Saturday, June 20, 2009

Easy Bolero/ Shrug

One of my little sisters had her 8th grade dance this past week. Apparently it has evolved over the years and turned into a formal event, unlike the one I attended. Finding a modest formal dress, outside of the state of Utah, is a tough thing. I was shocked at some of the dresses I saw when picking her up from the dance.

Well, I had a lovely Anne Klien dress and it fit her like a glove (maybe some day I'll be able to wear it again...darn thyroid). Of course it needed a bolero or shrug, so my mom and sister spent some time looking for one...with no success. I decided to look online and it paid off. I found a super easy pattern on Modest Prom. There are three options and we chose the cap sleeve shrug. It is made with stretch fabric (ours was glittery and a soft gold color). You have to scale the pattern to the size you want. I knew that we wanted it to be a bit more snug, so I didn't scale it to full size. My mom and I decided it needed to be lined, because the fabric rolls a bit around the collar, but it still only took 5/8 yard. This fabric was on clearance and clearance was 50% off, so we made it for $2!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Trim Gift Tags

How cute are these?! Doe-c-doe took vintage trims, scanned them, replaced some of the words and made them available for download! Very clever, if you ask me.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Tin Can Flower Vase

How sweet and simple is this Tin Can Flower Vase?! I saw this tutorial over at Elle's Studio. I like how the ribbon laces up like a corset and a little bow to finish it off in back.

I know in the summer time I have flowers blooming like crazy! Of course I share them, but I don't usually have a container to go with them. This is a great solution.

You could also make some tissue paper flowers, if fresh flowers aren't available. Since we are moving soon, I probably won't have many fresh flowers until next year :( Oh well!

Anyway, check out this cute tutorial and while you are there, you might as well check out this one too!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

On The Menu...

The fab Bakerella has created yet another amazing treat. This time for Father's Day. I'm kinda glad that I was a week early in planning for Father's Day or I would have missed out on making this:
It's a chocolate brownie patty nestled between two cupcake buns and frosting condiments. Complete with sugar cookie fries! AND the templates for the paper goods are awesome is that?!? I *heart* Bakerella.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Cookie Turned Cupcake



One of my favorite cookies is Snickerdoodle, so when I saw this cookie turned cupcake (via Martha Stewart) I had to try it! I didn't use her recipe, though. I used a Betty Crocker SuperMoist Butter Recipe Yellow cake mix and added 3/4 Tbls. Cinnamon & 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg. I was thinking about adding some Cream of Tartar (like in the cookie), but I wasn't sure how that would effect the baking. I might try it sometime. I made a basic buttercream to pipe in a swirly fashion and sprinkled some Cinnamon on top.

The cupcakes were made with a purpose...Father's Day. The only problem was that I was a week early! I have a large whiteboard in my kitchen and had marked Father's Day on June 14th. Oh well! The cupcakes were well received. I had a little visitor while trying to take pictures.

He is quite keen on when something scrumptious is going down in the kitchen. This time I caught him sneaking in! Some how he still managed to devour a cupcake and left his mark behind...or evidence.

**I can't wait for Betty Crocker's Gluten Free Mixes! Then I can actually eat the cupcakes!**

Thursday, June 11, 2009

A New W.I.P.

Flowers and Cakes seem to be my main focus on the blog! I just can't help myself. I could easily blame it on my blog reader for these little pretties.

Juicy Bits, a fellow Jess that is a crafter/designer, posted pics of the flowers she had been working on and a link to the free pattern. The day I read it, I picked up my crochet needle and some scrap yarn to try it out. Success! The next morning I was out buying some yarn. After crocheting 9 flowers in a day (they go pretty fast), I thought it would be cool to try and make a really big flower for a pillow. It takes a bit more time, but I would say that I am about half-way there. I was thinking they will make a nice addition to my studio in the new house. I think they are a good gift idea, too!