Monday, July 30, 2012

DIY Chalkboard Plate


All you need is:
Chalkboard Paint
Foam Paintbrush
Paint Tape
An item that you want to turn into a chalkboard
....and of course Chalk for when its done:)

First, start by taking your item to paint and marking off with the paint tape. I used a platter that matches all my dishes, I have two of them. So I went ahead and decided why not have a chalkboard that matches.

Second, start painting the chalkboard paint onto the surface. You will want to do two coats, but let your first coat sit over night. Or just most of the day.



Third, you will take the tape off after its completely dry, now you have a chalkboard! Start writing away. I added decor around mine. I have a chicken and rooster kitchen so I added some fabric rolled flowers to match as well.






xoxo
Heather


Chase The Star

Friday, July 27, 2012

Place Mat for your Pet



Supplies Needed:
Bias Tape - Double Fold
Scissors
1/2 yard of fabric
Batting
Thread to match
Sewing Machine


Cut your batting to the size of you fabric. 



Lay one piece of your fabric with wrong side up, batting on top then your other piece of fabric on top of the batting with the right side up.






Sew all around the edges, making sure to catch your batting.



I then trimmed my edges close to the stitch.



After the trimming start pinning you bias tape all around.






Now sew your bias tape to your fabric and you have yourself a place mat for you dog.





So simple and cute all in one!



xoxo
Heather

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Slip Covers for your pets Collar


If you are like me, with no kids, you spoil your animals. I am very bad when it comes to our labs Jewel and Maizy. They get anything and everything they want! Oh well, Andrew and I love our girls. The cat, Sabrina who is 19, is very spoiled too! I love to spoil our girls when it comes to collars. Jewel gets so excited when the bin of collars comes out of the closet. Its their Jewelry, and what girl doesn't love jewelry! I got to the point of not wanting to spend $10 to $20 on a new collar every once in awhile for them. So I thought about making slip covers! It worked and the girls look so cute! So I hope you enjoy the tutorial. You could even make these out of scrap pieces and have different fabrics all on one.

How to Sew a Slip Cover for Your Dog or Cat Collar


 Supplies Needed
Sewing Sheers
Fabric
Marking Pen
Sewing Machine
Thread
Iron & Iron Board
Collar
Ruler
(Thats Maizy... Always wondering what I am making)


1. Measure the width of your collar, multiply that number by 4. Mine was 1" so 4 x 1" = 4", this is the width of your fabric. You can cut your length to how ever long you want, Mine was 44", and I love ruffles, so the more the merrier! Just make it long enough to  cover the collar.


2. Fold over the width and iron, this will be your hem. I usually do a 1/4" hem but you can do whatever you want. :)


3. Time to SEW! Just sew your hem down.


4. After you get your hem done, its time to iron again. Fold the length in half and have the right sides touching and iron. I don't use pins all the time, if you need to use them go for it. I short cut a lot :0)



5. Sew it all the way down to close. Don't forget to seal your stitching, back stitch.


6. Now you need to turn your "tube" inside out. There are different ways to do this. I  know you can use a safety pin, but this is how I do it. I like to fold the ends down and stick my finger in and make a hook and pull up and pull down with my other hand. (hopefully that made sense)


This is how your would start feeding the safety pin up.


This is how I do it with my finger.


7. Start puttin your collar inside the slip cover. Adjust the fabric to how you would like it.


Ta Da! You are done!



Here are my models in their slip covers; Jewel is wearing the cheetah collar an Maizy is in the blue collar.


xoxo
Heather

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Chicken Surprise


Why "Chicken Surprise"?

 This all came about when I moved to Michigan to be with Andrew. I was cooking chicken for dinner one evening, Andrew happened to look at the ingredients that I was combining and with a smile on his face he asked if we where having "Chicken Surprise" for dinner. That's when I knew there had to be a story behind that cute little smirk. It was funny the more I thought about it, so I needed to know the story. I called and asked Linda, Andrew's mom if she knew the story, yep she did and it actually started with Rose's husband, Joe. From what I understand he was over at his parents house one evening, not long after they where married, and Linda had asked what was for dinner, he said with that same familiar smirk and half smile on his face  "oh probably Chicken Surprise". Rose had no idea that he was calling anything that she made with chicken, "Chicken Surprise"!!!. About a year and half ago I said something to Rose about Andrew calling our dinner Chicken Surprise and how he came up with the name. Rose jokingly confronted Joe about it and with a proud grin on his face he said yes he got that from me!! So now whenever Rose and I want to try a new chicken recipe it's our inside joke that it's "Chicken Surprise" day. Let me know what you think of the following recipe, it sure is a favorite in our homes.Chicken Surprise

