No Prob Llama

Llama love is all around this season. Super trendy.

They are cute and fuzzy, but I stray away from anything bigger than a house cat. And also birds. Birds are the worst. The liquor store down the road from my house has about 5 llamas. They keep them outside in a field by the parking lot most of they year until it gets too cold. They also have a cat…. and a peacock.

Llama Lu & Lulu Love Sunny Days – Felt Hoop Art

 

Llama Lu & Lulu – Felt Hoop Art
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Sew Sweet Home – Gingerbread House

Let me start off by saying this, I was robbed! The fix was in. Ok, maybe that’s not completely true. 😀 Just let it be known, I didn’t want to enter this contest to begin with! I had never made a gingerbread house before in my life. I’m not sure I ever will again after this. I still have sugary crumbs in my carpet.

It all started with “Come on, you’re crafty. I just know you’ll win.” Sure. Whatevs. I figured I’d do it ’cause… I didn’t have much else to do that weekend. All of my Christmas shopping was done, the lights were up,  so why not? Ha! I had no idea what I got myself into. This thing took 4 days.

Anyway, as soon as I got the kit I immediately thought of how to incorporate buttons into my house. We were all given a kit to work with. Everything had to be edible and that meant finding a button mold to use with fondant. I found this Wilton mold at JoAnn’s. Did I mention I’d never used fondant before?

wilton fondant mold

I decided my house was going to be a sewing cottage, complete with a button roof, quilted walls, and a flower garden. A pink house was a must so I bought some food coloring and mixed up some colors. I never thought I’d actually use that entire bucket of fondant… but I did.at least 5 pounds of fondant

I placed a generous layer of fondant on all of the pieces and used a roller to add ‘quilt’ lines and a fondant stamp to make the impression of flowers. pink house panels

I let the house dry  along with the roof, which was done in the same quilted pattern. While I waited, I made a ton of fondant buttons.

a ton of fondant buttons

After decorating and assembling the house panels, I started on the roof . When it was time to attach the roof to the house I was nervous that it was too heavy but thankfully it held.

trying to be careful

So, here’s the house on display for the contest. Now, I’m not one to brag but – It was adorable, right?! I mean, most original– HELLO! What’s more original than this? Certainly not a beach house, which turned out to be the winner. Maybe my concept was a little too over their heads. Bleh! LOL! 😛

my house on display

 

 

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Ready for Christmas?

No, I’m not! I do this to myself every year. Last minute cards are becoming a tradition – here I am frantically coloring on my lunch break.

This ‘Reindeer Fun’ stamp & die set by Mama Elephant is so cute. Best of all, I didn’t have to order anything online for my cards this year. I get so impatient waiting for craft supplies through the mail, especially when I’m already running behind. I found these at JoAnns!

Thankfully, they are all in the mail as of yesterday. Now I sit and wait to receive a card in return… yes, I sit and wait.

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Custom Nightmare Before Christmas Wedding Pins & Bouquets

Recently, I was contacted for a special custom order for a wedding. The theme, ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’. The color palette consisted of black, white, grey, and purple. I never realized these buttons even existed. How cool are they? They’re in the Disney line by Dress It Up button embellishments.

I started with boutonnieres for the groom and best man. Wire wrapped buttons and beads.

Next were the smaller bouquets of cut strips of double sided cardstock. Each strip of paper is punched by hand prior to shaping into flowers. I’ve never made these for a wedding before so it was an interesting experience tracking down paper in the appropriate colors.

The flowers were given a button center and arranged on floral wire stems.

Bouquet twinning!

The bridal bouquet was made with mulberry paper flowers. The bride requested Jack and Sally for the focal point in the center of the bouquet.

I love the look of everything, and most importantly the bride is happy.

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