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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Printable Wednesday

Hello lovelies! Today I have some fun new free printables. I love printables. They are just so fun and I love how you can print them out for very little (either at home, Walgreen's, CVS, etc) and change them out for Holidays. I decided to try my hand out at making some new cute ones. I followed the tutorial on I am Momma, Hear Me Roar. Boy was this one helpful. I have been copy and pasting scrapbook pages, but her tutorial made it so much easier. Thank you Cheri!

Here are the printables I made over the weekend, while relaxing it up.

If you make a project, link it back to me and e-mail you pic. 
I will feature it here.

Ok here we go....

this first one was my tester....





 and this one totally describes my family to a T
and you can tell I was getting a bit braver with the fonts and words.

Love this one and can't wait to print mine out for my living room.
I think I will go with either the black or dark red. 
They're fantastic!









Want more printables? 
Let me know!
 Send me some comment love.

Have a wonderful Day!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tasteful Tuesday: Chicken Leftovers

I am doing something a little different today for Tasty Tuesdays. At the beginning of the summer I revived a comment from a good friends mother. She follows Blissful and Domestic and had a cooking question. Well I always meant to reply, but her e-mail sat in my inbox, waiting for a reply, for obviously way too long. Today I decided to address her question and figured to do it here, since some of you may benefit as well. Here is what Grandma Suzzy asked:

"since you are such a good cook, I have a need maybe you have some insight to: we have a wood fired pizza oven hubby built for me...after pizzas, we usually prepare a few whole chickens to roast using the leftover oven heat. I often, though, lack many creative ways to utilize that roast chicken meat, other than to add bbq sauce for sandwiches and for enchiladas. If you have any more ideas...when you get a chance...I sure would love to hear them!"

So here is what I came up with. I decided to do some blog hopping research to find some awesome recipes,. which would be perfect with Grandma Suzzy's leftover chicken meat. 

The first blog I thought to check out was Chef in Training. I always find awesome recipes there. I went to her word cloud in her left column and clicked on "chicken". Here are some of the fabulousness I found.


You can use the same ingredients, but cook it on the stove, since your chicken is already cooked.


Just again add all ingredients to your precooked chicken


These look super yummy!


This one is great for using up rice and veggie leftovers too!


I also hopped on over to The Homespun Heart. This is a favorite blog of mine and all her stuff is yummy also.

I thought of Chicken Pot Pie. This is a great way to use leftover chicken.


Chicken Alfredo Pizza. I use this recipe and it is oh so yummy! 


and we can't forget Chicken Alfredo with pasta. Yum!


Here are some chicken recipes from Blissful and Domestic.

This one is super yummy in the winter with home made rolls


This recipe is for Taco Tortilla Soup.
you could make this one with chicken instead of beef.



and then because I can't resist anything by The Pioneer Woman
Here are somne links to some of her fabulous chicken recipes.

Chicken Spaghtetti
Cajun Chicken Pasta
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Home-made Chicken and Noodles

I hope you all get a chance to try some fo these fabulous recipes, and
sorry it me so long to respond Grandma Suzzy, I hope these recipes give you some great ideas on how to use your leftover chicken!

Have a fabulous Tuesday and I will see you tomorrow for some great free printables!

also don't forget to enter our fun vinyl giveaway this week!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Getting to Know You Sunday: Katherine From Thrifted Things


Hi there :) It’s a pleasure to be with you today!
I am Katherine, From Thrifted Things, my bloggy home.
Danielle asked to me guest post today and just introduce myself a little bit! She gave me a couple questions to answer, so here we go!


Why do you blog?
I feel like blogging gives me a chance to express myself. I’m a girl of few words, but the words that I do have usually have meaning. I’m the type of person where I say what I mean and I mean what I say. I try to always be honest and kind. I hope my blog emulates that.


What do you blog about?
I blog mostly about thrifted clothing! I’ve been thrifting since I was 12. It’s become a huge part of my life and I love it so much! I love finding clothing that no one else has and having my own style. I also throw in a little day to day action as well.


Why do you love it?
I love putting outfits together! It’s just so much fun for me. I love looking in my closet and saying, “what do I want to wear today?” Every day I dress differently. It’s playing dress up each morning :)

What are some interesting things about you?
I’m LDS. I have probably 80+ shoes. I worked at Arby’s for 3 years. I love to sew! Moose are my favorite animal. I’m learning to cook and I love it! I just started to play soccer. I ran a 5k this summer. Nail polish is a must. I love notebooks. I just love life and the people in it :)


Thanks for having me Danielle :)

And feel free to stop by and say hello.
I'd love to have you!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ashley from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night

Hello lovelies! I hope your last week of summer vacation is going well. We have been taking it easy, which is why my little bloggy here has been lacking in the sewing tutorial department. I did have a bunch more back to school clothes refashions, but to be honest I probably won't be sharing them till next week or so. I am down to the wire with getting things ready for another year of home school. I also am having dental surgery tomorrow, which I am so not excited about. That being said I am super excited for our guest today. Ashley, from Mommy by Day, Crafter by Night  is going to add a bit more cuteness to Blissful and Domestic, while I am lesson planning and recovering. 

