March 29, 2013

High Heels Anonymous

Hi everyone. My name is Sue and I am a heel virgin. Surprised? Well, it's true. The highest pair of heels I own are two inches and I never wear them. It's not that I have anything against the heels, exactly, it's just that I've never seen them as practical. They're difficult to walk in, they're uncomfortable, and heels are a male invention designed to make women's butts look smaller . . . and to make it harder for them to run away. Ha ha... Love that movie...
Well, anyway, the point is, I'm a heel virgin... That is, I was until I moved into the basement of the house where Mariasha was living. Mariasha exited the High Heel Virgin's Club in fifth grade and owns a LOT of them and she decided to take it upon herself to introduce and initiate me into the adult women's world of high-heeled luster where I learned that not all heels are difficult to walk in and uncomfortable. The following photos signify the end of a very long era.

Mariasha and I have been enjoying the new competition show, The Face, and so I've been working on changing up the emotions I show in my photos. I'm pretty sure the only ones I managed were smiling, pensive, fierce, superhero, and then an expression that lies somewhere between a scowl and a smirk. I'll spare you those ones and in the process, spare myself some embarrassment. It's a win-win scenario.

Now I just need to find a good Easter outfit to go with it this Sunday! Do you have your outfit all planned out already?
Happy Easter!

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March 27, 2013

Easter Cupcakes for my Peeps!

I think Easter is one of my favorite holidays. In a lot of ways, I like it even better than Halloween and almost better than Christmas. I think the reason I like it so much has to do with the idea of the world kind of being reborn. I love springtime and it just seems like you've been in a pit for a long time and finally things are starting to look up, like the Savior being resurrected. I don't think that the time of year that we celebrate this is coincidence. It's a beautiful time of year.
Plus, decorations for this time of year are so cute! And the crafting opportunities are endless! At this point in my life, I don't go too crazy with the home decor (As soon as we have our own home that will change), but I do love me some good baking! So without further ado, here's my latest and favorite baking creation!

I honestly don't know how people don't like peeps (Drew being one of them), but these are a pretty dang good alternative and they were really easy to make. You might have seen this on Pinterest, because I'll admit that's where I got my idea.

One box of cake mix (let's keep it simple)
Cupcake liners
Food coloring
Sugar (about 1/4 c.)
Mini chocolate chips
Piping bag and tip (the smallest circular tip)
1/2 c. oil
1 c. water
3 eggs
1/2 c. blue bonnet vegetable spread (or butter) at room temperature
1 Tbs. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
4 c. powdered sugar

Step 1 (cupcakes): Turn the oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. Follow the directions on the cake mix box to make the cupcake batter, line your muffin tin with the liners, and fill each about 2/3 full. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Step 2 (frosting): While the cupcakes are baking, begin making the frosting. Use a stand alone mixed or hand mixer to mix the butter until smooth. Mix in 1 Tbs. of milk, and add in a cup of powdered sugar. Next, mix in a teaspoon of vanilla, then add in the rest of the powdered sugar a cup at a time until you reach the desired consistency. Add in 4-8 drops of yellow food coloring until it turns the color you want for your peeps.

Step 3 (colored sugar): Pour 1/4 c. sugar into a shallow bowl and, one drop at a time, add in yellow food coloring, stirring the sugar and squishing any clumps to turn it yellow. I think I used maybe four drops. The sugar doesn't have to be completely yellow. Just enough so it doesn't show white on your yellow frosting.

Step 4 (decorate): Once you've allowed the cupcakes to cool completely, frost the top like you would butter bread. Just a layer of frosting across the top. Next, dip the top in the yellow sugar, being sure to coat the entire frosted surface. Place the mini chocolate chips upside down in the frosting for the eyes, scoop half the frosting into your piping bag with the small circular tip, and "draw" the wings. There might be a pre-made piping tip in the shape you want, but I didn't have it. Color the rest of the frosting orange and use that to make the feet and beak.

And there you have it! A deliciously cute, tasty treat to enjoy this Easter!

See you Friday!


