DIY chic bracelets

14 Aug
Ta da-easy bracelets!  Very simple and also chic!  Tutorial found all over internet and here’s my favorite blog spot

For single, adjustable gold tube bracelets, you’ll need:

Start by cutting the knotting cord into 2 12 inch pieces. Thread a gold noodle tube bead through one of the strands and cross the ends.

And now, all that’s left is the sliding closure! Similar to our macrame bracelet, fold the 2nd strand over the overlapping ends and start tying square knots. Fold the top cord over the bottom cord . . .

. . . and bring the top cord under both the bottom and middle overlapping strands through the loop, into a knot.

Repeat the same step on the right side.

Continue to make 5-6 more knots.

To finish the knots, thread one of the cords onto a needle and sew up the center of 2-3 knots along the backside. Pliers will help pull the needle through the tight knots.

Trim away any excess cord.

Thread two gold spacer beads onto each cord and tie the tips into a knot. Trim.

Your adjustable & colorful bracelets are done!

DIY leather earrings

12 Aug

Needed a quick DIY to focus on something other than marathon training and general malaise over kids going back to school.  Tutorial was found on

DIY Fringe Earrings

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What you need:

(2) 2″ x 3/4″ strips of faux-suede

(2) hook earwires

(2) ribbon end clamps

1 pair jewelry pliers

1 pair scissors

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Use the pliers to put ribbon clamps on the ends of both suede pieces

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Cut the bottom of each suede piece to a point

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Mark back of each suede piece at every 1/8″

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Cut strips at each 1/8″ mark to create fringe

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Hook earwires to ribbon clamps and close with pliers to secure

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DIY horse shirt

9 Aug
I made this t-shirt to go with a pinstripe skirt for my daughter’s back to school wardrobe.  Found the tutorial on one of my absolute favorite blogs,  It’s wicked clever and pays homage to well designed vintage.

Hand Stamped D.I.Y. Pony Print Dress

Pony stamp dressHi there! I made a hand stamped pony print dress this week. It was so much fun and something that you can do on any skill level! The best part is that the end result is a custom dress that’s one of a kind! 

Pony stamp how-toTo stamp my dress I used this method. If you’ve never made a foam stamp read this how-to. My pony stamp was pretty large (about 4 inches long) which made the spacing a little bit more tricky. Smaller stamps are definitely easier to work with, plus my dress had pockets to work around! When searching for a dress to stamp, look for something in a solid color that flatters your body. You will want to avoid a lot of ruffles or ruching. Cotton is an easy fabric choice. I picked my dress up at Target! 1. Create your own stamp. You can print out an image from the internet and trace it if you need help illustrating your object. I chose a pony because it reminds me of my grandmother, Corina. 2. Cut your stamp out and mount it if you like. I chose not to mount mine because it was so large, it was easier for me to place it unmounted. 3. Use tape to mark the spacing on your dress where you will be stamping. This will help to make the spacing consistent. 4. Stamp your object using fabric paint. I would brush paint on my stamp before each application. Since my stamp was larger the impression was less perfect so I used a small paint brush to do touch ups along the way! Be sure to let each section dry completely before moving to the next section. Practice makes perfect!  
Pony stamp dress 2Pony stamp dress 3I’m super happy with the end result. I want to make another one soon with a dachshund and a pug! What kind of stamp do you want to make? XOXO. elsie 


DIY pretty petal shirt

7 Aug
Megan and I made these t-shirts for back to school wardrobe additions!  We followed the easy instructions on
Petal Tees Tutorial!
I love the colorful, unique look of this shirt, and it can be made in only four steps!
Hooray quick and easy refashions!
  • First cut “petal” shapes out of knit scraps in two different sizes. Cut enough to go around your neckline overlapping half of each other. I used 22 each of the large and medium size for my large scoop neck.
  • Lay the larger ones across your neckline, overlapping by half. (don’t skimp on the overlap, you don’t want to see through when it stretches!
  • Then lay one smaller petal where the larger petals overlap each other. Pin well.
  • And sew on with a narrow zigzag stitch. You’re done!
For a little more elegant look, I used the same technique to refashion a sunny yellow tank that Paige had in her closet, using three different shades of yellow nylon Chiffon.