Blog Meet Ashley


Hi everyone! I am Ashley... I am the mommy behind the Mommy by day... Crafter by night blog. It is a blog about all the things I craft while my little ones are asleep! 

I am so excited that Danielle asked me to guest post at Blissful and Domestic!!!
Today I am going to share my Ruffle Tote Tutorial!

My bag is roughly 15 x17 inches so all the measurements coordinate with this size but could easily be changed to work with any size bag you wanted.

To make this bag you will need:

 -Two coordinating fabrics. 
(I got mine in the home decor fabrics at Joann's. This fabric is pretty thick, but not quite as thick as canvas. I bought a yard of each but have a little leftover of each one so you could probably get away with buying less if you measured everything out exactly and knew how much you needed before going to buy it.)
-Fusible Interfacing (light- meduim depending on how thick your fabric is... After making my bag I realized that since my fabric was so thick I really didn't need the interfacing- so only use the interfacing if your fabric will need the interfacing to hold it's shape.)

Step 1: Cut out 2 pieces of each fabric to measure 15 x 17 inches each. Then cut out 2 pieces of fusible interfacing that are 15 x 17 inches each.
Step 2: Only do this step if your fabric is thin: Iron the fusible interfacing onto the wrong sides of both of your inside fabrics (striped fabric). Now set these pieces aside.

Step 3: Cut out two pieces of fabric for the pocket measuring 9 x 9 inches. (Initially I had planned on using the striped fabric for my pocket but changed my mind and used the floral fabric for the pocket and the striped for the ruffle. So you can use whatever fabric you would like for this part)

Step 4: Put both of the pieces of fabric you cut out for your pocket so that they are right side together and sew along both the sides and the bottom of your pocket but leave the top unstitched so you can turn it right side out. After you turn it right side out press the seams so they lay flat. 
Lay this part aside for a minute.

Step 5: Cut out a strip of fabric that is 2 x 18 inches. This will be for your ruffle. 

Step 6: Iron your 2x18 inch fabric in half so it is 1x18 inches. Then use a basting stitch along the raw edge of the fabric so you can create a gather.

Step 7: Gather your fabric so that it is 1/2 inch wider than the width of your pocket. Once you have the fabric gathered to the width you would like, roll the raw edges on both sides twice and sew a small seam on both sides so that the raw edges are not exposed.

Step 8: Open the top of your pocket you have sewn and fold all the edges inside the pocket and iron your seam flat so it stays in place. Then insert your bottom edge or unfinished edge of your fabric in between both fabrics and pin in place. Sew a small seam along the top edge of your pocket to close it and hold the ruffles in place.

Step 9: Pin your finished pocket to the front piece of your bag. (Just the floral fabric) And sew it in place around 3 edges- don't sew the top edge obviously;)

Step 10: Now take the front piece that has the pocket sewn to it and line it up with a striped piece so that the right sides of the fabric are facing eachother. Sew along both sides and the bottom- leaving the top un sewn. Then take the other floral piece and striped piece and put them right sides together and do the same. After you sew both, turn them right side out and iron the seams flat.

Step 11: With both side of the bags right side facing out (so the striped fabric sides are facing each other on the inside and the floral fabrics are both facing out), line them up to each other, pin in place and sew along both sides and bottom of the bag. Sew as close to the edge as you can. I went around twice just to make sure that the seam was sturdy.

Step 12: Cut out two straps for the bag. They will need to be 5 inches wide and then whatever length you would like them to be. Fold them in half so they are now 2 1/2 inched wide and iron. Next, open up and fold both edges into the line you just ironed and and iron... After it is all folded back up you should have a strap that is 4 layers thick. Stitch as close as you can to each side of the strap for both straps.

Step 13: Take your bag and push the raw edges of the fabric into the inside of each side so that no raw edges are exposed. Iron and pin your seams down. Insert handles into each side and pin in place. Make sure that the straps and not twisted.

Step 14: Sew all the way around the top of your bag as close to the edge as you can to close your seams and hold the straps in place. (I stay stitched back and forth a few times when I went over each handle just to make sure they don't come off.)

Now you are finished!!!

If you have any questions about making this tote, I would love to help! Email me at mommybydaycrafterbynight {at} gmail {dot} com

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tasty Tuesdays: Kool-Aid Slur-pees

Happy Tuesday All! 
Today I have a super easy, super yummy recipe to share with you today.
I don't know about you, but here in Vegas we are hitting triple digits everyday, so it is pretty dang hot outside.
When the temperature is that high you usually want to just sit in  a pool with a cool treat. Well we don't have a pool, but I do have a great cool treat to share with you today.

