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Fancy Frugal Life: August 2011

Monday, August 29, 2011

Flower Embellished Flip Flops

In Az we where flip flops year round so when they go on clearance at Target for $1.98 it's so exciting! Since I'm in my mom uniform of yoga pants and tank top most of the time, cute flips help a little :)

I made some satin flowers to embellish mine and they are so easy and cute.

To make these kind of flowers I burn circles to make the petals. You line them up in a circle and stitch together (pic 2). I do a second larger row for the bottom and sew together.

Then just embellish with a bead or brad in the middle. I use E6000 glue to secure the flowers to straps

I used the same technique on a larger scale for a flower on my shirt. Such a great way to rock whatcha got already in your closet, don't you think?!

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Stamped Washer Name Tag & Necklace

Are you a fan of hand stamped metal jewelry like me? I recently came across a fantastic washer necklace tutorial on Not So Idle Hands, Crafts from the Crafty and thought how cute would a washer name tag be for lunches and backpacks?

I ended up this name tag for my cute chalkboard lunch box.

These are super inexpensive, simple,and cute to make. I started with a stamping set from a tool store called Harbor Freight for around $8.00 (I just saw a set at my Hobby Lobby for $10.00 also).

I used both 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch washers and and a hammer to stamp in a name and room number. This takes a few times to practice and I did go through a few washers but its worth it. I think the key is heavy, short, controlled taps. It doesn't have to be perfect.

Clearly someone needs a mani! ugh...Anyway..Once you stamp, fill in the letter or number with black sharpie and use a baby wipe or magic eraser to wipe off the top and there you go. Stack them and tie with a chain, ribbon, or whatever you'd like.

It helps if you have a cute assistant :)

Here is a washer necklace I made for my pumpkin girl. A simple bead and ribbon makes the washers look so stylish...for less than a couple dollars :) It reads, you are kind, smart, and important...Quick what's that from? :)

Yeah...so fancy and frugal...LOVE these!

Would any of you talented stamped jewlery ladies like to share with me where you purchase your metal disks and other stamped jewlery supplies? I am trying to make some necklaces on the cheap....as always :)

Thanks for stopping by! Have a beautiful Labor Day weekend.


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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Strawberry Ice Box Cake

At this point we are completely melting in AZ, and wishing for fall to arrive. School is in session and the kids can't play outside longer than 10 min! In fact my 3 year old informed her teacher, "It's too hot. I'm not going out there." Ha ha.... The swimming pools are like bath water by now, so the only thing that cheers us right up is ice cream :) When I saw this cake last week in my August 2011 Woman's Day magazine I had to try!! Here's how you make it.

Strawberry Ice Box Cake
from Woman's Day
Recipe Ingredients
1 lb strawberries, hulled
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/4-oz envelope unflavored gelatin (from a 1-oz box)
1 1/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt
27 chocolate wafer cookies (such as Famous Chocolate Wafers)

(TIP-These cookies took me 4 different stores to find. Apparently they are seasonal at the normal stores like Safeway and Fry's. I finally found them at A.J's Fine Foods, a high end food chain. Look by the ice cream toppings because sometimes they are there.)

Recipe Preparation
Line the bottom of an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-in. loaf pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on two sides. In a food processor, pulse the strawberries, sugar and vanilla until smooth.

Transfer 1/4 cup of the strawberry mixture to a small saucepan, sprinkle the gelatin over the top and let stand for 1 minute. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the gelatin dissolves, about 2 minutes. Transfer the gelatin mixture to the food processor and pulse to combine.

Using an electric mixer, beat the heavy cream and yogurt in a large bowl until stiff peaks form.

Fold the strawberry mixture into the yogurt-cream mixture until fully incorporated.

Arrange 3 cookies, spacing them evenly, on the bottom of the prepared pan. Place 3 cookies standing up against each long side of the pan. Click here to see a video of how to assemble the cookies if you want.

Spoon the strawberry mixture on top.

Using 2 cookies on opposite long sides of the pan as your guide, place 6 cookies standing up in the mixture between them, creating a row of 8 cookies. Repeat with the rest of the cookies. (You should have 3 total rows of 8 cookies each.)

Cover and freeze for at least 8 hours or up to 2 days.
When ready to serve, invert the cake onto a cutting board and remove pan and parchment.

Cut crosswise into slices.

This was my first ice box cake of any kind and it was FANTASTIC! Not only does it look super cool with the lines in the middle, it's really creamy and not too sweet. My little fam was pretty impressed with it! :)

Wouldn't be a perfect Labor Day treat?!


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