Monday, July 21, 2014

Peaches and Cream Argyle Embroidery Hoop Decor

I am a huge fan of embroidery hoop decor.  They are inexpensive and fun and easy to make.  They are lovely as individual pieces or art or grouped together in clusters.  Inspired by the delicious peaches in Chickaniddy Crafts' Twirly Girly collection, I made a peaches and cream argyle embroidery hoop decor piece to brighten up my kitchen.

Peaches and Cream Argyle Embroidery Hoop Decor

Peaches & Cream Embroidery Hoop Decor |

Nothing says summer quite like fresh, juicy peaches.  It was love at first sight when I first saw the peaches in the Twirly Girly collection.  I knew they had to be front and center on a project.  

Stitched paper argyle pattern |
I machine-stitched the diamond argyle pattern, but it would look just as lovely with hand-drawn faux stitching.

Paper peach die cuts and flower brads |
I adhered one large peach and two small peaches to the hoop, using varying heights of foam squares to add dimension.  I couldn't resist the darling flower brads and added a few of those, too.

Seam binding double bow |
After I added the peaches and flowers, I used by Bow-Easy bow maker to make a sweet double bow to adhere to the top of the hoop.

Create an argyle pattern with patterned paper |
To create the argyle pattern I first traced the hoop onto a piece of cardstock.  Next, I die cut diamonds from patterned paper and adhered them to the cardstock.  Afraid that adhesive will gum up my sewing machine, I strategically placed the adhesive near the corners of the diamonds where I knew I wouldn't be stitching.  

Stitched paper argyle pattern |
I machine-stitched the diamonds with a dark thread that contrasted nicely with the lighter diamonds.  I just kept flipping and rotating the sheet as I completed one row of stitching.  I wasn't worried about how the edges looked as I would be trimming the excess later. 

Trim excess paper from embroidery hoop |
After stitching the diamonds, I adhered the inner hoop to the back of the cardstock with liquid adhesive.  After the hoop dried, I trimmed away the excess paper with a craft knife.  TIP: Place a book on top of the hoop while the adhesive dries.  

Peaches & Cream Embroidery Hoop Decor |
I secured the outer hoop to the inner hoop before adding my bow and embellishments.  

Peaches & Cream Embroidery Hoop Decor |
Now I have a pretty piece of decor that will brighten up my space all year long.  

Happy crafting!


If you like this embroidery hoop decor, you may also like these embroidery hoop decor pieces: 

Paper Flower Embroidery Hoop Decor |

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Paper Cafe Lights Garland Tutorial

Inspired by a host of pretty cafe lights images on Pinterest, I have been wanting to create a paper cafe lights garland for quite some time.  Enter My Favorite Things Die-namics Lightbulb die designed by Laina Lamb.  It was perfect for what I had in mind.  

Cafe Lights Garland

Paper Cafe Lights Garland |
I die cut and assembled a bunch of colored light bulbs and strung them together with some baker's twine.  The result was a brightly colored garland that I can use for celebratory occasion or just to add some fun to a regular ol' space. 

Paper Cafe Light Garland |
Once the light bulbs are strung, it is easy to adjust the distance between them.  If you are creating a garland for a large area, space the light bulbs further apart.

Paper Cafe Light Garland |
I used a soft color palette so the garland wouldn't seem too thematic.  Tone down the garland a bit by using all white or all yellow cardstock.  It would also be easy and fun to create a garland with bright Christmas tree light colors.  

Paper Cafe Lights Garland Tutorial

Paper Cafe Light Garland die cuts |
The Die-namics light bulb fits easily on a 2"x3" piece of cardstock allowing you to cut 24 light bulbs from a single sheet of 12"x12" cardstock.  I die cut the white filaments from scrap white cardstock and the bulb ends from light gray cardstock.  TIP: Speed up your die cutting by cutting two pieces of cardstock at a time.  

Paper Cafe Light Garland supplies |
To assemble your light bulbs you will need a tape runner and a glue pen.  I also like to use tweezers to help me grab the little die cuts.

Paper Cafe Light Garland assembly |
Assemble the light bulb die cuts by first adhering the screw top piece.  Adhere the filament and punch two holes into the end of the light bulb.  I used a screw punch to punch the holes, but a regular punch would work just as well.

Stiffen ends of twine with Fray Check |
Rather than thread a needle, apply Fray Check to the end of your twine.  After it is dry, it will be stiff enough to easily thread through the holes in the light bulb.  Hooray for not having to put the twine ends in your mouth!

