Friday Favorites No. 330

Yesterday was my birthday. Since I'm still in Italy, but writing this ahead of time, I have to assume it was pretty amazing! There's also Mother's Day coming up this weekend. Hopefully you have some fun plans, either for yourself or to celebrate a mom in your life!

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Wouldn't these faux leather and felt anemones make a pretty hair clip or Mother's Day corsage? Delia Creates even shares the cutting file if you want to use a Silhouette.

If your sweet little ones need something pretty to wear this weekend, Violette Field Threads has one you can whip up fairly quickly. It has all the ruffles and lace that are so popular right now.

Aren't these flower pot cookies from The Gunny Sack adorable? If you have some skill at making frosting roses, they can be even more edible.

So, a cupcake and a mini cake are really only a little different in shape, but tell me this doesn't look so much more fancy! In my research (okay, honestly just mini cake stalking) I found there are lots of ways to make these. Some use actual, legit small pans, while others are made in clean, empty canned-food cans. The Kitchen McCabe here used little mason jars!

JennyAllsortsDesign has a shop filled with cute things on Etsy, but I particularly love the three sets of international dolls embroidery patterns. These are pretty both as redwork or in multi color.  Wouldn't these be perfect for a little girl's quilt?

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Friday Favorites No. 326

I've been so busy trying to get all my ducks in a row for my trip, I didn't even realize Easter was almost here. I knew it was this month, but that's about it. I guess it's time to come up with a plan, huh? I'm pretty sure all the ideas here could still be pulled off in time!

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I love the idea of coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes. I've talked about it here before, but I've still never tried it. I would never have guessed what Honestly Yum used to make this brilliant turquoise.

I know this centerpiece from Southern Living looks complicated, but what I was intrigued by was the carrots hanging underneath. I don't think "arrangement of your choice" on top means you have to DIY it, does it?

This project from Landeelu is a great example of how you can spruce up plastic eggs to use as decor.  Besides the baker's twine, you could use yarn, rope or even twisted fabric instead.

These yummy-looking ham and cheese scones from Baker by Nature would be perfect for an Easter brunch. Making a note on my grocery list. Ham, cheese, scallions...

If you have kids to entertain on Easter, and these coloring pages from Juliya S on Creative Market are a great way to do that. They're printable, so you can either make a book for their Easter basket, or just print out a few of your favorites to leave on the table with some crayons or colored pencils. In fact, I might need some of these myself!

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Thank You, Wedding Vendors

My daughter and son-in-law’s wedding was, obviously, as very DIY affair.  In the early days, we thought we were going to do it all.  As the planning process progressed we realized, for the sake of our sanity and relationships with each other, that we should consider hiring a few professionals.  Now that it’s all over, I don’t regret a single one of them.  So, as I frantically try to get ready to be a vendor myself at Siren Nation this weekend, it feels like a good time to give all of our wedding vendors the public and sincere Thank You they all deserve. I’ll start with the first person we hired, and the one you’ve already seen a bit here.  Heather Fitch from Heather Fitch Photography was calm, professional and gave us photos that were everything we hoped for.  She not only captured everything we expected to see, but the spunky, fun personalities that define these two.

Heather Fitch Photography on Crafty Staci

I’ve mentioned before that the groom has celiac disease.  Gluten-free isn’t a choice for him – it’s mandatory.  After we decided on a dessert buffet for the reception, we also chose to make sure that the groom (and the bride, since she gave up gluten for his sake) could eat anything that was served without worry.  That’s where the amazing Liberated Baking came in, providing treats that had me saying “Yes, I know it’s delicious and you can’t tell, but it really is gluten-free!” to guests all evening.

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Bride and Groom Cookies on Crafty Staci

Liberated Baking Gluten Free Lemon Bars on Crafty Staci

We thought it would be fun to have some popcorn on the buffet too, and so we ordered some from a local store called iCandy.  I think it was the best cheese corn I’ve ever had, and everyone we’ve talked to there has been so sweet.

iCandy Popcorn on Crafty Staci

It was very early on that Codi proclaimed there would be cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake.  I think it had something to do with Gluten-Free Wednesdays at Bella Cupcake.  The couple went in for a tasting and chose Raspberry Lemonade, Pumpkin Chai, Strawberry Shortcake and Salted Caramel.  How was anyone supposed to choose which of those to put on their plate?  To alleviate that issue, we went with mini-cupcakes so guests could sample more than one flavor.

