Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cupcake Bouquet

Welcome to another tea party.

Today I'm serving cupcakes.

I've arranged them in a basket bouquet.

Next time I will  take more time to
decorate each cupcake to look like a rose
or other flower.

But I was a bit short on time today so
I just did a basic swirl and leaf.

Each cake is placed on a stand I
created from a circle cut from foam board
to which a long candy sucker stick (Wilton)
was inserted and glued on the underside.

The stick was inserted into the
bottom of the cupcake
and a little frosting piped onto the circle
kept the cake seated securely in place.

Then I carefully poked the sticks into
a block of styrofoam which I had wired into
the basket.

Stems of silk greenery was used as filler.

There.  All done.  Have one won't you!

I'm so glad you stopped by today.
If these cupcakes have inspired you,
please leave a comment.

Then pour another cup of tea and
have a look around. You can find more
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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Easy Patriotic Wreath

Welcome to my Tea Party.

Today I'm sharing a fun easy to make
wreath  suitable for any patriotic holiday.

Pour a cup of tea and let's get started.

Begin with a straw wreath
(or alternately, a pool noodle that is curled into a circle
and held together permanently with a
wood dowel inserted and hot glued into the inner hole;
I wrapped a piece of duct tape where
the ends of the pool noodle is glued
together for added security)

Wrap the wreath form in sections
using red and white colored yarn
as shown (representative of the
red and white stripes of the American Flag.

Wrap one section using navy blue yarn.
Apply white buttons on the blue section
using hot glue
to represent stars in the field of blue.

And you're done!!

Hang and enjoy the holiday.

Sharing here:

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Paper Party Tablecloth 4th of July Bunting Tutorial

The Accordion aka Fan Fold

Can be used in a variety of ways 
and sizes
as can easily be seen when browsing 
online craft sites and blogs.

Love these Fall Leaves

Art paper accordion folded rosettes are used
to decorate handmade greeting cards,

Christmas tree ornaments

tiny rosettes decorate a paperclip

large ones make great party decorations.

For my window bunting 
I started with a paper tablecloth
from our super center.

I cut along the length of the tablecloth
 about 15 inches from the edge 
so it was very narrow and long
(approximately 5 or 6  feet in length).

With the piece of tablecloth that I cut
 I began to fold, fold, fold

I added a strip of poster board (or card stock)
in between the folds at both ends 
to give it some stability for hanging.

Along ONE EDGE I gathered a few folded sections
together and punched a hole in the center of the section
about 1/2 inch from the edge.

but first I strengthened the paper
by applying a small strip of tape where
the hole would be.

Then I threaded a hinged ring 
through the holes.

Open it up and Voila!!
a Bunting ready to be hung.

See the hinged ring in the very center
and how the ends are straight
stiffened by the card stock between the end folds.

To hang I applied 
several  1 inch squares of velcro
hook & loop tape to the window frame
and to the bunting.

I love how this looks in my office 
reception desk window.

I'll be watching for cute paper tablecloths
for other holidays....maybe Halloween...
orange, black and yellow stripes or checks 
with candy corn and jack-o-lanterns 
or black cats would be fun!!

sharing at these parties:

and Ivy and Elephants

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

4th of July Decorated Office Tree

Time to update the office tree
for the next upcoming holiday

Independence Day,  July 4th

In addition to last years firecrackers and rockets

I added these red shiny balls 
found at a garage sale.
The gold star bursts reminded me of "fireworks".

and a smaller size has gold stars

This past Christmas season I picked up these 
blue icicles.

And my favorite addition, another garage sale find,

this "fountain" of silver with red & blue stars
I've used as a tree topper.

Hope you enjoyed this little holiday tree tour.
Have a happy and safe 4th.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Flag Day and Red Skelton's Commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance

photo found at GoodFon.su  free wallpaper 

I stumbled upon this
by Red Skelton
and wanted to share it with you
in recognition of Flag Day
which is Saturday June 14.
Please click the link above to go there.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Look "Whooo's" Moved Into My Neighborhood

...Actually, the tree 
right outside my kitchen window

Do you see who it is?

Here, let me zoom in a little closer.


A rather shy girl or guy.

And here's another one of our neighbors
that likes to visit the tree
 outside our kitchen window.

Watch as my husband opens the window 
and grasps the tree branch to steady it while 
a squirrel walks out to take a peanut,
a favorite snack.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Solar Roadways The Coolest Thing Ever!

Have you heard about 

Solar Roadways?

Not only roadways, but 

Sidewalks and Driveways

That's right, NO more shoveling snow
Where do I sign up to get one?

And there's soooo much more.

Incredible concept created by
Julie & Scott Brusaw

Learn all about it