Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Best Fruit Salad in the World

Have you seen that show The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Network??
If you haven't, the title pretty much sums it up.
Tonight I am going to share with you {ONE} of the best things I ever ate. 

Let me set the scene... 
I came home from the hospital with my very first baby. Got to the house, and 10 minutes later my sweet visiting teacher showed up with dinner. Little did I know that it would change my life.

Ok... Ok... I am being dramatic here! But seriously. She showed up with dinner plus this fruit salad. I think I pretty much ate the whole bowl by myself. It was THE BEST thing I had ever eaten! It tasted like heaven on a spoon. It might have had something to do with the fact that I had just given birth 2 days previous, but I still consider it one of the best things I have ever eaten

After I recovered and took her dishes back to her, I begged for the recipe... So now almost 3 years later, I am going to share it with ya'll! 

I feel bad that I can't give credit to whoever came up with this recipe... But if anyone knows- let me know so I can send them a million thank yous! This is my go-to fruit salad for any event and everyone LOVES it!

To make this salad you will need:
1 12 oz bag of frozen raspberries (keep frozen- don't thaw)
2 15 oz cans of mandarin oranges (drained)
1 large lime
1 small container of cool whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix the cool whip, condensed milk, and juice of the lime in a large mixing bowl. Then mix in the raspberries and mandarin oranges. 
Easy right??
I think it is best served ULTRA cold! Like keep it in the freezer until you serve it cold. 

I have also made this salad with other fruit added as well and it is so yummy too! I have tried raspberries, oranges, strawberries, grapes, and kiwis all together and it was delicious! I am sure you could make it with any fruit and it would be so yummy! The sauce makes it taste almost like a dessert. 
Try it... You will love it!

Guest Posting @ I Heart Naptime

Today I am over at I Heart Naptime sharing my newest tutorial to make the scripture case I made for my daughter... Go check it out:)

Monday, August 29, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #2

It's time for another Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party!!!

Thanks to everyone who linked up last week! It was a great 1st party! We had 87 links!!! That is amazing! I had low expectations for my first link party and you guys blew me away!!! So thanks to everyone who linked up!!!

The top 3 most viewed links were: 

Family Picture Outfits by Family Ever After

Great job guys!!! Grab a featured button! :)

 So here is to another awesome party!!!

I would love for you to:
1. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night and or like us on FB.
2. Link back to my blog, or put the Ta-Da Tuesday Button anywhere on your blog to share the link party love!

Please remember to link to a specific post, and no links to giveaways or etsy shops. Thanks!!!

Happy Linking!

Versatile Blogger Award

The thing I love the most about the blogging world is how supportive and nice everyone is!

Last week 4 awesome bloggers awarded me with the Versatile Blogger Award. I didn't even know there were blogging awards!

So thanks to these awesome bloggers:

So with receiving this award I am supposed to tell 7 random things about myself... So here ya go! 

1. I'm a mormon.
2. I could eat Mexican food for every meal of every day!
3. I am the oldest of 6 kids. And my family is the COOLEST family in the world!! :) FOR REAL!
4. I love to read. I read every night before I go to bed- no matter how late it is!
5. I am a beauty school dropout and you can read all about it here.
6. I fell in love with my husband when I was eleven years old and wrote in my journal that I wanted to marry him. He finally felt the same lovin' feeling 9 years later and asked me to marry him. Moral  to the story: Endure to the end.
7. I have 2 girls... They are my world! I love being a mom!

Friday, August 26, 2011

200 Followers Celebration & Giveaway!

This giveaway is now closed. 

This week Mommy by day... Crafter by night hit the 200 followers mark! Saweet!!!

So to celebrate I made a Ruffle Tote to giveaway! 

You can enter the giveaway lots of ways and leave a comment for each way that you enter!

1. Leave a comment with your email address.

2. Become a follower of Mommy by day... Crafter by night.

3. Like Mommy by day... Crafter by night on Facebook.

4. Share this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter with your friends.

(If you are already a follower or like on FB you can still leave a separate comment for each one:)

I will randomly select a winner on Sept. 9th and announce it on Facebook!

In celebration of hitting 200 followers- I wanna spotlight my 200th follower!!!

It's Tootsie over at  The Tootsie Wootsie blog. She is so darling and I love her blog! Go check her out and let her know you stopped by!! Also check out her $5 dollar outfit! SO CUTE!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tied with a Bow Skirt

A week ago I saw this Shabby Apple skirt and LOVED it! I decided that I wanted to copy the idea and make one for myself.

