Monday, February 28, 2011

Purex Complete Crystals Giveaway!!

I am a Purex insider and was recently sent a sample of their new Purex® Complete Crystals Softener. I used it and I  love it. It smells so good, it's easy to use and doesn't leave spots on clothes like other liquid softeners can sometimes do. I used the Fresh Spring Waters scent and it made my laundry smell wonderful!

    I am giving away 2 free bottles of Purex® Complete Crystals Softener to 2 of my followers!!!

Here is what Purex has to say about this new product:

Purex® Complete Crystals Softener FACT SHEET

Introducing Purex® Complete Crystals SoftenerTM*; a purer way to get laundry that smells clean and fresh for weeks. 92% natural, this product’s unique crystal form works differently than traditional oil-based softeners that coat fabrics with oily residue, because it infuses fibers with long-lasting fragrance. In addition, since you add it directly with your laundry, this means no more waiting for the rinse cycle, no messy residual gunk in your washing machine, and no more stains from spilling liquid fabric softener.

Why struggle with plastic fabric softener balls, risk staining your clothes or waste time waiting for the rinse cycle? Simply add Purex Complete Crystals Softener directly with your laundry at the beginning of every wash cycle to infuse fabrics with long lasting freshness.

Laundry scent lovers will perk up as freshness is infused into clothes with this new fabric softener. Over time, traditional oil-based softeners coat fibers causing harmful oily residue to accumulate. Purex Complete Crystals Softeners penetrate fabrics to reduce fiber entanglement and smooth frayed fibers providing a naturally soft feel.

Do ALL of your laundry—worry free! Purex Complete Crystals Softeners are safe for all laundry and will not harm, wear down or discolor your fabrics like oil-based softeners. Safe for all fabrics, including baby clothes, athletic wear, towels, and whites.
Unlike other softeners, Crystals WILL:
• Preserve the flame retardant benefits of your children’s clothes
• Retain your athletic wear’s wicking ability which draws sweat away from your body
• Maintain your towels’ built-in ability to absorb water
• Keep your white clothing from yellowing and graying vs. using traditional softeners

The product won’t harm your clothes and is safe and convenient for the entire family!

Purex Complete Crystals Softener is available in three on-trend fragrances: Fresh Spring Waters TM, Lavender Blossom TM, and Tropical Splash.

 Get your own bottle by becoming a follower and leave a comment here telling me you did . If you already follow leave a comment here telling me which scent you think you might like!

Giveaway ends March 14th!

The winners will be selected by and your coupon for a free bottle will be sent right out to you!

American Crafter Final Results

Today the final results are in for American Crafter!! I came in 3rd place :) This was such a great time and I'm so happy I got to be apart of it! Thank you everyone for voting!! 

Here is a look at all my projects for the competition. I really love them all.

 I also want to share that I spent only $9.00 total on all my crafts. I used things I already had around the house to create my projects. It was fun seeing what I could come up with. It shows you don't need a lot of money to create beautiful, fun crafts! 

Thank you again for voting!!!


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anthropologie Inspired Bag

For my last American Crafter Submission I have made a Anthropologie inspired bag. The original cost $498.00! Mine was only $9.00.

I think it's a cute bag, so cute I decided to make a mini one for my daughter.

 I used red gingham and a tan linen fabric. I have never done piping before so I did sort of a faux piping by putting a small strip of contrasting fabric between the front and back of the bag. 

I love it but I love the price tag even more! Don't forget to vote!!! Voting Starts Friday and ends Sunday at midnight!!

Click HERE to vote!

Monday, February 21, 2011

I made it to the final round of American Crafter! Thank you so much for your votes! This has been a lot of fun and I have enjoyed being apart of this competition. The final round theme is contestants choice, I think I know what my project will be. I have to get started tomorrow, voting is Friday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Pottery Barn Wanna Be Owl Bookends

I was looking at Pottery Barn the other day and I saw these cute owl bookends! My youngest daughter has an owl room and I thought they would be adorable in there. I figured I could make my own version from the fabric I already had and save my $30.00.

I first made a pattern for the owls, then cut out the fabric I needed for them. I also used felt for the eyes and some scrap flannel I had for the wings.

