Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wipes Container turned Pop-Up Fabric Squares Toy

My son loves pulling stuff...whether it be toilet paper, a dish towel, blankets, trash bags out of their box..seriously, if it can be pulled/sorted, my son's going to figure it out! I remembered seeing some tutorials (on Pinterest, of course!) about repurposing wipes containers into activity boxes for kids! So, I decided to give it a try, hoping my son will choose to pull the fabric out of the wipes container rather than pulling out our trash bags! It was super easy, taking only about 10 minutes to make!

You'll need: empty wipes case, fabric (I used some onesies that were stained/ripped & couldn't be sent to good will as well as some old wash cloths), scissors, a DVD case, & a marking device (I used a silver sharpie).

Place a DVD case on your fabric of choice (you could also use fabric scraps, t-shirts, blankets, whatever!!) and trace it's outline with your marking device. Then, cut out your square (you don't have to trace before cutting, but it does help to ensure consistency in the size of your squares).
Repeat these steps until you have a good amount of fabric to fill your wipes container.
I used a couple of onesies (cutting out 4 squares) then filled the remainder of the box with baby washcloths (there was no need to cut these as they're already in the perfect shape for the container).
So, if you're child's getting into everything or you just need a new activity for him/her, whip up this easy fabric box! Have fun!!

Here's a picture tutorial!

And here's my son playing with his new toy!
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Monday, July 16, 2012

DIY Gift | Car Wash Basket

I love giving gifts!! From picking out/making the items to choosing the perfect wrapping scheme...Ah! Love! But,  I always have trouble finding good gifts for guys...especially my dad! I mean, I've been giving gifts to this wonderful man for so many years and for multiple occasions...birthdays, Christmas', anniversaries, Father's Day...WOW! That's a lot of gifts. Needless to say, I'm starting to run out of ideas. So, when it came to his birthday present this year, I put my thinking cap on and searched the heck out of Pinterest. I saw a lot of folks posting "Gift Baskets for Guys." I knew this would be a fun idea...but what would be my theme? He had most of the items I was seeing. And then, it hit me...CAR WASH BASKET! My dad is King of washing cars. He pays close attention to detail on the tires, no streaks on the windows, no soap sud residue...perfection! But, his car wash supplies are a bit...OUTDATED! So, I went to Target and put together an awesome gift basket with all new supplies! The perfect gift for Dad! (Also keeping this idea in mind for my husband!!)

And here's pictures of each individual product...
Multipurpose microfiber towels

Heavy duty bucket

Car wash hose nozzle

Washmitt

Tire glove (this is my dad's favorite item!!)

Squeegee

Protectant and glass wipes

Car wash soap


Pretty neat, right?? Hope you find inspiration from this gift basket!


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Monday, July 2, 2012

Mini Hamburger Pies with Roasted Zucchini Sticks

Yum! Seriously, y'all? YUM!
These Bisquick-based mini hamburger pies are scrumptious! 
And the roasted zucchini is a perfect side! 
Looks good, right? Because it IS!!

Mini Hamburger Pies
I followed this recipe for the mini burger pies. 

Burger Mixture
1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)

Baking Mixture
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup Original Bisquick® mix
2 eggs

Directions

>Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 12 regular-size muffin cups with cooking spray.
>In 10-inch skillet, cook beef and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until thoroughly cooked; drain. Cool 5 minutes; stir in Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt and cheese.
>In medium bowl, stir baking mixture ingredients with whisk or fork until blended. Spoon 1 scant tablespoon baking mixture into each muffin cup. Top with about 1/4 cup burger mixture. Spoon 1 tablespoon baking mixture onto burger mixture in each muffin cup.
>Bake about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, and muffin tops are golden brown. Cool 5 minutes. With thin knife, loosen sides of muffins from pan; remove from pan and place top side up on cooling rack. Cool 10 minutes longer, and serve with garnishes.
  • Roasted Zucchini Sticks  
  • Thanks to Voracious Vander for this roasted zucchini recipe.
  • 1. Preheat oven to 425 F
  • 2. Cut your veg into 3-inch sticks, making sure they are even in thickness.
  • 3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and a light layer of olive oil.
  • 4. SEASON – go with the usual salt&pepper and branch out to one or two of the following (Choose Your Own Adventure-style): paprika, cumin, cayenne, crushed red peppers, thyme, rosemary, sage – really, whatever takes your fancy and suits your meal. Using premixed spice blends is a great option too – Italian, Mexican, Old Bay – you know, just not all at once. I used: Salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Pampered Chef Seasoning Salts
  • Lightly toss your vegetable batons with a tablespoon or so of olive oil (not too much) and the herbs and spices.
    5. Spread your seasoned veg over your lined tray and roast, tossing halfway through, for about 20 minutes or until golden and slightly browned at the edges.
  • Yum yum yum!! Enjoy, everyone!
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More T-shirt Upcycling | Work Out Tee

Oh, how I love repurposing T-shirts!
Today's featured T-shirt is the most amazing T I've ever owned...EVER! It is super soft. Although it's not a maternity top, I wore it to bed my entire pregnancy. Hence, it's worn out. I mean..WORN! When I put it on now, my husband looks at it...and I know exactly what he's thinking.. "I know it was amazing during pregnancy because it formed so well to your baby bumping shape...but you had the baby...10 months ago!" I know he's hoping to see this T in the trash...but I just couldn't say good-bye. So, instead, I'm saying "Hello!" to a new lounging/work-out tee!


I used this tutorial I found on, you guessed it, Pinterest!
For my "tie" on the back, I actually braided leftover T fabric from the sleeves and tied it around. I believe the tutorial used the excess fabric and tied a simple knot. But, that's the fun part. 
You can customize this shirt to your liking (lower neckline, etc!)
I will tell you, it didn't turn out "perfectly." It gapes here and there. But, it gave my favorite T another life! You know you want to try it. Go do it. Now. Seriously, it takes about 5 minutes! Go!
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