April 23, 2012

My Creative Way is 3 years old & CelebraTori Book Giveaway

MCW's 3rd Birthday

Wow My Creative Way is 3 years old today! Here is my very first post into the blog world. So many things have change since the first post, including how I blog.

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April 20, 2012

Fondant Smurfette & My 27th Birthday. Sweet Friday

Fondant Smurfette

I made this fondant smurfette for my niece's birthday cookie. My step mother found a plastic smurf but she couldn't find a plastic smurfette so she asked if I could make one.

Here is the picture of the cookie cake that my step-mother made...

I hope you have a Sweet Friday

Are you making anything sweet today?

Today is my 27th birthday. I thought I was going to decorate myself a cake. I wanted a pretty cake and I refuse to spend money on something I could create, but I think I just want to have a lazy stress free day :)


April 19, 2012

Repurposed Dresser. Paint without Sanding. Tutorial

Dresser Turned into a new Entertainment Center

 I have been repurposing dressers for years! My daughters dresser was a changing table, my craft room dresser hasn't had the top 3 drawers in it for over 3 years, and I even use dressers as buffet tables for birthday parties.
I plan on repainting my craft room dresser so keep an eye out for that post in the future.
I needed something to go beneath the living room TV but, for weeks, I couldn't find anything I liked. I found a dresser and decided it would work. Here is how I repurposed an old dresser into an entertainment system.

I found the dresser at an estate sale. It is a good piece but didn't match anything in my house.
I used these products:
Bulls Eye 1 2 3 Primer (no need to sand)
Behr Paint Color Sweet Molasses
MinWax Protective Coating (spray can)

Lets get started...
  • Find a place to paint your item.
  • Clean off dust and dirt. Let dry if needed.
  • Protect your work area (ground) from paint spills with an old cloth or canvas.
  • Remove all the drawers from your dresser.
  • Take the hardware off your drawers with a screwdriver.
  • Decide which drawer you want to turn into a shelf and take out the dresser drawer track (bracket) with a screwdriver.
 This was such a great dresser that was very sturdy. I did not need to do anything to the area I turned into a shelf, other than remove the drawer track, prime, and paint. If your shelf is not sturdy you will want to add some plywood for stability.
I was too lazy to paint the whole thing inside and out. I decided to just paint the visible areas.
  • Paint with Primer. 2 coats.
  • Paint with the color of your choice. 2 coats.
I painted the primer and color with a large & small roller. I did used a paint brush for the hard to reach areas. 
  • Prime & Paint the drawers too
Go ahead and paint the drawer that you do not plan on using. Just in case you decide to turn it back into a dresser in the future. 
Keep your hardware the same, paint it, or buy new hardware.

I decided to paint my hardware silver.
Back to the dresser...
Let everything dry then spray paint a protective coating over it. Once it dries again drill a hole in the back. Where ever you decide to drill the hole make sure the item that you plan on sitting in front of it covers the unsightly hole. You do not want a hole starring at you every time you look at your entertainment center.
Drill the hole as low as possible and make sure it is big enough to fit all your cords through it. Our hole is 1 1/4 inch big.
 I waited a full 2 weeks before I sat anything on it. Okay I'm lying... I sat items on top of my, freshly painted and dried, dresser for the picture below. Then, I took everything off and I did not put anything on top of it for 2 weeks.
We have our DirecTV box and a black PlayStation that covers our hole perfectly.
I did this over a month ago and it is a wonderful piece. The top drawers store the monthly bills (easy access), house keys, pen & note pad. The middle side drawers store movies and PlayStation controllers & games. The bottom drawers store small blankets for movie nights :)

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April 18, 2012

Zebra Spa Party Decorating Ideas

Zebra Spa Party Decorating Ideas

Zebra Spa Party Ideas
One of MCW's readers shared these wonderful Zebra Spa Party ideas with me and I wanted to share her ideas with you. Betty Guzman from Houston threw a Zebra Spa Party for her daughter Callisa's 9th Birthday.

Betty said she got some inspiration from Madison's Zebra Party and Frills and Frogs helped her with the decor. You can check out Frills & Frogs facebook page here :). It's a wonderful business for little girls birthday parties.

The Party Table includes: black table cloth, zebra table runner, zebra plates, zebra cups filled with Nerds candy, a straw, and other items. Table centerpiece has disco balls hanging from it. Very cute!

The zebra cake is a one tier butter cream cake topped with a feather fan & a number 9 candle.

The cake table is covered in a pink table cloth with zebra runner. Betty used large zebra pails for chips and colored popcorn :)

Oreos are the perfect cookie for any zebra party. Fruit kabobs sit on a zebra platter and the cupcakes are in zebra liners.

The Zebra Birthday Sign and Zebra Tulle Puffs.

Learn to make your own Tulle Pom Poms HERE

More Zebra Decoration Ideas....
I love the "NO BOYS ALLOWED" sign :)

Zebra Dry Erase Board sits on the gift table.

Zebra, Pink, & Black lanterns hang for the ceiling and the spa chairs are perfectly covered to match the rest of the party.

