Friday, June 7, 2013

I will be taking a teeny hiatus this week. Check back Friday for project: Diamonds. Take care!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Bunting Flags: For the sewing impaired.

Another wedding request I received from my lovely little bride: Bunting Flags! Let me just warn you right now that I do not know my way around a sewing machine (sorry, Martha!). My mother tried showing me the ropes maybe 15+ years ago, but I just don't have a passion for it. In fact, if you love everything about sewing, you may just want to avert your eyes from this hackwork. But, she requested fabric instead of paper, so I must deliver!

I decided to do a smaller flag size to get the most out of the fabric. My flag template is 4.5x5x5 and I used 3 yards of each fabric. Before you start the first step, you will need to iron the double fold bias tape, the fabric, and cut double sided strips (seen above).

Using a pencil, trace the outside of the template. I was able to get roughly 14 double sided flags from one strip of fabric. Cut enough for desired length of bunting.

This hem tape runs in a variety of sizes, so I would recommend a larger width so that you can cut them in half because the smallest width tape and the largest width ran for the same price. Now, cut the tape to fit the longer sides of the flag, close the flag and run an iron over the fabric for 3 seconds. Boom. Done.

Once all flags have been glued, start stitching your flags between the bias tape. I advise that this be done while catching up on some Netflix.

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Minimalist

When I first moved to North Carolina, I bought a glass bottle of cheerwine and a bunch of crespedia. Kind of a strange, modern flower, but I hadn't seen very many back in Seattle, therefore it was a treat. Months later, for easter, I was given this vase from target. It always makes me think of the friends who have told me they were given flowers and ended up putting them in an empty slurpee cup or something. But this neat vase sits on my very bare computer desk now to give it a little life and color.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Years ago, a friend and I decided to try our luck with making marshmallows from scratch and piping easter peeps. While they turned out pretty cute, I developed a huge love with making marshmallow from scratch. Have I completely written off store bought? Of course not. However, if you've ever made it yourself, you'll know there is just no comparison in both taste and texture. Below I've adapted Martha Stewart's recipe into an almond joy version.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Repurpose: Garland.

I love to repurpose projects. If there is another use, I can usually find it. Please see my previous post on how to construct the flowers. The only difference on this project is the paint. I used a magenta watercolor and painted both punches in different hues of the paint before glueing them together.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Daisy Garland

My dear friend is getting married this July. Her theme has aspects of the early 1960's as well as wedding colors of yellow & white. So we have coordinated on a few projects long distance

Materials: White card stock, scissors, watercolor paint, paintbrush, liquid glue, & Fiskar Daisy Punch.
I purchased my punch at JoAnn Fabric while they were running a sale on punches (which is often).

To make the garland: Unwaxed dental floss (I couldn't tell you when I started using it for certain projects, but its sturdy enough for me without being bulky), hot glue gun, & extra glue sticks.

Punch as many daisies as you'd like. Remember that you need two punches per flower. Once punched, apply a dot of glue and adhere the two pieces together. Let them dry for a few minutes. With the brush, paint circles in the middle. Once dry, form the petals with your fingers.

To assemble the garland, put a dot of hot glue on the back of a flower, Lay the floss over the glue and sandwich another flower on top of the glue. Rinse. Repeat.