Baby Doll Diaper

It’s the Made by You Monday party at Skip to My Lou and I finally have something to share, besides cookies. This is actually Cindy’s pattern for baby doll diapers and it’s a total life money-saver. Eden has all these baby dolls and always wants diapers for them, but the store-bought toy diapers that will fit them are a rediculous price. They also don’t last because the tabs lose their stickiness. I’ve bought real baby newborn diapers (the super tiny ones) and even those are too big and go all the way up to the chest of the poor doll.

This was eeeeeeeeeeeeeasy.

Baby Doll Diaper Pattern

Simple design…

…and it fits! 

Since the tabs are velcro they don’t lose their stickiness and you can make them out of all kinds of fabrics and patterns. I made another one out of pink fleece for a Build-a-Bear too. This one was made with an old pair of my flannel jammies… hence the coffee theme, lol!

Click on the Made by You banner to visit the Skip to My Lou blog and see everyone else’s handmade projects!



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Tooth Pillow (or stuffed cuteness)


It came! It came! It came!

It’s a tooth pillow with a heart pocket on the back (which I forgot to photograph) for putting the lucky tooth into. And a freaking awesome pin that I’m going to specifically create a handbag for, just so I can pin this to it.

You have to visit The Cupcakery Girl’s store. Cynthia Jaeger handcrafts the most adorable, amazing, charming creations that I’ve ever seen. No joke.

Like these hairpins

And this pincushion (which I think is my next must-have)

And ohmyfreakinggosh these

You can find her Twitter, Facebook and blog info here. Visit her and tell her Valerie from Unbound sent you!



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Raaaaaaaaaadom Baking – Double Chocolate Coconut Cookies

I’ve had two bags of coconut since Christmas because I forgot to make macaroons. These are even better… they have chocolate. I think they are my new favorite, and I do NOT say that lightly. I had to give 1/2 of them away because the kids don’t like coconut (gasp!), and John’s not much of a sweets-eater (double-gasp!)  so I was shoveling in consuming way too many.

Again from Martha Stewart’s Cookie book.

Martha Stewart’s Double Choclate Coconut Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa poweder
  • 1 teapspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 2 cups white chocolate chunks (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 3/4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 3/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts (about 6 ounces)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix of medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Mix in eggs one at a time. Stir in vanilla
  2. Sift flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a bowl. Mix into butter mixture on low speed until well combined. Stir in chocolate, coconut and walnuts.
  3. Using a 1 1/2 ince ice cream scoop, drop batter onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper, spacing 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly. Bake until set, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to racks to cool completely. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

This is probably a good time to say that if you think I follow any of her prissy directions to the letter then prepare to have me laugh in your face. 1 1/2 in. ice cream scoop? How about a glob dumped off one of my cereal spoons. Sifting? Seriously? I don’t even own a sift (but I do whip up all my dry ingredients with a wisk). The only reason I type these recipes out word for word is because someone may want to follow it precisely and I feel like I’m misquoting anyone if I change what was on the printed page.

Just sayin’.


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Friday Night Movies – Sherlock Holmes

As I was sitting in class this morning thinking about what movie John and I should watch tonight, I was reminded that I didn’t review LAST Friday’s movie, which was Sherlock Holmes. I really wanted to do this one too because I enjoyed it so much.

So, two words… Jude and Law.

Now, because I didn’t choose this movie, I can not be accused to renting it for this reason alone. Though it is a good enough reason to do so. Oh, my dear, darling, adorable Mr. Watson. I will admit my crazy crush on Jude, but only because he is the only celebrity I have a crush on. Absolute truth. I think John is ok with this because he has his own.

I first fell in love with took note of Jude in The Talented Mr. Ripley. Very dashing.

And of course as the adorable, vulnerable and faithful Inman. W.P Inman. “Repeatin’ a thing doesn’t improve it.” Ah, Inman. You are too precious for words.

Word is that the part of Watson almost went to Colin Farrell. Shoot, what a tragedy that would’ve been!

Oh yeah, Holmes is played by Robert Downey Jr. Whatever.

I wasn’t expecting it to be a 2 hour movie, but it was full of action and super quirky dialogue. Another great thing is that it was clean enough for Johnny (11 years old) to watch the next day. Pretty violent, but no sex or language. And he loved it, let me tell you. All the science and logic won him over.

I was able to find a collection of classic Sherlock Holmes e-books online for free. These are all public domain now which is pretty friggin’ cool. I intend to print one out for Johnny to read and see how that goes. He’s smart, but sometimes the language of these older books is a bit much too much handle.

I am now taking movie suggestions for tonight should you care to cast your opinion.

Have a super weekend! Take time to play with your kids, read in bed and snuggle with your significant other. As long as you have clothes on your back and clean dishes to eat off of, the rest of the housework can wait.


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Kirstie Alley, comic style

After watching an episode of Kirstie Alley’s Big Life with me, Johnny drew this…

It was the episode where Jim is sick and Kirstie gets really tired of taking care of him. She was making dinner and he kept asking her for all kinds of things.

Jim, through the speakerphone: “Can I have an extra blanket?”

Kirstie, while chopping veggies: “Ok”

2 minutes later…

Jim: “Can I have a pizza?”

Kirstie: “Fine.”

Jim: “Can I have a…”

Kirstie: “Would you stop calling!?!”

Jim: lying in bed with magazines and a pizza box: “Why?”

Kirstie driving her chef’s knife into the chopping board: “Ahh!”

He is cracking me up with all these comics! He also informed me this morning that there are two F-words and I can’t for the life of figure out what the other one could be. Any ideas???

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A couple more pages for my Sweet Shoppe portfolio.

I have decided that this is my new favorite font. I love all of Jellyka’s fonts (especially for art collages), but when it comes to my photo layouts I prefer nice, clean lettering. Isn’t it a great one?


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Raaaaaaandom Baking!

 My sister-in-law thinks that my ‘random baking’ should be like iCarly’s ‘random dancing’… so now whenever I get the itch to bake something I hear an echoey voice in my head saying, “Raaaaaaaaaaandom baking!” This is probably funny only to myself.

I’m spending the day with my best fwiend Isak, so I had a helper. We looked through Martha Stewart’s Cookies book and he ‘mmm’ed at every single page… over 300 pages.

We chose Butter Twists because I thought it would be fun for him to roll and twist.

They wanted to crack and break when we twisted them. The trick is to make the dough nice and warm in your hand and then super-duper gently twist. Isak suggested we  call Martha Stewart to tell her this. I told him I didn’t have her phone number.

These are a pretty dense cookie, but nice and buttery and not too sweet. They are very good dipped in coffee or milk.

Martha Stewart’s Butter Twists

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 1/2 cups plus 2 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until creamy. Mix in vanilla and egg white. Reduce speed to low. Add flour and salt; mix until combined.
  2. Roll dough into 3/4 inch balls. Roll each ball into a 6-inch log. Bend log in half, then twist. Space 1 inch apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake, rotating halfway through, until cookies just begin to turn golden, 13 to 15 minutes. Let cool on parchment on wire racks. Cookies can be stored in airtight containers at room temperature up to 3 days.


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