Tuesday, March 30, 2010

mini basket Easter favor & Tutorial

I am having my family over for Easter dinner and I have been trying to come up with an Easter favor that is inexpensive, easy and classy. I finally landed on this fun little basket that is made from an egg carton, Spanish moss, and old grape vine wreath and paper.

I started out by cutting up an empty egg carton and trimming each section into a small little bowl.

Then using my hot glue gun I pressed Spanish moss all around the exterior (I got my moss at Dollar Tree).
I then trimmed off the excess moss to make it look a little cleaner.

I didn't take a picture of this step, but I pulled apart an old wreath that was made from grape vine and soaked it in warm water for about 10-15 minutes so it was more pliable to shape a handle from. I glued the handle to the inside of the basket. I then punched out some flowers from an old book using a small flower punch and embellished the basket. Don't forget to fill your baskets with some foil wrapped chocolate eggs to add a pop of color!

I am totally happy with the results and can't wait to set the table for my family dinner! Happy Easter everyone!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Butterfly Fairy

So do you remember this post, where I promised to show pictures of what I have done with some thrift store items? Well, here is my oval frame that I just got around to painting and doing something with. I have also mentioned that my daughter wants a "fairy" themed bedroom so I had to paint a fairy that looked like her, right? I painted this using acrylic paints and finished it off with a clear gloss finish. I am loving how it turned out. What do ya think?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

More Anthropologie Love

I just love this knob. I would love to change out the knobs on one of my dressers with these.
Oh and who wouldn't love a cookie jar like this?
I adore this wall paper and would love to put it in our powder bathroom.
This apron is so much fun. Just makes me smile looking at it.
Don't even get me started on these darling robots... they have several different ones. If you get a minute you should head on over to Anthropologie and check out all of their new stuff.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Inexpensive Easter Tree

I bought this tin flower pot at Dollar Tree and spray painted it a hot pink color. (The orange and green look wasn't working for me). I drove around until I found some tree branches off to the side of the road. I ended up spray painting white.
Ahhhhh, the pink looks so much better don't you think? I filled the base with some dirt and rocks to hold the branches in place and added a little moss to add some color.
Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Little Easter Basket

I made this fun little Easter Basket out of paper. I think this would make a fun party favor to have for each family member that comes to our Easter dinner. I found this idea over at Urban Comfort and had to try it out myself. I actually think hers are way cuter than mine, but I just used what I had on hand. She has detailed instructions on her blog if you decide you want to make some too!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

felt bunny pail

I saw some felt Easter pails at Target over the weekend and they weren't very cute, but I liked the idea. I went home and pulled out my stiff felt and whipped up this cheerful bunny pail for my daughter. It's a little cheesy, but hey she's 5 years old and loves it!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chocolate Crinkles

Today my girls had some friends over to play so we thought it would be fun to bake some cookies. As I was going through my recipe box I came across this recipe that had been hiding in the very back. I love these cookies. I have such fun memories of sitting up to the counter in my Grandma's kitchen helping her bake these very cookies. I thought I would share the recipe.

Chocolate Crinkles

Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Preheat oven to: 350

Cream together: 1/2 C. Shortening, 1 2/3 C. sugar, 2 tsp. Vanilla, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 eggs.
Add 6 T. cocoa powder and 2 T. softened butter.
Add alternately: 2 C. flour and 1/3 C. milk.

Roll into balls in powdered sugar.

paper flower garland

I just had to make a garland to coordinate with my new spring wreath! Oh Spring, I wish you were here! I love the colors so much. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Pretty Paper Flowers

Here is my take on the whole paper flower craze. I absolutely enjoyed making each bright paper flower. Each flower is a little different with its own personality! Aren't they so much fun?
If this isn't perfect for spring, then I don't know what is! These flowers make me happy! I'd love to see your paper flower projects too... leave a comment with a link to your project so I can check 'em out!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Paper Flower Wreaths

Sorry for the dry spell... I have been making things, but I haven't finished any of them yet and don't want to post a half done craft.

I am really loving all of these fun paper flower wreaths that I have been seeing everywhere and have started one of my own, but like I previously mentioned, it isn't done yet. Here are a couple of wreaths that have inspired me. Enjoy!

This all white one is so pretty.
This one is so bright and cheerful.
Can't wait to show you mine when it is all finished! Spring, please get here soon!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

St. Patrick's Treasure Sacks

This sack was so easy and cheap. I just folded a piece of burlap in half and zig-zag stitched down the sides. I then cut out a clover shape out of a slightly different shade of burlap and glued it on with fabric glue. Fill the bag with chocolate gold coins and other little treasures and tie it up with a cute ribbon.
I actually think I will let my girls go on a St. Patrick's Day treasure hunt and they can collect all of their findings in these fun little sacks.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Project from the Past: Pirate Paperclay

I made this Pirate paperclay piece for a close friend of mine. She had decorated her son's bedroom in a pirate theme and wanted something fun to put on his dresser. I am so glad that I took a picture of this little guy because I probably would have forgotten all about it. Enjoy!