December 30, 2011

{TGIFree Friday} Let it SNOW

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New Year's Eve in one day?!  What in the world?  Well, in my part of the country it is cold and gray, I am wishing for a White New Year, since I couldn't have a White Christmas.  Maybe, this cute little Printable can change the weather, because let's face it, if it has to be cold, we might as well have SNOW!

I wish each and everyone of you a 
HAPPY New Year and I will see you on Messy Hair Monday!

You still have THREE days to ENTER my GIVEAWAY.  Who wouldn't want a super duper easy bright RED Ice Cream Maker.  I have one and I am telling you it is the BOMB! 

See my post below:

SCREAM!  Yes, I am nearing the milestone of 100,000 page views!  It is TIME to PARTY!  ...And to thank all of my LOYAL followers, viewers, new friends, & everyone else out there in blogging land, plus a chance to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, I am giving away this FABULOUS Cuisinart appliance.  A beautiful, red, Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Maker.  You can make the most delicious ice cream in about twenty minutes, no mess, no salt, no ice, just creamy deliciousness.  
Here is how to win:  

  • Become a Follower & Comment about this awesome giveaway,  if you are already a follower, leave me a comment.  one entry each. 
  • Facebook the giveaway:  Example:  Visit,  thethreesweetpeas.blogspot.com for a chance  to win this amazing Cuisinart Appliance, share the love. one entry each
  • Refer your friends!  Make sure they note who referred them. one entry each

The Winner will be announced on Monday 2nd! 
Cuisinart did not donate the appliance.  


Adorable graphic kindly downloaded from the Graphics Fairy.

Let it snow
Hope you ENJOY!

XOXO
Stacie

December 29, 2011

{ThankFul ThursDays} Arise and Shine Forth Lesson Help

The beginning of another year is upon us and I have had time to reflect on my past year.  It has been difficult but so rewarding in so many ways.  This Sunday I have the opportunity to introduce this year's Young Women theme for our church.  Normally, I would be posting this on Sunday but for those of you who are doing the same thing across the world I am hoping  this would be ever so helpful.  
Arise and Shine Forth
Avery Mailing Labels 18160
 The lesson:  
I will be giving the girls a small flashlight with the theme wrapped around it.  Arise and Shine Forth, the files are included.  You can either use the AVERY 18160 or print on regular paper, cut and glue!  

This is how the lesson will be presented:

  1. All the windows will be blacked out.  I will have table and floor lamps placed around the room.  All lights will be off.
  2. As the girls come into the room they will get a flashlight with a section of my lesson to read out loud.  The sections are from different church sources that I have found on the internet.  I will include the word format of my lesson below.    
  3. As we begin opening exercises, prayer, song, & Young Women's theme, a light will be turned on.  Still the only light in the room.  As each section of the lesson is read and presented another light including the  flashlights will be turned on and will remain on after they have read their section.  The point is to show that one light will shine bright in a dark world but with many lights we can Arise and Shine Forth and be a new standard to the world.
  4. I will show the following video that I found on youtube.  



December 28, 2011

{Wandering Wednesday} Creative Frame Uses with Triple Thick

   How has your break been?  It has definitely been a wonderful Christmas vacation.  Now, onto the New Year...  I am thrilled to be sharing a fun tutorial that will take care of all of those important women in your life.  You will be able to get your birthday gifts done for the year.   We will be using the Christmas Tree Ornament frames that will be at a HUGE discount right now!  I mean lets face it, right now seems like a hard time to run out and buy a years worth of presents but it is DEFINITELY worth it and VERY cost effective.  The frames full price are $4.99 and the Triple Thick is $5.99 and you will get a TON of projects done with it.  I purchased the frames in the Christmas ornament aisle.  They will be at a HUGE discount because all of the stores are closing out there Christmas decorations.  
The very first thing you will need to do is print off an image or initial that you would like to place in the frame.  Each frame opening is a different size so measure approximately.  It does not have to be exact.  

