About me

Hi! I'm Shelly - mother of 5 and wife to the best man in the world. We love to play games and watch movies together. I have a passion for crafting in all it's forms - sewing, scrapbooking, bow making, painting, mod podge, you name it and I'll try it. Hope you enjoy our family adventures and crafts!

How I Became Shared Jelly

When my husband and I first got married we used to get messages on our answering machine for "Shared" and "Jelly" instead of Jared and Shelly. The first time we chuckled a little over it and by the fourth or fifth time, we decided the name should stick somewhere. And so, I've been sharing jelly all over the internet since. Enjoy!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Little Girls

When you grow up and think about having a little girl, you think about dress up and princesses and pink.  You don't think about trips to the emergency room and broken teeth.  Here we are, though, with just that.  She's had staples in the back of her head, stitches in her forehead, scraped up her lip and nose, and now she's chipped her front teeth - her permanent teeth.  It's a good thing we have a dentist appointment set for Thursday already.

I Just Can't Stop!

I just keep making my baby new shoesies!  This time I made cloth flowers with rosettes like this:
And I put them on some new white shoes like this:

The nice thing is that the shoes are washable. The hard thing is she gets them really dirty and I am finding that more pairs allows me to wash more frequently. I have a couple more pairs coming still.  Some day I'll give it up and buy her some shoes, but for now. . .

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vegetables From Our Very Own Garden!

These are my first vegetables from our garden this year. My peppers are bigger than I thought they'd be.

I know this is probably not as exciting for everyone else, but I've never had a garden actually grow this well before.  We maybe get a yield of one or two vegetables in the past.  This time my garden is not only not dead, but is flourishing and overgrowing the small area I put it in. There are dozens of vegetables getting ready to be picked.

My tomato plant is so big, it's falling over in its cage, full of tomatoes waiting to ripen.  I've had to cut my zucchini plant back so that it doesn't overrun the peppers. I had no idea it could get so big.

Here are my peas that I thought were destined for failure and they are blooming and everything.

I either need more space or less plants next time.  I'm so excited to keep planting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Drive-Thru Dinner/Drive-In Movie

I've been gathering up some big boxes so that the kids could make some cars out of them.  It's always a lot of fun to make your own car, right?  The kids played with them all afternoon.  At dinnertime, I made them a little drive thru window where we don't have a screen anyways (gotta love old homes).  My big girl helped me make the signs:
(She ran out of time halfway through the "menu" sign so we hurried and finished it so we could eat)
Then I had the kids pull up in their cars and "order" their food off the menu.

They balanced the food on the front ends of their cars and pulled around to park and eat it.

 To finish the night off, we had a drive in movie afterwards. 

It was a lot of fun and the kids really loved their cars.  They loved them so much that most of them were broken by the next day, but they got plenty of good use anyhow.

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Garden is not Dead!

It's actually growing.
This was a picture from about two weeks ago. It's even bigger than this now.  My peas, however, may not get any veggies on them because I planted them in the wrong season (oops!), but the peppers, squash and tomatoes in the back are coming in nicely.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Giant Bubbles

I saw this online (where I see everything these days) at Tatertots and Jello quite a while ago and was wondering how well it worked.  She has instructions on how to make your own - with a detailed suppply list and all.  So I went around the house looking for random supplies to see if we could throw these together.  Let me just note, I used old wooden rods from the closet we took out last summer, yarn, I had some eye screws in a picture hanging kit I got a while back and I just used the cheap store bought bubble solution. Here is what mine looked like:
Also note, mine isn't as big as hers.  This was as much bubble as we could manage with the little ones.  Here are some pictures of our bubbles.

The kids had a blast and it's something we can use again and again.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

New Shoesies!

I bought my baby girl some "real" shoes from the store and the toes were torn through in less than a week.  Evidently they do not account for babies to crawl in them at all (very short-sighted).  Not wanting to fork out another $15 on shoes that wouldn't last, I raided my fabric collection and made her some bigger booties.  These ones have suede on the bottom for a little extra durability.  We'll see how they hold up.  I love that they are washable, though.  I just throw them in with my other laundry and they come out fine (the top ones have already been washed once.)

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July - Rice Krispie Treats

This is my last fourth of july fun for this year.  Got this one from Random Thoughts of a Supermom.  Hope you all had a great Fourth!


Martha Stewart, despite her faults, has some fabulous ideas.  Check this one out:

These little firecrackers/rockets are filled with goodies so that when the kids pull out the tissue paper, out fall the goodies.  I love this cute idea and can't wait to pass them out on the Fourth!
You can make printable ones by clicking here.  The instructions are here.  I used my own cardstock instead of printing hers out.  My rectangles are 4x6 and the circles are 5 1/2 inch circles cut in half.  Can't wait to pop them open on Monday!

Patriotic Pancakes

I split my batter into three parts. I put red food dye in one, blue dye in another and left the third.  I cooked up my pancakes, then Cut the red and "white" ones into strips.  I made the blue ones silver dollar sized then assembled them like a little flag.  SO fun!
The kids loved it!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Festive Jello

I used this recipe at Christmas to make red green and white jello.  It was a huge hit, so I figured, why not try red, white, and blue for the Fourth?  You can get the recipe at Tatertots and Jello.  It takes two days to set all the Jellos, but it's fun, yummy, and totally worth it.  I love the creaminess that the condensed milk brings to the jello!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Fourth of July Tees

Found this idea at Tatertots and Jello.  Plus Tees were on sale for only $3 at Joanns.  Perfect!