Thursday, April 30, 2015

Washi craft cart

I am always on the lookout for new and better storage for my ever growing scrapbooking stash! This Martha Stewart craft cart was perfect for my latest organizational idea.


I needed shallow drawers for multiple seasonal and current projects. For example...right now 1 drawer has my birthday album project including all supplies, 1 drawer has everything for my spring album, 1 drawer has my latest creative conquest-glitter vinyl:) The top drawer has special things like my crystal and peal buttons, printed tickets, and cute striped paper bags

My father-in-law Doug from England was here visiting when the cart arrived. He volunteered to put it together...I accepted:) The jury is still out on the "helpfulness of Scarlett!

The cart came in white, however being an embellishment addict, my mind began to spin with ideas to decorate the top. Washi tape was the perfect option. I choose colors to compliment my scrapbook space (my bedroom) and simply ran the tape in a random pattern across the top. After completing the washi rows I then trimmed the edges with small scissors.

Tim Holtz printed tissue paper was perfect for tearing and layering on top of the wash tape. I ran the torn pieces through my 5" xyron.

I then added some left over punched borders, a circuit cut flourish, "film" by Tim Holtz, and velum sayings by Anna Griffin. The final touch was pearl flourishes on 2 edges. The whole top was then sealed with a coat of mod-podge.

The final creation!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sweet Burrito, a Utah franchise!

I have had many, many jobs none of which included working at a restaurant until this week. I am not sure that working without a paycheck qualifies as job:) Our oldest son Keith became a restauranteur in Utah this week. The decor is modern with a Luchador theme... a cool and quirky new franchise.

I love the stamped cement counter tops, turquoise trim on the booth seats, wood walls, and silly hats...sorry son they are silly!

Michael, me, and son Aaron
This is one of those occasions when I shake my head at the funny twists and turns of life. Who could have predicted this? Although Keith did occasionally make pancakes in the senior parking lot at high school with best friend Brian:)
Sweeto Burrito is basically gourmet goodness wrapped in a tortilla, not Tex Mex!
Check out his menu...
When the doors opened on a Monday morning the lines never stopped for 11 1/2 hours. We only worked a few of the hours each day killing steak, cleaning tables, organizing the kitchen, re-stocking straws and plastic forks, getting orders together...hard work! I have a new respect for restaurant workers

Dad and brother Aaron ordering a meal from the owner Keith, son and brother.
History in the making:)

If you are ever in Orem,Utah head on over the the restaurant, be sure and
tell Keith that the momma and Nellie's Cottage sent you by:)

Like his Facebook and support the family cause:)
Visit his website

Friday, April 24, 2015

Our last college graduate!

Life is full of benchmarks, beginnings and endings. I remember when graduating all of our children from college was a distant dream that seemed so very far away... buried beneath Dr. Seuss books, piles of laundry, parent pick up lines, sports tournaments, and curfews. Today was a landmark, a benchmark of our journey as parents. It was a proud moment, a poignant moment, and for me a teary moment. My youngest, beautiful baby girl walked across the stage as our fourth and final college graduate.

Every time I attend any graduation I think of my dad who graduated after 5 years of full time night classes, full time shift work, and the responsibilities of a wife and four children. He was the only one of the ten children in his family to graduate. I often think about his sacrifice, drive and commitment to reach his goal. I have told my children his story many times and it worked:) 
Even though he has been gone for 26 years, today I know he was with us in spirit as we celebrated Danielle's accomplishment. She graduated in the college of Life Sciences, in Health and Wellness. She has plans continue her education by applying to PA school. 
   The lighter side of this "landmark" is the high five's Michael and I gave each other for our tuition-less future:) Still... having college age children has been inspiring, there is such hope in young minds willing to learn, there is such fun in the way they see the world, and there is comfort in the future of our children.
The end of an era for us as parents...the sadness passes as we figure out how we will spend the "tuition money"...!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Embellished frame in turquoise

I almost feel sorry for the plain frames in my house...I simply cannot leave them alone. I try, I really do! This chunky turquoise frame survived longer than most without embellishments. Then one day I walked past & knew what it needed--flowers:) I am partial to both Prima & Petaloo flowers.
A few flowers, a bit of glue, & five minutes gave my frame a new look, which gave me a temporary embellishment fix!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Brittany's Almond Sugar Cookies

I really should not have this recipe in my possession. These cookies are moist and packed with fattening yumminess. Let's face it, one does not make sugar cookies for healthy eating:)
 Disney's movie "Up" was the inspiration for this creation featuring these sugar cookies made for Scarlett's 2nd birthday "cake"!

