Archive for “March, 2012”

painted easter cookie craft

This is a super easy Easter craft to do with the kiddos. All you need is food coloring, egg yolks and sugar cookie dough to make these bright and playful cookies.


Start by making a simple sugar cookie recipe. This is the recipe I grew up with. I’m not sure where my mom got it.



1/2 cup butter

3/4 cup sugar

1 egg

2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1/2 t. vanilla

1 3/4 to 2 cups of flour


Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and beat well. Add the other ingredients and mix until a soft dough forms. Add only enough flour to make a soft dough. Don’t overbeat because this will cause the dough to become stiff and dry.

Roll onto a floured surface and cut out shapes.


Add 3-4 drops of food coloring to one egg yolk. Using a paintbrush, paint the design onto the cookies.



Bake in a 350 degree oven for about 8 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!


char’s easter dress {from her painting}

I was so excited to make Charlotte’s Easter dress. It took about half a day to make the dress. It sure takes a lot of courage to cut into $20/yd fabric. Wow, am I glad I didn’t mess up. But this is the end result. I love this dress because I feel like there’s a bit of Charlotte in it. She’s the one who painted the flower originally. You can read more about that here. She is for sure my daughter! I came up with the original design for the dress. I saw a dress with the opening on the side by the sleeve and thought that would be cute. So I added one of these adorable bows to the side.

Tell me what you think? I can’t wait to make a bag with the extra orange striped fabric. I even saw an email ad yesterday from Nordstrom Rack featuring an orange striped bag. I knew I was spot on that striped trend. So fun!

noodle nests for easter

I enjoyed these simple delicious treats when I was a child. My mom used to make them every Easter. I loved these so much that I always exchanged my candy for another nest. The best part is, the kids will enjoy making them and they are super easy to make.


Chow Mein Noodle Nests

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

1 package (10.5 ounces) marshmallows

8.5 cups (13 ounces) chow mein noodles

Start by spraying a cookie sheet with non-stick spray. Melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows. Stir until melted. Take off heat and add chow mein noodles. Immediately form into nests. I like to get my hands a little wet to keep them from sticking. Let them set up, it takes about an hour or so. Add jelly beans or Cadbury mini eggs and a peep if you like. The kids will love them!


spoonflower fabric

My very first order of Spoonflower fabric just arrived in the mail. I don’t think I’ve been this excited since I was a kid on Christmas Eve!

I designed this baby boy fabric ages ago for a contest held on Spoonflower. I’m so happy to finally see these printed. The bottom design is a little big in my opinion, so I’m glad I got to see it first before I go and sell it in my Spoonflower store.

This one too printed a little big. I’d like it to fit on a tea towel nicely. I may shrink it 50 percent, but the colos are perfect on both of them!


And this one….I am in love with the pink and white mini polkadot one. The flower is based off of a watercolor that my 4 year old daughter painted.


This is Charlotte’s original watercolor flower below. She’s 4! Isn’t that crazy! She’s a natural, what can I say. I’m going to make her Easter dress out of this fabric and the coordinating fabrics. I’m so pumped. I know exactly what I’m going to do and am a little nervous to cut into the fabric. Especially since I never spend this much on a dress, but hey, I designed it! I tried to stick as close to her original watercolor as I could. Even the little dots are miniatures of the original flower outline. So fun!

The orange came out a little brighter than I thought it would, but that’s ok.


30th birthday party invitation

I did this 30th birthday party invitation a month or so ago. I’m so happy to finally be able to share it with you. (names, places, dates, email and even the age has been changed on this invitation….)

I’m turning 30 this year as well (wow, I’m getting old!) and am thinking of doing a night dessert party. I can imagine all of the adorable lights on strings and delicious desserts. It sounds simple enough, but of course I always go over the top, as you can tell from Charlotte’s party. But hey, you only turn 30 once!

lime place setting + a tutorial

Nikki from thesaltypineapple asked me to collaborate with her for a table setting for the month of March. Actually she first only asked for a place setting, but I couldn’t stop there. I had so many ideas and just had to talk with Nikki about them. In the end we decided to do a citrus themed party. I feel like it really came together and it was so much fun spending a few hours at Nikki’s beautiful house in the mountains. I even managed to drive up to her house among the 10 feet of snow that day. Ridiculous, I know!

I got this idea from Jessica Jones over at How About Orange and decided that we should paint on the plates with edible paint. Nikki picked up the paint from a local craft store (or you can make your own) and I painted the triangles onto the plates. I had seen a similar pattern in a book from the library. Plus triangles are super trendy right now and it seemed like the perfect fit.

Nikki is doing the tutorial on how to do the plates, over here.

As for the limes, can you say EASY! You only need three things, limes, a pen and a citrus zester, similar to this one. I love the Zylis Brand and it works really well for this project.

Using a pen draw an initial onto the lime. I used Learning Curve as the basis for the initial. Why? Because it didn’t have too many curves and was easier to carve the letter out that way. Plus it looks super cute on a lime. You could also use lemons or oranges or any citrus for that matter, as long as the initial shows up after it’s carved.

After drawing on the lime, use the citrus zester to carve out the initial on the lime. The best part about doing this is your hands will smell like limes for the rest of the day! Yum!


NOTE: Make sure to carve the limes right before your guests get there, otherwise they can look kind of gross. Also try and find the largest and most green limes you can find. The bigger the fruit, the easier it will be to carve the initial.

CAUTION! The zester is sharp, be careful not to cut your finger.

FREE Placemat Setting printable

As promised, here is the freebie for today! This time it’s a 11×17 inch placemat. Nikki and I collaborated on a Citrus table setting a few weeks ago and this is the result. A simple table with fun details.

I have to warn you though, if you’re going to get these printed at FedEx, they can be somewhat pricey…..I paid $2.50 a sheet. So just be careful where you get them printed.



NOTE: This download is for personal use only. You may not redistribute them in any form or sell them for money. Sorry. If you are going to post about this freebie on your blog, you may do so, but link the original download to this post. Thank you.

Citrus themed st. patrick’s day table

Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. The collaboration on the table setting with Nikki. About a month ago, Nikki asked me design a place setting for a St. Patrick’s Day themed table. But, after doing some research we took our table setting with a twist of citrus. Hey, limes are green! I think Nikki has an eye for making a table look elegant enough for an adult and fun enough for a kid. Painted plates, lime placesetting, Washi tape napkin rings and  printable placemats!

Come back each day for some fun tutorials and a FREE download!!!! Visit Nikki’s website to see even more pictures!

the work of christopher grayson, my husband

Can I just say that I have a very, very talented husband. He recently did a website for the Orem Mayor. How cool is that.

But my all time favorite work of his are these short animated tv spots. The first is a TV spot promoting environmental awareness, and a fine writing utensil. And the second is a whimsical TV spot for a dental discount plan.

He did all of the original illustrations and animation. Such talent! LMK what you think of them. I’d love to hear about it!