Personalized T-Shirts

I read somewhere that you can use freezer paper as a stencil. I have wanted to try it for a while now. I bought freezer paper at Walmart about 3 weeks ago and am just now getting to this little craft.

I decided to go ahead and make Emily and Nicholas personalized shirts. Here is how I did it:

First I opened Word on my computer and printed out my kids names with the size and font I wanted the name to appear on the shirts:

Then I got my freezer paper out:

I cut out some freezer paper and traced the names on it with the shiny part of the paper down:

Then using my exacto knife I carefully cut out the names creating a stencil:

With Nicholas' name, (the o and a are missing the center):

I kept the center parts:

Then I went to my ironing board and ironed down the freezer paper (the hot iron causes the paper to stick to the fabric), I was very careful and made sure every little nook was sealed:

Here are the shirts with the freezer paper stencil sealed :

Next I took out some acrylic paint and textile medium:
(note: the textile medium should be added to acrylic paint to make sure the paint does not crack when washed, if you have fabric paint, then you don't need the medium)

I needed two parts paint and one part medium:

I mixed it all together:

I put some paper under the top of the shirt to prevent any paint leaking thru to the back:

Then I took my brush and carefully dabbed the paint on:

Then I let the shirts completely dry:

Then I carefully removed the stencil paper:

I used my exacto knife to remove little parts:

Then I sealed the paint with a warm iron (I carefully patted the iron down):

Minestroni Soup

One of my favorite soups is the minestrone soup. This is the perfect recipe. It is very similar to the minestrone soup in Olive Garden, Which I love. (in fact I think mine is better ;) )


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium minced onion
  • 1 cup of chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup frozen cut italian green beans
  • 3 stalks of chopped celery
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 4 cloves minced garlic 
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can small white beans, drained
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 large tomatoes grated
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup small shell pasta


  1. 1 Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.
  2. 2 Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, carrots, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.
  3. 3 Add vegetable broth to pot, plus tomato sauce and grated tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.
  4. 4 Bring soup to a boil,  then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. 5 Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Taste your soup and adjust salt and pepper if you need to.

Coffee Filter Wreath

I have seen a whole bunch of these floating around in the blog world, I decided that i just had to make one since it looked to easy. I followed this tutorial.

It was very easy. A bit time consuming (2 hours) but that was while taking care of my two kids. But so worth it.

This project was under $5.00

Here are my supplies:

Striped Curtains from Sheets

I had a vision in my head of these perfect curtains for my two windows downstairs. They black/white and very bold.
My white curtains just were not working for me anymore. They just blended right into the walls. Since there isn't an option for us to paint right now, I wanted to change the curtains.

But after visiting a couple stores and searching online, I couldn't find what I was looking for. I considered just getting 4 black curtain panels at Target, but didn't want to settle for something I wasn't completely happy with.

So I decided that if I could make make a shower curtain, then why not try and make my "vision" curtains my self.

I couldn't find any wide striped fabric. The closest I found was this. It had a great price to, but it wasn't what I was looking for.

So I went to Target and bought:

1 white queen flat sheet $11.99(for the sliding door panels)
1 black queen flat sheet $11.99 (was enough for stripes on all 4 panels)
1 white full flat sheet $9.99 (for window in family room)

Total cost: $33.97

And I made 4 curtain panels. Now they are not perfect, But I am really glad I went ahead and made them.


First I folded my curtain horizontally in half and ironed it to get that nice ironed edge:

Then I took my scissors and cut the curtain in half on that ironed edge:

Since I was working with a sheet, one of the edged on both of the panels was already finished. So I just finished the other edge by folding and ironing down 1/2 a inch:

Then another 1/2 inch:

Then I sewed the edge:

For the top, I just folded the fabric about 4 inches on the wrong side and sewed it :

For the bottom, I measured the length I wanted, I didn't have to cut any fabric, I just folded it up (about 4 inched) twice and ironed and sewed:

Now came the part of the stripes.

First I devided the Queen sheet in half horizontally (each half gave me 8 stripes which was enough for 2 panels)
I used a big carpenters square, cutting mat, tape measure and rotary cutter to insure that I got the perfect stripe.

I cut each stripe 10 inches wide.

My little helper :)

Then I ironed each edge of the stripe Half a inch:

I determined/measured/marked where I wanted each stripe on the panel and pinned in place:

Since the stripe was to long, I cut it and folded under and pinned:

Like this:

OK, all pins in place:

Now I sewed a rectangle around each stripe:

All done:

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Tissue Paper Cherry Blossom Tutorial

The biggest thing I love about Spring are the blooming cherry blossoms, they are so pretty. We happen to have two trees in our front yard. But it seems this year they didn't bloom for to long. Maybe it feels that way since it rained and rained non stop and we didn't really get to enjoy them. Well I made my own tissue paper cherry blossoms that I can enjoy this spring, can you tell they are made out of tissue paper?

First I got some tissue paper ( I used 2 different colors of pink):

I cut the paper in half, then folded it into small squares and drew a 5 petal flower, and cut them out:

I put a blob of hot glue on one of the flowers:

Then I placed another flower cut out on top:

Then (before the glue dried) I squished it all together:

Then placed some hot glue on the end:

And glued them randomly on some branches:

Pretty easy, huh?