Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Inspired by the awesomely talented artist and writer, Theresa Smythe, I decided to make up these little elf head pencil toppers for Santa to stuff into stockings. Another simple craft, you only need a fabric scrap for the hat, tinsel-like pipe cleaners, the nobby pipe cleaners in white, craft paint, wooden balls (mine were pre-drilled,) pencils, and hot glue.
The Give Away!!!
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Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I saw one of these out on the web done in black tulle for Halloween. But by the time I got around to it, would you believe it? Black tulle was SOLD OUT at my local fabric stores... loads of halloween crafting going on in my town I suppose.
Instead I bought a yard of white tulle and set out to make a beautiful vintage inspired piece.
1 yard of tulle cut in half over and over again until you end up with 32 rectangles (First I cut up the original fold, folded in half lengthwise and cut again, width wise and cut, lengthwise, cut and width wise again and cut. The pieces are about 8 inches long by 6?
1 bangle bracelet, something small and not too colorful
1 yard of ribbon for hanging
embellishments, I used a vintage clip on earring and some Christmas picks
I can't explain how to do this step, but can you see how it's done? It's a matter of folding the strips in half one at a time, wrapping over the bangle and pulling the loose ends through the loop. Use up all the pieces.
Comment here for a chance to win a kit to make your own tulle wreath! The kit includes cut tulle, bangle, ribbon, sparkly leaves, and one pretty button (all out of vintage earrings sorry) Comment by Nov 17th!
Jessica's is huge, made on a 27x22 sized canvas. She used Amy Butler paper and tore it into 2" strips, Modge Podged them on, used a Cricut cutter to cut out all the words and modge podged them on. Finally she covered the whole thing in a super amazing triple coat high gloss varnish, because everything looks better when it's shiny!
Monique used a smaller 12x24 inch canvas. Using paper all from the same collection, she cut hers instead of tearing. After gluing them down, she hand lettered each rule using a paint pen. Lastly she Modge Podged the whole thing.
Monday, November 2, 2009
I threw this together last night.It was very good. A little sweet. Very comforting.
some key secret ingredients: apple cider and potatoes (my kids love potatoes.) I served it over seasoned crutons and sprinkled with fresh grated parmesan and shredded swiss. mmmm
Sunday, November 1, 2009
If you have a Trader Joes near you stock up on some of their great mixes and gourmet frozen meals for the upcoming busy days. If you have friends and loved ones who live in an unfortunate Trader Joe-less area, grab some for their Christmas presents this year!
Jess and I are ready to get back to this blog! After a couple months of the new school years, sick kiddos, and crazy lives we miss our little blog. This month you can look forward to recipes, craft ideas and patterns, and entertaining for the holidays.
I volunteered to host Thanksgiving this year at my house. I am so excited but knew I didnt have enough dishes for the 24+ people that will be here. I had been watching my favorite thrift store and thought I might collect different pieces of stoneware plates to mix and match. One afternoon I snuck away to find some Halloween costume bits, and saw a huge stack of Corelle stashed behind the other plates. At the register the cashier insisted she had the right price 4 for $1.49. I did argue that they were 4 for 2.99 but she showed me the price list. The lady behind me advised "Just take it honey, it's a deal."
So this year my guests will find all these beautiful vintage Corelle plates to eat from... I am thinking chocolate brown table cloth... but am still looking for centerpiece ideas... Any suggestions?
Monday, October 19, 2009
We accomplished so much! I did a photo shoot for her and for her kiddos. We peeled a HUGE bag of green chiles! We stopped at Trader Joes, went thrifting, and ate in Albuquerque's Old Town. By the time the day was over and all the kids in bed we were too tired to do anything crafty. Jess did write up a great list of things we will be working on and posting about in the next couple of months.
Right now she is running a couple of errands before she leaves town. Just trying to figure out how to get her to move back! ;)
Friday, June 12, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Whether you or your littles have started your summer vacation or not, it's always a good idea to have a plan. I tend to think of things 2 seasons ahead... not sure why...but now I am craving pumpkin pie and crisp autumn nights??? Good thing I already made my summer list of things to do.
Read through ours (somewhat vintage inspired) and then make one of your own. Think about what you or your family really needs this summer. Is it more quality time? A great road trip? Or living more simply? We'd love to feature your list on this blog when you are done. Send your list, blog info, and a picture to cardigancakeblog at gmail dot com and we'll post them!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
We made mini thrifting wish list notebooks (while eating buckets full of junk food)
And super cute aprons from Target kitchen towels
We think we should do these whirlwind 36 hour visits more often ;)
Friday, February 6, 2009
I have a hard time getting rid of things. Even if they are broken. Usually I'll stash them somewhere for future use. Cracked pottery and china want to be made into a mosaic table top. Stained sweaters want to be reconstructed. And broken watches, well they still want to be worn. For years I've been collecting discarded watches I find at yard sales and thrift stores. All of them have stopped working but are still beautiful or interesting. I have been wanting to link a group of them together to make a bracelet, I worried though that w/o proper link soldering, the heavy watches would come apart. So the watches sat in a box for years, forgotten. When I came across them this month, it struck me that I could thread them onto a piece of ribbon and tie them on my wrist with a huge bow. One watch does work, so I check that one for the time... the others stopped oh so long ago.
