Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Once There Was a Snow Man

Once there was a snow man in jar, in my head. I took him out and this is what he looked like.

Isn't he so cute?! Why is he in a jar? He is in a jar so you can poor hot cocolate over him. He even has some white chocoalte snow at the buttum becasue he knows that every one loves white chocolate.

Incase you were wondering. He is stuck together with powdered sugar and a little water. As I mentioned. His snow is really white chocolate chips. His eyes are not made out of coal, but coloered on with a confectioners pen. And that carrot nose is really just some frosting. Also, he perfers to be assembled outside of the jar and put in before you add the snow.

Happy Holidays,

Miss Riss

Saturday, November 26, 2011


Apparently I forgot blog edict by not informing you that I would not be posting for a week or two. No I haven't given up on being a consistent blogger. Its just that moving and holidays are time consuming and pleasantly distracting. Plus my craft stuff is in a box in storage somewhere in America. In the mean time, do you think the owners of my new apartment would let me paint this on my wall?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Apartment Requierments

In case you missed it I am moving. That means the hunt for the my new apartment sweet apartment will be on. Since my husband and I will most likely be experiencing the glories of starving students (going back to school) we will not be picking from the oh-so-fancy market. Now, that doesn't mean a girl can't put her foot down in some areas (or that a girl can't dream). Therefore, I am making a list and checking it twice of the things I am hoping will surround my stocking this up coming Christmas night. (Oh and since Santa always leaves candy I am leaving you with some decorating eye candy)

-Big master bedroom (must fit a king and a dresser)   -Dishwasher
-Breakfast nook (any reasonable place to fit a kitchen table and my china cabinet)
-Big Guest/Study/nursery room if it is only 2 bedroom.
-Garbage Disposal
-A living room big enough to have friends over for games.
-A bathroom counter that can comfortably hold my curling iron.
-Rooms where the sun shines

Wants. (The oh-please-oh-please-oh-please-happen-to-haves)
-A little out door space
-Washer and dryer or hook ups
-Full sized oven
-Wood floor (because then I have the excuse to buy a cute rug)
-Cute details like built in shelves.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Felt Christmas Decor

I made these little guys and there tree friend a little while ago. All they are, is Styrofoam, felt, ribbon, glitter, hot glue, push pins and Christmas cheer.

Happy Hollidays,
Miss Riss

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanksgiving Table for Kids

When I was younger 90% of my moms family lived in Arizona. I remember regular Sunday dinners and ginormous Thanksgiving feasts. My grandma would have the TV from the bedroom pulled into the kitchen where she could watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. Aunts, Uncles and cousin would slowly trickle in as the smell food wafted its way throughout the house. Finally it would be time to eat and there would be the cutest little folding table for the little kids to eat at. 

My little table isn't as cute as my grandmother's retro red and white folding table so I decorated it up for a Thanksgiving feast. Not that I am actually going to get to use it as we are moving. I just wanted to for a minuet.

I used a simple center pieces of pumpkins because those don't break

I wrote I'm thankful for on the paper place-mats I made so the kids can draw something they are thankful for when they are done eating and the parents talk or eat.

I burnt the edge of the white paper for texture (and because I wanted to play with fire)

and I made the turkey just because he is cute.

Happy Thanksgiving,
Miss Riss

Saturday, November 12, 2011


 You can buy this wall art here

Once again we are moving. This time it is back to Utah (where our tiny family of two started). I love Utah. I always have. There are wonderful things there. We have old friends and family scattered throughout the state. Plus, Utah is thrifter's heaven.

That said, there are things that I am going to miss. In fact, I am going to miss them horribly. Things like the Ocean, my job and the wonderful friends that I have made here. Brett might be going back to school too so there goes my comfortable income as we would be starving students. Leaving these things behind makes me feel nervous.

While I am nervous about the move because it has come at such short notice and I am sad that I didn't get to do all the things I wanted to do while I was here, I know that we are going to be OK. I know that we are going where we are supposed to go and that their is a reason {whatever it maybe} that we are going. I may not comprehend it yet (or ever), but Heavenly Father has great things in store for us.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Starfish Christmas Ornaments

I know that Thanks Giving hasn't happened yet but as I mentioned in my last post, I am probably going to move soon and that makes the idea of decorating for thanksgiving seem pointless.  Therefor, onto the Christmas decorating I go because I just might be able to decorate by then.

