Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Last Minute Easy Easter Basket & My First Link Party!

If you still have time between now and Easter to sit down & make a little craft with the kids, here's one you might want to try:

It's so simple! My inspiration came from this little basket I bought last year at World Market.

This basket would be great for holding a few cookies or Easter treats for a hostess gift! Here's what you need to make it: a small box (you can recycle something from your pantry like I did!), a few sheets of felt, craft glue, & a stapler.

I started with an empty Capri Sun box. I measured about 1-3/4" from the bottom, then cut around it with a box cutter.

Then, I cut some green felt & covered the bottom of the box, both inside & out using my craft glue.

Next, I cut two strips of pink felt to make the handle. For this part, I used the stiff felt that comes in a 12" x 18" sheet. (By the way, all felt sheets are 30% off this week at Hobby Lobby). I then glued the two strips together.

While I was letting the glue dry on the handles, I cut the green felt needed to cover the sides of the box. You will need 2 pieces for each side of the box, for a total of 8 pieces. Each piece needs to be the exact length of the side it's covering and twice the height. After you cut the pieces, take your scissors & carefully cut the "blades" by cutting out triangles. Be careful not to go farther than half-way down the height of the felt.

After the green felt pieces are cut, staple each end of the handle to the basket, using a couple staples on each side.

Now it's time to glue on the "grass". Cover the box by sandwiching it between the two pieces of felt that you cut for each side. Don't worry if a little of the glue shows through. It will dry clear later.

The last step is to add a little flower! The original basket has a felt flower, but I decided to make a little ribbon loop flower with a button. There are a million ways to finish it off. That's it, y'all!

Linking to these great parties: (Click here to view)

You're All Invited!

And now I'd like to invite you to join my first Share the Bliss Link Party! If you're a blogger, please link up one of your recent posts so other people can get to know you better! And as a way to say thanks for joining in, I'm offering FREE SHIPPING on any order from MY ETSY SHOP (now thru April 10th) to all of you who link up or leave a comment! If you've never linked up, here's the basic Link Party Etiquette:

1.) Link to a specific post on your blog with little description of your post.

2.) Please share the love by linking back to me here so other people can join in!

3.) Tell your best blogger friends to link up, too, so I have more than 2 links! (okay, I'd be happy with 2 links for my first time)

I'll plan to leave this open through Friday. Here goes...

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sewing Lesson

Twenty years from now, I doubt she will remember if I spend hours of time and effort looking for her perfect Easter dress...

Or if all my floors are sparkly-clean and there are no dirty dishes in the sink...

But I doubt she'll ever forget...

the first time I taught her to sew.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring Flower Pot Tassel

If you haven't yet jumped on the "tassel bandwagon", maybe this tutorial will change your mind. I love a good tassel & I think everyone needs at least one! For the past few weeks, I've been searching and searching for something I could use for a topper for a Spring tassel. I've seen some cute ones here & there in blogland, but I just couldn't find the right thing I could use to make one for my house. I also wanted to be able to use it for a while after Easter, so I didn't want to go with a bunny. Then, finally, it hit me! And this little tassel came to be.

This is a super-easy project, great for a first-time tassel-maker. (This is only the second tassel I've made myself, so trust me, you can do it.) Here's what you need: a mini terra cotta pot, a few miniature flowers (mine came from Hobby Lobby, of course), several colors of ribbon, a few inches of pom pom trim, and an empty thread spool.

The little pot will be the topper, obviously, so start by threading a thin ribbon through the hole in the bottom of the pot. (If your pot doesn't have a pre-drilled hole, you can drill one with a small drill bit.) Tie a knot in the ribbon on the bottom of the pot. This will be your tassel's "hanger". These little pots usually come in packs of 4, so you can make a few of these OR use them to make a bunny or bird topiary. (Click here & here to find out how.)

Next, use your hot glue gun to glue a few flowers into your pot. Be careful to keep your hanging ribbon out of the way & centered.

Next, glue the empty thread spool to the bottom of the pot. This will serve as a foundation for your ribbons & trims. Some people use the wooden spools found in the wooden craft aisle at your favorite craft stores for this part. I have also used a couple of mini empty ribbon spools glued together.

The only thing left to do is add your ribbons. Choose whatever ribbons or trims you like in varying widths & patterns. The only rule is that you make it look the way you want it. I like to start at the top & work my way down, layering & looping, making sure to get the spool covered so it doesn't show. And really, the more ribbons & trims you use, the better.

The last step is to cover the raw ribbon edges at the top by gluing on some pom pom trim or another ribbon, or both.

That's it! These are great on doorknobs and cabinet knobs, even toilet paper holders. (Yes, that's what I said. Click here to see my toilet paper tassel.) Where will you hang yours?

Linking to:

The Girl Creative


Sumo Sweet Stuff

Keeping It Simple


Friday, March 26, 2010

Some Secrets Are Meant to Be Shared

My sister and I have 6 girls between the two of us. They range in age from 11 years old down to almost 2 years old. And though it's not often enough, they love to be together. Needless to say, when we all do get together, there's a lot of excitement. Squeals of laughter and contagious giggling fill the house. Throw in a little a little drama, a little whining, and a few shared secrets, and you have what little girls are really made of.

Moments like these are what inspired us to create in our house The Secret Room. Even before we had decided on a house plan, our kids dreamt of a hidden door that led to a secret room. When we had found the plan we loved, we discovered the perfect place for such a room right in between two of the girls' rooms. See this built-in bookcase?

It's really a doorway. To a room full of fun. Perfect for hiding out & reading a good book, having a slumber party with a group of your closest friends, or using as a great passageway to sneak into your sister's room in the middle of the night.

And it's also just right for a sleepover with your cousin. Where you can stay up late & share a few secrets.

I guess now that I've shown this to the world it isn't such a secret anymore. But that's okay. Some secrets are just meant to be shared.

Linked to: The Inspired Room