Featured DIY Divas {65}

Hi friends!
I’m spotlighting some of our fabulous link ups from last week’s fashion party! Thanks so much for linking up your fashion projects and sharing your style with us here, at MFTM. I love visiting your blogs each week.
Let’s give these Divas a “Woot! Woot!”
Baby Furry Crochet Boots by Crochet Dreamz
Beautifully done, Divas! Thanks for linking up!
Feel free to grab a {featured} button for your blog.
I hope you join us tomorrow for another fashion packed party! Come on over and share your style with us!

I {heart} October Sponsors!

I’m taking some time today to introduce you to my fabulous sponsors! I love sharing about MFTM sponsors because they are just so great and their products, blogs, and shops ROCK!!
I love crafting with FashionArtProjects products! They are inexpensive, easy to use, and your creative options are endless! You can find the Next Style products online or in Walmart!
Tammy creates the most beautiful handmade bridal accessories. Her etsy shop is pure eye candy…it’s all so very lovely. Tammy loves custom orders, so feel free to contact her to create something that you have in mind. 
Check out some of my other favorite shops and blogs! You will either be super inspired, add something to your wish list, or find a new bloggy friend…maybe even all three!


Interested in sponsoring Mine for the Making?
There is currently sponsor space available for November. Please check out the pricing, MFTM blog stats, and other sponsor perks HERE
I am offering two amazing deals right now, so be sure to email me for more information.

3 months of large ad space for $85 {saves you $20}
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Food-a-licious Friday {82} Sausage Pasta Skillet

It’s FRIDAY!! 
Can you believe it’s already June?! Although we’ve hit above 100 degree weather here for weeks, I feel like June officially marks the start of summer. I’ve been sharing fun outdoor activities on my Facebook page to keep the kiddos busy…stop by and check it out!

Today my friend Brittney is sharing another of her family’s favorites. If you missed her recipe from last week, you can check it out here. Kid-friendly and super simple for those busy weeknights. Today’s recipe looks super yummy…take it away Brit!


I remember like 8 years ago watching Rachel Ray and she made this dish or something like it (because I didn’t exactly write it down).  It’s a one pot meal (LOVE) and a 30 minute meal (LOVE LOVE) and sooo delicious.  Amazing leftovers and again, even little ones will love this.  

Sausage Pasta Skillet


(Makes for about 6-8 people)
 1 package Johnsonville mild sausage (in casings usually)
 1 package sliced mushrooms
 2 Tbs butter
 2 Tbs flour
 1 cup spinach (optional)
 1/2 cup Chicken broth
 1/2 cup half n half (or milk of any kind)
 1 can diced tomatoes 
 1-2 cups of mexican blend cheese (or whatever you have will work)
 1 package penne pasta (or your favorite bite size pasta)

-Cook pasta as directed. (Start boiling water the same time you brown the meat and it will all time itself perfectly). 
-Start with the largest skillet you have and brown the sausage on med/high heat.  You will need to squeeze the sausage out of the casing then break it up with wooden spoon.  Spend about 10 minutes or so making sure that sausage is thoroughly cooked through.  

-Then spoon out the sausage and transfer to a paper towel/plate.  

-Be sure to leave the yummy fat in the skillet and add the butter.  Saute the mushrooms in the butter and fat from sausage.  Add salt and pepper here.  

-When mushrooms are soft and sauteed, add the flour and stir for one minute till all fat is soaked up.  
-Add the broth and half n half (or milk).  Congratulations, you just made a rue!  (the base for any cream sauce). 

-Keep stiring and let it all simmer and bubble until it gets thicker and with no chunks of flour.  If you want to add spinach, do it now.  

-Turn off heat and add the can of tomatoes and sausage back into the dish and add 1/2 the cheese and stir.  

Dump drained pasta on top and keep tossing whole dish together till sauce is well distributed.  
-Sprinkle the rest of cheese and grab the whole skillet and put it on the top rack of your oven.  

-Broil on high for 3-5 minutes or until cheese is nice and melted on top.  
-Take it out and serve immediately!  

Soooo yummy with crusty bread or salad..or both!  
Total time is 30 minutes and only 2 dirty dishes!  HOLLA Rachel Ray!


That skillet looks and sounds soooooo good! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing Brittney!

If you have a yummy recipe (appetizer, dinner, dessert, kid-friendly, freezer meals, healthy tips, etc.), I’d love for you to drop me an email so I can feature your recipe on Food-a-licious Friday!

