Friday Favorites No. 323

After a crummy week of trying to deal with the pain of an injured shoulder, I have something to celebrate today. It's exactly one month until we leave to go visit our son in Italy! We last saw him nearly a year ago, so we're over-the-moon excited for this trip. I'll apologize in advance, but it might be all I can talk about until we go!

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Denim is back in a big way this year, and not just in a two-legged kind of way. I've seen LOTS of home decor items and accessories sporting the blue. The Unfashionista shares a way to bring it into a different part of your wardrobe, and rehab a pair of old shoes in the process.

Why is something that's outside its normal size so compelling? Tiny, huge, it's just different from what we're used to. As a book lover I'm especially drawn to these big free printables from The Painted Hive.

I know the photo looks a little holiday-ish, but I just bought a bottle of pear vodka made by a local distillery, and while I was looking for ways to use it I came across this tasty drink from Growing Up Gable. What I like about this recipe is that there aren't a ton of other ingredients, so that pear flavor gets to shine.

I've bought pre-marinaded chicken and popped it into the freezer for another day, so why have I never thought to make my own? These recipes from Sweet Peas and Saffron all sound delicious. She also gives some marinating advice, and serving ideas for each flavor.

The candle shown here is from Define Design 11 at Handmade at Amazon. This happens to be the Oregon version (from an Oregon seller), but they seem to have most, if not all, the other states as well. Each candle has a scent reminiscent of it's region, and is a perfect gift for someone who's missing home.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Friday Favorites–If the Shoe Fits…

I used to live in flip flops.  I had a favorite leather pair that I wore for years.  Then suddenly one day I couldn’t tolerate the strap between my toes.  I don’t know what happened, but I have to be very picky about what I wear now.  I made myself some flip flop covers a few years ago, which made them a little more tolerable, but they’re still not my favorite.  It makes me sad, because I love the convenience and style options! 

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There is nothing cuter in this world than baby shoes.  The irony is, they don’t need them.  For a pretty solution to unnecessarily covering up those tiny toes, try these Barefoot Baby Sandals from Craftaholics Anonymous.

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For the littles that are old enough to need shoes but have trouble keeping them on their feet, Make it and Love it has the solution with these Interchangeable Flip Flop Back Straps.

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I have some shoes very similar to the ones used by Me Making Do for this wedge sandal refashion.  This might have to happen!

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I love the black and white ribbon used on May Arts for these embellished flip flops.

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The easy tutorial makes these Dip Dyed Shoes from Frankie seem doable.

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I’m intrigued by these DIY shoes from Pikkpack.  Apparently, you choose the ribbon and leather colors and they arrive flat-packed, Ikea-style, for you to assemble.

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My daughter loves her Toms.  In fact, she, all the bridesmaids and her flower girl wore them for the wedding.  Eventually, they do wear out though.  I’ll have to show her how she can give them a second life with this tutorial from Midwestern Thread.

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Now here’s a flip flop I could consider.  This fabric makeover by The Mother Huddle makes them look much more toe-friendly.

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I wear slippers in the house, even in the summer, but sometimes it’s too hot.  These Summer Slippers from Lady Harvatine would be great for those sweltering days.

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These Macrame Sandals from My White Idea look as fun to make as they would be to wear.

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Friday Favorites–Spicy

I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to spicy food.  I like a bit of spice, but not too much, and only when I’m in the mood for it.  Spicy attitude though?  I’m FULL of that. 

I do love jalapeno poppers, so this Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese from Smells Like Home seems like a great way to work them into an actual meal.

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This Jalapeno Popper Dip from Closet Cooking also looks delicious.  Dip the sandwich?  Too much?

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If you’re looking for a clever way to store all those spices in your own kitchen, check out this Magnetic Under-Shelf Spice Rack from Instructables user garrett.tillman.

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I’m a little obsessed with pumpkin seeds right now, so these Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds from Momma Go Round are a must-try. 

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For a little spice on the outside, try this Homemade Sweet and Spicy Sugar Scrub from Under the Table and Dreaming.

