Tuesday, November 24, 2009


There is something that consumes me, and if you know me, you will instantly know what it is, but if you only know me through this little blog, you probably have no idea. That's because this is the one place I try to keep free of my obsession. The one place you will not have to listen to me go on and on and on about EDWARD, and BELLA, and JACOB, and VAMPIRES, and WEREWOLVES...etc. My plan was to always keep this one little area of my life Twilight free, but alas, when something becomes such a fulblown obsession, it is bound to show up everywhere. Nothing can be left free of it. So this is me officially coming out of the Twilight closet on my crafty and -up until now - Twilight free blog.

Is there any relevance of my "outing" to this blog? Why, yes there is, otherwise it would still be Twilight free. For the opening of New Moon I went to a pre-movie party and was asked to bring a dessert. I was so excited. And suddenly my creative juices stopped flowing, maybe I was just a little too emotional over the whole thing to think clearly. I wracked my brains, I scoured the internet... nothing. I found lots of ideas, but nothing "spoke" to me. Then my neighbor sent me this link. Here it was, the idea I had been looking for. The one that finally said, "pick me, pick me!" So I did. And here is the final result:

They are obviously red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. The frosting has clear sugar sparkles on top (a nod to Edward's sparkling body). The fork picks, for Forks, WA where the story takes place, are holding quotes from New Moon. And of course, the quotes are typed in each character's font used in the book. I think they turned out great, and they were very fun to make!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Use #158 For An Old Window Frame

A hair clip holder.

I found an old window frame for $3.00. I knew what I wanted it to become almost instantly. I had to paint it so it would match the princess's room, but there was so much texture going on that I didn't want to mess that up.
So I used plain old acrylic paint and just gave it one light coat. It is completely flat and very thin so that you can still see through it in most places.
I stapled some pink ribbon to the back and and screwed in some hooks at the bottom for bracelets and necklaces.
I love it when something is not only pretty, but functional as well. This has them both covered, and the princess loves it, too.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pink Shabby Christmas

This summer I picked up the most adorable little pink tree with pink lights to go in the princess's very "shabby" (as in Shabby Chic, not as in crappy) bedroom this Christmas. I got it for a just a few pennies.
Yesterday I decided that it would look great with a tied garland. I used scraps from the quilt I made for her bed.
First I cut the scraps into strips.
Why are they sorted on the carpet? Yes, I do have a craft table with a chair... I prefer to work on the floor.
I got some ribbon and started tying the fabric strips into knots around the ribbon. When I was finished, I trimmed all the ends of the fabric to about the same length.
Isn't it lovely?

Garland done, ornaments are next!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hickory Dickory Dock

This little mouse did not go up the clock, but he was the most adorable little trick-or-treater ever.

I made this costume for my six year old's 1st Halloween. Then when my daughter was 1 I moved the cheese bow up by her ear, and she was the sweetest little girl mouse. Now it has come out again for Baby K's first Halloween. That's not to mention all the times it has been loaned out to friends.

I know there are some great store-bought costumes out there, but this thing has held up incredibly well over the years. Quality - that's what I love most about homemade.