Bella Cupcake Mini Gluten Free Cupcakes on Crafty Staci

Bella Cupcake also provided the adorable giant cupcake for the bride and groom to cut and share.

Bella Cupcake Giant Gluten Free Cutting Cupcake on Crafty Staci

When it came to the bridesmaids’ and flower girl’s dresses, Codi knew what she wanted.  And I knew I was capable of making them.  However, just because I could didn’t mean I should and I decided that was a project that could be better accomplished by someone else.  We went with BL Couture on Etsy.  I’ll admit, I tried to talk Codi out of putting just the maid of honor in yellow and everyone else in grey, but it really worked.  And the girls loved playing with all the different ways they could wear these.

BL Couture Convertible Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

BL Couture Wrap Dresses on Crafty Staci

Did you see all the amazing hair in that last photo?  Codi wanted all the girls in different braids, and our regular hairstylist, Wendy from the Orient Barbershop, totally delivered.  Not only did Wendy come to our house for the entire day and style all the girls hair, but she did their makeup as well.  Thankfully, I was included in that because otherwise I probably would have been a mess.  Wendy was a calming presence while everyone was getting ready and I don’t know what we would have done without her.

Wendy from The Orient Barbershop on Crafty Staci

Another Etsy store we shopped at was for Codi’s garters.  We talked about making them, but as we started looking around she spotted exactly what she wanted at BridalGoddess.  All we had to do was attach the firefighter charm Codi wanted and she was ready to go.  These were so pretty, and the quality was great.

Garter by BridalGoddess on Crafty Staci

One of the last things we held out on doing ourselves was the flowers.  The closer it got, the more terrified I became, which was a good sign I should give it up to a professional.  Fortunately, one of my closest friends has a sister who owns In the Garden, a floral shop in Redmond, Oregon.  Kellie agreed to do them for us, even though she is halfway across the state from us and it was pretty close to the event.  We emailed her photos of arrangements Codi liked, and when the flowers arrived we were all stunned.  They were amazing.

In the Garden Floral on Crafty Staci

We originally planned to set up a stereo with an iPod playing for the reception.  We didn’t think anyone would really dance anyway.  I am so glad we hired Dennis Marcellino to DJ instead.  He had almost everyone out of their seats and dancing – my husband I were a little shocked.  He was great at keeping everything running smoothly and made sure fun was had by all.  He even sang “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” since he was a member of the band the hit belonged to, The Tokens!  He also played the saxophone, which was a nice combination with the recorded music.

Dennis Marcellino had everyone dancing!

Last, but not least, is this lovely young woman – Savannah Gentry.  She is one of the bride and groom’s friends from high school.  Listened to her playing the songs they chose in my living room before the wedding brought me to tears.  She provided violin music while the guests were finding their seats and during the ceremony and every note was gorgeous.  Savannah is talented and beautiful, inside and out.

Savannah Gentry on the violin

In addition to all these amazing vendors who made it a day to remember, I’d also like express my gratitude to all of our friends and family who went the extra mile (or several) to make sure we could enjoy the day without having to worry about anything.  You all know who you are – THANK YOU!

Puffy Fabric Flowers

It probably goes without saying, but you know I’m going to say it anyway.  Weddings generally involve a lot of flowers.  Especially outdoor summer weddings.  We had flowers EVERYWHERE.  Real, fabric, burlap, whatever we could turn into a flower-ish shape, we did.  One of my favorites was the cute puffy fabric version we used on the sign I showed you last week.  Fortunately, with a few basic materials, they’re also a breeze to make.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 1

All you need is this pattern, some fabric, a little polyester stuffing and a big button.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 2

Cut out ten petals for each flower you intend to make.  Pin two petals with right sides of the fabric together.  Stitch around the curved edge, 1/4” from the raw edge, leaving the straight edge open.  Repeat for the other four petals.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 3

Turn the petals right side out and press.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 4

Add a small amount of stuffing to the inside of each petal.  You don’t want them stuffed tightly, just enough to give them a little fluff.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 5

Pinch a petal so the seams are touching each other at the bottom.  Using a needle and knotted thread, stitch through both seams. 

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 6

Without knotting or cutting the thread, do the same with the next petal.  Repeat until all five petals are on the thread. 

