April 2013 archive

Miniature Fairy Garden Plant Stand




We love our fairies! Today we are making a 3 pot wrought
iron like plant stand. I have been investigating all kinds of fairy garden
furniture. Most of the mass produced furniture is spot welded in some way. I cannot
do that so I came up with a simple tutorial of just twisting craft wire.

I got some 20 gauge wire in Black. I cut (4) 6" pieces
of wire. I started to twist the 4 strands together, leaving  2" at the bottom untwisted. At the top
of the plant stand, take a pair of needle nose pliers and curl each piece to
make a decorative finial. At the bottom pull the four pieces out and curl the
ends under to make the legs and feet of the plant stand.

Next, using miniature wooden pots found in the craft store,
wrap a piece of wire around the pot and twist to make a loop. Use the remaining
wire end to secure the pot holder to the plant stand.

Next plant tiny succulents into the pots.  Now you have a miniature plants stand for
your Fairy Garden.

For more ideas, check out our last year's Fairy Garden and Fairy Knitting Basket.


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Time to Buy a Mother’s Day & Father’s Day Card (review)

In a couple of weeks Mother's Day is going to be here, then
a month later we have Father's Day. I don't know about you but sometimes the
card aisles at the stores are over whelming. I spend hours poring over the
various card selections, some funny, some serious. Most of the time I leave
with no card in hand because I can't find the right card, that says the right
thing and I'm not willing to drop up to $5 or more on a card that doesn't say
just how I feel.

I have found the solution – Cardstore.com. This completely
customizable card is the best thing ever. I was offered the chance to try out
the process and share it here with you, so here we go. My daughter loves cards,
my husband loves cards. I don't get it, but whatever. I thought this was a
great opportunity for my daughter to make a completely custom card for her Dad
for Father's Day.


While the Cardstore.com regular cards are great,
customizable and personalized, we went straight for the photo cards. There are
over 120 Photo Card options just for Father's
! It was a hard to narrow down the base card, there was one with a Wallet
Stealing Squirrel which in our family is a hot button subject (read: my
daughter has Squirrel Anger/Fear, so this card was overly funny to us) but when
I saw the "Damn Awesome Dad" card there was no question of where to


So, we selected that card base and followed the simple
directions for uploading the picture for the front.  SO EASY! Plus they tell you if your picture
has a high enough resolution – good enough quality – to be enlarged or zoomed
in.  There is no question to the quality
of the end product, if you take the warnings given.  Love that feature!

Look at the quality:


On the inside, we selected a layout and continued to follow
the directions. We picked one that has 2 photos, a greeting and a signature. The
pictures both offer captions under them, we added love sentiments, changed the
color of the text and the style of the font. There was already an inside
message that was quite lovely, but we added our own text. I told you that Hub's
likes cards – a total sap.


Then the option of scanning in your very own signature or
just typing in your name. We tried the scan, which would have worked fine if
you are not dealing with a 4 year old who wants to use a pink crayon that you cannot
see! It would have added another personal touch, but we settled for the typed
signature with a change in font to more of a script handwriting.


Next comes the envelope!  Yes I said envelope. We added the return
address to the top left corner. Cardstore.com will add the recipient's name and
address and even mail it out if you would like! How cool is that?


The checkout went smooth after a final preview of the card. One
last check to make sure everything is in place. I got the card in the mail in 2
days after ordering. The quality is fantastic!

So in the end, for $3.49 my daughter is giving Hub's one of
the best cards ever and there was no card aisle to deal with!

Right now Cardstore.com is offering FREE standard shipping
on all orders, no code needed! Plus a sale on Mother's Day cards as well as 40%
off Invitations, Baby Announcements and Graduation Announcements.

Happy Card Making!


The opinions in this post are my own. I was offered a trial
card for my honest opinion of the card buying process, no other compensation.  

Furry Fridays – Stacey of Life on Cephei


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This Furry Friday features Stacey and some special kittens.

Hi, I'm Stacey from Life on Cephei. I have my own cat, Indi but I would like to talk about my foster kittens instead. 


I currently foster two kittens, roughly eight weeks old, they were surrendered by their owners and haven't had a mum to look after them.
My job is to look after the kittens as a surrogate mother and owner until they are old enough and healthy enough to be adopted out. Sometimes these kittens are too young to have been weaned properly, so I will sit with them feeding them mushed kitten food via a syringe until they are able to eat on their own. It is very similar to looking after a child, cleaning up poop and vomit and having them cry during the middle of the night for food or a warm body.I find it very rewarding, being able to watch them grow up and be adopted out to a loving family. As much as I would love to keep every kitten that I foster, I know I am doing a good thing looking after them as there are too many cats in Australia and the euthanasia rate is quite high.

