Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Final Bedroom!!

I have finally finished my bedroom. I am working on some more pictures and tutorials. Should have them up shortly! 





Friday, December 25, 2015

You & Me Sign

I wanted to make a cute but meaningful Christmas present for my boyfriend. I saw a good idea at Porters Craft store, but wasn't going to spend $90 on it! 

So I came up with a cute and cheap solution!
 
Cost split up: 
$7.74 for the wood pieces (I used a coupon) 
$1.04 for the clothes pins 
$0.00 for the pallett 
Total cost: $8.78 

I sanded the pallett, and painted all of the wood pieces. After that I hot glued them onto the pallet and then I was done! (I recommend wood glue instead of hot glue, but I was pressed for time!) Now I am wondering if I should keep it for myself or gift it like I planned (; kidding! But I'll probably have to make myself one. 



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Pumpkin Spice Scone (Starbucks Copy Cat)

Starbucks is like my favorite place on this planet, and their food is amazing! But spending three dollars for one scone is a little out of my budget, so for this General Conference morning we decided to make Copy Cat Pumpkin Spice Scones instead of waffles. The scones are more moist than regular scones, and have a delicious glaze on the top of them.
They were seriously soooooo good! I had a couple too many.
 (We doubled the recipe and it made about 18) The original recipe came from http://sweetpeaskitchen.com/2010/09/pumpkin-scones/ but I made some changes, mostly the glaze.
Pumpkin Scones

Ingredients:
- For the Scones
2 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
6 tbsp cold butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
1/2 cup canned pumpkin pure
3 tbsp half-and-half
1 large egg
-For the Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Glaze
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tbsp milk
1 cup and 1 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp cinnamon 
1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice 

Directions: 
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with fit the paddle attachment, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice. Add the butter and toss with a fork to coat with the flour mixture. Mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles coarse cornmeal, with the butter pieces no larger than small peas.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, half-and-half and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients, and form the dough into a ball. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form into a 1-inch thick rectangle about 4 inches by 12 inches. Use a large knife to slice the dough making three equal portions. Cut each of the portions in an X pattern (four pieces) so you end up with 8/9 triangular slices of dough. Place on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes, or until light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.
While the scones are cooling, make the powdered sugar glaze by mixing the powdered sugar,pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, cinnamon and milk together until smooth.While the powdered sugar glaze Drizzle over each scone and allow the icing to dry before serving (about an hour).








Friday, May 31, 2013

Tiffany & Co. Sweet 16

Schools out!! Yay, that means I actually have time to relax. But not the first day of summer. I was up all night helping decorate for my sister Sweet 16.
Her theme was Tiffany & Co. Very elegant and I love tiffany blue!
The party: Her friends got here at six o'clock mingled for a little bit and then sat down to eat. We decorated our family room for the "restaurant" feel. First they had a choice of two appetizers, two salads, two entrees, and two desserts. After that they all slept over having fun playing games, or whatever they wanted. The next morning they got up and everyone went to the beach. We spent the day there and then they came back home and had dinner then got picked up at nine.
Decorations:
 -Tiffany blue mason jars with tree sticks spray painted white in them. Pearls hanging from the sticks.
- Chairs had whit tool tied around them with a blue bow.
- In the center of the table we had some of the mason jars, also with a long piece of white tool and jewls (diamonds) and pearls on it.
-Napkin holder was a little strip of jewls with a huge diamond hot glued on the top.
- On the ceiling we taped table cloths to make a cool feature, with a chandelier and white tissue pom-poms with a jewel hanging. 
- Photo wall has baloons taped on it to make it look like pearls.
Party Favors:
- We got individual white boxes from Michaels, that we spray painted blue.
In there we had a flower headband and a chocolate bar with an adorable wrapper.

I apologize a head of time for the quality of the pictures. My camera isn't working so I had to live with my phone camera. :(



The candy bar wrappers

Party Favor Boxes

Name places

Menu Board

The table clothed ceiling.

Mason Jars and Menu

Pearl Balloon Wall

Napkin Holder

Flower Headbands

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Triathlon Medal Board

My best friend just recently had her birthday and I wanted to get/make her something awesome! I saw this triathlon medal/bib holder on etsy that I loved, but it was $33 and would not be here in time for her party. So I decided to make her one myself!

Cost: Around $20
Fun: Super!

What you need:
- Piece of wood
- Sheet of foam (I used thin)
- Foam letters (Michael's)
- Hooks (I got a pack of 30 from Lowes)
- Paint (I used orange, her favorite color)
- Zots

First off your piece of wood should be big enough to fit 'I TRI' big at the top and 'swim•bike•run' in smaller letters underneath that.

