Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas Wreaths

So excited to have my house decorated for Christmas!  It's really my favorite part :)  I'll get some pictures together for you soon.  Here are some pictures of the wreaths I handmade for my recent Christmas Craft Fair.  There are many still available so if you are interested send me a message and we can work out cost and shipping.

Yarn wrapped bi-color wreath with hanging straw ball ornaments SOLD

Yarn wrapped wreath with yellow felt roses and vintage buttons SOLD

Yarn wrapped wreath with fall colored felt roses, pinecones and berries SOLD

Yarn wrapped wreath with orange felt roses and berries $15.00

Flannel Plaid Ribbon Wreath with Red Organza Roses $15.00

Olive Snowflake Ribbon Wreath with White Felt Roses $15.00

Yarn Wrapped Wreath with Flannel Plaid Roses $15.00

Yarn Wrapped Wreath with Felt & Flannel Plaid Roses $15.00

Candy Cane Themed Ribbon Wreath with Felt Roses $15.00

Red Ribbon Wreath with Organza Roses $15.00


Friday, November 25, 2011

My First Craft Fair

Happy Black Friday to all my American readers!  Hope you had a great Thanksgiving :)  To end the week I wanted to share with you the pictures of my table at my first ever craft fair.  I am pretty proud of the success I had and how everything looked.  I had lots of compliments.  My niece/goddaughter was my helper and she was really good! I would go around looking at the other vendors and everytime I came back she had something sold!

Voila! My table :)

This was a chalkboard sign but I couldn't find chalk at home so had to cutout printed letters.

I used 2 cylinder vases to display headbands.

Elastic hair bands, clips...

Wreath galore!

The other headband vase and necklace set...

I think it was a great first attempt.  Lots of ideas for next time!


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Technology 0 - Me 1.....oh and Craft Show Prep

Found them! Thank goodness for restore.  After thinking the worst I was able to find the file with all my pictures from the craft show this weekend.  From the point that I decided to enter the craft show until the big day (last Saturday) it was about 4 weeks.  I was a mean crafting machine, especially the weekend before where my house was overtaken with cutesy craft items everywhere.  Here are some photos of the preparation before the items were completed:

Supplies, supplies, supplies...

wreaths wrapped and ready to decorate....

fabric flower GALORE!

Stay tuned for the craft show table pictures to come soon!


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wearing Ruffles

I love, love, love ruffles!  I have quite a few pieces in my wardrobe that have them.  I love that even on the most blah day you can throw something on with ruffles and it can make you look more put together and at least for me cheers me up.  I came across this list on my "Shopaholics" desk calendar and thought it was ironic since I have an olive green ruffle sweater on today.  Read on for great tips from InStyle Magazine:

How To Pull Off Ruffles:
  • Think elegant instead of girlie.  You definitely don't want to wear a floral ruffled dress with romantic jewelry and your hair in ringlets - unless you're going to a debutante cotillion (even then, think twice).
  • There needs to be some kind of contrast.  Your hair should be sleek and modern, and your makeup either very natural, or strong and dramatic.  Let the ruffle be a bit of a surprise, as in wear a feminine ruffled blouse with wool herringbone trousers.
  • Consider the overall line: Ruffles look modern when the silhouette is long and lean, not full and flouncy.
  • Look for well-cut ruffles in a substantial fabric, such as cotton, wool, taffeta or even leather.  These work beautifully for women of all ages.
Here are a few pieces I picked out from ModCloth, one of my favorite online shopping destinations:

Serene Bubbles Dress, $49.99

Breakfast in Bed Cardigan, $79.99

Stars Search Top, $54.99

When World Kaleidoscope Dress, $39.99

Yes I Cayenne Coat, $84.99


Technology Fails Me

This past weekend, we had a table setup at the Mckenzie Towne Christmas Craft Fair.  It was a huge success and super fun to be around other creative people.  I bought myself some great goodies too!  I took photos of every single thing I had going on there and was super excited to post them for you yesterday but somehow when I downloaded from my computer to the laptop and then the flash drive they seemed to have DISAPPEARED!  But I determined to find them (or I may cry) because everything looked so great!



Thursday, November 17, 2011

Free Printable!!! ~ Christmas Shopping List

Some of us are are early birds and others like to wait until closer to the date to start shopping and get in the spirit of Christmas.  For myself, I like to get a head start because i'm like that.  I have about 75% done and can't wait to wrap them!  Here is a free printable for those who are just getting started.  Have fun out there!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Plaid Flannel Ribbon Roses

This idea came to me by accident the other day.  I was going to make a cool wreath and cut all the ribbon into sections, started applying to the wreath form then realized I wouldn’t have enough.  I have challenged myself this month to use only craft supplies I already have at home…mostly because I spent too much at Michaels last month!  So I took the ribbon off the wreath and came up with something to use these strips of ribbon I know had.

