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Monday, April 9, 2012

EASY Tissue Rosettes!


While re-doing my entrance for spring, I came across very few (or, no) helpful tutorials to create tissue paper rosettes.  I just couldn't understand with all the cutting, twisting, turning, and folding.  I finally came across a Japanese tutorial that showed how to do it in a super simplified, fast way.  I made these spheres while my son was napping! 



Since I couldn't find the video, I re-created it for you.  Hopefully, it helps as much as it helped me. They literally used a tissue paper, so you would need to start out with a rectangular, or square, piece of tissue paper.  I got lucky because I found ready to go sheets for making pom poms and just used those.  

Fold up the bottom left corner to the middle.  Fold down an inch or an inch and a half towards the bottom/back.  You will have created a little point.  That point will be the center of your rosette.  Pinching it in place, grab the rest of the tissue paper, and start wrapping it around the center point, scrunching it together and smoothing out as you go.  That's it! Super easy, right??


video



Entrance Makeover

It's been a while since I've posted, but with lots of out-of-towners in town, it's been nuts! I've been trying to put a little "spring" into the apartment and what inspired me to get started were these adorable prints from Dimple Prints! I'm just getting started into the world of crafting so I did a few things that I thought would be an easy start.  

First, I printed these prints and framed them using two frames I had lying around.  One was black and one was brown and were different sizes, but I thought what the hey! I get scared at the thought of painting things (especially since these frames weren't cheap) and our place has a lot of brown in it so I figured it would go fine. 


Then I found these at Daiso (the Japanese version of the dollar store)! So awesome how they had 10 sheets of tissue folded, tied, and ready to go.  Seeing them made it easier to understand the picture tutorial and how to "fluff" them out.  I made a few and hung them up with an old lantern I had lying around.  


Then using those same sheets I made little rosettes on styrofoam spheres. 

TIP: I DID NOT CUT OUT STRIPS, I JUST USED ONE RECTANGULAR SHEET PER ROSETTE AND IT WAS SOOOO EASY! I think I sat thru 15 tutorials and NONE of them worked for me. With all the twisting and folding, my brain couldn't handle it.  Finally, I found a japanese tutorial, and it worked! I can't find it now, so I created a video for you.  They literally used a tissue (kleenex) paper, so that would be the size to keep in mind for when you're cutting your tissue.  Here's the tutorial for it.   

I had 3 vases and I turned them upside down to create some height.  I can't figure out if I want to fill them with something or keep them like that. I definitely don't want to paint them. 




Here it is all put together. I love waking up and walking to the front and seeing this every morning, it really perks me up. My husband, always skeptic of my antics, approved too!

I found those branches for 50 cents each (from a regular $6 each) and scooped up the 4 that were left.



Tuesday, February 14, 2012

S'mores to go!

Every since I've been a kid, I've loved S'mores.  There's something about the dripping chocolate, fluffy marshmallow, and crunchy graham cracker that makes the whole combination heavenly.  I saw a tutorial on Tip Junkie's website and I decided to make my own.

I gathered all my materials (happened to find colored marshmallows) and used Galaxy chocolate bars for the inside of the s'mores instead of Hershey's because it's so smooth and creamy!


I warmed the squares in the microwave, didn't feel like starting up the oven for this quick dessert.  


I melted Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips for the dipping and set aside some sprinkles.  


And away I went! 


After everything, I had them set for 10-15 minutes and they were done...


Voila! 


I can't stop munching on these...so yum! =) 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chocolate covered fruit!

Since joining Pinterest, I've been seeing so many pictures of desserts that I've been craving either chocolate or fruit everyday. So tonight, I decided to put the two together!

First, I lined my cookie sheet with baking paper for ease of taking the fruit off once cooled (and easy cleanup!) I melted Hershey's semi-sweet chocolate chips with some Canola oil in a mixing bowl.  Mixing the oil helps keep all the chocolate on the fruit and not stay on the baking paper .  Then I dipped my strawberries and bananas alllllll the way around, because that's JUST how I like my fruit, ALL chocolate-ed up! 





When I went to coat the bananas, I grabbed my handy dandy cake tester from Crate & Barrel to help pick up the slices. I hate the idea of wasting toothpicks! 


After I coated my strawberries and bananas, I stuck the tray in the fridge for 5 minutes to let the chocolate cool before putting the white chocolate on it.  

