Saturday, January 8, 2011

Some Free Felt Food Tutorials

5:16 AM
I just love felt food.  Lisa and I have made up dozens of different felt food dishes.  It is a very fun craft to make because felt food is quick, simple, and inexpensive in addition to being better for your kids than plastic food.  Plus, felt or fleece are the idea beginner fabrics for projects.  They don't fall apart and they are really easy to sew.


Here are some nice tutorials on making your own felt food:

This is a tutorial for eggs and oranges from One Crafty Mumma:

One Inch World brings you this tutorial on ravioli.  She did stick it together with spray glue which seems pretty simple.  I sewed each piece with my machine.


This is a really fun tutorial on little cookies (I would use puffy paint rather than beads b/c I am lazy like that and let's face reality - I would never spend the time to stitch the beads down like that and the project would never be finished).
Chasing Marcus has this tutorial on felt food Brussel's sprouts.

Here is a tutorial on making a loaf of French Bread:



If you want really involved patterns for more complex food - check out Etsy where there a hundreds of patterns to be found. 

Happy Sewing!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Shots of Love is a Top 20 Project

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My Newest Caramel Corn

11:17 AM

This caramel corn is inspired by one of my favorite treats- Chocolate Covered Strawberries

It is my standard caramel corn recipe:

1 batch of popcorn (either 1 bag popped or 1 load in your air popper)
Heat your oven to 220 and put the popcorn in there in a greased pan and keep it there until the sauce is ready.

Heat is a very heavy bottomed sauce pan:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup corn syrup
1 package strawberry jello
(you can also add some pureed fresh strawberries)

Bring this to a boil, stirring constantly.  Boil for 5 minutes.  Turn off the heat and add 1/2 tsp baking soda.  You may also want to add some extra red food coloring (based on how red your want your caramel corn).
Stir your hot caramel sauce onto the popcorn until it is coated.  Put it into the oven and stir every 15 minutes for an hour. 

Remove from the oven and mix in some mini marshmallows.  I then mix in chocolate chips until the corn is coated.  Finally, once it is all cooled, you can mix in some mini kisses, sprinkles, dried Strawberries, etc. 

Enjoy!


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Tissue Paper Flowers

7:12 AM
 Winter in Michigan can be so bleak. This morning I am in need of a touch of sun! What better than some paper flower tutorials to get our morning started!!



I love this paper flower tutorial from Pink Paper Peppermint! You could use these for all kinds of occasions! They are just beautiful!


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Lauren Meader has a great tutorial on her blog for make these simple and cute tissue paper flowers with a button embellishment!

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Lolly Chops has a couple of fun tutorials for making tissue paper flowers. This one just happens to be my favorite!
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If you have never visited Cathe Holden's blog, Just Something I Made, do it RIGHT NOW! She is massively creative and is generous enough to have many tutorials and freebie printables over there including this tutorial for making this super sweet hydrangea pin.

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Sew Sweet Stitches has another great tutorial for these over sized flowers. She has them displayed over her, in vase, and also as a garland. What a breathe of fresh air!!
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WOW! Now I feel better! Sunny and refreshed.
Happy Crafting!!!

Get a Jump on Easter with Some Easter Tutorials

4:26 AM
This is a very simple bunny to sew and is a great way to use up scraps or to make from fat quarters.  Check out the Easter Bunny Tutorial here.

Two Straight Lines Created this cute and sew simple Easter Bunny Toss Game Tutorial:


This is another fun tutorial from The Purl Bee for some cute little Easter Bunny Finger Puppets.

This is a finger puppet tutorial more aimed a kids creating them.  So, I am thinking make up a little craft kit for the Easter basket or as an Easter brunch party favor for each of the kids with everything they need to make these cute little finger puppets. 
Here is a cute Easter Felt Quite Book Tutorial.


Here is a fun tutorial on some awesome nail art for Easter.  I don't paint my nails, but I think Kamille would love it.

Here is an Easter Egg Crayon Keeper Tutorial.
Hoppy Sewing!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

5 Fun Tutorials For Using Cupcake Liners

8:06 AM

Aunt Peaches shares an awesome tutorial for making this Ruffled Lotus Lantern.