This year I am adding Starfish to my Christmas decorations. Glittery Christmas tree ornaments starfish to be exact. I know I am not the first to do this, but what is the point of looking at all those creative blogs if I never recreate the things I see?

Making them was supper easy. Just grab your starfish, sponge brush, two paper plates, glitter, modge podge, hot glue and some twine of ribbon.

When you have got all the stuff together, modge podge the starfish and sprinkle glitter over it.

While the starfish dry cut your ribbon or twine into 6 inch pieces. When they are dry flip them over and hot glue your twine or ribbon to them so that they make a loop.

Let the hot glue dry and then you are done.
My plan is to give a few of these shining stars out as gifts to a couple friends this holiday season. Early of course so they can hang them on the tree.

Happy Holidays,
Miss Riss

Sunday, November 6, 2011


You know how people say never to pray for patience. Well, every now and then I forget and ask Heavenly Father for it. Like I did recently. You see I wanted to be more patient with this guy.

Not because he is aggravating (because he isn't), but because he is a very patient person (just look at him patiently smiling at me when I am annoying him while he does his school work).

Now how is Heavenly Father answering my prayers for patience. Well, just like the last time it was not the way I hoped (I was thinking magical patience dust that could be mixed in my hot coco). Instead He decided to throw something bigger and challenging at me.

The challenge is that my husbands job is changing. There are so many different ways it could change. Everyone possibility is so different and half of them come with a LONG list of things to do like moving to a different state(and in the middle of  the holiday season too) and changing allot of travel plans.Why is this an extra trial of patience? Well, there were mistakes on the paper work and the people are taking even LONGER THAN NORMAL. So now I wait, not decorating for thanks giving because we will probably move and stressing over the rising prices of tickets to replace the ones we already bought for Thanksgiving and Christmas. All of this is being don while I remind myself that if I just hurry up and learn my lesson that this teaching experience will end faster.

On the bright side, I know Heavenly Father hears my prayers and I'm allot more patient with my husband now :-).

Friday, November 4, 2011

Maple Pumpkin Cookies {Food Friday}

Happy Food Friday. One of my favorite things about fall is the food people cook during this season. Everything just has to be something to eat while you snuggle up with good book or a classic old movie. And if for some reason you should happen to have made to many of something (say cookies) then it is the perfect season to share all the extras.

Here is a cookie recipe for Maple Pumpkin Cookies. It make allot of cookies so you will be able to share. I am not sure where I found it but it wasn't pinned to any of my boards so sorry if you put this on the internet before me. 

Set oven to 350 F

Cream together
2 c. Sugar
2 c. Canned Pumpkin
2 c. Shortening
2 eggs and mix well

Then add
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 1/2 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp. Salt
4 c. Flour

Mix again. Soon one inch balls 
onto pan. Cook for 10 minuets

6 tbs. melted butter in a sauce pan.
8 tbs. milk
1 c. brown sugar

Let brown sugar dissolve and cool a bit.

2 c. Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Vanilla

Drizzle over hot cookies.

I hope you enjoy them.
Miss Riss

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Birds Nest Necklace {DIY}

Have you heard about the Pinterest Challenge that these girls (her and her) are having? I did and since I was making this for Christmas presents anyway (and I sort of think these girls are cool) I figured why not.
Here is the pin that I pinned here that I pinned from here

and here is my version on how to make it.

1. String beads onto wire in the order you want them.
2. Glue felt to the back so it won't slip around while you are making it.

3. Cut the felt in a circle around the beads without cutting the wire (since it was just one bead I didn't add the wire yet).

4. Wrap wire round and round until the nest is as thick as you want it to be and then cut the wire. During this process you will want to bend a loop into it so you can attach the chain later.

5. Cut off three or three inch pieces of wire. Then wrap that through the edges of your nest.
6. Attach the chain and wear proudly or wrap up for gift.

Happy Crafting and Pinning,

Miss Riss