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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A little move..

I have moved things over to a new blog...


Come on over!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

back into the swing of things.....

So I've been off dilly dally-ing this summer.  I put my Road 10 shop on vacation mode and still is so I could enjoy the summer, not really working on any thing.  It was a good summer.

Now that miss Lily is in back to school (has been for way over a month now) and since I have been out to the sales the last few weekends (bringing home trunk loads of treasures), I think I need to get the shop back open.  Which I'm quite excited about since I've have some really fun new goodies to put in the shop.

My biggest goal this week is to decide on what look I want my photos to look like.  Should I go the stark and simple look or the warm and cozy look?  I also need to get my inventory up dated!  And not to mention all the photographing and editing to be done.....  lots to do!

So I hope to be back soon to share the re-opening of the shop and to start sharing ideas, recipes, projects and other goodies that are circling my brain.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tangled Party - Rapunzel Hair Headbands with Tangled Flower Hair Clips

Hurray!  I've finished the first project for the Tangled Birthday Party! 

I had been thinking that I'd love for each girl to have long hair to wear, but buying wigs would be out of the question.  So how to make something.....

I thought of a headband Lily got at the Sunshine Festival last summer and knew I could work from that idea. 

Here's what I came up with!
To make 8 Headbands you will need:
  • Wire Garland - I picked Purple Stars.  I had wanted flowers, but couldn't find any, so I think purple fits well since that's the color of Rapunzel's dress.  Found this at Party City for about $1.00 each - I bought 2.
  • Yellow Curling Ribbon - $2.50, could have found this for less or used a coupon at a craft store, but I didn't want to do anymore running around that day - so I picked up 1 roll at Party City.
Measure a kiddo's noggin.  I did twice around with the garland to make it a little more full.  Twist the ends around to secure the band.


I measured the ribbon from the back of Lil's head to the floor.  I wanted the hair to be nice and long.  Double that length ( so 1 length of ribbon will be 2 strands of "hair").  Set up two chairs or something sturdy to wind the ribbon around.  Have the distance between them the length you want the ribbons to hang from the headband (so it would be the 1st measurement from the head to the floor).  Wind the all the ribbon around the chairs and cut at only 1 end. 


Using 2-3 strands of ribbon at a time, I would slip knot the ribbon at the half way point (like above, 1 length of ribbon is 2 strands of "hair") onto the headband and then tie a granny knot under the slip knot to keep it secure.  I worked on all the head bands at once to be sure each one had an even amount.  So, I would tie on 2-3 ribbons to each head band till they all had one and then start around again till you are out of ribbons.

Now, you could do quite a few things from here.  You could glue on flowers by the hair, braid it, add ribbons, do what ever you like to dress it up.  I wanted something the girls could use after the party, so I decided to make removable hair clips.

To make 8 Tangled Flower Hair Clips

  • Printable Shrinky Dink Sheets - Use a coupon for this one if you can.  I bought a 6 pack at Michael's for $7.00 after the coupon.  You could also use purple buttons or gems
  • 8 hair clips from the jewelry making section.  I had these already on hand, but I don't think they cost more than a dollar or two at the craft store.
  • Bunch of flowers - I had these on hand also.  Pull off 8 flowers and remove all the plastic centers and what not so you are left with only the petals.
  • Needle, thread and a hot glue gun
So, I used the Tangled Shirky Dinks printable found Disney Family Fun's Web site  and followed the directions on that came with the Shrinky Dinks (also had some help from my live in IT support aka - husband.  I think I used up at least 2-3 sheets before I got this right.... you DON'T print of the shinny side... I thought it said you DID... anyhow... after some snarling and growling at my printer and my dear hubby sorting it out,
we had ready to cut images!)
Cut out your "buttons" and follow the rest of the directions to shrink them.  You could punch holes in them to make them in to real buttons, but I decided to just hot glue them on.
Next you will get a hair clip, the flower and a button.

Stitch on the flower to the hair clip using the holes at the top of the clip.  You could glue the flower on, but I'm not sure how long that would hold with the bending of the hair clip.  Put some hot glue at the center of the flower and place the button on top of that and hold it down till it sets.
Then you can attach the hair clip to the top of the "hair" on each headband.


Lily loved it - she's decided she wants a Pascal hair clip on hers.

