Have you been over to Sweet Rose Studio yet to check out the Handmade Holiday series that started this week? There are some great ideas so far, I encourage you to check it out, especially today’s post…because it was written by yours truly. I’ll give you a hint on what you’ll find over there today..
These Thanksgiving dot painted plates that Centsational Girl made are gorgeous. I love the delicate designs. She used paint pens that are for porcelain. Although the painted surface is not food safe, they do make a fabulous table setting.
via Kitchen Comments
Doesn’t this Cheesy Broccoli Gratin from Kitchen Comments look tasty? I decided that I need to get more creative with my veggies and this might be a good recipe to start with.
I am so excited for tomorrow because we are going to get our holiday photos taken by Katie at Sweet Rose Studio. Okay, I’m excited and a little nervous. I’m afraid my crazy little Sparkletots will be running around like maniacs and all the pictures will have a blurred figure which may or may not resemble a toddler (or two). But Katie is awesome, so I’m sure they will turn out great.
In preparation for our awesome photos, I decorated a couple of photo frames with felt poinsettias to get that Christmas-y feel. Here’s how I did it..
felt (red, green and/or white)
needle and coordinating thread
hot glue gun
picture frame (painted to your preferred color)
Paint or spray paint your frame to the desired color (I sprayed mine with my favorite Satin Nickel). While they are drying, get started on your poinsettias. Cut out shapes like the ones below. The largest of the shapes were about 2 inches tall, the smallest about an inch to an inch and a half.
When you have five of descending sizes, stack them like the image below, so that it resembles a flower.
Use your needle and thread and make a cross-stich through the center of all the petals. Pull the thread tight so that the petals pop up a bit, to give your flower volume. Secure the thread with a stitch on the back.
Stick a rhinestone in the middle of the flower. Once you have enough to go around the perimeter of your frame, start hot gluing them on. I found it best to put one in each corner, then working my way in from the edges, making sure the flowers line up on both sides.
Poor little blog..you’ve been so neglected lately. Sometimes real life gets in the way, you know. I’ll try to start paying you more attention. Starting now.. here are some new Friday loves.
I’m having major love attacks for hedgehogs lately..ever since I picked up this guy at the World Market..
He’s a big hit around chez Sparklepants and he likes to hang out with the other woodland creatures we have lounging around..the fox and the owl.
via Memi The Rainbow
When I saw this handcarved hedgehog holding an apple stamp from Memi the Rainbow, I squealed in delight! How cute would that be stamped on the envelopes of my bills letters to my friends? Memi the Rainbow has a fun blog and Etsy shop..check out both!
via Yummy Mummy
These shimmery chocolate leaves from Yummy Mummy are very classy looking. I can see them decorating a chocolate cake with fluffy white icing. I’d make some today if we had some cool leaves here in the desert..sigh.
via Whip UP
This clutch purse from Whip Up, looks pretty easy to make, even for the novice seamstress. I’m pretty sure the fabric used in the tutorial is one of the prettiest patterns ever. The clutch purse would be a cute way to wrap small gifts or gift cards for the upcoming holidays.
image via Ampersand Design Studio
Orla Kiely baby books? Yes please! Why? Because good design should be introduced at an early age. One is called Colours and the other Numbers. They have gorgeous, classic Orla illustrations and in amazing colors. Looks like Amazon in the US has them available for pre-order..but they won’t arrive until April 2012. Sad.
I think we are close enough to October that it’s okay to start putting up the Halloween decor! I’ve never been too into Halloween, which is weird because I heart everything else that has to do with fall. I think the pressure of coming up with a good costume idea year after year got to me. But now that I have kids Halloween is becoming fun again!