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I love the idea of a chili bar for our next party, like this one from Celebrations at Home.  Everyone can spice it to their own tolerance level.

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How about Cinco de Chili Chocolate Cupcakes with Chili Cream Cheese Frosting from AllRecipes user Candice for dessert?

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Maybe the little ones that just aren’t ready for all that hot stuff would enjoy these Mini Chili Pepper Piñatas from Zim on a Whim instead.

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Tell me what’s not spicy about these sparky, red beauties from Crafts After College.

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The perfect end to a spicy round-up has got to be Bob’s Habanero Hot Sauce from Allrecipes user R.B. Miller.  I’m intrigued by the use of peaches.

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Here’s hoping your weekend is spicy in all the good ways!

Friday Favorites–My Birthday

I would swear I just had one, but according to the calendar today is my birthday.  My oldest child is graduating from high school soon, so my husband is taking me shopping for a dress.  I feel like I need a button to wear that says “Call me ma'am and suffer the consequences.”  But they’re welcome to ask for my ID, should I choose to order a beverage containing alcohol.  Wait until you see how cranky I’ll get when I have really big birthdays.

I came across a few things that made me much less cranky though.  For starters, how could I, being a crafter, not smile at this little beauty?  It can be found at Joann, and I just can’t get over what a great job Singer did combining the old and new.

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When I was a kid, in the olden days before computers, I actually loved to type.  My husband gave me a tablet for my birthday last year, so this USB Typewriter from Uncommon Goods just seems like a perfect fit.

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Speaking of my little tablet, the reason I wanted one in the first place was to read books on it.  I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but I think my next one will be Imagine:  How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer.  I always find it fascinating to hear a scientist try to explain why we do what we do.

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If you understand the references on this t-shirt, you know why it’s one of my all-time favorite movies.  If you don’t, go find The Princess Bride and watch it.  Right now.  But don’t read the book – it’s truly awful.  Inconceivable.

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I have ridiculously sensitive teeth.  Not because I’m getting older – they’ve always been that way.  I rarely even bother trying to drink something cold without a straw, so I’m pretty sure I need these Bent Glass Straws from Etsy seller ManyMinis.

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I already got a fabulous coffee cup for my birthday from my sister.  It came from Amazon in a GIANT blue velvet bag, which made it extra fun to open.  In case you’re new here, I’m a big Wonder Woman fan.

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I’ve been on a search for some cute red heels.  I don’t know where I’m going to wear them, it just seems like something that should be available in my closet when I figure it out.  This pair from DSW might be The One.

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As a graduation gift, we’re taking our daughter and her friend to Disneyland.  This cute Dooney & Bourke bag might not be in the budget (after high school comes college), but I will have to find it there, just so I can see it in person.  No really, I just want to look at it.  Really.

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When my husband and I got married, almost 21 years ago, we decided we didn’t need or want formal china.  A few years ago, I found my “china” in Fiesta ware.  I have quite a bit of it now, but there’s always a new piece or color on my radar.  Right now, it’s this chip and dip set.  Love.

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Do you remember the brownie/cookie dough/cake dessert from last year?  It was heavenly.  This year, I’m leaning toward these Salted Caramel Dulce de Leche Cheesecake Bars from Made with Pink.  Tell me your mouth is not watering right now.

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I’m off to do some celebrating.  Have a great Mother’s Day this weekend!

Friday Favorites–Pinterest Finds

This week, I decided to share some of my favorites from my Pinterest boards.  I try not to visit every day, because if I did nothing else would ever get done.  Today though, I spent a LOT of time there.  My daughter called it procraftination.  Smart girl.

This canvas project from Virginia and Charlie has been popping up for a while.  I was surprised to find out when I tracked it back to the original post, she didn’t use glue, like all the pins say, and she didn’t paint it.  It’s puffy paint, and she left it white.  I still love it, and she shows some other versions she made as well.

