As I was planning new craft activities to do with my girls for Valentine's Day I had a nostalgic moment! I pictured myself as a small child sitting on my mother's kitchen table in Manti, Utah. What sat on the table next to me is what inspired this blog post. It was a darling tree that my super talented, crafty mother had created. It was made out of a branch from a tree, but was decorated for Easter. I remember as a child that I loved this tree! So I decided to try to replicate it for my kids. But I want mine to stay as a more permanent part of the decor in my home by changing it's decorations for each holiday. That's how I came up with the name "Holiday Tree". I thought it would be fun to decorate it with different ornaments for every month/holiday. Since my girls love to do craft projects with me. It will be a great activity to do together. When I asked mom what was her inspiration for the original tree, she said she wanted to make something cute to decorate for the Easter Holiday. But that "back in those days there wasn't a Walmart close, so you made your own decorations!" I did the same thing she did by using a real branch as the tree part and we decorated it for Valentine's Day. Here are some pictures of how ours turned out! I spray painted a #10 can white so it would go with any color decor since that part is permanent. I used Plaster of Paris to secure the branch inside the can. And when it sets up it's heavy enough to support the tree. Then we made lots of different decorations out of felt, paper, stickers, bows, ribbon, tulle and pipe cleaners. My kids love the tree and I think they will enjoy making and changing the decorations for the different holidays/seasons.
It will also give us future crafting projects by making new ornaments for the different holidays.
Now if I could just find the picture of me and my Mom's original tree. (The nostalgic part) I can see the picture in my mind, but I wonder what happened to the picture...Maybe someday I will find it and post it. Until then, here are my girls with their new Holiday Tree.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
|I'm pretty sure I want one!|
Things you will need:
Poster board (or other stiff product to hold the hat shape) I'm one for using what you have so be creative and recycle if you can.
Glue: I used my trusty hot glue gun. I like things to stick immediately. (I think I'm impatient!)
Fabric: We chose some taffeta, some satin, "fancy lady fabrics"
Embellishments: Flowers, Jewels, Ribbon, Feathers and of course Netting to adorn the hats.
Okay, 1st step: Cut a strip of poster board as shown, this makes the "box part"/ring part of the hat when you connect the ends. This piece just needs to be long enough to fit the size person you are making this for. I like my pill box hats to be smaller than the circumference of their head, so they sit off to the side.
Then cut a circle also out of poster board, this is the top of the pill box hat.
Then using scissors, make snips about 1/2-3/4" into the circle of the hat all the way around.
Now fold all the snips inward so it looks like this.
This is a side view of the snips folded in on the top of the hat.
Now cut a strip of fabric big enough to cover the poster board strip. Lay the poster board on the wrong side of the fabric and fold the fabric over on one side of the poster board and glue the fabric down, then repeat the gluing process on the other side so the poster board is completely covered with fabric. Then I cut the fabric off the ends so it was flush with the poster board. (Make sure only to glue on the back side, not on the front, as the satin is thin the glue would show through and make it bumpy if you glued the front.)
This shows the poster board completely covered by fabric and ends cut flush.
Then measure your strip by wrapping it around the top circle to see where to glue the ends together. Then you can either trim the excess strip off, or I left mine on and just doubled it part of the way around.
Then I glued the ends of the strip together. Folding the outside end under so it was a pretty end not a frayed end.
This is the poster board strip covered with fabric and attached to itself ready to have the top added.
This is a circle of satin fabric cut about 1-1/2" larger than the poster board circle and a circle cut exactly the size of the poster board circle of something soft (I used a scrap of Warm and Natural Quilt Batting)to finish the top.
Now glue the batting circle piece to the top of the poster board circle.
Now lay the fabric piece on the counter, wrong side up and then lay the hat top down on the fabric and place glue on the snip folded sides and wrap the fabric up onto the snips and attach. (Keeping the top flat and folding the fabric around the sides. They will be hidden but the top is not, so keep the top flat and wrinkle free.)
This is a view of the inside of the top after gluing the fabric to the snip sides.
This is a view of the top of the hat after gluing the fabric to the snip sides.
Now glue the fabric down to the inside of the snip sides to finish the top. Folding the fabric over the snip sides and gluing it down.
