A bee in my bonnet.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

I get a bee in my bonnet if the house is not organized.  I can't help it.  It messes with my mind.  I am a very visual person so if a space is not perfect it will bug me till it's fixed.  We have a "multi-purposed/ girl's playroom"  that just always seems to be messy so last week I was determined to get it cleaned up and organized. I gave a way a ton of toys that they no longer play with and rearranged the ones they do.  I also wanted to make the space a little more playful and colorful for them.
Here's are the simple little things I did.

I really thought about the space and how it could be used better so I moved the furniture around to open the room.  Lily loves that she can now sit and use the table. 

I made these galvanized tins for her to put stickers, markers and other craft stuff in.  These are easy to make.  You can find the tins at any craft store (sometimes you can find them at $1 Spot at Target.) I also picked up big stickers the ones used for selling your home or car and used them to label the tins. Then I glued little rhinestones on them for color.

I thought you could even drill these into the wall if you wanted.

I added these playful colored dots to their bookshelf.  They are removable. It gives the room  little splash of color.



I also made them some personalized artwork. 

All you need is a canvas, the lettering (decals) that you would like and mod podge. 

Good ole' Mod Podge.  Use to get crazy with this stuff while in art school ;)

I got the  decals from Target but you can get them from anywhere: Michaels, Homegoods, Etsy.

I spaced the letters where I wanted them and then mod podged them underneath and then on top!  Making sure to do the whole canvas so it looks smooth.  Did a "Lily and Claire's Room of Play" and "Create * Imagine" for Lily's desk.

Last thing  I bought each of them a personalized bean bag chairs from Pottery Barn Kids. 
 They love them Lily will chill in this bean bag every morning watching tv with her blanket and gives me and the hubby an extra 30 minutes of sleep!  Priceless!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  Dont' forget about blog hop.  Goes till Tuesday night;)

Fabulous Friday Follow

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Blog Hop is to move from one blog to another, reading posts and leaving comments. Where the mission is to find new great blogs and to gain more followers on your blog!It's 100% for FUN!

September 23th-28th

Every Friday begins with Fabulous Friday Follow Blog Hop
here at Lily's Laundry and  2Giggle Boxes.

Here's what you do...

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2. Click on the Linky Tool below and add your blog.
3. Check out the other blogs on "Fabulous Friday Follow"

Linky will close on Tuesday evening at 12 PM PST

Thanks to everyone who comes back for FFF every week.
We appreciate it.   Happy Fabulous Friday!

Happy Following!
XOXO, Laura and Sarah

On a side note I will be catching up this weekend with following everyone back!!!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Yummy.  I was in Newport Beach this past weekend and they have this awesome store called Sur la Table.  I saw these doughnut (this is how they have it spelled on pan, kind of cute huh ;) pans.  I had to have and wanted to try.  They were great. Perfect for kids hands and hubby loved so wanted to share. This recipe was on the pan.

What you need...
2 cups of cake flour, sifted
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs beaten
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray Doughnut Pan with nonstick cooking spray and flour.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together cake flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg and salt.  Add buttermilk, eggs, and butter.  Beat until just combined.  
Fill holes on 2/3's the way full.  
About to large spoon fulls. Don't overfill or they will spill over.

Bake about 7-9 minutes or until the top of the doughnuts spring  back when touched.  Let cool in pan for 4-5 minutes before removing.  Finish doughnuts with chocolate glaze, cinnamon sugar or powered sugar, sprinkles. Makes 12 Doughnuts.

I topped mine with cinnamon and sugar using 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon.  I melted the butter, dipped cooled doughnut in and then dipped in cinnamon sugar mixture.

My Tips 
Start with baking less you don't want them dry.  Think about adding something to the mixture like chocolate chips, sprinkles, vanilla, strawberry or almond extract.  I will try something different next time and let you know how they turn out.


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