Sunday, March 25, 2012

Easter Wreath with Embellished Eggs

 Here's my last little craft for my corsage pin embellished eggs. I added them to a cute little ribbon wrapped wreath.  Here's how I did it!

10 inch Styrofoam wreath
3 yards ribbon (1 & 1/2 inch width)
pussy willow silk flowers
heather silk flowers
hot glue gun
3 small Styrofoam eggs
corsage pins
glitter paper

Step 1:First I wrapped the wreath base with ribbon and then I pinned a loop of ribbon on the back for it to hang.
Step 2: I layed out the willows and heather around the wreath until I liked it.  Then I hot glued them in place.
Step 3: I made the eggs using Styrofoam eggs, corsage pins, and flowers from my A Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge.  I used the "blossom" cut at 3/4 inches.  After the eggs were done, I hot glued them to a floral pick and stuck them into the wreath.
Step 4: A third egg wouldn't fit so I cut the top of one off, bedazzled it with flowers and pins, and attached it to the wreath.

Step 5: I added a lot of heather in and around the eggs to give it a nest look and it was finished!
And there you go! A spring wreath with a sparkly Easter touch!
(See, I told you Herbie's modeling days weren't over quite yet!)  :)
Have fun!
~Cindy Jane

P.S. Don't forget to enter our GIVEAWAY!!!!! See all the details HERE

Mini-Pin Easter Eggs

I can't decide if this post is to show off these cute eggs or the cutest bunny ever: Herbie.  My parents up and bought three bunnies last month and we are loving them! They are all so sweet and tame, so of course they had to have a photo shoot with my latest Easter creations. I see more modeling opportunities in Herbie's future.  :)

Okay, enough about bunny cuteness.  I have become obsessed with the Faberge Inspired Eggs I made last month.  When I say obsessesed, I don't use that word lightly.  I'm considering buying stock in glitter paper, styrofoam eggs, and corsage pins.  A fun alternative to the large eggs are to make mini ones and put them in apothecary jars or in bowls.
Do you love the Tiffany blue and damask patterns as much as I do? 
So pretty!

Another reason I am so excited about these mini-pin eggs is the killer deal I found at The Dollar Store.  I got this pack of four for $1.  I bought three packages (I didn't want to be greedy) and then went back 10 minutes later and bought the rest in the store (sometimes I'm greedy and have zero self control). 
I cut the flowers out of the Walk in My Garden Cricut cartridge.  I used the "blossom" petal and cut them out at 3/4 inches.  (I used about 70 flowers for each mini egg.) 
Another reason I love these colored eggs is you can match up the egg with the flowers and the styrofoam doesn't show through if you don't get the petals perfect every time.  
When you pin the flowers to the smaller eggs the pins will poke through depending on where you place them. I had to trim the pins down with wire cutters on some of them so they didn't come through the egg. If you do that, hold on tight to the pin and the bit you're trimming or the pin/piece you trim will shoot through the air.  Trust me, that's no fun!
Here's a close up of what they look like when they're done.
They look really cute displayed in a basket too.  :) 

Herbie's ego looks like it got a little bruised, but he was compensated with extra lettuce and carrots for his photo shoot.
(No animals were harmed in the making of this craft.)
There's still time to make some mini-eggs and decorate for Easter!  They are so much fun to make and you can display them so many ways to
make the world a cuter place!

Have fun!
~ Cindy Jane

P.S. Don't forget to enter our GIVEAWAY!!!! See all the details HERE

did I hear someone say GIVEAWAY???

    so............WHO WANTS ANOTHER GIVEWAY ????

Aren't these necklaces from Little Black Goose SO much fun?!?! They make a perfect photo prop for all the spring photo sessions. Just darling on little girls, or their mommas!

We had so much fun with our last giveaway that we thought we would do it again! 
When we hit 100 "likes" on our Facebook page we will give away a chunky necklace to one lucky winner! All you have to do is "like" us and share our Facebook page  with your Facebook friends. For an extra entry, "like" Little Black Goose's page as well! You can also tweet, pin us on Pinterest, email or whatever is easiest for you. Every way you share is worth an entry! Comment on our Facebook post or on this post to let us know that you shared! We will pick a random winner. EASY AS PIE! :) The share buttons are even at the bottom of the page!
GOOD LUCK! And may the odds be EVER in your favor!.... just had to slip that one in! :)


Monday, March 19, 2012

And the Winner Is.....

Congratulations to Megan! 
She is the winner of the Faberge Inspired Easter Egg!
Thanks to everyone who participated!  We're looking forward to more giveaways!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Shamrock Banner

You might need to put this cute little project on your "to do" list for next year, but better late than never, right? 
I'm not a huge St. Patty's Day decorator, but this little banner adds a fun touch.

