February 28, 2011

One man's trash

On my latest D.I. adventure I found this gem:

ok Devaun makes anything look sexy, but believe me, it was awful.
So I made the neckline round, took up the bodice, removed shoulder pads+collar, took out the sleeves, brought the hem up 3-4inches and took the entire dress in by about 2 inches on each side.

And here's my $4+lots-of-work dress now:

also, cardigan: Old Navy, dot tights: ASOS, necklace: gift, belt: Francesca's (in case you care)

I also found this great 60's-ish pencil skirt. All I had to do was take in the sides a few inches, and I was set for my Valentine's Day party!
Even though thrift stores are smelly, I love them!

February 12, 2011

French Dip Sandwiches

These were sooo good and so easy to make! Instead of following a recipe, I just cheated and bought a packet of Au Jus mix from the store. whoop.

You need:
-sandwich buns
-4ish lb roast
-1 tsp rosemary
-1 tsp thyme
-1/2 tsp garlic powder
-1 Au Jus mix packet
-provolone or mozzarella cheese

1. Prepare the Au Jus according to package directions
2. Mix in the seasonings
3. Put roast in crock pot and pour the Au Jus over it. Add a little water so that it covers the whole roast
4. Cook on low for 9-11 hours. When it's done, shred it up.
5. Slice buns, butter and sprinkle with cheese. Toast in oven or toaster oven
6. Put however much meat you want on the sandwiches
7. Pour remaining juice from crock pot into a small bowl(s) for dipping.

February 10, 2011

Valentine Treat Bags

With a plethora of snow days I have been able to craft some fun Valentines. I made some for my lesson in young women this Sunday, and am working on some for Landon's class party at school. I filled the bags with candy, but you could add whatever you want. I think I'll use homemade cookies next time.
What you need:
Cute paper (I found this 8 pack in the dollar area at Target)
Treat bags (also from the dollar area at Target)
Stapler with staples (mine had pink staples in it for some reason)
Double sided tape or Glue stick
Picture of whatever valentine you want

Ribbon (also from the dollar area at Target)
Hole punch

I found a cute graphic on google and edited a 4X6 picture in picnik. Depending on the size you can fit 3 valentines on one 4x6 print. Cut the paper to size. Most treat bags are 4" wide. I cut mine this size to get the most cuts from one 12x12 piece of scrapbook paper.Attach valentine to paper and fold in half. I cut the treat bags down, so I didn't have to fill them with so much candy.Fold the treat bag down and "sandwich" it between the folded paper. Staple at bottom corners.If you'd rather use ribbon- staple just the folded treat bag closed. Then punch two holes (through all layers) in the center, thread ribbon trough and tie.

February 7, 2011

I Luv Valentines!

A little somethin somethin for that special someone..

So after years of making cheap coupon books for Mother's Day, I thought my coupon-book-making days were over. Guess I was wrong!

This years valentine: Love Coupon Book

All you need is a few envelopes and anything scrapbooky.

Start with two envelopes.
Open the flap of one envelope...
And glue it to the FRONT of the other envelope.
Repeat this step a 3-46 times, depending on how big you want your book/card thing to be.
Now comes the fun part. Decorate to your hearts desire. Make coupons or love notes or whatever to stuff into the little pockets.

Here is my finished product:


MIDDLE (it says "love." seriously.)


The little cards for writing junk on.