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March 25, 2013

Re-visit the Bodacious Braidhawk

I have a very busy week planned ahead of me! I'm really "going to the mattresses" with my Etsy shop this week. Let me tell you where my motivation is coming from...
Just down the road and across the street is a beautiful home. Drew and I have been eyeing it for months. We first noticed it when we saw a bunch of tools and big trucks with words written on the side parked in the driveway. We learned that the house was being renovated and what we could see looked amazing. Well, when we finally found this house being advertised online, we learned that the asking price was WAY over what we are going to be able to afford even in six months.
Well, we drive by this house all the time and always look longingly at it and talk about how much we want it... Alright, I'll admit it. We complain a little bit. Anyway, Drew finally said, "Sue, why don't you just sell $20,000 worth of Etsy?" Obviously, I laughed at that, but then again... Wish me luck.
So this week I'll be working on an order for two car seat protectors and hopefully a couple of more orders. To help this along, I'm organizing another giveaway! Hooray! But not today. Awwww... Today, I want to re-visit an old post that I think is the most popular. So if you haven't seen it yet, here it is! The Bodacious Braidhawk tutorial!

If I had longer hair, I would TOTALLY do this one on myself! It's a good style to work when you're feeling a little rebellious, but want some class with it, too!

Here's how I did it.

You will need:
Hair tie
Bobby pins
Long hair

1. Take the front portion of your hair (where your bangs would be if you had them), and backcomb to give you a nice pouf in the front. Some people hairspray before they backcomb, but I would suggest hairspraying after you backcomb so as to hold the tease in place. Also, make sure you backcomb in the back. You want the volume, but not the messiness to show in front.

2. Begin an inside-out braid with your pouf, pulling hair in from the sides of the head, up to the top. Just in case you don't know what an inside-out braid is, it's basically the same as a normal braid/french braid, except instead of putting the hair pieces on top, you braid by taking the pieces and wrapping them around the bottom. Make sense?

3. Complete the inside-out braid, leaving plenty of hair hanging out at the end of the braid because you'll be pulling the hair up in the braid and don't want the hair tie to completely fall out and lose your entire braid! Not fun.

4. Begin at the bottom of the braid and begin pulling hair up to make it messy and give it volume. It's kind of like shoelaces. When you want to tighten your shoelaces, you have to work from the bottom of the shoe and tighten from there. Same concept. Use your fingers and/or your comb.

5. Hairspray!

6. Bobby-pin any loose parts of the hair. I wanted a more obvious distinction between Leanne's head and the braid, so I bobby pinned there to help with the distinction. I also pinned just below the braid on top to give it more height. Hairspray helps with this, too.

And you're done! To brush it out, start at the ends of your hair and work your way up. This lessens the harsh tugging and the wear and tear on your hair. Happy styling! If you see any neat hairstyles, let me know! I'd love to try another one out!

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March 22, 2013

Salted Caramel Sauce

I've never made caramel before and let me tell you, this was a good one to start out on! It seriously tastes amazing! I didn't get any pictures of the process because you kind of have to keep your eye on it the entire time so it doesn't burn, but I'll torture pleasure you with photos of the end product thought the directions. Sound good? K. Here we go.

2 c. Sugar
12 Tbs. butter cut into pieces (like half tablespoon pieces), at room temperature
1 c. Heavy cream at room temperature
1 Tbs. fleur de sel or Maldon sea salt flakes. I just used regular 'ol salt and it worked for me.

I only made a quarter of the recipe since it's just me and my husband and it made a small jar full so I'll leave that choice up to you.

Step 1. Get everything set up beforehand so that you can move quickly and avoid burning your caramel. Heat your sugar in the bottom of a 2-3 quart saucepan. When the sugar starts melting, whisk continuously. The sugar will clump at first, just keep whisking. When it's all melted, put the whisk away. You can swirl the pan to keep it from burning. Do this until it turns a dark amber color. If you have a thermometer, use it. You don't want it to get hotter than 350 degrees (Fahrenheit) or it will burn.

Step 2. Carefully add the pieces of butter stirring until it all melts. Remove the pot from the burner and slowly stir in the heavy cream until it's all mixed in and the caramel is smooth.

Step 3. Finally, stir in the salt and leave in the pot to cool for 10 minutes. Pour carefully into a jar and allow it to cool further before enjoying.

Enjoy with some apple slices, cinnamon pretzels bites, or whatever else you enjoy with caramel. I'm pretty sure I could eat it plain. Store in the refrigerator. It should keep for at least a month, but In my house, I don't think it will make it past a couple of days. Give it a try and let me know what you think! What do you like to eat with caramel?

