Posts Tagged ‘Handcrafted’



Sugar Elf Lovelies

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

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These felt creations by Christine of SugarElf took my breath away! I came across an older item from The Sugar Elf Etsy shop via ffffound and had to see more. To my delight this felt mushroom was just the tip of the iceberg! I seriously had the most difficult time deciding which images to show. I choose to share just a few of her felt creations but she has so many more great items that you just have to see for yourself!

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Two more chalked full of adorable after the break! (more…)



DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Be sure to also check out our DIY Easter Bunny!

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One of my favorite things about the Easter holiday is all the candy! I have a huge sweet tooth so naturally Easter is right up my alley. This year I decided to try my hand at an old time favorite and make homemade marshmallow peeps!

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What You’ll Need:

Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Sugar, Cold Water, Salt, Vanilla Extract, Corn Starch, Powdered Sugar, Food Coloring and Sanding Sugar

Instructions:

1. Begin with a basic marshmallow recipe, this one from Alton Brown works well. At the end of the recipe when you are adding the vanilla extract also add your food coloring. I ended up making three batches, one for each color, needless to say I have a LOT of peeps now. If you don’t need  that many, think about sticking with one or two colors.

2. Once you’ve poured the mixture into the prepared pan, smoothed it out with a spatula and dusted it; place plastic wrap over the pan and flatten smooth the surface with a rolling pin. Remove the plastic wrap and let set for at least 4 hours.

3. Once the marshmallows are ready, cut them out with a lightly oiled cookie cutter. I used this set from amazon, but feel free to use whatever you like.

4. To get the sanding sugar to stick, I ended up lightly blotting the tops and bottoms of the marshmallows with a damp paper towel before rolling in the sugar.

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5. For the “eyes” I put a dab of corn syrup on the back of a black candy button to get them to stick (found at a local cake store). NOTE: Man hands in the photo belong to my husband, not me.

6. For a sweet little present, line the bottom of a clear gift box with parchment paper, I added a little scalloped edge to finish off the look.

This was a fun afternoon project and even more fun to eat! Enjoy!



Twig & Thistle Etsy Shop!

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

I am SO excited to announce that I’ve opened up shop on Etsy over the weekend! I hope to be able to share more templates and other craftables in the future but for now I’ve got just the one project (in 4 colors). I’ve received several requests for my Baby Quiz Scorecards from my friends shower that I designed and hosted, and I thought it would be a good place to start.

These PDFs are editable, so you can fill in your own questions and answers and then print and cut. The best part is that once you’ve downloaded the template it’s yours to keep and use again and again! Below are some pictures from my first listing at the Twig & Thistle Store on Etsy.

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Choose from Blue, Pink, Yellow or Green

To see pics from the shower that these were originally designed for check out Baby Shower: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. If you have any specific ideas on what you’d like to see next or more of, I’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment below.



Our Winter Wedding Part 1

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

With all the love that’s in the air, it’s fitting that my husband and I celebrated our first anniversary this past weekend. I honestly can’t believe it’s been a year already! We both had so much fun at our wedding and I wish that we could go back and enjoy the day over and over. Thankfully we have our photos and I can look back as often as I like. Please join me on a trip down memory lane…

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Inspiration board

To start, I thought I’d share my inspiration board that I created right after our engagement. It’s fun to see how this translated into the actual event. I picked yellow and grey as our wedding colors because I wanted something unusual and not overly feminine. My husband definitely appreciated this and was as equally excited about the color choices. Since our wedding was in February the yellow seemed like a good bright color that could add some warmth. The grey acted as a neutral tone throughout while silver added the little extra shine.

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More pictures after the break! (more…)



Ink & Spindle

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

I found some beautiful images of textiles created by Ink & Spindle and have been following the blog of Kara, a co-founder of Ink & Spindle, ever since. I absolutely adore every single one of the fabrics they’ve created and I always look forward to new posts from her. Recently she shared some hand bound books by Nicole from Freshly Blended (another lovely blog), covered in her textiles. How great would a set of these look on a shelf?! I love!

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