Food-a-licious Friday {81} Estle Family Casserole

One of my cute friends is super creative in the kitchen and I asked her if she’d share some of her favorite family recipes with us. Brittney and I went to high school together…so we go waaaay back. She married her high school sweetheart and they have 2 of the most adorable kids you ever did see. 
Take it away Brit!
Broccoli Rice and Chicken Casserole 
(Feeds 4-6) 
 2.5 cups cooked rice (5 minute, white, or brown)
 1 bag frozen or fresh broccoli 
 1-2 chicken breasts (or I often use leftover grilled chicken from the night before)
 1 can cream of mushroom soup (or cream of celery if you’re not into mushrooms)
 1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, colby or mexi blend)
Salt and pepper to taste

So start with boiling chicken until cooked through, then shred (or dice leftover chicken into small pieces).  
Put cooked chicken, frozen or fresh brocoli, cream of mushroom soup, and cooked rice in a big bowl and stir until blended.  I add salt and pepper here.  (if  you’re into garlic salt, through that in too)  
Pour entire bowl into caserole dish and spread out evenly.  
Sprinkle cup of cheese on top and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.  
Easy and everyone eats it; even my 1 year old!  Oh and it makes great leftovers!  
Thanks for sharing Brittney!!

Have a wonderful Friday evening and an even better weekend!
Right now, I’m setting up camp at the beach, so I know I’m having a great weekend.
It’s okay to be jealous {winks}
If you have a favorite family recipe you’d like to share here at MFTM, just shoot me an email! You don’t have to have a blog to play : )

I {heart} MFTM March Sponsors!!

It’s true. 
We are so blessed to have such awesome ladies and shops sponsoring Mine for the Making. 
Let’s check out a few of our featured sponsors this month, shall we? 
See for yourself just how awesome they are…
Tammy creates the most beautiful bridal accessories. From romantic hair pins, hair combs, and veils to gorgeous sashes, bracelets, and belts.  You can really put that special, couture touch for brides, bridesmaids, and even as a guest at the wedding! Tammy loves custom orders, so don’t hesitate to contact her through her etsy shop. You can also see sneak peeks and updates on the shop by “liking” FancieStrands on Facebook. It’s so difficult to pick out my favorites in the FancieStrands shop because every.single.piece is lovely, but here are a few I am swooning over…

{Shop now!}


This has got to be one of my most favorite places to shop…EVER. If you have not yet signed up for GroopDealz emails or ‘liked’ them on Facebook, you must do so right away. GroopDealz provides DAILY deals on boutique items such as jewelry, hair accessories, home decor, holiday decor, and much much more. And when I say {daily deals} I’m talking savings up to 70-90%!! That’s amazing! I’ve bought so many beautiful, good quality, handmade gifts through Groopdealz and saved so much money doing so. Not only that, but I am supporting the handmade community by doing so. Here are a few of their current deals…

Click below to sign up to receive GroopDealz via email and to shop now!
Dresses from Shabby Apple
Shabby Apple
Shabby Apple is another FUN online boutique to shop. Beautiful dresses, shoes, jewelry, accessories and more!  Shabby Apple has products for women, girls, babies, and even a maternity line! There are so many fun styles to chose from that it makes it difficult to just buy one dress! You can also check them out on Facebook. Here are some of my favorites from Shabby Apple right now…

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Click the button below to browse and shop!
Dresses from Shabby Apple

Check out some of my FAVORITE blogs and shops…


Pinterest Feature Friday Guest Host {linky party}

I’m super excited to be guest hosting for Pinterest Feature Friday today! Thanks to Tammy, Michele, and Malia for having me. I am an avid pinner myself, so I feel I fit in well here with all of you! : ) You can find my boards HERE.  
I’m excited to share this week’s Feature! 
Meet Amy from The Mombot!
I love Pinterest not only for all of the inspiration, but also for all of the new, awesome blogs I find! 
Amy has 35 boards and 2293 pins
I loved all of Amy’s boards, but here are a few of my faves…
This collections of Outdoor Spaces is perfect for the upcoming spring weather.

I am a sucker for organization, and Amy’s Organization board has a ton of great ideas.

Amy’s Fashion and Style board caught my eye; we seem to have very similar taste!

I also really her Embroidery Hoop Art board. So pretty!

How cute is this DIY doll in a suitcase idea?!

What a fun bookmark!

I have to make this for my daughter…toddler friendly sewing basket!

Such fun boards and pins, right?! Be sure to visit Amy’s Pinterest boards for even more inspiration!
Amy, be sure to grab a featured button!

Have you linked up to the Pinterest Master List yet? It’s a great place to find even more great ideas and fun pinners to follow! And the girls feature a new pinner every Friday!
Thanks to TammyMichele, and Malia for having me as a guest host today.
Link up your Pinterest boards!

I {heart} MFTM’s October Sponsors

I am grateful for the support of MFTM readers and I am grateful for the support of the MFTM sponsors.
YOU inspire me to be creative. 
YOU inspire me to write.
YOU inspire me continue supporting other mom shops, family friendly business, and handmade shops.

Let’s check out the awesome MFTM sponsors, shall we?

Lilla Rose has lovely hair jewelry for girls of all ages. Their products are unique, do not damage your hair, and hold your hair in place for the entire day! Brandi can assist you in finding the perfect Lilla Rose product for your hair type. Also, 30% of your purchase goes towards helping Tiggy’s House.


FancieStrands is the go-to bridal boutique, ladies! Tammy makes gorgeous, handmade hair accessories for brides, bridal parties, and special occasions. Her hair accessories are one of a kind and made with couture products. Tammy is so friendly and easy to work with. She will make sure you receive exactly what you want for your special day.


