Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Introducing.... Sprinkles for Sprouts & a special offer for TOTEally Posh readers!

My cousin, Lisa, just opened an Etsy Shop called Sprinkles for Sprouts.  Don't you just love the name?  When you see what she makes, you'll understand just how perfect the name is.

She is a stay-at-home mom of two precious children and also an AMAZING photographer.  (If you've seen any of our professional pictures of Elizabeth, Lisa is the photographer.... to see her photography website click HERE)  She has always been crafty, but once she started her photography business several years back, she found that she loved making hair accessories for the infants that she photographs.  This idea blossomed into Sprinkles for Sprouts!  She just opened her shop a few days ago and her headbands have been selling like hotcakes!

Here is a sampling of some of the items in her shop and her amazing photography skills:

Lisa is so gracious to offer TOTEally Posh readers a special offer!  
Buy 3, Get 1 Free (equal or lesser value)
Head over to Sprinkles for Sprouts and take advantage of this deal she is offering!

She will also be adding big girl headbands soon!  

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

Does this time of year make you want to make pumpkin pie?  
Well, if so, you HAVE to try this recipe that my sweet friend, Jennifer, recently shared with me!

Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

29 oz can pumpkin
1 c sugar
1/4 brown sugar
1/4 t each of all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger
1/8 t cloves

Mix well and add:
4 eggs, beaten
13 oz evaporated milk

Pour into well greased 9x13 pan

Sprinkle the following on top:
1 yellow cake mix
1 c chopped pecans
Drizzle 2 sticks of melted butter

Bake at 350 for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean
Oh, it's so good just like this, but Jennifer suggested serving warm with vanilla ice cream.  

Since I cut a piece to share with you, I guess I'll have to go eat it now! ;) 

Oh, here's a picture of my little helper
I was pretty impressed with those spice towers!

Tomorrow, I'll share another one of my favorite pumpkin recipes with you.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

Go VOLS!!!

I whipped up these ruffle pants for Elizabeth to wear while we were in Knoxville last weekend. 
 I've decided that this will be here Gameday outfit this fall!

Oh, won't they be cute for Halloween, too? 

Enjoy your Saturday whoever you're rooting for!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What would you do with this?

A few years back, Daniel's grandparents sold their home and moved into a retirement community.  In the midst of moving, they offered Daniel a pile to take if he wanted anything.  Daniel came home with this barrel.
He had planned to put in in the shed outside to store rakes, shovels, etc.  However, when I heard his plan, I protested, saying that I could do something clever with it indoors.  He and his parents still laugh that I wanted to keep it.
I'm still trying to decide what I want to do with it.  I've used it as a bedside table in our bedroom, but now that I found real bedside tables, I had to move it.  Currently, it is holding our brand new Waterford China that we don't have room to put anywhere else.  

Any suggestions?

 I do know I don't want to cover up the original Lenox label.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

My Other Brother David

I have one brother David that I have known all my life.  My other brother, David, is actually my brother-in-law.... Daniel's brother.

This past weekend, we went to Knoxville to visit my husband's family.  Every couple months we visit, but this weekend was different.  It was one that we have prayed for and dreamed about for a long time.  It was the first weekend that David was out of prison.  It was the first time I had ever laid eyes on him outside of prison walls.  For the past 13 years, David has been serving time some bad choices that he made when he was just barely an adult.  For those of you who don't know the story, you can listen to it HERE (This is David Skidmore, youth minister at North Boulevard Church of Christ, speaking).

I have only been around the story for about 5 1/2 years, when Daniel and I met.  Since then, we have been having conversations imagining what it will be like when David gets out.  I don't think anything could have prepared us for this weekend.  We were so happy to have him with us.  We were able to go shopping, out to eat, and to church as a family.

I am so thankful to be a part of this family.  I've seen what it looks like to have a stronger faith in God when other's would lose faith.  I've seen forgiveness.  I've seen unconditional love.  I've seen acceptance.  I've seen hope.  I now know what it looks like to not give up on a child.

I'm just so glad that we can all be together!  Most of all I can't wait to see what God has in store for David!

We were even able to take some family pictures!

It's so weird to see him in regular clothes!
David on left.  Daniel on right.

David with Elizabeth

Mark and Betty with their two boys that they are so proud of!

Need a Quick & Inexpensive Baby Gift? {My Taggie Blanket Tutorial}

There are so many babies being born around me right now!  So exciting, but that means LOTS of gifts to give and that can get expensive.  

My solution? 
I love giving handmade gifts and one of my favorite gifts to give is Taggie Blankets.

These are so easy to make!

Items Needed:
Sewing Machine
Plastic Bag or other krinkly material

Step 1:  Cut two squares of fabric the same size.  I usually make mine about 8--10" square.  This will be the front and back of your blanket.  I like to use terry cloth or flannel because it is soft for babies.  In this tutorial, I am using terry cloth.

Step 2: Cut ribbon in lengths of about 2-3".  I use a variety of ribbon so it is interesting for baby to touch and see.  

Step 3:  Fold ribbon lengths in half and pin to one square of fabric with the loop end of the folded ribbon facing inward.  (Be sure to pin with ends of pins facing the outer part of the square so they can easily be removed.  In this picture, I accidently pinned a few facing inward.  It can still work, but it is more difficult to remove the pins.)

Step 4:  Place the other square of fabric on top of the pinned ribbons and pin down.

Step 5:  Sew around the square leaving a 2" hole for turning right side out.  If this hole interferes with one of your ribbons, just remove that ribbon and insert during step 8. Remove all pins.

Step 6:  Turn right side out.  

Step 7:  Cut plastic bags in squares the same size as you cut your fabric and insert the pieces into the square. 

Step 8:  Turn edges of hole towards the inside and sew closed.  (If you had to remove a ribbon for the hold in step 5, stick in in and sew it closed.

Step 6:  Press edges for a cleaner finish and top stitch about a 1/4" inside the square.  You're done!

Pair this with an appliqued onesie and 
you have a perfect gift made with love!

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