Creative Crafting, Mmm...Food...

Easter is Coming!

I know it was JUST St. Patrick’s Day, but next week is Easter! While Easter is absolutely THE most important holiday in the Christian faith, I’m not going to get too into that today. You’re welcome. Instead, I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite springtime crafts and treats from Easters Past.

And so, without further ado…

I like to call this one, “Ode to that one time that Carli and I weren’t married yet and she didn’t have three baby girls yet and we spent a whole weekend crafting and baking and making marshmallows…”

Paper Bunnies
Paper Bunny Treat Envelope

I also don’t have a ton of Easter decor around my house – maybe when we are a little more settled down for the long haul I can buy some of this and this – but I make due! Last year I made this wreath, and bought some cheap but sparkly Easter eggs to brighten things up.

Spring Wreath
Spring Wreath

In lieu of an Easter basket for my hubby (he doesn’t eat a lot of candy, anyway), I filled each egg with a reason I love him. Call it a grown up version, I guess!

Sparkly Eggs
Sparkly Eggs

OKAY let’s talk about food… Breakfast is my favorite, and I’ve shared some of my favorite brunch items before. But my favorite FAVORITE FAVORITE treat, in general, are scones. I don’t know why, I just love them. I love their texture. I love how well they dip into coffee. I just love those little suckers. And here are my favorites, made for Easter a few years back with my roomie: Maple Scones. Happy Easter, Jesus is Risen, INDEED.

Maple Scones
Maple Scones

Then let’s talk about Easter 2011. This was my first holiday with the family that would later become known as my IN-LAWS. They are amazing, and of course, I really REALLY wanted to impress. How does one impress one’s future possible in-laws? One makes this cake, that’s how!!

Choc PB Cakes
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

And then finally, for Easter 2013, at which point my now-hubster and I were engaged, so now I like really REALLY want to make sure everyone likes me, I made salted caramel brownie parfaits. I think if they weren’t sure yet that I should be marrying their son/nephew/brother/uncle, they were sure then…

Brownies
Salted Caramel Brownie Parfait

Can I get an AMEN? I know that Dennis the Obese Mini-Dachshund told us all that food is NOT love, and I understand that’s very true when it comes to loving your pet-child, but I’m here to tell you that when it comes to winning over future in-laws, FOOD IS LOVE.

Creative Crafting, Uncategorized

Rustic Wreath {Burlap and Pearls}

Today’s re-blog is my most popular crafty post: The Rustic Wreath. I sell them on Etsy, but this post has swept pinterest enough to give me over 6,600 views since I posted it two years ago. Have you made a wreath you’re proud of? Share it in the comments!

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Thanks for visiting!! Did you know you can buy this wreath on Etsy? Check it out!

This was one of my favorite weekend projects to date. I was inspired by this wreath over on etsy, and decided I wanted to make one of my own! The first step was to make felt flowers.

You need:
-a wreath (any kind you like! This could be pretting with a fabric-wrapped styrofoam wreath too)
-felt
-glue
-scissors
-a round object (a cd works perfectly)
-ribbon (for hanging)
-needle
-thread (needle and thread are optional – I used them to attach the burlap loops and also to add some pearls to the rest of the wreath)

Directions

Cut a circle of felt using the CD as a guide (doesn’t need to be perfect) and then cut in a spiral from the outside all the way to the center. Again, perfection is over rated…

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30 before 30, Creative Crafting

A House Divided Wreath

This has been one of my favorite projects to date. Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time… And recently, on my birthday (which was a Sunday), I ACTUALLY took the time out to dive into this project, and I TOTALLY LOVED IT.

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If you’re feeling crafty, there are a million tutorials out there for ribbon wreaths and many beautiful ideas for house divided wreaths. This is not a tutorial. This more of a “show off my good work” post and direct you to my etsy store if you’d like me to make one for you… What can I say – just trying to get more merchandise in there as promised in my 30 before 30 list!

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So what do you think?? It’s a little pricey to make, due to ALL THAT RIBBON, but I kind of love it.

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And the Green Bay / Titans ribbon?? That’s what happens when you’re hubby is home sick and bored – he orders it for you as a surprise and it appears in your mailbox one day. PRETTY RAD, AM I RIGHT?!

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Creative Crafting

Springtime Decorations

So I don’t really have tons and tons of spending money sitting around to decorate our house with Easter decor. I wish we did, but sometimes you just need to keep things simple and get a little creative.

Over the weekend, I picked up some $1.50 shimmery Easter eggs from Walmart and filled up my prettiest vase with them. Voila! A centerpiece!

photo 3photo 2And while it’s not my favorite wreath I’ve ever put together, I was able to make it pretty on the cheap, as well. All you need is a plain wreath, a few fake flowers, and wooden letter + paint. Brings a little brightness back to our house!photo 5photo 4

What about you? Any spring or Easter decorating? Share your tips!

Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

Argyle Autumn Wreath

This weekend was autumn perfection. We tailgated in the sunshine. We saw Ohio State beat Wisconsin in the Shoe. We went to church, the grocery, and made chili in the crock pot, and ate it while we watched football. And last night, I made a new little wreath for autumn, out of materials and fabrics I already had. Freebie project, for the win.

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I had some autmumn-toned fabric on hand from Jonathan’s grandmother, and I thought this might be a sweet way to use it. If you’d like to make your own, simply wrap a styrofoam wreath form in fabric (I used burlap, which I have sooo much of). Lay out your little fabric squares corner to corner, and use a stick pin to secure each one. I slowly wrapped the twine, securing it with a few stick pins at the beginning and end. I then tacked town the outer corners of each fabric square with a little dot of glue. I used as little glue as possible, overall, so that if I want to change it out at some point, and reuse the fabric and wreath form, I can.photo 2

Yes, these are iPhone photos. Hopefully I can take some nice ones this week, but when you make a project at night, and want to post about it right away, this is what you get. 

Happy crafting, and more importantly, happy Autumn!!photo 5