What I've been up to lately...

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Happy Holidays!

I hope your holidays were magical and merry and that 2013 brings peace, love and joy to your life!
Our snowman wreath was inspired by these others found on Pinterest.
find me at these parties...

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Treasures on (Ahem) Tuesday: Elegant Holiday Wreaths

Enjoy these beauties...
strings of beads wreath
pinecone snowflake
rustic wreath
Seashell Wreath Beach Decor for Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Treasures on Tuesday: Re-purposed Wreaths

Yes, I know it's Wednesday...time flies by sometimes, but you just have to roll with it.
Happy 12/12/12, by the way!
Here are some clever and crafty wreaths made from re-purposed items...
Click on the photos to link to the original sources...most have how-to instructions!
Starbucks cups:
finally, something to do with all of those starbucks cups that get left in my car...
Plastic bags:
how to make a Plastic Bag Wreath
A garden hose:
garden hose wreath
Old sweaters:
recycled sweater wreath
Cocktail napkins:
DIY Napkin Paper Wreath
and PVC pipe:
A shimmery wreath project using PVC pipe and Christmas ornaments #diy #wreath | From The Home Depot Fall Style Guide 2012
Next Tuesday...Elegant Wreaths!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Treasures on Tuesday: Snowman Holiday Wreaths

I love holiday wreaths!  They are the crown on a well dressed holiday home, making a house not only festive, but inviting.  Whether they are simple, sophisticated or whimsical they will put a smile on the face of any holiday visitor.  I have found so many beautiful, fun and interesting wreaths online that I will present a different group of wreaths each Tuesday leading up to Christmas!

Holiday Wreaths week 1...Snowman Wreaths
from Ever Blooming Original Etsy shop

from PriddyCreations

from BooTurtle

from MochiMochi Land
Next Tuesday...Recycled or Repurposed Wreaths!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Jazzy Play Pants

 Avery LOVES music, so when I saw this print, I couldn't resist.
But, then after I got it home, I couldn't figure out what to do with it.
Finally, I decided on these 3/4 length Jazzy Play Pants.
I adapted a single piece pants pattern to his size and stitched these right up.
I made the waist band flat in front with elastic around the back
and put elastic around the leg openings.
The pocket is trimmed in red knit.
His accessories include rockin' converse sneaks, a swingin' guitar sweater (a birthday gift from our super-sitter Annie!), uber-hip red shades, not one, but two colorful band-aids, and a dirty face that screams "my life is one big party!"
Avery has left the playground...Peace.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Monday, November 19, 2012

Farm Animal Cupcakes

Oink, Peep, Baaaa...
Here are the farm animal cupcakes from Avery and Zander's Barnyard Birthday Bash!
The sheep were almond flavored cupcakes with vanilla frosting.
 I used a "grass" piping tip to make the flock's wooly coats and I made their faces and ears from black fondant.  Those crazy google eyes were store bought at Michael's.
Oh, little sheep, how I love EWE!  (Sorry, I was going to say how Maaaa-velous they look, but that's more goat than sheep, no?)
The darling little chicks were vanilla cupcakes with lemon frosting and they had a candy corn surprise in the middle! (I just dropped a candy corn into the center of each before baking)
I covered them with glittery yellow sugar and gave them fondant beaks and used large black sprinkles for eyes and colorful sprinkles for a little crown of feathers. 
This little piggy was delicious... not in a bacon or ham kind of way.  Mind you, we are vegetarians...in a chocolate covered cherry cupcake with pink vanilla frosting kind of way. (I promise I'll share the recipe soon, it's so easy and is mouthwateringly good!)
I made their snouts and ears out of bright pink fondant.  Sadly, the curly little fondant tails that I made for them looked more like facial hair gone wild, so I left them off.  I passed them out to the children who were closing in on me trying to steal the rest of the fondant, so, in a way, those little tails saved the cupcakes!
The eyes were chocolate chips.  And, as you can tell, it is cold and flu season in the barnyard.  Some of the piggies have runny noses...The piped icing I tried first was too thick and bumpy (see the top left pig?) and the more fluid icing I made had the flatter look that I wanted but was, well, too fluid.  It looked perfect when it was piped, and then when I looked back at them a few moments later...drippy noses, darn... 
The chicks and pigs were inspired by adorable farm animal muffins that I saw over at Rindy Mae.

The birthday boys enjoyed their cupcakes...
 and so did the whole gang...
 right down to the last lick of frosting!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

A Sunny Day After the Storms

Twelve days after Superstorm Sandy, three days after nor'easter Athena, and two days after our power was restored, we had the good fortune to have a bright, sunny, and  mild day.  

We filled that day with hugs...
a little bit of mischief...
(ALWAYS a little bit of mischief)...

 more hugs...
that, at first, appear to have a VICTIM...
but turn out to be fun...
 and a Mom filled with LOVE for her adorable children (AND her new camera)...
all said, it was a pretty great day...
and then we went to the beach...but that is a story for another day!

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