Monday, April 30, 2012

Bread box turned (polka dot) sewing storage box

Do you ever buy something because it’s cute, but have NO clue what you’re going to do with it? That is how I got this bread box.. My Mom bought it from a thrift store. Although at the time I wasn’t sure what I’d do with it, I knew I could find SOME use for it. :)

After brainstorming for a while, and looking online to see what other “Bread box to..” projects had been done (most people convert them into charging stations for their phones/Ipod/etc.) I decided that I would use mine to store all of my sewing tools.

So, here is the before..
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LOVED the color, but wasn’t in love with the plain-ness. :)

And here it is now..
bread box to sewing storage box

Adorable, right!?

All it took was some vinyl and my Cricut to cut out the circles. :)
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Here are some shots of the inside..
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Inside is my ruffler foot that my boss GAVE me (hence, her name is one it..ha!), Rotary cutter, fabric scissors, elastic, velcro, Fabri-tac, seam rippers, needles, and some Heat ‘N Bond.


So what do you think? It came with some canisters, as well. I am having a debate (with!) as to whether or not I should give them a dotty transformation as well.. Hmm… :)

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Insta Friday (On Saturday..again)

This time I am posting on Saturday because Jeannett didn’t put the party up until today! :)

Here is a look at our week through the lens of my camera phone:

Funny shirt we saw at TJ Maxx:
1 barney extinct shirt

We heart OG bread sticks. :)
2 olive garden breadsticks

Trying to decide what free product to get since I hosted a Thirty One party.. Tough decision!
3 thirty one gifts catalog

Micheal got free passes to the wildlife park from a customer, so we took the girls on Sunday.
4 wildlife park

Manatee! :)
5 manatee

A trip to HD to pick up some supplies for a project I’m working on. :)
7 home depot trip

One of the things we got at Home Depot:
8 chalkboard paint

Found these at our new Wal-Mart. Loooove them!
9 dunkaroos

Lauren, playing contently with her little doll house. :)
10 doll house

Micheal asked me what was for dinner.. :)
11 funny text message

Abby’s self portrait. :)
13 abbys self portrait

Here she is, surfing..
14 abby surfing self portrait

Um, have you tried these? AMAZING! For reals.
15 WHITE Reeses

It got into the 40’s one night (I thought this was Florida??), so I decided to wear the girls’ Hello Kitty snuggie.
16 Hello kitty snuggie

Abby got new Barbie skates and wanted Daddy to take her to the skate park. So, he did. :)
17 skate park

Old photo booth picture of myself, my Sister and my Niece. :)
19 old pic sisters

We signed this girl up for pre-k on Thursday! (See below for more on that)
20 pre k sign up

So, you Mom’s who already have school aged children probably already know this, but getting into pre-k isn’t a for sure thing. You don’t just sign up and your child gets in. You sign up, fill out paperwork, your child gets interviewed and THEN they decide if he/she gets in. I hear that they only let them in if you are low income OR if they really NEED to be in school to get ready for kindergarten.. Well, we aren’t low income and Abby is one smart cookie buuut she has been dying to go to school since she was 2! And I cannot see her being one month from turning 6 and just starting school. Just seems crazy to me. So please pray that she gets in!

Whew, that was way more than I intended to If you want to follow me on Instagram, my user name is “katyapicello”. :)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Tickled Pink #95

Hellllooo! And welcome to another week of Tickled Pink!

As always, features first, then we will get to the party. Sound good? :)

I have not used washi tape (YET!), but this post from The Elephant’s Trunk about washi tape crafting is making me want to run out and buy some so I can make something cute with it! ;)
washi tape crafting

Life on Mars has a bunch of great tips for painting fabric. LOVE the spray painted curtains!!
how to spray paint fabric (curtains)

Don’t these cheesecake brownies from My Happy Place look delicious!? Mmmm..
cheesecake brownies 

This post from Start at Home shows how she transformed her daughter’s room.. It turned out gorgeous!
girls room redo

This post by Emmy Mom has a lot of great tips for making the perfect cake from a box mix!
how to make a perfect cake from a box mix

ALSO, there was no picture on the post, but you must watch House Talk’ns video HERE. So funny!