While making this skirt I had many "Sewing Milestones"! It was my first time sewing darts, sewing in an invisible zipper, sewing a button hole, making a "real" pattern, and it was also my first attempt of making a "knock off". I am not going to say that everything went exactly as planned, but the end product FIT and looked how I wanted it to- so I felt like I had a victory!!! ;)

Sorry that it doesn't come with a tutorial! I was kinda flying by the seat of my pants with this one and had no idea if it was even going to work! ha ha

Linked up here.

Winner of the UPrinting Giveaway

It's time to announce the winner of the UPrinting giveaway for the the rolled canvas print!!

The random generator picked #22 
(I still can't figure how to post that widget and have it show the number it picked- if anyone has any tips- let me know!)

Sarah and Trent said...

I like you on facebook! And in real life too :)

Email me at mommybydaycrafterbynight {at} gmail {dot} com and we can work out the details!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Ta-Da Tuesday Link Party #1

It's Ta-Da Tuesday!!!!

Time for our first Link Party @ Mommy by day... Crafter by night!

Anyone wondering what a link party is?? 
No worries... I am new to link parties too!
It is basically a party on my blog that you can add YOUR link and a picture of something crafty or creative you have made- OR if you don't have your own blog, you can look at things that other people have created! 

So here are the rules:

1. Grab a button and place it somewhere on your blog.

2. Link to a specific post, not just your blog home page.

3. No ads, giveaways,  etsy shops, etc.

So start the linking!!! :)

{Feel free to become a follower and "like" on Facebook}

Can't wait to see what you guys come up with!!! 

Sunday, August 21, 2011


I am so excited to announce that I am starting up my very own link parties!!!

Come party with us every Tuesday @ 
Mommy by day... Crafter by night!!!

 Link up your projects, tips, tricks, crafts, etc- every Tuesday starting @ 12:00 am!!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom

Being a stay at home mom is one of the hardest, but most rewarding jobs I have ever done in my whole life. 

It's something that I have wanted to do since I can remember. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was always "a mommy". 

When the day finally came that I was finally living my dream, it was amazing. It is hard to describe the love I have for my little ones, other than that it is the most intense feeling of love I have ever felt. Of course I love my hubby like crazy too- but the love I have for my kids is that "momma bear, do anything to protect your baby" kind of love! ;)

But, like I said, being a mom is also the hardest job I have ever had. It has tried my patience to the extreme, pointed out my shortcomings, and at times can be physically draining! There are some nights that I literally fall into bed and feel like I never want to move again! ha ha I am sure my fellow mommies out there know exactly what I am talking about.

One thing that I have learned in my almost 3 years as a mommy (don't laugh- I know I am a newbie still), is that us mommies need time for ourselves! Even if it is just a few minutes per day. Luckily I have been blessed with a husband that realizes this and makes  a huge effort to let me have time for myself when he comes home from a day of work. In fact yesterday when I felt like I was going to pull my hair out because being a mom was feeling overwhelming at the moment- he sent me out for 5 hours of alone time to go shopping. Can I get a Hallelujah!?! What a guy! Anything that I want to do whether it is my monthly craft night, book club, or whatever- he makes it work no matter how busy he is. He really is the best husband in the world!

Ok.. I totally know I am rambling here! I guess my reason for writing this post is just to thank all of my readers. As a mom, sometimes praise comes few and far between, so to have all of you all write all the sweet comments you write on my blog, means the world to me!! I feel like I have already met so many new "blog friends" and gotten to know some of you through email and I love it! I  can't thank you guys enough for being so supportive of me and my new blog- you guys are the best!!

xoxo, Ashley J

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Guest Posting @ UCREATE

I am so excited to be guest posting for the first time over at the UCREATE blog!!! 

Check it out!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ruffled Tote Tutorial

My friend Mallory and I teamed up to put together a tutorial to make this cute tote!  Not only is Mallory great at doing hair, but she is also good at sewing! 
She has a very similar bag to this one that I have been in love with ever since I saw it so I totally copied it but I added the ruffle to the pocket to make mine a little different from hers- so I am not a TOTAL copycat- Ok... I totally am;)

My bag is roughly 15 x17 inches so all the measurements coordinate with this size but could easily be changed to work with any size bag you wanted.

