Friday, June 1, 2012

Enemy's Kept by Skyward Down

Any Twilight Fans out there?  How about The Host?  Well, I am definately a fan of Stephenie Meyer's books.

Our Sponsor, Kerrie Meacham, and JD from Skyward Down have released a new song!  This song, Enemy's Kept, was inspired by the novel "The Host" by Stephenie Meyer.  To watch their music video click this link.  Originally intended as a simple lyric video, this piece took on a life of its own as Kerrie and JD started to put the idea together. It was shot entirely with a simple flipcam by Kerrie and JD. They also handled all the production, editing and compositing from start to finish.

Help them draw attention to this song - they'd love nothing more than to see (hear) it as a part of the movie adaptation of the novel which is now in production!

Enemy's Kept is available as a single on iTunes, Rhapsody, Amazon and other digital outlets.

Check out their music video.  Come back and tell us what you think, we would love to hear your thoughts.

Friday, May 18, 2012

A Fishing Birthday

While my mom was at work she texted and asked when my dad would be home from work and if we could do a bbq for a surprise birthday dinner.  I told her that dad was planning on making fish and baked potatoes for dinner.  My dad was with me at the time so I sorta had to fib to him about the party. Luckily he had to go to the store.  So while he was out I made his favorite cake...yellow cake with homemade chocolate frosting.  My mom wanted some decorative fish for a game.  My sisters made those while I baked.  They had a lot of fun.  As you can see they made one that looks like my dad.  We also had camo fish and a fish with braces and glasses.

After we at our fish dinner we got the party set up in the front room while my dad was watching sports down stairs.  My sister put a magnet on the end of string and threaded yarn through a fishing pole so my dad could fish for his presents.  My mom put paper clips onto the paper fish and placed one fish in each of his birthday packages.  We also had three blow up fish that we put in some of the bags.  When he got those fish my mom instructed us to say, "Wow!  You caught a big one".  

Then my sister went down to get my dad saying, "Dad, I need you to catch a fish."  He replied "Why did one die?"  We shouted surprise when he came into the room.  He was pretty excited.  And he really loved "fishing" for his presents.  His gifts were all fishing prepartion for our family vacation this summer.

We had a lot of fun celebrating my dads birthday.  I wanted to share this idea with you because I thought it would also make a super fun party idea for children as well.  Let us know if you used this idea and how it went.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kid's bathroom art decoration

I have been so excited the last couple of days to show you this.  As a congratulations for our new home our amazing realtor gave us a gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond.  So we got some new bath towels and a fun shower curtain for the kids bathroom.

Super cute!
I wanted to add some wall decor to the bathroom to give it a fun touch.  So I painted a duck to match one of the ducks from the shower curtain.  I went to Walmart to find a frame for my cute little duck, but decided to wait on buying one. When I got home I had a brillant idea...a puzzle frame!  The pieces from the puzzle I got a Desert Industries a while back (for $1) would be perfect for this project!

During nap time I made a wide puzzle piece picture frame.  Go here to see my tutorial on how to make a puzzle piece picture frame.
I am so excited on how it turned out!  I can't wait to add more decorations to the bathroom.

Tell me what you think, I love hearing from my readers.

Some other ways you can save money for you bathroom is buying a shower curtain at the Dollar Store. 

PrintRunner Postcard WINNER

Congratulations to our WINNER of the PrintRunner Postcards:


Kesha was picked by Rafflecopter.
You have 24 hours to respond to claim your prize or another winner will be picked.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

GIVEAWAY: PrintRunner Postcards {CLOSED}

Who is ready for another giveaway! 
I am and I hope you are as well.  PrintRunner has contacted me to be a host in one of there giveaways. 

One lucky Doodles and Doilies reader will win 100 POSTCARDS from PrintRunner!
Here are the details of the postcards:
Postcard Size : Postcards 5x7
 Colors : 4/0 Front Only Printing
 Paper : 14 PT. UV Coating on Front,
 Rounded Corners  : Yes
 Proof : None
 Ready to Ship In : 4 Business Days

If you have never heard about PrintRunner here is a little information on them: was established with little more than a small press and a dream. Ten years later our company became one of the foremost quality printers in Southern California. Our commitment to provide the best value and high quality full color printing at affordable price made our company grow.  PrintRunner is a full service high quality printing company located in Chatsworth, California.

Why enter to win PrintRunner postcards?
1. To send some mail to a family member or friend!  Receiving "fun" mail is just not seen in the mailbox that much anymore.
2. Add to your child writing or art boxes
3. Use in scrapbooking
4. Use in art projects
5. Use in making your own home decorations

Are you ready to enter?

Friday, April 20, 2012

One day I decided to put on a puppet show for my son using his stuffed animals.  It didn't go as I planned.  Maybe in a few more months he will be old enough to enjoy it.

I set out his Pooh and Tigger chairs for him, "Bear" and "Dog" to enjoy the show.  I squatted behind the couch with his bucket of animals.

Indoor sensory time

One morning we woke up to snow.  Instead of getting all bundled up to go out and play in it I brought the snow inside!

We added spoons, cookie cutters, ladles and even a Pam cooking spray lid to two bowls of snow.  My son had so much fun playing with the snow.  It entertained us for about 1/2 an hour!
Now that we are in our new house I want to build a sensory table.  So hopefully in the future we wont have to sit on the floor.

Rainbow pancakes

Last St. Patrick's Day treat...

I also made mini rainbow pancakes to add to our fruit rainbow.