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I think I’ve mentioned this before, but a few years ago, we took our kids on an epic, two-week, cross-country road trip.  It was fantastic.  I’d love to embroider our path onto a map and frame it, like these from Martha Stewart.

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I found this cute project recently.  It comes from a Hungarian blog, whose name, A Papír egy Csoda, Google translates as The Paper is a Miracle .  What a fun, beautiful way to fill the space under the stairs.

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I love Christian Louboutin shoes.  You know, the high heels with the red soles?  And it’s really only because of those soles.  I could have something similar and sparkly for a fraction of a fraction of the cost with this tutorial from Could I Have That.

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I like food with flavor, but not super-spicy.  Every once in a while though, I get in the mood for a jalapeno popper, and I think this Jalapeno Popper Grilled Cheese Sandwich from BS’ in the Kitchen would be a delicious substitute.

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These bags from Jump From Paper look like cartoons, but are actual bags.  They’re pretty pricey, but kind of adorable.

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This Thin Mints sign from Etsy seller Atlas Signs is my most liked and repinned pin.  And oh-so true.

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I had to do some serious digging and searching to find the originator of this shadow box car display, which is Work in Progress Kits.  Totally worth it.  I’m digging out my son’s old Hot Wheels right now.

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We’ll wrap up this week with one of my favorite new quotes, courtesy of SomeEcards.

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Friday Favorites–Gifts for Teens

The only people on the planet who are more difficult to craft for than men are teens.  If you’ve got a male teen, you’re nodding your head right now.  Fortunately, there are some good suggestions out there…and not one of them runs on batteries or has a USB connector.

Not often, but once in a while a teenager has a little cash.  This Capri Sun Wallet from Instructables user gwebisu would be the perfect place to keep it.

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I have a thing for paper and writing tools, and it goes back to way before I was a teen.  I actually have a couple of notebooks and pens stashed to make this Covered Notebook and Matching Pen.

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As a fad, friendship bracelets come and go.  I’m not sure where we are with them right now, but I’m guessing “in,” based on this Friendship Bracelet Kit from Perpetual Kid.

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This DIY Hairpiece from Alex the Hungry Ghost would be a nice change of pace from, or maybe addition to, all the feathers out there right now.

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This Simple Brown Skirt from Show, Tell, Share is a perfect casual, easy style for a teen.

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So many kids need to carry a laptop computer back and forth to school these days.  You might want to protect that investment with this Reversible Laptop Sleeve from Film and Thread.

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These Batman! Comic Book Flats from Cut Out and Keep are amazing.  Visit the page and scroll down to see all of the reader submitted versions.

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What teenager doesn’t wear t-shirts?  This Easy T-Shirt Sketching project from Instructables user goosezilla would be fun to personalize for the recipient.

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My son wants to put a hammock in his bedroom, otherwise known as the man-cave.  Unique Projects shows us how to make a simple version.

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This is the most amazing journal I have ever seen.  Writing on photos?  Love it!  Visit Photojojo for complete instructions.

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Good luck creating!

Flip-Flop Covers, Part 1

I’m not usually a huge flip-flop fan, mainly because I have a seriously hard time keeping them on my feet, but that rainbow on the Old Navy wall draws my attention every time.  They look great all together like that, but take any pair out of formation and it’s just not as exciting.  Until now…

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Friday Favorites–Babies

Ok, they aren’t only my favorites on Fridays. I love babies any day of the week.  But there seems to be a lot of craft bloggers out there right now who are expecting or the little bundle has recently arrived, so this seems like a good time to share with you some of the cute baby-related things I’ve found lately.  Makes me a little nostalgic for when mine were little. 

This first project may have caught my eye because she used my newfound love – red and turquoise, but these Boutique Style Bibs from Lots of Pink Here would be cute in any color.

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I’m pretty sure nothing I can say about these Cowboy Boots from Nap Time Crafter would do them justice.

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Babies like to grab stuff, and they like it to be interesting to touch.  This Tagged Star from Sew a Straight Line fits the bill.

