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Pom Pom Flowers

It is no secret that I am obsessed with pom poms poof balls. I usually make mine out of tissue paper, but I decided to create some out of yarn to give them a different feel and texture. I love the yarn because it takes the paper poof and turns it into more than just a party decoration. You can truly use this flower poof as decor in your home and not feel like you have tacky fake flowers in your house. I have really struggled with this in the past, because I love the look of flowers in the home, but hate the price tag that goes with maintaining them weekly. I rarely have plants, because I pretty much kill anything that does not meow to remind me to feed it. I used to do fake flowers from time to time (don’t hate), but I feel like fake flowers suck the energy out of a room, where as real flowers add energy. The yarn poof balls are a happy compromise for the domestic goddess with a glitter thumb rather than a green thumb. 

Supplies

  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wrapped floral wire

Directions

Step 1. Wrap the yarn around your fingers. Use 2 fingers with 75 wraps for a small poof, 3 fingers with 100 wraps for a medium poof, and 4 fingers with 150 wraps for a large poof. Be sure to not wrap too tightly!

Step 2. Carefully slip the yarn off your fingers and tie a piece of yarn (about 6 inches long) around the center of the wrap so it makes a figure 8. Secure the tie as tight as possible.

Step 3. Cut the yarn loops all the way around, creating a shaggy poof. Then trim your poof until the desired look is achieved. 

Step 4. Decide where you want the bottom to be and place a small dab of hot glue deep in the center of your poof, stick in your stem and allow to dry. Trim any remaining uneven areas, and then stick your flower in a vase and call it a day.

Notes: I would recommend using wrapped floral wire. I only had regular floral wire and it was a tad flimsy for my medium poofs. You could also get creative with the stems and use other materials, such as pipe cleaners or even real tree branches.

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Ikea Stool Makeover

I have tons of furniture makeover projects piling up around the house, so I figured it was time to start one of them to get the ball rolling. I started with a very small project, mainly to see if I liked the design. I’m sort of testing it out for a bigger project I have been mulling over for a while now. Since everything went well, and I really like the finished results, I think it is a go ahead. For this particular project, I took a basic Ikea stool and transformed turned it into a much more attractive Ikea stool. Like I said, we are talking basic stuff here… A little paint, a little Modge Podge and craft paper, and voilà! Now onto bigger and better things. I see a matching filing cabinet and a fabulous desk in my future.

DIY Toilet Paper Roll Wall Flower

Living in Singapore has been fabulous, but it has put a little damper on my creative side. Not having all my wonderful craft tools readily available at my finger tips has been giving me anxiety, but finally I found a project that is simple enough for me to do while overseas without having to spend $$$ on tons of new $upplies. I am serious when I say this project is LOW BUDGET, but it does take a little time collecting the necessary supplies. [Read more…]

DIY Wedding Cake Decor

Ok, so I like to think of myself as kind of creative. In other words, I have a couple of crafty bones in my body, however, I am the first to tell you that I am not an artist. I can’t draw and I can’t paint for the life of me. I definitely don’t think I could do something as artistically driven as decorate a cake and have it look professional. Well, that is until I saw this awesome DIY cake by Wild Orchid Baking Company on The Wedding Chicks. It is very reminiscent of my Poof Balls, which of course makes me love it even more! I wish I could get married again so bad. I could do that shit on the cheap this time fo sho! Check out how to become and cake artist…

Supplies

  • Fruit leather (We used store bought for this project. If you wanted to match a specific color, then making your own might work better for you.)
  • Round cookie cutters
  • Small bowl of water
  • Small paint brush
  • Floral wire (tooth picks or skewers would work as well)
  • Piece of foam

Directions

The Flowers:

Step 1. Using a round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the fruit leather. The size of the cutter you use will determine how large of a puff you have at the end. For these puffs we used round cutters that were 1/2” to 2” in diameter.

