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Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial

10 Apr

Last month on my sweet daughters school calender there was a Friday marked with Shoebox Spring Parade.  I thought “oh how fun!”  Then I thought “wait….what is a shoe box parade”  I googled and really didn’t get much info.  Just a lot of pictures posted from other parents.  I didn’t find was a lot of tutorials or how to’s.  There is a picture-less one on ehow but this mama needs pictures.  After looking through what I could find, I figured out how to put one together.  It’s really not hard which I guess is why there aren’t a lot of tutorials out there.  BUT….HELLO! I am a BLOGGER!  Light-bulb goes off and TAH-DAHHH!  


The Shoebox Parade Float Tutorial is born! 

There are many many different ways to make a shoebox parade float.  For a float like mine you will need:
a shoebox or small box
paper to cover the box
scissors
mod podge or glue
flower embellishments 
paint for details
lots of colorful tissue paper

I didn’t get a before pic of the shoebox.  I actually had the blog post tutorial epiphany when I finished covering the box with paper.  I was really surprised with how great it looks.  I just used some colorful printer paper.  I used mod podge to adhere it to the box and then put a coat on the outside. 


I braided yellow yarn for the pull string.  Ya know, like Rapunzel’s hair.  Now, I put the box together before I attached the pull string.  OOPS!  I had to tear the box open a little bit to get it in there.  I made an anchor like thing-a-mah-bob out of thick cardboard.  I strung the pull string through it.  Globbed on a bunch of hot glue and attached it in the box and puledl the pull string through a hole I made.  I made the cardboard anchor in hopes that the pull string wouldn’t come out during the parade.  It worked great!  She’s STILL pulling the float around the house.  

I used some more cardboard to make a lil seat for Rapunzel to sit on. 
 After gluing the cardboard seat onto the box I painted it. 
 Once it was dry I went over the with some gold glitter to add a little princess glam to it!!
While I was working on the float I was actually drinking from a Rapunzel cup and I noticed this pretty detail.  I got out my paints, matched the color the best I could and tried to add some pretty detail. 
 Not perfect but not so bad huh? 
I made a bunch of my tissue paper rosettes and added them here and there. 
 Next I used my bead reamer and punched whole in the box here and there. 
Alice and I collected some old fake flowers we had and pulled off the flowers.  After punching holes in the shoebox I had Alice attach all the flowers.  It was really nice giving her the reigns on the decorating.  She loved it.  
While she decorated I took some tissue paper and made a ruffle like piece to glue to the bottom.  I just folded up the tissue paper horizontally inch by inch.  After I glued the strip around the bottom of the shoebox  I made some little cuts and fluffed them up a bit. 
After we were finished we sat Rapunzel down.  I put on a seat-belt made from a purple pipe cleaner around her, pulled the ends through the back and tied them. 
 You can hardly see the seat-belt huh?
I added some more flowers to the back to hide the pipe cleaner seat-belt and the painted pink skewer that added a little stability. 
I attached a little Pascel doll too.  Cuz, you can’t have Rapunzel without Pascel right?
And here she is! Alice’s Spring Parade Shoebox Rapunzel Float!!
Someone decided they weren’t getting enough attention!

Here are a few pictures from the parade.  I pixel-ed the other kiddo’s faces. 

Here are few other cute floats the kids brought.
And there is my sweet Alie again! 🙂


Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

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Purple Ombre Rose Cake Tutorial

9 Mar



For my moms birthday I really wanted to make her a special cake.  I missed the last two birthday as I was living in Phoenix at the time.  I’ve seen so many GORGEOUS cakes on pinterest and in the blogsphere.  Including my own! Which really put a big smile on my face to see how many times it’s been pinned!!  Which cake you ask??  Well here, let me show you!! 🙂

This is the cake I made Alice for her 3rd birthday

I decided to try out the Rose Cake.  I followed the tutorial from I Am Baker
But first I wanted to make an ombre style cake in purple which is my moms favorite color. 