J.R. Watkins is committed to being America’s most trusted natural products company. From home remedies to gourmet cooking products to home and personal care, J.R. Watkins has so many wonderful, natural products to offer you. Cleaning and cooking with natural products will allow for a much healthier environment for your family. Debra is happy to help you with any of your questions and can help you find exactly what you are looking for.


I’d also like to encourage you to check out some of my bloggy besties!
These girls are talented, crafty, creative, and all around great ladies. You are sure to find inspiration on their blogs and loveliness in their shops.


Johnny in a Dress Review and GIVEAWAY!!

My sweet friend Natalie from Johnny in a Dress sent my Luci an adorable Crayon Roll from her shop a couple of weeks ago. HUGE hit in this house…not only with Luci but with momma too!
I love the cute fabric combo for this Crayon Roll….grey polka dots with yellow.
There are lots of different fabric combos to chose from in the JIAD shop.
The convenience of this product is what really gets me. Just roll it up and throw it in your purse on your way out the door to an appointment or restaurant! Provides LOADS of fun for your little miss or mister.
Luci LOVES her Crayon Roll (to say the least). 
The other day when we were heading out the door to the grocery store, she asked me if her “Cwayon Woll” was in my purse : ) Not sure if coloring in the front seat of the grocery cart would have worked out. Guess what she wanted to do the second we walked in the door with groceries? ; )
Lucky for you, Natalie is giving one lucky MFTM reader a $25 credit to the JAID shop!
Say what?!
Yep! That’s right. Twenty-five smack-a-roos to anything in the Johnny in a Dress shop!
Enter to win!
{Leave a separate comment for each entry}
1. This is a giveaway for MFTM readers, please leave a comment letting me know you are.
2. Visit the JIAD shop and tell us what you would get if you won.
3. Follow the JIAD blog and leave her some bloggy ♥.
4. Share this giveaway on Facebook and tag Johnny in a Dress and Mine for the Making in the post.
For example: Head on over to @MinefortheMaking for your chance to win $25 to @JohnnyinaDress shop!
*You must “like” our Facebook pages first and you must put the @ sign in front of our names in order for the tag to work.*
Good luck! 
PS- I am sponsoring a giveaway over at JIAD blog right now too! After you enter this giveaway, head on over to JIAD blog to enter another giveaway! Lucky you :)

The giveaway ends on Sunday, October 16th at midnight (AZ time) and the winner will be announced on Monday, October 17th. Winner will be chosen via random.org.
This review and giveaway is sponsored by Johnny in a Dress. All opinions are 100% my own.

Blog Swap: Artsy Fartsy Mama

Lindsay and I are swapping blogs today! If you aren’t already familiar with Artsy Fartsy Mama yet, you are in for a real treat! Lindsay is super creative and such a sweet bloggy friend! Take it away girlfriend!


Hello friends & Mine for the Making readers!
I’m so excited to be here today, thanks Kara for swapping blogs with me for the day!

I’m Lindsay, the blogger behind Artsy-Fartsy Mama. I’m a graphic designer and a stay-at-home mom to a very independent one year old daughter. On my blog you can find tutorials for all kinds of crafty things, recipes and more. I love finding ways to be creative while saving money. I also have a “Pinteresting Features n’ Shtuff” Sunday where I share just a few of the amazing and inspirational things I find on Pinterest.

Here’s a few of my favorite projects that I’ve done at Artsy-Fartsy Mama:

DIY Night Light

Brownie “Crap”

Rag Letters

Dr. Seuss Wall Art

Quiet {Flip} Book

When I’m not busy coming up with new projects for my blog, keeping up with Facebook, and chasing the little one around, you can find me designing all kinds of invitations, announcements, and blog designs with my business, Happy Potamus Designs.

Would love for you guys to stop by & say hello! Love meeting new bloggy-friends!
Thanks again, Kara, for having me visit today!


My Luci would LOVE those quiet flip books! Honestly, you will spend hours looking through the Artsy Fartsy Mama archives. Such great ideas!
Lindsay is offering MFTM readers 10% off of her digital design services! Just mention MFTM when you contact Lindsay about your next design….that easy!
Thanks for joining us Lindsay!
Let’s head on over and leave her some {}!

Featured DIY Divas {6}

I always have so much fun looking through all of your fashion projects that you link up!
You all are so clever, talented, and creative. Thanks so much for partying with us at DIY Diva Thursdays!
In case you missed last week’s party, you can check out all of the fashion goodness here.

Are you ready to check out this week’s featured DIY Divas?

T-Shirt Bracelet by Art For Little Hands

Fall Hair Accessories by The Little Giggler

Rockin’ Shoes by tt.scraps

Goodwill Tips & Fashion by Inside BruCrew Life

Fabulous job ladies! Feel free to grab a featured button by clicking HERE (my button page is still not working).

I hope to see you all back tomorrow for another fun party!