To make this bag you will need:

 -Two coordinating fabrics. 
(I got mine in the home decor fabrics at Joann's. This fabric is pretty thick, but not quite as thick as canvas. I bought a yard of each but have a little leftover of each one so you could probably get away with buying less if you measured everything out exactly and knew how much you needed before going to buy it.)
-Fusible Interfacing (light- meduim depending on how thick your fabric is)

Step 1: Cut out 2 pieces of each fabric to measure 15 x 17 inches each. Then cut out 2 pieces of fusible interfacing that are 15 x 17 inches each.
Step 2: Iron the fusible interfacing onto the wrong sides of both of your inside fabrics (striped fabric). Now set these pieces aside.

Step 3: Cut out two pieces of fabric for the pocket measuring 9 x 9 inches. (Initially I had planned on using the striped fabric for my pocket but changed my mind and used the floral fabric for the pocket and the striped for the ruffle. So you can use whatever fabric you would like for this part)

Step 4: Put both of the pieces of fabric you cut out for your pocket so that they are right side together and sew along both the sides and the bottom of your pocket but leave the top unstitched so you can turn it right side out. After you turn it right side out press the seams so they lay flat. 
Lay this part aside for a minute.

Step 5: Cut out a strip of fabric that is 2 x 18 inches. This will be for your ruffle. 

Step 6: Iron your 2x18 inch fabric in half so it is 1x18 inches. Then use a basting stitch along the raw edge of the fabric so you can create a gather.

Step 7: Gather your fabric so that it is 1/2 inch wider than the width of your pocket. Once you have the fabric gathered to the width you would like, roll the raw edges on both sides twice and sew a small seam on both sides so that the raw edges are not exposed.

Step 8: Open the top of your pocket you have sewn and fold all the edges inside the pocket and iron your seam flat so it stays in place. Then insert your bottom edge or unfinished edge of your fabric in between both fabrics and pin in place. Sew a small seam along the top edge of your pocket to close it and hold the ruffles in place.

Step 9: Pin your finished pocket to the front piece of your bag. (Just the floral fabric) And sew it in place around 3 edges- don't sew the top edge obviously;)

Step 10: Now take the front piece that has the pocket sewn to it and line it up with a striped piece so that the right sides of the fabric are facing eachother. Sew along both sides and the bottom- leaving the top un sewn. Then take the other floral piece and striped piece and put them right sides together and do the same. After you sew both, turn them right side out and iron the seams flat.

Step 11: With both side of the bags right side facing out (so the striped fabric sides are facing each other on the inside and the floral fabrics are both facing out), line them up to each other, pin in place and sew along both sides and bottom of the bag. Sew as close to the edge as you can. I went around twice just to make sure that the seam was sturdy.

Step 12: Cut out two straps for the bag. They will need to be 5 inches wide and then whatever length you would like them to be. Fold them in half so they are now 2 1/2 inched wide and iron. Next, open up and fold both edges into the line you just ironed and and iron... After it is all folded back up you should have a strap that is 4 layers thick. Stitch as close as you can to each side of the strap for both straps.

Step 13: Take your bag and push the raw edges of the fabric into the inside of each side so that no raw edges are exposed. Iron and pin your seams down. Insert handles into each side and pin in place. Make sure that the straps and not twisted.

Step 14: Sew all the way around the top of your bag as close to the edge as you can to close your seams and hold the straps in place. (I stay stitched back and forth a few times when I went over each handle just to make sure they don't come off.)

Now you are finished!!!

Linked up here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

UPrinting Canvas Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed.

UPrinting is giving one lucky 
Mommy by day... Crafter by night reader a 

16 x 20 rolled canvas print!!!!!

I am so excited about this!!! Wish I could win the prize myself! ;)

You can enter this contest multiple ways and leave a comment for each way you enter!

1. Follow Mommy by day... Crafter by night.
2. Like Mommy by day... Crafter by night on Facebook
3. Share this giveaway with your friends on Facebook or Twitter.
4. Like UPrinting on Facebook.

Prize details:
one (1 ) piece 16” x 20” rolled canvas print, for one winner
with 2-inch border or No border,
1 Business Day Turnaround *Free shipping
Restriction: Limited to *US residents 18 years old and above only

This canvas printing giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting, no monetary compensation was given for hosting. Check out UPrinting.com for online printing and more wall art ideas.

I will randomly pick a winner on Thursday August 25th and announce it that night!! Good luck!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Cowboy Salsa Remix

My favorite snacks in the world are chips. The only thing better than a chip- is something to dip a chip in. 
So I am sharing my favorite recipe for a chip dip with you... It's more of a chunky salsa than a dip though...

