Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Wreath

I love the wreaths that they sell at Hobby Lobby & Joann's.  I bought this one at Joann's (but have gotten them at Hobby Lobby, too) and then added a few flowers from Silhouette in kraft paper, and in fun aqua and red colors.  Don't you love the harlequin ribbon in the center?  I bought it at an adorable store called Daisy's here in Alameda.  They have the best ribbon.

Svgs used:
3d ruffle flower
3d loopy flower

Something fresh for summer, and will still work for the 4th!


Sunday, June 23, 2013

Summer Mantel Decor

It's summer!  So the mantel needed a new look.

I made the bunting using sheets of burlap that Michael's sells in their paper section.  I just printed the designs right onto the burlap, then cut out each triangle using pinking shears.  I used a font called Lemondrop, and used the sand dollar and castle svgs from Silhouette.

Happy Solstice, everyone!


Friendship Fiesta

One of my favorite blogs ever is  She constantly encourages me, teaches me, and inspires me by her work.  When I saw this Fiesta Skirt post on her blog, I knew we needed to have a fiesta of our own!  Actually, the timing couldn't have been more perfect: the school year was ending, and Big Sis and her friends needed an excuse to get together one more time for a last hurrah.  So, the day after the last day of school, we invited over all of the girls (and their American Girl dolls) for some fun.

When they arrived, each girl got her own fiesta skirt and hair clip with skirts and clips to match for her doll.

I found the mason jar glasses at Kara's Party Ideas.  I decorated each chair with a name banner, and used 12" x 12" papers from Michael's for placemats.  I was so excited because the papers were absolutely perfect for our friendship theme!

 For decor, I used this fabulous tutorial by Silhouette to make photo banners that I strung on the mantel and windows.  I also made strings of confetti by just sewing 1" paper circles together.

The dolls got their own table, of course.  Michael's sells a kit of American Girl paper tableware!

We got chips, salsa and lemonade on the table and then we crafted!  Everyone made postcards for the other girls.  We added address labels and stamps to blank cards so that the girls could write to each other over the summer.

 There were some breaks for dancing.

We made photo props using this set from Silhouette.  But Paper Source sells them too.

...among other crafts...Michael's has a huge selection of American Girl crafts.  We also used their doll headband and bracelet set.

Then we got to pose for pics in Austin Powers's car.  Ok, it's not really his.  And they definitely did not take a ride sitting on the top!  :)

 Love these girls!

American Girl Closet

So I saw this post by Lil Blue Boo: a clothing storage rack for American Girl dolls.  It got me thinking.  Closets for dolls are not cheap.  I knew I could make one for very little.  Then it occurred to me: what I need is an old wooden wine crate!  I'll just go to a store that sells wine and get one for free!  Easy, right?  Well, actually, no.  Apparently they don't really ship wine in wooden crates anymore.  And if a store has them, it is not giving them away.  So I asked around and good ole Dad had one!

I added a dowel inside by measuring carefully for level, then drilling a hole on both sides.  I slid the dowel in, and Big Sis and I painted it up.

(We also embellished with a crown made of paper and set it on top.)  We used it as a way of hanging up the dolls skirts for our Friendship Fiesta (don't miss that post!)


Fairy Gardens

We really love fairy gardens around here.  The Rainbow Fairies made themselves known to us this year in school and have been visiting us: leaving notes, encouraging us to be good friends, and asking for more gardens.

Have you seen this post?  Soo cute.  And so I had to make a garden out of a washtub too.  Of course I found one at my parents' house!  There are always old treasures lurking about over there.

We made this one out of a broken pot, with a littler pot stuck inside it.  Inspired by this post.   Then Big Sis jazzed it up:

More of our menagerie:

 We got the house and lots of the accessories at

 We added lights to this one for extra fairy magic at nighttime!  I found the lights at Joann's.

Over memorial day weekend, we went to Grammy & Papa's and fairy-bombed their backyard:

We bought these homes as a set at

Do you love fairy gardens too?  Please share posts!