Thursday, March 31, 2011

Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece

You've all seen them......fake chocolate bunnies made out of plastic. They look good enough to eat! I filled a container with florist foam and covered it with the coolest moss I could find.
Then I dyed some blown eggs in pretty colors to nest in the moss. The bunny is glued in the center. It looks like the Easter Bunny just left! Diana

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Watermelons and Ladybugs

Summer is getting closer and closer! Here in Ohio we are already seeing the ladybugs and it won't be long before I am starting my seedling for the garden. So how cute are these little hair inchies that beg summer to hurry and get here! Made out of felt, these designs are available from GG Designs.
I don't remember where I got this design. The leaf barrette cover is from GG.
Here are all the ones I made yesterday. The bunnies will be great for Easter. How bright and cheerful these will look in the hair of one of our cuties! Diana

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Cup of Gold Candy

Cup of Golds, of my all time favorite candies! And not available in the small mid west town I live in. Yeah I tried the Mallow cups but they are a poor imitation of the delicious candy I crave. After much thought, I think I came up with something close enough. I used silicone cupcake molds to make these in!
First melt some milk chocolate. I used about 1/2 cup of bulk chocolate and added a little fondue chocolate.
Pour a few tablespoons of chocolate into the cup and swirl around the outside. Let set a bit til the chocolate is thick and swirl again.
Put some marshmallow puff into an icing bag. Cut off the point.
Pipe fluff into the chocolate. Be generous!
Chop up some coconut in a food processor. this is going to add crunch.
Add coconut to remaining melted chocolate. Pour over the marshmallow fluff in the cup.
Be sure the fluff in completely covered. Let set up and remove from the silicone cups.
I put the candies into pretty paper cupcake papers and then wrapped them in a bag. I also put a slip of card stock behind the candy to add some stability. Mmmm, I get chills thinking about this candy........ Diana

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lady Bug, Lady Bug....

I wanted to go bold! No pinks or pastels this time! I started with the lady bug applique and went with a black and red color scheme. Even the fabrics designs were bold!
This lady bug is from GG Designs
This is my attempt at machine quilting on a frame. The tension is all wrong in spots so I am going to have to try again to find the right settings. Diana

Easter Candlesticks

I am not a huge candle person, but I am a HUGE fan of Easter. As I was pulling out my decorations this year, I came across some moss and fluffy chicks. I couldn't leave them out of my decorations, so I grabbed some old wooded candlesticks and put down a layer of the moss in the top portion where the candle goes and topped with some mini wooden eggs and my cute little guy. The kids love this little menagerie, and I do too.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Cameo BunnyBet you can Soap

Betcha can't guess what mold I used for this adorable soap. A Wilton's cookie mold! It is the one you use with candy melts and oreo cookies. First, I filled in the bunny area with white soap base.
After it set, I poured a scant 1/4 inch of clear soap on top of that. Then I mixed blue and yellow dye into white base soap til it looked like teal and poured that on top to fill. I don't know what caused the soap to separate like that but I love the look! Diana

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Just Ducky

I am on a soap making kick! This sweet ducky soap was so easy to make too! First I made the duck using white soap base that I dyed yellow. I found an ice cube tray in the shape of cute little ducks. Because it was silicon, it was easy to get the soap to release.
I poured a thin layer of clear soap in the bar mold and let it set up. I then set the duck in, face down and poured more clear soap in the mold to about 1/4 inch from the top. After that set up. I poured blue tinted white soap base to top it off. I used lemonade scent to give this soap a fresh smell. So pretty! Diana

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

How To Get Boys Clean

How do you get little boys to wash up? Put fun erasers inside bars of melt and pour soap! And these fun soaps will have those boys sudsing up all the time!
Baseball anyone?
This one came out a little cloudy. That helicopter shouldn't have taken off in foggy weather!
Farm equipment is always popular!
And when they have used up the soap, they have a fun little eraser to show for all that cleaning. Diana

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

One Use Soap For Kids

Look what's coming out of the water!Are you afraid of critters? If you are, you might not want to make these water creatures, but I am betting your little ones would love them! Realistic looking little frogs and gators crawling out of the swamp water! Eeeek!
In the mold still, but once free, they will give children a reason to wash up. And the cool thing is that one washing should release them from the soap.
This gator looks ready to SNAP it's jaws on little fingers! Watch out!
The clear soap is tinted blue and poured into small 1 inch by 1 inch square molds. I am guessing silicon ice cube trays would work too! Sooooooo funny! Diana


Have you seen these neat letter soap molds yet? I love monograms so I snapped these up quick. I used brown tinted white soap base with chocolate scent. How cute with these look in the quest bath! And after smelling these I am thinking that these molds would be great for real chocolate too! Diana

Monday, March 7, 2011

Summer Necklace

When I saw my mom's new necklace from a local department store, I knew I needed one like it. So off we went to Hobby Lobby to pick out some beads and chains.

It was surprisingly easy to make! Two types of chain, two types of beads, and a few odds and ends later and this is what we came up with. The rosette is a pin that I attached at where the beads all come together. Now I can change it out to a different color or add another if I feel like it.
Perfect for the summer uniform of jean shorts and a white tee.


Sunday, March 6, 2011

Sweet Treats For Teachers

Our dear Primary (children Sunday school) teachers do so much service to the little ones at church.. This hardly seems thanks enough but I did want to give them a little appreciation gift. I cut these treat holders out with the Wedding cartridge on the cricut using the blackout function.
The sentiment is printed on the computer and cut out with a 1 1/4 inch punch. I punch out another circle and a scallop, each a little larger. Then a ribbon is simply knotted in the front.
These boxes are filled with Hersey kisses, just to sweeten their day! Diana

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring Wreath

Doesn't this wreath look like spring? Too bad I still have a bit of snow on the ground outside! And it is made out of paper!!!! You have seen a lot of these paper flower decorated items lately but I wanted to try and make something for myself. I used a white Styrofoam wreath, a ton off pearl tipped pins, and zillions of pale green paper flowers.
I liked using the white wreath with the pale colored flowers because you don't notice the Styrofoam peaking through. I used light weight (typing paper) green paper in two shades. I also put a line of glue on the foam before pinning in the flowers. (I stuck a pin trough one of each of the two different color flowers). This project isn't difficult but does take a bit of time. One thing though, I didn't finish the back so I can't put in front of a mirror. The ugly back will be reflected and no longer hidden! Diana

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Chocolate bunnies? Not really, they just look like they are made of chocolate! I saw some at a store and knew I could make them. And here is the finished bunny. They look so yummy.

First I printed a pattern I found on the net and enlarged it. Then I cut it out about 1/2 inch outside the line. That became my cutting line. I cut two pieces out of muslin for each bunny.
Then I sewed 1/4 inch seam all around the outside, leaving an opening for turning at the bottom.
Cut slits at all the inside corners and use pinking shears (if you have them) to trim the seams. I then ironed them flat to set the seams.
Turn and stuff but not too firm. Be sure to get into all the curves and points. Slip stitch the opening closed.
Using brown craft paint, paint a nice thick coat all over the bunny.
Be sure and cover all the fabric. Let dry and give a second coat. Let dry and then tie a ribbon around the neck of the bunny.
I set my three bunnies in a basket in the dining room. Soooooo cute! These little guys go together quick. The biggest amount of time spent was waiting for the "chocolate" to dry! Diana