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March 20, 2013


Remember on Friday how I posted about some finds on Pinterest? Do you remember the one of the outfit I said I would re-create if I had the funds? Well, turns out I already had most of the outfit and I had a few bucks to spare... At the local thrift store! Love my thrift finds! The funniest thing happened, though... The moment I put on that jean jacket, I started feeling this nostalgia... For the 90s! I was born in 1990 so I felt right at home in my jean jacket. This is my new favorite outfit. Fo sho. So here's my re-creation.

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Jean Jacket - thrift store
Eggs in nest necklace - homemade
Shirt - homemade
Belt - thrift store
Pants - Urban Outfitters
Boots - amazon find

I am SO excited about the spring coming. It's kinda like fall, but better. Looking forward to the light, airy fabrics and COLOR! What are you looking forward to this spring?

*Photography talent courtesy of Mariasha Rowland.
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March 18, 2013

High chair cover

For a while now I've been wanting to do something like this, but wasn't exactly sure how to do it so I put it on the backburner. Then, when I made the car seat protector, I knew how to do it! Well... Sorta. I wanted to do it in a harder way than it was actually done and paid the price for my ambition later. Anyway, here's what my end product looked like. Sorry for the quality of the photos. Maybe I'll get some better ones eventually...

So it actually was really easy! I knew I didn't have to cover the entire seat because the main part that got messy was the top because Chelsea likes to suck on it... With her mouth... Full of food. I don't know why. Anyway, so here's how I made it.

You will need:
Fabric that's cut to about 9x28 inches (depending on your high chair (note: this probably won't work on all high chairs)
Iron-on vinyl, enough to cover the 9x28 inches of fabric
Quilter's binding
1/4" elastic

If you made the car seat protector from last week, you might have al of these items already (except the elastic). Ready for step 1?

Step 1: If you haven't already, cut your fabric to be 9x28" or whatever the dimensions of your high chair are. Follow the directions and laminate your fabric. Then hem the shorter ends of the fabric.

Step 2: Sew the quilters binding along both long edges of the laminated fabric, leaving 5 inches hanging off the edges for the Velcro (I didn't have enough binding so I just sewed the Velcro on the big piece and I don't think it looks as good, but it works).

Step 3: Cut two pieces of elastic, each 17" long. Using a safety pin fastened securely to one end of the elastic, slide it through the binding, sewing the safety pin-less end to the edge once it gets there. Slide the elastic the rest of the way through and sew the other end in place. Repeat on both sides.

When you're done sewing the elastic through, it should look something like this.

Like a dying centipede or something...

Step 4: Cut four pieces of Velcro 4 inches each (2 rough sides and 2 soft sides) and sew them so that they'll work to fasten the cover to the high chair (I know you can figure it out!). I just sewed around the entire piece of Velcro.
And that's it! Now it will be MUCH easier for me to clean that high chair! Have fun with yours!


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March 16, 2013

Weekend finds

So I got on Pinterest today and found some pretty stellar weekend finds! So I decided to pick a few and share them with you! Sound good? Alright. Here we go.

Keeping with the theme of my blog, my first find is Chevron/Home Decor.
I am in love with this color scheme right now! It's clean and beautiful. And the lace curtains? Some people may say it reminds them too much of their grandmas house. To you, I say, "True, and I love them."

Plus, this is the goal for my bedroom:

Next, is lace. Something I found on Pinterest that I would like to sew myself!
LOVE stitched pillow tutorial
I don't know that I would make this cute "Love" design on my pillow in the living room, but in a child's bedroom? I think it's pretty dang cute!

And I can't resist putting in something practical for the baby. I wonder how difficult this would be to make... What are the odds that I'm going to find out, do you think?
Aqua Drop Shopping Cart Cover

Next is Poems. This one isn't exactly a poem, I guess, but I read a book called "The Lost Art of Listening" and this is the kind of person I want to be.

Tastes. There are SO many good ones out there, but because Easter is coming up, let's choose... THIS one!
Easter Chick Cupcakes
So cute!

Beauty: I'm going with a hair style on this one because to be perfectly honest, I'm not really a makeup kind of gal, but I do love the do.
10 retro hairstyle how-to's
I'm so excited to delve deeper into this pin! I LOVE retro hairstyles. Wouldn't necessarily do them on a daily basis, but some of them...