·         Wired 1 ½” Ribbon, cut into strips no longer than 12” (you can use thinner ribbon too!)
·         Scissors


Step One:
Take a strip of the ribbon and pull on the wire on one side while cinching the ribbon towards the middle.  Do the same on the other side of the same wire.

Step Two:
Once the ribbon is cinched into a curl, start twisting the ribbon into a circle creating the rose.  When down, twist both ends of wire together to make a stem for easy applying to crafts.

Step Three:
For bigger roses, use longer strips or like I did add two strips together in same format.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

Vintage Lace Rose Tutorial

I have been madly making felt roses for an upcoming craft fair and felt inspired to see what other kinds I could make.  I’m not going to lie – I raided my mother’s many tins of bits of laces, ribbon, and buttons.  I came home with a pretty nice assortment and even caved and told her so that it wouldn’t be on my conscience.  Turns out she was okay with it since she’s had this stuff for years and was kind of hoarding it by not using it “just in case”.  As soon as I saw the roll of lace trim, my idea for a lace flower came to me.  Here is a tutorial for how to make these lovelies:

What You Need:

·         Lace Trim (quantity depends on size of roses you want and how many you want to make)
·         Scissors
·         Needle
·         Thread
(I was originally going to use buttons but then liked it better without)

How To:

Step One:
Take the end of the lace trim and roll it inwards to make a bud.  Thread the needle and sew through the bud close to the bottom.

Step Two:
Go around the bud half circle and pleat the lace.  Sew through the bottom again.  Keep doing this until the rose is the size you like.

Step Three:
To finish the rose, knot the thread at the base.

I made a whole bunch of these to use on upcoming wreaths and then made a necklace and a few rings that will be sold at the craft fair next week.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

White Vinegar - New Uses

I love finding new uses for items I already have in my house. Here is some ideas for white vinegar I found from Real Simple Magazine.
  • Treat oily hair.  Vinegar is a good degreaser for oily hair because it helps adjust pH levels.  Shampoo your hair as usual, rinse, then pour a quarter cup over it and rinse again.
  • Wipe salt stains off boots.  Dip a cloth or an old t-shirt into vinegar, then wipe away the white residue.
  • Make wool sweaters fluffier.  Drop in a couple of capfuls of vinegar during the rinse cycle for an extra-soft feel.
  • Remove stubborn price tags or stickers.  Paitn them with several coats of vinegar, let the liquid soak in for five minutes, then wipe away the residue.


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Paper Bag Curls

Last Saturday night = facial masks + foot soaks + ice cream + paper bag curls.  Me and the girls had a great spa night at home...I think Steve felt a little left out!  We were determined to try out a paper bag curl method we found on You Tube.  We were all too shy to be photographed in our face masks and head of curls so here is the You Tube video tutorial.

The girls have thick hair so the curls looked gret when they took out the paper bag curlers...mine not so much.  Having thin hair, the curls all frizzed up and I had a fro....literally.  It was a good laugh though!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Hydrangea Centerpiece Tutorial

Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers.  My family is from the island of Terceira in Acores, Portugal where these beautiful blooms grow on the countryside.  Recently I incorporated them into centerpieces for an awards banquet.  The company’s colors are royal blue and yellow so I worked with that to come up with this easy design.  Here’s how you can make one for your event:

·         5” x 5” Glass Vase
·         5” Wide Satin Ribbon
·         Glue Gun
·         2 Hydrangeas
·         2 Yellow Roses
·         4 Daisies or Mums

Step 1:
To get the vases ready, I wrapped the satin ribbon once around the vases and used hot glue to secure to the glass.  Fill ½ way with water.

Step 2:
The prepped blooms were all cut down to about 6” of stem from bottom of bloom.

Step 3:
Place hydrangeas in vase 1st in opposite corners.  They should just touch the top of the vase.  Then add one yellow rose nuzzled in to each of the empty corners.  For the daisies or mums, add them between the hydrangeas to fill any gaps.

Step 3:
Lastly, take 3 sprig of beargrass and twist them to a circle securing the ends.  Place in the middle of the centerpiece for some whimsy.

Your centerpiece is done!  If you are looking to keep the flowers fresh, make sure to change the water daily.

The company was very happy with the flowers for the event.