I think all the girls will have a great time having Rapunzel hair!
Now.... what to make for the boys? 
Lily has asked that I make them each a satchel like Flynn Rider.
(as she says "Satchel is a fancy word for BAG!")

Sunday, January 23, 2011


I have this idea.

A lovely old house with rooms and a kitchen
all ready to host eager learners in classes taught by wonderful and crafty teachers.

A place to learn to sew, crochet, knit, cook,
bake, how to be a hostess and more.
A place to learn the home arts.

A place where you would wear an apron :)

My Grandma Van looking so lovely in her apron.

Maybe someday, with much help and creativity,
I could have a place like that.

What class would you sign up for?

Friday, January 21, 2011

A 5th birthday party in the works.

So little missy is turning 5 next month.  I've been hemming and hawing over what sort of party to have - a Chuck E. Cheese party, bowling party or a home party.  After the research and decision to cut down the guest list (and wanting to not spend a giant wad of  money), we've decided on a home party. 

So while chatting with a friend today, she mentioned some one having a Tangled party.  I sat there thinking, how did this not occur to me?  It's little missy's new, most favorite, wonderful, movie.  She will ask me on the way home from school as we pass the movie theater, if we can go and see it again.  And all the great ideas popping into my head!  I did peek at the wonderful party on Super Mom Moments and feel inspired.  I am thinking of a tower and yards and yards and yards of yellow braided yarn.  Anyhow - I hope to try to document it as Super Mom Moments did and show you how to make what ever I end up making. 

I feel like a kid about this party!  I have to say that I have loved working on little missy's parties every year.

1st Birthday was Pink and Yellow and we used the theme of You are My Sunshine.  I made up a high chair tutu, banner and little photos all over the table around the cake.  Made some very delicious cookie pops (nilla waffers with melted carmel between, dipped in chocolate and on a stick - YUM!)

Her 2nd Birthday was all the basic colors.  Used a Wilton pan to make the Giant Cup Cake.  You can sort of see the top of the 2 on her shirt.  I appliqued on a number 2 and used the same fabric to make a matching skirt.  Had balloons and other simple decorations in the basic colors.

Her 3rd Birthday was the Pink Party. 
 Everything was pink. 
I think this has to be my most favorite cake I've done so far.  I'm not the best at cakes.  This one was the most easy and beautiful. I used 4 graduated sizes of cake pan.  2 in chocolate cake and 2 in white cake.  Layered them and frosted it all in white.  Showered it in Pink sprinkles.  I wound floral wire around a pencil and glued punch out butterflies from a vintage book to the top of the wires and stuck them in around the cake. 

For her 4th Birthday we did sort of a unicorn theme.  It was a simpler and smaller party than the ones before.  All the kids made unicorn masks as the craft and had coloring pages.  We played party games and I made a unicorn shaped cake - if you looked at it right it looked like a unicorn, mostly it looked like a poorly shaped bird.  But it tasted great and it was a fun party.

Well - I look forward to sharing the process of this 5th birthday party.  I think it will be fun!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Sunday morning...

I should make some toast.

I can remember a few Sunday mornings when I'd run over to my Grandma's house.  She would be making toast, a warm orangy sunshine would be coming in the east windows and Sunday Morning would be on the tv.  I can feel that feeling, and smell the toast.  It's one of my most favorites.

Anyhow - on this particular Sunday morning, Little Missy is visiting Grandma and Papa for the weekend and I was hoping to get large amounts of things done......

Well, I got one of the things on my list done, but I'm feeling so very lazy today.  And then I feel so very guilty that I am not using my time, my valuable alone time wisely. 

So I've made a nice pot of Earl Gray, I think I will try to chart out a bit of a crochet pattern I'm having trouble with, drink said tea and watch a movie I couldn't watch if that Little Missy was around....

Maybe afternoon will be more inspiring!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Mom, baking and a stormy weather....

My mom is coming tomorrow!  Hurray!  We are planning to bake up lots and lots of goodies while she's here.  There is also finally some snow headed our way, which will add to the fun.  I will try to take a good bunch of photos and will return to share all the delish recipes. 

Feeling inspired this evening by my
freshly cleaned office and by the lovely video on etsy.com about Dotty Angel