Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Fabric Flower Headbands & Some Bliss For Sale

So, I have something fun to tell you about that will especially interest those of you who are always telling me you like my projects, but think you can't do them yourself.

But, first, for the crafters out there, I've been on a fabric flower headband craze lately, & they're so fun & easy, I thought I'd share the how-to.

All you need are scissors, a glue gun, and some scrap fabrics.

Start with a basic plastic headband...

And using your hot glue gun, just wrap a strip of fabric around the headband until it's covered...

Next, make your rolled fabric flower.  There are a ton of tutorials for these all over the place, but if you've never made these before, click here for a simple how-to.  I added simple leaves to mine.

More hot glue will hold the flower on perfectly, & you're done!

These are great.  I love designing new ones in different color combos.  And all three of my girls (ages 5, 9, & 13) have been wearing these like crazy since I've been making them.  

And as for the big news for those of you non-crafters who still don't own a glue gun (or those of you who just don't want to fool with it), you may be happy to know that I've opened up a little shop, especially for my readers, where I'll be selling some of the Bliss you see on this blog from time to time.

The shop is simply called Bliss For Sale, & now & then, whenever I get the urge, I'll open the shop with some things I think you'll like.

For this little Grand Opening, I'm offering a few of these headbands.  They're priced to sell & there's only a limited supply (meaning I'm only selling them until I get tired of making them), so if you like them, buy them while you can.  

I have no idea when I'll list more items or what they might be, just like I'm never sure what project I'll be doing next around here.  

But, for now, I've got some Bliss For Sale, so get it while you can!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Neutral With a Hint of Spring

So, try as I might, I just can't help rushing into Spring as soon as Valentine's Day is over.  I had told myself that  I would try to pull together a neutral, non-seasonal look for the kitchen & breakfast room shelves for these few weeks before Spring, but somehow, a few hints of Spring found its way in & I realized I'm just fine with that.

This $1 thrifted ceramic spoon was my inspiration.  It was an ugly peach color when I found it, but I gave it a quick coat of my favorite Silver Foil Krylon to glam it up a little.

Then I added my "table etiquette" platter from Home Goods...

And remember the new chalkboard I told you about?  I made it from this tray I've had for years.  I just sprayed the inside with the chalkboard paint, then brushed some white on the outside, and sanded the edges for a little distressing.

Then I just added this quote I love by Robert Louis Stevenson...

 I carried the same "spoon" theme over in the kitchen with some silverware art on the chalkboard.  (See what I mean about chalkboard art setting the tone for a space?  And it's so easy!)

The spoon art is brought to you by a thrifted gold frame, a piece of cardboard covered in burlap, & a few of my antique spoons held on with scotch tape. (Yes, I said tape.  That's my cheesy-chic style.)

Hope this gives you a little inspiration for your "almost-Spring" transitional décor!  I'm sharing mine with a few of these friends.

The Lettered Cottage

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Chalkboard: the Little Black Dress of Decorating

It's no secret that I'm a chalkboard enthusiast.  Large, small, or anywhere in between, I just love 'em.  I love how you can make them work with pretty much any décor, in pretty much any room of the house.  I use my many chalkboards to death, changing the look with each of the seasons, adding quotes I love, moving them from room to room, & then erasing them & starting all over again.   

Just like you can change the look of a basic little black dress by switching it up with accessories, you can change up the look of a chalkboard just by what you draw on it.

Remember some of these from my kitchen?  The chalkboard sets the tone for the décor for the different seasons.

And how about some of these great chalkboards?

Ooohh!  I love them all.  And since I can always find room for one more, I just made another one for my breakfast room shelves. Stay tuned to see that soon.  Where do you need a chalkboard?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cupcake Manicures: Sweet Treats for Little Hands

Nothing says "girly-girl" like painted fingernails.  And I've got 30 of them at my house.  (Painted girly fingernails, that is.  Not girly-girls.  Whew!)  When I get the nail polish out, my 2 littlest ones come running.  And my 13-year-old is usually not far behind.  

A friend of mine recently asked me for ideas for her daughter's cupcake-themed birthday party, and that's when I thought, why not Cupcake Manicures?

So I tried it out on my little glamor girls, and sure enough, it was a hit.

Here's what we did:

We started off with a base coat in a couple different colors to make the "cupcake wrapper".

After that was dry, we added the "icing" on each nail with white polish.

And last, but definitely not least, came the tiny dot of red which put the cherry on top.

It's easier than baking up a batch of cupcakes...and just as sweet.  

Hope your girly-girls love them, too!  I'll be sharing them with a few of these friends. Spread the word!