Just another Burlap Wreath.

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I LOVE Burlap. There are just so many things it can be used for. It’s rustic and yet beautiful. For a while now I have been planning on making a wreath with it and a few months ago I went to Joanne’s craft store and they were running it on sale by the yard. So with a coupon I bought 2 1/2 yards for about $7. That night I sat down to make a wreath but everything I found on Pinterest involved using the burlap rolls. (They are $6 a piece) I decided to do more research and finally found one that works for burlap by the yard.

Here’s what you will need:
2 1/2 yards of Burlap
Scissors
Hot glue & gun
Styrofoam wreath
Circle Template 5-6″ (I used a scrapbook circle cutter for template)

Lay your burlap out flat. You can either trace out every circle then cut or hold the template and cut around it. (That’s what I did) I recommend cutting at least 2 yards before hand. That way if you need more you can cut it and won’t waste any if you don’t need it.

Plug in your glue gun and put the wreath down flat in front of you. Once your glue is warm take your circles and fold in half and then again. Place glue at the bottom of circle and attach. (So that the loose ends of the circle are sticking out) From then on just work your way around the wreath. They do not have to be right beside each other. You can do 1/4″ or 1/2″ between. If you need to go back in fill in you can or you can wrap the wreath in burlap before you place circles. I did not do that but I might next time. Note: You will need more burlap for that.

The fun part is you can add whatever you want. Fabric flowers, a brooch, starfish etc. I plan to make more burlap crafts using the same method. Stay tuned!

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Party

Nothing like a donut party

I don’t know about you but we are a HUGE Krispy Kreme doughnut house. Sadly our nearest ones are both an hour drive in opposite directions. So anytime we go to town we always pick up a box. It’s our one guilty pleasure! One of my daughters first words was noughnuts. So when we sat down to come up with a party theme I was thinking Princess, Cowgirl or Minnie. Kensleigh had other ideas. She has never been interested in TV or Movies so when I showed her those she was not excited. As the day got closer the only thing we could come up with that she really loved was noughnuts. So I started by searching for Invitations. If I could find those I would build around them. I hit the jackpot when I found these: http://www.etsy.com/listing/102171632/doughnut-5-scalloped-circle-party

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As you will see from the pictures below we ended up with a beautiful party. Everyone loves donuts and my daughter was beyond excited! There are even still some hats hanging around.

Instead of making a cake we used all doughnuts. The birthday girl wouldn't have it any other way. Luckily for us Krispy Kreme was running a pink doughnut promotion that month.

Instead of making a cake we used all doughnuts. The birthday girl wouldn’t have it any other way. Luckily for us Krispy Kreme was running a pink doughnut promotion that month.

For the sign I uploaded the Krispy Kreme image. I uploaded it to Paint and filled in the top with white so I could add my own writing. Then I goggled their font and found one very similar and just added my daughter's name.

For the sign I uploaded the Krispy Kreme image. I uploaded it to Paint and filled in the top with white so I could add my own writing. Then I goggled their font and found one very similar and just added my daughter’s name.

Sadly Krispy Kreme only carries their original glazed in donut holes. Luckily Dunkin' Donuts carries multiple flavors. (Shh...Don't tell Krispy Kreme)

Sadly Krispy Kreme only carries their original glazed in donut holes. Luckily Dunkin’ Donuts carries multiple flavors. (Shh…Don’t tell Krispy Kreme)

This was our drink buffet. I bought the plastic cups from Krispy Kreme. For the mason jars I used white paper with green dots. Then I punched a hole in them for the red striped paper straws. The sign was made by staples. I googled Krispy Kreme images and found 2 I liked. Then they put them on the boards.

This was our drink buffet. I bought the plastic cups from Krispy Kreme. For the mason jars I used white paper with green dots. Then I punched a hole in them for the red striped paper straws. The sign was made by staples. I googled Krispy Kreme images and found 2 I liked. Then they put them on the boards.

The Owl Cake

The Owl Cake

Almost 2 years ago now I made this cake for my daughter. It was my first experience with fondant. It has been pinned thousands of times and I am very honored. Here are the instructions:
Owl cake I made for Kensleigh to match celebrate express’s owl birthday supplies. I will tell you the best I can. I am not a professional, just a mom who loved the owl theme. I live way out in the country and we don’t have bakeries here, so I gave it a shot. This was my first attempt. I made the marshmallow fondant from wilton.com. It isn’t easy to work with but it taste so much better then store bought. Anyway if you are going to make your own then do it at least 24 hrs. previous. Then you will need to color it using the concentrated coloring. Second: I made a 9″ cake and once cooled I just cut it into a oval shape. I rolled out the brown and placed it over the cake and smoothed it on. Cut off the edges. ( I recommend buying the level 3 cake decorating kit from wilton. It comes with the basic tools which is all I used. 3rd:Next I used the smallest circle cutter and cut the 2 browns out and arranged them for the chest feathers. (If u use a paintbrush and wet the back it will stick). 4th: I used the same brown from the body and made larger ovals for the wings. 5th:Large white circles for the white, then black and blue. Take the black for eyelashes and the brown for the ears and put them in a bowl. Allow to dry and they will dry curled and then apply. 6th:The feet, nose, and bow were done by hand. 7th: Take some of the light and dark brown and start mixing. It will take on a woodgrain effect. Just shape it and cut out leaves and apply. Hope that helps!

Welcome Aboard!

Over the past few years people have told me that I should start a business. I am not here to “toot” my own horn but I am fairly crafty. I make frames, wreaths, furniture, growth charts, and design nurseries. I enjoy throwing my kids birthday parties every year and it takes me months of planning. I also enjoy cooking with food from my garden and from scratch (and yes that means nothing frozen or in a box) when possible. There is not to many things that I, myself can’t make or my husband. We are both born and raised in the south and have never lived in a “town”. We can’t just run to the store for something. Our nearest Wal-Mart is 30 miles away and our nearest town with a Target, Craft stores, and a Mall is an hour drive.  We currently own and operate our own Heating & Air Conditioning company, have 2 beautiful children, Raleigh 6 and Kensleigh 2 and rescue animals. That being said we have a small income and do our best to make it work. I will share with you recipes I have tried and created, birthday party ideas & themes, and lots of different crafts we have made.  Welcome aboard and enjoy the ride!