Saturday, February 20, 2010

St Patrick's Day Wreath

I think wreaths are adorable. (Beside the fact that they make my cookie cutter house a little less cookie cutter!) I didn't want the cheesy shamrock leprechaun wreath so here is what I came up with. I took a dollar store wreath form and wrapped it in burlap. I cut out circles in green felt and satin to make "flowers". I just hot glued them together and added buttons. To give them dimension, I added some hot glue behind the flowers and just sort of smashed them to shape them. I added a ribbon for hanging and that was it! I love easy!

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Paper Towel Roll Art

Here is another simple and cheap St Patty's decoration. I literally used TRASH! I had just thrown away a paper towel roll when I came up with this project. I have seen people blog about wall art with toilet paper rolls and I thought I could do my own spin on it. First, I zig-zaged some shiny green scrapbook paper into 4 quadrants as a background for my "art". Next,  I cut the rolls into small loops and painted each one. Then I glued 4 together. Then I glued those to the paper and folded in the edges to make heart shapes and glued again. Isn't it lovely?

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Lucky Blocks

I have this really long wall in my house that is so daunting to decorate just perfectly. I recently took everything down and hung one large picture frame and tons of little decorative shelves. Each holiday/season I change the large picture to a more recent shot of the fam and I change up all my cutesy treasures. I have some little frames too that I change. Seeing that I had absolutely NO St Patricks or green decor and virtually no budget for this, I got creative :)
For this project I had some 4" long blocks unused from another project. I glued them together, Mod Podged on some green paper, added some paper letters (from my Cricut) and WahLah-St Patty's decor! (For free too!)

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fabric Flower Necklace Tutorial


Supplies needed:
  • fabric remnant(s)
  • small amount of felt
  • lace, netting, or even feathers
  • glue (I used low melt hot glue for this, but I have also done it with fast grab Tacky Glue)
  • scissors
  • needle and thread (optional)
  • jewelry string (I used the stretchy kind)
  • beads (I used a pack that had 65 beads)
  • 1 jewelry clasp (also optional)
*I am right handed. It may make a difference for some of you. Do what works for you. Add glue as you go along, it will help keep the shape for you.*

First, cut 5 strips of fabric. For mine, I cut them about 16" by 2".


Starting at the bottom right roll the fabric upward as if making a straw.


While holding that in place, turn it so it is vertical with the thinnest part on top. Begin rolling downward, like a cinnamon roll.


Now here's the hard part. Taking the small swirl you have started in your left hand, grab the next section of fabric with your right hand. Twist the fabric away from you in an outward motion. 


Continue adding glue as you go along. Turn the rosette with your left hand while twisting outward and away from you with the fabric in your right hand. Hopefully this is making sense :)


Continue on until you run out of fabric. Your flower should look something like this.


 Make 5 of them to complete my design.


Glue the flowers to the piece of lace, tulle, netting, etc that you have.


Now this next part is optional. I hand sewed on the stretchy jewelry cord, just to keep it in place. (This is not pictures since clear cord does not photograph well!) Then I glued on a piece of felt to keep it all in place.


Next, string on your beads on both sides.


Add a jewelry clasp, or tie in a knot if it fits over your head.


You have a beatiful necklace!

Here is another I made too:


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Monday, February 8, 2010

Fabric Flower Necklace

I posted a few weeks ago about my fabulous flower headband I made. With much practice and a lot of playing around, I designed this necklace. I love the combination of the pearls and lace with the muslin flowers. A little simple mixed with elegance! The best part is that I used fabric remnants I already had, so all I bought were the beads, which were 50% off! Let me know what you think. (My husband thinks it's fabulous, but that's his job, right? And, he took the pictures for me too! What a guy!)
***Update: here's a tutorial! ***

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Yummy in my tummy!

When I heard that a local bakery/cafe has homemade oreos, I looked online for a recipe. They sounded SO good that I wanted them NOW! So, I will share with you the recipe from Smitten Kitchen. But first, you HAVE to drool over these...

