Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Dreamlike Magic Giveaway!

If you didn't already know, I have a tutu business called Fluffcake Tutu's. The lady I used to design my blog, etsy shop & logo is from Dreamlike Magic! She does a great job, and is having a giveaway that I would LOVE to win! Check out her blog!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Bird Feeder

Bird Feeder Tutorial
Reuse: Plastic Bottle

*Plastic bottle
*Bird Feed
*Sticks or wooden spoons
*Razor blade

_Clean out bottle, take wrapper off & let dry. 

_Using your razor blade, cut two small triagular holes (across from each other) near the bottom of the bottle. Cut two more holes closer to the top of the bottle. You want them to be just large enough to fit your branch/spoon through.

_Push your branches/spoon through the holes & get your funnel ready to pour in the bird seed. I do not have a funnel, so I made a hole in the bottom of a styrofoam cup and used that as my funnel. :)  
_Fill the bottle with bird seed (some seed will fall through the holes at first, but not much - I recommend doing this step outside.

_Once the bottle is full of bird seed, tie yarn or a small twine of some sort around the top of the bottle. Make sure you double knot it and even do a couple of lines to make sure it'll hold (especially if you're using a 2 liter bottle). 
_Replace the lid and hang on your tree!

*You can paint or decorate the outside of the bottle too!*

Friday, August 26, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Find: Polaroid Cameras

I absolutely LOVE pictures from Polaroid cameras! They're also INSTANT! I remember having one we played with growing up, but since have pretty much forgotten about them. I fell in love with them again about a year ago, but since I'm not a camera person, I just sat back and admired. :)  Recently, I was on eBay looking at them, and you can actually find some fairly inexpensive! I looked at Target too, and there's a new version out (looks nothing like the old) that's under $100.

Urban Outfitter's also carries ALL sorts of cool cameras! They have Polaroids, Holga & Lomography cameras! I think the lomography camera would be cool - they take four pictures consecutively, and come four-to-a-print. They're also made of plastic, have little to no controls and usually do not have motors.


My next gardening adventure is herbs! We use them ALL the time, so this is the perfect next step for me! I found kits similar to the tomato plant (all-in-one), but they didn't have some of the herbs I wanted, so I decided to pick my own. I went to Lowe's and found the five herbs I wanted: Parsley, Chives, Rosemary, Cilantro & Oregano. I then looked for small pots to plant them in. . .I found them ON SALE! Plus they were super cute! :) I found these pots for only 99cents each!! Can't beat that!

My herbs!

After planting, I made little signs so I remember which is which. You can easily make them with toothpicks & masking tape (mine is a scrapbook type).

Then, I placed them outside for sun & water.
I pushed the signs down so they won't fly away. 

Tomato Plant Update _3

Slooooowly but surely, my tomato plant is growing! They're starting to get longer & I see little buds (or something) sprouting! I wonder if they don't produce tomato's before it gets cold, will they grow inside during winter?? I should do some research!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Skirt

Dress into Skirt Tutorial
Reuse: Dress- one that is too short, or from thrift store

*Sewing machine
*Sewing supplies

_First determine how you want your skirt to fit. I did mine at my waist. 

_Cut the top of the dress down to make it the length you need. All mine needed were the straps taken off. 

_Put the skirt on and mark how where it needs to be cut down on the sides.

_Cut down one seam (mine has a zipper on one side, so I cut the opposite side).

_Now, cut your skirt down to size. On my skirt, with the zipper on one side and pockets in front, I cut the BACK side down. If your skirt is just plain and simple, cut the FRONT & BACK.You just want to make sure it evens out - you don't want one side to be wider than the other, or the side seams will be in the wrong spot. Make sure to leave enough room for the 5/8" seams.
_Pin sides together.
_If you had to cut the top down, fold & pin each top side down to make a clean edge. 

_Sew side seams (and top).

_Iron seams flat.

All done! How easy was that?! PLUS, it only cost me $6!!

Add a belt!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Tutorial: {Seasonal} Decor Board

I was at Hobby Lobby the other day and got this awesome idea for seasonal decor boards- scrapbook inspired! I thought what a cute way to create something for each season! So after an hour browsing the aisles, I came home with this new tutorial!

*Canvas board (I used 12x12)
*Fabric or scrapbook paper to cover board
*Letters, stickers, ribbon & whatever you want to decorate your board! Its your board, so put your personality into it!
*Hot glue gun
*Scrapbook dots (tape)

_If you chose to cover your board with fabric, iron it first! Most of it will be covered, but for the areas that aren't, you don't want to see lines!

_Gather your materials.

_Starting with your canvas board, cover it with your fabric/paper. I stapled mine to the back

_Begin designing your board however you'd like! Have fun!
I'm going to use mine on my mantle & use some fall decor!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Find: Iced Coffee Single Packs

I think its just my bad luck, but every time I buy some "yummy" looking drink mix like flavored teas, cappuccino, coffee etc they always tend to be rather disgusting. Since I never find anything I like (and no room on my cupboard shelf for more) I just stick to water & hot chocolate during the winter. The other day I was walking through the coffee aisle at Wal-mart, and since I'm already looking forward to Fall, I stopped to look at the coffee. I found these single pack iced coffee [mocha] mixes that cost only $2.28 for a pack of 8. One drink at Starbucks costs almost twice as much, so I thought, why not give it a try?
I'm here to say that I LOVED LOVED LOVED it! I also love the convenience of the single packs, since I won't drink that much at once anyways. Super easy to make AND NO SUGAR! So to all you lovely readers ~ go out and grab a box!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday's Trash to Treasure: Rosette

Fabric Rosette Tutorial
Reuse: Fabric Scrap  

*Fabric Scrap
*Hot glue gun
*Alligator clip/bobby pin/or pin back
*Button/embellishments - optional

_Cut your fabric 22" (small 1 1/2"-2"W rosette) long. Bigger rosette's can be cut to 44" long (2"-4"W rosette). 

_You can also fray the edges to give it a more worn look. 

_Tie knot at one end.

_Begin rolling/twisting fabric around knot. Glue around edge of knot and press rolled fabric against glue.

_As you continue to twist fabric, glue to rolled rosette. You don't have to glue around the entire area, just enough to hold it together. 

_Once you get to the end of the fabric, leave the end untwisted, and glue flat to the back of rosette. 

_Finished rosette should look similar to this...

_If you are making the rosette as a hair piece, cut a circle of coordinating felt. If you're using an alligator clip you can go ahead and cover it with ribbon if you'd like. Place one side of clip under felt and hot glue to rosette. If you are using a bobby pin, you can attach it the same way. 

_If you are making the rosette as a pin to add to a shirt/top or bag, follow directions above, except using a pin back. 

_If you wish to embellish your rosette with buttons etc, you can sew (or glue) them to the top now or before gluing felt. 

Tomato Plant Update _2

I finally turned my tomato plant upside down today! I should've done it a few days to a week ago, but I'm lazy I guess  :)   I hung in on our back porch...the way it attaches to the planter doesn't look too strong, so I hope it doesn't fall!

Look how much they've grown!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday's Fabulous Find: HOSTESS APRONS

Check out these super cute aprons!

I don't usually wear an apron while cooking...or entertaining. But maybe I would if I had something as cute as these! Then of course, I wouldn't want to get them dirty :)

Jessie Steele

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