Sunday, March 25, 2012

A Great Start to Spring Break!

This weekend started my spring break at school and I couldn't be more excited about my week off of work! I had seen on Facebook where Gigi's Cupcakes was kicking off their new spring menu with *free* mini cupcakes as well as special prices on their regular cupcakes. Knowing how much I love cupcakes, Charlie took me to Gigi's on Saturday to take advantage of this deal.

We were able to get a few of their new spring flavors...chocolate chip cookie dough, italian creme, chocolate turtle, and strawberries and cream. So far I've had two of the cupcakes and they've both been delicious! You can never go wrong with Gigi's!

Later Saturday night Charlie and I went to the Hammer's game--the Hammer's are the the indoor football league here. My Dad had season tickets last year but wasn't able to go to several of the games so Charlie and I took advantage of his loss. We went to most of the games last year and had a fun time. This Saturday kicked off the Hammer's season this year. My Dad got season tickets again and Charlie and I tagged along to the game.

Indoor football is fun and high paced. The field is only 50 yards and there's no out of bounds, only padding around the edges of the field. That way, when someone is tackled out of bounds they get knocked into the padding, which is (in my opinion) a bit more fun.  The Hammer's weren't able to pull out a win but Charlie and I enjoyed the game anyway.

Go Hammers!


Remember my dresser I've been working on? I finally finished it this weekend and I'm so happy with the way it turned out!

It really lightens up the room (we had a large dark dresser before) and makes the room feel more open. The two colors I used was Valspar Malted Milk for the base and Valspar La Fonda Boulder for the drawers. I used this dresser I found from Pinterest as my inspiration.

So here it is...the before and after!

I've been really busy at work (and will be until the end of school) and I'm so glad that this week is my spring break.
I've got some fun things planned for this week and I'll keep you filled in as my week progresses!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Wedding Day!

About a month ago Charlie and I got some big news. No, it's probably not the big news you think, but it was a surprise for both of us. My mother-in-law, Rita, called us to inform us she was engaged and getting married!
This past weekend was a big day Rita and Bobby! Charlie and I weren't there because she wanted to just have a small ceremony at her house in Tennessee. In fact, Damon was the only one of her kids that was there. (He's standing next to her in the picture.)

Isn't she a beautiful bride?? I hope she's enjoying her honeymoon trip and wish the newlyweds all the best!
--Charlie and I love you and are so happy for you! :)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A Busy Saturday!

This has been a pretty calm week at the Crowe household, but this Saturday was incredibly busy!

My day started with the ladies breakfast this morning at church. I went with both my Grandma and Aunt Janice. We had fun eating breakfast and hearing a few encouraging words from some of the ladies of our church. After it was over, Aunt Janice and I spent some time at my Grandma and Grandpa's house just talking and spending some time together, so I didn't get back to my house until close to noon.

Charlie and I had planned to make a trip to Lowe's to get a few items for the yard and I planned on picking up some paint for a project I'm working on. I bought this dresser for our bedroom this past fall, and it's been hanging out in our garage for the months (hangs head in shame). I meant to get to it much earlier, but it got cold and I didn't want to go outside and work on it. So there it sat.

So today was the day I got busy with working on this dresser. After picking up the paint I needed, I pulled it out, primed it and also began painting it. Here are the drawers before....

And here are the drawers after I primed them. I did finish priming and painting the body of the dresser today, but I need to go back and work on the drawers a bit more. I found a dresser from Pinterest that gave me my inspiration for the colors I'm using for my dresser. BUT, you'll have to wait until I finish it completely to have the end reveal! 

 While I was at Lowe's I thought I'd stop by to look at the flowers while I was there. I wanted to get a few items to spruce up the yard a bit but thought I'd just get a couple of items that I would just put in pots (that way I can still bring them inside in case it gets cold during the night).

Last year, I bought a Stella de Ora (I think that's how it's spelled) and planted it in my backyard  flowerbed. Well...this year it came up as two plants, so I decided I'd split it and put one on either side of the window above the flowerbed. It's kind of hard to see them because of my daffodils that are trying to hold on in the warm days we've already had this year.
I did buy the hanging petunias today and decided to put out my elephant ears I got from my Aunt Janice last year next to them. I also got a big beautiful fern for the back patio, but forgot to get a picture of it.

I bought these fun flowers to put in the middle of my backyard flowerbed--you can see them in the picture above. They are the only flowers I bought that actually went in the ground today. I'd never seen these before, but thought they looked fun! They flower in little balls and kinda remind me of pink dandelions. 

I also got one of my favorite flowers! I found this beauty... a calla lilly plant! I'm super excited to have one at the house. I have a feeling I'll be cutting flowers from it all summer. :)

As you can see, I was super busy today painting and planting various flowers in my yard. I'm glad I got as much done today as I did but now I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing evening!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

DIY: Fabric Art with Embroidery Hoops

I've been looking for some kind of art to spruce up my laundry room. I didn't want to use one of those vinyl stickers that says something like, "laundry room -- loads of fun". I wanted something unique but fit the space. I'm into collage art right now (I'm in the process of collecting items for one in our great room) and saw how you can make fabric art using embroidery hoops! These are so simple and unique, and they are super easy to make.