This is my image, a darling bird nest with a soft monochromatic background.    
 The magic shiny stuff is the Triple Thick.  It is from Hobby Lobby and I am sure you can get it online for those of you who do not have a Hobby Lobby.  
I cut the image to fit the frame.  
 I took four little dots of mod podge and adhered the image to the glass and put the frame back together.  



 I added a lobster clip to the top of the frame so it can be attached to any piece of jewelry, purse, or accessory.   
 The Triple Thick will give your frame the appearance of the extremely hard to use resin without having to mix and deal with all of the chemicals.  It will give your project the look of the custom made jewelry.  Use what you need and then put the lid on.  It will be waiting for your next project.  
 There are some helpful hints using this stuff I will share at the end.  For now you will take a plastic knife and dip it in like you are getting honey out of a jar.  Yes, I twist it around until there are no drips.  Take the Triple Thick and let it run into the glass, do not touch it.  For larger surfaces you will need to dip the knife in a couple of times.  It will run and fill in the spaces.  


My kids even got in on the action...  
It will dry with a clear, high gloss finish, that looks like custom jewelry.  Only you will know how easy it really is! 
Helpful Hints!
  1. The less you mess with the Triple Thick the smoother it will be.
  2. If you get bubbles don't try popping them, it is EVIL, the more you pop the more you get in the finish.  I have no idea why.  It goes back to #1.  Let it run off of your knife and don't try smoothing it.  If you have one large bubble take a tooth pick and barely touch the surface.  Other than that do not get carried away.
  3. Pour it on a smooth, flat, surface.
  4. It will be cloudy, the drier it gets the clearer it will become. 
  5. It will take about a week for it to dry.  Pour it and leave it alone.
  6. Have fun and be creative!
  7. As always, I am MORE than happy to answer any questions if I seem to ramble.  Please email me

JOIN my GIVEAWAY, who wouldn't want a Pretty Red Ice Cream Maker!

SCREAM!  Yes, I am nearing the milestone of 100,000 page views!  It is TIME to PARTY!  ...And to thank all of my LOYAL followers, viewers, new friends, & everyone else out there in blogging land, plus a chance to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, I am giving away this FABULOUS Cuisinart appliance.  A beautiful, red, Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Maker.  You can make the most delicious ice cream in about twenty minutes, no mess, no salt, no ice, just creamy deliciousness.  
Here is how to win:  

  • Become a Follower & Comment about this awesome giveaway,  if you are already a follower, leave me a comment.  one entry each. 
  • Facebook the giveaway:  Example:  Visit,  thethreesweetpeas.blogspot.com for a chance  to win this amazing Cuisinart Appliance, share the love. one entry each
  • Refer your friends!  Make sure they note who referred them. one entry each

The Winner will be announced on Monday 2nd! 
Cuisinart did not donate the appliance.  

Hope you enjoy!
XOXO
Stacie



December 27, 2011

{TaCo TuesDay} Spaghetti Carbonara

I am still alive and barely survived Christmas!  I had an amazing time with friends and family.  Today, I am sharing a recipe that was given to me by one of my friends.  It is from a famous restaurant so it is NOT my original recipe but it is really tasty.  

I am extending my giveaway until the NEW YEAR.  I will be giving it away on Messy Hair Monday, the 2nd. You still have time to enter.  Below you will find the original post and the recipe!


1 Pound dry spaghetti
3/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
1 cup frozen petite peas
2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh italian parsley
Freshly ground pepper

