Poofy Cheeks: February 2011

February 24, 2011

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

So I finally broke down and tried the fabric flowers. I may be a little late on this trend, but I love it. Once again no sewing – just me and my weapon of choice! The glue gun!

I am apologizing for the lighting in some of these pictures as it was way past my bed time when I made this wreath – and there was no natural sunlight.

I don’t really decorate the house too much for St. Patrick’s Day. We just wear green and go to my mom’s house for corn beef and cabbage. Yum!

This year I decided I would make a wreath in observance of leprechauns, pots of gold, and rainbows, but I made it so that after St. Patty’s day I can remove the green and add something different for Easter. Here is how I made the wreath- I gathered together some scraps of fabric, scissors, glue gun, small wreath form, and a large wreath I bought at Michael’s with my 40% off coupon.

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

Here is the large wreath-

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

If you are like me and have never made a rolled fabric flower it is SO simple. Just cut a strip of fabric. The longer the fabric the bigger the flower.

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

Then make a knot at one end. From there start twisting and gluing the fabric around the knot.

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

Until you have this…

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

Then I took my small wreath form and wrapped it in strips of left over muslin. Of course I secured the fabric with my handy dandy glue gun!

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

Hot glued the flowers to the small wreath form-

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

and then I tied the small wreath form to the big wreath using burlap. I also wrapped some green tulle around it. Nice and green! After St. Patrick’s Day I can just untie the small wreath form, unwrap the tulle, and add some pastels to the wreath for Easter!

Fabric Flower Wreath Tutorial

I’m linking up at – Tatertos & Jello and I Heart Naptime!

February 23, 2011

No Sew Fabric Diaper Case Tutorial

I have two baby showers to go to this month! AHHH! It is raining babies, but as long as it isn’t raining babies at my house everything is good in life! (Mike and I have been trying to decide if there will be a third child in our future??) Just as long as our friends keep having babies I won’t need to have another – I’ll just go snuggle their babies to get my fix. So, long story short, I have been searching for things to make for baby shower gifts.

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

I always saw adorable fabric diaper cases and thought I would never be able to make one. I guess I thought there was a lot of sewing involved – and I’m not very patient when it comes to sewing! (My sewing machine is vintage and probably needs an oil change, tire rotation, and more windshield wiper fluid - or whatever it is that sewing machines get after they’ve stitched too many miles.)

Any-who, I found out that there is NO sewing involved! Just fabric and a glue gun! I’m a sharp shooter when it comes to glue guns! Point – aim – feel the power behind the hot oozing glue! So I gathered up the materials below and got to work!

MATERIALS:

  • Huggies wipe case
  • Fabric
  • Trim
  • Batting
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pen or marker

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

Flip your fabric with the wrong side facing up. Place the wipe case onto the fabric and trace around it loosely. (You want some extra room for when we wrap the fabric around the case.)

Then fold in half and iron along the folded edge.

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

Now cut the folded piece of fabric along the line and you will have fabric pieces that you will use to cover the top and bottom of the case.No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

Trace the shape of the wipe case onto the batting, but this time trace close to the case. You don’t want the batting to wrap around the sides of the case or it will hang out. Cut out two pieces (one for the front and one for the back).

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

Then glue the batting to the case and glue the fabric to the batting. Fold the extra fabric around the edges of the case and glue them down too.

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

If you want to add a ribbon across the case, now is the time to do it. Measure a piece of ribbon the length of the wipe case and glue it across. This one is for a boy so I am not adding a ribbon.

To attach the trim start in the back and glue it around the edges of the case. Do one piece of trim along the top and one piece along the bottom. Be sure to cover the edges of the fabric.

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

This is what the case should look like when the trim is added. Now it is time to cover the spine of the case. Measure the spine and add an inch to the length and an inch to the width. Then cut another piece of fabric to fit those measurements.

(Please excuse my ugly ironing board!)

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

Now fold the raw edges over and glue them. Then glue that to the spine. Your finished product should like something like this…

No-Sew Fabric Covered Diaper Case

I know my momma-to-be friends will love these! I’m linking up at Tatertos & Jello and I Heart Naptime!

February 19, 2011

Mary, Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

Growing up I helped my parents with their garden every summer. Their garden was huge! They had strawberries, rhubarb, raspberries, dill, zucchini, jalapenos, green peppers, tomatoes, banana peppers, green beans, and cucumbers. That was in Illinois. We are now in Florida. The soil isn’t as dark and rich here – it is dry and sandy! The weather isn’t as cool and rainy here– it is dry and the sun is burning hot. Literally!

Last year I tried to grow my first garden. I did pretty good given the environment here is totally different. I grew green peppers, basil, green beans, and jalapenos. I tried to grow zucchini, cucumbers, and pumpkins. They didn’t work out so well because after they started to grow they burnt up in the hot Florida sun. I think my mistake was that I started it too late and the summer got too hot. This year my dad bought an indoor seed starting kit. I planted basil and banana peppers in it a few weeks ago. Look at how my little garden is growing -

The first sign of growth! About 10 days ago…

A couple of days ago…

In a few weeks I’ll be ready to plant these in the ground! First I have to find some time to till the garden. I think I’ll recruit help from my dad – he lives right around the corner and has a rototiller. :)

February 18, 2011

Living Room {Before!}

This is the living room BEFORE. Before what? I haven’t done anything to it yet! Never fear Wonder Woman is here and this living room is getting a makeover! Over the next few weeks our living room is going to be transformed from big, open, and white to a cozy room. I’ll admit – there is too much white on the walls and floor. Then all of the furniture, rug, curtains, and wood are brown. The room needs color, personalization, and some new furnishings.