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Paper Crave has this great tutorial for a cute cupcake tree. This would make a sweet addition to any Valentines decor:)

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The Lovely Paper Blog has a nice tutorial for making these adorable flowers!

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The Single Nester has a super easy tutorial for how to make this heart shaped wreath.




Craft Gossip shows us how to make these yummy little treats that use a cupcake liner as the base! 


Monday, January 3, 2011

Snowman Milk Glasses

9:17 AM
So, this morning I was freakishly checking Bakerella's blog (like I do everyday!) and the first thing I saw almost made me choke on my coffee!
These little snowman milk glasses have got to be the cutest edible thing that I have seen in some time! How easy to put together!!
My kids would flip if they woke up to these this Saturday!!!! or anyday for that matter:)


She suggests using these glasses from Target.
Even better no trying to track down the cute little glasses!! Please leave a comment with pic if you decide to try this one out!! I'd love to see hwat you all come up with! This would make a great preschool Valentine's treat if glued somke heart shaped button to the front of the glass. Or just make it easy and slap some cute stickers on the front!

Some Crafts with Burlap

5:23 AM
This is a special little post I am putting together with a roundup of crafts using burlap.  It seems to be a medium Lisa loves. 

You can find this burlap wreath tutorial over at Tatertotsandjello. 
Here is one more great burlap tutorial from Tatertotsandjello:



Here is a really cute tutorial for burlap place mats.  You could take this same concept and print so many different graphics on it.  I think that Lisa would love this with inspirational words printed on it for her dining room table.  Think about using your Cricut to cut out stencils. 
Check out the full place mat tutorial over at gomakeme.

This is a cute little tutorial for burlap favor bags


Here is a nice burlap bunny tutorial in honor of Easter from Someday Crafts.  If I don't start my Easter projects now, they won't be finished this year.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Valentine's Day Handmade Gift Round Up

8:06 PM
It's always good to have your ducks in a row when it comes to handmade holiday gifts.
If your like me you'll need the extra month to get some of these super great handmade Valentine's Day gift ideas done in time!

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This cute little wrapped paper chocolate bar from Stinkin' Cute Stuff would make an excellent Valentine's gift for anyone.  

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I love this idea from Alpha Mom! You could could do these up as a surprise for your little ones or have them help and send them off you Grandma. What a fun way to use up all of that scrap paper!

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These are just too adorable! I think I might wear one;)
The Purl Bee provides a wonderful tutorial on how to make some of these Rose Barrettes!

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Who wouldn't love this yummy jar of cookies! Found this idea over at Squidoo.

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Catching Fire Flies offers a bunch of really affordable and fun ways for the whole family to share on Valentine's Day.

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Catching Fire Flies also has a very easy tutorial on how to make this sweet recycled firefly! This one is too good to not share;)



I love that these little treat boxes feature special art work! These would make very thoughtful classroom treats to share! Check out inchmark for more great ideas!

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This is one of the cutest ideas yet!!! Stitch Craft gives an amazing tutorial on how to make these little tissue holders. What a great time of year for a gift like this!


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Moda Bake Shop gives full measurements and directions on how to sew one of these Valentine's Penny Pockets! These would be cute holding your silverware for a romantic dinner!

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Cake Journal does it again!
My mouth is watering looking a this cute paper cone filled with sugar cookies!

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This crocheted edging on About.com would make a very sweet trim on the bottom hem of a pair of jeans or a cotton dress!

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Sew Mama Sew has a really easy tutorial on how to make one of these sewn valentines for someone special in your life!

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Happy Crafting!!





Another New Years Favorites Cleanup - 100 Crocheted Flowers

11:00 AM
This is a great site that I stumbled upon that has a round up of over 100 free crochet patterns for crocheted flowers



So if you love all of those crocheted headbands and scull caps, I'm sure you will be able to find at least one great flower pattern.

They also have over 300 free crocheted toys and doll patterns like this adorable little bird:
Check out some of the other great free crochet patterns:





 
Check out some of the 150 free crocheted bag and purse patterns:





What I always try to keep in mind is that even though a pattern might look sort of ugly or outdated because of the colors, yarns, etc, it doesn't mean that I cannot make it super cute and modern with a few simple changes - like color selection, handle choices, etc. 

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