This is what the top looks like all covered with fabric and ready to attach to the ring strip.
Now that the top and ring are finished, it's time to attach them to make the hat complete. I did this by placing glue all the way around the bottom of the ring as shown in picture.
Then I placed the top inside the ring and held in place until the glue dried.
This is the hat completed. Now comes the fun part, adding the pretty stuff!!
Now I attached white feathers to the top of the hat as shown.
Then I attached a piece of netting for the veil.
Then I attached a big ribbon flower with a glitzy button in the center.
Then I attached two alligator clips to the sides, inside the ring to hold the hat in place on the child's head. (Because they are small and I like them to sit off to the side they need help staying on.)
Here is the hat completed!
This project was pretty simple, fast and lots of fun to do with my daughter! Dressing up is just the best!! I don't know what I'm going to do when they get too big for dress-ups.
Below is the pink number I made for my little girls Tea Party.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
I must tell you that I feel like a little kid waiting on Christmas! I am so excited to announce that we are 1 week away from the launch date of my first dress. I have one design coming out Feb. 1, 2013 with Shabby Apple. (My other 4 designs will launch in March.) I have seen the photo shoot pictures and the dresses, I am in love! And I can't wait to share them with you! Just one more week and you can see part of what has kept me busy for the past year. Mark your calendar for Feb. 1 to check out the Shabby Apple website at shabbyapple.com to peek at my dress.
Friday, January 18, 2013
|My daughter says "This is so romantical mommy!"|
|Our table setting.|
|Of course we had to have a balloon!|
|The family Valentine's Day Dinner|
Thursday, January 17, 2013
|This is the larger cake pan I used for the water bath. I put the 9x13 pan inside this pan, then filled around it with water. (Be careful not to get water into your Creme Brulee!)|
|I cut squares with a knife then they slide out nicely with a thin, flat metal spatula.|
Thursday, January 10, 2013
|(The next generation of designers.)|
The Before: Notice the pile of dirty clothes on the floor. (I'm embarrassed to say that on the day that said purely innocent loved one witnessed said horrifying sight....the pile was much worse!) So now ya know, if the drape is up the laundry is down, LOL!!
And the After: Pretty good concealer if you ask me, I think I even got the color right!
Now just a few sprays of Febreeze (Burlap smells funny!) and we're good to go.
The next task will be to organize and hang up my collection of aprons (the glob of things piled on one hook in the corner!) How many aprons does one need? Oh..yeah...I sell aprons, it's my job to have lots!! Looks like I've got another job on my house organization "to-do" list. (I told you my house is not organized and decorated like I want it to be. It's a work in progress!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
To get started I just made lots of fabric flowers. I made them out of all the Valentine's Day colored scrap fabrics I could find in my "evil" pile. (Pinks, reds, whites, prints, solids etc.) I made lots of different types of flowers to make it interesting and give it more dimension and depth.
Then I made a ball using some old paper packing paper, I smashed it up into a ball as shown here:
Then I completely covered the ball of smashed paper in duct tape to give it some strength and hold the circular shape.
Then I went outside and found a stick. (It was from a branch off my Christmas Tree, I just peeled off all the small branches that went out to the side leaving only the vertical branch as shown)
I also used some satin ribbon I had to wrap around the stick to make it look prettier and tied a bow at the top of the stick.
For the base of the topiary, I used a glass jar, placed the stick inside and placed many glass gem rocks to fill the jar and hold the stick/topiary in place.
1/26/13: Update, After having the topiary on the table for weeks now, I have changed the base to a bigger, pink watering can and used Plaster of Paris to secure the topiary stick inside the watering can. (My kids jump around A LOT! And it was fine until they started jumping and then it would tip over. So after using the bigger base and the Plaster of Paris, it's not moving!) So I would recommend using a bigger base container and Plaster of Paris is heavy when dried, it works perfect for a solid base.
Keep placing the flowers on until the ball is completely covered.
This is the end result. Not bad for using scraps around the house!
Now I have a new Valentine's Day Topiary to go with the quilted table cloth I made years ago. And my scrap pile has gone down some!! (Maybe it won't eat me today, he, he!)