Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Peter Pan Collar Necklace: Tutorial

After shopping my heart out for Christmas gifts, the last thing I want to do is head out to find something cute to wear for Christmas, or New Year's even. The goal here was to find a way to jazz up an outfit I already have for my holiday events. Peter Pan collars always draw my attention these day, so I decided to make one I can wear with anything. 
What you'll need...
1/4th Yard of White Fabric 
Rhinestones, buttons or Embellishments & Glue
White Ribbon, Approx. 14 inches.
Sewing Machine
Basic Sewing Stuff: Scissors, Needle, Thread, Pins, etc.
I used Swarovski Rhinestones, and the Swarovski Glue that was right next to it at the craft store. But just go to your local craft store and see what you can find. 
Click on Pictures below to download and print the Directions and the Collar Template. 
I just had to throw this picture in there... both my littles wanted to hop in a picture. Love them! 
{Pictures Taken by Michelle Rawson}

1st Outfit: Dress - Nordstrom Rack, Shoes - Julianne Hough at Nordstrom, Shirt - Walmart, Collar Necklace - Me, Earrings - Anthropologie, Clutch - Anthropologie.
2nd Outfit: Jeans - Hudsons at Nordstrom, Shoes - Michael Kors at Nordstrom Rack, Peplum Top - Forever $21

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Watercolor Wooden Christmas Trees: How-to

I bought this thin sheet of birchwood and cut out some trees with the intention of making an advent calendar for my kids. I never got around to it and I hated for my little trees to go to waste. They were the perfect size to be gift tags, so I decided to add a little color to them. 
What you'll need:
A strip of thin birchwood: You can find this at the craft store or hardware store
Twine or Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun
Measure out 1 tree and cut it out. Use this tree as a stencil and just trace it all the way across your wood. Cut them all out. 
Pick a color and mix it well with water so that it is light and diluted. You don't want the paint to be too thick or dry. Make a few brush strokes in one direction. Or make a few spiratic strokes. 
Pick a second color and make some strokes in the opposite direction, and try to fill in unpainted parts while overlapping. Try to do this quickly before it dries so that the colors blend together a bit. 
Leave some of the wood unpainted so that it maintains that rustic feel. Paint all of your trees in this way. 
Take some twin and hot glue a loop onto the back so that you can hang it onto your gift. (These would also be awesome ornaments if you wanted to use them for that instead.) 
It may take you a few tries to get the hang of it, You could always practice on some paper first. But try lots of different colors and have some fun with it!
 Such a fun little craft to add a special touch to your gifts!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ricotta Cheese Cookies: The Best Cookie Ever!!!!!!

"Do you wanna build a snowman?" This song is always stuck in my head! 
Courtesy of my little baby boy who is obsessed with snowmen right now... and I think it's the cutest thing! 
These Ricotta Cheese Cookies are hands down the yummiest cookies you will ever have! We find any excuse to make them year round! We usually just frost them and throw a few sprinkles on; but it was fun to get a little festive and turn them into snowmen!  
Cookie Ingredients:
2 cubes butter
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 lb. ricotta cheese
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Vanilla Glaze Ingredients:
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons butter melted
3-4 tablespoons of milk

Cookie Directions: 
1. Cream butter and sugar well, add eggs; beat, add vanilla; beat, add cheese; beat.
2. Mix together salt, baking soda & flour. Add to mixture and blend well. 
3. Spray cookie sheet. Drop by big spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet. 
*Try to make them all about the same size. 
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 
Pat them with the palm of your hand, if they feel firm they are done!
5. Place all of the cookies on a cooling rack. 
6. Frost with Vanilla Glaze while still warm.

Vanilla Glaze Directions: 
1. Cream together and then frost ricotta cookies. 
2. Place the rack of cookies on top of foil or parchment paper while you glaze. Since you are frosting hot cookies, glaze will melt and drip down onto the foil. (This way you will have easy clean-up!)
3. If using any sprinkles, be sure to add them quickly before the glaze cools off. 

*You can make these small and have a bigger batch, or bigger and have a smaller batch. Just remember that the bigger you make them the more time they will need to cook... and visa versa!
*Also, store these in a sealed container. They will be even more moist the next day. 

Now go make these! And be prepared.... they will knock your socks off! 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DIY Wooden Ornaments: Girls Craft Night

The girls and I got together for a little craft night and some much needed catching up. We made these glitzy but rustic initial ornaments. They were simple enough and just what we needed to get into the holiday season! 
What you'll need... 
Wooden Letters - about 4 inches tall
Wood Stain & Finish - I like this Minwax water based kind for small projects like this!
Modpodge Spray
Silver &/or gold Acrylic Paint.
Silver &/or gold glitter
Painters tape
Twine or ribbon
Hot glue gun. 
Step 1: Stain your letters. Wipe off any excess as you go. Be careful not to stain the same place twice! Let it dry. (It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes if you are good about wiping it off well.)
Step 2: Tape off the part of the letter you want to paint and then paint it. Let it dry. 
Step 3: Tape off a smaller portion of the painted part. Spray that small part with the Modge Podge Spray Glue and sprinkle with glitter. Dust off any excess glitter. Now spray the glittered area with the Modge Podge again so that it holds all of the glitter on for good.
Step 4: Using a hot glue gun, stick on some twine or ribbon to make it hangable. Then go hang it on your tree! 
I happened to have some wooden trees I cut out for another project I pretty much abandoned. Some of us made ornaments out of those as well. Glad they got some use! 
 Everyone's ornaments turned out so awesome! Thanks for a fun night girls! 

(And if you are interested in a similar look but aren't the crafty type, here is a gold foiled or silver  foiled version. But i'm telling you...these were a cinch!)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Giveaway & Awesome Gift Ideas

It's time for an Christmas giveaway!
But first, here are some stocking stuffers and toys that we either already have and love or wouldn't mind finding under the tree come Christmas Day.

Stocking Stuffers... {Click on each picture to find out where to buy it.}
Favorite Toys... {We have and love the first 9 toys pictured.}
Now for the Christmas Giveaway....
These 4 toys are some of our favorites! Santa brought them to our house last year and our kids have loved them. Us big kids have loved playing along with them! 
This giveaway ends this friday night, Dec 12th,  at midnight. 4 different readers who enter will each get 1 toy pictured. 
 {The cape comes in a pink version if you want to switch that out!}

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