Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Two Family Favs In One Easy Dish

There are two meals I can always count on to make my family happy: pizza and tacos.  So why not combine them into one delicious dish? 
Yes, please!
First I made my Simple Pizza Crust (recipe HERE)
I baked each crust without toppings.  While those cooked....
I browned some ground beef.  Added some taco seasonings and black beans.
Spread a thin layer of refried beans on each crust.  Top with ground beef mixture and grated cheese. (I used a mixture of colby and monterey jack) I also tossed on a few black olives.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
We completed it with our favorite cold taco toppings - lettuce, chopped tomato, avocado, and sour cream.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

DIY Embellished Sweatshirt

I'm seeing embellished sweatshirts all over Pinterest and DIY blogs.  They seem to be quite a thing this season. And why not? The comfort and ease of sweats - with a little bling! This was a DIY project I simply had to take on!

An inexpensive sweatshirt, some sparkly trim and sew on gems

Sewed the trim around the collar
Add the sew-on gems in a simple pattern

And there you have it! One embellished sweatshirt.  For less than $10 and created in under 30 minutes!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Queen B's Chunky Blue Scarf

Chunky Blue Cowl Scarf
The colors of this yarn brought to mind a clear, cold, winter sky. That's how I knew it had to be crafted into a big warm chunky cowl!

Approximately 11 inches wide.

Handcrafted without following a formal pattern. One of a kind!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Cozy Twisted Cowl Crocheted Scarf

Now available at Queen B's Busy Work:

Cozy Twisted Cowl Crocheted Scarf

Cozy cowl scarf. Crocheted from soft bulky yarn reflecting the colors of a mountain sunset.
Hand crafted with a natural twist built into the construction.

Crafted without use of a formal pattern - making this scarf truly one-of-a-kind!

Monday, October 7, 2013

How to Give a Plain Cardigan A Makeover

I have what might be referred to by some as a "closet full of cardigans".  And most of them are plain, simple sweaters.  Many of which don't get much wear.  Or they get worn so much that I start to get a little bored with them.  Sometimes this gal's heart desires something a little frilly... a little sparkly... a little more embellished.  It was time for a makeover!

Before: plain, simple... boring black cardigan
I picked out a black yarn with some sparkle, and some new buttons
Started by sewing a running straight stitch along the sides of the button plackets
Using those stitches as a foundation row, I worked two double crochet into each stitch
At the end of the row, I worked 3 chain stitches and turned, then worked 2 double crochet into each double crochet of the first row. Fasten off at the end of the row.
Remove plain buttons and sew on new, sparkly buttons.

**Repeat all steps on the other side of cardigan front**
Voila!  New girly black cardigan with a little more frill and a little more sparkle!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Autumn Porch Decor

The Porch is completely decorated for Autumn!  I would like to add a large pumpkin next to the potted mums.  And maybe some sort of cute lantern to go with.  But I'm content with the way it is as of now.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Pumpkin Syrup

Homemade Pumpkin Syrup - perfect for making pumpkin spice lattes!

Pumpkin Syrup

1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated syrup
2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Heat water and sugar over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently.
Add pumpkin puree and spices.  Reduce heat to low and simmer 5 to 7 minutes.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer or cheese cloth.
Store in lidded container.  Refrigerate up to 2 months.

To make pumpkin latte: add 2 tablespoons syrup to coffee, along with cream and sweeten to taste.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Autumn Hanging Basket

Autumn has arrived.  Which means the flowers on the porch are well past their prime and it's time for a change.  What to do with my hanging basket?  A little stalking around Pinterest...  a shopping trip to Michaels and the dollar store - and I was ready to give it an autumn makeover!

Before: empty, dull, dreary

Add a little pumpkin

Tuck in a couple of fall floral picks with autumn leaves, berries, acorns, and pine cones

Wrap the basket with some colorful leaf garland

A few more colorful autumn leaves...

Voila!  A pretty seasonal porch accessory!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thanksgiving Turkey Hat

Just wanted to share this hat I made for my favorite little turkey.  He can wear it to gobble up all the goodies at our Thanksgiving feast in November.

(yes, I do make myself laugh)

This was the closest thing I could get to a good picture of the grand baby wearing the hat.  Kid would NOT be still! 

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Falling For Autumn

Autumn is my very favorite season.

What's not to like? Cooler weather, colorful leaves, delicious apple and pumpkin dishes.  It's all good!

I also look forward to switching out the summery touches I have had around the house for the past several months and putting out all my autumn themed decor!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Home Coffee Station

You could say I'm a coffee fan. (You would be making a bit of an understatement, but still...)

So, naturally, when I saw the idea of a "coffee station" for the home - I was all over it!  I was in the middle of a little painting makeover of an old dry sink cabinet we keep in the dining room, and I knew this was the perfect spot to set up my own little coffee center. 

 After finishing the painting and installing new hardware...
A few glass jars to hold coffee, sugar, and tea...
The addition of a few decorative items such as the female offspring's tea-for-one teapot, my White Star Line (Titanic) inspired creamer, some crocheted rounds to use as spoon rests, and a cute printable...

 Our coffee center is ready to supply all our caffeine cravings!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Laundry Room Make Over

I recently got to a point where I was tired of feeling as if my laundry room is sort of the armpit of the house.  It always seems to look a little cluttered and messy no matter what.  

I wasn't ready to sink a lot of time or money into it, and in fact, it hasn't been that long since the Man of the House gave it a fresh coat of sunny yellow paint, some shelves, and new flooring.  But it still seemed as if it needed some sort of a pick-me-up makeover!  A few nice touches to spruce up the feel of the room.



After a little bit of time searching Pinterest - I had a couple of easy little ideas to make the space a little more pleasant.
I revamped an old garden theme sign by painting it black and making a "Laundry" sign

New containers to hold laundry supplies makes the shelves look less cluttered 
A planter from Michael's for dryer sheets.  A cute mint canister from World Market for the detergent. Basket from Target to hide the fabric softener ball, stain remover and fabric refresher.  Recycled bottle and jar for oxi-clean and liquid fabric softener. (and the best part - I found all of these items on sale!)
And a few nice touches for the wall shelf.  The crown picture came from Michael's.  The Wash and Dry plaques I made (more on those in a future post!)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

I Love You Because...

I don't know about you, but in our house sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and start taking each other for granted. Which makes it nice to have this little message board to remind each other of all the little things that make us love and appreciate each other! 

I found the idea for this project on Pinterest.  You can find the original tutorial for it HERE.

It's easy peasy!  Just print out the phrase on some pretty scrapbook paper.   Place it in a frame (I got mine at the dollar store... cause I'm cheap thrifty)   Set it up in a place of honor - this one sits on the dresser in our bedroom.  And add your own little ending using dry erase markers. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

There's A Bee On The Porch

I adore my new little queen bee!  

She is just adorable sitting on the little table on the back deck.

And I like her even more because she was originally about $18 at Michaels and I found her on clearance for 80% off!
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