Crock Pot
1 large can cream of chicken soup
1 large can cream of mushroom soup
1 bag Egg Noodles
1/2 tsp. or to taste garlic salt
1/2 tsp. or to taste pepper
1 tsp. parsley flakes
1 tsp. onion powder
3 large chicken breasts
Milk






Put the cream of chicken, cream of mushroom and 1 large can (use the empty chicken or mushroom soup can) of milk in your crock pot. Let it warm up for about 10 minutes. Then add the garlic salt, pepper, parsley flakes, and onion powder. Bring it to a boil and add the chicken. Make sure your chicken is bite pieces. When its 20 minutes before dinner time, add the egg noodles let them soften and you’re done. This only really needs to cook in the crock pot for about 5 hours. The aroma in the house is wonderful!!!!




xoxo 
Heather

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quick Post: Sweet and Sour Chicken


This was so delicious. I have always turned my nose up when I want to try a recipe with vinegar. I can't handle the smell of vinegar very well. But I did this one and was so glad I did. This is going on my list of favorite and simple recipes. You can find the recipe over at For The Luv Of: Sweet and Sour Chicken She has some other great looking recipes. 



xoxo
Heather

Monday, July 23, 2012

Strawberry Lemonade Popsciles



Alright, I love summer, ice cream, Popsicle's, flip flops, shorts, tank tops..... EVERYTHING about SUMMER. This is so easy! It was shared by a wonderful friend of mine on her blog Kayla's Creations. Her picture sold me, it just looked so delicious! These Popsicle's were so easy. I don't have Popsicle maker trays. So what I did was put the lemonade and strawberries in a blender and blended it all together. Then poured a little bit in to a plastic cup added a Popsicle stick and put them in the freezer. I even made ice cubes! Yummy in a drink! Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did, and still do. :)




xoxo
Heather

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Sunday Round Up {18}

Well, I am in IL and tomorrow I will be heading to IN to finally end our vacation. This is the week of the contest. Keep your fingers and toess crossed!!! Its a team trial year and I am praying Andrew makes it on the USA team again :)

Here are my features for this week:

 
My mouth was just watering! love brownies, chocolate and coconut. This I must try when I get back.


YUMMY! BACON! The next two I had to do together. Who loves bacon? I do! 
These are Chipolte Chocolate Bacon Cupcakes. By: My Turn for Us

Coconut Maple Bacon Cupcakes! By Kathe With an E

I love this and want one for our home! She shows you how it was made. PIN IT! Someday when you can't find a TV stand that holds everything you want it too.... You'll be glad you saved this.

Make sure you grab a feature button!
Now before we party we have a few rules.
Our rules are simple...
1: You are welcome to link up anything you'd like. 
Just keep if family friendly.
NO FOR SALE/ ETSY SHOPS/ NO LINK PARTIES
2: It has to be to a specific blog post.
3: Please link back to us, either with our button or with a back link on your blog.
4: Please follow your hosts HeatherKayla
5: Please like our facebook pages! 
LINK>>>  Heatherly Loves

That's it! Told you it was simple.
If you have been featured then grab a badge. 
{Button at the bottom of my blog, along with the link party button}
Be sure to check out both blogs to see if you have been featured. 
We both choose our favorites.


Now onto the Link Party! So excited to see what you all have been up to. 

Liebster Blog Award

Come on over and like my facebook page! Once I hit 100 likes I will be having a giveaway. It will be on my Facebook page... So you must like my page to be able to participate. I will be giving away a cash value towards Perfectly Posh. Still undecided on how much. ?? So head on over to my Facebook page hit like.... Then head over to Perfectly Posh, and see all the wonderful stuff I sell :)

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Andrew I will be meeting up this weekend in IN, he has his NATs Competion this coming week. In the collage above you will see an airplane he has designed... Then other pictures from the Worlds last year, and one from the 2010 NATs, and then finally a friend of his and him at a VERY young age at a NATs. I made this for my facebook and I just thought I would share it. Andrew and I have had quite the life together. He and I have grown up around airplanes, we just clicked right away. Now we are dating and  today is our 9 year Anniversary... We have know each other for 11. We have been through a lot together, we support each other and our relationship grows more and more each day. He may joke about my crafts and get mad when the house is taken over by my crafts but he has always told me everything looks great. I even go to him when I am stuck with how to get something the way I want it and he always knows how to help. He is all around a wonderful guy. I couldn't ask for a better person in my life. :)

I was given the Liebster Bog award, from Simply You & Me... I will have to say the looks of the word is weird to me , but it has a nice meaning to the word <definition below>
The word Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. 


