Garage sale finds!

So, I've been seriously lacking on my posts, but I did find some super cute things garage-saling this weekend that were worth sharing!

First I found these cute little lamb vases. My mother in law has one and I thought it was too cute. So, when I saw two, I seriously squealed out loud. ;)

Then I found these fun old windows.  I'm not entirely sure what I am going to do with them, but I'll figure it out.

Then at the same sale I found this cute little vintage pillow.  I had to have it for my cute vintage green chair!

That's it for now, but tomorrow I am going to see baby Landon again, so there may be cute baby pictures coming soon. ;)

I'm an Auntie!!!

Baby Landon

My sister-in-law had her first baby yesterday, and now I'm an Aunt! I am so excited. He is the cutest little thing! 6 pounds 6 1/2 ounces and 19 1/2 inches! Let the spoiling begin!!!

Our first spoiling session

oh so thrifty

I was just thinking it would be fun to do a weekly post on thrifting or refashioning.  Then I thought 'Thrifty Thursdays! I'll start next week'  Then as I was heading out the door I looked down and realized my super cute over night bag and makeup case are both thrifted! So, I snapped a quick pic and here it is, the first Thrifty Thursday! Guess what?! Even that chair is thrifted! LOVE it!


Oh so nifty just hit the 1000 mark for visitors!  I'm so excited because: one- I'm a nerd and really like things like numbers to be even, so catching it at 1000 visits is neat!  and two- that means people are actually looking at my stuff, now weather or not they like it ...  ;)

Thanks for visiting!!!

Flower Hair Accessory Tutorial


These actually were pretty quick and easy once I figured out how to make them, so I thought I'd create a tutorial to share!

This all started with a trip to a local bridal boutique, shopping for my friends wedding dress, and our bridesmaid dresses.  When she went to try on veils we found that even a really simple veil was about $200! So, I told her I would be happy to make her veil for her (I made mine and it was pretty easy).  Then when we looked at hair pieces for us bridesmaids they were pretty pricey too.  So I thought (out loud) I could make those... and so, I made those. ;)  It worked out nicely, she got the EXACT color that she wanted, and I made all eleven for the price of one from the store!

So, here it goes, my first full tutorial. Sorry for the not so awesome pictures.

First of all here is what you are going to need:

Flowers or Flower petals
Feathers (I chose two kinds)
Hair clips or combs
Hot glue
I also used a rotary blade and mat, but that's optional

The first thing I did was cut my tulle into 6 inch squares. I did so with my rotary blade, but scissors work just fine.  You will need two squares for each hairpiece you are making.  I made 11 so I needed 22.

Then I cut all my felt pieces.  I made them all hearts.  Why? Why not!  I could have just made a circle, but this was more fun!

Now comes the fun part!  If you have pre-made flowers then this is an easy step for you, just glue your flower to the felt!  If you are using petals like I am (we could not find a single hot pink flower) Then follow along.
Take your first petal add a dot of hot glue on the base and center it on your felt.

Now continue until you have a full flower.  Tip: flowers usually have an odd number of petals, so try to do 5 or 7 if you can.  I did 7 each.

Now that your flower is done it's time to add the tulle!  I took my two 6 inch squares and laid them on one another like this:

Then I pinched the center and twisted it up like this:

That's what give it that nice wavy texture.  Then apply hot glue on the twist and apply it to the center of your flower.  When I did this I found it was easier if I stuck a pin in the twist to help hold it while I glued.

Pull open the tulle to the way you want while the glue is still hot.  Also, if you used a pin pull it out now too.  Press down on your center to get it as flat as possible.  Warning: YOU WILL GET HOT GLUE ON YOUR FINGERS!  If you want to avoid this use the back of a pen or something for this step.

Now it is time for FEATHERS!  I found these feathers on a band at Michaels.  I thought they were neat because some of them have little seed beads up the quill.  Anyways, I played around with the amount I wanted to use, and decided on 4 or 5, so I cut a small section and trimmed the end a bit.

After I played around with the placement I glued them to the center of the flower.  Now it looks like this.

I wanted a little more body in there, so next I added a 'fluffy' feather the same as the others.

Now for a little SPARKLE!  I used simple and inexpensive rhinestones for the centers.  They give a nice sparkle, and hide all the ugliness in the center. When you apply the rhinestones make sure to apply the hot glue to the center of the flower, and then place the rhinestone on top.  When I tried to apply the glue straight to the rhinestone it 'melted' a piece of the reflective backing off and ruined it.

Almost done!  Flip your flower over so it is face down.

See, the heart is super cute!  ;)  Even though you will never really see it, its there.
Now to add you clip.  Make sure it is facing the right direction so when you put it in your hair it's not upside-down.  Add a dab of hot glue where the base of your clip should be and attach.

And Voila! You are done!

Just to give you an idea of how big they are and how they actually look in your hair.

All eleven of them!  Yup, she has a lot of friends!  Love you Steph!

Sunday fun day?

This morning I woke up and said to myself...'Today will be a productive day!' So, I got to all the not so fun housework as quick as possible (after coffee and a new playlist on my Ipod, of course).  So now I get to sprawl out all my craft goodies and work on something.  I'm just not sure what?  The rest of the bridesmaid hair accessories?  The baby cuteness that I have yet to start? Or go ahead and start on my friend Steph's wedding veil?  Hmmm... maybe I'll just go with what ever I see first when I walk in my office.  Wish me luck!  I'll post pictures later.

Pom Pom Tutorial

I've had a few friends ask me about the fun Pom Poms I made for Melissa's baby shower. So, I thought I'd share it with everyone. :)

I used this tutorial I found from Martha Stewart but modified it a little to make Poms for the table instead of to hang.  Basically you stack tissue paper, fold it like an accordion, tie the middle with wire, cut the edges, and pouf! Pretty simple, though slightly time consuming if you are making a ton, like I did.  On her tutorial she has a very specific size for the tissue paper, but I played around with the sizes a lot.  I think I ended up making 4 different sized Poms. Also, since I was making flat bottom Poms instead of full Poms I used 5 or 6 sheets of tissue paper instead of the 8 that the full Poms call for.

Here is what you will need to do this project...

Tissue paper, scissors, wire and pliers...the longboard is optional, but recommended  ;)

Here is an up close view of my first finished Pom...

and here they are out on our giant table...

I love that big table!

Well, I hope that satisfies any curiosities.  If anyone decides to make them I'd love to see them in use!  We liked them so much that we found a place to keep them to use again!

My current read

Starting a new book tonight, I hope it's good! I picked it up at a thrift store for $1. Pretty excited about that.

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