It is what I called my Cowboy Salsa Remix.
It's basically my own take on cowboy salsa- minus the oil and vingear. I just wanted to come up with something that tasted fresher and not oily at all. So this is what I came up with.

What you need to make it is:

-2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
-1 can whole corn kernels, drained
-1 small bunch of cilantro
- 4 to 5 green onions chopped finely
-2 large limes
-3 to 4 roma tomatos
- 4 avocados
- 1 cup of your favorite salsa
- salt

This will make a large bowl full, big enough to take to a party to share with lots of salsa loving people! :)

To start, rinse and drain both cans of black beans and put in a bowl. Drain the corn and put in the bowl. Chop tomatoes, green onions, and avocado into bite sized pieces and add to bowl. Remove all the cilantro leaves, chop into small pieces and add to bowl. Juice the limes into the bowl. And add 1 cup of your favorite salsa to the bowl. (I always use leftovers from Chilis or my favorite mexican restaurant, but any salsa will do... The salsa just coats everything and ties it all together:)

Once you have everything in the bowl, add salt to taste and mix just enough to coat all the ingredients with salsa. (Be sure not to over mix of the avocado will turn to mush.)

Serve with chips and enjoy!! :)

Linked here.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Year One Cake

Although I have many hobbies- baking and cake decorating are not among them. 
But when duty calls as a mom, I try my best to live up to the challenge. 
Today that meant making my daughter's first birthday cake. 

These days with all the blogs, Pintrest, and social networking- I see a lot of really cute cakes, parties, and all the trimmings that go along with birthdays, but sometimes even when I see cute ideas it doesn't necessarily mean I can recreate them or even afford them for that matter. 

So for my daughter's birthday we just kept things simple. It was her first birthday so she definitely had no expectations! ;)

I wanted to keep with the Red, Yellow, and Blue color theme to match her birthday shirt. Pretty much the only decorations were the cake and some balloons. That meant that the birthday girl was the star attraction- which is how it should be. Right? :)

For her cake I used the Wilton Big Cupcake Pan which made the job a lot easier.
 Cake mix from a box.
Some store bought frosting.
Yellow food coloring.
Yellow sugar sprinkles.
Candy pearl sprinkles.
Leftover fabric for the bunting banner.
And skewer sticks to hold the banner up.

And then topped it off with a candle to finish it.

As for the cake stand, I tipped a baking dish upside down and used that to display the cake. Sometimes you just gotta work with what you have when you are on budget. :)

That's it! Pretty much the simplest cake you can make in my judgement.

Linked here.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

1st Birthday Shirt

My little girl turns one this week. Wow... times goes by way too quickly!!

I couldn't find a birthday shirt that I liked for her to wear on her birthday so I decided that I would make her one. 
For her party I decided to do something different than pink. I know... I am probably breaking the #1 rule of thumb with a little girl's first birthday party, but I did pink for my oldest girl's 1st birthday party and I wanted to mix it up a little the next time around. 

So I choose primary colors!
Red, Yellow, & Blue.

 As I was walking through Walmart the other day my eye catch this darling yellow and white polka dot onsie. As I got closer I realized just how cute it was... It has tulip sleeves. DARLING. Plus it was $3.88. I mean- how can you go wrong there! So I bought one.
Once I got home I came up with this idea... Not quite sure how I wanted to do it, but I got brainstorming and last night after the kiddos went to sleep I came up with this.

To make it I used scraps of fabric leftover from previous projects and I ironed them to fusible interfacing (light/medium). Then I cut out a triangle pattern for the pendants of the banner and I got cutting. Once I had enough I decided that it would be a fun touch to have the #1 on the shirt so it looked more like a birthday shirt. So I got on the computer and found a font that I liked and typed the #1 and had it sized to be about 5x7 inches. Then I cut out some freezer paper (you can find it by the wax paper in the grocery store) to fit in my printer and printed the #1 on the freezer paper. 
*Freezer paper is thicker than wax paper and has wax on one side of it and the other side just feels like paper. So make sure when you are printing  that you feed the freezer paper in the right way so that it will be printing on the paper side- not the waxy side. *
Once it was printed I cut it out and ironed it (wax side down) to the fabric (with interfacing on it). Once the paper was fused to the fabric I carefully cut around the #1. After it was all cut out, I pulled the wax paper off.
After you have all your fabric pieces cut out, you can arrange them onto your shirt and then start sewing them on. Easy Peasy!

