pattern

Oh yeah..and those sweet goodness back there.  They are Oreo Truffles that I made.  Really, really good.  Probably shouldn’t make them, you can’t eat just one!  I gave my warning.

All Done!

Hope you enjoy!


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Teacher Gift

Finishing up last-minute goodies around here tonight!  Little bit of books for the hubbies business, and last-minute teacher gifts to send with the kids for school tomorrow. (Shocker, last-minute gift from me?)  Oh yeah did I also mention I am doing all that while playing on this here blog and catching up on my favorite show….The Real Housewives of BH.  I really like all the Real Housewives shows but my favs are Orange County, Beverly Hills, and of course New Jersey!  I know I am weird!

So here is what I made for the kids teachers, I played around with the ever popular  family rules.  I typed up different fun-loving rules for the classroom, and made all of them different fonts.  Then I printed it out on card stock and got some black frames (of course on sale at Fred Meyer).  I had to trim it down a little, but then that was that!  I think they are cute, and if I were a teacher I would like it (I think, lol).

Here it is close up, so you can see all the different words.  Well kind of…Did you notice I am back to camera phone pictures?  Grrr, something is wrong with my memory card.  Will have to get a new one, or maybe I could get a new camera???  Hint, Hint! (Or my sister can sell me hers, that she never uses!)

Preparing myself for the kiddos to be out of school next week.  I took the week off as well, should be interesting.  Honestly it will probably fly by as usual.  Mad dash for all the Christmas goodies, and making some sweet treats.

Talk to ya later!

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Christmas Letter Pinterest Challenge Week 13

So I am a little late, but I am excited about my latest Pinterest Challenge!  For the last couple of years we have been doing Christmas cards with the pictures from Costco, yada yada.  I am getting kind of burnt out, I love getting everyone’s pictures I just wanted to do something different.  Well you know how you get those Christmas letters…the ones my Sis and I laugh at all the time!  What I found is basically a Christmas letter with a twist!

Here is where I found my idea http://www.my3monsters.com/2011/12/secrets-be-spillin-now.html.  I have found some really cute stuff on this website, and what is even better is she shares all of her ideas with super easy templates!  Who wouldn’t love that!  So her fab idea was to take a Christmas letter and turn it into a subway art letter.  Here is how her letter came out:

So thank goodness she gave us a template, and I went to town.  I don’t have Photoshop or Gimp (I don’t even know what this is).  So originally I thought I am going to just create my own, but as I was reviewing the sample, we are pretty similar, so I thought why not just use her template?  I put mine in Power Point.  It worked pretty well, I just couldn’t customize some items…I am sure you can I am just both too lazy, and not computer literate, lol!

So here is mine, sorry friends for the preview before you get it in the mail!

I couldn’t change the background color, I wanted it a bit more gray…but I still love it!  Super fun and different!

xoxo Ade

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The Big “E” Word

Yep I am doing it!

I started exercising this week!

Can I just tell you that I can hardly make it up the stairs without crying?

I keep thinking of all the good things this does for me, but really when it hurts this bad…..

I will get better, and I am really proud of myself. (See how positive I am)

Keeping my sights on a healthy, tone body.  I think I can, I think I can.  Well I haven’t started on the good eating yet, thought I would take one thing at a time, lol!

And, yes I have finished a few projects to show…just need a couple of pictures!  Sorry Pinterest Challenge, I will be there soon!

Gotta go EXERCISE……………..Ade

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Focus, focus

I am a total last-minute gift purchaser, and then stresser!  Every year I say I so am not going to do that again!  Yet as Christmas comes again, it happens every time!  So today I am going to accomplish some gifts.  See I am writing it down just as a focus goal!

