February 25, 2011

Tutorial: DIY Fabric Wall Art

.DIY Zebra Fabric Wall Art.


Supplies Needed...
  • Shadow Box or Picture Frame without the glass
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Glue Gun / Staple Gun

FYI: We made the shadow box ourself in advance and spray painted it black. 
10" x 8" x 2.5"
I used Zebra Fabric and Hot Pink with Black Polka Dot Fabric. I cut a letter "M" out of felt and glued it on the Pink Fabric with my Glue Gun.

DIY Step by Step Picture Tutorial...

Cover your Shadow Box with fabric.

Stretch the fabric as you are covering the box and staple, or glue, it down as you go. Do the left and right sides first.

Then, do the top side like you are wrapping a present.

Stretch the fabric and glue/staple it down as you go.

Do the same with the bottom side. Cut excess fabric as needed.

Super easy! Just like wrapping a gift :)

Make as many as you want and hang them on your wall.

I made these 2.5" thick because we are going to use them as shelves for little items.

Have fun creating!!

February 23, 2011

Tutorial: How to make a 4" Hair Bow

How to make a 4" Hair Bow
.Step by Step Picture Tutorial.
Supplies Needed...
Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Ribbon (I used 1.5")
Measuring Tape
Lighter or Wood Burner
Alligator Clip
Tiny Hair Rubberbands or Embroidery Floss 
Cut your ribbon at 20"

Heat seal the ends with a lighter or a wood burner.

Fold your ribbon in half to find the center.

You do not have to mark on your ribbon. I just wanted you to be able to see the crease.

Wrap the ribbon around and secure with a very tiny dot of glue from your glue gun.

Do the same thing to the other side of the ribbon. You want to make a number '8' out of the ribbon.

Grab the top loop, bring straight down, and glue in place.

Do the same with the bottom loop

Accordion the center of the bow and hold tightly in place.

Wrap your small rubber band around it two to four times to hold it in place.

Cut another strip of ribbon at 6 inches

If you are using 1.5" ribbon fold it in half or you can use a smaller sized ribbon.

Make a knot for the center of the bow

Place a small dab of glue to the backside of the knot.

Add your knot to the center of the bow.

Tip: If you use a rubber band let the glue cool down a tad bit so it doesn't break your rubber band. If you use embroidery floss you will not have this issue.

Wrap one side of your knotted ribbon around the bow securing in place with glue. Cut of excess ribbon as needed.

The other side of the ribbon slide the alligator clip in and....
 ...find the center of the bow from the backside. Adjust your alligator clip under the ribbon and glue in place. Heat seal the end of the ribbon before you secure it in place with glue.

Now you have a cute little 4" boutique style bow :)

February 18, 2011

Tutorial: How to make a sewn applique shirt

Sewn Applique Shirt Tutorial


Supplies Needed:
  • Fabric of your choice
  •  Pen
  •  Scissors
  • Template (I'm using a number 1)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Shirt

Iron the Heat N Bond to the backside of your fabric
STEP 2: 

Trace your template on the Heat N Bond paper.

Make sure to reverse the image (mirror image) so it is not backwards on your shirt.

Cut out your fabric design.
Step 4:

Fold your shirt in half and iron it to create a crease. Now, fold your template in half to create a crease. DO NOT IRON THE TEMPLATE.

Line up the crease in the template to the crease in the shirt.

Iron the fabric template to the shirt.

Follow the Heat n Bond directions for ironing.

 Sew around the edges of your fabric template.

I used a straight stitch for this applique, but I also like using a zig zag stitch.

 Clip off the extra thread and enjoy your new applique shirt :)

These make great birthday presents and baby shower gifts! Make one for the childs age and initial of their name. You can even make a silhouette shape of a plane, skull, star or whatever else you can think of.

Check out Jaxson wearing 3 different applique boys shirts by clicking here. He is wearing a tie applique shirt, a number "1" baseball applique shirt, and a colorful skull "J" applique shirt.

Have fun creating! I would love to see what you make :)

February 17, 2011

Cake Sketch

Zebra Cake Sketch

I've been making cakes for almost 6 years and I'm just starting to sketch them out before creating the real thing. I do not know if you do this when you are thinking of a cake creation, but it is a helpful idea.

Before, I would create as I was decorating. Sometimes it would get stressful, because I had no direction. The cakes would still came out cute, but I stressed myself out while doing it.

Now, the last 10 or so cakes I have been creating a sketch before I start to work and I love doing so. It's another creative outlet (even if I can't draw) and it helps me to have some sort of detail direction.

The sketch above is what I invision for Madison's 6th Birthday Cake. The black bow and pink flowers will be ruffley (if that's a word), and the second teir will be a quilting pattern with edible silver pearls. She wants a 'Zebra Diva Party' and I'm having a BLAST creating it :)

Any ideas? I would love to hear some of your ideas for a zebra party! I have lots of ideas that I can not wait to share with you.

February 16, 2011

 Valentine's Day!
Things you already know...
Flowers and a Card:

The best part of the card is the hand-written personal love note venting your feelings.

 It doesn't matter if flowers only live a week. It's nice to get flowers from the one you love. Flowers brighten up the day and brings a smile to the face :)


A small goody bag is enough to place a smile on the kiddos face or add a Pillow Pet and and a Movie for a bigger gift.


You can not go wrong with candy, so get some sweets for your sweetheart♥!


Shower the one you love with kisses! One for every year you have celebrated this day together. 

I, honestly, could care less about any of the flowers, cards, candy, and gifts, as long as I am with my loves on Valentine's Day, but it sure is nice to be spoiled and get showered with love and gifts :)

I bought three Chocolate Candy Flower Bouquets from my friend Ashlee who is starting a bakery. My Mom, Step-Mom, and Mother-in-Law loved them! These would be a great gift for birthdays and mother's day. Order yours today by clicking on the link. Tell her Raychel sent you :)

Here is Madison with her pillow pets. She loves them! She has 2 unicorns, 1 small unicorn, 1 cheetah (no longer for sale), 2 dogs, 1 ladybug, 1 bumble bee, and 1 valentine's dog. If you are thinking about a gift to give a litle boy or girl this is the PERFECT GIFT! Go to My Pillow Pets to order yours today!

She is dying for the Zebra Pillow Pet :)

How was your Valentine's Day?


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