Friday, August 27, 2010

Magpies Cake


Maggie was a dancer before being accepted into L’art de la P√Ętisserie program at the French Pastry School. Under the instruction and guidance of world-renowned chefs and pastry champions, she trained using the very best techniques and ingredients. Her cakes are amazinggggg works of art!! Magpies Cake 

Ferm Living

I saw this from a blog i follow. wallpaper flowing out of a typewriter. (such a cute idea) and it led me to look through Ferm Livings site... I love their weathered woods and inspirational home decor ideas. Take a look!! 
Stem vases and bowls
My daughters room is all birds and bird cages so of course i was drawn to this Birdcage Mobile  
See this Owl Cushion Here
This wallpaper matches the owl themed cushions, blankets and mobiles on the ferm site!   

This mobile is adorable!( Story mobile here)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Make your own Tea Soaps!

                                          Adorable gift ideas!  Tutorial follows! 

(a) Soap: I used a Melt & Pour Soap Base which some may think is cheating, but I think it’s fantastic. It’s incredibly easy – you just cut up the block of soap and melt it in the microwave (or if you are like me and don’t have a microwave, use a double-boiler) and add in whatever ingredients you want.
I used Earl Greyer Tea which has more bergamot than usual. Then just pour it into a mold or pan and let it set. After a few hours mine was set and I cut it into rectangles about 1″ x 2″. These are small (think hotel soap) and I was able to get eight soaps from a 1 lb. block, plus scraps that I can melt down into another one or two. You can see more detailed instructions here. I would recommend wrapping each soap in a dark-colored paper.
(b)Tags: You can create your own tags, or download mine here. Each sheet has tags for Earl Grey Tea Soap, Green Tea Soap, Citrus Mint Tea Soap, Ginger Peach Tea Soap, Rooibos Tea Soap, Jasmine Tea Soap, and Tea Soap (plain). Just cut them out, fold them in half, and snip little notches in the corners (see photos). [A note about the tags: Feel free to print out these tags for your personal, non-commercial use. Please do not redistribute in any way.]
(c)White tissue paper: Pieces cut to approximately 6″ x 9″, one per soap. *Not intended for use in the tub or shower.

Here is how to fold the tea bags:
1. Place one soap on the tissue paper, centered vertically but slightly higher than the middle.
2. Fold the two sides over the soap so that they overlap slightly. Tape closed.
3. Pinch the edges to form a rectangular box. Pleat the sides inward.

4. Fold the bottom up over the soap and secure with a loop of tape (or double-sided tape)
5. Trim so that the front and back are the same height
6. Fold the two corners in to form a peak.
7. Pull the peak down and tape shut. 

8. Flip over and staple the string onto the bag, tying a knot in the end to keep it from slipping.

 Here are the tags that are available (click here to view and print)

One mans trash, his treasure also!

A majority of our days are spent seeing and using the same old things, and we never really take the time to look at them in a different way. I hope these ideas will help you to start seeing the usual in unusual ways. Remember, just because something has finished its purpose as one thing doesn't mean its trash, use your creativity to dream up another use for it. Ordinary things often times make the most unusual, beautiful art pieces. One mans trash can be his treasure also... try it!! 

Have any extra fabric laying around? Real Simple shares how to stretch fabric the way you would a canvas.

This table is a cool way to re-use an old plank of wood 

Have any old sweaters laying around? This little trick works for chair cushions or even pillows! Heres the how to: 
  1. Cut the sweater in two so that you have the front and back, trimming off the neck and arms.
  2. Flip over the chair and unscrew the cushion from the base
  3. Tack or use a staple gun to pull the sweater taut over the chair cushion.
  4. Snip off any extra fabric, and screw the cover back on.
Oh--and check out the centerpiece! An easy way to make an eye catching display by reusing old bottles.

All you need for a DIY hammock is a regular-size blanket and — in most situations — about 24 feet of rope... Enjoy!  check out a diagram of the method over here

As a mom, i am constantly using baby food jars. I thought this would be a cute way to put them to good use! The chubby pots make for great containers for all manner of items - craft and sewing supplies, spices, spare change. Spraypaint the lids with primer and paint and voila - a handsome set of matching jars 

Light of my life

I know my husband and i have switched to CFL light bulbs for the most part,  but we have a few incandescent ones left. These are a few ways to re-use our old ones! 

Turn old milk crates and salvaged boxes into a coffee table!

Craft Stylish has a DIY on how to crochet a rug from old t-shirts! Heres to all my crafty girls!! Tutorial Here 

Hope you all enjoy the fun ways you can make your old stuff into something new and spectacular! 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

A little about me...

This blog is something that i made just for fun... a place to put my thoughts and finds. Im a mom to a beautiful 7 month old named Marley and i am married to Bryan,  the most amazing man in the universe. I cant sleep a lot of nights... and im a crazy daydreamer, hence the name of my blog. So im hoping maybe this will help me get down my swirling thoughts. Enjoy!
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