World’s best chicken recipe

6 Aug
The weekend was crazy busy again with running, kids birthday parties and my husband getting ready to travel again for work.  Saturday’s dinner was thrown together last-minute after I googled ‘quick and easy chicken recipe’ and this caught my attention.  Even my little food critic Rosie thought this was a winner, winner chicken dinner.  I discovered this awesome diddy on  You should check out her site because it’s cute and user-friendly.  I included a picture of Rosie post dinner who had just told me she made up a song called ‘hey, hey, hey, I like chicken a lot and Anni a little.’



Pour mustard mixture over chicken. No need to marinate. I love that because I hate marinating/often forget to until it’s too late.



Bake for 40 minutes or until meat thermometer reads 165 degrees. Season with rosemary. Prepare for people to ask you to make it again!



Cuban pork sandwich recipe

3 Aug

This was on the menu tonight and it was amazing.  I adjusted the recipe a bit; mainly added the dry rub the prior evening and then threw pork into crock pot with marinade.  Lastly, added coleslaw to homemade buns.  This is my daughter performing after dinner dance show.  Impromptu dance numbers are really adorable although a tad lengthy would be my critique. 


7 lbs pork shoulder
1 cup dried ancho chile (powder)
13 cup paprika
3 tbsps oregano (ground)
3 tbsps ground coriander
3 tbsps dry mustard
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp black pepper (fresh ground)
2 tsps chiles (arbol)
6 lbs pork shoulder
black pepper
14 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tbsps dijon mustard
2 tsps honey
12 tsp peppercorn (black)
12 canola oil
1 cup green onion
14 cup red wine vinegar
2 serrano chilies
2 tbsps mayonnaise
black pepper
12 cup pure olive oil
1 head cabbage (purple, finely shredded)
1 red onion (halved and thinly sliced)
14 cup cilantro
1 tsp honey


1 Pork shoulder dry rub.
2 Add, ancho chili powder, paprika, ground dried oregano, ground coriander, dry mustard, ground cumin, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, chile de arbol, Salt and freshly ground black pepper.
3 combine all these dry ingredients and rub the pork shoulder with it. I let it sit in the fridge for about 24 hours but you can use immediately if you like. If you do refrigerate it, make sure one you remove it from the refrigerator you let it come to room temperature before you start cooking it.
4 soak your wood chips in water for about half an hour before use.
5 Smoke it for about 5 or 6 hours at about 225 degrees.
6 Add fresh wood chips every 45 minutes or so.
7 Cook until internal temperature reads about 155 or 160.
8 let it sit for about half an hour before pulling the meat.
9 Black pepper vinegar sauce.
10 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar.
11 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard.
12 2 teaspoons honey.
13 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns.
14 Salt.
15 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola/olive oil blend Water, if needed.
16 Add Rice wine Vinegar, Dijon Mustard, honey, peppercorns and salt in a blender and drizzle the oil until a good consistency is reached. if its too thick add some water.
17 Slaw.
18 Cut all vegetables and put in large bowl.
19 combine vinegar, mayonnaise, salt and pepper, and honey in a blender. while blending the dressing, slowly drizzle in the olive oil to emulsify.
20 Toss vegetation with the dressing and it should be ready to go.
21 maybe add salt and pepper to taste but that should be a good amount.
22 Pull the pork and put it on buns of your choice. Add the Black pepper vinegar sauce on the meat and then finish with a heap of the slaw.

