Monday, September 16, 2013

Crafty Girls #3 - Fall Decorations

Update:  We had a few leftover blocks.  Emily took them home to "play" with and this was the result!!  She just sent the picture!   Beautiful!!

We were able to get a few of the girls over this weekend to do some fall craftiness.  We're thinking about expanding our circle, not only to make it more fun, but to bring in more inspiration.  But no matter how many people show up, it's still a lot of fun!

I threw an old quilt on the dining room table and we dug in and got started.  Wendy made a beautiful wreath.  We were all commenting on how her flower selection was marvelous!  She revealed that she just bought a pre-packaged bunch at Hobby Lobby!!  Who knew??!!  We immediately felt that we too could do a great wreath!  I think she's going to guide us through wreath making next time we get together!

The "T" is a purchased letter with mod-podged scrapbook paper on top.  She used a grapevine wreath and burlap ribbon.

Another project was a Just Married banner.  Emily bought a pre-made banner but wanted to make it her own.  Using scrapbook paper and a lot of imagination, she brought the wedding colors into the banner.  She's contemplating painting over the white letters with a turquoise blue to make them pop.

A work in progress - scrapbook paper really added to the look of the banner!

I cut up a 2x4, painted the pieces with chalkboard paint, and using some purchased letters and scrapbook paper, made a fall decoration.

I sprayed the blocks black and then cut scrapbook paper to size.  Using a black inkpad, I darkened the edges of the paper before adding the wood letters.  Final coat of Mod-Podge and I was done!
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Emily #2 took some of the 2x4 pieces and did her own version using scrapbook paper, paint and stickers.

The whimsical finished product!

Janice, who had had a very hectic weekend, brought her current crocheting project and just worked on it, enjoying the conversation and camaraderie.

A nice day with friends and hopefully, we can do it again soon!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mini Cupcakes in a Jar

Pot Luck Friday and a little thank you to a teacher who has spent the last three weeks filling in for a colleague who has been out.  It's a tough gig being an "acting administrator" and having to suspend students when you are used to being a teacher (and a darn good one!) and don't usually have to be the "bad guy".  But what a great job he did!

We're all bringing in treats so I thought mini cupcakes in a jar would be cool.  I went to WalMart and bought two dozen 4 oz. jelly jars.  The larger jars require 1 1/2 cupcakes to fill... these fill with one.  I cut off the top of each cupcake and then cut them in half.  I pushed one half in, added a squirt of frosting, put the top half in, a little more frosting, some sprinkles and done!!  A little bit of black and gold ribbon and voila!!

I did try a new frosting recipe that I found on Glorious Treats (link here).  It was just enough for 18 cupcakes.

I really like the smaller size - easier to make, less calories for those folks who want to splurge a little.  Plus, having cupcakes in a jar, they're portable and fun to eat!

Mmmmm!  Dig in!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Baby Shower Chalkboard & Accessories

Need a quick, fairly inexpensive baby shower gift?  How about a chalkboard?

You know that I love love love these chalkboards.  I thoroughly enjoy making them and I hope the recipients enjoy them as well.  If you've read my previous chalkboard posts here and here and here, you know that I'm addicted!

My bestest friend ever is going to be a grandma for the first time.  I was invited to the shower and I wanted to gift the new parents something unique.  How wonderful would it be to have this in the nursery and write something new every so often?  I'm sure it will be easy to think of a reason to love your baby!

I purchased the frame at Michael's (40% off), used my Martha Stewart stencils (Michael's), bought 1/2 yard of flannel on sale at JoAnn's (using a coupon) and two spools of ribbon.  I used the flannel to make a little bag for the chalk and a square of flannel for an eraser and then cut a 1 1/2 inch strip of the flannel to use with the ribbon to wrap up the gift.  

I think these hot days are good for me - I'm getting so much done!! 
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A close up of the simple bow made with a strip of flannel and two different ribbons

Little flannel bag made by sewing two squares together.  Inside is chalk and a square of flannel for an eraser.  Tie up with some ribbon and you're done!

Tuck the bag in the corner and the gift is ready for giving!