Thursday, April 15, 2010

Heads Up

I love headbands. I really, really do. They're just so...wholesome.
I recently made a little flower/ribbon headband that was just perfect for some engagement pictures Kim Brock was taking for us. I'll show you guys a decent picture of it:

Isn't she fabulous?! I love it. And it gives you a pretty good look at the ol' head band too.
This is the only decent picture you're going to see. The rest of these were taken with my cell phone. Sorry guys. Mama needs a new camera.
I don't know who originally discovered that when you burn fabric it curls up at the edges. I really don't. I've been seeing these things everywhere, and this is how I do it. I can't take credit for the idea, only this particular instance of doing it. M'kay?

Step 1: Cut circles of various sizes out of fabric. Seven was a bit much for one flower. Three was a good amount. Learn from my mistakes. Every fabric I tried curled up perfectly with the burning, so I'm not sure what the limits are on fabric you can use for this. Brown suede and shimmery silk are a go for sure. I don't know the science behind the whole fire/fabric reaction.

Step 2: Place your fabric circle's edges close to your heat source. It should just melt right up within seconds. My heat source happened to be "Sweet Pea" from Yankee Candle. It worked for this and smelled delicious.

Step 3: Nestle your various sizes of crispy edged circles together and put a few strong stitches through the middle to keep 'em that way.

Step 4: Embellish with a cute button, gem, misc. bead, and attach to a cardigan, headband, magnet, or whatever else you desire.

I attached these beauties to all of the above. The headband in the picture was made with a brown suede flower, silky ribbon and an elastic ponytail band. Super quick and easy!

I'm linking up to Frugalicious Friday.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cake decorating

To get you excited about my upcoming post on cake decorating, here are a few pictures of cakes I've done in the past.

Marshmallow fondant, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting on top tier, peanut butter rice crispies on bottom

Spice cake with cream cheese frosting, marshmallow fondant decoration
Vanilla cake with Jam and buttercream filling, royal frosting and buttercream decorations
Chocolate cake with chocolate fudge pudding filling, chocolate cream cheese icing and royal icing flowers.
Chocolate cake with buttercream icing, marshmellow fondant decorations

Super tasty spinach bowtie salad

I get to make this salad for a bridal shower brunch. It is super tasty and healthy to boot! I couldn't find my usual recipe, so I googled it and found this variation which I edited to make my own. I haven't tried the craisins yet, but I am going to add them this Saturday. I also am making a not-so-healthy cake, and I'll post about that later to describe some basic cake decorating techniques. This salad is great for a quick, well-rounded dinner too!

Spinach Bowtie Salad

16 oz. Bowtie pasta, cooked and cooled (I use whole wheat)
1 bag of fresh baby Spinach
2 small cans Mandarin Oranges
1 cup Craisins
1 bunch Green Onions, chopped
1 cup Honey Roasted Peanuts or Cashews
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds, toasted (optional)
2 cups torn cooked Chicken (optional) (I personally like shrimp in this salad better)

1 cup Vegetable Oil
2/3 cup Red Wine Vinegar
1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
2/3 C. Teriyaki Sauce
5 Tbs. Sugar

Cook bowtie pasta according to directions, drain and cool while whisking the dressing together in a large bowl. Marinate cooked bowtie pasta in the dressing for 1 hour or longer in the fridge. Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl and pour the teriyaki sauce and pasta over the salad, toss together and serve. If it's just a few of you, make individual salad servings; keeping the salad and bowtie sauce separate for the rest of the week (no one likes a soggy salad).

Thursday, April 8, 2010 ACTION- Crafty Cards Take 1

These are a cute, fun and adorable gift for anyone. Cards coordinate with each other for a custom stationery set. SO easy to make, just need a little cardstock, decorative patterned paper coordinating with each other and some self-adhesive ribbon.
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