Chicken roll recipe

3 Aug

I need to preface these instructions by first telling you my six-year-old took one look at this dinner and exclaimed “chicken and broccoli, nothing could be grosser!”  Yep, not a kid’s favorite, although my husband and I loved it.  My three-year old followed suit with Anni and also claimed “it’s isgusting!”  This is Rosie talk for disgusting.  Give this website try though because it is filled with tasty and healthy meals

Stuffed Chicken Rolls

Stuffed Chicken RollsMakes 4 servings
4 5-oz boneless chicken breasts, no skin
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/3 cup ricotta cheese
1/3 cup frozen chopped spinach or broccoli
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 beaten egg white
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon each salt & pepper
Here’s a favorite “good enough for company” chicken dish. An added bonus is the nutritional punch of spinach. Cube leftovers to top garden salads for work lunches, too!
Preheat oven to 350 F.  Coat a shallow baking pan with cooking spray or use a nonstick Silpat liner.
Pound the chicken breasts 1/4″ thick. Sprinkle on both sides with salt, pepper and onion powder.  In a medium bowl mix together the mozzarella, Parmesan, egg white and garlic powder.  Stir in the spinach or broccoli, set aside.
Place 1/4 of the cheese mixture at one end of each chicken breast and roll up burrito style, tucking in the sides.  Place seam side down on baking sheet treated with cooking spray or . Spray tops of chicken with nonstick spray or a money saving Misto oil sprayer.
Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden and cheese begins to ooze. Remove from heat, let sit for 5 minutes and serve!

DIY butterfly embellishments

1 Aug
Megan and I used this tutorial to embellish a bag!  Thank you
It’s so easy to make, you’ll feel guilty about giving it as a Mother’s Day present!
Although, cutting out the butterflies will probably take you a good 40 minutes, but that’s nothing a cup of tea and a Jane Austen DVD can’t solve, right?
1. Starting with a pillow form (or an old, plain throw pillow), cut enough felt to fit around the pillow with about 4-5″ of overlap on top, and no more than 1/2″ overlap on the sides:
2. With the fabric still wrapped around the pillow, put a pin in each corner to mark a centered working space:

3. Print out this little template:

And cut out 16 felt butterflies in whichever colors your little heart desires.

4. Take the pillow cover off, and pin the butterflies on, within your marked space.

5. Then stitch around the butterfly bodies, like so:

6. With the pillow cover inside out, wrap it around your pillow and pin the top overlap, as pictured, then slip the pillow out, and sew both sides closed.

Turn it right-side-out, and use the slit in the back to put your pillow form back in! All done!

DIY lolly shirt

29 Jul

I whipped this up today while chatting about bug procreation with my six-year-old.  Kidd not, my daughter comes up with the most random, hilarious questions.  Today as I sewed she asked me how ‘squishy’ bugs have babies.  I digress, saw the tutorial on and immediately thought Rosie would look adorable in a lolly tee!

Both versions are quick and easy and can be made with small scraps! Yay! Brooklyn’s is made with scraps of old t-shirts.
And Paige’s version is a swirly reverse applique. A bit of ribbon and tulle finish them off!
To make a reverse applique lolly:
1. Cut a scrap of fabric slightly larger than your design and pin it to the inside of the front of the shirt with the right side facing down.
2. Turn the shirt right side out and use a sewing pen or quilter’s chalk to draw a swirl on the front.
3. Sew the fabrics together along the swirly pattern.
4. Use sharp scissors to cut in between each layer of swirly stitches.
5. Trim away extra as needed as evenly as possible. (Gently slide scissors backward slightly as you cut for a more even cut.)
6. Pin a few inches of ribbon to lollipop, folding under the edges, and sew on with a ribbon or tulle bow on top.
The curled-up edges probably won’t appear until your shirt has gone through the wash. (Or not at all if it’s ribbed knit.) And don’t worry about the unfinished edges; they won’t fray!

To make a scrappy lolly:
1. Cut .5″ strips of t-shirt knit in three different colors.
2. Draw your lollipop onto the front of the shirt with a sewing pen or quilter’s chalk.
3. Pin the first color on and sew it to your shirt along the drawn lines.
4. Pin and sew the next color right next to the first.
5. Repeat for the third color.
6. Finish by sewing on a few inches of ribbon with the raw edges folded under and a ribbon or tulle bow.

DIY hair clip

29 Jul

I made this hair clip because we were inspired by the Olympics taking place in London currently. This is our spin on the British flag. I sewed along the x’s and used craft glue to adhere it to the back of a clip.  I bought the clip from Sally’s, the beauty supply store.