This recipe is for Kool-Aid Slur-pees.
That's right who needs 7-11 when you can't create slur-pees at home.

Here is What You Need:


1 package of powdered kool-aid mix
your blender
measuring cups

Here is What you Do:

Put 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice, and 1/2 cup of kool-aid mix into your blender.
Blend together. Add more ice only if your mix needs to be a bit thicker, you should be fine though.


And there you have it a simple scrumptious slur-pee to share withy our littles.


I hope you all get a chance to make these. Your children will love them, and hey why lie.... I love them and am always up for making them. Perfect on a hot summer day.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Versatile Blogger Award

Sorry no fun tutorial for today. We had an ice cream play date with friends this morning (pictures to follow soon) and I am just now getting onto the computer. I was to full from laughter with friends and yummy ice cream sundaes with home made hot fudge. So delish! Any-who I got a great surprise when I checked my mail. Adrianne, from Happy Hour Projects nominated me for the versatile blogger award. I am so flattered. To accept this award I need to share 7 new fun facts about myself. Alright lets see what I got to share here....

1) I have an irrational fear of balconies. I hate going on them and definitely don't want my kids going on them either. I have a fear they will fall right over the railings.

2) I can't use my husbands power saw. I am deathly afraid that I will cut my hand off. I beg him to help me any-time I need wood cut.

3)I am 5'8 and have been this tall since the 5th grade. Yep the boys called me amazon women from a young age:<

4) I can't follow movies about government conspiracies. They just go over my head. Movies like the Bourne identity just confuse me. I fall asleep from the confusion.

5) I have traveled both to Ireland and England. Ireland was better. The people were super sweet and not snooty about Americans.

6) Two of my favorite foods, when I was little, was American cheese and grape jelly, and Hot dogs and apple-sauce. I will still eat hot dogs and apple-sauce today, but have no clue why I liked American cheese and grape jelly. That sounds pretty bad to me right now.

7) I love romantic movies, but only if they live happily ever after. I want a happy ending always, or else I feel like it was  waist of a movie.

Now that you know a little bit about me I want you to get to know a few fantastic ladies, who I love frequenting their blogs. check these ladies out. They rock!

29 Inch Heels
Adventures in Mommyland
amazingly Awkward Amy
Attempting Aloha
Carrie and Company
Chef in Training

So there oyu have some fantastic ladies. Check them out and enjoy their cute blogs:>

Have a fabulous Monday and I will be back tomorrow with the winner of our Madison Ave. Give-away and hopefully a new tutorial:>

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Getting to Know You Sunday



My name is Melody from Melody's Voice. I live a fabulous life. I do! I live in sunny Southern California, I have a job I love, I own a beautiful home, I travel to places like New York and San Francisco, and I have two of the cutest doggies.


But most importantly, I have a husband, with big sexy muscles, who I love very much. I have been very blessed, and the biggest blessing of all came about 3 months ago when I found out that I am finally pregnant. I started blogging to share all these fabulous things with my family, and many friends have joined me along the way. I've been blogging since 2008, so my blog has covered a wide array of topics and interests. In addition to blogging about my life, I've written about fashion and beauty. These have always been two interests of mine. I've always loved design and I started sewing at the age of thirteen, perhaps out of necessity.


Coming from a family of seven kids, there wasn't much money to spend on clothes so if I wanted a cute new skirt, I made it. But I've grown to love sewing and creating. Often times I walk into clothing stores and become displeased with not only the price of clothing, but the designs. I find things too short, too long, too revealing or I find things simple enough for me to sew myself, so often times I do. My latest fashion creation is the shirt dress.


It takes takes moderate sewing skills, only about an hour and you need just a few materials:

1. A pattern for a dress, but you only use the skirt portion. Make sure it is a pattern with a waistband. I love pockets so I made sure to use a pattern that had some. (If you're super cool and you can make your own skirt pattern, more power to you!)
2. An inexpensive shirt, or an old shirt you no longer wear.
3. Some fabric to match the shirt. You will need about a yard and 4 inches. Be sure to buy knit fabric. The dress needs to be able to stretch over your head and upper body. There are no zippers in this dress.

Next all you need to do is:

1. Cut out and sew the skirt according to the directions.
2. Cut the shirt off about 6 inches below the armpit (this may vary depending on your bust size or length of your torso).
3. Sew skirt to shirt.
4. Iron.



Now go out there and give this a try. I would love to see pictures of you all sporting your shirt dresses. Thanks for spending this time with me. You all are fabulous!



Thanks Melody so much!
I hope you all have a fabulous Sunday!

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