Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Halloween Wreath

My Sis-In-Law, DyAnn, and I decided to get our Martha on for girls day this week.  We both wanted to make a Halloween wreath for our front doors.  We did some searching on Pinterest and finally found something we liked, courtesy of Martha.  

They turned out great and we love them!  Russ thought it was 'very black and eerie.'  Thanks, Russ, that's what I was hoping for.  Spooky and yet a little elegant.  I love it!
I didn't get a picture of DyAnn's but here's a picture of mine!

I kind of like the skeleton sitting up there.  He wasn't attached though, so he fell out when I closed the door.  PJ has since decided that 'she' is her new friend and won't let me put him back up there.

We saw the idea on Pinterest via Martha Stewart.  You can see Martha's instructions HERE.  
I used a straw wreath form from one of the local craft stores.  Straw was cheaper than the foam, so I went with that.  I wasn't sure whether or not to remove the saran wrap, as this was my first time using a straw wreath.  The answer is NO!  Don't remove the saran wrap.  Lucky for me I researched that before I made a big mess. :)  The next thing to do that I didn't is to spray paint your wreath first.  Mine turned out ok...but I wish I would have painted it before sticking in the flowers.  DyAnn used a pool noodle wreath form that she made.  There's a tutorial HERE,
We found our silk roses at Savers, Deseret Industries, and a few at Wal-Mart. Savers and the DI were definately the cheapest way to go.  Cheap spray paint from Wally World, and some half off ribbon from Hobby Lobby completed the ensemble.  Yippee!  Such a cute wreath for Halloween!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

DINO-mite Baby Shower

A Dinosaur baby shower....for a baby girl?  When you're Daddy is a paleontologist and builds dinosaurs that's what happens.  We went with a pink and green theme and had lots of fun putting it together.  Rachel at I {heart} Crafty Things helped me with it (ALOT!).  The Rachel, Nancy (the new mom), and I all went to high school together, and had a blast throwing the party.

Our Pink and Green refreshment table.  (my camera didn't do it justice)  Some of the items were elevated and we had lots of little dinosaurs running around on the table.  We also added in a lot of pink and green candy because Nancy LOVES candy.

For one of the treats I made Dinosaur Egg Rice Krispie Treats.  I really tried to find something like this on Pinterest, but ended up with only instructions for the dirt dino-eggs.  Not what I wanted.  So, I got creative and experimented a little with the rice krispie treat recipe.

After an evening of research on keeping them soft and gooey this is what I did...The biggest keys are to not over cook them, don't compact them, and  DO NOT use the microwave!  I started with the original Rice Krispie Treats recipe, but instead of 10 oz of marshmallows I used the entire 16 oz bag.   Measure out your Krispies first, then melt the butter and marshmallows together on LOW heat.  When the marshmallows are just barely melted through, is when you take it off the stove.  They will puff up all nice and gooey, but still have their shape.  Then add the krispies as directed.  I let it cool for just a moment before I started shaping my eggs.  I needed LOTS and LOTS of butter on my hands for this.  If the mixture is too warm it won't stick, so just keep shaping them.  The big key here is not to compact the krispies.  The more you compact them the harder your treats will be.  I had to be patient (hard for me) and just keep shaping a few of them.

**Note - even though I washed my dinos in hot water, my krispies tasted a bit like plastic.  
Next time I would wrap them in wax paper or saran wrap before shaping into eggs.**

Just a few friends that I picked up at the dollar store!  They had to come party with us!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Blue Jean Wreath

I've made a few of these now and LOVE them!  They are so cute for a boy wreath, but I'm dying to make a cowgirl wreath too!  I really wish I would have taken a picture of the one I did in jeans with yellow and orange.  Too cute!  They are also at Smith-Rexall Drug in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  Or I'm happy to make one and ship it to you!  $40 each at SRD, plus s/h if I ship it.

Kitchen Cakes

I saw these on Pinterest and thought they were adorable.  I had to make one!  Good 'ol Pinterest led me to the Aly & Ash blog where I found the best tutorial.  You can see how to make them Here.  I did do a few things differently though....that's me, can't follow a recipe to save my life.

I used poster board to make the cardboard strips instead of cereal boxes.  I plan to sell these at Smith-Rexall Drug in Pleasant Grove, and I wanted them to look nice.  Hence, others didn't need to know my choice of breakfast foods.  I also used a cardboard cake round for the base and covered it with coordinating scrapbook paper.  For the towels (those buggers are hard to get on there) I ended up liking it better when I also over-lapped the top towel around the base, instead of just trying to get it to stay put with pins.  Finally, I covered most of the assembled cakes in cellophane to keep the dust off while they are sitting pretty on the shelves.

There ya have it!  If you don't have the time or desire to make one, head on down to the pharmacy or send me and email and I'd be happy to whip up a cake for you!  $35 each at Smith-Rexall

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Baby Wreaths

Baby Wreaths
available at Smith-Rexall Drug in Pleasant Grove
and custom orders at