For Me, I've gotta do clothes. It took me nearly a half-hour to decide what to wear this morning because I realized that I don't have much of a spring/summer wardrobe. Gotta start Pinterest shopping!
girly and cute
Love everything about this outfit, although I could probably skip out on the multiple bracelets (I'm not really a jewelry kind of gal, either).
olive pants and polka dots
If I could completely recreate this outfit (and had the money to do it), I would. Wish me luck!

For family, I think I'll just share a video with you instead. Chelsea has been walking like crazy! I went to Brooks fabrics yesterday to get more fabric for another Changing Mat and Chelsea was squirming a ton so I put her down. Within minutes she was eliciting the help of half the staff in the store to go up the stairs, then down the stairs. She's definitely my little joy!

You've never seen a happier Walmart customer!

Have you found any good pins recently? Please share!
Hope you have a great weekend!

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March 13, 2013

Car Seat Protector

When you're just a year out of college and barely getting your feet under you, not a lot of exciting stuff happens in the "new big items" department. Oh, I'm not complaining, though! Being the youngest (and only slightly spoiled... slightly...) and having wise, vigilant parents, I was well-aware that there is a tendency for girls in my position to want to have everything they had while growing up when their parents already had their finances and everything figured out, and they want it all right away. Not necessarily because their spoiled, but because they've got this expectation and view of how married life should be. I assume that's how other girls in my position think sometimes.
In any case, I was aware of that danger and so I've tried really hard to fight it. Sometimes I fail and go into this miserable state where I just want to cry because of what I don't have. Then I just remember something I read on Pinterest. "Sometimes I get sad, but then I remember how awesome I am and get over it." So that's basically what I do.
Anyway, so  back to what I was trying to say. Not a lot of exciting stuff happens in the "new big items" department. Well, ever since Andrew got his job, we've been setting a little aside for a car and finally, we got one!

I absolutely love it! Our old car was a two door and not exactly ideal for getting Chelsea in and out (when I say "not ideal," I mean it sucked). It's not a new car, but it's a new-to-us car and it's almost exactly like my mom's car she got a few years back so I either feel really mature driving it, or like a teenager just borrowing it for the day.
Now I'm not clean freak, but I do like to keep my things neat and tidy, plus I know leather seats can get pretty beat up by baby car seats. I came up with this for a solution... Alright, alright, I got the idea off of Pinterest, but I altered it to fit my own specifications.

The Car Seat Protector!

I love it! Every time I look in the back of the car and see it, it makes me happy! It looks professional and, most importantly, it protects the seat! I had to cut a chunk out of the side for the car seat anchor to be able to go through, but that doesn't interfere with the protection of the seats at all. It wasn't too difficult, but it was a little time consuming. Lucky for you, it's in my Etsy shop for a great price, but for you DIYers, I'll give you a quick run down of how I did it.

Materials needed:
Laminated fabric (you can buy laminated fabric from etsy or make it yourself)
Quilter's Binding
Double Fold Bias tape (mine was extra wide)

Figure out how wide and how long you want your seat protector to be (mine is 18x47") and cut your fabric to those measurements, using a plate to give you nice curves around the corners. The print on my fabric was sideways so I had to cut two pieces to fit. Hold the piece(s) up to the car seat (on the same side you want it to be when you're done) to decide how far in to cut the chunk out for the car seat anchor. Sew the two pieces together (if you have two pieces) then pin your bias tape all the way around. Add the quilter's binding to the top by sewing it to the bias and letting it extend from the point where the top corner of your seat protector stops curving. Do this on both sides of the top. Sew your Velcro to that. Voila! C'est fini!

Disclaimer: Most manufacturers and safety specialists say that placing something thin (like a thin towel) under a seat is okay, but check with your car seat manufacturere and up to date car seat safety info to make sure. Also most fires stations will check your car seat for you to make sure it is installed correctly. See more at:

Please stop by my Etsy shop and check it out! I've got a few other items there that you'll want to check on as well! Maybe you can leave a comment and tell me which one you like best? Hope to see you there!


This product is Chelsea approved!

Here are some of my other items in my Etsy shop! Hope you like them!
Changing Mat

Sunglasses Cozy

Laptop Sleeve
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