Tutus For All

20130113-130955.jpg

Materials: tulle and ribbon

So I’ll admit this post is a bit delayed. It kinda got shoved under the bed and lost for a while. I found the pictures the other day and realized I didn’t post anything on my witch costume from Halloween. Lucky for you, you can use this blog post all year round. Change colors to make a ballerina tutu for your little girl or just if you want a tutu for romping around the house on a Saturday (I don’t judge).

Anyway, you’ll need a ribbon that is long enough to go around your waist and then have extra ribbon to tie it into a bow. Make a knot on each end of the ribbon where it meets when you put it around your waist. That way you’ll know where to put the tulle.

Once that’s done, roll your tulle up (the way they do it when you get it from the fabric store). so that it’s rolled up. Cut 2-inch strips and then unroll them. This will save you a ton of time.

20130113-131010.jpg

Doesn’t have to be cut perfect.. unless you’re particular like that.

Decide how long you want your tutu to be by measuring from your waist to where you want it to fall. Cut a strip of fabric a little more than double that length. Do the same with all other strips. You’ll then begin tying the strips to the ribbon, making the knot fall in the middle of your strip (so now when it’s tied on, it’s the length you wanted. The more strips you add, the fluffier it will get. I used a total of about 5 to 6 yards of tulle.

20130113-131026.jpg

Just tie it on and you’re all set.

20130113-131040.jpg

Almost complete.

20130113-131924.jpg

So fluffy!

Advertisements

Make it fancy, easy

20121225-073155.jpg

I have too many candles and too few presents when holidays and birthdays come up. Hence the need to make of those candles into gifts.

Like this little gem that I found, a lovely Glade candle that was in need of some dressing up. My easiest solution (and cheapest, since I have an astronomical amount of nail polishes in my room) was to paint the outside of the container with a gold glitter nail polish. Not bad, seeing as I only needed three coats to make it look even. Made my $2 candles look about four times its sticker price.

Stache Happy

I think I pull this look off well.

 

I’m so excited for our office holiday party! So much so that I offered to make mustaches for our photo booth. Yes, we are having a photo booth at our office holiday party. I am so pumped to get dressed up and have fun with my work buddies.

These mustaches actually took quite a bit of time and patience. I’m not going to lie, I’m glad I had the TV on because it made time go by quicker.

I had to collect some fuzzy hair fabric, foam board, felt, my trusty glue gun, scissors, thin dowel, and printed off the mustache silhouette that I wanted to use.

The hard part

Trace and cut out the mustache on the foam board. That’s so you have a sturdy base for the board.

Getting ready to make it fuzzy!

Once that’s on the fabric, cut the outline of the fabric around the board.

Cut the dowel to a foot if it’s longer. I bought the longer dowel because it was cheap and I could get many out of it. Glue the dowel to the non-fuzzy side, then glue it onto the felt. Cut like you did from the fuzzy fabric.

Now play in front of the mirror.

Puffy Christmas Cards

I can’t help myself. I love the holidays. And I love sending a little bit of puffy happiness in the mail.

Gathered the goods.

So I pulled out my crafting supplies and decided to make a little something to put on the envelopes for my holiday cards. I just used basic cards, blank ones, but you can use whatever you want.

Start with the outline of a tree….

Once you have the outline, fill it in and be patient. You should let this layer dry before moving on.

Add a little star… some “ornaments”… etc.

And let it dry. So simple, but makes the cards just a little bit happier and special.

Cute!

 

 

 

Excessive Christmas Planning

I should probably actually have people to have a party with before I plan the party, eh?

I know Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened, but I can’t stop pinning things to my Party Ideas board on Pinterest. I have pseudo planned a party (in my head, of course) and can’t wait to make everything. Of course, that means I actually need to plan a party now (probably won’t happen). That’s the problem with Pinterest, you pin all these things and most of the time never do any of it.

So I’m hoping this at least lends itself to decorating the house in an astronomical amount of holiday spirit. Maybe I’ll even make myself a Mrs. Claus outfit and wear it around the house for fun.

Halloween Costumes – Pirate

So much hairspray, you would never know.

Arrrggh-n’t you ready for Halloween? Ok, cheesy part over. I couldn’t help myself. As I’ve said before, I have three Halloween costumes. Pulled this one out for the first party. It was a hit and didn’t cost me a dime. I have to say though, I don’t know too many people that have a closet that runs the gambit from hippie to old lady to Victorian-era. Mine does.

I gathered the following (plus another maroon scarf and every piece of gold jewelry I owned):

Corset, fluffy white top, scarves, pirate boots

I happen to have a fluffy white hippie top and went perfectly under my corset. The corset, I wore backwards so the ties were in the front, to get that pirate waistband look. I tied the maroon floral scarf around my waist to layer my look. Topped the look with the pirate boots which have been sitting in my closet forever, but were perfect for this.

For my hair, I had my friend curl the heck out of my super fine, super straight hair. Curled and added half a can of hairspray to my do, then pinned a maroon silk scarf in as a headband.

Don’t forget a pair of black or black patterned shorts. (I went with my Gap pair I got this summer. Cotton, flow-y and had a gray pattern on it.)

Top it with every gold necklace I own, and POOF! You’ve got yourself a pirate. See, so easy.

Now, only two more costumes to go. I can’t wait!

What Home Depot Is Good For

I wish I had gotten more.

What is Home Depot good for, you ask? Well, when your mom is deciding to paint her kitchen the color of a bar of chocolate and you fear it will make the room look like a cave, Home Depot is good for collecting color samples. Lots of color samples. I wish I had gotten more. However, mom was starting to give me an angry look when I started pulling green shades, when obviously that color was not going into her kitchen.

As I was pulling colors of Behr, I remembered that I could use some of the shades to make craft project. Shush. You know you’ve thought of it, too. It wasn’t like I was taking enough to make a wall mural, just enough to make a few card cut outs. You’ll see. I’ll be posting those soon.

Oh yeah, and in case you were as worried as I was about the kitchen color, I got her to brighten up the shade. I think we went with something called Mushroom Bisque. How appropriate for a kitchen color. Food on the wall prevails – savory over sweet.