February 25, 2010
February 24, 2010
February 23, 2010
Pull apart flower
Remove plastic pieces
hot glue gun petal pieces back together
cover middle with rhinestone or button
Glue gun to headband or ribbon-covered clip
See - you can do it! Go buy some big fake flowers right now - I know I want to. I made some of these a while ago (see HERE), but Meg has me motivated to want to make more. Below are some more cute pictures of her darling models and their flowers. (And a secret on the hat - she just handsewed a couple of headbands together to make it - wow! great idea! you're scrolling to the top picture to take a closer look, aren't you?!)
February 21, 2010
February 19, 2010
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February 13, 2010
When making pancakes in the morning, bust out a heart-shaped cookie cutter (be sure it's metal, not plastic). Just set it on your griddle and pour the batter into it. Let it set for a couple of minutes and then pull the cookie cutter up with some tongs (cause it's hot). Voila, heart shaped pancakes. Fun and easy. If you want to go all out, add some red food coloring to your batter - it doesn't get better than red heart pancakes.For a special treat, make jello gigglers hearts. Just mix 4 packages Jello with 2 1/2 cups boiling water. Still til dissolved and pour into a 9x13 pan. Stick it in a pan for 3 hours. When you're ready, set the pan in a sink of hot water for a second to release the jello from the bottom of the pan. Then use heart cookie cutters to cut heart-shaped jello for a yummy treat. No pics of ours because they're still in the fridge, waiting out the 3 hours before we can cut them. It'll be the perfect snack for tomorrow.
February 12, 2010
First you bake a cake. Then just take your baked cake, crumb it up with a fork, and add a can of frosting. (Ignore the giant cake pices in the picture - we forgot to crumb it up until after we added the frosting - oops). Stir it up until the frosting is all over the crumbs.Next you roll the cake mixture into balls. We got creative and pressed some of the balls into heart shapes (heart ice trays picked up at the Dollar Section in Target) but it's easier to just to balls. Did you see my little helper's shoe in that last picture? Yes, he had climbed onto the table and was munching the remains of cake goo.
Anyways, on with the story. Stick the trays in the freezer. If you rolled balls, just put them on a cookie sheet and stick that in the freezer (or if it's still Bitter Cold in your corner of the world like ours, you can just stick everything outside like we did) - leave for about 30 minutes. Next melt some Candy Melts - you can buy these at Michaels with your 40% off coupon. Try 30 seconds in the microwave, stir, and another 30 seconds. Repeat until almost melted (with a few chunks left - then just stir and heat will melt the chunks). Don't over-cook the candy melts (don't ask how we know....). I have no pictures of melting or dipping - I guess we were concentrating too hard on the process. But you just drop the ball/heart into the melted melts, swirl around until coated, lift out with a fork and give a couple of "taps" to get off the extra coating, and set somewhere to dry. You can cover them with sprinkles if you want. Or shove a sucker stick in before you dip them. There's lots of possiblities - check Bakerella - it's unreal!! Here's ours:
Not quite as cute or perfect as Bakerella, but we thought they looked fun enough. Also, I'm not the biggest fan of how cake pops actually taste - the candy melt is bland and the cake is so rich. I felt that again with the chocolate ones we made. But we also made a batch with a FRENCH VANILLA CAKE and STRAWBERRY FROSTING combo - it was DE-LI-COUS!! I'd highly recommend that combination!!! And it made the insides pink - an added bonus. So go make some!!
February 10, 2010
Cut a strip of material - the wider it is, the taller your flower will be. The longer it is, the bigger your flower will be. Fold it in half and sew the raw edges together - I used a serger, but you could just zig-zag it instead.
Next, along your serge/zigzag, baste (that means sew with a wide stitch). If you'd like tulle wound into the flower, put it on top of your material and then baste. I found that if the tulle was gathered before adding it, it had a lot more body.
Be sure to leave tails of thread. Pull on one and gather your strip. Below half is gathered and half isn't - see the difference and the "umph" that gathering will give. At this point, if using tulle, it should look like a bad garter purchased at a discount store. On to the hand sewing.Wind your strip around and around. Just hold the serged/zigzag edge - use pins if you need to. Sometime's this step is easier if you hold the flower upsidedown. Don't worry about poofing - the gather should give that effect for you.
Final step, get your needle and thread (it's very helpful to have it threaded and ready to go before you begin - instead I tried to thread mine with one hand while precariously holding a flower wrapped just so with the other hand). There's no right way - just hand sew the back a bunch to hold the flower together.
And that's it - here you go. You can attach it to a baby headband or hairclip or just stick a bobby pin through it and pin it in.
I started experimenting with different styles. I made one without tulle wrapped inside and added a tulle edge at the end instead (like my little model is sporting on her headband). Then I made some "shabby chic", leaving a raw edge. Here's a quick how-to on the raw edge with a tulle border - same basic idea as above, but don't fold your strip of material. Then stitch your baste (sew with a long stitch) without adding tulle.
Pull your tails and gather so it looks like this:
Then wrap around and sew the bottom as show above. After that is done, take some pre-gathered tulle and hand-stitch it around the underneath edge.And that's it. Here's another look at the variety (3 shabby chic on the right-ish) - but don't try to replicate any of these - it's too hard. I tried to replicate the ones I really liked, but I could never make the same one twice. They all came out different. I guess that's the fun of it. Anyways, go try making one!! You can do it right now, while I head off to a manicure......(those up close pictures of my hands - yikes!)