Thursday, April 28, 2011

banana+brown sugar+bacon

Last weekend I made this banana cake... only I added 6 slices of crispy crumbled bacon to the brown sugar topping. Hello, sweet and salty deliciousness!

It was the perfect post-game treat for these little guys... who at this point may very well care more about the snack than the T-Ball itself. Who can blame them?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

take a seat.

photo: Mel Larson
My dining table had been in desperate need
of some fun new chairs.

Kevin had this set long before we met.
They've seen better days.

I found these treasures at a local antique fair a few weeks ago.
I spent $64 on all four of them.

Technically, I'm sure they've also seen better days,
but they are new and happy to me!

Different heights for different-sized kids. Perfect.
The old schoolhouse chairs are my favorite.

They totally brighten the room.
And now, I'm in search of a cool bench
for the other side of the table!

The fun never ends.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

hoop art show off!

A few weeks ago I participated in Life Made Lovely's hoop art swap, and now we're all linking up to show off our finished products! I loved doing this, and can't wait for the next swap! I was lucky enough to be paired with Lindsay of Paint Me a Picture. She wanted something special for her "creative space".

I LOVE it! The turquoise... the 'C'... the California... the yellow painted polka dots... Perfection!

Thank you, Lindsay, and thank you, Heather, for hosting!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

soopr speller!

The phonetic spelling of a Kindergartner is priceless.

Monday, April 11, 2011

25 cents.

Why did I end up with 40 random old sewing patterns in my Joann's cart?

a) I've had big plans to make sewing pattern tissue
pom-poms when I could find enough patterns for the right price.

b) Thank you, 25 cent clearance bin.

I got several 10x15 inchers out of one pattern...
$10 for over 100 pom-poms.
They'll be put to very good use this summer!

Saturday, April 9, 2011


Does it get any cuter?

In case you live under a rock, for every pair of TOMS you buy, a pair is given to someone in need.

There has never been a better excuse for shoe shopping!

Even for a seven-month-old.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

DIY clipboard message center

I recently found this old frame at an antique fair for a couple dollars. Inspired by the clipboards Meg made us in January, plus a newly empty wall next to my laundry/craft room, my Mod Podge started calling my name. I had some vintage paper sewing patterns to upcycle (they came as wrapping in a package from this girl), but you can use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, or even fabric for this.

I painted the section of wall to frame out in Martha Stewart's Cornbread (one of twelve tester colors for less than $3 at Home Depot!), then hung the clipboards & frame. I love that the original wire hanger is exposed. Perfect for hanging a few mini clothespins.

This project is so simple and easy that I even made a few for the kids using coordinating fabric from their bedding:

{last 3 photos: Melissa Larson}