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It’s been a while since my kids were babies, but I do remember they like to be wrapped up tight.  This Receiving Blanket Baby Wrap from Shannon Makes Stuff is a clever way to get the job done.

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I’ve seen several versions of these Boys Applique Tie Onesies, but the little stripes on these from Brassy Apple just make them so much cuter.

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These breastfeeding pillows were invented about five seconds after I was done needing them, but they’re brilliant all the same, as is this Breastfeeding Pillowcase from Make Your Own Baby Stuff.

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And while we’re on the subject of breastfeeding, I also remember going through an awful lot of those disposable nursing pads.  Why didn’t I think to make my own Reusable Nursing Pads like the Hipster Hostess?

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I’ve seen the diaper cakes, but next time I get a reason to make one, I’m going with this Diaper Tricycle from Southern Fried Gal.

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Nothing says “baby gift” like a rattle…especially one you’ve made yourself.  Visit The Polka-Dot Umbrella for this adorable Soft Rattle.

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I don’t think a diaper bag can have too many pockets.  In fact, there have been times I’ve been tempted to buy one just to carry my own stuff in.  Thanks to The Polka Dot Chair at Moda Bake Shop, I can make my own.

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I’m going to have to find a baby to borrow.

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Today is my birthday.  I won’t go into which one this is for me, let’s just say that in high school I danced to most of the songs from Glee.  Anyway, I thought I’d share my little wish list with you again, even though I’m still waiting for my titanium spork from last year. 10.  I’ve had my eye on these framed photos of letters for at least a year.  I’m thinking about trying to photograph my own, but if not I’ll be visiting Uncommon Goods for their version.  The hardest part is figuring out what I want to spell.

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9.  I love to read, even though I don’t have as much time to do it as I’d like.  My favorites are sci-fi, fantasy, mystery and even a little horror.  I’ve wanted to read the Game of Thrones series since they started advertising the new HBO series based on it.  Maybe I’ll just give up sleep.

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8.  Remember when you could actually rest the phone between your ear and shoulder while you were talking on it?  Well, I do.  I miss being able to multi-task while I talk.  Now the phone either slips or I hang up with my cheek.  Retro Bluetooth Handset from ThinkGeek to the rescue.

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7.  We were in Seattle a couple of years ago and I saw a typewriter key bracelet in the window of a jewelry store.  I’ve wanted one ever since.  Luckily for me, they can be found on Etsy, like this one from HauteKeys.

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6.  Let me start by saying I cannot pull these off.  I don’t have the right shape.  However, we saw a woman wearing these ruffled pants in a capri length at Crafty Wonderland who looked fantastic in them.  The fact that these, from SweetassDesigns on Etsy, are red and black makes them even better.

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5.  I mentioned last year that my best ideas come to me in the shower.  My second-best ideas come right before I fall asleep, creating a need for the I Can’t Sleep Journal from Uncommon Goods.  It would work perfectly with the light-up pen I keep in my nightstand.

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4.  Since I have a couple of different books listed here, I’m going to need something to hold them up.  Enter James the Bookend from the MoMA store.  And his twin, to hold up the other side.

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3.  I work from home, so I don’t actually need to carry my lunch anywhere most of the time.  However, I love these Bright Tiffins from Twine so much, I’m going to find an excuse.  I might use them to carry it out to the back deck.

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2.  A local boutique had some cowboy rain boots last year that I was completely in love with.  I never went and bought them, and I regret that.  I live in Oregon.  If I could ever justify a shoe purchase, it’s rain boots.  Even though the ones I really wanted are no longer available, I think I could bring myself to substitute these from Amazon.

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1.  This is the one thing on this list I can guarantee I will have on my birthday.  I saw it last week when I was working on my cookie post.  I already told my husband and daughter all about it.  The supplies are in the pantry and they are going to make it for me.  This thing is a brownie, cookie dough and cake bit of heaven.  Thank you Cookies and Cups for providing the nirvana that will hold my candles this year.  I’ll be in touch again after I come out of the sugar coma.

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