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 7

Stitch back through the first petal again, creating a loop.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 8

Pull the thread tightly to gather all the petals together.  Knot the thread, but don’t cut it.  Flatten all the raw edges together in the center and stitch through the center a few times to hold them in place.  You really just want to make sure they’ll be under your button.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 9

I really like the look of the split petal version.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 10

Stitch the button to the center.  You could also glue it, but I found stitching it through all the layers added to the dimension of the flower.

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 11

Now you can sew or glue these to whatever needs a little puffy flower perk-up!

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Puffy Fabric Flowers - Crafty Staci 12

Friday Favorites–Here Comes the Bride

Well, here we are.  The wedding is tomorrow, and believe it or not, I think we’re actually ready for it.  I’m sure there’s something we’re forgetting and I’m counting on a day-of disaster, but at the end of it all they’ll be married and we will have spent time celebrating that with friends and family.  I’m just hoping that whatever happens makes for a good story we can laugh about later.

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We spent a lot of time deciding on a fun guest book.  I can’t say which idea won yet, but a close second is this Jenga Guestbook from Crafty Morning.  You could reminisce about your wedding and guests every time you play it.

Jenga Wedding Guestbook from Crafty Morning

There are so many beautiful, unique wedding invitations out there.  One that particularly caught my attention was this round version from Voyages of the Creative Variety.  How fun would this be to receive?

Round Wedding Invitations from Voyages of the Creative Variety

Tables generally need centerpieces, and if you have a lot of tables that becomes quite a project.  These little Candle Lampshades from Good Housekeeping would be fairly inexpensive, cute and provide a little mood lighting.

Candle Lampshade from Good Housekeeping

If you’re assigning seats, you also need numbers.  We used some galvanized metal in my daughter’s wedding, so these Numbered Tags from The Country Chic Cottage caught my attention.  It’s hard to believe these aren’t actually metal.

Faux Metal Number Tags from The Country Chic Cottage

It takes a brave soul to DIY a wedding cake, but it can definitely be done.  I love the clever use of a common candy on this Candy Wafer Cake from Intimate Weddings.

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Cake toppers have come a long way since I got married.  No longer stuck with some variation of a bride and groom, people have gotten very creative.  I love the use of vintage fabric on this Star Cake Topper from Project Wedding.

Vintage Star Cake Toppers from Project Wedding

This entire wedding on OneWed is gorgeous, with bright color everywhere, but my very favorite thing is the colorful underskirt on the bride.

Colorful Wedding Dress Underskirt from One Wed

We’ve found decorating an outdoor venue is a bit challenging.  Trying to find the balance between too much and not enough is tough.  These Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed would be a great way to add some color without going overboard.

Pom Pom Vines from Once Wed

This Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise is to die for, and they explain how to make every bit of it.  In fact, if you’re in the market for wedding ideas, they have SO many good ones.

DIY Felt Wedding Bouquet from Something Turquoise

As long as we’re talking about a felt bouquet, why not also go with fabric corsages as well?  Check out the tutorial from Little Treasures.

Fabric Rose Brooch from Little Treasures

Wish me luck tomorrow…I’ll see you on the other side!

Friday Favorites–Creative Planters

I love the way the outdoors looks this time of year.  Flowers are starting to bloom, the leaves on the trees are unfurling and it’s still raining so it all stays green and healthy.  It’s always right about now when I get an urge to plant something in a container, but that little voice in my head says “Really?  You want to add to the plant body count around here?  You know as soon as it stops raining, that thing is a goner.”  When they make a plant that will water itself and not rely on me, it might stand a chance.

Around here, we’re wearing rain boots about now, but if you have some that have been outgrown or are no longer a pair, try these cute planters from Rosy~Posy.

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I love the mini tiered garden effect created by this Tackle Box Garden from More Design Please.

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We’re planning to replace the gutters on our house in the next year or so.  I might have my husband save the old ones so I can make this DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters from Green Upgrader.

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All that clear, beveled glass makes these old ceiling fixtures perfect for planters.  Design Sponge shows you how.

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We’ve all seen old tires used as planters, but there’s something special about the way they’re used in this park in Peru.  They almost look like you could sit on them.  Shared by Wallace Gardens.

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Just…wow.  Click through to see this Mobile Garden Dress from Foodtree on an actual human model.

