Friday, March 29, 2013

DIY Pinata For Under $2!!

I just can't spend $15-$20 dollars on something that only costs $1-$2 to make! Especially when it is something that is going to get smashed and thrown away anyway! 
It took me about 2 hours to make, and it was fun! :)
The kids were pleased with it, and I was pleased with the savings. Win, win! 
Wanna make one? Here is what you'll need:
A Large Cereal Box
A Package of Tissue Paper ($1 at Dollar Tree!!)
Masking Tape
Glue Stick
Piece of String
Also Helpful: Xacto Knife, Cutting Mat


Flatten out your cereal box, and cut the front and back of the box off. Lay the two pieces together on your cutting mat, and cut out the number you'd like. (or use scissors)

Using the remaining cardboard, cut 4" wide strips. Tape the strips together into one long strip, and score both sides of the strip with your Xacto Knife or one side of scissors. You want to score it the short way, not up and down the length of cardboard.

Using your masking tape, tape the strip around the edges of the front piece, and then the back piece. 

Be sure to cut a little flap in the top of the pinata, as well as a little hole to put your string through! (Refer to 2nd image above)

Use your glue stick to cover your pinata in a layer of tissue paper.

Cut long strips of tissue paper a couple inches tall, and then make slits in the opposite direction using scissors. 

Glue the tissue paper fringes around your pinata, starting at the bottom. 

You're done! 
Fill with candy/treats/prizes, and let the kids wreck your work! ;)

Have fun!

Monday, March 25, 2013

Fun New Shop on Etsy For Kids: Wee Whims

Gray knit baby girl's dress with feather. 12-18 months.
Have you guys seen the fun new shop WeeWhims on Etsy?!
Brown knit baby bird dress. 6 months.
Wee Whims sells super cute handmade kids clothes for really good prices! 
Hanging owl car seat toy.
Aren't these Owl Carseat Toys darling!
Little kid's state hoodie. custom order.
You can get a cute lil state hoody custom made in sizes 12 mo - 4T, with any state you want! 
Baby bloomers 3-6 months
Check out what else is new in Wee Whims shop here!

Have a good week!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Felix The Fox Free Printable Doll Toy

There are a few foxes running around my house lately! 
Felix the fox is a free downloadable paper doll with moving limbs!
You can find the pdf HERE!

The lil Livs are pleased with them, and I am pleased to have them
 occupied with a new toy that was nearly free! :)
In the above image, Felix is hanging out in the living room,
in my vintage doily. You can learn more about it here.

Have a good weekend!

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Best Scone Recipe Ever: White Chocolate Raspberry Scone Recipe

Seriously. I don't even like scones. But these. are. so. good. 
I know they aren't the most glamorous scones you ever did see,
but you'll have to trust me- they are the BEST.
Like dangerously good.
You need to try them.
And if you are on a diet, still, try them...
At least once.

White Chocolate Raspberry Scones


2 cups White Flour
1/8 cup White Sugar
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 Stick Unsalted Butter; Cold, Cut Into Pieces
6 oz. White Chocolate Chips
1 1/2 cups Frozen Raspberries
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
2/3 cup Buttermilk
1 egg

1 Tbsp.  Melted Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 cup Powdered Sugar
1/4 cup Water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 2 jelly roll pans or line with parchment paper. In a large bowl sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender (should be crumbly with course crumbs). Stir in white chocolate chips and frozen raspberries.
In a small bowl, whisk together buttermilk, vanilla extract, and egg. Pour wet mixture into flour mixture, and stir until combined; dough should be lumpy, do not over-mix. 
Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead 4-5 times. Form dough into 9" circle. Cut into 8 triangles. Using a pie server, move triangles onto greased jelly roll pans. Be sure to space them well apart- they grow while baking! Bake 14-16 min, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Drizzle glaze over top of scones as soon as removed from oven.

Whisk together water, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Whisk in the powdered sugar. 
Add more powdered sugar if you'd like a thicker glaze! 


These scones are heavenly when they are hot out of the oven, but just as delicious when warmed in the microwave later!  My dear aunt concocted this recipe herself. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Aunt Geddy! 

Tip: If you do not have buttermilk, here is an easy substitute that works just fine (in most baked goods actually!): Put 1 tsp white vinegar in your measuring cup, and then add regular milk (I use 2%) until it is filled to 2/3 cup. That's it! Pretty simple! :)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Baby Bouncy Seat Redo

This bouncy seat has been around since my first baby. It was time for a change! I just used a half a yard of stretchy knit, and an old black tee shirt to make a new cover for it! 
It was super easy, I just traced the existing cover, serged the seams, and stretched it over the frame. I did not use any padding. Since the cover is stretchy, Littlest Liv is comfy in it- suspended like a knit infant carrier!

I like the seat much better now, and don't mind it being in my living space! 

Have a good weekend! :)

Disclaimer: I did not do a tutorial on this, as I am not a professional, 
and I would not want anyone's baby to be hurt because of my directions! 

I understand that recovering a baby seat can be risky, and I assure you, my child is not in this seat unsupervised. 
With that being said, lets agree to not talk about infant safety any further. Thank you! 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunki Dress

The first time I saw this pattern, I about died. I LOVE it! 
I finally broke down and bought it a couple months ago, and I have made 4 of them since!  
This is my favorite one, so I thought I'd share it with you.
The pattern is called the Sunki Dress. It is from Figgy's Patterns. I love all of their patterns, check them out! The orange linen and the cotton houses fabric are from Joann's. 
I have a stack of fabric waiting to be turned into more of these when I get a chance... maybe I'll be sharing another before long! :)


Monday, March 11, 2013

Scalloped Knit Hats

Check out these darling hats my lovely sis in law made for us!!!
She is so talented! She says they were easy to make.
 I don't knit much, so I really don't have a clue!
Want to make your own? I found the free pattern/tutorial at Muita Ihania, and I bought this Martha Stewart yarn from Joann's.

They make me want to learn to knit better!


Friday, March 8, 2013

Hey, Its Me! ...With Some Necco Cupcakes

Hey guys! Its me, Sylvie! Remember me?! :) 
Sorry about the unannounced blog break! I'm back again, thank you for standing by!! 
Without further ado, I'll work on swinging right back into creating inspirational posts for ya'll! 
We had another birthday over here. This time 
I just make these cupcakes and topped them with Martha's Quick Chocolate Frosting and Necco Wafer Candies.
Super simple and fun! :)
Have a good weekend!!