  1. Bring water to boil, add the pasta and cook until al dente, 8-9 minutes.  
  2. In large frying pan, heat the bacon pieces until they begin to sizzle.  Add the peas and cream.  Bring the sauce to a boil, reduce the heat slightly, and boil gently for about 8 minutes.  Sprinkle in the Parmesan, stirring continuously to blend it in and thicken the sauce.
  3. Drain the pasta thoroughly and immediately toss it with the sauce in a mixing or serving bowl.  Transfer to individual warm serving bowls, garnish with the chopped parsley, and add black pepper to taste.  
SCREAM!  Yes, I am nearing the milestone of 100,000 page views!  It is TIME toPARTY!  ...And to thank all of my LOYAL followers, viewers, new friends, & everyone else out there in blogging land, plus a chance to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, I am giving away this FABULOUS Cuisinart appliance.  A beautiful, red, Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Maker.  You can make the most delicious ice cream in about twenty minutes, no mess, no salt, no ice, just creamy deliciousness.  
Here is how to win:  

  • Become a Follower & Comment about this awesome giveaway,  if you are already a follower, leave me a comment.  one entry each. 
  • Facebook the giveaway:  Example:  Visit,  thethreesweetpeas.blogspot.com for a chance  to win this amazing Cuisinart Appliance, share the love. one entry each
  • Refer your friends!  Make sure they note who referred them. one entry each

The Winner will be announced on Monday the 2nd.  
Cuisinart did not donate the appliance. 

December 18, 2011

{Inspirational Sundays} Young Women Theme

Christmas and the New Year bring much joy and happiness but also a VERY busy time for leaders trying to celebrate the Christmas Holiday and prepare for the New Year and new themes in their youth groups.

Arise and Shine Forth that thy light may be a standard for the Nations!  What an AMAZING theme that the Young Women get to celebrate for the year.  

This is created as an 8x10, print, frame, binder covers, which ever you prefer is great!  Hope you enjoy!

Don't forget to join as a follower and enter my 100,000 page view celebration, I wouldn't be here without you!

Merry Christmas!

Adorable Angels were kindly downloaded from The Graphics Fairy. 

XOXO
Stacie


Arise and Shine Forth

December 17, 2011

Last Minute Neighborhood or Friend Gift Idea


This is the last Saturday before 
Christmas EVE!  If you are like me you are SCRAMBLING to finish up all of your last minute Christmas Cheer!  Here is an easy and inexpensive neighbor gift to help you along with your tasks!
Purchase some Jello-Mousse, Print, Tie, & attach with darling ribbon and you have an instant gift!  Hopefully this will be one less thing you have to worry about!

Hope you ENJOY!  Merry Christmas!
Don't forget to ENTER my 100,000 page view giveaway

December 16, 2011

{tgiFree Friday} 100,000 Page View GIVEAWAY

SCREAM!  Yes, I am nearing the milestone of 100,000 page views!  It is TIME to PARTY!  ...And to thank all of my LOYAL followers, viewers, new friends, & everyone else out there in blogging land, plus a chance to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS, I am giving away this FABULOUS Cuisinart appliance.  A beautiful, red, Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream Maker.  You can make the most delicious ice cream in about twenty minutes, no mess, no salt, no ice, just creamy deliciousness.  
Here is how to win:  


  • Become a Follower & Comment about this awesome giveaway,  if you are already a follower, leave me a comment.  one entry each. 
  • Facebook the giveaway:  Example:  Visit,  thethreesweetpeas.blogspot.com for a chance  to win this amazing Cuisinart Appliance, share the love. one entry each
  • Refer your friends!  Make sure they note who referred them. one entry each

The Winner will be announced on Monday the 26th.  
Cuisinart did not donate the appliance.  

December 13, 2011

{TaCo TuesDay} No Mess Bacon

Bacon is, WELL, Delicious.  ...And let's face it, it is something we shouldn't be eating everyday, UNLESS, you need to gain weight.  Which happens to be the case of my oldest son.  We get to PUMP him full of the most fattening food available to man EVERY single day.  So, I have lots of different methods of cooking fattening, grease splattering, foods that typically make a HUGE mess!  
So, here it is the BESTEST Bacon cooking tip in the whole wide world.  No, it isn't original but it is worthy of sharing again.  
 Line a pan with tin foil and fill with bacon.  Place in your oven on LO broil.  Each oven cooks differently and crispiness depends on personal preference, so your cooking time will be different for each situation. We like crispy bacon around this house!
 