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We’ve pulled a few sinks out of our house, and although ours were lovely 70’s shades of avocado and light blue, they might still make great planters.  Cherry Hill Cottage set hers on top of a sewing machine stand.

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These Baby’s Tears in Muffin Tins from Country Living would make great centerpieces for an outdoor event.

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If it’s still a little too cold to think about planting outside where you are, try this Indoor Terrarium, made using a fishbowl, from SheKnows.

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Using tea cups as planters is an idea that’s been around for a long time, but the addition of the Tea Bag Plant Markers from At Home on the Bay is genius.

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Just so you know, I think my lack of gardening skills has skipped a generation.  My daughter was given a bamboo plant for her birthday over a year and a half ago and it’s still alive.  She forgot to take it back to school with her when she left after spring break, and is worried I’ll kill it in the 5 days until she’s here again.  Nothing green is safe with me.

Friday Favorites–Flowers

The winter after my daughter turned one, I bought an amaryllis bulb.  Surprisingly, I remembered to water it a few times, and it bloomed into a beautiful red flower.  It just so happened that Codi had a favorite book, which we had to read every day, that included a flower that looked just like it.  Every single time we reached that page, she’d point to the flower.  The weird thing is, she continued to point at the spot where the flower used to be every time we read the book, long after it was dead and gone.

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In the wake of this same girl turning 18 and every day bringing up a new aspect of what college life will be like, I nostalgically bought another amaryllis last month.  It finally bloomed a couple of days ago, leading me to a realization.  I need one of these every year.  Having that bright flower in the window is the perfect antidote for the dreary, post holiday month of January.  Even without a little blonde girl pointing it out.

For all the beauty of an amaryllis, with none of the watering, check out this lovely pop-up card from CardNotions on Etsy.

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The flower on this Back to School Headband from Brassy Apple is simple enough to make with some motivated little girls.

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I like the way this Fabric Flower from I’m Feelin’ Crafty is cut in a spiral, making it curve perfectly.

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I love a tutorial that has no words, like these Paper Dogwood Flowers from La Manufacture, and what a fabulous re-use of a shopping bag and tissue.

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Do you have an old necktie lying around?  Make it into a cute flower with this tutorial from My Heart is Yours.

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These Felt Camelias from How Joyful would be perfect on top of a gift or attached to a headband.

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I just love the ruffley-ness of these Ruffled Fabric Flowers from Quiltish.

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I’ve seen these rick-rack flowers around, but didn’t understand how they were made until right this very minute.  Thanks to The Crafting Chicks for excellent directions on their Rick Rack Rosettes.

Buttons always make cute flowers, and here’s a slightly different take from Artsy Crafty Babe.

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As if I needed a reason to want a rainbow of duct tape, I’ve added these Duct Tape Flower Pens from Seven Sisters to my want list.

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Here’s hoping you find something to brighten up your day today!

Friday Favorites–Embroidery

Once we hit the fall months, I spend more time working on craft projects that can fit in my lap.  It’s usually a good time for me to learn something new (I’m looking at you, needle felting!) or brush up on older skills.  I’m not a fantastic embroiderer, but every couple of years I like to give it a go.

I found this Ninja Block-Of-The-Month project at Kandra’s Corner a few months ago and it’s been on my must-do list ever since.  I have some karate fabric that would be perfect with them.

This simple Moon Rabbit design from Bustle and Sew would be very cute in a baby’s room.

If you embroider at my speed, now is a good time to start stitching some holiday gifts, like this Scorchin’ Potholder from Lark Crafts.

I love this Embroidered Family Hands project from The Mother Lode.  I think I waited too long though.  My hand would be the smallest, and that’s just weird.

Artist Lauren Dicioccio recreates everyday objects using embroidery.  As seen on DesignBoom.

Mary Corbet’s Needle ‘N Thread has lots of hand embroidery patterns available for download.  One of my favorites is this Heart ‘O Flowers.

Again, holidays are coming, start stitching with these Stitchable Gift Tags from Sublime Stitching.

I really like black embroidery used to outline colorful designs, like this Mug Rug from Samelia’s Mum.

My favorite place to browse embroidery patterns for sale is Urban Threads.  My wish list is getting long.  They also offer a rotating free pattern, currently Ready for Harvest, along with their logos.

Time to dig out that embroidery hoop!