Save a life and adopt or foster a pet.

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Fairy Knitting Basket – Miniatures for the Fae!

We love our Fairy Garden. My daughter spends hours playing with the fairies and decorating the different houses. This year one of the additions we are making is the seamstress shop. This is the first project for that little house, a little miniture knitting basket.


So simple to make. Start by gently easing the walnut apart as to not break the shell. Use one half of shell and clean it out well.

Next using embrodiery floss or Fingering weight yarn make the balls. To make the yarns balls, place a dot of tacky glue on the end of the string and start rolling it into a ball. Continue to wrap the string around make the ball the size of a pea or just a little bigger. Snip the yarn and secure the end to the ball with another dot of glue. An average nut shell will hold 3 balls of yarn.

To make the knitting needles, use one toothpick and cut it in half. Glue seed beads with large holes onto the cut ends.

I glued all the yarns balls into the shell, then stuck the toothpick knitting needles into the yarn balls.

My daughter loved this project and is so excited for the fairies to have their own seamstress/dress shop! Stay Tuned for more Fairy Projects!

 I found this idea over on pinterest. Here is the original link – they have tons of minis.

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Currently, I’m…

Playing dress up with a photo shoot.

Watching:  Hannibal. Creep-tastic new series on NBC.

Listening to: Camera Obscura – still – completely obsessed

Thinking about: Can I really pull off the construction of the fitted bodice of the Bombshell dress?

Trying to figure out: How to put boning in the corset dress top.

Looking forward to: Getting rid of the hives I got from an allergic reaction to a suppliment.

Reading: A New Sponsor's blog – The Natutical Owl

Making me happy: That my grandfather made it through his surgery ok!

I found this in my yard – creepy or cool – I can't decide.

Furry Fridays – Alyssa of Huzzahs From a Street


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Today welcome Alyssa and her crew of furry friends!


I've always had cats. I'm a self-proclaimed cat person. I grew up with two cats that were my best friends. I got married in college, and the first order of business when we moved in together was to get cats. Then we moved into a house, and I did something crazy. I got a dog.


Now I have a small menagerie at my house. Two cats – Chloe (white+black) and Stella (siamese mix), and a seven-month old chocolate lab – Winston. They are every bit as fun as they are frustrating, but their sweet looks and cuddles make up for their (sometimes) bad behavior. 


I never had a dog growing up, so I really knew nothing about how to pick a dog, how to train one, etc. I started my research on the internet, and learned about different breeds until I found the best fit for my lifestyle. After I settled on getting a lab, I spent about a month or so reading everything I could find about how to train a dog. We've taught Winston everything ourselves – no obedience school over here. I don't think you really need it if you're willing to do your research, and invest the time to train your dog yourself. Winston will sit, stay, lay down, shake both hands, give high fives, speak, and get on his bed all on command. 


We introduced Winston to his kitty cat sisters when he was just a baby, so he's grown up with them being around and being in charge. They get along splendidly, and really love each other. I really couldn't ask for better, loving pets. They bring me so much happiness; they are really great teachers of patience, and wonderful examples of unconditional love. 


My recommendation would be to get cats if you want low-maintenance pets. They basically take care of themselves. Before you get a dog, do your research. And then, get a dog only if you're willing and able to take care of them – they are a huge time and monetary investment, but so rewarding and definitely worth it.

Alyssa blogs at Huzzahs From a Street // Instagram // Pinterest

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Oh So Majestic Midways!

This weekend we headed to the PA Herb festival. Once we purchased a variety of plants and herbs, we headed to the Spring Fair being held at the same fairgrounds. The kid rocked the rides and we all had a good time. She didn't like the haunted house but had to ride it twice so I could see what it was like.



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Vintage Dress Score!

I am super excited about my super yard sale scores this weekend! I picked up 3 dresses for $0.25 each. This is the first one. It needed ironing. It was balled up and a wrinkled mess, I didn't get all of the wrinkles out with just a quick iron, it will need more work. It fits wonderfully. I'm thinking it's from the '40's maybe early '50's. Not bad for a quarter!

I love the neckline and the 3/4 length sleeves! The tailoring on this is perfect, darts in the all the right places and I love the fabric pattern.


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Me and My Shadow

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