Fabric Marker Fashion and UdderlySmooth

This post is sponsored but the ideas and the opinions are all mine!

Fabric markers make creating fashion so easy and fun.  I love the different packs with all of the bright colors from Tulip brand with iLovetoCreate.

Spring is around the corner which sparks the creative spirit.  Fabric markers are such a great way for kids to create their own fashion statements.  They work fabulously on canvas surfaces which makes them perfect for “tricking some kicks”!  There is something special that happens when people get to creating, coloring and designing.   I love when the final result makes a statement and is something useable and fun.

To create these shoes, I used the following:

  • Tulip Brand Fabric Markers (Non-Toxic)
  • Aleene’s Quick Dry Fabric Fusion to Adhere Buttons
  • Ribbon for the Laces (Offray Brand)

To do it, these are the steps…

  1. Color your designs on the shoes.
  2. Add your bling.  (Buttons, Sequins, Gems)
  3. Trade the laces out with ribbon.

It is easy peasy and really fun too.  Here are some other project by my designer friends.

Crafting and creating each and every day means that my hands are super busy and in use a lot.  Add that to living in DRY Colorado and I get hands that could look and feel abused.  Thankfully, I have a great stash of Udderly Smooth that saves my hands (and my skin) from dryness and damage.  I love it because it doesn’t leave my hands feeling sticky or greasy.  It is like magic!  You can enter to win a stash of it AND a gift card to JoAnns so you can get some crafty supplies of your own. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy National Craft Month,

Laura

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My Creative March Mystery Box Challenge Project – Popcorn for St. Patrick’s Day

I love sending out fun packages and creating online connections among creative bloggers, DIYers and designers.  For March I sent out 10 mystery boxes with the following contents and am so excited to see what everyone is creating.  The Tulip Slick from iLoveToCreate was used in so many neato ways!  It is double exciting because it is National Craft Month!

I used the Tulip Slick to make a shamrock on a scrap of burlap then used a buttons and some ribbon along with it to decorate a container for St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn Surprise.

The fun part is the mystery candy in the bottom of the box.  The GOLD!  You could also fill the bottom with Lucky Charms cereal!

I love it and think it is actually super cute!

It is cute with an added rainbow made with my buttons from Buttons Galore and More too!  You can find out how I made the rainbow HERE AND get a free rainbow printable too!

I will be rounding the project up and sharing them all together later this week!  Until then, you can go ahead and enter to win this fabulous prize!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Happy March! Happy Crafting! Happy Everything!!!

Laura

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India Inspired Creative Space in my Living Area – #bestexoticmarigold

While I must start by sharing that this post is sponsored by World Market, I can honestly say that all of the opinion are 100% mine.  I have always had a passion for bright colors, mixed patterns and things that come from far away places so this post is completely authentic.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is coming out in theaters THIS week!  It is filled with inspiration from India and when I found out that World Market would be partnering with the movie for a sweepstakes, I was so thrilled.    I visited the World Market website and picked some of my favorite home decor things that they sell that are from India.  Here they are…

If you love them as much as me, here’s more information linked to their store.

My favorite is the Red Suti Poof pictured below because it is great for sitting on and using for feet when in the chair.

We picked our favorite things and went shopping.  When we came home we decorate a ‘creative space’ in our living area of our home using our Indian decor.  It came out awesome!

I really love the way the colors all work together.

And being organized is totally one of my things.

Both of my girls want this entire table and it’s accessories moved to their bedrooms!  It looks like we will be heading back to the store to do some serious shopping as we have agreed to redo Jordan’s whole room into a multi-cultural World Market theme.

There are tons of yummy yummy recipes and foods inspired by India too.  Make sure you check out their Indian food selection too for some fabulous selections.

GIVEAWAY: World Market is holding an amazing sweepstakes!  To celebrate the upcoming film, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (in theaters March 6), and enter for a chance to win a dream trip to India, FREE movies for a year and a $1,000 World Market Gift Card! Ends 3/27/15. Enter now here!

Marigold Sweeps

THE SECOND BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD  is the expansionist dream of Sonny (Dev Patel), and it’s making more claims on his time than he has available, considering his imminent marriage to the love of his life, Sunaina (Tena Desae). Sonny has his eye on a promising property now that his first venture, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for the Elderly and Beautiful, has only a single remaining vacancy – posing a rooming predicament for fresh arrivals Guy (Richard Gere) and Lavinia (Tamsin Greig). Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) have now joined the Jaipur workforce, and are wondering where their regular dates for Chilla pancakes will lead, while Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) are negotiating the tricky waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two eligible and very wealthy suitors. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is newly installed co-manager of the hotel, Muriel (Maggie Smith), the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the demands of a traditional Indian wedding threaten to engulf them all, an unexpected way forward presents itself. Rated PG-13.