What you'll need for this project is:
--your choice of fabrics
--embroidery hoops
--hot glue
-- hammer and nails

If you can cut and paste, then you can make these unique fabric wall art collages. After you collect your items, start playing with your fabric to see how you'd like to display your fabric. I knew I wanted the bunting fabric to be the largest displayed, so I went from there.

*Woops, I guess I accidentally cut off the smaller hoop picture.

After you figure out which fabric you want in each hoop, lay your hoop on top of your fabric and cut your circle out. You won't need much extra fabric around the edges, just enough to glue down.

After I finished glueing all my fabric to my hoops, I played with the design layout until I found something I liked.

Once I was happy with the layout, I grabbed my hammer and nails and up they went on the wall!

As you can see, I ended up not putting the smallest bunting fabric hoop up. It didn't quite fit in my space, but I'll save it to display somewhere else. I'm really happy with the way it turned out! It looks so cute and it adds the perfect touch to my laundry room.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Button Monogram

I've been seeing these adorable button monograms floating around the internet for a while now. I thought they were so cute but I never had enough buttons to make one. (And I wasn't about to go buy a bunch of buttons.) Well, I recently got my Grandmother's old sewing box. In it, I found the jackpot of buttons. I guess she used her sewing box as her button box over the years because there are so many buttons in it! For example, for this project I used only neutral colored buttons that she had in her sewing box -- plus there were some left over that I didn't get to use! None of these buttons came out of my own stash!

For this project you'll need:
- a printer
- cardstock
- a ton of buttons in your color choice
- glue gun
- 8 x 10 picture frame (without the glass)

I printed the monogram "C" in Helvetica at 700 font. I also printed it in a very light tan color; that way I could still see the outline of the "C" without it showing up between the button spaces. You could change the font to fit your vision you have for your monogram. After printing, you'll need to cut your cardstock to fit your frame.

I then began playing around with how I wanted to lay out my buttons for my monogram. After I got the general idea, I began glueing my buttons. For the most part I used the larger buttons for the shape of the "C" and filled in smaller buttons around and on top for filler.

Once your happy with the look of your monogram, just place it in your frame, remove the glass and voila! A beautiful button monogram is now complete!

I hope you enjoy making your own button monogram! Make sure to share your pictures with me if you do! I'd love to see your creations.

Friday, March 9, 2012

A Healthy Snack: Yogurt Bites

I've been very busy this week subbing! I learned last year that spring time is my busiest time of the school year. Teachers start getting spring fever, are dealing with allergies, or have extra leave days they decide to use. Not only have I been subbing, but I found out this winter that I would be taking over scheduling volleyball games for the middle school teams as well. Now is the time games are scheduled, so I've been busy contacting coaches, checking dates, and trying to get all our matches set in place.

Since spring and summer are right around the corner, I know shorts, tank tops, and swimsuits aren't that far away either. (yikes!) I don't always do my best of eating healthy but I'm really going to start trying a bit harder. Everything in moderation, right?

I found this idea of putting a new twist on a great healthy snack. I like yogurt, but I'm kinda picky about what type of yogurt I like to eat--my favorite is whipped yogurt! Charlie enjoys yogurt and he eats it many morning for breakfast. So I decided I'd try out yogurt bites. These are super easy to make. All you'll need is wax paper, a plastic bag, and your choice of yogurt!

Just cut a corner out of your plastic bag, dump in your yogurt, and make dots on a piece of wax paper.

I used cherry yogurt and was able to get about 35 dots out of a 4 oz cup of yogurt.

Then, take your wax paper and set it in the freezer for a bit.

After the yogurt bites have frozen, take them out of the freezer, place them into a bowl, and enjoy!
This was a fun and new way to enjoy yogurt!

I really enjoyed these yogurt bites and I'm pretty sure I'll be making these a lot from now on!

Monday, March 5, 2012

My Weekend!

Well...I finally got to meet her! Sweet baby Laney was born February 15 but wasn't able to go home for a few days because she was having some breathing issues right after she was born. After a few days in the NICU, Laney was finally cleared to head home.

So, this weekend, I decided it was time for me to officially meet her! After church Sunday night, Charlie and I headed over to isit with Lindsey and Michael. It's fun to see one of my best friends in her new roll as a mommy. Laney is the perfect little girl. She hardly cried and fell asleep while I was holding her. :)

She is such a little sweetheart and I couldn't be happier for Lindsey!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Knockoff Frappuccino and a Dr. Seuss Breakfast

Thanks to Pinterest I found my latest jewel of a recipe. A knockoff version of Starbuck's Mocha Frappuccino.

This was really easy and I had all the ingredients on hand.

Starbucks Knockoff Mocha Frappuccino
3/4 cup double-strength coffee
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 cup milk
2 cups ice
3 tablespoons of Hershey's chocolate sauce

Whipped Cream!

Add all your ingredients to your blender and mix until smooth.

If you'd rather make a caramel frappuccino, just add 3 tablespoons of caramel sauce instead of chocolate sauce.

This recipe makes enough for you and a friend!


As you know, yesterday was Dr. Seuss' birthday! Since we had some bad weather I decided to wait until today to make Charlie a Seussified breakfast.

In honor of The Cat and the Hat and Green Eggs & Ham I made this yummy breakfast......

The green eggs look gross, but they were actually pretty good! I make some mean scrambled eggs so I just added a bit of green food coloring to them. Charlie said he liked the eggs as long as he didn't look at them while he ate. He had no problem eating the pancakes though!

I hope y'all have a great weekend!