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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

I heart fake food - Felt Sugar Cookie Tutorial

Believe it or not, I still heart fake food.  And, sometimes, felt fruits and veggies just aren't enough.  I crave felt sugar too.

No fake kitchen is complete without a set of sugar cookies.  With this easy to follow tutorial, your little baker will have so much fun whipping up their own batch of felt sugar cookies.

Felt sugar cookies are also the perfect accompaniment for any tea party.

To make your own zero calorie sugar cookies, grab the following supplies:


To make the your cookie dough and cookie base:

Start by tracing your cookie cutter pattern onto the tan felt/cookie dough.  Trace along the outside of the cookie cutter.  Using a pair of sharp scissors, cut out your cookie shape.   

*Optional.  Felt tends to stretch the more you use it.  To give the felt more durability, I layered another layer of tan felt beneath the layer I cut the cookie shapes out of.  I applied a little bit of glue around the shape outline and pressed it into place onto the solid piece of felt.  Sew around the perimeter of the dough.  Cut the shape out of the solid layer of felt, using the top layer as an outline.  These shapes were not kept intact as I cut them out.

**If you opt to add an extra layer to cookie dough, you may want to cut add a second layer to the cut out cookie shape so it will fit back inside of the dough evenly.

To make the icing.

Select the color icing you want to use.  Again, use the cookie cutter as the pattern, this time tracing from inside the cookie cutter.  Cut out enough to cover all your cookies.

Optional:  To embellish your cookies with 'sprinkles', using a needle and thread, sew beads onto the 'icing'.

If you have extra sprinkles, you can fill up an empty sprinkle container.

Glutton free, calorie free felt sugar cookies.

Package these homemade felt sugar cookies up with a rolling pin, measuring cups, measuring spoons, recipe cards and extra sprinkles and you have a great gift.

A gift that encourages imaginative play.

The inner baker is bound to come out in anyone who plays with these cookies.

Felt sugar cookies...

the perfect addition to any play kitchen.

If you enjoyed this tutorial, make sure to check out more I Heart Fake Food Tutorials by clicking here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

DIY Garden Trellis

A garden trellis, a year in the making.

Last year, we bought a few free standing garden trellises in hopes of giving the corner of our yard some charm and create some additional privacy.  

Admittedly, I'm getting a bit spoiled.  My husband's competency is now raising my bar of expectations. 

So, when a year went by and the garden trellis sat so beautiful and yet so woefully neglected, hidden behind our garage.  My expectations became that said garden trellis needed to be completed asap.

Dutifully, the master got to work.

A structure was created.

Details were added.

A charming garden trellis was a day!

And, then, a big gust of wind came by and this beautiful garden trellis was knocked over.  

That didn't deter the master, though.  He persevered.  He created.  He conquered.

The garden trellis is now complete.

The bar has been raised again. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY Garden Hose Holder

Add some charm to your yard by making your own garden hose holder. 

I thought this idea was brilliant when I pinned it almost 2 years ago. 

Then, I continued to think this was a brilliant idea when we found a post and equestrian hook over a year ago. 

The problem, this brilliant idea, post and hook continued getting moved to the bottom of the to do list FOR OVER A YEAR. 

In the meantime, countless barnwood bunnies, whales, foxes were made.

And, things like this would show up in my trunk. 

We finally came to an understanding, it was time to mark this brilliant idea off of our to do list before we could take in or on any other projects. 

So...painting began.  A helpful tip, when painting something that is going outside, invest in a pint of good outdoor paint.  A little will go along way.

Once the post was dry, the hook was put in place.  Everything was starting to have a refine feel, except for the new screws that secured the hook.

The new screws took on a more polished look with a little Novacan Black Patina.

 Applying a little patina with a paint brush, the screws aged right before our eyes.


 The post was then sunk into the ground...

And, the hose was FINALLY put into place.

2 years later, it's done! 

I can't wait to add something new to the to do list. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

First Grade

First grade; another baby step in the process of 'letting go'.

First grade.  A year of new firsts.  First time going to school ALL DAY long.

In kindergarten, Grace only went to school in the morning.  And, though, at the time, it was hard to let her go, the mornings went so quickly.  That smiling face was back home with me before lunch. 

First grade also means, the first time Grace gets to experience lunch and recess.  These are parts of her day that she looks forward to the most.  These are parts of the day, I worry about the most.  Those unstructured moments of the day, you hope will greet your child with kindness and happy memories.


Those are the moments I worry about her falling and scraping her knee and me not being there to give her a band-aid and a little tenderness. 

But, this brave little girl is ready, ready to take on the firsts.  Ready to fearlessly face new challenges.  Ready to make new friends. 

This brave little girl is ready to go...

Though I am sure she took my heart with her, in that back pack, there's no place else I'd rather my heart go. 

As I count down the hours until she returns home, I look around, feeling a bit less brave. 

Her absence is felt.

My heart aches a bit, until she comes home, filled with delightful tales about how she LOVED her first day of school.  She smiles as she tells me about the girls she sat with at lunch and played with at recess.  She laughs as she remembers funny moments from her day.

And, I hug her a bit tighter. 

So, even though I know there will be many more moments of learning how to let her go, I'll appreciate those moments I don't have to and I'll hold on that much tighter. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

'Bear' With Me

Bear with me...

This momma bear is trying to enjoy the last 14 days of summer before sending her baby bear to school (ALL day!).

Enjoy what's left of your summer!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A Day at a Butterfly House

We finally had an opportunity to visit a butterfly house.  Let me just say, if you haven't been to a butterfly house...stop what you are doing right now and google local butterfly houses.  This is such an amazing experience for kids of all ages as well as for adults. 

Grace and I were both captivated as we watched 100s of butterflies fly, feed and land around us.

In addition to seeing all these beautiful butterflies, we also learned some fun butterfly facts. 

Did you know, butterflies taste with their feet?

Another fun fact, butterflies need it to have about an 85 degree body temperature in order to fly.  Butterflies are cold blooded and can't regulate their temperatures so they require warm sunny days in order to fly. 

The day that we visited the butterfly house, it was a partially cloudy cooler day.  When the sun was shining into the screened in butterfly house, the butterflies happily flew around.  When a cloud past, they settled into the beautiful flowers flightless.

But the saddest butterfly fact, of all, the average life span of most butterflies is 2-4 weeks.

From the moment they emerge from their chrysalis their sole purposes in life are to eat and mate.

Knowing that they live such a short amount of time, makes me want to stop and appreciate their beauty even more.

The number one rule of any butterfly house is 'do not touch the butterflies'.  Of course, if they should decide to land on you, that is fine.  We saw butterflies land on a few people.  The butterflies were drawn to people wearing bright neon colored clothing and little girls with faux flowers in their hair.

Grace sat quietly and patiently, desperately hoping a butterfly would land on her.  Though no butterflies landed on her, one did flutter right past her face, wings flapping in her face.  Being *kissed* by a butterfly satisfied her enough that we were able to leave.  But, we'll be back, in our brightly colored shirts to try again.

If you want to see more of what we've been up to this summer, you can always follow me via Instagram as well.

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