Here is the inspiration palette I made-

I have the couch, the star wall hanging, chocolate brown curtains, and the polka dot Amy Butler fabric. Now I just need to gather up paint, a new entertainment center, some sheer curtains, accessories, and a couple accent chairs. You will find me at Homegoods, TJ Maxx, Goodwill, and Target! I’m determined!

Now I know your dying to see just how bad my living room looks. So here are the pictures – never mind the underwear models!

Here is the first thing you see when you walk in the front door-my creative corner. I actually like my corner, but the long open space is odd! I want to move my chocolate brown rug back here and place two accent chairs with a table or bookshelf.

I invite you further in… see what I mean? Large white room with lots of brown! Did I mention that my entertainment center is actually my dresser? When we moved into the this house our previous entertainment center was small and looked very odd in this huge room. We improvised… that was six months ago! I’m still running to the dresser for my socks, bras, and pajamas.

My plans are to paint the wall behind the TV a mustard yellow. Then my plans (for the hubby) are to mount the TV to the wall and replace my dresser with a new entertainment console lower to the floor. I think this will draw things in and make them feel more cozy. The floor lamp will be replaced and the frame on left will be moved to another room or the hallway.

I’m envisioning something like this (but less modern, no black, and more color) on the TV wall – photo via Colour Me Happy.

Now you will see what makes this space so difficult to work with… it is just SO open!! Don’t get me wrong – I love feeling like a part of the family even when I’m in the kitchen, but making my living room feel cozy is going to be a REAL challenge!

Any words of wisdom about what I should do in this darn living room of mine would be greatly appreciated! I will be starting this project next week and hope to have everything done by April (or before!). I hope you’ll join me in the adventure.

A Few of My Addictions

So there are quite a few things I am currently addicted to! I think they are all healthy addictions – I try to limit my usage/consumption of these items.

#1 – I just upgraded from my old frumpy, dumpy, simple, didn’t work half the time phone! I got the new Droid X and I can’t figure the darn thing out love that I always have the internet at my fingertips.

#2 – My new camera – Canon Rebel XS! I didn’t expect to learn how to use it over night – but the process is slow. I tried reading tips and tricks from other bloggers, I read the manual, but I think I just need to do trial and error. There has been a lot of error and then a few surprisingly awesome pictures! At least I think so!

#3 – Cupcakes. I know cupcakes are all the rave. They are sort of like this fad – but even before it was cool to own a cupcake bakery, watch cupcake wars, or decorate your kitchen in a cupcake theme – I was baking cupcakes. No, not homemade cupcakes, the cupcakes from the box. A specific cupcake – the confetti cake cupcakes. I have made them for years with a special frosting. No, not homemade frosting, Betty Crocker butter cream from the tub! I love to make them with the jumbo cupcake liners and then take the finished product to family, co-workers, but most importantly I leave a few just for me! When do I eat my cupcakes? Usually for breakfast – sort of like a pastry! Here is my philosophy – if I eat sweets first thing then I have all day to work off the calories!

These are my addictions! What are yours?

February 16, 2011

{Everyday is a Celebration!}

 

I have been trying to think of a blog that would focus on holidays and celebrations. I have been brainstorming the posts and searching for inspiration. The only thing I needed was a blog title. I just couldn’t think of the perfect title. I was sitting on the couch this morning and it hit me! Everyday is a Celebration! I jumped up and headed for the computer. Eight hours later I had created the blog, a few buttons, a banner, and had written a few posts.

My goal is to use this blog to highlight other bloggers and their celebration crafts and recipes. I LOVE every holiday, birthdays, wedding, and baby showers. Most bring tears to my eyes as they are such joyous occasions. There is nothing like walking into a house that is decorated to the hills!

Since I just missed Valentine’s Day I am going to start out by focusing on St. Patrick’s Day, baby showers, and birthdays. I hope you’ll join me on my new journey tomorrow!

Here is a sneak peak at what will be featured on Everyday is a Celebration tomorrow!

Vintage Inspired Announcement by ??? (You’ll have to hop over and find out!)

Baby Initial Tutorial by ??? (You’ll have to hop over and find out!)

Birthday Wreath by ??? (You’ll have to hop over and find out!)

Tie Dye Cupcakes!

So I actually made these for Valentine’s Day – and okay okay I admit I am a little behind on the post. Regardless I wanted to share how lovely they turned out! The kids and adults were so surprised to see the colors inside each bite. They raved over how good and moist they were too– thank you Betty Crocker!!

To make them you just follow the cake directions on the box.

Then separate the mix into their own bowls. I knew I wanted to do three colors, so I separated the mix into three bowls. Then I used food coloring to make my colored batter.

Layer the batter into the cupcake pan. I did purple, pink, and then blue.

Bake according to the box directions. Then remove from oven and allow to cool. Frost them then EAT them. I was (almost) more excited to see the layers than I was to eat the cupcakes.

Don’t they look delicious.. and beautiful? :)

Enjoy!

February 14, 2011

Momma’s French Onion Soup

Hey there! Are you looking for Momma's French Onion Soup Recipe!? The post has been updated and you can find the recipe HERE!

Momma's French Onion Soup Recipe
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