Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vinyl Wednesday: marriage signs!

I've had a handful of people ask me for some custom wedding signs in the last few months and it's been so fun making them!!! Here's a few of them:

This Bride to be wanted a rustic sign to be carried down the isle, as well as a rustic dessert table sign. It was a western themed wedding hence the rustic look.
I absolutely love how the two rustic ones turned out, I used the vinyl as a stencil for the paint then peeled it off and sanded it a bunch, it looked wonderful in person! Even my hubby who isn't so big on all my signs thought they were pretty awesome!!!
A comical sign to be carried down the isle, it made me laugh when they told be what they wanted, I thought it was such a funny sign to do!!!
 Lastly, another "Here comes the Bride" sign, I love the swirly font!!! They had matching "Mr. & Mrs." signs, as well as "Thank You" signs for the bride and groom to hold for pictures. Such cute ideas!!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Recipe Monday: caramel!

Oh my yumminess, you're going to wish you'd never seen this recipe! It is seriously addictive!!! Growing up anytime my mom made this around the holidays we would see who would wake up first during the night to sneak a bite, it was always fun to sneak a bite any chance we could!!! Seriously though, even my mom would wake up and sneak a bite! Okay, enough chitchat, here is the delish recipe you're totally waiting for-

Homemade Caramel!
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup white karo syrup
1/2 cup butter
1 large can evaporated milk
1 tsp vanilla

Mix sugar, syrup, butter and half the can of milk in heavy saucepan. Stir on high heat until boiling, then slowly add the rest of the milk. Once boiling again turn to medium heat and cook stirring to 232 degrees (softball stage), add vanilla and pour into buttered pan (8x8 inch pan works great). Place in fridge to cool then enjoy! You can cut and wrap individually once cooled but you'll want to keep wrapped caramels refrigerated. 
I've tried cooking it high to get it to thicken faster...didn't work, it still took at least 30 minutes! Her it is boiling as I constantly stir, maybe put a tv show on or something while you stir, or some music to give you something else to think about besides hot bubbling sugar popping beneath your hand.
It's starting to darken in color, it will also seem thicker and cook down a little!
Have a cup of ice cold water sitting next to you when you're ready to check if the caramel is "hard" enough. If it sticks together in the water and it seems like the right thickness/consistency for your liking then add your vanilla and pour it into a greased pan. Place in fridge (or freezer for a little bit to speed up the process) till it has cooled. Then pull the delectably delicious pan of addictive caramel and grab a spoon! Mmm, so good!!!
Introduced this fine treat to my cute little princess for the first time and she loved it!!! She licked the spoon clean!!!
Hope everyone that tries this loves it as much as we do!!! And yes, I know it seems strange to eat caramel from a pan instead of a wrapper but it is so much easier and you can totally get a spoonful the size that you want!!! Enjoy!

Friday, October 25, 2013


I have been terrible at keeping up on posting, but I promise I am trying, life just keeps happening and making things crazy busy! ANYWAYS, I just looked at my etsy shop and I've hit 100 sales! How awesome is that!!! Most of those happened in the last 6 months, so I am pretty stoked!

and the winner is
comment number 24
(number picked through

To celebrate I thought I'd do a quick giveaway for: 

A 20$ gift certificate
 to my etsy shop!

How to enter:

 Leave a comment on this post with what sign you would pick from my etsy shop.

 Leave another comment if you "like" my Facebook page.

Leave another comment if you follow this blog.
Leave a comment if you pin this post on pinterest.

A max of 4 entries per person if you do all of the above listed. Giveaway (extended) will end Monday November 4th, winner will be announced Tuesday November 5th, good luck! Oh and I'll be posting more fun signs on etsy soon, so if you're hoping for some Christmas signs they're in the works and you'd be able to use the 20$ credit on them!

Thanks for being such awesome supporters of my little business, it sure is fun to create for people!!!

Here's a few images of some of my favorite signs that are/will be available in my etsy shop!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Switch it up Monday: gobble gobble gobble

So I thought I'd switch it up a little this week (I didn't take photos of any foods, so that will have to wait till Wednesday), I have this fun new sign I wanted to share! I've been working on a set of wood tags that a friend saw on Pinterest and thought it would be a great thing to make for a craft fair I'm going to Thursday. But alas, the set of tags hasn't been working so well for me, but I'm hopeful I'll have it done by tomorrow night. Anyways, I thought it would be fun to do some cute thanksgiving and Christmas sayings in these "giant tags". Look forward to the Christmas ones...I'm super excited!

(ignore the mess in the background, still need to paint the trim around the door)
Oh and if you're local, feel free to come check out this awesome vendor event Thursday!!!
Here's the facebook page for the event, go like the page to be updated about future events and see some sneak peeks of the great stuff that they'll have!!!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Vinyl Wednesday: Special Dates

 I had a friend that saw a printable similar to this on Facebook and asked me to recreate it on wood for her. What do you thing? I think it turned out great! I hope she loves it!!!

(please ignore the terrible lighting, I"ll try to get a better pic tomorrow. Thanks!)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Recipe Monday: cinnamon roll pancakes!

Yesterday morning I wanted to whip up something tasty before we sat and enjoyed watching General Conference (click on it if you have no idea what I'm talking about). It's a wonderful weekend that my church has every 6 months where we get to listen to talks given by our amazing Church leaders (we get to watch/listen to 4 two hour sessions, plus there's a 2 hour session for all of the men)! Anyways, long story short, I had wanted to make cinnamon rolls but ran out of time. So I decided to whip up some yummy Cinnamon Roll Pancakes instead, I'd seen them on pinterest over a year ago and hadn't had a chance to make them. So I found the original pin and realized it didn't have a pancake recipe, only the recipe for the cinnamon sugar part. So I flipped through several cookbooks before I finally found a simple, quick recipe from my Vitamix Cookbook:

Buttermilk Pancakes
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 1/4 tsps baking powder
2 cups buttermilk 
(I used 2 cups of lactose free milk and added 2 tablespoons of vinegar to get the buttermilk taste)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup light olive oil
1/2 tsp salt 
(i just put a dash of salt in)
1/4 tsp sugar

Blend buttermilk, eggs, olive oil, salt and sugar until well blended. Add in flour, baking soda and baking powder and fold/stir until mostly mixed. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes (supposed to help with flavor) while to get your cinnamon sugar mixture mixed up.

Cinnamon Sugar Mixture
4 TBS butter or margarine
(melted, not boiling)
1/4 cup plus 2 TBS packed brown sugar
(I think I could have added a little more brown sugar to make it a little thicker)
1/2 TB ground cinnamon

I poured this mixture into a "ketchup/mustard" bottle and cut the tip a little lower so that the the mixture came out good and thick instead of getting stuck (it took a few tries to get it cut to the right size).

Place pancake batter in heated pan, once it starts to get a little bubbly swirl the cinnamon sugar mixture around it. Let cook a little longer, then flip. Here's the original pin to show you a little better how to do this part!

The original recipe said to use a cream cheese frosting but I'm not a huge fan of cream cheese frosting (and neither is my family) so I whipped up my favorite cinnamon roll recipe frosting from the "Our Best Bites Everyday Cinnamon Rolls" and added a little extra milk to make it a little bit thinner.

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
4 TBS milk (add more if you want it thinner)
1/2 tsp vanilla

Drizzle over the top of your pancakes and VOILA you have a delicious breakfast that your picky kids and 'picky about breakfast foods' hubby will LOVE!