March 30, 2012

Cheetah Print Cake with Ruffles. Sweet Friday.

Cheetah Cake & Cheetah Cupcakes

 I made this Cheetah Cake and Cheetah Cupcakes for a bowling bake sale. It was for my younger brother and he gave me the power to create what I wanted. I always wanted to make a Cheetah cake so I put my painting skills to the test.

 I'm obsessed with fondant ruffles right now so I added some fondant ruffles to the cheetah cake and cupcakes. I like the pure white look. It is very elegant but I wished I would have made a bold pop of color with red fondant ruffles. Maybe for my birthday cake next month :)

OMG... I'm going to be 27 next month... bitter sweet.

Cheetah Ruffle Cupcakes.

I hope you had a Sweet Friday! I'll have pictures of a Roller Skating Party Cake & Cupcakes next Friday.


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March 29, 2012

How to make a hanging Flower Ball. DIY Crafts. Tutorial

Hanging Flower Ball

This is called a Hanging Flower Ball, a Flower Ball, or when I got married 8.5 years ago we made one & called it a Kissing Ball. Whatever you call it it is so simple to make. You can change it up in so many ways.

I just love the colors of the flowers I used. To make your own....

You Will Need:
 Carnations - I used purple, blue, lime, and pink (24 total flowers)
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Styrofoam Ball - I used a 4"
Ribbon - to hang

Hanging flower balls are so easy to make it only needs a picture tutorial.
 Step 1- Gather Supplies
Step 2 - Glue Flower Heads to Styrofoam
Step 3 - Cover Styrofoam Completely
Step 4 - Add Ribbon

Step 5- Add to your party for a cute hanging decoration...
Learn more about this Barbie Party HERE.

We've added this Flower Ball to Madison's bedroom. I'm ready to make more for the laundry room :)

March 28, 2012

All Dolled Up Barbie Party. Barbie Party Ideas.

Colorful Barbie Party Ideas
Party Planning

As I was planning my daughter's 7th Birthday Party she jumped from theme to theme until she decided on an All Dolled Up Barbie Birthday Party. I needed some ideas and came up pretty empty handed. I could not believe there wasn't anything on google search for a COLORFUL Barbie Party. Of course, there are some awesome Barbie party ideas on Google, but they all were black and pink. My baby wanted COLOR! It was especially disappointing not to find anything since mulitple stores have all this adorable All Dolled Up Barbie Party supplies.
Well, if anyone else is in need for a COLORFUL All Dolled Up Barbie Birthday Party ideas I've created one for my daughter and for you! I hope you enjoy and get inspired.

Party Theme & Supplies:
 We bought our All Dolled Up Barbie Party Supplies at Party City. You could also get it at Walmart. We bought Barbie plates, cake plates, napkins, wrapping paper, a banner, gift bag, and table cloths.

The Barbie wrapping paper looked cute taped to the bar (1st picture). I bought the Barbie gift bag for her presents, but it ened up being too small so I just used it as decorations. You could fill it up with flowers or just tie several balloons to it for a cute centerpiece.

Birthday Banner
I really liked the Barbie birthday banner, but I think I should have tied some ribbon or tulle inbetween the letters.

Cake & Sweets Table
This was the Barbie Cake Table. I wanted it simple and sweet but with lots of character and pop.

The colorful balloons just pulls it all together and the paper chain was an easy and fun craft that Madison was able to create for her party all by herself. We took it old school and made our paper chain out of cardstock and tape. It was cheap and a great addition to the cake table.

Close Ups of the Cake Table...
 A great way to add color to your cake table is with candy. Now days you can find candy in any color! I mean ANY COLOR and with creating a COLORFUL Barbie party it was an easy hunt. I bought Candy Dots, Pixie Sticks, and Jolly Rachers. Can we say sweet tooth?!

