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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Faux Druzy Necklace DIY

I've noticed the growing popularity of Druzy jewelry.  I love them but it comes with a price.  So this idea got me excited as a cute alternate.  

Items Needed For This Project:

- Glass Glitter:  I got my glitter at Michaels in the scrapbook section.  (See pic below for brand info) I saw it at Hobby Lobby as well and online.  
-  Pendant:  I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.  Michaels had a few to choose from but weren't my favorite.  The best selection outside Hobby Lobby would be Etsy.  
-  Mod Podge:  I used gloss finish. 
- Misc:  Craft brush,  Needle Nose Pliers, Jump Rings, Necklace.  

Monday, March 9, 2015

St Patricks Day DIY 2015

St. Patricks day is around the corner.  I found 3 cute ideas I wanted to share with you!
I've had many requests for Trevor to appear in a video with me and we found something green he wanted to share for the holiday.

Lime Sherbet Floats: Ingredients needed...

- Lime Sherbet
- Sprite

We made ours in Mason Jars and added a cute striped paper straw from Target.  The Shamrock picks are from Michaels.  I can report these are just a addicting and delicious as Trevor says.  

Shamrock Pops:  Supplies Needed...

- Ring Pops:  I bought ring pops that were green.
- Paper or Fun Foam:  You need two colors.  I used gold glitter and green.
- Misc:  Glue Gun, Scissors, Double Stick Tape

Golden Scavenger Hunt:  Supplies Needed...

- Rocks
- Gold Paint:  I used gold spray paint that I had on hand.  You could also use any gold craft paint.
- ModPodge:  or Spray Adhesive
- Gold Glitter
- Misc:  paint brush if using Mod Podge

- For this activity create your own custom scavenger hunt!  Hunt the golden rocks leaving the sparkle rock as the final find!  You can customize this for any age range.  For my teens I thought it would be fun to add a few other prizes to the rocks (incentive).  I found some cute prizes in the dollar spot at Target i.e...lucky charms chapstick, gold chocolate coins, glow sticks, etc.  It's something different and can be done inside if you have bad weather or outside!

For a tutorial on all 3 projects click on the video link below!  Thanks for watching & Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Instagram Cookies

A few weeks ago I was asked to do a segment for our local Fox TV Morning Show on things you can do with Instagram Photos.  I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  My favorite idea presented that day was Instagram Photo Cookies.  They turned out adorable and were very yummy!
I posted pics (on Instagram) of my cookies and received many requests for a tutorial.  I am really excited to share this fun idea and very good recipes I used.

Sugar Cookie Recipe

3 Cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 1/3 Cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:  In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.

Using stand mixer & paddle attachment.  Beat butter until smooth, about 2 minutes.  Add sugar and continue beating until the mixture is light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition, then add vanilla.

Turn the mixer off.  Add the flour and then beat just until combined.  

Remove the dough, shape into a disk about 6 inches wide and wrap securely in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate the dough for a minimum of 1 hour.  

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the dough from the fridge and cut in half.  Roll half the dough until it is about 1/2" thick.  Using cookie cutters, cut out your desired shapes and place on a cookie sheet about 2" apart.  Repeat rolling and cutting with remaining pieces of dough.  (Leftover scraps can be re-rolled.)

If your dough gets too soft refrigerate the cut-out cookies for 15 minutes.  (This helps them keep their shape when baking)

Bake cookies for 9-11 minutes until pale golden.  Transfer them to a cooling rack.  Frost & decorate as desired.   

(If you refrigerate the dough over night.  You will need to let stand at room temperature until workable.)

I ordered this cookie cutter set (here)  The range of sizes was perfect for my instagram photos.  

Frosting Recipe: (Buttercream Icing for Sugar Cookies)

4 Cup Powdered Sugar
1 Cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
6 tablespoons Heavy Cream

Use stand mixer with paddle attachment.  Cream together butter and vanilla.  Add powdered sugar and pinch of salt.  Beat slowly until smooth and creamy.  Add in heavy cream.  Beat at medium-high for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.  

Edible Instagram Photos:

I took my photos (already sized at 4"X4") to my local grocery store bakery.  They have a printer that will scan the photos and print them on sugar paper.  My bakery charged $5 per sheet.  
- Wal-Mart does this but I tried 4 stores and all 4 said their machines were broken.  
-Call your local grocery store bakery and see if they will do it.  
-Store the photos in large Ziplock bag to keep air tight.  If not, the sugar paper will dry out and crumble.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Metallic Tattoos [Temporary]

I have seen these around for several months.  I bought some at Christmas time as stocking stuffers for my girls and we love them!  There are several different varieties and options to choose from so I thought I would share my experiences with them.  