With this recipe you will want to eat your cookie and have your icing too:)
Be sure and try almond extract as a fun alternative to vanilla.
Sugar cookies are best made with a huge mess of flour all over the kitchen and a giggle or two. I have a cookie cutter for most holidays, however I rarely use them because all of the dough never makes it to cookie form:)

Here is the recipe, use at your leisure and desire for a culinary indiscretion!

Brittany's Sugar cookies

1 1/2 cups butter softened
2 cups white sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugar for 3-5 minutes. Add eggs, vanilla, & almond extract. Stir in baking powder, salt, powdered sugar & flour. Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour or overnight. Once chilled, roll out dough to desired thickness on parchment paper to cut-out shapes (400 degrees 6-8 min) OR... press dough into a baking sheet 1/2" thick and bake until golden (350 degrees 15-18 min). Then cut with cookie cutters AFTER baking and transfer to a cooling rack. This is much easier and gives you a perfect shape with no size guessing every single time!


4 Tbsp butter softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp almond extract OR 1 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbsp milk
3 drops food coloring

Mix well & have fun!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scarlett's "Up" party!

Me "Scarlett, how old are you?"
Scarlett "2!.....Gambie..old"
Some days it feels true, some days not as true:)

Someone's daddy aka son-in-law Travis thought that would be a fun thing to teach my grand baby! Obviously it was or I wouldn't have shared it on all forms of social media:)

To celebrate Scarlett's birthday Brittany put together a party from the Disney movie "Up" far as two year olds are concerned it is about a house and balloons! The original idea was to fill the trampoline with balloons for the main party activity however the weather had other plans. Luckily the cottage was available! Party preparations were a breeze with all the Tolman family here visiting. 

We began with a chipboard house and cookies which turned into a really cute birthday "cake". Brittany's sugar cookies with almond butter icing are addicting!

Brittany chose a house with a whimsical feel from cricut design space
and I set to work cutting a chipboard base for dimension.
To create this multi colored house, 2 or 3 colors of each layer were cut.
The bigger pieces like the house were cut in two so purple and blue would both be used. 

A canvas board covered with butcher paper became the base.
The house was adhered, cookies carefully placed and then ballon strings were "drawn "with icing.

Party prep was more like the party with Daddy & the uncles having
 ballon blowing contests and other assorted activities:)

My scrapbook tables found another use as the ballon corral:)
Aunt Trinsica helped make the grape "ballon" skewers

Black olives joined the party because they are one of Scarlett's favorites-yuk!
Donut holes on colorful paper straws added another fun "ballon" element.

Colorful circles sewn together by one of Brittany's friend added a festive touch!
These were rescued from the trash...thrifty or hoarding?:)
The little blue house was "built" by another friend for another event.
Brittany saved it from demolition (like the movie!) and months later
 it became the party center piece. 
Keeping the donuts safe till the party started was quite a challenge!

Brittany & her creation! She baked a cookie sheet filled with dough and
then cut with an egg shaped cookie cutter for perfect balloons.

Added to the party snacks were mini corn dogs and french fries...a Scarlett favorite

Pre-party pictures...with the bow:)

This child has more fun than anyone I know!

Tolman uncles and Grandad

Brittany had the idea for guests to create a ballon thumbprint 
on a page for Scarlett's scrapbook. 

Scarlett figured out presents! She wasn't as sure about the cash:)

Happy Birthday to you..... The Tolmans, who all have beautiful voices, have a funny tradition...
they sing happy birthday in the worst possible way!

Scarlett on her new picnic table from Grammie & Grandad!

After the party was over...
Me-"Scarlett did you have a fun party?"
Scarlett-" it again!"