cookie painting

This project was the perfect blend of two of our favorite things to do together- art and baking.  I borrowed a vintage 50s cookbook from my mom.  It was written for kids, so the recipes are very simple, very interactive and fun.  The first one I chose was for paintbrush cookies.

I would call these honey cookies.  I've never made or tasted anything really like them.  I used 3/4 cup honey!  I was all- honey is expensive people from the 50s!!  But at least it's a natural sugar, so the cookies are pretty healthy... 

1/3 cup shortening (I used coconut oil)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
2/3 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla

It totally cracks me up that it calls for shortening.  That reminds me of my gram, all of her recipes call for oleo.  I made the dough, floured my entire dining table and then tried my best to stay out of it.  

The "paint" is one egg yolk, a teeny bit of water and food coloring. 

After they are painted, pop them in the oven to bake for 15 minutes or so.  


a valentine breakfast

We had a really low key Valentine's Day.  John had to work in the morning, so I gave the kids their presents (one inexpensive toy and some candy) and then made them a special breakfast.  Lola gets excited, but Max is really the one that wants to celebrate holidays.  I'm always happy to oblige.

This was the first time I've ever made waffles!  Yeah for cute misshapen waffles!  Don't be impressed we made them from scratch, I just didn't realize we were out of pancake mix- but man is it easy.

So Mondrian, I know...

Someone kept licking the syrup drips.


Max said, "Thank you for this special Valentine breakfast Mommy!" Then ran and made this card for me real quick. :)


Valentine's Day Photo Booth

I don't always get a chance to send out Valentines (I think I did this year, because who can resist a little boy covered in hearts??), but this love note was just so quick and easy.  

The kids love playing around with Photo Booth on our Mac- if you haven't tried it, you should.  Hilarious bug eyes, distorted tall heads, etc. Then, we went to dinner the other night at our local pizza place and they had a real photo booth.  Very exciting for these two.  They wanted to do more, so I created their own personal photo booth strips for Valentine's Day.

I printed out some signs and took their picture in front of a white wall.  Lola was in the perfect mood!  I cropped the images, put them together in a strip and placed that onto a 4x6 document so I could print them cheaply at Walgreens.  Cut them out and there you go!  

I even got to use my new address stamp from The Yellow Note.  Love it!!

Happy Valentine's Day!


skirts over shirts

I love projects that come together in one afternoon.  When the kids are running around and there isn't much time, it's nice to have that feeling that I got something done- creatively.  If I thought the little blousy tops were simple- I should be able to make about 100 of these skirts!

Lola isn't into being a model.  Even for chocolate!  So every picture is blurry.  At least she's a cute blur...

These I'll probably keep for Lola.  But all the tops are now available for sale on Etsy, click here to see!


little blousy tops

I'm missing summer pretty hard right now.  I suppose that's why I finally decided to make some little blousy tops for my Etsy shop.  I've had some cute ideas pinned for a while now- like this one and this one.  I made the first one and then I just. couldn't. stop.

Instead of blousy tops I should have called this post "super cute little girl tops I made from my dad's old shirts". Just a tad long.  But for real, my dad was giving away some of his old shirts and I swooped in and took them!  The fabric is so worn and soft...

This is the first one I made and it's my favorite.  This is actually a view of the back, I used simple hook & eye closures.  Sadly, it's a little small for Lola.  I was hoping to save this one for her, but it's the only one that doesn't fit. Boo.

The rest are pretty much all size 3.  Like I said, I was on a roll and just couldn't stop making them!  They'll all be up on Etsy soon!

It's impossible to see, but the black part on this one is sooooo soft and has a little texture.

This one is my other favorite.  It turned out very Ace & Jig.


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