Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I've Been Busy on Etsy

I know it's been forever since I posted on here. I'm sorry. I opened my shop and it took off. Who knew?!  So I am trying to figure out his to balance the shop and my blog. So for today, I thought I would combine both. Here are some new books that I am listing in my shop today.

Chevron Minnie Mouse Book

This book has been a customer request from two different people. So give the customers what they want, right?  I think this is perfect for a tween or teenager. It can also be done in red or yellow. It is really darling in person. 

Dash from The Incredibles 

This cute book is great for little boys. I can also do almost any other character from the movie. 

Alice in Wonderland

Finally for today, Alice in Wonderland. This was also a customer request. I love all the bright colors. It is so happy and cheerful. I can also do most other characters from the movie as well. 

As with all my autograph books, you can purchase them in my Etsy shop. The link is on the top right of this blog. Or you can go to the link here.  Three Paper Tulips

And that's what I've been up to. I am going to commit to update my blog more often. So look forward to some new ideas on here soon.  Thanks for all your support and the wonderful customers I have had in my shop.  It has been a wonderful surprise!  I appreciate every one of you.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Easter Wreath

I can't believe how fast Easter is coming this year. Since it is in less 3 weeks, I decided to make a wreath that can easily be changed for other occasions. That way I don't have to make another one at the end of the month.

This wreath is nothing new but I love how pretty it is. The supplies you will need are felt, foam wreath form, lots of straight pins and scissors. And that's it.

Start by tracing a circle, I used the base of a cup for the sizing. Then cut circles out if the felt. If you want it really full like mine, you will need around 50 circles for a medium size wreath.

Next fold your circle in half the half again. Pin it on the wreath on the bottom corner part of your folded circle. Then just layer more circles. There is no wrong way. Any imperfections will be gone as you add more circles. Just remember to leave a small space to put a ribbon on if you are using one to hang it up. Then put more circles on the ribbon to cover it up.

Once the wreath is complete, be creative and add whatever you want to spruce it up. I took small plastic eggs and covered them using bakers twine and hot glue. Getting the eggs perfect was more difficult then I planned but I think they still turned out really cute.

When Easter is over, I will remove the dangling eggs and add some other pops of color for spring. I plan to keep this wreath up until July. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My Etsy Shop is OPEN!

This is a big day for me.  I have been wanting to do this for years.  So I am jumping in and hoping for the best.  I will be adding more things in the coming days.  More styles of autograph books, greeting cards and banners.

Here are the two things I have listed for now.  Check back for more items.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Shout out to my blog designer

I just wanted to give a shout out to the awesome Heather Burch from for all her hard work on designing my blog and Etsy shop.  She is fantastic to work with and so talented.  Thanks Heather!  If you have any graphic design needs, she is the person to turn to.  Love you, Heather!

Milkglass and Honey

Disney Craft Time

Somehow my family has turned into "that" family that goes to Disneyland multiple times a year.  We love it there.  It is that magical place that the whole family can enjoy and everyone is happy.  Because I have such a soft spot in my heart for Disneyland, I tend to go over board with Disney projects to help make our vacation just a little bit more special.  Here are a few of the things I did for our last trip.

Minnie Mouse Oreos

I stayed up late the night before we left making these little cuties to surprise my kids.  They loved them and it turned out to be worth my time.  They were really quick to make.  All you need is regular Oreos, the small snack size Oreos, red candy melts and I added some white cookie decorating balls to turn them into Minnie Mouse oreos.  If I had had time, I think it would have been cute to make bows out of fondant.  I have a fantastic fondant recipe that I will share later.

First, break apart the small Oreos and dip the corner of them in some melted chocolate then place one of each into the larger cookie forming the Mickey head.  Then allow them to dry a bit.  Next, melt the red candy melts and dip the cooled Oreos about half way in.  At this point, you can drop the white round candies onto the cookie or allow them to dry as is.  They are so darling and easy to do.  Think of the possibilities.  Add yellow jelly beans on the red candy melts for make Mickeys.  So cute!

Minnie Mouse Shirts

I think it can be a bit cheesey to have the whole family in matching Disney shirts at Disneyland but I thought these were too cute.  I made them just for my three girls and they did look darling if I don't mind saying so myself.  I found white shirts on sale at Walmart, Target and Downeast Basics that I collected in preparation for this project.  Then I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the template for the rhinestones and followed the directions to iron them one.  Next, I sewed on a red ribbon and sealed the edges with non-fray gel to keep the edges nice.  And that was it!

Minnie Mouse Birthday Hat

Two of my three daughters have birthdays in February.  That is one of the reasons why we went to Disneyland last month.  So I made this hat from an idea that I saw on Pinterest.  The link to the hat is on my Pinterest board.  I cut out the hat itself from a file using my Silhouette Cameo.  Then cut two circles that I folded a small part back to glue them on to make the ears.  Next, glued ribbon on the bottom and made a bow and hot glued that on.  My daughters loved wearing this at Disneyland.  It was unique to other birthday hats I have seen there and they got lots of compliments and birthday wishes when they wore it.

Minnie Mouse Birthday Banner

I also whipped up a fun Minnie banner to go up in the hotel the morning of each of their birthdays.  It was a fun surprise for each of them.  I used my Silhouette and got the idea for this particular banner from Pinterest.  The link for this banner is also on my Pinterest board.

I hope this inspired you to get crafty the next time you are on your way to the Happiest Place on Earth. 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Perfect Valentine's Sugar Cookies

This time of year I really love a good sugar cookie.  The family I married into has an amazing family recipe that I love but am not going to share.  I came upon this one from Pinterest.  And it is now my go to recipe.  You don't even have to refrigerate the dough.  It is quick and easy.  And best part is it has vanilla and almond flavorings in it.  I love me some almond flavor.

Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies


3 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. sugar (I use sugar that I've stored vanilla beans in)
2 sticks (salted) butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 egg
3/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. pure almond extract


Preheat oven to 350.

Combine the flour and baking powder, set aside. Cream the sugar and cold butter. Add the egg and extracts and mix. Gradually add the flour mixture and beat just until combined, scraping down the bowl, especially the bottom.

The dough will be crumbly, so knead it together with your hands as you scoop it out of the bowl for rolling.

Roll onto a floured surface and cut into shapes. Place on parchment lined baking sheets (I recommend freezing the cut out shapes on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before baking) and bake for 10-12 minutes. Let sit a few minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack.Vanilla-Almond Sugar Cookies from

The frosting is my go to cream cheese frosting.  It is no fail and super simple

1 package softened cream cheese
1 cube unsalted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 to 3 cups powdered sugar
1 to 2 tbsp milk

Mix the cream cheese and butter until well combined.  Then add the vanilla until combined.  Mix in 2 cups powdered sugar and 1 tbsp milk.  Mix for about a minute.  If it is too thick, then add milk and if it is too thin, then add more powdered sugar.  I like mine really thick so it doesn't melt off the cookie.  And enjoy!

Now start baking some delicious cookies!

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Today one of my BFFs, Heidi, and I made a cake for a baby shower of a mutual friend. It turned out really cute. I should have taken step by step pictures but I am still new to all of this. Heidi made the homemade fondant from this recipe and it was really yummy. I always prefer homemade fondant. It tastes better and it is so simple to make. And it is easy to customize. Thank goodness we made it together because it was pretty time least when you have 4 little girls running at your feet, it is. Anyway, enjoy this cute photo and get inspired to make your own.