I hand embroidered everything in place before I sewed then together.

Once they were put together I stuffed them and put rice at the bottom to weigh them down.

I think they are pretty cute for wanna be's!

Week 3 Voting begins for American Crafter

Today voting is open for American Crafter. This weeks theme is Vintage.

Go on over to Naptime Crafters and check out all the projects, then vote for your top 3 favorite. My project is the Dressing Table Re-Do. Voting is open till Sunday at midnight!!


Thank you for voting! 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I am being featured over at Knock Off Decor for my Pottery Barn inspired lamp.

There are tons of great ideas over there and who doesn't love creating something that a high end store sells for a fraction of the price! 

Thank you Beckie for the Feature!!

Vintage Dressing Table Re-Do

I made it to round 3 of American Crafter! Thank you to all who voted!! This weeks theme is Vintage.

I knew exactly what I wanted to do. My mom and dad have had a vintage 1920's dressing table in their garage for years just sitting and collecting dust. It was the perfect project. 
Here is the before: (click photos to enlarge)

And here it is now after sanding down, priming and painting. I distressed it a little too. I left the old knobs, just washed them up a bit. I think they are beautiful and help keep the original vintage feel. I really love it! Such a timeless, well made piece of furniture.

I have the matching dresser, that is next on my re-do list!

Voting starts Friday!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Look and Last Day to Vote!

We have a new blog look! I love the way it turned out and I think the colors are beautiful! Hope you like it!

And don't forget voting for American Crafter ends Sunday at midnight!! Vote for your top 3 favorite projects!!

Winners are announced Monday morning! Can't wait to see the results!
Thank you all who voted, I really appreciate it!!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Voting begins for American Crafter

Today the voting starts for American Crafter! Vote for your top 3 projects. Mine is a upcycled sweater wreath. Head on over to see all 10 wonderful projects!!! Voting ends Sunday at midnight! Thanks!!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

American Crafter Round 2 Upcycled Sweater Wreath

Round 2 of American Crafter is this week and my project is a Upcycled Sweater Wreath. It was hard for me to figure out what to do at first. The theme is "Let it Snow" and where I'm at in California it is anything but winter. It feels like spring with 80 degree weather. But once I decided what i was going to do it was easy to get into the winter spirit!

  I decided to make a knot wreath because it's something so versatile and that anyone can do. I had a beautiful creamy white sweater that I was getting rid of and cut it into strips and knotted them around a wire hanger. I used scrap fabric to make rosettes and then embellished them with vintage buttons. I really love the way it turned out. It doesn't look like a project that didn't cost a cent! 

Voting starts Friday!!

Monday, February 7, 2011

American Crafter Results!

The American Crafter results are in! 

 My Peek-a-boo Valentine dress got 2nd place!
 Which sends me to round 2. Thank you all who voted for me, I really appreciate it!

Round 2 theme is "Let it snow"

This week should be tougher, it doesn't really feel like winter in California when it's 80 degrees outside!

Projects will be up at Naptime Crafters on Friday. Can't wait to see them all!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Last Day to Vote for American Crafter

          If you haven't already there is still time to vote for American Crafter over at Naptime Crafters. Voting ends today at midnight, vote for your 3 favorite projects!! Winners are announced tomorrow morning!

Here is my entry:

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Easy Cracker Heath Bar Candy Recipe

 I found this delicious recipe a few years ago and it has become a favorite in my house. It tastes like heath bar candy. It's so easy and made with ingredients we all usually already have in our kitchen. (It's great if you need a sweet treat in a pinch too)

 You need:
  • Foil lined cookie sheet
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 12oz. chocolate chips
  • 1 sleeve of saltine crackers
 Preheat oven to 350

 Line the cookie sheet with foil then spray with PAM or other cooking spray. 

Place rows of crackers on the cookie sheet.

In a sauce pan melt butter and brown sugar. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.

Pour sauce evenly over crackers and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.

When done, immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips, let melt and spread with spatula.

I usually leave them just like that, but I decided today I would be festive and sprinkle hearts over it for Valentine's Day.  

  Refrigerate until the chocolate is firm. Break into pieces and enjoy!

 I think it would also make a nice neighbor or teacher gift too!