Zebra Flag Banner hangs over the spa robes.

Another Zebra "Happy Birthday" Banner with more Tulle Pom Poms.

The mantle adorned with a small mannequin with a tutu, zebra bulletin board, pink feathered boa, and a zebra frame.

The party favors in zebra bags.

What a cute party! The girls loved this spa party! The girls wore pink robes, relaxed with a foot bath, had their nails painted, they did facials, and relaxed with cucumbers over their eyes.

Thank you Betty for sharing this wonderful party! I just know my readers will be inspired.

April 17, 2012

Cheetah Wreath. Etsy Tuesday

Cheetah and Orange Sunflower Wreath
Look how cute this Cheetah Wreath  is from

On her blog she tells you how you can create it yourself, or you can go to her Etsy Shop and purchase it!

In her Etsy shop she also sells customized canvas word art for childrens room. I can't wait to see more creations Amour Cru Designs will come up with.

LIKE Amour Cru Designs on Facebook to stay up-to-date on her new creations.

April 16, 2012

Taylor Swift Quote Sign. DIY Monday

DIY Quote Sign

 My 7 year old daughter is sure that she is Taylor Swifts biggest fan and I'm okay with that. I think Taylor Swift is a wonderful influence.

One of my favorite quotes Taylor Swift sings is "Don't you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine.". So, I decided to turn this quote into wall art for Madison's room.

I bought the wooden plaque at Walmart...
I added some paint and a vinyl decal from Middleburg Trading Company. They do custom orders! Just ask :)

My daughter loves it and it will look great in her room for years.

Take a look at a few of my past vinyl decal creations by clicking here.


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April 15, 2012

Pin it Sunday. Pinterest Love.

Here's my 3 top favorite pins of the week...

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Diy coloring case from Handmade by Stacy Vaughn.

What a great idea!

Free Printables from Nothing but Country.

This is a fantastic gift to give for Father's Day.

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Hunger Games Quote Sign from The Country Chic Cottage.

This just might be my new favortie quote :)

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April 14, 2012

Light Pink & Gold Flower Girl Dress

Pink & Gold Tutu Dress

This tutu dress is made with light pink tulle and gold ribbons. It's a perfect flower girl dress made by Tutu Fairy.

This Pink & Gold Tutu Dress includes:
Tutu Dress wrapped in gold satin ribbon
Braided Sash
Matching Gold Satin Hair Bow

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April 13, 2012

Fondant Monster High

Monster High Cookie Cake

My step-mother made a giant cookie for my nieces birthday and asked if I would make some Monster High Fondant Toppers to put on it. This is what I came up with...

 I really like the way they turned out and it took me less than an hour to create :)

My niece Aleigha.


April 12, 2012

How to make a Candy Bouquet in a wine glass

Wine Glass Candy Bouquet

I've showed you how to make a Candy Bouquet in a party cup, but several of you have asked how I made the Margarita Jolly Rancher Bouquet. I've made so many candy bouquets out of several different containers.

 I've made Candy Bouquets out of soup cans, margarita glasses, party cups, beer mugs, Coke Can, metal pails, boxes, sundae cups, coca-cola glasses,  Cheerleader Megaphone, and now a wine glass. I wish I had a picture of the beer mugs - so cute and a great gift for father's day. Maybe, I'll make another one soon.

This tutorial is very similar to the how to make a candy bouquet tutorial, but it is a little different.

Supplies you will need....

  1. Wine Glass or Margarita Glass - I used a wine glass because I couldn't find a margarita glass at the dollar store this time around.
  2. Styrofoam Ball- Pick a size that fits your glass. My ball is 3"
  3. Jolly Rancher Candy - I bought a large bag. You will have left over candy. You can use a different candy if you want.
  4. Glue Gun - Not pictured but I use a mini low heat glue gun.
  5. Glue Sticks - Not pictured but they fit my glue gun.
  6. Knife - to cut your styrofoam ball.

DIY Steps...

Place your styrofoam ball inside your glass and cut off the bottom half. You only want 1/4 of an inch of styrofoam ball inside your glass.

I only had to cut off 1/4 of my ball. Place your cut ball aside.

 Fill your glass with candy leaving 1/4 of an inch empty at the top.

 Place hot glue around the rim of your glass. Do this step and the next step fast so your hot glue does not cool down.

 Place your pre-cut Styrofoam ball inside your glass and firmly press.

 Hot glue your candy on the styrofoam ball starting from the bottom. Do this one row at a time, working your way to the top.

 Once you get your ball covered with candy you are finished, or you can add some curly string or a bow.

 Simple to make, fun to create, and a great gift to give.

I would love to see how yours turns out :)


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April 9, 2012

Shirt turned into a pillow. DIY Monday

Pillow Shirt
DIY Monday

Madison has outgrown her Zebra Birthday Shirt from last year. I couldn't put it in the trash simply because I think it's so cute. It matches her room perfectly so we turned her old shirt into a pillow.

Very simple to do. Just cut, sew, stuff, sew closed, and add to your bed with the rest of your pillows. 

Now, her sixth birthday shirt will last a long time in her zebra room.



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