Have you looked at your broken and old pieces of jewelry and thought about how you could remake them into something wearable today?
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Now I love serving ice cold lemonade in the summer to my kids and their friends. I think it's funny to see some children drink out of them and whisper quietly to my children, "Why do you drink out of a can?" Those children have been deprived of frosty cold cups and now find new favorites in our home.
Friday, January 30, 2009
My mother has the most amazing charm bracelet that she started high school. A glass encased mustard seed, a typewriter, an air force strike for when my dad joined, empire state building, a yellowstone charm, mary and her little lamb, a moose from Alaska, Utah charm, a piano with a hinged top, a stage coach from a road trip, baby buggy with moving parts, a bowl, old time roller skate with moving wheels, a cob of corn (!?), and more.
When I was in high school, I received a charm bracelet of my own. My grandmother, a jewelry maker, had taken special consideration to select charms that really spoke about the young woman I was. A sleek cat because I was a cat owner, a clef because I was a musician, a peace symbol for my slightly hippie ways. 8 charms in all that told a story about who I was.
These days I feel my life just gets busier and busier. Littles to make meals for, a husband to adore, a career to coddle. I find that at the end of the day I have neglected so much and wish that I had something to remind during my busy life of the things that are important, a symbol. It came to mind that a piece of jewelry with a silhouette would help me to remember the important things. I also thought it would be nice if this piece of jewelry reminded me of how far I had come in my life and where I wanted to go as well. This was how I decided to give my old charm bracelet a makeover.
I removed her old cat charm, a comedy/tragedy mask and most of the others, leaving a pearl and a silver '93 (the year I graduated high school and met my husband.) I rummaged my jewelry box for unused bits (like my beloved single moonstone earring) and went through my beading supplies for any extras to assemble the beginnings of her new adornments.
One jewelry box find was a single Buffalo head nickel earring from a set I got as a child on a road trip. To make it into a charm I used pliers to make a loop from its post and attached it with a link.
Other ideas for a charm bracelet can be
- scrapbook embellishments
- game pieces
- small toy bits (like barbie acessories)
- charms from road trips
- beads or buttons
For further inspiration take a looksie at this flickr group
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Imagine my horror when I realized 2 of my 3 children had been walking around for who know how long with too long, raggedy blackened fingernails! How this escaped my attention, I do not know! One thing was for certain, we had to remedy this.
While picking up the bath toys after the children's baths, I noticed we actually had a decent amount of nail brushes. The solution had presented itself. I scooped up all the brushes and stuck them in a small Pyrex dish. They now reside next to my kitchen sink. When coming to the dinner table now, all children are expected to "scrub up" and have clean finger tips.
"What to make for dinner?" is a daily thought for most of us. We plan the menu and write out the list. Double check the pantry and do prepwork. We want our family to have a
So much effort for that valued family time. But how often do we slap some PB&J on sandwich bread and call it LUNCH? or do we grab the keys and hop over to that cute cafe (or even that quick drive thru?) My dear friend, Raesha and I were chatting about how lovely it is to go out to lunch. Who wants boring ol' PB&J when the options outside the home are almost endless and require less effort? One problem, this wanna be homemaker notices immediately when eating out is the HUGE BITE it takes out of the budget. And with little ones at home I also consider the example I am setting and the risk of catching a food borne illness.
Well, I'm here to tell you this is one homemaker taking things into her own hands. I think it's time for a
Here is what we need to do:
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Jessica is about 50% hippie and 50% vintage housewife. She's been blogging at Me and My Storey for a year and a half. She has a love for antique stores, buttons, embroidery, teapots, farmer's markets, and baking bread for her family's daily lunches. She is inspired daily by Mothers and Grandmothers, seeking wisdom in their writings, secret recipes and knick knacks. She's married to a vintage car lover and they raise their 2 sons and 1 daughter in a cute house with a big back yard outside of Denver.
Monique has been all over the board as far as style goes but has always loved everything vintage. She currently blogs at The Good Neighbor and runs her photography business from home. She is a night owl that loves anything green, estate sales, California, and baking sweet treats every chance she gets. She comes from a long line of stylish women married to nostalgic pack rats and thinks shes a bit of both. Her husband is slightly obsessed with Disney so their 3 daughters and 1 son have loads of fun in their lives in the high desert of Albuquerque.
Monique and Jessica both share a love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and work hard every day to be better examples of His love and teachings to those around them.