Step 2. Pick up a fruit leather round, and using your thumbs and forefingers, press the sides of the round together towards the center of the circle. You’ll end up with a shape resembling a ruffled “x”. Just be sure to press towards the center of the circle, so that you don’t close the “x” entirely. The open loops are what give the puff it’s shape.
(Repeat with other circles. For a nice full puff we used 6 fruit leather rounds per puff. You can use more or less depending on how full you’d like the puff to be. To begin to form a puff, press 2 of the ruffled fruit leather rounds together at their points.)

Step 3. If the fruit leather has begun to dry out, brush on a small amount of water so that they stick together. Add more ruffles until you achieve the desired puff shape. Set formed puff onto a piece of styrofoam. Use floral wires or tooth picks to prop up the fruit leather puff into it’s desired shape. Allow to dry out over night. Using the wires or toothpicks helps keep the puff from drooping or loosing it’s shape as it dries.  You may need to allow puffs to dry out longer depending on the humidity.

The Small Circles:

Step One. Add dots to your cake or cupcake design by cutting out small circles from the leftover fruit leather. Apply using royal icing or water, just like the puffs.

Step 2. Apply to a finished cake using small dots of royal icing, or if applying to fondant just brush on a small amount of water where you’d like the puff to stick.

For cupcakes: Set onto freshly piped frosting.

Notes: How easy is that? I wish I could get married again or at least one of my girlfriends so I can make this. Can’t find fun fruit leather colors? No problem. Make your flowers out of tissue paper, like Martha Stewart’s Pom Poms. Who says the flowers have to edible?

DIY Stenciled Pillow

I found this Wit & Whistle project via Pinterest and I’m so happy I did, because it has inspired a whole chain of pillows I am interested in making. It is one of the last accessories my living room, and bedroom for that matter, is craving. Plus I am dying to take a sewing class and pillow pattern would probably be the best thing to learn on. I could start off basic and then add zippers and such as I progress. Another blog I follow, Rustic Living, made these awesome “Where He and She Became We” pillows that I just love. I feel very inspired to start fabric paint penning, but first I have to start sewing. I’ll get there. Eventually.

Supplies

  • Blank pillow cover (I purchased a nice linen cover here.)
  • Some cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Letter stencil (I have this one.)
  • Fabric marker (My black Sharpie fabric marker worked great!)

Directions

After choosing your quote, stuff your pillow cover with some cardboard to keep the marker from bleeding through and to keep the fabric stretched out smooth.

Use a pencil to stencil your quote onto the pillow cover. If you mess up the spacing you can erase the pencil lines and redo them. You can’t fix mistakes when you’re using the fabric marker, so don’t skip the pencil step.

Once you’ve penciled everything in, go at it with your fabric marker! I found it easiest to use the stencil for the outline of each letter, and then remove the stencil to fill the letters in.

The packaging from the Sharpie fabric marker didn’t say anything about heat setting the ink, but I will probably press my pillow cover before I wash it, just to be safe.

DIY Ottoman

Design Sponge is one of the most amazing websites. They come up with some of the best DIY projects, and this one is no different. Contributing writer, Amanda Brown, took her Boxed Cushions one step further and made an Upholstered Box Ottoman that is absolutely fabulous. I love the sleek lines and geo fabric. While possibly pretty time-consuming, it seems pretty easy for the most part, but I think this will be a post sewing lesson project for sure. I wish I would have found this DIY before I put my shitty Ikea tables out on the deck, where they got completely ruined by the rain. They would have been perfect for this. WARNING: Don’t treat Ikea furniture like it is real wood, because it’s not. It is usually crappy particle board, which totally absorbs water and then distorts itself. Eww, it also gets moldy. [Read more…]