Paper Cafe Lights Garland |
Cute and versatile, you can use your cafe lights garland for almost any occasion.  Be sure to hover over the image above to pin this image for later.

Happy summer!


If you like this garland, check these out:

Paper Popcorn & Cranberry Garland |

Fourth of July Banner |

Friday, June 27, 2014

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |

A few weeks ago my mom asked me to bring a plate of deviled eggs over for Sunday dinner.  Would you believe that in all of my years I have never made deviled eggs?  I mean, I have definitely eaten my fair share of deviled eggs, I have just never taken the time to make them.  As I pondered the standard mayo/relish/paprika deviled egg combo, I thought I would experiment and try something different.  I looked at a few pictures on Pinterest to see if I could find an interesting recipe and the one thing that kept jumping out at me was bacon.  Mmm, bacon.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
I honestly don't remember where my thought process went next, but I sent my daughter to pick a bunch of chives from our garden.  Seeing the chives and bacon together made me think of loaded baked potatoes.  Hmmm, could I make a deviled egg that tasted like loaded baked potatoes?  I got out a few other ingredients and gave it a go.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
Start by halving six hard-boiled eggs and popping the yolks into a small mixing bowl.  Add light sour cream until the yolk mixture becomes creamy, about 1/3 cup.

(Now imagine that I was more organized and took pictures of all of the remaining steps.) 

Add cream cheese.  Yum.  And don't worry if the cream cheese is a bit clumpy.  The clumps will work themselves as you continue to add ingredients.  Fold in chopped chives and bacon.  Mmm, bacon.  If you chop the bacon while it is still warm and greasy it will make your yolk mixture taste even better.  Add spices and seasonings until it tastes awesome.  Since we raise our own pigs here at the farm, the bacon we get from the butcher isn't as salty as store bought bacon so I added a little extra salt to my mixture.

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |
Gently spoon the yolk mixture into the whites and garnish with a piece of bacon and some chive sprigs.  Chow down!

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs


  • 6 eggs, hard-boiled
  • 1/3 cup light sour cream
  • 1.5 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 TB finely chopped chives,
  • 3-4 slices of bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/8 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • pepper to taste


Cut hard-boiled eggs in half and scoop yolks into a bowl.  Cream together yolks, sour cream and cream cheese.  

Fold in chopped chives and bacon.  Stir in spices and seasonings.  

Scoop into egg white halves and garnish with chives and bacon.  Serve immediately or refrigerate overnight.  

(Download printable recipe HERE)

Loaded Baked Potato Deviled Eggs Recipe |

I am linking up this recipe to this week's Link Party Palooza at Tatertots & Jello.  Stop by to add your link! 

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July!


If you liked this recipe, you may also like these:

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Kids Craft Fourth of July Banner

As a self-proclaimed Slacker Mom, I am a big believer that moms don't have to be the sole Summer Entertainment Committee.  Kids are fully capable of being creative and finding stuff to do to keep them occupied and entertained.  You won't find a summer bucket list anywhere in my house.  Ever.  

My kids love making crafts and, as you can imagine, it is even better when they do it on their own.  As I was looking through my Pebbles paper one day, I found a darling flag print that I thought would make a bright and festive Fourth of July Banner.  I gathered a few supplies and let them get to work.  

Kids Craft Fourth of July Banner

With a few basic supplies that you can find around the house and an inexpensive piece of scrapbooking paper, you can make a Fourth of July American flag banner that you can use in the years to come.  

To make this banner you will need: flag patterned paper, scissors, a hole punch, string, and a needle.  

Start by having the kids cut apart the flags from the 12"x12" paper.  This pattern is kid-friendly as the flags have a fairly wide margin between them.  

Next, punch holes in the top corners of each flag.  We used a 1/16" hole punch, but any size will work.  

Thread the flags together with a blunt needle and some string or twine.  

Now you have a brightly colored, handmade banner that will liven up your space during the summer holidays!  

For more fun summer ideas for kids, click on the image above and visit the InLinkz list below.  

Happy summer! 


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

I am completely smitten by the bold colors and decorations that appear before the Fourth of July.  As is tradition, I am looking forward to many festive picnics and BBQs in the coming weeks.  The American flag is one of my favorite icons and it is repeated throughout Doodlebug's Patriotic Parade collection.  I gathered coordinating patterned paper and upcycled some regular ol' cans to create an easy upcycled can Fourth of July utensil caddy

Easy Upcycled Can Fourth of July Utensil Caddy

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy |
Although the Fourth of July isn't for a couple of weeks, but we have been using this utensil caddy at my house for a few weeks now.  When we eat outside, the kids just grab this caddy and bring it out to the table.  When we're done, we just put it right back in the cupboard.  So easy.   