I then melted some white chocolate chips with a little bit of oil but remember, white chocolate chips always take a bit longer to melt completely.  I then filled it in a plastic sandwich bag and cut a whole in the corner and went back and forth around the whole tray.  (Sorry, forgot to take a picture) I always like the "disheveled look" even though it doesn't picture well. :) 

I ran out of chocolate for some of the banana slices! If you're doing this for a party, don't stress about it, they'll be gobbled up so fast, no one will notice! 


After putting the white chocolate on, I put the tray back in the fridge for 5 minutes to let the white chocolate set.  

Then remembered I had these cute little cupcake liners from Ikea that coordinated so well with the colors~ perfect! 



Here's a side view...



and a top view! 


I completed these in a quick 15 minutes while dinner was being prepared on the stove! Any fruit you have on hand will work well, even if it's canned pineapple! You can even do pretzels, pound cake, and/or marshmallows..ooo yumm!! That just gave me a little inspiration for what I'll make tomorrow!!
Stay tuned...


xoxo, 
n

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Jason Lee's Photography

I recently came across Jason Lee, a photographer who uniquely captures his kids on camera! I could not stop giggling and aw-ing while browsing the pictures at http://kristinandkayla.blogspot.com/. You can't go wrong with ingenious ideas and wide eyed adorable girls :D Here are a few to prove my point!







SO cute right?? What are some ways you photograph your kids to really "capture the moment"??

xoxo,
n

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Bathroom Overhaul, PT. 2

But really, it's Part 1 since I did that before the counter space


I have to tell you, I don't have any extra papers, fabrics or cool machines, I don't even have a sewing machine. I moved abroad 2 years ago and everything is so expensive here, it's not worth it to buy much! All the stuff that I would need to "DIY", would cost an arm and a leg, so at the moment, I'm living vicariously through Pinterest and doing what I can without spending much.  Anyway, I hated walking in to the bathroom to see my pipes and laundry basket under the counter.  I wanted to use that space as a storage area, especially with a baby on the way, I could use it, but didnt like the idea of seeing it every morning. 

Ghastly site to walk into every morning...BLECH! 


I looked online to see what I could do without a sewing machine and I got the idea to use velcro.  So I bought some velcro, enough to go around the whole counter.  


Then, I went to a mall here called Dragon Mart which has everything under the sun from China. They also have an area where they sew/make curtains.  I was looking through their scrap box and found a perfect piece of fabric that I could use.  I asked the lovely seamstress to hem it for me.  After she did that, I quickly attached one part of the velcro strips to the fabric and had her reinforce it with some straight stitching.  


Then, I came home and attached the other part of the velcro strips to the backside of my counter and stuck it on!  That's glue there, I think the builders had some difficulty, it scared me when I first saw the back of it. hahaha


 Now, it's the perfect hidden storage space! =) The fabric cost 9 dollars and the velcro cost about 5. 



So nowww...this is what my bathroom looks like: 

YAYYY!! SO much better than THIS:


Now, I don't have to rush out of the bathroom every morning just to get out of there, I love taking my sweet time. Why not? I owe it to myself, don't I? :)


xoxo, 
n

Hello, Blogspot!

I've finally decided to take the plunge into the world of blogging!! This blog will give you a glimpse of my "dabbles" in home organization, being a mom, cooking/baking tips and random thoughts of the day! To start off, let me say that I recently joined Pinterest and BOY did it get me motivated to do a lot!  I spent the whole day yesterday dusting, vacuuming, and scrubbing.  I went to my bathroom and it took me 10 minutes just to pick everything up and move it so I could dust the counter. If you have an anxious 6 month old wanting to be picked up, that's a long time...I could have had the whole place scrubbed down by then ;) So later that night after I was done with everything, I started thinking how I could make my life a littttlee bit easier and I looked down and it came to me! Let me show you in pictures...

Do you see how cluttered and messy it is??

This was the tray table I used for my laptop while I was pregnant...Since I didn't have any paper or photos ready to put in right away, I remembered a scarf I had. I ran to my suitcases to pull it out...
Aha! Since my bathroom is all brown and black, this was perfect.  I loved the blue/green accenting out.
I folded up the fabric since it could be used for something else later.  I didn't place it any specific way, I got lucky that the whole burst came up top!

Now all that was left was to put it all together and VOILA! I could have folded the legs of the tray , but my mom (always thinking, thanks mom!) said I'll get more storage space by leaving it up which was perfect for the baby stuff.  
A close up look of the fabric...you can't really see it, but it's SO much better than the papers that came with it. No more bending down, everything's at my level! YAY!

One more time....a Before and an After :




What are some ways you've tackled bathroom clutter? I'd love to see the changes!

xoxo, 
n