Thursday, April 30, 2015

"Glow" Block Party Favors

For this teenage girl party, we made "glow" block party favors.
The wooden blocks are about 2 1/4" x 4 1/2" and 1 1/2" thick.
Sand your edges and paint.  
We used Americana craft acrylic paint in Bubblegum Pink and Warm White and mixed them together to get a really light pink.

On your computer, make a template of the word or words you want on your block  in a font you like.  I'm using Markus the Cow.  Enlarge your word to fit the size of the block and print.
Place some carbon paper under your lettering and trace. The carbon image will be left on the block.

You could paint in your letters like we did {here} or use a paint pen and color them in.
I found this great gold leaf finish paint pen at Hobby Lobby.

The gold really shines.

These blocks were turning out great, but needed a little extra "bling".

I picked up a roll of this glittery gold tulle.  Tied it around in a knot.  Then I slipped another strip of tulle under that knot and tied once, trimmed the edges a little shorter and fanned out these little pieces of tulle for the spiky bow.

 Perfect party favor for our party!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Painted Mason Jars

I love mason jars.
Painted jars are so fun and can give you just the right color and look for your table.
They're easy to put together yourself.  

First you need some jars and rubbing alcohol. The key to helping the paint stick to the glass, is to have a really clean jar.  Wash and dry your jar.  Then wipe it down with rubbing alcohol and let it dry completely.

You'll need craft acrylic paint and a paint spray sealer. I like the Krylon flat clear sealer.  
These jars are for my daughter's birthday party and the colors she picked were white, pink and gold.

Step two, give your jar one coat of paint. Let this dry for about 30 minutes and then give it a second coat.
I did this for the white and pink jars.
The gold metallic paint I used was pretty thin, so I painted this jar with one coat of white and then 4 coats of the gold.   

Next is the hard part---let them dry over night.  If you try to sand them now, too much paint will come off.  The next morning, take some sandpaper, sand and distress the areas you want.  
Around the rim, across the lettering and a few other random spots on the sides.

 Wipe off any paint dust and spray the jars with your clear sealer. Let them dry.

They look awesome!

Now fill with your favorite flowers.
These beauties are ready for the party table centerpiece!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tex-Mex Chili and Lime Cream

This Chili has great flavor and perfect for the spring.  Serve with a dollop of my lime cream to wow your family!


1 Tbsp. Butter
2 Tbsp.  Olive Oil
1 Onion, diced
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Poblano or Bell Pepper seeded and diced
1 Jalapeno seeded and diced
1 Large Sweet Potato, peeled and chopped
1 Large Russet Potato, peeled and chopped
2 tsp. Cumin
2 tsp. Chili Powder
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 Cans Navy Beans, drained and rinsed
1 Carton Chicken Stock
2 Tbsp. Pear Preserves or Apple Jelly
3 Chicken Breasts, cooked and shredded

Melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat.  Add onion and cook until just translucent.  Add next 7 ingredients and saute for 7-8 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Add Chicken Stock and Preserves and allow to boil.  Boil until potatoes are slightly tender.  Add beans and chicken and cook for 7 minutes more.  Serve with Lime Cream, Monteray Jack cheese, or tortilla strips.  Enjoy!

Lime Cream
1 Cup Sour Cream
2 Limes' juice
1 Lime zested peel
Salt to taste

Mix all ingredients together and allow to chill for at least 30 minutes.  Delicious to top chili, soups, enchiladas, etc.  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Tissue Tassel Banner

I've been wanting to make a tassel banner for awhile now.  
Perfect little banner for a party.
You could make one to decorate for mother's day brunch. 

You'll need some tissue paper and jute.
I picked up this tissue at Target.  They had gold tissue--  just what I needed. 

Take one sheet of tissue and fold in half  vertically.
Fold in half again, from the top down.


Fold in half again, from side over.

Turn it so the top has all the folded edges.

If you open up the side, you can see how all the top layers are folded together.

Fold this in half, left to right. 

Fold again, left to right.

Take your scissors and cut up the middle.  Until you get 1/4" away from the top.  Don't cut through.

Turn to the side that has some folds and some non folded edges. 
Cut all the way up the folds, cutting through the top.

Turn to the other side.  All these edges will be folded.

Cut down the middle of the fold up to 1/4" from top.  Don't cut through.  

Open up the tissue. You may have two sections that look like this.

Flip the top layers open, so all are open flat like this:

Fold the side over, left to right.

Keep folding over until you have one strip. 



 Twist the center once or twice.

Fold it over the jute and staple. 


You could leave it like this, but I wanted to give it more of a  finished look. 
Cut one of the fringes from the middle of a tassel.

Put a dot of Elmer's glue on the staple and stick down that tissue strip in the middle.

Flip the tassel over to the back.

Glue each side over, on top of each other.  
You'll have to trim a little of the tissue strip.


Some of the bottom tassel fringes will have folds.  
You can just cut these off. 

Love it!

Using this fun banner for my daughter's birthday party.
Stay tuned next week for more party decorations.

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