If you are like me, you read the heading to this post and started singing White Snake. If you’re not like me, I feel sorry for you because your inner soundtrack is obviously missing something… TOTAL AWESOMENESS!!! Every time I here that song, I have to break out the air drums and smile. When I actually listen to the words I have to laugh a bit because the last time I was alone on my own was about 9 years ago. It lasted for like half a minute before I met my husband, got married and started on what is now a family of four, count them FOUR amazing kids. Still, the song makes me want to surge forward and do all the things I love that get pushed to the side with the day to day of being a stay-at-home mom.
On that note, I will admit that I am attempting Kids Clothes Week Challenge (KCWC) put together by elsie marley. The challenge is to spend an hour a day sewing kids clothes for 7 days! I am already a little behind, but I do have some pieces I am working on including a cute circle skirt for my Pork Chop and some more pants for Moo. It’s daunting but exciting because although I really love to sew and create, it’s often hard to find the time.
On top of that I’ve been back to bentos with the kids’ lunches. This year I have three in school! I had conferences with my kindergartner’s teacher and when she showed me that he was having trouble recognizing some of the letters in the alphabet, I suggested that I make flash cards at home. “Even better,” she said “would be to make him letter bentos! We love the lunches you send with him every day!” I have to admit, I was a proud mamma at that moment. I came home and told him that it was totally worth it to put together those lunches. I was of course cursing that notion this morning when we were all running late and I was trying to be creative yet healthy…
It’s a busy life but today I wouldn’t trade it in for anything!
So what have you been up to lately? I want to hear all about it!
Okay, last week I was sick, sick, sick and putting on makeup was not on my list of things to do. To make up for it, I am doing TWO looks today! The Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns are playing each other today, and I thought it was the perfect time to try out a couple of new looks.
- Green Bay Packers
First up is the Packers inspired look. I really wanted to tone this look down a bit and make it wearable for everyday, so I chose to highlight the green more than the yellow. For this look I used Solar (a buttery, shimmery yellow), Clover (a brilliant emerald green), Celadon (a pale shimmery sage-y green) and Loreal’s HiP eye pencil in black. First, apply Solar (or your favorite pale yellow or gold shadow) to your entire lid. I applied it wet to intensify it some. Then gently apply Clover (or your favorite dramatic green) to the outer corner of your eye, blending it carefully into your crease to about mid-eyelid. Add a little Celadon (pale green) to the Clover, blending it. This softens the look. Finally, a dramatic black eyeliner on both top and lower lash lines gets a soft look by using a stiff flat brush to blend it gently.
Now for the Cleveland Browns look I got to use my new shades Mangosteen (a pale peach) and Mandarin (a knock-out orange). I also used Espresso (amazing bronzy brown) and little bit of Cinnamon (explosion of autumn-y brown sparkles).
Using the Mangosteen, cover your entire eyelid, concentrating the color on the inner corner of your eye. Using a damp brush, tap on the Mandarin from the center of your eyelid, extending out toward the outer corner of your eye. I did this a couple of times to build up the color. Then using a big fluffy eye brush, blend the Mandarin in towards the inner corner of your eye. Using a small domed brush, add some Espresso to the outer corner of your eye blending into the crease towards the center of your eyelid. I uses Espresso again with a wet liner brush to line my upper and lower lids. Finally I used the Cinnamon to add some dramatic sparkles to my eyelid (I wish this showed up in the photo better).
Enjoy these new looks! Do you have a favorite team you would like to see interpreted into a hot new eye look? Leave a comment and you just may see it in an upcoming post!
All eyeshadows used for these looks are available at Orglamix on Etsy.
We carved our pumpkins today! After arranging them on the livingroom floor, we let the kids pick theirs (even little Bubba grabbed for one) and then my husband and I picked ours. I was wondering if Short Stack would like carving pumpkins this year, but NOPE! She HATES HATES HATES (her words, not mine) the goo. She would barely stick her hand inside her pumpkin. Bubba on the other hand decided that the pumpkins (goo and all) looked delicious. We spent most of the time trying to grab chunks of pumpkin out of his mouth. He’d just wait till our attention was on something else, pull the top off one of the pumpkins and chow down! Our pumpkins certainly attest to our different personalities. My husband did his and Bubba’s going for simple large shapes. My daughter decided to color hers with marker and then instructed me on the shapes she wanted. I decided to go a little crazy this year and test my artistic abilities when it came to pumpkin carving. Can you guess which one it is? I really had a blast and was inspired by the book Dr. Pompo’s Nose by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers. Check out books by these authors at your local library. They are totally cute (and amazing!!!)