I started by painting my wood orange. After it dried I screwed in holes for where I should put the hooks. (It is easy just to put a bib you have on there, to see the size). There are two bib sizes so I used four hooks for those. Once those were on I screwed holes in the bottom of the wood so I could put five hooks there to hold the medals.

Now I drew out letters on the foam the best I could. It took a couple tries to find the right size.

Underneath the I TRI letters I put on the already cut out ones that I got from Michael's. Since the pack didn't come with circles for in between the words I cut off the dot for the i.

I glued on the letters with Zots (glue dots) and it was done! I loved the turnout and I think she even loved it more than I did!
If you don't have the time to make one yourself let me know and I will make one for you! Email: mckenleyh@yahoo.com





Saturday, January 5, 2013

Vintage Jewlery Holder

I say this on Pinterest and thought it would look adorable hanging on a wall in my room!
I had this amazing antique frame but it was a ugly gold color. I painted it and then scuffed it up for a better look. Then the lace was easy I just cut pieces of it and duck taped it really tight to the back. The frame was medal so it would not stay with glue. I had 2 different laces and put them up in a pattern. Just hang it up with a little wall hook and there you have a wonderful vintage Jewlery holder!



Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas 2012

So Christmas is just around the corner and while everyone is out running store to store looking for the perfect gift I am sitting on my couch watching classic Hallmark movies while making sugar cookies, and decorations for bedroom doors. Haha no I wish.
Well I did make sugar cookies, we just haven't iced them yet. I got the recipe here.Sugar Cookie Recipe
I did watch a Hallmark movie today with almost the whole family. We also tried to drive around and see Christmas Lights but my little brother decided he wanted a nap, so that ended up as a no.
I got all my present wrapping done!! Halleluiah
For the bedroom decorations, I was playing with some glitter glue and made some really pretty snowflakes we will hang on our bedroom doors Christmas Eve.
 This Christmas has been pretty good and I can't believe Christmas Eve is tomorrow!

Here are some of the Christmas treats I took my Church Leaders today.

I sadly didn't get a picture of them before I gave them so I just got this picture off of pinterest.
Also, they were for my church leaders so instead of saying "You are an awesome Teacher!" mine said "This is for helping me sharpen my testimony"

Also today, I decided to glitter my nails for Christmas! So, I got this huge thing with like 32 different glitters from Michaels for my Birthday and decided to use them.
I painted my nails, then put a paper plate under and poured the glitter on(while nails were still wet).  After that I tapped my finger to get all the excess glitter off. After letting that dry I put a clear coat over and WALA wonderful glittery nails ♥ Sorry about the VERY and I mean VERY blurry picture my phone is broken so this was taken with my tablet.








Hopefully I can give you some Christmas Traditions in my Christmas post tomorrow with wrapping ideas, websites with good prices, helpful Christmas ideas, and so much more!!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Photoshop

Have you even gotten an adorable picture but then there's a house, car, or random person in the background? Well that's what happened this morning when I was taking pictures of my brother playing in leaves. I could not get an angle where I would not see the neighbors car in the background. 
I fell in love with one picture but the car was so noticable. 

Here is the before:
After an hour on Gimp working my magic:   



















Tada! I don't know about you but I think this picture is Christmas card worthy! 


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Award Winning Science Fair 2012

My least favorite part of the school year, having to do a Science Fair Project I don't really care about. I am not sure why they don't just let the kids who want to do them, do them, and kids who don't want to do them, not do them. Oh well, I have to do one anyway. 

Last year I really just wanted an easy experiment that wouldn't take up a lot of time but would get me a good grade, so my problem was "What brand of Diapers is the Most Absorbent" . I know, lame but I mean you can't argue with a 105%, can you? 

This year I wanted something fun, or at least that would interest me. One of my friends is anemic. That means she has very little iron in her blood cells. Which is a big problem and make you really tired, and dizzy. I was looking through Pinterest (go figure) a for some ideas when I came across this one: "Which cereal has the most iron". I thought it sounded interesting enough so I researched it some more and found that the experiment for it was super easy!


Iron, In my Cereal?:
Problem:
What dry cereal out of Frosted Mini Wheats, Smart Start, Cheerios, and Cinnamon Life have the most iron?

Purpose:
I did this experiment because many people are anemic (low iron in your blood) ,and knowing the right foods to eat can help with the iron intake in your body.