 Every party needs cookies and I'm so lucky to have a wonderful bloggin' friend who makes the best cookies! Kathia from Pink Little Cake Blog made these Barbie Inspired Sugar Cookies for Madison's birthday and everyone at the party loved them. She can ship them too, so if you want one of kind, amazing cookies you should go talk to Kathia from Pink Little Cake.

Party Favors
 I did simple Barbie Party Favors this year. I filled bags with Rodeo City Popcorn (YUMMY!!), added a Barbie Pencil, and a Thank You tag. I made the Thank You tag myself and printed them out.

Use colorful flowers to fill up your tables...
Strawberry cookies that my Mother-in-law made matched the party perfectly and tasted so good.

The glass jars are from my living room decor that I just added silk roses to. You may remember the jars from this post.  Instead of buying all new decorations go through your house and see what you can use for the party.

Tulle Pom-Poms & Flower Ball
I do not think I could get sick of tulle puffs and I'm loving the flower ball I made. So many places these can be used. I've used them for Jaxson's Nursery, Madison's Zebra Party & Zebra Room, wedding showers, photography, weddings, and parties.

I made a few tulle pom-poms and a flower ball and my husband hung them from the ceiling with curly string and a push pin. The flower ball was something new and different. Madison wanted flowers at her party, so it was a great way to incorporate them in. I will have a tutorial for the flower ball tomorrow.

Learn how to make your own tulle pom pom puffs here.

The Cake & Cupcakes
 I made the Barbie Cake and Cupcakes.

Learn more about the Barbie Cake Here.
Print out your own FREE Barbie Cupcake Toppers here

Making a wish...
Wow! My baby girl is 7 years old!! My oh my how the time flies.

Picture Backdrop
 Over the fireplace I pinned up a Barbie Table Cloth to use as a backdrop. I'm going to start doing this every year. This was a great location to take pictures with the Birthday Girl and for her to open her presents.

The Finger Food Table
 This was the table of the finger foods with half the food missing. I forgot to take a new picture with all the food setting out.

Great finger foods we had:
Crackers, Sausage, and Cheese
Cheese Dip (Crockpot) & Chips
Large Marshmellows on a stick covered in Pink Candy Melts
Colorful Rodeo City Popcorn in Watermelon, Key Lime Pie, Grape & Cotton Candy flavors
Pasta Salad (my favorite!)
Pinwheels (my other favorite!)
Barbecue/Jelly Meatballs (Madison's favorite)
Strawberry Cookies

Yum my mouth is watering just thinking of the finger foods.

Cover wallpaper with wrapping paper...
 If you look in the far corner you will see grape wall paper. YUCK.. Doesn't go with this Barbie Party, so I just covered it up with barbie wrapping paper :)

Close-up of the food table...
Pictures Left-Right

Large Marshmellows- on a stick and covered in pink candy melts. Kids loved them! Just cover a styrofoam square with wrapping paper and stick the marshmellows in.
The Fork Holder- Old candy dish I found at my mom's house.
My Plate of fingerfoods- Pasta Salad, Pinwheels, Popcorn, Crackers/sausage/cheese.
Pinwheels- My mother-in-laws famous pinwheels!

Birthday Girl enjoy...
Madison taking a break from playing to enjoy some finger foods.

Barbie Party Decoration Ideas
 Not only do I sugest finding things around your house to use for your party, but make things for your party that you can use in your house. I made the barbie wall art using a ceiling tile, paint, ribbon, and a boa. Easy, ADORABLE, and can be used as a bulletin board in Madison's room after the party is over.

Learn more about the DIY Barbie Ceiling Tile Bulletin Board Here

wow.. say that 3 times fast

Table Decorations

I dressed up a wired mannequin with a boa and some shades and used it as a table centerpiece. Dont forget to frame your childs birthday pictures and have them throughout the party.

Great Bounce House Company

 I've used Jump For Fun for 2 years now and really like the options you find. Jaxson's Mickey Mouse Party had a boys castle that went perfect with his theme and this pink castle went well with Barbie or a princess party.

Birthday Outfit
Don't forget an adorable outfit for the Birthday Girl!