Do you have any pumpkin carving traditions? How about your classic roasted pumpkin seed recipes? Please share!!
Living in Maryland, I’m excited to see my first New England Fall. Even now, some of the leaves are beginning to turn. My daughter and I had planned to make cupcakes today, and when we were trying to decided which color of frosting to make, we decided to look out our own front door. Gracie found her perfect leaf (and this is no small task for a 4 year old perfectionist) and we headed inside to mix frosting.
Well, here they are, the fruits of our labor – We used a basic yellow cake mix, then filled the cupcakes with some of my homemade Caramel Tiramisu frosting. Then alternating spoonfulls of each color, we filled a pastry bag and used a large star tip to create the mix of colors you see here (also with Caramel Tiramisu frosting). Then came the real test- how did they taste? I’m not really sure because both kids have their mouth full of yummy frosted cupcakes, but the smiles on their faces hint that just maybe we hit a homerun!
Fall Inspiration Cupcakes
Delicious Caramel Tiramisu Frosting
Liz’s Super Luscious Caramel Tiramisu Frosting
Cream together 1 cup real unsalted butter (softened) and 1 cup shortening. Slowly add about 1 cup confectioner sugar (you’ll need about 4 cups total). Stir in about 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a good glug of Coffee Mate Tiramisu flavored creamer (you can get this by the milk at your grocery store). Add another couple of cups of confectioner sugar (this is all to taste, so make sure you sneak a fingerfull or two while you’re doing this). Add another couple of glugs of the creamer and then about 4-5 tablespoons of your favorite caramel syrup (I like Dulce de Leche syrup by Hershey’s). This recipe will make plenty to cover a cake or 24 cupcakes (this depends on how much frosting you like on yours!). I used a batch this size to fill and frost about 18 cupcakes with some left over to put on graham crackers for a small treat.
Fun places to visit if you want some cupcake inspiration:
When we moved from Idaho to Maryland, we sold almost everything we owned, including most of our kitchen items. Well, with the weather getting colder, my husband and I have been craving some slow cooker goodness, and this weekend we bought a brand new crock pot and lots of yummy beans, meats and veggies. Also on sale this weekend was pork ribs, so we bought a bunch of them… SOOOOOOO good!! Here’s my recipe:
Liz’s Super Delicious Pork Ribs
The day before you’re going to make these puppies, pull them out and dry rub them. I use coarse ground salt, coarse pepper, cumin, light brown sugar and honey. Make sure you completely cover both sides of the ribs. Then wrap them up (I just use parchment paper or saran wrap) and stick them in the fridge. The next day, take them out and drop them in your slow cooker. Add your favorite BBQ sauce and slice up an onion (I like Vidallia or Walla Walla Sweets). Set your cooker on high for about an hour and a half. After that, switch it to low (you might need to add a bit more BBQ sauce) and let that cook for about 3 hours or so. We checked ours after 2 1/2 and the meat was just falling off the bones! Soooooo good!
Whatever doesn’t get eaten the first night we use to make simple, delicious sandwiches: 2 slices sourdough bread, one side toasted, and your favorite cheese – I like smoked gouda or havarti, but you can use anything. Sharp cheddar would give it a nice bite! Just put some chunked up slices of pork ribs on one slice of bread, top with cheese and throw it in the oven at about 350F for a few minutes to melt the cheese and heat the meat. Meanwhile, toast top slice of bread and slather with mayo and mustard. Slap it together with a little BBQ sauce if you like and voila! Deeee-lish!
I’ve been in a fall funk lately, and just not inspired to make anything new for my shop… well, the other night I sat down and forced myself to start doodling – I happened to be listening to James Taylor at the time (one of my favorites!) and was humming along to “Shower the People”. The cards came out kind of cutesy but whimsical.
Happy Little Rain Cloud Note Card
Shower the People with Love Note Card
I’m also going to be adding a Happy Veggie line of cards to my shop… here’s a preview of one of the cards… it’s not even listed yet! I just love carrots and I’ll be adding more not only to The Paper Bluebird, but to my other shop Bluebird Gifts. There’s just something so fun and happy about the orange and green together.
The Smiling Carrot Note Card
I’d love to hear what you think… do you like the new cards? Hate them? What do you want to see? I’m really excited to hear from you all!
Till next time 🙂