For the batter I just used a white cake mix.  Someday I will step outside of the box and make something like this…

White Almond Sour Cream Cake from Our Daily Obsessions

But for now I just used a mix. For colors I used 6 drops of red food coloring and 3 drops of blue for the lightest. 10 red and 5 blue, then 16 red and 8 blue, the darkest was 30 red and 15 blue.  I also used 6 red and 3 blue for the white icing. 

The layers were thin so I baked them according to the cupcake directions on the box.  That actually worked out perfect. 


After they were baked I layered them and iced them in between.

Then I got to work on the roses. 

 It’s was a bit tricky for me to get the swirls just right.  I kept scooping the blobs I made off and would try again.  Finally I think I got it down pretty good. 

 But then, (insert these three dramatic chords, A minor, C# minor, and E minor here!) this started to happen!!

The icing started to melt and ooze.  There were holes everywhere too!  IF you pay attention to the I Am Baker Tutorial, she tells you how to cover up those holes.  I also learned through a little research that it’s always best to make your own frosting.  Adding a bunch of watery food coloring to store bought frosting makes it runny.  Also if you add little bits of powered sugar it will thicken up your frosting. 

Good thing from far away you really don’t notice the imperfections!!


And now for the inside!!  I love the way it looks. I do wish it was just a bit more purpley.  I’ll have to work on that next time, or maybe just buy purple food coloring.


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I thought this next little trick was kinda neat.  I’ve seen a few other bloggers do this.  Some even as far as to make a permanent cake stand.  Mine was just a quick lil prop!

I took an old ugly gold candle holder and painted it white. 

 Then just layered the plate onto!  VIOLA cake stand!! 


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The good thing about it all is my mom a.k.a. Grandma loved it!!  I don’t think it’s so bad for my first time.  Now that I’ve learned a thing or two about it I’m sure it will be even better next time! 

What do you think?  Have you ever tried to make a Rose Cake or a colorful ombre layered cake?  

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A Package Pals Gift

7 Mar
Do y’all know the sweet and awesomely talented Jamie with C.R.A.F.T.??  She has come up with a FUN idea.  Every other month this year she is throwing a package pal party.  All you do is let her know you want to join in.  She pairs you up with someone.  Then you and your partner exchange emails, get to know each other a little better.  Make a gift and send it.  Jamie even has a link party where you can link up what you made, what you received or both!  

I was paired up with Marisa, a self proclaimed nature geek and student at Oregon State.  I had a gazillion ideas for things to make her.  But I kept running into an issue of,  “now, how would I ship that?”  So, I came up with this.  I used my silhouette as a stencil and painted these pieces of canvas art for her. 
I thought using the Latin names for leaf and nature would be kinda neat.  I mean, Latin is what is generally used in the scientific classifications. I thought Marisa would like that.  Did you notice I painted the plant ombre style?  Ombre is all the rage right now and well, I’m jumping on the bandwagon, too!  I LOVE IT! 

It was my mommy’s birthday yesterday.  I made her a purple OMBRE cake!  I can’t wait to show y’all!! 

Here is another shot of the painted canvas art.  OH and guess what!  These are my FIRST painted pieces!  I really like them.  What do y’all think?  I’m thinking I’d like to make some for my own home. 

Marisa also told me about her sweet one eyed border collie named Shadow, who she lovingly called her baby.
So, I made her another canvas art piece for her sweet Shadow.  Now, this one is all free hand.  Which should explain it’s slight child like look.  AND….did you notice that paw?  5 pads?  FIVE?  I’m not sure what kind of animal has 5 pads.  A bear maybe?  Yep, I wasn’t so happy with this one.  I wanted to go back and stencil it but I didn’t have another piece of canvas.  My sweet hubs told me it looked great and not to worry.  He said, “babe, she’s going to love it! She’s going to love that you remembered her baby.”  Gosh, I love him.   I hope he’s right!! 

As a jewelry maker I could NOT send her gifts without making some jewelry for her.  I’m always afraid that my gift recipient would be disappointed if I left that craft out.  I mean, it is my crafting forte!