I love this Bunting Birthday Onsie! It's a one of a kind shirt for my one of a kind birthday girl!! :)

Linked here.

Friday, August 5, 2011

And the winner is..........................

Erin of Home Savvy A to Z!!!

Congrats Erin!!!

Thank you all so much for entering my giveaway and for following my blog. It means a lot!!! You guys are all so awesome!!!

For those of you that didn't win the contest- check back next week for a tutorial to make your very own Mustard Yellow Goodness Pouch! :)

p.s. This random generator was showing the number 37 a minute ago and now it is gone... Not sure why?? ha ha You are just gonna have to trust me! ;P

a is for apple dress

This was my first attempt to make a dress that was fitted to my exact measurements and didn't rely on gathers to fit. It went pretty good all things considered. 

It started out as a shirt from Downeast Basics. I cut the bottom of the shirt off and used it to make ruffles along the neckline of the dress. Used some awesome elastic I found on Etsy- some sweet fabric from Joann's- and some buttons I found on clearance at Joann's as well.

It's kind of a combination of the Anthro Inspired Ruffle Shirt and the Polka Dot Dress, except I tried to mix things up by adding buttons to each side of the ruffle and made the skirt more fitted. 

I loved this apple fabric so much because of the feel of it- it's a knit, but its kinda nubby in texture and I thought it looked vintagey- like something my grandma would have used to sew with. 

But then I looked at the price tag and it was 12.99 per yard. Ouch! So I put it on my wish list and watched for it to go on sale for a few months. One day as I was browsing Joann's, I walked past this fabric and it was 60% off but there was barely any left of it. (Guess everyone loved it like I do too) So I snatched up the bolt and ran to the cutting counter to see if there was a full yard left. Luckily there was exactly a yard and so I took it!!!! Combined with my extra 20% coupon it cost roughly less than $4 per yard. Steal!

Linked here.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Giveaway #2

(This giveaway is now closed.)
I am excited to do another giveaway to celebrate another milestone for my blog. 

 Mommy by day... Crafter by night has reached 10,000 views!!! 
(Compared to everyone else in Blogland that is not a lot, but it's exciting for me at least!)

So I am giving away the Mustard Yellow Goodness Pouch. :)

A few months ago for Craft Night with my friends, my friend Amberlee taught us to make these darling little zipper pouches. I absolutely love them! I think they are fun and easy to make and I think they are so handy.

So instead of setting a definite deadline for when I would pick a winner, I thought I would leave it up to chance. 
Whenever Mommy by day... Crafter by night reaches 75 followers, I will pick a winner! :)

There are no rules for this contest- 

Each person can enter up to 3 times.

1. For the first entry- Just leave a comment with your name and email address so I can email the winner.

For bonus entries you can

2. Follow Mommy by day... Crafter by night.

3.Like Mommy by day... Crafter by night on Facebook. 

If you are already a follower and already like me on Facebook just say that you already did each of these things and you can still enter 3 times.

** Leave a comment for each entry so that you have a better chance of winning!

*** This contest is for U.S. Residents only.

I will randomly select the winner when we hit 75 followers! Good luck!!! Thanks for entering my giveaway!!! I can't wait to see who wins!:)

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Love Notes By Lauryn

One of my sister's best friends just started up a craft blog that is so dang cute!

I just found it last night by accident- I had no idea this girl was so talented!!!
I pretty much in love the header on her blog. 
Guess what- she created it! She does graphic design so she could totally spruce up your bloggity blog!
She is super good at hair and is doing the a, b, c's of hair on her blog this month.
She is also crafty and has some pretty sweet tutorials!

So check her out and see if you think she is as awesome as I do!

Mustard Yellow Goodness

In addition to my love of navy blue, I also love Mustard Yellow. It's just one of those colors that looks great in decor plus it's wearable- It's just a classic.

This weekend I saw some pillows that I added to my Pintrest that I have plans of sewing to go on my couch. Once I saw them, they also gave me the idea to make a little zipper pouch version.

This is how it turned out....

The outside is mustard yellow linen, and the lining is gray and white polka dot fabric. You can never go wrong with polka dots mixed with yellow and gray!

Here is a great tutorial to learn how to make a zipper pouch.

This Mustard Yellow Goodness is up for grabs for my Giveaway #2!

Linked up here.