Let me warn you. They are highly addictive and will leave you wanting more! Best with a tall glass of milk!

Homemade Oreos


Adapted from Retro Desserts, Wayne Brachman


Let’s talk about the sugar for a minute, shall we? This is a sweet cookie. A good, sweet cookie. Yet, if you think of an actual Oreos, the wafers are fairly un-sweet and actually on the slightly salty side, which contrasts with the super-sweetness of the filling bringing harmony, happiness, yada yada. If you want your cookie closer to that original, you can take out a full half-cup of the sugar. If you want to make the cookie by itself (as I did a while back for ice cream sandwiches), go ahead and use the full amount.


Makes 25 to 30 sandwich cookies


For the chocolate wafers:
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar [see recipe note]
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1 large egg


For the filling:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) room-temperature, unsalted butter
1/4 cup vegetable shortening
2 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract


1.Set two racks in the middle of the oven. Preheat to 375°F.


2.In a food processor, or bowl of an electric mixer, thoroughly mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda and powder, salt, and sugar. While pulsing, or on low speed, add the butter, and then the egg. Continue processing or mixing until dough comes together in a mass.


3.Take rounded teaspoons of batter (I would suggest balls the size of large marbles) and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet approximately two inches apart. With moistened hands, slightly flatten the dough. Bake for 9 minutes, rotating once for even baking. Set baking sheets on a rack to cool.


4.To make the cream, place butter and shortening in a mixing bowl, and at low speed, gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. Turn the mixer on high and beat for 2 to 3 minutes until filling is light and fluffy.


5.To assemble the cookies, in a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch, round tip, pipe teaspoon-size blobs of cream into the center of one cookie. Place another cookie, equal in size to the first, on top of the cream. Lightly press, to work the filling evenly to the outsides of the cookie. Continue this process until all the cookies have been sandwiched with cream. Dunk generously in a large glass of milk.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Car Playmat

I have seen tons of those car rugs with streets on them, but I was A-MAZED when my son got this playmat from his Auntie Shell. She's the best!


Come with me on a tour of Wyattville:

His very own car shop!


The craft store, post office, hardware store, and barber shop!
(Each named after a cousin or grandpa, of course!)


The town library (Named after Grandma who is a retired librarian!)


Family members houses. They look exactly like our real ones!


Now it's back to play time!

Have a great day everyone!

*In case you are wondering how it's made, green canvas is the base fabric. Everything is hand painted on with fabric paint. Clear vinyl is on both sides to protect it. The edges are bound with bias tape. *


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Seeing RED

So I have been REdoing some window coverings in order to make my house look brighter. I tried to spend as little money as possible. I was out of money and still had my kitchen window to do. So, with 4 bucks for some burlap and cotton fabric, I am now seeing RED! My plan is to change the valence with the seasons/holiday. I thought red polka dots for Valentine's Day were a little more stylish than the cutesy pink heart fabric I found. My husband is probably thankful for that choice! Here is the finished product: Ta Da!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Grandparent Gift

I finally took a picture of the gift I made my parents and in-laws for Christmas. I am not sure why, but somehow I ended up with no pictures of my creativity! I saw this phrase at a boutique I participated in, and immediately came up with this project. I used a board, some thin wood (for pictures),  spray paint, modge podge, pictures, screw eyes, and cup hooks.
First I sanded and painted the board and small squares for pictures. I wanted to do vinyl, but didn't want to PAY for it, so I used cardstock and cut the letters on my Cricut. I glued them on with the Modge Podge and then went over the entire project with the Modge Podge. I did the same thing for the pictures. Then I screwed in the hook and eyes and I was SET! Wahlah! That was it! The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry...
The one in the picture was for my inlaws. They have three children, each are married, so each one got their own vertical row. The grandchildren then are under their parents. How cute is that!

*(And I have to say, I will totally take credit for the kid on the left! He is MINE and he is adorable!)*
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