Mason Jar Herb Garden

You all know how much I love mason jars. I constantly post about their endless everyday usefulness. I’ve used them as fun gift ideas, such as Cowgirl Cookies… Creative party decor at a Cowboy Chic Shower… Practical and useful home decor, such as Bathroom Storage and Soap Dispensers… And Useful and edible canning adventures. The possibilities are freaking endless, and surprise, surprise I have another fabulous idea to bring your way. Mason Jar Herb Gardens, by Camille Styles. I posted something very similar in a write up about different types of fun and interesting pots, but it was not herb specific. Personally, I have a need for fresh herbs in my life and this proves that it is possible to not only grow herbs, but grow cool herbs. As soon as I get back from Singapore this is the first thing on my To-Do List. Right next to take a sewing class, paint my doors, Modge Podge my desk, plant some vines and get my car fixed. Ok so I have a lot to do apparently. It will all get done. Eventually.

Supplies

  • Old wooden board
  • Mason jars
  • Pipe clamps
  • Triangle ring hangers
  • Stainless hanging wire
  • Picture hanger
  • Chalkboard paint & chalk
  • Brush
  • Hammer, nails and screwdriver
  • Herbs

Directions

  1. Space mason jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and me sure around.
  2. Tape off rectangles on board, and paint with chalkboard paint as pictured above. This way, you can switch out herbs and change their labels accordingly.
  3. Secure pipe clamps to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.
  4. On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.
  5. Plant herbs in mason jars.
  6. Place mason jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.
  7. Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!
Notes: Be careful not to over water and be sure to display in a place that gets tons of light. 

How-To Make Fruity Ice Cubes

Can you say genius? These are great for pitchers of water and ice tea, or even punch bowls at a party. They look beautiful, they are very functional and super simple to make. You can even use different types of fruit to make it even more beautiful. How about raspberries, blackberries or even strawberries. Honestly the possibilities are endless. Thank you Pinterest for bringing these into my life and thank you Martha Stewart for being a crafty entertaining goddess. When I grow up I want to be just like you, minus the whole stint in federal prison thing. I can do without that.

Supplies

  • Muffin pan
  • 6 lemons/limes/Oranges

Directions

  1. Thinly slice up lemons and limes.
  2. Place two or three slices of lemon and/or lime in each section of the muffin tin.
  3. Carefully fill the muffin pan with water.
  4. Freeze overnight.

Notes: If using fruity cubes for ice tea or punch, fill tray with ice tea or non-alcoholic punch instead of water. This way you won’t dilute your drink with watery ice cubes.

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

Soon after my Hubby and I got hitched, he asked me what my/our holiday treat was going to be. Meaning, what was I going to make that looks pretty and tastes yummy that we give to our family and friends in fancy little tins and cellophane wraps? I was really surprised he asked me this, because I thought boys didn’t care about that kind of stuff, but I guess I was mistaken. I tossed out a couple of ideas, such as mint candy bark and such, but wasn’t sold on anything special. That is until now. A couple of days ago I found a How-To make chocolate covered pretzels tutorial on Love from the Oven and got very excited. I love this idea because first of all I love chocolate covered pretzels, and second they are so easy to customize for every holiday. They are perfect for Christmas, St Patty’s Day, 4th of July, Birthdays and even days like today, Valentine’s Day. Fabulous!  Here is the How-To…

Ingredients

  • Pretzels
  • Chocolate
  • Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Set up work area. Have pretzels open and ready, sprinkles open and ready, a pan to sprinkle over and plenty of wax paper to sit the pretzels on after they take a dip in the chocolate.
  2. Next, you will want to melt your chocolate according to the package directions.  Two things to NOT do – over cook the chocolate or add water.   I usually cook mine for one minute in the microwave at 50% POWER, than stir. They usually are barely starting to melt at this point. Then I return them to the microwave for another 30 seconds at 50% power. I usually stir it really well, than go for one more spin in the microwave.
  3. Dip pretzel in the chocolate and then gently tap of extra chocolate and scrape excess off the back on the side of the bowl.
  4. Hole pretzel over bowl and sprinkle with sprinkles.
  5. Place on wax paper and let set.

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