Onto my current whoopla…So the last couple of days I have been wandering around with one contact in my eye.  I set my alarm to wake at 5am, then not thinking that I haven’t changed the clock to fall back I actually got up at 3:50am.  So when I put in my contacts in wayyy to early I was so tired that one fell out (my last).  I couldn’t figure out why the computer seemed a little blurry and I was a little off kilter.  Duh!  Funny I still didn’t even know that I woke up early at this point.  I am sitting talking to my hubby later and said “Why does the computer say 4:58am?”  He said “Because it is!”  So I called yesterday to get more contacts from Costco, yep my prescription has expired!  So today (before my gifts are accomplished) I have an eye appointment.  Then I may join the life of the normal again!

Yeah, see that above….well I didn’t do so great on the gift department.  I tried, really.  Why are the weekends so flippin busy??  Well my home is decorated!  It took me the entire day yesterday (totally not kidding either).  I am exhausted!  Why does it take me so long to do everything with the kids?  Sis had such a blast with the decorations though, seriously played for hours with the goodies!

Here is tree number ! this year.  Yep its fake, and double yep it’s not a cute fake one.  We learned, next year I will find a better one!

It is still pre-lit and cozy as I am sipping the coffee.  We also did another tree, for the kids with all the ornaments.

Above the kitchen cabinets!  Below is the famous hutch…

Yes folks I did it!  The cute jar of marshmallows that I saw on Pinterest.  To my friend that said my kids wouldn’t stay out of them….you are so right!  That jar was full yesterday morning!  Geez!

Would you believe there are a ton more?  There are but it is all that crazy silly stuff that kids love.  All the animals that sing, the musical boxes, etc…you know the stuff that has me itching to put Christmas away the minute presents are wrapped?

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Inspiring Images

Feeling AWWW inspired today!  I want to bake, and craft, and decorate all day.  So not very happy that I have to go to work!!  Uggg!  Anyhow, so here are a few things I am inspired to try (in the very near future)!  Did I tell you my sis and I are having a craft weekend?  Oh yes we are!  Yes, it is supposed to be so we can make some gifts for the holidays, but psshhh there are so many things I want to make for me! That sounded very selfish, oops!

Homemade Washer Necklace by http://homemadebyjen.blogspot.com

Cute right?  I would love to get one of these for a gift!

Salt Dough Ornaments or Gift Tags by http://simplysavannahevents.blogspot.com

I think these are adorable!  You could really get creative with these, and the kids would love this!

Lucky Us, Penny Keychain via http://www.etsy.com

Really want to drill through some pennies!  I am thinking this would be a cute gift for the hubs stocking.  Maybe our anniversary year, then the kiddos birth years?  Isn’t it illegal to do this to money?  Just wondering?

Awesome Shoe Words via Pinterest.com

So need these words somewhere in my house.  Probably my closet!  I really love shoes!

Aww inspiring Christmas Decor by thehouseofsmiths.com

Have you decorated yet?  I managed to get the decorations pulled out and the totes put on the back porch…..thats it!  I am getting there though!  So my sis will be excited that I am mentioning Shelley (the house of smiths)  She thinks they are besties!  Anyhow, if you have never read her blog I highly recommend it.  She has a total spunk that comes through, love her!

Well now I have to go get ready for work!  I love my job really, just want to only work when I want to, ya know!

Have a great day!



Hmm Hutch

I need some help with my hutch!  I really really loved pine furniture about 10 years ago, so lets just say I have a bunch of it in my house.  Now that I am a little sick of it I decided to paint it!  This is how it looked before I started.

Yep notice there is another piece of pine furniture next to it!  Yikes!  Anyhow, so I was totally inspired by this picture.

So pretty, right?  So back to the I need help part!  I grabbed a paintbrush one day and some left over paint from the shed and went to town.  I did a dry brush type technique so if I wanted to go black later it wouldn’t be too difficult.  Then I did a watered down white on the inside.  Here is where I am now.

So then I kind of froze.  I’m not sure if I love it or not?  So I put some stuff on the shelves and thought I should look at it awhile.  That has been at least a week now…I do love the color but I love the inspiration waaaaayyyyyy more!  So HELP, what should I do next?  I am thinking I need more white right? Tell me, tell me!