Hypothesis: If I test to see which dry cereal has the most iron, then I hypothesis that out of Froste Mini Wheats, Smart Start, Cheerios, and Life, Smart Start will have the most iron.
Procedures:
1. Choose four kinds of breakfast cereals to test with varying iron contents.
2. Cut off the bottom of all four plastic bottles. Take off the lids of the water bottles.
3. Tape the magnet on the outside of the bottle about half way down using duck tape.
4. Label the bottles with the types of cereals that you will test.
5. Put 250mL of one type of cereal in the Ninja and add 250mL of water.
6. Blend the water and cereal on high until there is a smooth mixture and there are no visible lumps or chuncks of the cereal left.
7. Carefully pour the slurry mixture into the measuring cup.
8. Rinse the Ninja with a small amount of water (20mL) and pour this rinse into the measuring cup.
9. Take the bottle that goes with the cereal you are using and hold it above the large bowl. Position it on it's side with the cut-off part slightly higher than the top and rotate it so that the magnet is on the bottom side of the bottle.
10. Slowly pour the slurry through the bottle, making sure the the slurry goes over the magnet and the liquid is collected in the large bowl.
11. After all the cereal slurry has been poured through the bottle, pour an additional 150mL of water through, to rinse out the cereal and clean the iron.
12. Leave the bottle to air-dry for 1-2 hours.
13. The iron should be visible.
14. Repeat 2 times so you have 3 trials.
15. Repeat steps 3-14 with the other three cereals.

Materials:  
- Duck Tape
- (4) Water Bottles
- Frosted Mini Wheats
- Cinnamon Life
- Cheerios
- Smart Start
- (2) Measuring Cups
- Large Bowl
- Strong magnet
- Sharpie
- Ninja (you could also use a blender)


Results:
In trial one: Mini Wheats had the most iron at 22mm, Smart Start had the second highest at 18mm, Cheerios was next at 14mm, and Life came in last with 12mm.                                                                                In trial two: Smart start came in first with 22mm, Cheerios in second with 18mm, Life in third at 12mm, and Mini Wheats in last at 5mm                        In trial three: Cheerios has the most at 25mm, Smart Start came in second with 21mm, Life was next with 11mm, and Mini Wheats was last again with 10mm
The averages are: Smart Start 22mm, Cheerios 19mm, Life 11.7mm, and Mini Wheats 12.3mm.
Overall Life had the most constant iron, while Mini Wheats had the least constant.

Conclusion: My hypothesis was supported because Smart Start's average was 3mm higher than any of the other averages.


I really just wanted a good grade, but I mean I don't mind getting second in my division ☻

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

School

School is always a lot of time, I swear it takes up more time in my life than anything else. So because of that I  have been lousy on my blog posts, but I have been working on a poem for L.A. based off of Water Dance (which is a different poem).


I-phone
I come in sizes 4 and 8 gb
I have a 2 megapixel camera
I can connect to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
I weigh 4.8 ounces
I can at most hold 2,000 songs
I have a screen size of 3.5 inches
I only come in black
I am only carried with At&t
I have a resolution of 480x320

I am an I-Phone

I come in sizes 8 and 16 gb
I have a 2 megapixel camera
I can connect to wifi, Bluetooth, and 3G
I weigh 4.7 ounces
I can hold at most 4,000 songs
I have a screen size of 3.5 inches
I come in black and white
I am only carried with At&t
I have a resolution of 480x320

I am an I-Phone 3G

I come in sizes 16 and 32 gb
I have a 3 megapixel camera
I can connect to Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth
I weigh 4.8 ounces
I can hold at most 8,000 songs
I have a screen size of 3.5 inches
I come in black and white
I am only carried with At&t
I have a resolution of 480x320

I am an I-Phone 3GS

I come in sizes 16 and 32 gb
I have 2, 5 megapixel cameras
I can connect to CDMA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G
I weigh 4.8 ounces
I can hold at most 8,000 songs
I have a screen size of 3.5 inches
I come in black and white
I am carried with At&t and Verizon
I have a resolution of 960x340
I have Facetime

I am an I-Phone 4


I come in sizes 16, 32, and 64 gb
I have 2, 8 megapixel cameras
I can connect to Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and CDMA
I weigh 4.9 ounces
I can at most hold 16,000 songs
I have a screen size of 3.5 inches
I come in black and white
I am carried with At&t, Verizon, and Sprint
I have a resolution of 960x640
I have Siri and Facetime

I am an I-Phone 4S

I come in sizes 16, 32, and 64 gb
I have 2, 8 megapixel cameras and 720p HD
I can connect to Wi-Fi, 4Glite, 3G, and Bluetooth
I weigh 3.95 ounces
I can hold at most 16,000 songs
I have a screen size of 4 inches
I come in black and white
I am carried with At&t, Verizon, and Sprint
I have a resolution of 1136x640
I have Siri, and Facetime

I am an I-Phone 5

I hope you enjoyed it! It is also great if you are deciding which phone to get as a comparison. 

I am also working on my science fair project, so that should be up here soon as well.