Thursday, March 8, 2012

Printed Memories

So my little man is almost 10 months. I cannot believe it. Every time I think of doing a hand print or foot print time goes bye, and I don't get to it. So today after his second morning nap I decided to do it.

I used a thin (.6) piece of Chip board. Then I spray painted it grey (was going to use on a different project, but that was kaput). You should use finger paint, but I had none so I just used this. I just made sure I washed the paint off immediately!

He loves to flip things over. So this picture was very difficult! LOL

I painted his hand and let him pat the paper (usually babies hate to have cold slimy stuff on their hands). If you want to use a spare paper for then to do that I would suggest to. But I like that he made a big blog of handprints. :)
Then I painted his foot and put it on the paper. Feet are 10 times easier!!! Sometimes they like to wiggle their toes though. But he was a good boy!

 Then I just added how old he is at the top. You can paint that one if you are good at that. I have chicken scratch, so these were perfect!

See, after I feed him him cleaned him up and gave him apple slices, he could care less! :) Babies are resilient!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baby Jar Cakes

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Do you have a million baby jars laying around your house like me. You wash them but can't find the heart to throw them in recycle? Yeah me to. So I have been seeing all these "Mason Jar Cakes" and thought, "Hey, since I am on a diet, I could totally do it in baby jars and maybe justifiy a small treat every once in awhile!"

So I decided that this is what I would do on a Saturday afternoon. 

First gather your cake mix and all ingredients. If you want different colors, use food coloring. You will need a spray oil to coat the jars. I washed the jars by hand with the bottle brush, then ran through the dish washer on "Sanitize" mode.

Start by spraying all the jars with cooking oil. This will make them not stick in the jars. Once they are done they will slide right out of the jar!

I divided the cake mix into three bowls and added food coloring.

 Add batter to the half way mark in the jar. I did some slightly over halfway and it mushroomed out the top! LOL

Line them all up on a cookie sheet. I used the temperature for the 13x9 pan (350 degrees). They cooked approximately 30-35 minutes.
About 10 minutes before they are done take all the lids and put them in water and boil it on the stove. This will seal the jars.

Once the jars come out of the over the cake should look something like this!

 Take the lids out of the boiling water with tongs.
 Lay them on the top of the jars
With a rag, twist the lids on the jar.

The jar and the lids are super hot!

 Flip the jar upside down and clean up your kitchen! LOL We went and watched Ghostbusters!!
Soon you will hear, POP POP POP coming from the kitchen. That is the jar sealing!

 Then I went and printed out some labels for the jars! Would be great for party favors or wedding favors.
You can store the sealed jars in a cool dark place (like pantry) for 8-9 months. I have heard up to a year, but I am not sure it would ever stick around my house that long!

You can also freeze them. We always freeze the ones that didn't seal right. They will stay good in the freezer for about 5 months.

Hope you liked this handy trick!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Sofia Bella Couture

 I Would love to introduce a very passionate woman. She started her company from the ground up and promotes local handmade artist's within her company. Please visit and join her blog and Facebook.

Wisdom is the deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. 

Beauty refers to psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity, congruence and elegance.

With these two attributes, any woman can conquer the world.  And that is what I hope to teach my daughter. 

Welcome to Sofia Bella Couture!  My name is Brandice and this is my story!
On February 1, 2011, Sofia Marie was born.  She was 6 lbs 12 oz of pure perfection.  My life changed forever.  Sofia gave me wings to fly and with those wings I took a leap of faith, trusting that my new found wings would help me soar.  Just like that, the concept for Sofia Bella Couture was born.

Sofia Bella Couture offers unique clothing and accessories for infants, toddlers and children.  To maximize your shopping experience, you must first understand the Sofia Bella Couture concept.  We do not aim to carry cookie cutter clothing options.  Our goal is to provide you with one of a kind options that you will not find anywhere else around town.  We do not mass produce sizes, fabrics or patterns.  Often times, each piece is the only one of its kind.  If you find a particular piece that you would like to order in a different size or color, it is possible that we can custom order it for you.  We carry some national lines but our forte is showcasing the talent and quality craftsmanship of local vendors as well as developing our own Sofia Bella brand. 

We have a brick and mortar retail location in the MoDiv Retail Incubator located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids!  We also sell through our Facebook page, Facebook auctions, Etsy and soon we will be selling through our e-commerce site.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Chalk

Sunday mornings are like a wonderment of divine possibilities. I figured we would clean out the garage and then make some crafts so I have something to blog about. Well halfway through my first craft I hit a road block with the saw so I got discouraged. Then my daughter asked for the chalk. it soon turned into this!

This just made my morning! AND she is not watching TV!!

See, even a bunk craft can stand no chance to the happiness of a child with chalk.