Wednesday, March 16, 2011
I came up with these as I was brainstorming some fun ideas for the kids to celebrate St. Patricks Day. I'll be honest... growing up, I had no idea what St. Patrick's Day was and all I cared about was making sure I was wearing green on March 17th. As long as the kids walk away with fun memories - that's all I can ask. We have read about leprechauns and talked about finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. We have also talked about shamrocks and the significance of the three leaflets and why some think it to be a lucky charm. So this snack was a fun one to present to them. I did not do this with them as I wasn't looking for a chocolate and sprinkle covered kitchen - but the kids could easily help or even do this one on their own.
Pretzels - the knots and the mini sticks (I bought mine at the dollar store)
White melting chocolate - I used CandiQuik because I had it left over from Christmas
Green sprinkles (or you could use food coloring and color the chocolate)
Step 1: Melt the chocolate (or in the case of CandiQuik - candy coating) as directed on the package. I do it in the microwave and it only takes a little over a minute. Stir it when it comes out of the microwave to evenly distribute the heat and to melt those parts that didn't melt.
Step 2: Dip three knot pretzels and one mini stick. I just did less the half the pretzel and the tip of the stick because I didn't want a huge mess. But you could dip the entire thing for a very yummy shamrock.
Step 3: Assemble them as shown in the picture with the stick in the middle making sure that as each pretzel is up against another.
Step 4: Cover with sprinkles and allow to dry (only takes 5-10 minutes depending on how much coating you have).
Saturday, March 12, 2011
This is a fun project to do with the Fan Heart Tutorial that I did last month. It's easy and fast and it would make great place holders at a dinner table or make lots of them for a centerpiece.
Materials (for clover only)
Green paper (I cut and 8.5 x 11 sheet into 4.25" x 3" pieces)
Popsicle sticks (I bought a package of colored ones at the dollar store)
Step 1: Follow directions here for making the fan heart - make 4 (if you want a three leaf clover, you will probably need to make the hearts a little bit bigger)
Step 2: Fold the hearts in half (see picture below) and apply glue to the side of three of them.
Friday, March 11, 2011
This dress, with just one layer of plush, is very heavy. I've reinforced many of the seams up top anticipating extra weight... however, I didn't anticipate it being as heavy as it is already. So, I'll be doing some more reinforcement as I add more layers of elastic. We still have at least 3 - 4 more layers. Yikes! Thankfully they get smaller as we go up. I have a feeling this is going to be quite the display piece at my shows.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
So, I've put together a quick tutorial for the leaves, flower and an example of what you can do with it.
- Recycled tshirt scraps (I used different shades of orange and green - using one color of green on each side also looks good)
- Stretchy Headband (I bought mine from the dollar store)
Leaves2. Sorry about the brightness of this one, the flash went off because obviously I sew with too little light. But I used white so that you could see the stitch. I make a curve for one side of the leaf. Then with the needle down, turn the fabric to sew the middle vein (you can also make the second stitch the outside and do the inside last, it's up to you).
3. Place the leaves along the back. I try not to run them long along the headband, otherwise the headband will be over the leaves. I also like to overlap the leaves so that I don't have to sew it more than once.
I'll be sharing another tutorial for another idea of what you can do with these flowers. The green in this project is the green from that green shirt I had posted about previously... I'll share the project the scraps came from soon!
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
I've got to shake this "funk" I'm in. I think it's unhealthy for me, my family and my blog :) Do you ever have moments like this? What do you do to shake it? I'd love to hear your ideas.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
But I think one of my favorite details was the rain. I made clouds with balloons and hung rain - because you can't have a rainbow without rain.
Sunday, February 27, 2011
We used our muffin tins for dinner this time! I made a little salad bar in the hopes of getting the kids to eat more salad. It went over great... while they didn't eat a lot of the lettuce, they at least tried it. Baby steps. They also enjoyed the other healthy choices.
Here's what I included: Broccoli, bacon bits, corn, slivered almonds, cheese, raisins, carrots, ham, bell pepper, turkey, pasta and peas.
At the end of dinner, almost all the cups were empty. Of course my husband and I had a little to do with that :)
Be sure to check out Michelle's blog Muffin Tin Mom where you can see other great ideas for muffin tins.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
What I did:
We made about three or four of them and sent them to school with her for show and tell. I understand they were a hit.
Friday, February 25, 2011
As you can see, it fits my items well. The surface is about the size of two irons give or take. I think my only complaint would be that it takes a while to heat up... but then again, I didn't really know what I was doing. It could have just been the setting I chose. I'll be playing around with it more.
I'm excited to see if this speeds up my production any. I often will let ironing (like the project above) sit for days... weeks even just because I don't want to pull out the iron and ironing board.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Not only do I sell on Etsy, I love to shop Etsy. And I love a bargain. So you can imagine my excitement when Etsy Saver came about. Rosalie Gale of Shower Art is the brains behind Etsy Saver, Unanimous Craft and Barter Sauce.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
Friday, January 7, 2011
It isn't my plan to promote much of my store's happenings on this blog... but I am hoping to clear out some inventory to make room for all my new ideas. I'm discontinuing the Feathered Headband and the old style of Antennae (I have redesigned it) in addition to closing out some older items and seconds.
This means you can get some pretty good deals in the World of Whimm shop right now (I'll be doing this with the NueToMe shop as well, I just can't do them both at the same time!).
Starting next week I'll be posting some new, fancier masks (simple masks will remain available as well)... and I'm hoping within the next few weeks to get some more wings, antennae, tails and horned headbands up as well.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Start with a circle (I'm using fleece because it's thick and holds it's shape nicely) approximately 4" in diameter. I used a plastic tub top for my template.