Sunday, May 15, 2011

Baby Log Blog- Mobile

I knew I wanted a mobile for miss Bellamie's room, but found the overpriced, yet cheap looking ones you can buy from the store rather tacky.  So yet again I turned to the internet.  When I first started looking I found some cute ones on Etsy but at $50 a pop, decided to keep looking.  It wasnt long before I forgot entirely about the mobile, I blame it on the preggo brain, as I do with everything else, when my gal Martha stepped in yet again.  While I absolutely LOVE the way my mobile turned out, and it matches the room perfectly, I do NOT recommended making one!!  It took forever!!!!  But if you dont like your fingerprints much anyway (hot glue is best friend and worse enemy) and you want to blow an entire Sunday afternoon, here is how I made it...

Miss Martha told me to use armature wire to make branches... I still dont know what armature wire is but I found some wire in the flower section at Jo-Anns and covered it with brown floral tape.
I made three different branches and hooked them all together.

Next (and you will have to go to her website to download the template) cut out your birds from heavy scrapbook paper.
Now you can waste a good hour of you Sunday using your cricut cutter to cut out a billion little flowers, or buy a flower punch at your local craft store.  The only bonus to using the cricut, you can cut flowers in various sizes.
Then, glue your flowers to your branches.
Finally, (and once again not in Martha style cuz one Martha isnt married and two I am sure she used some fancy-mancy wire) ask your husband to dig out some of his fishing line he doesnt use and string your birds from your branches...
Stand back and enjoy your work... dont you love how well it matches the tree!
And while I LOVE how this turned out, I bet you are thinking the tacky, plastic mobiles from the store aren't sounding half bad!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Short and Sweets- Butterfly Cupcakes

This is the first installment of my short and sweets, short blog entries on all my homemade sweets. 
Ask anyone who knows me, I have always had a sweet tooth.  So I jump at any opportunity to make some sort of baked good.  This past week was bittersweet as our Office Administrator but in her notice.  Of course, instantly I thought, what will I bake on her last day.  The first  thing that came to mind, cupcakes!!  Perfect for the office, easy to eat and no utensils required!!  
Butterfly cupcakes are so easy and perfect for adults to kiddos!
All you need is your favorite cake batter. (prepare as directed on box)
Vanilla frosting...

Two pretzels for wings...

Mix some of your vanilla frosting with food coloring, put into a sandwich baggie, cut the end and make a line down the center.  Add an m&m for a head and wallah, butterfly cupcakes!
I recommend making these the same day you plan to serve them, as the pretzels tend to soak up the moisture from the frosting.
Happy Baking!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Baby "Boy"-quet

All girls love a baby shower, and this girl is no exception... And with my own baby shower in the near future, I was even more excited to attend one this past weekend.  However, as the baby shower drew closer, I realized I never ordered a gift from the registry.  As panic set in, I decided making a gift was much more personal anyway.  A few years ago, gifting for another shower, a friend and I came across a website called Baby bunch.  They sell bouquets of fake flowers and onesies rolled to look like flowers.  Too cute and too spendy at $60 a piece, I thought, I could totally make that!!
Instead of plain white onsies like the ones online, I picked out an adorable gift set of little boys clothing.
I bought some fake flowers and had Rob find me some thin wire.
In order to roll the clothing to look like flowers, I found it easiest to fold each piece into triangles.
Then roll the triangles into "flowers"
I added leaves around my "flowers" using the wire.
Then wire the fake flowers to the clothing flowers.
And tada!!
Super easy and inexpensive!!  Lastly, I added some ribbon to cover the stems.
Happy Showering!!