Blissful and Domestic - Creating a Beautiful Life on Less: May 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sewing Quickie: The Mini Maxi Dress

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope it is a fun one for you. Today is going to be full of a fun play date with cousins and a chance for me to show off the new home to my  sisters. I am very excited. We have been working hard all week at unpacking. I have unpacked everything in the house, but there are still a ton of boxes in the shed (our house came with tow sheds outside). I will get to the boxes eventually. I will also post some updated pictures of the house soon. It is amazing how much work hubby has done. Last week he built Miss Priss a bed frame. Seriously! He just busted out some wood and his saw and got to work. For a man who, a few months ago, knew nothing about carpentry, he just has blown my mine with his mad skills. He is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Did you get that AMAZING! Now that you know how awesome my hubby is on to todays tutorial.


Here is another sewing quickie. This is a simple sewing project, that really takes little time. This dress is one of Miss Priss's favorite. I love it because it will fit her for a long time. I made this dress last summer actually, and she is still wearing it.

Here is what you do:


Thank you PicNik for great photo shopping. I love all the cuteness you can add to photos.

I hope you all are enjoying your littles this week and maybe even have some time for sewing. Remember next week starts Hair Week. We have some awesome guest bloggers. I am so excited! Also for more sewing quickies go HERE and have a fabulous Tuesday!!

Oh and if you want to post the Hair Week button on your blog and spread the news. I will seriously be your best friend :> I would hate for anyone to Miss out on the fabulousness, that will be next week :>

Monday, May 30, 2011

Sunshine Monday

Happy Monday to all my lovelies out there today. I hope your Monday is going well. Mine is getting off to a pretty good start. So far no fighting or whining between the redheads, which is always a good sign. Today marks the end of the first week in our home. I cannot believe the transformation of this place. I seriously never want to leave. I am in LOVE with this place. L-O-V-E. Love! 

I also have been sewing and crafting up a storm lately. All the windows needed curtains, which my husband was very adamant about me doing soon. He was in such a hurry about me making curtains, that he helped set up my sewing table the day after we moved in. I am hoping to post some pictures of the house and hopefully share some projects soon.

Anyways I have so much to be thankful for.

First of all I am thankful to me little assistant, who has way to much sass for that little pink clad body.





Those pink shoes just kill me. In fact she kills me like everyday with her cuteness. She knows those blue eyes and freckles melt my heart. I love this girl.


I am thankful for Zach, who has not yet greeted us yet. How cute is my sister? The counter is literally holding up her belly. I love it!


I am thankful for these girls. We are sisters, through marriage and I am thankful for that. They drive me crazy, in a good way. Like you make my sides ache from laughing so much kind of crazy. They are my besties for life!!


I am thankful for dinners, in our new home.


I love my cute butter dish. 
I swear I have used more butter this week, 
just because I love admiring the dish:>


I am thankful for bright flowers on my table and home made rolls


And lastly I am thankful for our first dinner, in our new home.

Semi Home-made spaghetti sauce is THE best and so simple.

Here is a quick recipe to add a little sunshine into your day. 
Seriously make this for your family and they will love you for it.

1 chunky spaghetti seasoning packet
1 can of tomato paste
1 can of tomato sauce
1 can of diced tomatoes.

Mix all together and serve over spaghetti and meatballs. 

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body; 
and be ye thankful."

Colossians 3:15

Have a wonderful Holiday with your family and Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

High-Waisted Beachcomber Skirt

Remember when I told you about the Beachcomber shirt I made? Well I took that same idea and made a skirt out of it. This was super simple and I think it looks great paired with a fun, bright green striped shirt. Perfect for the hot summer days, which will be greeting us soon. I measured my waist and doubled, then cut out my fabric. I used a knit in a bright purple. I sewed my skirt together and then folded over the waist band (to find out exactly how Disney explains here). I sewed my casing and inserted my elastic. This was a very quick skirt to make and it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself.



I hope this post finds you all well and I hope you are 
enjoying some sewing and crafting this week.

Have a fabulous day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

{Feature Friday }

It is time for another Feature Friday. These fabulous ladies, I am featuring, all have THE cutest blogs. I swear I could juts browse their blogs forever. Make sure to check them out and maybe drop them a little comment love. I am sure it would make there day. I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday.
I will be back on Monday with some new crafts.

I love this clutch from Scissors and Spatulas.


With temperatures getting warmer, I know my littles will love these root beer float pops, from Smile Monsters.


These mini cinnamon rolls from Delightfully Dowling seriously have me drooling. They look so yummy. Once we are settled into the new house I am making these :>


I am also loving this summer dress from Cookies and Crafts.