Upcycled cans wrapped with stars and stripes paper |

I started by wrapping three cans with American flag inspired patterned paper.  All you need to do this is a paper cutter and a glue gun.

How to wrap a can with patterned paper |
After you have measured and cut your paper, apply a bead of hot glue to your can and adhere the paper.  Having wrapped many a can with paper, hot glue is my adhesive of choice for a long lasting wrap. 

How to wrap a can with patterned paper |
Wrap the paper around the can and apply another bead of hot glue to the end of the paper flap securing the paper to the can.  

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy |
Tie the three cans together with a piece of striped ribbon.  The ribbon is the only thing holding the cans together so the cans can be repurposed or rearranged simply by untying the ribbon.

Upcycled Fourth of July Utensil Caddy with striped bow |
I dug into my supply of Christmas ribbon and found this bright, striped grosgrain ribbon.  I love how the stripey bow compliments the flag patterns on the cans.

Happy picnicking!


If you like this Fourth of July project, you may also like these: 

Red, white, and blue quilted card |

Red, white, and blue treat bag |

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet Tutorial--Creative Spaces Vol. 3 Blog Hop

Welcome!  I am so glad to have you joining me today as I help celebrate the release of Creative Spaces Vol. 3 from Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine!  It was a honor to have my little craft room featured in this new issue.  Getting it ready for photography was a labor of love.  There's nothing quite like a deadline to motivate and inspire! 

Ombre Paper Flower Bouquet

Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial |
I love making paper flowers.  They are easy to make, inexpensive, and they don't require any attention.  As I was preparing my craft room for photography, I added a few pieces  of handmade decor to my space.  This bright pink ombre paper flower bouquet in a gold-dipped mason jar contrasted nicely with my light blue walls and white shelving.  It makes a cameo appearance on pages 56 and 58 in Creative Spaces Vol. 3.  

Ombre Paper Flower Tutorial |
When I started making flowers for this bouquet, my original intent was just to have a bunch of pretty flowers in a jar.  As I started arranging the flowers, I wondered what they might look like if I arranged them in an ombre pattern.  I fell in love with the final outcome!  

Gold dipped blue mason jar |
Create a gold paint-dipped effect on your mason jar by masking off the top of the jar with painter's tape and spray painting the bottom with gold spray paint.  Spray a few coats to create an opaque finish.  

Paper Flower Tutorial

Spiral Paper Flower Tutorial |

Spiral Paper Flower Instructions

  1. Start with a 6"x6" piece of cardstock. 
  2. Using scissors, free-hand cut a spiral into the paper starting at the outer edge. 
  3. Grab the end of the spiral with a pair of tweezers.
  4. Roll the flower along the spiral using the tweezers as a handle. 
  5. Wind the spiral tightly until you get to the center of the spiral.  
  6. Let the flower spring open. 
  7. Place hot glue at the end of the spiral.  
  8. Press flower petals into the hot glue.  

TIPS: Make larger or smaller flowers by starting with a different size paper.  Imperfect or wonky spirals make for more authentic looking flowers.  

Bend floral wire to make paper flower stems |
Create stems for your flowers by bending the top of a piece of floral wire with a pair of pliers.  Choose floral wire that is strong enough to support your blooms, but is also flexible.  This floral wire was too heavy for my taste, but it was all I could find in town. 

Glue floral wire to paper flowers |
Adhere your stems to the flowers with hot glue.  Increase the strength of the bond by adding a layer of glue on top of the wire, too.  Bend your wire stems as needed to create the perfect bouquet.  

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 

To see this project and MANY more inspiring decor and organization ideas, be sure to grab a copy of the newest issue of Creative Spaces.  I have looked through this issue several times and I always see a new idea that inspires me to create.  

Creative Spaces Vol. 3 by Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine

This pinable image (hint, hint) even has a sneak peek of my paint dipped storage containers.  Upcycling container is one of my favorite ways to get crafty! 


The editors at Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine have given me an extra copy of Creative Spaces Vol. 3 to give away!  To sweeten the deal, my friends at American Crafts and Silhouette America have generously added $50 worth of cardstock and crafting supplies and a roll of chalkboard vinyl.  SCORE!  Use the Rafflecopter box below to be entered to win all of these goodies!  

Silhouette Chalkboard Vinyl

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If you like these handmade flowers, you might want to check these out: 

DIY Paper Doily Flowers |

Paper Flower Light Bulb Bouquet |