Pull when done!  That is it!  No grease splatter, no turning, perfectly lined up bacon every single time.  ...And it is fast.  Wad up tin foil and throw away.  No more dumping grease and scrubbing the pan.  Clean up is a SNAP!  What an AWESOME way to cook bacon.  

December 11, 2011

{Inspirational Sundays} The Family Proclamation


 
 Today is a Sweet Sunday.  I am THRILLED to be sharing with you this SUPER fun project that incorporates cool decorating and something very special to hang in your home.  I created these for our Sweet Young Women to give their parents for Christmas this year.  It is an unbelievable project that has hardly cost any money and personally I am in LOVE with it.




 I started with a board that is 9" wide and 11" long.  I got these boards at Home Depot in their scrap section AND they cut them for me!  I ended up with 16 cut boards for $4.00.  It seems unbelievable!  
 I put Mod Podge on one side and stuck down the Proclamation that I am providing.  I printed it off using my tissue paper technique that you can find here.
I then painted all of the sides of the board blue, obviously my choice of color but you can pick anything you want.  I brought the paint up on top of the paper SLIGHTLY.  I didn't paint it before I put the tissue paper down because I wanted the texture of the wood showing through.  
 When dry sand slightly and rub with an ink pad for an aged look.  

I finished it up with several coats of Mod Podge.  This project turned out amazing. I hope you are inspired!   

XOXO
Stacie

This is sized at a 8x10.  If you interested in a larger size please let me know and I can resize or add a family name for $10.00

Proclamation
The Graphics were kindly provided by the GRAPHICS Fairy!

December 9, 2011

Blissful & Domestic {GuEst Post}

PSST!  Have you seen this REALLY COOL ladder hanging around here at The Three Sweet Peas a lot lately?  Well, guess what?  Come join me at Blissful & Domestic  to learn how to mimic the same high end wax finish at a fraction of the cost! 

HOPE you ENJOY!
XOXO
Stacie

December 7, 2011

{Wandering Wednesdays} Guest Post for Tatertots and Jello

If you happened to miss my GUEST post for Tatertots and Jello here it is!  It is always an honor to be able to share my ideas with each one of you!  I PERSONALLY think this would make a FABULOUS gift.  Join me that last Wednesday of every month at Tatertots and Jello for some Grand Ideas!
Good Beautiful Morning Tatertots and Jello Fans.  I hope your holiday season is fill with JOY and HAPPINESS!  It is amazing how time flies, already November 30?!  Did you know that I LOVE to decorate with photos?  It personalizes your home decor and the possibilities are truly endless.  Today's tutorial will include a creative use for simple snapshot photos.  
First things first, select the photo you are going to print.  I used the one above.  
Cut out two sheets of tissue paper a little bit larger than your 8.5 x 11 computer paper.  I taped the tissue paper to the computer paper.  I used a light tan, not white.  I am going for the aged look.  
 This is the picture printed out on tissue paper.  You will only use the printed layer.  Untape carefully from the computer paper it is very fragile.  
 Next, comes the piecing part of the process.  I am placing this picture on the letter "H".  Obviously I can't run it straight across.  I cut it and made it fit.  
 I started with the two largest pieces.  I put down a VERY thin layer of Mod Podge.  You need to place your piece of tissue paper exactly where you want it.  It is so thin and delicate it will tear if you try to adjust it.   
 I used the rest of the photo and filled in the empty areas. I wrapped the sides of the picture around the edge of the H and then cut the excess off.  
 This process is designed to look aged.  I took an ink pad and aged and distressed even more.   








 Then, I slopped on the mod Podge.  I have to SAY I LOVE IT!



 I pounded one hole in each letter and threaded string through it.  Display anywhere in your home.  




 Mine are getting displayed on this amazing ladder.  






I hope each one of you have a Merry Christmas and find a creative use for your photos!
Thanks Jen !  
  I "HOPE" you enjoy!!

XOXO

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