Tuesday, December 20, 2011

DIY Cookie or Cake Tray

One of my favorite holiday traditions is to bake lots of goodies with my kids on Christmas eve.  The only thing is, we don't have a cute little display for their artwork of edible beauties.  Of course there are all kinds of cake stands, single or tiered, that correspond with each and every holiday out there that I could go and buy-but where's the fun in that?  Not to mention when you're spending all your extra money on Christmas gifts it doesn't give you much room to budget in expensive decor.
So I did a little research on how to make my own.  Anyone that knows me knows I will find a way to make something myself.  You can take an old candle holder and plate, hot glue together and have an elegant little cake platter, or even use an old wine glass instead of the candle holder.  This is a great idea and you could use mismatched items from your home or check the local good will.  I decided to go to the Dollar Tree and see what I could come up with.  I started to get the holiday plates and make a Christmas scene, but then I thought about how many other occasions I could use it for: birthdays, Valentines, Easter, ect, ect.  Here's what I opted for:

A couple of plastic "crystal" platters, and some wide glass candle holders.  Now keep in mind, you can use as many of these as you would like as long as you keep the weight of your items distributed evenly.

Next, place some hot glue all around the bottom of one of the candle holders, then center it on your first tray.

Then you will coat the rim of the glass with hot glue and affix the other tray on top, making sure to center quick before the glue sets.

I started out with just 2 platters and, upon the hubby's suggestion, added another tier.  I'm pleased with how these came out, and I can use them for any occasion.  You can always dress these up by adding some ribbon or fake flowers around the center.  Another good thing about the glass candle holders I used, is that I could have filled the glasses with ornaments, confettii, or any other light weight item.  The possibilities are endless!
Here's the final product:
Wishing you and yours a Very Merry CHRISTmas!
Amy~Dixie Diva

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Keepin' It Real

It's heartwarming to know that other mom's are as imperfect as I am.  We all tend to hide it as best we can, but let's face it, none of us are She-Ra...we just pretend to be.  I follow several other "mom" blogs that have recently helped me to remember I am human.  Mom's just like me that love to craft and in photos everything looks to perfection.  But behind the scenes is utter chaos just as in my own home.  I'M NOT ALONE!!
Now, I'm OCD to an extent but that does not include being all neat and tidy all the time.  That's not to say that tripping over the same toy three days in a row won't make me a little testy, it's just not my biggest priority.  I like to say that a clean home is not a lived in home and trust me when I say we LIVE in ours!  And for you mom's that can do it all and keep your home all neat and tidy, you go girl!  But are you living on caffeine??  I want to know how you do it and manage to stay sane, especially if you are the mom of 2 or more.
So with all that being said, a fellow crafty mom blogger Crunchy Catholic Momma posted this:
 Take a picture of one of your rooms (the way it really looks when no one is watching).  Blog about it or post a picture on your Flickr, then link to this post at the bottom linky link.  Lets stop pretending our lives are picture perfect, reality is more fun anyway and we can all share in the fact that we are not super heros we are women with real lives who make awesome stuff but forget to scratch off a few things on the To Do list. 
So with that being said, here's my "Keepin it Real" for this week.
This is just one little corner of my office.  Notice the multiple Halloween containers, my shoes I just took off, the mixer that I have desperatley been wanting that still hasn't been used b/c I can't find room on the kitchen counters!  Oh and if you look closely in the corner, you will see the broken drawer leaned up against the art stand.  Don't you love my pop tart box holding my sewing patterns?  If it's a box that can be used in any way, I keep it.
So there you go, just one tiny space in my house that actually looks better than it did a week ago.  My office has slowly become the catch all room.  No where to put it?  Just put it in mom's office.  Alright, I've braved my keepin' it real...anybody else dare to share?

Monday, November 14, 2011

That Thing Called Life....It Happens

So I had this fantastic plan to do "100 Craft/Gift Ideas for Christmas" in the 100 days leading up to the big day.  That thing called life happened.

Husband got sick, cheer/football started, craft fair, county fair, I got sick, ect, ect.  Like a lot of things we do, we start with such good intentions but then things happen and guess what?  We're human.

So instead I am going to show you some of the things I've been working on and when I can, I'll show you tutorials.  Any patterns that I purchase I won't be able to give you the how to, but I can tell you where you'll find it.  I'm all about home/hand made everything.  You don't have to be a pro, just a little creativity and if you don't have that don't worry.  There's plenty of inspiration out there to get you started.

Now, I'll leave you with this (before I have to go referee the kiddo's).  For homecoming week at my daughter's school they gave the kids a theme for each day.  The first one was to wear a shirt or hat showing your favorite team.  Of course we had nothing on hand for our daughter so off to buy fabric I went.  Check out our little Tennessee Vol girl :)

This is made from a pattern I got on one of my all time fave sites http://www.youcanmakethis.com/ and the pattern is The Pink Dress by Lily Bird Studio.  LOVE this dress pattern. It puts a new twist on the Pillow Case Dress. Now the first time I made it, I worked on it all Sunday afternoon.  But it was a new pattern and my 3 and 6 yr olds were going at it non stop. 
I can tell you one thing about it that I did different.  When I unfolded my fabric, I realized that with the way the fabric was laid out, I didn't have enough for the length of the dress.  So what I lacked for it, I just added to the bottom band.  The same can be done with lots of patterns, even one that doesn't call for a bottom contrast band.

Ok, that's it for today but I promise to keep these more regular...lol!