9/25/2017

Mermaid Craziness: DIY Mermaid Bows and Mermaid Italian Sodas


Hi friends!!

Someone in my family is REALLY into mermaids right now.  She's also turning 6 pretty soon, which means we've got a mermaid party in the works.  This means lots of mermaid party preparations...
I'm looking forward to showing you all of the party details in a couple of weeks, but I thought I'd share a few party tutorials with you today!


 Like these mermaid Italian sodas....
 

and mermaid bows!





Want to see how these came together? 

The bows were super easy.  Just a few rectangles of mermaid rectangles.  I folded them in half and added hot glue along two of the sides, leaving one side open.  Once the glue dried, I turned the bow inside out. 


I tucked in the raw edges, and added a little bit of glue.
Now that I had all raw edges tucked under and glued, I used a small piece of ribbon to tie the middle of the bow. I added a little bit of glue under the ribbon, and slipped in the hair clips.
I cut off the ends of the ribbon and that was it!

Ok, now about those mermaid drinks! 

Here's what you'll need:
  • sparkling water or club soda
  • Torani peach syrup
  • blue food coloring
  • whipped cream
  • sprinkles

 Ok guys, these drinks came about as quite a bit of trial and error.   The order is important here! Start with adding your sparkling water to your glass. Then add a little bit of the syrup to the side of the glass.  It will settle towards the bottom. Then add just one drop of food coloring.

Add a little bit of whipped cream.    I added sprinkles to the top--I especially love the little sprinkles that look like little pearls!  So fun!
Yum!  Right?  I'm excited to share more mermaid fun with you soon! 

Have a great week everyone!!

XOXO,

Jill

9/22/2017

Fabric Butterflies in the Shop!!




Hi all! 

I just wanted to let you know that I listed a few of the extra butterflies from my shadow box project from last week in my ETSY shop.  You can find them here!

I'm selling them in two separate groups....a group of 6 (pictured below) 
 and a group of 4 (pictured below):
I only have a few listings, so get them while you can!

Have a great week everyone!! Happy sewing!

XOXO, 

Jill

9/18/2017

Painted & Embroidered Butterflies


UPDATE:If you'd like to purchase some of these felt butterflies to make your own shadow box, I've listed some of these in my ETSY shop here.

Those of you who have been following me on Instagram know that I'm totally smitten with butterflies right now.  We were able to go to two butterfly exhibits recently--one at the California Academy of Sciences and the other on our trip to Vancouver Island.  Since then I've been really enjoying painting some of the butterflies that we were able to see!  Here are just a few of the pictures I've shared on Instagram lately...

I've transformed my painted butterflies into embroidered felt beauties, and I'm really excited to share the details with you today.

 But first though, how about a "finished" picture to share?  I love the way my butterfly projects look hanging up in our family room now!  The feel like the perfect "souvenir" from our trip.
 

This project came about with a good amount of trial and error.  I knew that I wanted to make a shadow box, but I wasn't quite sure how to paint the butterflies.  I tried painting on the felt directly, but ultimately I wasn't too thrilled with how they turned out.  I found a good solution though!

Let me tell you how this project came together:

9/09/2017

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Peach Apple Cobbler

Hi friends!

I don't usually blog about food, and there is a really good reason for that.  It's not that I don't like EATING food...it's just that cooking to me usually seems more like a chore than something fun. Hoping to make dinner time a little bit easier,  I purchased an Instant Pot a little over a month ago and since then I've been playing around with it trying to figure out what I like it for.  

This process--of adapting old recipes and trying new ones--reminds me a lot of when I used to work in a laboratory...and I've had so much fun with this process!  

This cobbler is one of the "hits" so far.  It's easy too!  So I thought I'd share it here.
 I really love this time of year because summer fruit is still available, but fall fruit is starting to come in too.  Of course you could substitute out one kid of fruit for the other too, but I like the peach and apple mix.

The cobbler is made even more simple by using Bisquick pancake mix for the dough.  Easy Peasy.
Alright, who's ready to make some cobbler?

9/04/2017

Quick and Easy Vinyl Pencil Bags

Hi friends!

Today I'm over on Make It Love It sharing how to make these vinyl pencil cases.  I think they are so fun, especially because you can embellish them however you'd like! Really neat, right?  You could even let your kids design their own!

The best part though is that they are super simple to make..and they make great gifts too!

So hop on over and check out the tutorial!

Have a great week everyone!

XOXO,

Jill

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