Monday, August 25, 2014

just making new stuff...

I have been focusing the brief moments I have to create on making items for my Etsy shops, hence the lack of project tutorials and printables on the ol' blog.  But I miss my dear blog!  So I'll have to get my seasonal decor juices flowing now that fall is right around the corner.  I love decorating for fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.  Such a fun, crafty time of year!

Anyway, I thought I'd post a few peeks at what I have been making...
Cute mermaids & ballerinas,


Inspirational quotes,



Some doodle-y alphabets,


Darling baby/toddler ties,


And a whole bunch of mini bows in all kinds of colors.



See all of my merchandise at The Printable Pearl & Kaceface Sewing & Accessories.

Hope you are all enjoying the final days of summer!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

make the best rice krispie treats ever...


I tried what claimed to be "the best rice krispie treat recipe" that I found on Pinterest and was totally underwhelmed.  The recipe called for marshmallow fluff rather than mini marshmallows.  The flavor was good and I liked how the fluff really coated each krispie, but the texture was way off.  The squares kind of crumbled apart and they lacked the great stretch and chew that a good rice krispie treat needs.

I decided it was imperative to come up with a better rice krispie treat recipe.  They turned out awesome!  I combined marshmallow fluff and mini marshmallows to get the best of both worlds.  Also, the cafe at my husband's workplace has pretty good krispie treats, and I've noticed that they have little pockets of marshmallow inside...so I achieved that extra surprise of marshmallow goodness by throwing in some additional marshmallows after the melted marshmallow mixture and cereal are combined.

This is now my go-to rice krispie treat recipe.  Super simple and really tasty.  
You should try it!

The Best Rice Krispie Treats Ever
by Kacey Kendrick Wagner

Ingredients:
4 Tablespoons butter
1 small (7 oz.) jar marshmallow fluff
1 (10 oz.) bag mini marshmallows (you'll use half the bag + an additional hand full or two)
8 cups crisp rice cereal

Directions:
In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add the entire jar of fluff and half the bag of mini marshmallows and stir until mostly smooth and well combined.

Remove from heat and add cereal 4 cups at a time. Mix until cereal is coated with marshmallow, then throw in an extra handful or two of mini marshmallows and stir.

Press cereal mixture into a 9x13 pyrex pan.* Allow to cool, then cut into squares and enjoy.

*Tip: The hot sticky marshmallow can be tricky to spread with a spoon. You can put your hand inside a sandwich baggie, lightly spritz the baggie with cooking spray, and then press the cereal treats down with your baggie-covered hand. Works like a charm!

(Now I just need to come up with a peanut butter version...YUM!)

Friday, July 11, 2014

stitch fix review #2...


I received my second Stitch Fix order this week!


This time I asked for a bunch of specific items and I thought the stylist did a really great job trying to find pieces to fit my requests.


I also changed my style profile settings to clothing only--no accessories.  I don't like to spend a lot on trendy jewelry and scarves.  I'm happy with my Target and Forever 21 finds. :)


Once again, pardon my hurried photos.  Naptime is short and I've got to get my returns in the mail.

Market & Spruce Dash Button-Front Chambray Shirt (returned)
I asked for a chambray shirt that was more tunic style, than full button down.  The fabric was soooo high quality--amazing to the touch.  Unfortunately, I struggle to find button downs that fit well and this one was no exception.  Too small across the chest.  I also decided I didn't love the color...I think I would prefer a grayer chambray.



Ezra Ritz Mixed Pattern Front Pocket Knit Shirt (returned)
The mixed prints are so cute and I had some tees just like this on my Pinterest board, so I really wanted to like this.  However, this top is cut so strangely.  I have a couple of loose drapey tees that I love, but this one is the weirdest shape. You can see that the back polka dot piece is cut larger than the front stripe piece...it just hung really awkwardly.  I don't need any extra awkwardness in my life. ;)



41Hawthorne Ivy Abstract Triangle Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse (kept!)
When I opened the package, I crossed my fingers that this top would fit because it was my favorite at first glance.  I asked for a top with a bold black & white geometric print, and I like this print a lot.  It fits perfectly and the cut is really slimming and flattering.  I can't wait to wear it accented with a bright pop of color.



Chris & Carol Jill Jersey Maxi Skirt (returned)
I requested a geometric or lattice patterned maxi, but the stylist said they didn't have any in stock so she sent this solid colored one instead.  I was not impressed.  The knit fabric is very thin.  I frequently sew my own maxi skirts and the jersey knit I get from JoAnn is better quality.  Good knits with trendy patterns can be hard to find, so that's why I requested a maxi in a print.  I think I'll just stick to sewing my own (for a fraction of the cost) from now on.


Kut from the Kloth Jenna Bermuda Short (returned...sniffle.)
I have super long legs, so finding jeans and shorts that are long enough in the inseam AND rise is a practically impossible task.  I asked my stylist for a pair of colored bermuda shorts, not expecting her to be able to find any that would fit.  Imagine my surprise when these fit really well!  I was tempted to keep them...but I just don't love the color.  The red is really orange-y and doesn't look amazing with the skin tone of my legs.  And it also doesn't really jive with the other pieces in my wardrobe.  I am bummed to send them back.  (Google revealed to me that these shorts also come in teal, which would have been perfect.  Drat!)



Anyway, thanks for tolerating my Stitch Fix excitement.  
If you want to try it out, use one of my links and I get a $25 store credit. :)
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Share it with your peeps to earn credit for yourself!)

If you don't know what I'm even talking about, check out my Stitch Fix Review #1 here for the details.
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