Which piece of our creative space is your favorite?

Cheers,

Laura

PS:  If you like this, you might LOVE this great idea too from See Vanessa Craft!

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Individual Mini Egg Casseroles in a Muffin Pan

These individual mini egg casseroles are easy to make and create great little breakfast treats.  You can add whatever extras you like to make them yummy which makes them awesomely individualized.  I love these for taking to the school on the mornings that PTA serves breakfast to the staff.

The main ingredient is of course, eggs.  You will need one egg for each mini muffin slot in the pan, so for me that was 12.  The eggs get beaten with 1 TBSP of milk for each 6 mini muffins, then you add your ingredients.  I added shredded cheese, salt and pepper then poured them into the GREASED pan.

I added little pieces of ham next – a few per slot.  They sink to the bottom but that is okay.  Next time the request here is to add bacon.  Bake them for 20 minutes or until the egg is cooked through in the middles at 350 degrees.  When they come out, they should look like this.  Let them cool for 5 minutes and then they will pop right out of the pan.  They are excellent served with fresh fruit!

Yummy, right?!

Happy baking up some happy fun for breakfast!

Cheers,

Laura

PS: You can make them bigger too.  I made this one in a mini baking dish (4 inches) with three eggs and baked it for 28 minutes.  The adorable hand stamped tag is with one of my stamps from Expressionery.  You can get one here.

 

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Feed the Birds with Birdseed Branches

The snowfall here in Denver is so amazing.  It is like a winter wonderland.  Sadly though, my bird feeder is underneath it all.  I decided to remedy the problem and create an alternative way to feed my feather friends.  I gathered a few supplies to make birdseed branches.

The branches are from my tree in the front yard.  I took a few and covered them in peanut butter then poured birdseed on top.

I think they are fun and can’t wait for the birds to find their snack.  It looks silly on my grill but hey, it’s solves a dilemma and that makes me happy.

Cheers to winter,

Laura

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Create a Ceramic Platter for Girl Scout Cookies

Learning about creating with Duncan Ceramics is such a fun journey!  Here are the steps that I used to create this ceramic platter for displaying our Girl Scout cookies at sales booths this season.  Everyone loves them!  I have had tons of requests to make them for people so I thought I would share how I did it here and send them all in to their local studios to create on their own.

First step, get your supplies together and organized.

To get started, you will need a cutout of the Girl Scout emblem that will act as a reverse stencil.  I got mine wet to have it stick to the bisque while I painted the platter.  I drew hearts with a pencil then painted green around the emblem and the hearts.  I peeled of the emblem paper and painted that area in in a darker green.  I added dots with the end of a dowel then filled in the hearts with French Dimensions.

I let it all dry then added my words by painting with black.  All of the underglazes that I used were Concepts from Duncan.  I glazed it and fired it in my amazing Skutt kiln and Ta Da!

I gave it to my husband.  He is Zoe’s cookie dad for her troop.  Of course, he loves it.  I made the brown one for Jordan’s troop too.  Her leader was so excited and said she planned to use it all year for snacks at meetings.  How special!

 

Happy Creating and Supporting Girls Everywhere,

Laura

 

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Almost Rotten Banana Cookies

This was my mom’s recipe for Almost Rotten Banana Cookies and it is my brother’s favorite.  I often buy too many bananas just so a few will get left and look almost too bad to eat just so I can make these.

The recipe is on a card from her file box and she has been in Heaven since 2003 so I hold this sacred.  It is a recipe that I put into a book that I made and reproduced for my brothers and cousins of all of her faves that we would want to continue to make.  I can’t bring myself to type it out but here is a picture.

Truth be told, it is my go-to cookbook for the basics.  It holds the recipes that are nearest to my heart, even the sloppy Joes.  Of course the Poor Man’s Cookies are pretty amazing too.  Back to these cookies…the best part of the cookies is the frosting.

Note…these are messy and more like little cakes than cookies.  They do not travel well, which is okay because they never last very long.

Happy Banana Cookies,

Laura

 

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