Rules:
tell us 11 random things about yourself. 
Answer the questions that the person who tagged you asks.
Create 11 new Questions for the people you tag.
Tag 11 blogs and link them to your post.
Contact them and let them know they have been tagged. 

11 random things about me
  1. I fly model helicopters, been awhile since I have flown... :/
  2. I am a High Maintenance Cowgirl!!!
  3. I hate not being busy.
  4. I have a horse, named Caydee Mae, she lives in IL with my parents.
  5. I love a Fluff a Nutter sandwich! Its a great Midnight SNACK
  6. My bologna sandwich have to made a certain way.
  7. I vacuum at least once a day.
  8. Sunday is deep cleaning day
  9. I have to wear socks to bed. Andrew hates it... 
  10. Ya, I love sweatpants!
  11. I have decided I want to become a Nail Tech... Looking into going to school for that now. :) 


Here are the 11 questions
  1. What side of the bed do you sleep on? >>> The Right
  2. At what age did you start wearing makeup?  Did your mom know and approve? >>> I started wearing makeup when I was in high school. Wasn't much but eye makeup.... Then when I graduated I ventured out and went for the mineral makeup. Mom seemed fine with it, since it was only eye shadow and mascara. Never really cared to wear makeup. I was in out of the pool all the time. (swimmer)
  3. Do you thing you're strong...emotionally? >>>Not always... but when I need to be I can be.
  4. Do you play music when you are alone in the house? >>> all the TIME!
  5. Have you ever eaten an "exotic" meat? (moose, alligator,snake)>>> to my knowledge no... Well I have had bison.  I have have had mountain osters, do you know what those are. ;)
  6. Chocolate or sex? >>> I love chocolate... kind of a hard question.... can I say both? 
  7. Do you wear slippers?>>> love slippers, even have cowgirl boot slippers
  8. What is the most unusual thing in your purse? >>> I don't really have anything unusal... but the one thing I doubt many girls even carrying is a homemade panty liner.
  9. It's your last meal; what will you have?>>> corn bread, mashed potatoes, sweet corn on the cob, and fried chicken :)
  10. What usually wakes you up?>>> COFFEE have to have at least one cup or I am tired all day
  11. What's your drink for the summer?>>> bud light platinum, margarita, of mikes hard lemonade
There's the answered questions. I bet you just learned things about me... maybe too much. Oh well, Im not shy :)

Here are the blogs I have nominated:
Here are the questions I have for all you wonderful bloggers!

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What is your favorite season?
  3. How many animals do you have?
  4. Whats your favorite thing to do?
  5. What is you favorite TV show?
  6. Are you a coffee drinker?
  7. What is your best recipe?
  8. Do you prefer on line shopping or shopping in the store?
  9. Do you have a favorite candy? if so what is it....
  10. Do you like to read books? if so what are you reading now... and what is the best book you have read...
  11. What is your favorite flower?

Can't wait to see what your answer are! 

xoxo
Heather

Friday, July 20, 2012

Frozen Peanut Butter Dog Treats


As you all know I do spoil my girls, the dogs, Maizy and Jewel, they love it when I make them homemade cookies and frozen treats. I am going to give you  a recipe on how to make your dogs a yummy frozen treat for the summer. "The girls" love ice cubes, but Jewel gets bored with them real quick. She will take the ice cube from you and then run to the carpet and kind of play with it and then leave there. If we don't find it we will end up with a small wet spot, or Maizy will find it in time and eat it.  


So here is a treat that every dog will love!

Ingredients Needed:
1 cup of vanilla yogurt
1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of water
1 cup of dog food
Combine the yogurt, peanut butter and water in a blender..  
Take an ice cube tray or a muffin pan (if using a muffin pan, I do put the muffin liners in the pan) and pour the mixture into each area fill about 3/4 full. Now take the dog food and sprinkle on top, then you just put them in the freezer. They should be ready in 1 hour, but I make them at night and then I know they are ready by morning. 
 



Hope all your dogs are happy after trying this new treat.

They are waiting for their treats!

xoxo
Heather