Friday, December 30, 2011

How To: Lets start with the basics on making a no sew tutu

How to make a simple NO SEW Tutu

this tutu

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How to Make a Simple NO SEW TUTU
  1. What you will need:  Measuring Tape, Tulle, Scissors, Cardboard square, and Measurements of waist

2.Measure around the waist where you want the tutu to sit

3. Once you have measured the waist, measure out your ribbon. First measure the length of the waist then add 40 inches, that will be 20 inches for each end to tie in a bow.
waist measurement 21" + 20" + 20" to tie bow = 61" of ribbon total

**waist measurement + 40 inches = total length of ribbon needed

4. Next cut a piece of card board to the length you want the tutu.
I am making an 8 inch tutu

5. Next grab your roll of tulle in the colors you want for your tutu

This is a tip I learned a from Treasures for Tots

6. Start wrapping the tulle around your card board making sure you don't pull too tight. 
Secret #1
I use over 120 or more strips per tutu
This tutu will have turquoise and hot pink so I need to start with 60 strips of tulle for each color.
Wrap the tulle around the cardboard 60 times

7. Then cut from the roll

8. Then I take one end and cut the tulle right down the middle

*Note: I do not cut both ends

9. When you unfold the tulle and remove the cardboard, your tulle should measure approx. 16 inches for and 8 inch tutu

10. Next bring back your ribbon. Measure and mark it at 20 inches

11. Take one strip of tulle and make a loop with your finger. Make sure the ends of the tulle line up together.

12. Place the loop under the ribbon at the 20 inch mark

13. Grab the ends thru the loop like so in the picture

14. Pull the ends thru the loop holding onto the ribbon

15. Pull tight

16. Add two more of the turquoise then move to the next color

17. Then add three strips of the next color

18. Keep alternating your colors

19. Keep going until you have reached the correct waist measurement or until all your tulle strips are gone.

Secret #2
Push all the tulle together as close as possible for that extra fluffy tutu

20. Measure tutu again and then add more tulle until you get to your waist measurement number

Now you have a finished and super fluffy tutu

**make sure you burn the ends of your ribbon with a lighter so the don't fray

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Our Family Christmas 2011

      It is that time of year again, it goes just as quickly as it came. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year with family, friends, gifts, parties, and lots of food. Having children brings such magic to Christmas. In my previous post I put that I was seriously saddened at the fact I was going to miss Christmas with my two oldest children because they were going to their dads.
  So sitting there having my little pity party, I thought to myself, "Why does Christmas and Santa have to come on the 24th?" UMMM Duh! It doesn't have to! I called all my family and had Christmas moved up a week so we can all enjoy Christmas together before Luke and Abby left for their dad's.
   Saturday my hubby and I loaded up the kids and headed off to see Santa to let him know we were having Christmas early this year. Santa was more than happy to help and granted our wishes by coming later that night. Once we arrived home, the kids wrote their letter to Santa and left him milk and cookies. They got their jammies on and headed straight to bed waiting on the arrival of Santa.
   Morning soon arrived and my prayers were answered, I got to hear the little pitter patter of feet scurrying to the living room to see if Santa had come. Soon you hear two little screams and two kids leaping for our bed to wake us up. It was just like it would have been if it was December 25th. My heart filled with joy that morning seeing the gleam in their eyes as they played with the gifts from Santa.

Friday, December 16, 2011

What's for Dinner this Week? Getting ready for Christmas!

I just cannot believe that Christmas is only a week away! Whew.... What has happened to this year?! It seems just yesterday I was sweating and sitting under the air conditioner waiting for little Miss Ella to arrive. Now she is here and a whole 5 months old.

I am so excited that this is Ella's very first Christmas. My hubby wonders why I even make a big deal because she wont even remember but as all moms know, deep in our hearts they do remember and know it is Christmas ;)

This Christmas my heart is also saddened. This will be my very first Christmas without my other two children, Luke and Abby. They will be visiting their dad this holiday. I have never missed a holiday without those two and not having them there this Christmas morning and the sound of their pitter pattering feet to go see what Santa has brought, has brought many tears each day leading up to the day they leave. I would be handling this a lot better if their father was helping to take care of them but he is not. Each month I am promised that things are getting better and he will get caught up but each month is the same old story and I am left to support Luke and Abby on my own. I am there wiping noses, doing homework, tucking them into bed, and making sure they are fed, clothed and shoed. Why do I have to miss one of the most magical mornings of the whole year?

So this week's meals are dedicated to comfort foods. I am praying Luke and Abby have the most wonderful Christmas and make it back home safe so I can wrap my arms around those two.

Don't forget to click on photos to pin to your pinterest boards.

BBQ Ranch Chicken Sliders with Sweet Potato Fries

Stuffed Pork Loin with Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus

Easy Chicken Marsala


We are attending my Husband's Family Christmas party so I decided to make

Baked Buffalo Chicken Bites and Hot Chocolate Popcorn

Dijon Chicken Linguine with Mushrooms and Toasted Almonds

French Dip Crock pot

I was going to post Sunday on here but it is Christmas day and I know pretty much everyone does a traditional meal. If you aren't traditional, I would love to hear what you serve on Christmas day.
Instead for Sunday I am putting the recipes for everyone gifts, A lovely Peppermint Sugar Scrub, Homemade Vanilla Marshmallows, and Oreo Peanut Butter Bites

Happy Holidays and a Very Merry Christmas

Saturday, December 10, 2011

What's for dinner this week?

  From the very first day I had signed up for pinterest and I have pinned my favorite recipes on my recipe board to have quick access to all my faves. Since I am a very visual person I need pictures of the recipes to put me in the mood of what I will be eating. If I cant see it I dont want to eat, so cookbooks have never worked for me. Pinning all my recipes on my board has somehow led to almost perfect meal planning. I seem to be more organized and more excited to go to the grocery store because I know exactly what to get and not just wondering around stocking up on things I think I might need. Meal planning has been very helpful and I have been able to use fresh ingredients in my dinners.

So What is For Dinner this Week?

These are in no particular order at all, for some reason I get halfway through my list and then switch a few meals around because my mood has change

Click on the photos to pin these recipes to your Pinterest Boards

Dinner # 1 Lemon and Rosemary Chicken......HMMMMM super easy

Dinner # 2 CrockPot Orange Chicken

Dinner # 3 Lasagna Soup

Dinner #4 Zatarians Red beans and Rice, 
           just add smoked sausage

Dinner #5 Easy Velveeta Cheesey Skillet
                       Chicken and Broccoli

Dinner #6   Tacos

Dinner # 7 Warm Comforting Chili