Super easy...add food coloring to your favorite pancake recipe and poor a small amount of batter onto your pan.
Our St. Patrick's was a great day that we spent together as a family with some super fun and colorful treats.  What do you do?

Fruit rainbow

Continuing on with our St. Patrick's Day treats...

For breakfast we had a fruit rainbow!  It was so yummy.  We had whipping cream to dip our fruits into as well.

Here are some ideas for your own fruit rainbow:
RED: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon chucks. grapefruit
ORANGE: orange slices, tangerines, clementines, cantalopes mangos, peaches
YELLOW: pinapples, lemons, bananas
GREEN: kiwi, green grapes, honeydews, limes
BLUE: blueberries, blackberries, dark grapes
PURPLE: grapes

WHITE CLOUDS: whipping cream, marshmellows, fruit dip
POT OF GOLD: chocolate gold coins, rolos, oatmeal
Feel free to comment if you have any fruits to add or ways to make our rainbows even better for next year.

Rainbow jello

I have missed you all and posting on Doodles and Doilies.  We have been so busy lately.  We moved into our new house!  We absolutely love it and I look forward to posting many fun projects we do.  So far nothing to exciting.  We've replaced the door stoppers because we had none, we bought carbon monoxide detectors and installed those, etc.  And the good news is we are almost done unpacking!

I know this post is so very late, but I made this jello for my family and for you so I will share some of our fun St. Patrick's Day treats.

 It is super easy to make it just takes all day.

You will need:
6 small packages of jello (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple)
1 large tub of Cool Whip

Start with the purple jello.  Make the fast set way.  Set aside 1/3 of the jello mixture.  If you are using the small packages of jello it will be 2/3 cup.  Put the remaining 2/3 into your serving dish.  Chill in fridge for 15-30 minutes.  It depends on who big/small your serving dish is.  Meanwhile mix the leftover 1/3 with a 2/3 cup of Cool Whip.  Add the jello Cool Whip mixture to the chilled jello by carefully layering it on with a spoon.  Chill for 15 minutes.  Then you will do the blue jello and repeat the steps; continually adding layers.

When the jello is completely done add cool whip on top.  If you want sprinkle on some green, gold or rainbow sprinkles.  Try adding a chocolate gold coin.

It is super YUMMY!  My family loved it and I hope you have time to try it out yourself next St. Patrick's day or for a birthday party or bbq.

Monday, February 20, 2012

New Sponsor: Kerrie Meacham

I would like to introduce you to Doodles and Doilies' newest sponsor...Kerrie Meacham. Kerrie is a young talented music artist. If you haven't heard of her yet you must check out her website. At 19 she already has 3 albums: Something to Heavy, A Fair Fall, and EP. To listen to clips of her songs go here.

If you are interested in purchasing some or all of Kerrie's music you can go here. All of her songs are $0.99 or you can buy Something to Heavy and EP for only $5.00 and A Fair Fall for $6.93.

Hey everyone.

First of all, if you're reading this, thank you. It means the world. Most biographies are in third person and contain fancy details of every accomplishment or hardship that makes a person who they are. I'm going to write this casually in first person and do my best to simply explain who I am and what my music is.

I don't have any special awards or even a record label to make me stand out. I'm a nineteen-year old-dreamer, still growing up in Idaho. I'm sure everyone has hit a point in life where there's a million different roads to take, and you're just not sure which one is for you. Or maybe you're just stuck on a straight path...and options are nowhere to be seen. I kind of feel like I'm in the middle of both...and here is what brought me here.

I grew up falling in love with music. Lyrics and poetry were the only ways I knew how to speak. When I was eleven years old I wrote my first song. Just lyrics and instrument. The only instrument I'd ever come close to was a piano, which the lessons only lasted a few years in. So from eleven to fifteen, one by one, I created a binder full of lyrics and several tapes of audio. Still to this day, it blows my mind how I could remember every melody to those songs. But somehow, they're still stuck in there. :) My most important goal was to make a CD. It was all I could ever imagine wanting. After calling several recording studios in the area, however, the discovery that nobody would make music for me kept me in a hole. So one day I hopped on the living room piano and forced myself to write something to one of my songs. I never imagined it was possible, but I did it. After that one song, it was done. I had a new way of writing. A new binder came to be, with songs that actually had music. My junior year, I asked my choir teacher, the amazing Jack Brown, if he would let me use his home studio to record. Spring break hit, and a week later I had my first CD in my hands. Nothing professional, but a definite dream come true. I titled it, Remember Love, after my favorite song on the album.

To read more about Kerrie's go here.

We would love to know what your favorite song is!

Valentine's dinner

After we put our son to bed my husband and I enjoyed a romantic evening! We have a fun tradition for our Valentine's dinner...CRAB!!!
We enjoyed cheddar biscuits, Cobb salad, lemony love potion, broccoli, mashed potatoes, and of course king crab legs!
If you are interested in any of the recipes just leave me a message and I will post them!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Homemade art easel

I wanted to go buy an art easel so my little boy could explore more art options.

But instead of buying one I made one for FREE out of an empty diaper box (from Costco).

I cut off the sides. Turned it inside out and taped the top edges together with brown/tan duct tape.

Then I hot glued two clothes pins on.

I am really excited how it turned out! What do you think?

Friday, February 10, 2012

Paper heart chains

Valentine's Day boxes

I wanted to make some Valentine's boxes for my family to exchange Valentines (and love notes). My son colored his and I made two for my husband and I. I think they turned out pretty cute and it was really cheap.

Fun little "you have mail" tabs!

We hang our Valentine's on the help decorate.
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