Crowning Glory

Some weeks, you just need to make a few lace glittery crowns to wear around the house while cleaning.

Every princess needs a crown

Every princess needs a crown

With the help of a photographer’s tutorial, I ended up making more crowns that I can wear at once.  I seriously thought that I had ruined the project more than a few times, but after the glitter had settled, they looked lovely.

My lace was a little too wide for two crowns

My lace was a little too wide for two crowns

Four crowns for four beauties

Four crowns for four beauties

Love my Crown

Love my Crown

FO: Hostess Tote Bag Gifts

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

Three 40-minute totes for three wonderful ladies

My sweet mother-in-law and her friends threw me a wedding shower a few weeks ago but I had been so preoccupied with Amanda’s Bridal Shower that I completely forgot to get hostess gifts. 😦

For my birthday, Z gifted me his mother’s old sewing machine but I have been too busy, too afraid, and lacking the proper space to actually use it.  Around the time of the shower, Z got rid of a television which gave me the much-needed space for sewing projects.  I have wanted to make the 40 Minute Tote from Purl Bee ever since I saw the adorable bags.  Insert a few yards of fabric and a desire to make something wonderful for the wonderful & caring ladies that have welcomed me into their hearts.

Reversible too!

Reversible too!

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Blue Chevrons or Vintage Paris print

Getting Creative With Mugs

A few months ago, I tried to make a mug for a friend’s bridal shower present.  It turned out looking good, but the entire time I was thinking that it would have turned out better if I had adhesive stencils.

Congratulations, Mrs. Wolfe! mug

Who knew that Martha Stewart made adhesive stencils for just such projects?

With the help of Martha Stewart adhesive stencils – Classic Serif and 2 Pebeo Porcelaine 150 pens, I think I may have a Christmas present for Z.

Adhesive Stencils in blue

You are the Obi Wan for me mug

The font reminds me of original Star Wars movies

Breakfast Miracle or The One Where I Invent a Recipe

The other morning, I was craving something easy for breakfast that Z didn’t have to cook – and I thought of a pinterest recipe that I saw a few months ago with a bacon cup. However, I couldn’t find the recipe that morning [or since then] and ended up producing this breakfast miracle.

Breakfast Miracle!!!

Ingredients

  • Bread slices, toasted [One slice makes two]
  • Uncooked bacon sliced [I used center cut bacon]
  • Shredded cheese
  • Eggs
  • Canola spray
  • Optional: Salt, pepper, or chives
  • Muffin tin
  • Small cookie cutter

Directions

  1. Using a small cookie cutter, cut out toast.  Pre-heat oven to 350-400.
  2. Spray the inside of the muffin tins and place a toast cut out into the muffin tin.

    Toast First …

  3. Wrap bacon around the edges of the muffin tin.

    Bacon next …

  4. Add cheese to the toast.

    Ignore the blurry cheese

  5. Crack one egg into each muffin tin.  Add cheese and any other optional ingredients.

    Everything else pre-baking …

  6. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Serve with coffee and OJ.

Z and I were treated to one amazing breakfast that I could eat without silverware.  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.

Crafting: More Bridal Shower Decorations

No matter what anyone says, accordion folds are not your friend.  They do, however, produce some beautiful decorations for a bridal shower which will match the Vintage Apron Decorations.

Tissue Paper Pom Poms for the ceiling

The pom-poms will be hung from the ceiling and are made using a Martha Stewart tutorial.  The hardest part of making these was figuring out how to wrap the floral wire around the tissue paper [You fold the wire in half and slip over the tissue paper, then twist at the edge of the tissue paper].

Starburst ceiling decorations!

This is my first rosette, but there will soon be more of these little things.  I used this paper rosette tutorial.

Rosettes for the walls

Crafting: Vintage Bridal Shower Decorations

Apron Garland

I am in charge of the organization for a bridal shower. After the theme of vintage kitchen/aprons and the color scheme of red, orange, & blue were chosen, the best part was getting decorations ready.

The inspiration for this project came from a Craftster post. I knew immediately that it would be perfect for the shower.

What I used:

  • Decorative Cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Mini-cupcake liners, folded in half
  • White Cardstock
  • Blue letter stickers
  • Ribbon cut into 2 inch pieces
  • Hot Glue gun

What I did:

  1. Build your aprons. I used one decorative liner with two white liners underneath and two mini liners on top. If you use stickers on the aprons, put the stickers on at this stage.

    Bride To Be

  2. Cut out the bodice of the apron from the cardstock. I cut one piece of cardstock in the shape of a hourglass and then folded the cardstock in half.

    Cardstock and ribbon

  3. Hot glue the cardstock together with the ribbon ends between the cardstock.
  4. Hot glue the inner liners to the outer liners. The best way is to put the hot glue on the edge of the liner fold and insert one liner into another.

    Separate the Liners

    Hot glue liner to liner

    After the apron liner is glued, glue the dress liners

  5. Hot glue the bodice to the decorative liner.

    Almost there …

  6. Hot glue the mini liners on top of the bodice glued to the decorative liner. I only put glue in the area of the liner that would have been the base of a cupcake.
  7. Enjoy the beautiful vintage decorations.

    Ta-da!!

Sweetgum Holiday Wreath

My mom used to change the Christmas holiday decorations every year.  Every year, there was a new theme with new homemade decorations.  It appears that I have the same condition.

Last year, I made an amazing Paper Cone Christmas Wreath.  However, I saw this wreath from Martha Stewart and had to make something similar. I gathered as many sweetgum balls as I could from those that fell on our balcony [I refused to pick any off the ground due to the neighbors with dogs].  I ended up with 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls and this beautiful wreath.

My sweetgum ball holiday wreath

What I used:

  • 10 inch straw wreath
  • 2 gallon-sized freeze bags full of sweetgum balls
  • Floral wire cut in 1.5 to 2 inch pieces
  • 2 cans of metallic gold spray paint
  • 1 container of coarse glitter
  • 2 inch wide ribbon
  • Hot Glue gun
  • Optional: latex gloves for spray painting

What I did:

  1. Cut off the sweetgum ball stems. Hot glue one piece of floral wire into one of the sweetgum ball holes.  Let dry.

    Sweetgum balls with floral wire

  2. In a ventilated and prepared area, spray paint the sweetgum balls.  Sprinkle glitter on a portion of the balls immediately after they are spray painted.

    Spray paint & glitter

  3. Spray paint the wreath.  This ensures that any holes from the placement of the sweetgum balls will not look awkward.
  4. Insert the floral wire into the wreath.  Be careful when you do this or the wire will bend.  Bent floral wire is harder to insert into the straw wreath than straight wire.  I only inserted sweetgum balls into the front of my wreath to ensure that it hung flat against the door.

    Almost complete

  5. Hot glue ribbon to the back of the wreath.  Let dry.

    Ribbon mission complete!

  6. Hang and enjoy!

    Glitter, gold, and red make for a beautiful holiday season!

    Hipstamatic Print of the Sweetgum Ball Wreath