Barbie Shirts can be purchased at Tutu Fairy.

Mommy's girl...
Oh, how I love this girl! Happy Birthday Madison Dae!

I hope you enjoyed this Barbie Party and I hope it gave you some new ideas.


March 27, 2012

Waterproof Vinyl Decals. Etsy Tuesday

Who doesn't love vinyl decals? Decals are great and can be attached to almost any surface. I do not know how to make vinyl decals, so I did the next best thing. I found someone who makes them at a great price.

 Middleburg Trading Company is a fantastic Etsy Shop with a shop owner who is wonderful. Middleburg Trading Company shop owner, Neal, was wonderful to work with. He made exactly what I had in mind and had my items shipped extremely fast. I will be shopping here again and often.

This is what I bought for my laundry room...
Laundry The never ending story Vinyl Decal from Discount Decals.

This is the custom order I had that Neal create...
Here is the post I wrote about my countertop water bucket.

Thank you, Neal, for all your help in making my creation come to life. I'll be back soon!

March 25, 2012

Use a Wreath Holder as a Purse Holder. Smart Ideas.

Smart Ideas
Purse Holder

I've never thought to blog about the simple things I do around the house that make my life easier. I just assumed everyone does the simple things I do, until I realized there are some awesome ideas I've never seen before it was pinned onto Pinterest.

Today, I'm going to share a small thing I do several times a day. A couple years ago I never had a place for my purse, so it just hung on a door knob, or sat on the living room floor. It was cramping my living room style. Totally didn't match my decor. Then one day I was taking down an Easter Wreath and forgot to put away the wreath holder. Then, it clicked....

Flip the wreath holder to the inside of your coat closet and hang up your purse...

 As soon as I get home, I open my closet door and hang my purse and keys. My purse never sits on the floor for those nasty germs to spread throughout the house.

I have more ideas I'll post in the future :)

Here's some awesome ideas I love that I've pinned to my "Smart Ideas" board on Pinterest.


March 23, 2012

Hot Pink Zebra Cake with Ruffle Flowers. Sweet Friday

Zebra Ruffle Cake

This was a fun cake to make. They wanted a cake like Madison's 6th Birthday Zebra Cake, but I did change it up a little bit.
The bottom tier is a 8" cake covered in pink fondant. I added a quilted patteren and some silver edible beads. The top tier is a 6" in cake covered in white fondant. I added some zebra print and 2 ruffle fondant flowers.

The #3 and the Happy Birthday sign is made from gumpaste.

I hope you have a Sweet Friday! Today I am working on a Zebra Roller Skating Cake, that I will post next friday. What are you baking pretty today?

March 21, 2012

T.R.U.T.H. Wristbands. The Road Up To Heaven

T.R.U.T.H. Wristbands

So, there are these new wristbands out embossed with T.R.U.T.H. (The Road Up To Heaven) on them. I think they are great and will spread like a Texas wildfire. Soon, we will see these wristbands everywhere and I'm about to buy some for my family.

This is the description I got from T.R.U.T.H. Wristband's Facebook Page:

"The T.R.U.T.H. wristband is a silicone wristband with a lot of underlying meaning.

First the wristband is embossed with the acronym T.R.U.T.H. The one thing everyone at some point in their life searches for. Should we stay commited to that search we will find ourselves on The Road Up To Heaven.

The wristband is embossed with the acronym T.R.U.T.H. Meaning that the message is not just on the band but embedded in the band. The meaning behind this is that we strongly believe that the T.R.U.T.H. is actually embedded in us. In our DNA. If we were to follow the search on the outside, we will find the path leading back inside of us.

The message is colored white. This is to symbolize that once we find our T.R.U.T.H., we will be enlightened. That all things will be clear. Perfect clairity will be presented to us.

The band itself is black. This represents the worldly desires and deception that the T.R.U.T.H. has been hidden in and tries to keep us from it.

