Sunday, June 30, 2013

Saturday Doings

Lil Bear is all tuckered out.

I made this bunting for my great niece's first birthday.

Fun in the sun!

For lunch.

Helping Gramma clean up after making a cake this morning!

The view from my backdoor.

Super easy to make. Tutorial coming soon.

Yesterday, I was able to spend some time with my two sisters. We sat around drinking strawberry pink lemonade and chatted about girlie stuff. We were also able to add a little crafting to the mix. It made for a very lovely day.

How was your Saturday?

I'm So Excited

Lilies and Lizards is now open for business!
My two sisters and I opened our first Etsy shop yesterday.
Come on over and check it out. 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Yard Sales, Thrift Stores, Flea Markets.....Oh My!

Love this little ceramic creamer.

I paid a whole dollar for this gem! I'm refurbishing it to add to a Fourth of July centerpiece.

 The stitching is beautiful. Look at how the linen has aged to nice cream color. Just lovely!

When the blueberries have ripened, I'm going to fill this little guy up with yummy blueberry syrup!

I Picked up this adorable little tea infuser at a yard sale for a quarter!

A few of my favorite finds from the last few weeks.
What are your most recent finds? 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Pinterest 10 in 10: Two for One

It was so hard to choose between the indulgent tirimisu cake and these sweet little cubes of sugar
I simply made them both.

* Follow along here and here to read about my Pinterest Challenge.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sugar High

I've been looking all over for sugar cubes and much to my dismay not having any success.  When I saw the wonderful tutorial at Nifty Thrifty Things for making these dainty little sugar cubes I was ecstatic. I just thought they were the sweetest little things. I wanted to gather my friends and have a real lady's tea. Instead I came up with this easy cinnamon and brown sugar variation.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg

Stir sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon mixing thoroughly. Add a few drops of water while mixing till mixture starts to stick together when pressed. Fill chosen *molds and let air dry overnight.

* You can use ice cube trays or candy molds. I used Wilton Candy Mold - Stars . I have also seen cute silicon ice cube trays at the Dollar Tree that would be perfect for this project.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Take A Moment Monday

Sun kissed fields of barley wave
Barefoot children laugh and play
Clinking ice, cold lemonade
These are the moments of summer days

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Frugal Feats

Here are my Frugal Feats for the week of June sixth. Took Lil Bubba to a festival/farmers market. I won a free bottle of Cascade Ice sparkling water, a little flag, a pack of crayons and coloring page, a straw, balloon, and a coupon for six free DVDs at a local pawn shop.

Staying home all day today to conserve on gas.

The only grocery shopping done this week was at a liquidators. I found a flat of blackberries for $1.99. I brought them home and put them on a cookie sheet in the freezer till frozen. Then I put them in a reused whipped topping container for easy dispensing into smoothies. I also found six two pound containers of strawberries for $6.99. That made them fifty eight cents per pound! Does anyone know a good recipe for strawberry syrup?

 I was treated to dinner by one of our vendors at work. We ate from my meal plan all week except once when I splurged and we ate out yesterday for lunch.

These are the blackberries I bought so cheaply. They are huge.

 Pop in over at The Prudent Homemaker to read about how other folks are saving money. She has a great group of followers that have many frugal tips and advice. 

How did you save this week?

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Welcome Summer

Silly hats and lollipop kisses. A stack of books waiting to be read. Sweetness in a bowl. Road trips with all the windows rolled down. Splashes and squeals. Family.

Oh how I love you so!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Pinterest 10 in 10 Week One Success

  While looking through my pins this week I came across these adorable little rolls of fabric tape. I've seen them popping up at all the craft stores and wanted to take some home with me. I just could not justify the expense no matter how hard I tried.
  As soon as I read this  how-to and learned how easy and inexpensive it was to make the tape, I raided my fabric stash and went to work making yards upon yards of the stuff.
  The timing was perfect to use this project as my first in my Pinterest 10 in 10. If your interested you can read about my self imposed challenge here.

To get started, you will need a variety of fabric,double sided tape, and scissors.

Attach one side of the tape to the back side of a piece of fabric.

Cut the fabric a half an inch or so around the tape. This makes it a little more manageable when trimming up.

Now, cut a straight edge along the tapes edge. Use crinkle cut craft scissors for a nice crinkle edge.

That's it.
 Wrap those lovely bits of tape around wooden spools for an amazing vintage look and enjoy!

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A Little Spring Cleaning.

I've decided to wrangle all of my favorite parties, hops, and linkys into one spot. They've been hanging out in my sidebar, in my favorites, and even written on a sheet of paper in my notebook. I think it's time for some spring cleaning. Hey, I still have fifteen hours and fifty two minutes of spring left. Better late then never. Right?

Now, every time I come across a good link up I will update this page. If you know of any awesome parties shoot me an email at and I will list it here, or leave a link in the comments.

Happy Blogging!








Wednesday, June 19, 2013

What's for Dinner Wednesday?

I prefer to make my meal plan on Wednesday. This way I've had a chance to peruse the weekly store ads for any super deals that can be incorporated into my plan.

Here's what's cooking!


Choice of - Fruit smoothie, cold cereal ( Still have some of this pesky stuff around. Once it's gone, it is gone.), bagel and cream cheese, or waffles.


Choice of - Grilled cheese and fruit, leftovers, or cheese and turkey roll-ups (Saturday we are grilling at my sister's house. We will have Hamburgers, hotdogs, pork-n-beans, and corn on the cob. I f I have time I will make some jello for dessert.).


Thursday - Baked chicken and roasted red potatoes w/ rosemary

Friday - Grilled cheese sandwich and fruit salad

Saturday - Leftovers

Sunday - Spaghetti and garlic bread

Monday - Chicken fajitas and refried beans

Tuesday - Pan fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, and corn

Wednesday - Enchiladas, Spanish rice, and black olives

What's cooking at your house?

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Wishing you all a wonderful Wednesday!