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Friday, March 26, 2010


The project; 3 purses for two big girls and a little sister all on spring break!

The designers modeling their purses!!

A quick trip to a local thrift store netted us 5 pairs of jeans,2 jackets and a hot pink suede skirt for a future purse project all for $2.25!!

I washed up the jeans and using my rotary cutter (whom I love!) I trimmed the jeans at the top of the legs. Not an exact science..Just cut where it lies smooth,different for each pair! This is a funky craft-lots of room for ooops!

The girls picked several fabrics they liked from my stash. I ironed squares of wonder under on them and let them trace designs.

We cut and ironed on the designs the girls had a blast placing them!

I sequined the edges using a wide zig-zag stitch..If you have never done this it is easy,the needle punches right thru the sequins.
For the belts we tore strips of fabric and threaded thru the loops of the jeans.

For the straps we cut up peices of the leftover legs,joining two or three peices depending on if we wanted carry straps or cross body. We sewed more sequins on some of the straps.
I left the legs a little longer on this pair to make it look like a pair of shorts! TOO CUTE!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Pressed Tin Tile Projects Pantry Door + Wall Art

Reno+repair is the name of the games we are playing these days..My pantry door needed to have the glass replaced or be gone all together..I showed my contracter/slash handyman Dane some photos of pie safes telling him how much I love pressed tin and perhaps we can replace the glass with reproduction tin tiles or something similair...The super-man of reno's made a phone call and came up with 25 tiles from a 100 year old farmhouse!!! I was astounded!!
Dane spent a saturday crafting my new pantry door using the old door and some of the pressed tin! I am in LOVE with it! I added a repo glass nob although I am on the hunt for an original..It really stands out in the kitchen and when we get the counter tops done I will post more photos! I am hoping to have some sort of pressed tin for the backsplash as well.

The following Monday as a huge surpise Dane framed up the best of the tiles for me! It brought tears to my eyes! He is such a kind man and talented handyman! We hace 21 more tiles for projects who knows what we may come up with next!!!!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Easter Tree My Tree For All Seasons!

Pretty sparkling eggs

Sweet Easter Bunnies

I LOVE the glow of a tree any season!

Pretty and pastel decorated with mostly

dollar store treasures!I leave this tree up from

Nov 12 to a week or so after Easter.

It celebrates Christmas, Valentine's Day and Easter!

Yummy Easter Egg No Bake Chocolate Nests

Could these be any cuter?? I saw these over at Maken the World Cuter and had to make some right away!! They take about 5 minutes to mix up!

Mackenna's class is in for a Hoppy Easter surprise for the last day of classes tomorrow,bring on Easter Break!!

Maken the World Cuter posted this recipe;
3 c. oatmeal
1 t. vanilla
2 c. sugar
1/2 c. milk (I used chocolate soy milk)
1/2 c. cocoa
1/2 c. butter
In seperate bowl combine oatmeal and vanilla
In heavy saucepan combine the remaining ingredients, stirring until just melted (I did one minute in the microwave)
Stir hot mixture into oats and vanilla mixture
Drop by spoonfuls onto wax paper
Refrigerate until cool

To make nests, just stick the eggs in the cookies, you can do this before putting them in the fridge or after they've cooled.

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Death by chocolate can be made with tons of variations I am doing this version with raspberries and chocolate mint cookies..

This recipe fills a large punch bowl however I choose a large bowl and a medium size one to use for two celebrations on different nights. I baked two devils food cake boxed cake mixes, combined in one large pan that makes a nice high cake and tall slices. I mixed 2 packages of instant pudding, I used white soy milk just a personal choice..

Slice up the cake and layer the bottom of the bowl, filling the small places with smaller peices of cake.
Add a layer of chocolate pudding, and then I used thawed frozen rasberries as those are the birthday girls favorite berries, scoop them on juice and all..

Next a nice layer of dream whip which I allowed to soften in the fridge..
I crushed up some chocolate mint cookies adding a layer over the dream whip and then more cake..Followed by a nicely iced layer of cool whip.

I added fresh rasberries in a happy face, and all around the edge of the bowl.

The Birthday Girl Loved It!
To make this trifle you need two cakes mixes, two boxes of pudding following the directions on each. 2 tubs of cool whip, a container of frozen fruit some crushed up cookies or chocolate bar. The possiblities are endless!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cinnamon Bun Rescue

Welcome! We are back from our relaxing trip to the cottage. Turns out I did more Olympic watching,spa time and swimming with the kids then blogging...So on with the cinnamon bun story!

DH bought some bake at home buns from a lovely little cottage in Kleefeild MB and I froze them and brought them out to the cottage for a treat. I took the buns out ot thaw and reading the instructions I realised I had no brown sugar to melt with butter and pour in the pan!
Enter Tim Horton's hot chocolate!

Mixed it up like it was brown sugar...

Put the buns to bed to rise for the night..

Looks good...

Yummy it was a hit!!! I will actually do this again the hot
chocolate only added to the yummy goodness!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

At The Cottage for the rest of the week...

Hello! We arrived at Elkorn Resort tuesday evening. Thanks to my fabulous inlaws we have a lovely cottage to use from time to time. DH and I have already each had a hot rock massage at the Soltice Spa with more to come...tomorrow I am attempting to rescue some cinnamom buns as I forgot the brown sugar,I'll share the outcome with some pics!
Be Peaceful!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Mackenna Found A Sampler !!

On Saturday Mackenna and I where at out favorite treasure store looking for books to take to the cabin with us this week when she came across this She was very excited as She is reading a lot of historical fiction and had read about little girls making samplers in the 'olden days' but had never seen one! For the priceof .45 cents!She now owns one!

We plan to frame it or have it framed and hang it in her room, It will compliment the groovey pink peace princess theme I am sure! :)

Urban Stylist in the Country

Welcome! Stay for a visit! I walk the line between Urban convenience and Country Comfort. Life is a whirlwind with a new baby an 8 year old darling daughter,and 2 big boys with their ever changing busy lives! We work from home , entertain as often as we can get a group together..LIVE! LOVE! LAUGH!
Designing is my passion from Boutique Children's clothing to items for the home..come treasure hunting with me while I share my ideas,designs,photos,and eventually giveaways! Junking,Lunching,Baby and Me yoga,never know where we will end up!
We live in a small community 20 minutes from large city. We are involved in ringette,snowmobiling and all the fun things that happen in small towns! See the group around a front yard fireplace? That could be us.
It's a Good Life we Thank the Lord and Take the Dirt Road!