The band is to be worn one the wearers right wrist. The right hand is a representation of God's will. Jesus sits on God's right hand side showing all of heaven and earth that his Father's will is his."

T.R.U.T.H. Wristband company does sell more than wristbands. Check them out:
15% off Coupon Code: MCW
Use coupon code MCW at checkout to let them know My Creative Way sent you and to get 15% off your order.


March 20, 2012

Countertop Water Bucket

Countertop Water Bucket
~Water Bottle Storage~

My family and I love room temperature bottled water, but the only place to store it was in the fridge or just sitting on the countertops. I hated walking into the kitchen and seeing water just sitting there, so I bought this cute little water bucket and added vinyl decals to it.

I think it's a cute way to store your room temperature water on top of your counters.
Before & After

I purchased the water bucket at The Home Depot and it holds 10 bottles.

Need some decals? Check out this post: Discount Decals. Etsy Tuesday.

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March 19, 2012

DIY Easter Egg Wreaths {Your Creative Way}

"My go at the Easter Wreath. Thanks for sharing the tutorial."
Photo from Christy D.

Christy from Kentucky stumbled across our Easter Egg Tutu Wreath Tutorial and made her own.  It's nice and full, full of color, and looks great hanging on her door.

If you would like to make your own Easter Egg Tutu Wreath like Christy {here is the link}.

"This was such a cheap and easy craft. Turned out better than I hoped. Now everyone wants one!"
Vicki S.
Vicki from California made an Easter Egg Wreath. I love the bunny rabbit and bow she added to it.
Learn how to make your own Easter Egg Wreath {HERE}.
Thanks ladies! I love seeing pictures of your creations :)


March 18, 2012

How to make an Easter Tutu Basket {Tutorial}.

Easter Tutu Basket

I get several emails every year asking how to make an Easter Tutu Basket. You may remember {this Easter Tutu Basket} I made a few years back. Today, I finally had some time to create a new Easter Tutu Basket and write a tutorial.

I made my basket from an old ice cream container...
You will need:
1/2" ribbon and 3/8" ribbon (I used Satin)
2-4 spools of Tulle (6" x 25 yards) Picture is 6" x 100 yds. You will not need that much.
Measuring Tape
Ice Cream container or plastic Easter basket
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Easter Tutu Basket Tutorial:

Gather your supplies and start cutting your tulle. I wanted my tutu to be 6" long, so I doubled it and cut it at 12" long.

You may be asking, "How much tulle do I use?".

Just measure around your basket in inches and that's how many knots you'll need. Then, times that by 4 and that is how many strands of tulle you will need to cut.

My basket is 30" around. I will need 30 knots. Each knot will contain 4 strands of tulle, so I will need to cut a total of  120 strands of tulle.

Simple enough right?

 After your tulle is all cut...
 gather 4 strands of tulle, line them up, and fold them in half.

Cut your ribbon 6" longer than you need. My basket was 30" so I cut my ribbon at 36".

 Tie a Larks Head Knot onto your ribbon, like the picture above.

 Do not tie your knots too tight. We want them to be 1" per knot. If you happen to make them tighter just use more knots at the end.

 All your knots should be added now.

Tie 2 small single knots in your ribbon. This will hold your tulle in place, so it doesn't move back and forth.

 With a hot glue gun, start gluing each knot to your basket.  Work your way all the way around.

 Tie your ribbon into a double/triple knot and cut away excess ribbon.

 You could stop here if you'd like, but I need that blue handle gone.

Start by tying 3 long strands of tulle at one side of the handle and wrap all three strands up and around your handle...
Glue your tulle as you work your way up and down. Now, your handle matches :)

 I used satin ribbon to cover the top trim of the basket. Just glue in place.

 Make 2 pretty satin bows and glue to each handle.

 Now, you have an unique one of a kind Easter basket. No one will ever know you use to eat ice cream out of it at 11 o'clock at night :)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If you have some tulle left over you should make a matching Easter Egg Tutu Wreath {like this one}.


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