Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Froggie Shower Invitations

Froggie Shower Invitations

I am getting ready to give a shower for one of my best friends.  This is going to be her second dear little boy!  Cannot wait to meet him, but until then I am excited to plan a cute shower for his mommy .

After talking with the mommy-to-be about nursery colors, I decided to do a froggie theme.  So many ideas pouring into my head with this theme.  To begin with I made these cute froggie onesie invitations

Tan Cardstock
Scrap Cardstock any color
Paint Samples in nursery colors and in Green
1 1/2" circle punch
Regular Single Hole Punch
Brown Eyeshadow
Cheap Blush Brush 
Google eyes
Black permanent marker
Glue gun
Glue dot roller

1.) Draw and cut out a onesie from scrap Cardstock.  I folded mine in half to make sure it was symmetrical.  I'm sure there are patterns on pinterest too.
2.) Cut out two onesies from tan cardstock for each invitation.  Glue together with dot roller at the shoulder seams.
3.) Dip blush brush into the brown eyeshadow.  Lightly dust around the edges of the card to give depth.

4.) Using the circle punch, punch out one green circle from paint sample for each card.  Glue to the upper center of onesie.  I was able to get 4 circles from each large sample.  
5.). Draw a smile and two nostrils with permanent marker.

6.). Hot glue google eyes.

7.). Punch out a few "warts" with the single hole punch.   Glue at random on the frog's face.
8.). Glue on your sentiment and event details.  You could skip this step if you print onto the cardstock to begin with, but I liked the contrasting colors.
9.). To make the nursery color card, I simple punched out the colors from paint samples and glued them on to scrap cardstock.  I am a matchy-matchy kind of gal and like the idea of the nursery all color coordinated :)

The final product turned out really cute.  Could work as a baby gift card, announcement, and more!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Classic Creations Unlimited: Becoming Official!

A really short post tonight.  Things are getting busy around here.  Talked with a banker, accountant, builder, IRS, state revenue, and county revenue in the last couple of days.  And today I received this...
First Piece of Mail with the Company Name!

Granted it was just a form I requested from the IRS, but still very exciting.  Just a few more steps to becoming a real business.

I am thrilled to see where this takes my family as I hope to provide financially while meeting needs at home.   As I've said before, I have wanted to do this business to have a flexible schedule to work-from-home with my children.  I find inspiration in these verses from Proverbs 31:

13 "She selects wool and flax
    and works with eager hands. 
14 She is like the merchant ships,
    bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
    she provides food for her family
    and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
    out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
    her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
    and her lamp does not go out at night."

 God give me strength to balance it all, following after You and Your will.

Cooking Creations: Thyme Crockpot Chicken

Just a quick post of a delicious and easy crockpot supper.  All of the ingredients are fresh or dried with nothing from a can.  Plus the chicken didnt look anemic like crockpot meat often does.  In fact, it tasted so good and looked pretty enought that I could serve this to guests or clients.

Thyme Crockpot Chicken
3-4 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
2 tsp dried thyme
6 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup orange juice
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 8oz package mushrooms, chopped or whole

Place chicken in the crock.  Sprinkle with thyme, garlic, and salt.  Pour on vinegar and orange juice.  Scatter mushrooms on top of the chicken.  Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or on low for 5 hours.  Add more salt if desired.  Garnish with fresh or dried thyme

Variation:  I considered taking the liquid in the crock and adding cream, and making a sauce for the dish.   It would probably take about 10 minutes stovetop.