Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Shout-out for Margarita Shots!

If you need a delicious party beverage that doubles as a festive decoration, then I've got the perfect recipe: Margarita Gummy Shots.

They're a clever and colorful combination of mini margarita cocktails and tequila-soaked gummy Life Savers, served on a tiny spoonful of salt. They'd be magnifico for Cinco de Mayo or splendid at any summer party.

For the complete Margarita Gummy Shot recipe and details, head over to my tutorial on SheKnows.

Party on!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yum…. Muppets!

If I can't get my kids to go with me to see the new Muppets Most Wanted movie, maybe I can at least get them to eat this Beaker BLT Wrap I created.

For the complete assembly instructions, head over to Handmade Charlotte.

Or, ask Beaker would say "Meep!"

Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Pudding Pop Surprises

Remember those old Jell-o Pudding Pop commercials with Bill Cosby? "A wholesome treat that mom will let you eat, because it's made with real pudding."

Now that I've taken us all down memory lane, how 'bout I share my latest springtime treat: Easter Surprise Pudding Pops. Yummy, creamy, chocolatey pudding pops with a candy bunny hidden inside.

Do you think I could get Bill Cosby to try one?

You can find my step-by-step instructions at SheKnows.

Bea liked them, that's for sure.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Gear up for Gardening

Spring is finally here! All the blooming trees and flower bulbs in Wichita decided to show their magnificent colors this week.

Which also means, it's time to get your 2014 Tree Top Nursery garden t-shirt. Good for 10% off all your purchases when you wear it to the store this year. Just stop by Tree Top and pick one up this weekend. And while you're there, could you pick up about 60 bags of mulch for me? I've got a little springtime sprucing up that needs done at our house. 

Here's a closer peek at this year's "Live for Today. Plant for Tomorrow" design.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cupcake Headboard

As a gift for my niece's 7th birthday a few years ago, I decorated her bedroom. At the time, I also promised Addie I would make her a cupcake headboard. (Here's the original post from 2011.)

Well, it only took 2 1/2 years.... but I finally finished it! 

The bottom of the cupcake is made of foam swim kickboards covered in purple, polar fleece fabric. The chocolate cupcake top is stuffed with quilt batting and covered in brown, curly chenille fabric. And the cherry on top is a pink fluffy pillow that I found at Walmart. The whole thing is built on a frame of wood and polycore board.

I'm sorry it took me so long, Addie. Thank you for being so patient. I wish you the sweetest of dreams under your new cupcake headboard.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Just What the Doctor Ordered

It's only been two years, but Redbud Pediatrics has already expanded their clinic space! So, I was thrilled when Dr. Rebecca Reddy asked me to create some new d├ęcor for the added exam rooms and enlarged waiting area. 

I've spent the last couple of months constructing giant letters out of foam core, hot gluing fur and other funky fabrics, designing new kid-friendly canvas prints, and painting big blue birds. Eric and I installed everything this afternoon, and I just love how it came together. 

So. Much. Fun. 

Hope you agree.

Blue bench from Tree Top Nursery, wooden trees and canvas wrapped frame.

More canvas-wrapped prints and the play table/house Eric built 2 years ago.
"redbud" letters made out of foam core and covered in white vinyl fabric.
Canvas-wrapped frames made by Signs Now.
Mirror slats that I bought from Umbra.com and attached to MDF board.

"the picture of health" vinyl lettering attached to the mirror by Signs Now.
Custom vinyl numbers on the bottom of each exam room door.

Custom Redbud bird cut out of MDF board, made by Eric.

Jane Jenni plates attached to the wall in one exam room.
Custom framed print: "You're growing like a weed."

Red clipboards with custom mini posters.

Red clocks I found at Target and added the little blue birds on top.

Peace, love & Redbud bird, made out of foam core and covered in fabrics and fur.

Funky furs and fabrics covering each shape.

Custom framed prints near the nurses station.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Cake for Cake

Our calico cat, Cake, turned 2 years old yesterday. So of course, we made her a three-tiered, candle-topped, birthday cake out of cat food. (Which was totally Bea's idea, I swear!)

Cats DO NOT like flaming candles.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Spring Breaking

The sky is blue. The sun is shining. And the kids are enjoying a little spring break.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

3-Point Shots

Who's ready for some March Madness? 

Me. Me. And me. 

Mostly because my WSU Shockers are still undefeated after an incredible season, and ready to make another run for the Final Four. Go SHOX!

I have a really fun basketball-themed treat you can make for your bracket-busting parties. They're called 3-Point Shots. You can make them with or without alcohol. Just add some clear flavored soda to unflavored gelatin, and top them off with little cantaloupe basketballs. (Which you can also soak in vodka for some extra ZING!)

They're a guaranteed slam dunk (or drunk.)

Find the complete tutorial at SheKnows


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