The tattoos I applied to my arms lasted about a week.  I was careful not to scrub them while showering.  However, the tattoos on my fingers only lasted about 24 hours because of my hand washing and dish washing.  (Mom duties)

Tattoos Seen in Video:

-  Target:  I found three different packages in the jewelry section.  (NOTE:  oddly enough... not all stores carry them.  Check Website to see if they are in stock near you.)

Favorites not shown in video:

- Never Nola
- Tillys:;jsessionid=Lac0DIaHewPq3YprKRSM+BvX.store4d?_dyncharset=UTF-8&Dy=1&Nty=1&siteScope=ok&_D%3AsiteScope=+&siteIds=tillys&_D%3AsiteIds=+&search=&_D%3Asearch=+&Ntt=metallic+tattoo&_DARGS=%2Fcartridges%2FSearchBox%2FSearchBox.jsp

Share your metallic tattoo photos using #smcmetallictattoos
Have a wonderful Spring Break 2015!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Leather Headband DIY

I love it when I find a good hair accessory idea!  This is super cute and was super easy.  This is one that can be styled so many different hairstyles.  I really like the bohemian look this has.  

Supplies Needed For This Project:
- Leather:  I bought a bag of scrap leather at Michaels.  They had similar leather scraps at Hobby Lobby and Joann.  ( Tip: You can paint leather.  I painted one of mine with a metallic craft paint to get the color I wanted. )
- Leather String:  I used a very soft leather string.  You will find some options with the Leather scraps and some with jewelry supplies at Michaels, Joann, or Hobby Lobby.
- Misc:  Scissors, Xacto Knife, Water Bottle Lid, ink pen.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Sequin Heart DIY

Over the last few weeks in prep for Valentine's Day ideas, I was looking for sequin hearts.  I had the hardest time trying to find any to buy.  The few I found were not what I was looking for.  Oddly enough it didn't even occur to me that I could make one OR that it would be so easy!  So I decided to share my findings with you!  Now you can make one any size or color you choose!


-  Sequin Trim:  There are many colors to choose from at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Wal Mart or Joann.
-  Felt:  You can find felt squares at most craft stores for about $.25 each.  
-  Misc:  Hot Glue Gun, Hot Glue Sticks, Scissors, Heart Template (I traced a cookie cutter)
              Hair Clip (optional)




Monday, January 19, 2015

Sugar Lips Pillow

For awhile I have seen some really cute stencils at my craft stores.  I have been trying to figure out where I could use them and I finally figured out the perfect use for one!  
I'm talking about 'Tulip' brand large stencils.  I found them at Hobby Lobby and Michaels.  Everything you need to get started is displayed together.  

Supplies Needed For This Project:

-  Stencil:  There are such cute stencils to choose from I am thinking about what I can do next.  But for Valentine's Day I love the giant LIPS!
-  Paint:  Depending on the project you are doing you will need either craft paint or fabric paint.  Fabric paint works better if you are going to be washing the material a lot.  Craft paint is perfect for things that probably won't get washed.  ( Although I wash craft paint items... it fades a little but still looks pretty good.  You decide!)
-  Spray Adhesive:  They sell their brand with the stencils & paint but I swear you could use any spray adhesive.  
-  Roller:  I decided to buy the 'Tulip' brand roller.  I'm glad I did with this stencil.  It worked really well.  
-  Glitter:  Totally optional!  But you can't get 'Sugar Lips' without it!  Ha Ha!  I used extra fine glitter.  Any brand works.  
-  Pillowcase or Pillow Cover:  When you go to Hobby Lobby they have all kinds of things displayed to stencil.  Bags, Placemats, Napkins, Pillows, etc.  Loved them all.  I stenciled a tote as well.  I have a mild tote obsession/problem.  

Additional Information:

-   Tulip Website  You can see where their supplies are sold near you or order online.  (I was not paid to share this info.  I just love these stencils! )

-  Make sure to put a piece of paper or cardboard between layers of fabric ( such as a pillowcase ) to prevent paint from bleeding through.  

-  The chevron pillow shown is from Hobby Lobby.  Back by the Fabric there is an isle that has tons of pillow covers.  They are cute and cheap!