These frames, from Sassy Sanctuary were for Mother's Day, but I love them for any time!


 Look at this fabulous wreath from Mama Says Sew


If you were featured please grab a button!
Your awesome!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Mirabelle Purse

Here is my newest Re-purposing creation. I call it the Mirabelle Purse. I figure such a pretty purse needs an equally pretty name. Here is how you make it.




This is my purse, which I have been using for the past few weeks, since I made it. I love it! I have gotten so many compliments on it and it seriously is holding up to all my mommy roughness. It holds snacks, my wallet, baby wipes, action figures, my little ponies, phone, tic tacs, and all those other necessities that every mom needs.

It is really simple to make and was completely re-purposed, 
which of course is my favorite kind of project.

All you need is a skirt with lining.


I used an old khaki skirt, which regrettably no longer fit me.

I cut out the shape above x 2

I also cut a strip from my left over skirt material. 
I sewed a running stich down the side of the strip and created a ruffle.
I used cream thread to sew it onto the front piece of my purse.


Next, I put the right sides together and 
sewed around the outside with a zigzag stich.
I actually did this twice. Hoping this would help in keeping the bottom from coming undone, with all my stuff shoved into my purse.
So far so good. The bottom has not come undone.


Then I took a strip of brown fabric I had in my scrap box.
I measured it to the length I wanted. 
My strap is 26 inches, with 1 inch seam allowance on each side.


I then began making my flowers. I sewed these last, by hand.
I cut out 6 circles for each flower, from my leftover lining material.
 The first circle is your bottom.
The rest of the circles you fold into quarters and stitch into place.


And that is about it.
Not to many steps away from having a perfectly cute purse.

For other sewing ideas go HERE.

To read how to make a Corduroy Yo-Yo purse click HERE.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Garlic Butter Shrimp with Zucchini

Before I start this post let me just tell you all again how thankful I am for all your comments. I checked my mail tonight and found some wonderful comments, from some sweet friends. One friend told me how she loves all the recipes I share and how it was her favorite part of the blog. I was so sad I could not reply because her e-mail said noreply. So if you know who your are thank you, thank you, thank you!! It is wonderful to know you wonderful ladies are sharing these recipes with your families, and you are enjoying them.

It really blows my mind because I did not come into my marriage knowing how to cook. Growing up we usually had baked chicken with rice or egg noodles. This was a go to meal most nights. I loved it and never knew I was missing out. Than I married my husband, who is a meat and potatoes with a heck of a lot of seasoning, kind of man. Boy did I have a bunch to learn. He is a sweet man though and has always been encouraging. He even called his mother, while in Iraq, and asked her to help me whith my cooking. Most women would have been offended, but not me. She is truly an amazing cook and basically taught me the basics, which has completely changed the way I cook.

Well anyway now that you know a little bit about my cooking background here is a new recipe I want to share with you.

I love to make this on a night when I don't really feel like putting too much work into dinner. The meal comes out, as if I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, but really I tried very little. I think dinners like these are also great to have as a go to recipe. No thawing of meat is required, which I always love. I always seem to forget about thawing the meat out and end up remembering like an hour before dinner is to be ready. So here is how I make Garlic Butter Shrimp with Zucchini.

Here is What You Need

2 Zucchini's

15 shrimp (precooked)

1/2 stick of butter

Garlic seasoning

Here is What You Do

Place your butter in your frying pan and allow to melt.

Than add your shrimp.

Sprinkle generously with garlic
my hubby likes a lot, 
but go with what you know your family will like

While shrimp is cooking, wash your zucchini and slice.
Cook in about 1 inch of water. 
Cook until tender.
I like to sprinkle my Zucchini with a little bit of Ms. Dash

Cook shrimp until it is heated through and butter has cooked off

Your pan will look like this


Serve shrimp over white rice with zuchini on the side. 
Hope you enjoy this recipe.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: Yummy Summer Recipe's

I am literally writing this post with my four year old,sleeping on my lap. She somehow thinks this will help me get this post done faster :> Oh how I love little red heads. She and I went and organized all the recipes. I realized their were a few that did not make it to my From my Kitchen section of the blog. We went back and got the links for them, so you could all have them for easy reference.

I realized one thing while organizing my recipes. First thing is I tend to share an insane amount of desserts. I guess I really do have a sweet tooth and seeing all my yummy summer recipes makes me want to start BBQing now. Since it is currently windy and we have no BBQ as of yet, I thought I would just share some summer recipe's with you all from my From My Kitchen Link.



and for a sweeter version try my