Monday, September 8, 2014

Fabric Pennant Banner - Tutorial!


Did you miss me?  I have so much to catch you up on.  Since April (my last post)  I've been pretty busy. The biggest thing, well we went and had another baby, that's pretty big!

Anywho, in preparation for this little guy (I know, a boy, who would have thought!?!) I had a new bedroom to have the joy in decorating.  

I easily decided on an old vintage baseball/ americana type theme. 

See my mom had this cool lamp where the base is all old baseballs, well she gave it to us, and there in lies the inspiration for this space! 

Now that you've had some back-story, here's the tutorial.

Materials:
3-5 prints of fabric in 1/4 or 1/2 yard cuts depending on how many flags you want.
Double fold bias tape in a complimentary color your project
coordinating threads
sewing machine
rotery cutter
ruler
cut mat



After choosing your fabrics at the store (or online) slice then so that they are 9" from top to bottom and cut off the ends.  

Press it now! I didn't do this and had to press all my flags once I had cut them,  that took soooo much longer than it would have if I had just pressed to start with!


To get the most from my fabric, I stacked my 2 pieces ( I like my flags to have a good back side ) then measured in 3.5 inches. and cut on the angle.  Turn and repeat.  This will give you a 7 inch width at the top, to go with your 9 inch height and that looks lovely.  


Just go all the way across until you run out of fabric.  


Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.  Good news it doesn't really take that long.  

Then since you are already pressed, and you have it front and back already, you can start to sew!


Use your coordinating thread and I just used the edge of the foot as a guide (that's about 1/4 inch) and stitched the "V" of the flag.  Don't worry about the top, that will be sewn together when you add your bias tape later.  


Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  Again it doesn't take to long.  

Then the next part is super fun (and apparently I was having so much fun I didn't take a picture)
Spead them across your floor to the desired length, and arrange them until you think the result is "oh so pretty"


Up next, you add the bias tape to the top of the flags.  
Make sure you leave yourself a tail at the beginning and the end, but just slip each flag into the center of the double fold tape and stitch it shut!  

And in an afternoon, you can make a wall full of pennant banners!



I totally think these can be used in soooo many awesome applications!  I think we'll be using one in our Christmas card pictures this year, and maybe a fall one on the mantle!  Can't you see all the great possibilities!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Rainbow-Butterfly-Strawberry shortcake Cake aka tall a tall order from a 4 year old.

My soon - to - be 4 year old decided to put me to the test with a tall order on a birthday cake request.  

She asked for a Rainbow cake, which turned into a rainbow, butterfly, strawberry shortcake cake.... yeah. 

So then I got to figure out how to make that work.  

Day 1:

Part one of Rainbow - For this I decided to may one of my favorite white cake recipes, and just to use my gels to color the batter.  6 colors and white made up the tasty interior. 






Keep piling in the batters until it looks like this


Bake - while baking up the cake I worked on the filling

I highly suggest having strawberry shortcake the day or two before so you don't have to make it from scratch right now.... But it was quite easy and very tasty.  


Mix together 2c whipped cream, a cup of cake crumbles and 2 cups sliced strawberries. 


Then try not to eat it all while the cake cools

After the cake has completely cooled slice it for stacking. 

I use a Bread knife for this and just shave the top to make a nice flat surface, then slice it horizontally down the center so there are more layers of filling
 (this is what the pro's do ;) )


How pretty is that! 

Your next job is to stack it.  Don't forget to use your buttercream to create a dam around each layer, otherwise your filling will ooze out the sides and your cake will not have much structure. 



I use a pastry brush to get rid of any crumbs left hanging out around my cake.


At this point chill, preferably overnight because that was a big project, and decorating this one is also a big project.  2 big project in one day typically ends up with one not going so well.... at least that's how it is for me. 

Day 2:

DECORATE!

I chose to do my rainbow in 6 colors, this would also be awesome in an ombre or you can use bolder colors too, really endless possibilities. 

This was all the icing I needed for a 10" round cake.  6 - 1/2 full bags, I was a little concerned, but I even ended up with a little left over of each!


Decorating this is so much easier than it looks. 

Place a dot of each color vertically, then you take the back of a spoon, or spatula, and slide it sideways.  

That's it.
over and over.  
Easy but time consuming.   


Continue the same technique on the top.  

I am pretty quick, as I've had a decent amount of practice and it still took me almost 2 hours to do the entire thing, with no interruptions.  So plan accordingly!




STOP THERE if Rainbow is all your going for ;)

Now onto butterflies!

This was easy, I used a stencil out of a book that I had to make the shape.  The butterfly is made of royal icing with just some sprinkles added before it crusted on top. 



This cake created tons of smiles for my 2nd born.  It may have taken some time, but her quiet joy, made me so glad I did it.  

Give it a try, and share your pictures with me on instagram! 


 










Monday, February 17, 2014

The biggest kind of craft....


Saturday, November 9, 2013

Infinity Scarf Giveaway!

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

You are my Sunshine Birthday Party

My sweet baby turns 1 tomorrow!  So we celebrated yesterday with family and some close friends!  Here are a few shots of the decor and the cake!

The Spread - I'll break this down for you in a later post :) 

Smash Cake 


Mason Glassware

Margarita pops

Your's truly passing out the pops!

Made a Burlap and Lace grapevine wreath

Paper Straws in a decorated jar made by Masie Grace Creations


Happy Birthday to my littlest miss!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Colorado Springs Giveaway!

Welcome to all those visiting who were sent via Colorado Springs Giveaways

I'm so excited to be offering this $25 gift certificate to some locals!  

Please take a minute and look around!  I'm sure you'll find some inspiration, a little humor and if nothing else some fun!

Interested in entering the giveaway?  CLICK HERE! 

Friday, May 24, 2013

Music Student Graduation Gifts - Easy Home Decor DIY




I made these as a Graduation Gift for 2 of my voice students. (did you know I taught vocal lessons?)

These girls have actually been students of mine for years!  So of course I will attend graduation and wanted to give them something to remember their time developing their voice with me as they head off to college, one with a music minor and the other still planning on continuing choir!

While I made these music related, you could take this idea and put it with any medium!  A favorite book, photos, letters, postcards, the possibilities, then you can choose a word that best fits the theme.

Ok here's how:

Materials:
Thrift Frame
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Sissors
Vinyl Phrase or Word
Embellishments (optional)
About 15 min


Start with finding a frame that you like.  I love the thrift store for finds like this - gut it and keep the back and the frame.


Prep whatever you will put inside the frame - in this case I used pages from an old music book with songs that my students have sung during lessons - I chose Italian, because I like it :) 


Tear it up and mod podge it onto the cardboard backing in the frame.  Let it dry - about 15 min is enough if you don't over do it.


I cut out Cantare (Sing in Italian) on my Cameo in vinyl. (You can also find a sticker, order a phrase, or message me to order one if you like) 


I transferred it to the music paper by de-sticking (new word) some extra vinyl a little and using it to move all letters together to keep them even)


Put it back in the frame and call it done!  Or you can add some embellishments to the corner and dress it up a little more!  

Fun way to dress up a dorm room, or any room, don't ya think?