Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Valentine I love you Because

I love subway art type things and I just loved this design with valentines coming up, i thought I would share. If you would like yo get this printable just contact me.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Busy Busy...

So it has been quite a busy week here at the Monkey Hut!! We have had are TV go out, Clogged toliets. We did get are Uncle in program to help him get better which will also help are family. My son loves his uncles.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Cool awesome Disney Countdown courtesy of Love our Disney

Thank you so much Melissa for letting me come and share this tutorial with your readers!

When you are heading to Disney, it is fun to have something to get the kids (or yourself) excited for the trip that last week.

The inspiration for this piece came from this book. (Page 12). They had a countdown, but there are no instructions, and the embelishments are all different, and look more complicated in my opinion. I decided I needed to do a tutorial.

Supplies you NEED:
  • Disney paper- 12x12
  • Colored card stock 12x6
  • Solid color card stock 12x12
  • 8 "tags" that are approximately 2" wide and 3.5-4" tall (or you can make your own)
  • Stickers and embellishments
  • Adhesive
  • Scissors/paper cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Vellum
Extras I used
  • Sticker maker
  • Printer
  • Hot glue gun
  • 12x12 card board
  • Distressing ink
To start- if you are going to print anything on vellum in the printer- you may want to do this first (preferably 24 hours in advance) as ink on vellum takes a long time to dry.

Next- prepare your tags. I used one from the countdown in my scrapbook to trace and make my own out of white card stock. You need 8 tags total, but it is good to have some back ups just in case.

If you know me, you know I love to use distressing ink. I purposely over did it on the cards here. I think it gives a better effect then plain white. I punched holes in them knowing I wanted to embelish them later.

After I distress the tags, I put them aside to dry a little. I begin working on the main part of the countdown.

Take your vellum and cut 2 strips that are approximately 2.5" by 11"
Using a tag to figure out placement, glue the vellum on to the Disney paper, glue only the 2 short edges and the bottom. Your tags will need to be able to slide/sit in the vellum. You are basically making a pocket.
Then place, use a tag in the top row of vellum to figure out a good place to cut the Disney paper (or you can use the whole thing and cover the top part up, but I hate to waste that paper). After you have trimmed the Disney paper, glue this to the white card stock. It should look like the picture above.

Now you will add some ribbon embelishment to the vellum. Make sure to use a tag to measure in between. I put the bottom one on first, and then the sides. Last, I do the middle ones. If possible, and it won't make the tags fit too tight, I put a dot of glue under the vellum where the ribbon is to separate the pockets for each tag.

I now usually take a break from the main page and go to the tags. I printed out little sayings for all the days on my printer (I used the Disney font) on regular paper (you can use cardstock too). To make it easy to apply them to the tags, I cut them out and ran them through my sticker maker.

Then I added number stickers to the top and I also printed a big Disney "D" and made a sticker of it.

This is what you should have so far.

At this point, if you don't have holes in your tags, you can skip this next step. I like to embellish the tags so I put ribbons in them and tie them.
Next is another optional step. I wanted my friend to be able to hang the countdown on the wall. So, I took a 12x12 piece of cardboard. I punched 4 holes in it. One at each side about 2" in from the side, then two in the center. Then I ran ribbon through it (and hot glued the ribbon down on the other side so it couldn't move around.
After that, I glued the 12x12 page to the other side (not pictured) of the cardboard. Then I took some colored cardstock and glued it to the top. (I used hot glue for all of this). Then I distressed around the sides.
Here, you can either use stickers as I did in the picture of the one in my 2007 countdown pictured at the top of this page, or, this time, I used the Disney font and printed it on Vellum that could be ran through the sticker maker (so this is a smaller title because I only have a small sticker maker). Make sure, as I noted above, you have pre-printed your vellum and it is completely dry. I used a hair dryer to ensure mine was completely dry.

This is what you should have so far. (Tags are out of the pockets)
Now is the fun part. Embellish each pocket. Many of the days rhymes mention characters. In that case, I try and put the character on the pocket. I used chip board characters, stickers, and other random embellishments. I mixed and matched, used different textures, etc to make it fun. You could add buttons across the top of a few (as done in the book this craft idea came from). Whatever. Just have fun with it.

Then, what you end up with is something like this.

It's a great way to get kids excited for the upcoming trip, and also a great first page to a scrapbook for your vacation.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

So happy

I came to check out my blog today and found 5 followers  well one is myself but it was i so thank you all for coming following  now if i can just figure out some cool things to post about.  If you have any ideas please feel free to request.  if you would like to guest blog  you are more than welcome.  If you have crafts or recipes feel free to share.  i will do button swaps with anyone out their. have a great  evening all.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Plain Chicken: Bourbon Mushrooms


Bourbon Mushrooms

Bourbon Mushrooms
adapted from Southern Living
serves 8

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds assorted fresh mushrooms, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 cup bourbon (Maker's Mark)
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp dried French thyme

In a large skillet, melt the butter and olive oil over medium heat.  Add chopped mushrooms, salt and pepper.  Cook 12-15 minutes, until tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.  Add bourbon and cook 2-3 more minutes.  Reduce heat to low and add garlic, parsley and thyme.  Cook 2-3 more minutes.