That is all of the features from me this week! I don’t think Holly will be featuring anyone this week. She is off in NYC hanging out with Sandra Lee (from Semi-Homemade). Are you so jealous? Me too! ;) Hope you’re having a great time, Holly!! ♥

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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Craft weekend!


Have you heard of craft weekend? It is put on by Meg Duerksen and her friends. A bunch of women (who have never met before) stay the weekend at Meg’s house and..

Make a bunch of cute crafts..

Eat Kimberlee’s amazing food..

Go antique shopping..

Go to happy hour at Sonic..

And get a bunch of swag from AWESOME sponsors..

As you can imagine, a LOT of people want to attend Craft Weekend. There is a waiting list. I emailed a while back to be put on the list, thinking that I would probably never get picked..

Last night before bed I checked my email and there was a message in there from Kimberlee and Meg saying that my name had been randomly chosen to attend!! I almost fell out of my chair.. Not kidding! ;) Micheal and I agreed that this will be my early Birthday present (I go August 3rd, 4th and 5th.. My Birthday is the 26th. :))

Can’t wait to meet you, Meg and Kimberlee (as well as the rest of the girls)!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Baked ziti

Today I am going to share with you one of my favorite things to make for dinner.. Baked ziti! Why is it one of my favorites? For one, it’s not hard to make (at all.. contrary to what you would think). Two, it’s just plain GOOD! So, so good.. And three, my girls will eat it and ask for more! Can’t argue with that!

I found this recipe from THIS blog a while back. I changed a lot of the recipe so I figured I would share with you today, how I make it! :)

Here is what you’ll need:
easy baked ziti recipe

-1 pound ground beef
-1 lb. box ziti pasta
-1 large jar of spaghetti sauce (mine says 2 lb. on it.. Didn’t know liquids were measured by the pound, but I’m just telling you what my jar said so that you know what to get)
-1 large container of ricotta cheese
-1 bag mozzarella cheese
-1 onion (I only use half though, as my Husband isn’t an onion person)

1. Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add ziti pasta and cook until tender (about 8 minutes), then drain.
2. In a large skillet, brown onion and ground beef over medium heat.
3. Add (all) spaghetti sauce to onion and ground beef. Simmer about 15 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
5. Layer a 9x13 baking dish as follows: 1/2 of the ziti, mozzarella, ricotta cheese, 1/2 of the sauce, remaining ziti, mozzarella, remaining sauce then top with remaining mozzarella.
6. Bake in oven for 30 minutes or until all of the cheese is melted.
7. Enjoy!! :)

Here is what it looks like coming out of the oven:
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..And on my plate:easy baked ziti recipe-4

Yum, yum, yum!

Make this for your family tonight. Promise they’ll love it. :)

Friday, April 20, 2012

Insta Friday


Wow, this past week just FLEW by!

Here is what our week looked like through the lens of my camera phone..

All set to go to one of A&L’s friend’s birthday party.

Singing Happy Birthday at the (previously mentioned) party. :)

I made strawberry cake pops.. Delish, in case you were wondering. ;)3

Our cat is a freako and sits up like this from time to time. :)

Awesome unicorn pattern I found (and bought) at Walmart. My girls looove unicorns!

Red velvet cupcakes I won through Facebook.. Yum!!

I managed to find the floor in our bedroom! I was starting to worry that it didn’t exist any more. ;)

Found this pic while cleaning. It’s Micheal holding Abby the day she was born. Melts my heartttt.

Proof that I passed my OCD tendencies on to my Daughters..

Micheal got home from work at like 2:30 one day. This never happens! The girls and I were so happy!

A picture from last year that my Niece put up.. Miss her so, so much!

Aaand this is what I’m doing right now. :) Catching up on Glee!

That’s it for this week! If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, my username is “katyapicello”

Hope everyone has a great weekend!