What I used:
shamrock cookie cutter
1/2 yard flannel ~ but you should use felt :)
burlap string
Mod Podge
craft glue
 I got this cookie cutter at Ross for about $4.00.
I traced and cut out about 15 shamrocks.
 I had some sage colored burlap so I took threads off and used them to stitch around each shamrock. 
 I have a confession to make:  I get flannel, felt, and fleece confused!
I thought I was buying felt, but got flannel instead.  Oops!  It was really floppy
so I put Mod Podge on the back to stiffen it up. 
 It worked like a charm! 
(Iron-on interfacing would have also worked.)
 Then I stitched them all together and added some craft glue to the sides of the shamrocks to keep them all together. 
And there you have it!  I used Command hooks to hang the wreath to my mirror.  I don't have a ton of extra wall space so this is my new favorite trick.
Have a fabulous St. Patty's Day
I'll leave you with some Irish wisdom: "As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction."

Have fun!

~ Cindy Jane

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring Kissing Balls

Here's another fun way to decorate for Spring!  I made these kissing balls after I made the Faberge Inspired Easter Eggs, but this time I got lazy smart and used my Cricut to cut out the petals instead of a hand punch.  Yay for working smart, not hard.  :) 
This is what I used:
4 inch Styrofoam balls
corsage pins (Michaels has the best corsage pins!  Other ones I found looked and felt cheap.)
Walk in the Garden Cricut cartridge 
 I used a daisy setting on the cartridge and cut these out at 3/4 inches.
 I used the same setting for the other two flower balls but changed
the size to 1 inch. 
The bigger the flowers, the fewer pins to use, but I wouldn't go any bigger than 1 inch when using a 4 inch Styrofoam ball. 
I used 1 box (150 pins) on the 3/4 inch petals and about 115 pins for
the 1 inch ones.
There you go!  These are SO easy and a fun way to get excited for Spring!

P.S. This is the last week to enter our giveway! Check it out!
Have fun!
~Cindy Jane

Beach Inspiration

Warm weather (and Spring Break) came just in time for a weekend trip to southern California with some friends.
I.  Love. The. Beach.  I've needed a beach vacation for about 5 years and I finally got it!  The water was too cold for me to get in, but I LOVED walking up and down the shore picking up shells and checking out their designs and colors. 
(I haven't changed much since I was a kid.)  
All of the shells I collected inspired some new projects...did somebody say mosaics? Get excited! :)
I was born and raised in the desert,
so any time I am able to visit the ocean, I feel spoiled.
I played the tourist role well though and snapped lots of pictures...of sea shells.
I told you I needed a vacation.  :)  But I love the "little things" in life.
This shell had a hitchhiker that caught me by surprise. 
I filled up a bag of shells, but this one got to stay!  Yuck!  :) 
I hated to say goodbye to the warm sand, but when we were done, we got to go shopping.  And guess what I found! 
Not just a Dollar Store, but the Viva Bargain Center! Long live bargains! :)
It wasn't the best one ever, but it did the trick and I got my crafting/bargain fix and some super cute vases I'm going to turn into "milk glass".

Overall, it was such a fun weekend-one I should have taken a long time ago.  It's always good to take a break from life and come back with inspiration to make the world cuter!

Have fun!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Fuzzy Easter Eggs

These warm and fuzzy Easter eggs get me so excited for Easter!  They are perfect for an "egg-stra"  special gift from the Easter Bunny.  :)  I did some product testing this weekend and made some for my nephews and they gave them two thumbs up. 
My inspiration came while shopping at Tai Pan Trading (such a fun store!)  but those eggs were glued shut.  Here's how I did it so you can fill the egg up with a prize. 

plastic Easter eggs
chenille pipe cleaners
hot glue and glue gun
scissors/wire cutters

Step 1: Put a thin strip of glue right under the lip of the bottom egg.  Make sure the egg shuts and the pipe cleaner doesn't get caught in the top part of the egg.
Step 2: Cut the pipe cleaner with a bit extra so you can fold the pipe cleaner over.  This helps keep the wire from poking little fingers.
Repeat until the bottom is done.  Then work from the bottom up to complete the top.  Make sure the glue doesn't leak and glue the top and bottom together or it won't open.  

Step 3:  Get creative and add some designs.  I used needle nose pliers to make polka dots.
Here's the finished product!
Here are some more examples!  They would be super cute in a wreath, displayed in a basket, or filled with an Easter treat. 
(If you give them to little kiddos, make sure you warn them of the pokey wire.)

Have fun making these, giving them away, and making the world a cuter place!

Oh, and speaking of Easter eggs, don't forget our
Faberge Inspired Easter Egg giveaway! 
Click here to enter! 

Have fun!
~Cindy Jane