Friday, September 30, 2011

oscar kinda likes birthdays.

...but he won't be still enough for me to take his pic... he'd rather go sit by the door and meow all day.

sweet little zoe loves birthdays for sure!!  She was happy to celebrate.

Happy Birthday David (again)!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

it's someone's birthday today... let's have ice cream cake!

today is my husband's birthday.
happy birthday, David... the best husband ever (seriously.  Other people just think they have the best husband ever)!
David loves this picture of himself.  That is why I chose it.

My husband's favorite cake is ice cream cake.  I usually spend way too much purchasing one, but last year I made ice cream cupcakes and they were delicious. So this year??  We're turning those cupcakes into a cake.  Let's see how it turned out...

I baked a chocolate cake in a springform pan.

scraps from leveling it off... tasty and dangerous.

melty ice cream (my husband would give his right arm for this)

melty ice cream spread on top of leveled cake.

now for the most frustrating cake frosting ever..

don't judge.  it's hard to frost melty ice cream... even after I let it harden in the freezer over night.

he loves chocolate... it's gonna be a happy birthday!!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DIY tiered monogram plate

I made this for a dear friend of mine...

first, I spray painted the inside of a dessert glass.

then, I printed out a monogram and taped it face down on the top of a glass plate.

then I just painted over the monogram... this works great if you aren't great at freestylin'

next, I spray painted a contrasting color on the bottom of the dessert glass and plate.

here they are after they dried.

final step to glue the dessert glass to the plate.  I like it upside down so that it has a broader base.

voila!  under $15!!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

oscar loves pedicures

look at that face... filled with disgust.  he can't even bear to look at that mess.
glad we don't have a close up on the toes... whew!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

my style: honeymoon dress repurpose!

I was so excited to buy some beachy clothes for our honeymoon so I bought this dress off of Modcloth...


Since I haven't worn the dress since the honeymoon (6 months ago), I figured it was time to make a little use out of it.  So I cut the top off of it and made it into a skirt!

I like this length much better.

tank top: old, cardigan: Forever21, skirt: Modcloth repurposed, shoes: UO

Monday, September 19, 2011

gifts for the kiddies.

My friend Heather has 2 awesome little twin girls who celebrated their 7th birthday with a spa party this past weekend.  Heather asked me to come down and help, so I didn't want to go empty-handed.  

I found this pin and decided to put 2 together (one for each girl).

supplies... rope, suction cups, clothes pins, twin bed sheet, flashlight, ribbon

I sewed the ribbon to each corner of the sheet.

put clips, suction cups and flashlight in the small bag the bed sheet came in and then embroidered a felt piece, resized a pillowcase and turned it into a drawstring bag and put everything into the bag.  Pretty cute!  I made one for each girl.  It was a hit!

Friday, September 16, 2011

oscar loves yellow scarves

I'm going old school with Oscar today... this is Oscar-before-he-had-an-official-daddy-cat.

hangin' on.

still hangin'

refuses to surrender

I tried to edit my plumber's crack out... maybe I should have cropped a little more.  Let's just focus our attention on the cat.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

DIY fabric flowers

After making my fall wreath this past weekend, I decided to post a tutorial on how to make some of the fabric flowers I glued to it.  So here's what I made this afternoon...

supplies... a strip of material (this is about 2.5 inches wide and 11 inches long), fabric scissors, needle and thread, buttons, hot glue gun

fold the strip of material in half longways

begin to sew along the open edge of the strip weaving the needle through allowing the material to bunch up on your needle.

 when you've made it through the whole strip, it should look like this.  pull the thread through and connect the sides so it makes a full circle.

add a few stitches to connect each side, then trim thread.

when you turn it over, it should look like this.

hot glue a button and there's your nifty little flower!

Attach it to a headband, clip, purse, shoe, wreath or whatever you want to add a little snazz to!

Monday, September 12, 2011

weekend craftiness

this weekend, my friend Bethany and I decided to do a Pinterest project.  She's been wanting to make a yarn wrapped wreath and I could definitely use a new fall wreath, so...

here I am wrapping my wreath

this was our progress after a few hours so I went home and we finished our wreaths separately

Bethany's wreath with felt flowers

my wreath with fabric flowers

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

my childhood art.

Since I have married, we have spent quite a bit of time going through all of our stuff and deciding whether or not to keep it, chunk it, sell it, or give it away.  Since both of my parents have already passed away, I am stuck with "sentimental" items such as...

Mother's Day 1987 plate... ha!  what is that green, red and black rectangular thing on the lower right hand side?  It looks like part of an animal cell (mitochondria or something?)

So what do I do with this stuff?  I have a lot of it and we just don't have the storage or need for it.  Do we keep it for sentimental value??  The answer to this question is no.  We do not keep it.  This is what cameras are for.  We take a picture of it and chunk it! 

Friday, September 2, 2011

my other website.

I don't usually like to put professional stuff on here... I like to keep my creative life separate.  However, I just recently made a website and wanted to share!  So here it is...


oscar loves guitar