With Marisa being a nature lover I decided to make her a nature inspired bracelet and earring set. 
I made a pretty nature inspired gift box for the set to sit in.  
 I added one felt and one burlap rosette to the box.

I wrapped up each piece of the canvas art.

I packed it all up and shipped to her.  I hope she loves everything!  Even the 5 padded paw print!! lol.

Like I mentioned up there, Jamie is hosting the package pal party every other month.  Be on the look out for the sign up post for the April party!  I can’t wait to join again.  And don’t forget to check out the link party to see more package pals gifts! 

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Valentine’s Day Yarn Wreath

30 Jan

This wreath was SO EASY to put together!  I wound red year around my foam wreath.  Cut out hearts from baby pink and sandstone felt.  Each set of hearts is just a bit smaller then the one before.  I made a single felt rose from both colors of felt to match.  See, really easy!  And isn’t she so cute!?! 

I have a Yarn Wreath Tutorial and a Felt Rose Tutorial y’all can check out.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
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Valentine’s Day Rewind

6 Jan
I have ideas, plans, to do’s for this Valentine’s day.  I may or may not have already begun working on them.  But for now I thought I would share my Valentine’s day projects from last year.  It was my first time getting crafty for V day since….well….Campfire Girls? LOL!  


I can show y’all again right?  OR for all my new awesome followers I can say “hey check that out!!”  
First up, I was really happy with my Valentine’s Day Mantel last year. 


I made this Valentine’s Day Rosette Frame.  I LOVE that picture of Alie. 

I added a paper heart tag I made to these lil glass jars. 

Made this cute simple Be Mine banner from scrap book paper, glitter, glue and twine. 


I made this cute Heart Wreath JUST for my sweet Alice.  If you check out the post I tell a lil story about it. 


I made these Paper Rosette Hearts.  



I showed y’all how to make Fabric Rosettes for Valentine’s Day.


I made some Valentine’s Day Jewelry. 


AND…I made this sweet Valentine’s Day Paper Rosette Wreath with tutorial!  It is still my most viewed post to date!!  Like nearly 15,000 views!  WOW huh?



WOW!  I hope I’m this busy this year!!  I do have a few things planned already.  Just gotta get em going.  
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Argyle Christmas Yarn Wreath

8 Nov

OH!!! I am LOVING the yarn wreaths!  Did you see my very first Christmas Yarn Wreath??  You didn’t! Well….here she is! 

 I LOVE IT!!!  I decided to make an Argyle Christmas Wreath.  


I LOVE how it came out.  What do y’all think??I actually have all the felt and yarn to make a few in other color combos.  Would y’all like a tutorial??  I could work on one sometime next week.  Thanks for stopping by!

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Fall Door Decor

3 Oct

I had SO MUCH MORE planned for this, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me this year.  My front porch needs a good power washing and maybe another coat of paint.  Maybe we’ll have it done in time for Christmas.  I am pretty excited about decorating for Christmas this year.  It’s my first time to time decorating a HOUSE as a home decor and craft blogger!!!  Before blogging and before we lost our home in 06 to a fire I THOUGHT I was a great decorator!!  If you could see what I came up with back then.  It’s pretty hilarious and a bit embarrassing!  Thanks to all you awesome creative bloggers out there I’m learning a few tricks! 
SO, as I said, I had much more planned for this.  I wanted a table for this basket to sit on. 

I have it inside with these two pumpkins. 

I has also planned on getting a table or hay bale to sit the pumpkins on.   I went ahead and set them outside the front door wouldn’t look so bare 

See Alie posing?? She’s so cute!! 
I used my Fall Rosette Wreath I made last fall, my FIRST ever!  I had planned on using my new Fall Yarn Wreath I made, but I liked it better inside. 

My front door needs some help too! 

I made the fall leaf garland too.  I strung it up real quick to see how it looked and my sweet Alie saw another opportunity to pose for me! 

 So, there you have it, my fall door decor.  It’s not EVERYTHING I wanted but I still love it. 

And there is my sweet cutie again!! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!

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My Fall Mantel linked up to The Lettered Cottage



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