Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mini Top Hat Headband

My sweet little girl is turning 5 in March and because I got an awesome new Canon camera for Christmas, I wanted to try my hand at photographing her. She is obsessed with rainbows right now, so I put together a rainbow outfit. The dress came from The Lucky Princess. Adding a mini top hat makes a cute photo prop and accessory. The bow is removable. You can also use it for a costume or just for your little girl to play dress-up with. I used tomato cans for the main

structure of the hat, so your husband will get a pot of chili out of the deal also!

You will need:

8 oz. can tomato sauce, emptied and rinsed

32 oz. tomato can lid, rinsed

1 piece of flexible felt, any color






hot glue

Elmer's Glue

needle and thread
a rhinestone for the bow

a clip for the bow


3/8" or 1/2" elastic

1. Cut a square of felt and hot glue it around your lid. Be careful not to cut your fingers!

2. Cut a strip of felt for the can and hot glue.

3. I only glued the edges to the can so the glue wouldn't show through.

4. Glue the ends up under the can

5. Glue the ends up over the top.
6. Trace the outline of the can on the felt with pencil.

7. Cut out your circle

8. Hot glue your circle to the top of the "hat"

9. Start gluing your feathers around the top of the brim of the hat (lid). Overlap the feathers over the edge a little.

10. Wrap your tulle around the hat, gluing the ends

11. Glue the base to the top of the hat

12. Now it is time to make your bow. I used 9 different ribbons. Create three "x" shaped bows, the largest bottom bow you can do 6 total loops (3 per side). Stitch the center of each bow with a needle and thread.

13. Cut 4 ribbon strips that will be attached under the bow for extra detail.

14. Layer the stacked bows on top of the ribbon strips. Stick a piece of wire under the entire bow. I used floral wire.

15. Twist the wire under the bow tightly.

16. Stick a clip under the wire and glue.

17. Fluff all layers of the bow to separate the colors. I put a dot of glue towards the center wire to keep the layers apart, otherwise they will want to go back to overlapping each other. The finished bow:

18. Glue a rhinestone to the center of the bow.

19. Snip a small piece of elastic and glue it to the hat so you have something to attach your bow to the hat with.

20. Glue a long piece of elastic to the bottom of the hat towards the ends.

21. Coat the top with Elmer's glue and cover with glitter. You can also use rhinestones or mini flowers if desired.

22. Now you are ready to photograph your cutie. Some balloons and a cupcake make additional cute props. I would love to see what you come up with!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Tulle Valentine's Day Wreath

I have seen tulle wreaths before and I love using tulle because it easily holds its shape and looks very feminine. This project was very easy and inexpensive. I chose to hang it inside over my mirror.

You will need:

Wire floral wreath

(2) of each color rolls of Tulle (I used 4 colors)

Scissors or a circular quilt cutter + cutting board or mat
Decorative accent (I used picks)

1. Cut your strips of tulle into 8-10 inch pieces

2. Tie each piece around the wreath, alternating colors

3. Attach your accent. I used a floral clip and stuck the picks through it. Then I clipped it to the wreath. You can be more creative than I was. It has been a busy week for me.

4. Hang your wreath in the desired area. I used a ribbon and a thumb tac to hang mine over my mirror

Happy crafting!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Frank's Red Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you are hosting or going to a Superbowl party this weekend, this dip is amazing! I have never met a person who did not like it. I always have to double or triple this recipe. This recipe is from the Frank's Red Hot website

8 oz. cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup ranch or bleu cheese

1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Buffalo WINGS sauce

1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

2- 12.5 oz. cans chicken breast or 1 cup cooked, shredded chicken.

Mix all ingredients. Cook on low in the crockpot for 4-6 hours before guests arrive, or microwave for 2-4 minutes, stirring in between at least once. Serve with tortilla chips.
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