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Too Cute Tuesday: Paper Mache Ornaments

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While I was on my vacation, I got an email from Dorrie about a great Christmas craft for when I got back: paper mache Christmas ornaments.

Sam has some nice paper mache ornaments, though one is in a slightly less than traditional shape for the holidays.

Sam has some nice paper mache ornaments, though one is in a slightly less than traditional shape for the holidays.

I had some fun stories to share from Vegas (not everything stays there!) and while I was gone, apparently some of my Too Cute Tuesday friends won door prizes at our local merchant’s sale. Good luck all around!

These were super easy and fun. The link above will take you to the original craft but we of course modified it. You know, because we can’t follow directions. And you know, not in a bad way…



Materials
Balloon
Newspaper
Flour and water mixture (paper mache mix)
Tissue paper
Embroidery Floss
Glitter, paint, markets, etc. (optional)

Dorrie layers on the magic... but we'll have to let things dry before we pop the balloon.

Dorrie layers on the magic… but we’ll have to let things dry before we pop the balloon.

1. Blow up a balloon in a smallish, roundish shape.

2. Using the paper mache mix, dip newspaper and/or tissue paper and slowly cover the balloon.

3. Tie the floss around the balloon nub (Nicole patented term) and cover that with paper mache.

4. Let your product dry (or expedite the process by using a blowdryer). Add glitter, markers, and other decorations to finish things off.

Once dry, you can pop the balloon and hang in your tree… or pass this off as a Yankee Swap gift or ornament swap, like I will try to do later this week.

Aren’t you crafty? And festive for the holiday season!



Too Cute Tuesday: Little Dresses For Africa

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You know it’s been a busy week when you are writing a Tuesday blog post on a weekend!

This week though, we did craft on Tuesday following the suggestion of TCTer Meg to make dresses out of pillowcases as part of the Little Dresses for Africa program.

Sam and Dorrie were back to craft and Sue and Dan were also excited to sew. It was nice to have a crowd of people and dogs again!

Even with us having to hand sew, the crafting only took us an hour. And for five dresses we can send to Africa, that’s a pretty productive way to spend a social fall evening.



Little Dresses For Africa

A fun craft for a good cause? We’re totally there.

Materials:
Pillow case
Scissors
Needle and thread (sewing machine would have been way faster)
Ribbon and/or Elastic

Cocktail of the Night: Moscat wine from the grocery store whose bottle I accidentally got rid of before writing down the name

1. Take pillow cases and fold down the middle lengthwise. Cut the arm holes 2-4 inches down from the top.

2. Fold the top down to where the sleeves start. Sew the bottom down to create a little pocket to thread the ribbon through.

3. Put ribbon through. Tie. Try it on if you are bold like Dorrie.

And if these instructions are too vague, there are two patters on this site: http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/



Too Cute Tuesday: Ribbon Rosettes

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A couple weeks ago, Sue brought over a whole bin o ribbon. “My aunt gave this to me- we should do stuff with it.”

So these last two weeks, I’ve been thinking on it… and when I saw a cool flower necklace in the SCAD catalog, I had the idea of trying to make something like it… with our endless supply of ribbon!

Here's a less intense example of the necklace I saw in SCAD. If could have found it on their website, I would have been able to post my original inspiration!

Here’s a less intense example of the necklace I saw in SCAD. If could have found it on their website, I would have been able to post my original inspiration!

Sam was able to come as was Sue and her mom and aunt (the one that gave the ribbon!). Turns out Aunt Andrea is hilarious, and Spaz and Arlo (Sam and Jen’s dogs) get along with each after a getting-to-sniff-you period.



Materials
Ribbon
Needle and thread
Scissors
Glue gun (optional)

Cocktail of the Night: Barefoot Mouscato

To make roses, we suggest starting with the ‘easy’ roses. (Here’s the link: http://blisstree.com/live/easy-ribbon-roses-114/?utm_source=blisstree) You can do these with 1 yard of ribbon or less but watch out for the ribbon accordion-ing out on you! These easy ones went alright and we were able to make each one in about five minutes.

If you make a few and are feeling confident, try one of the more advanced techniques (like this: http://www.girlythingsbows.com/ribbon_roses.html).

We used a few small stitches to hold the flowers together but you can also do the glue gun bit. One website enthusiastically suggested that we hot glue the flowers all over everything but I preferred trying to make my necklace by attaching the flowers to a piece of ribbon. Came out alright I think!

Aren’t you crafty…and slowly putting a dent in your collection of ribbon!



Too Cute Tuesday: Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is coming up and it’s time, in the eleventh hour, to plan some last minute costumes. So I invited the Too Cute Tuesday crew for some white wine and some costume planning.

Now traditionally, Halloween costumes are scary but they no longer have to be, at least stateside (the UK, I’ve been told, is still into the more traditional Halloween garb).

You’ll have to wait until Halloween to see actual pictures but I know I am personally relieved to not be running around on Saturday figuring out a costume.



Materials
Whatever you need for a costume

Cocktail of the Night: Broadbent Vinho Verde

We drank wine and came up with the following Halloween ideas, many of which you can make for little to no money:

From Jen:
Road- Dress in all black and put a yellow dotted line (like with electrical tape) down the middle of your body. Print out road signs and stick them strategically. Think ‘Curves Ahead’, ‘Do Not Enter’, etc.

From Christie:
Cave woman: Using various animal print fabrics, sew together a tattered dress. Tease out your hair, carry a club and do a little brown makeup (dirt-like) streaking, if so moved.

From Nicole:
Geisha: With silk bathrobe, powder face white and put hair in bun on top of head. Add sandals and clever makeup, if desired.

French Maid:
With short black dress, add white apron. Add small hat (Christie apparently makes a good one), white tutu, fishnets, heels and feather duster. French accent optional.

Looking for more ideas? Readymade has some good costume ideas you can make. Like ‘cereal killer’ and ‘American tourist’!

Aren’t you crafty, and excited for upcoming holidays?



Too Cute Tuesday: Popcorn Balls

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Jessica demonstrates the ease at which popcorn balls are created. Remember, pink sprinkles make everything more fun.

Jessica demonstrates the ease at which popcorn balls are created. Remember, pink sprinkles make everything more fun.

With Halloween coming up, I’ve been having cravings for Halloween-y things, among them popcorn balls which my mom sends me every year. This year, upon getting my care package, I thought, “Hey, I can make that!”

Materials
A huge bowl of popcorn
1/4 c. corn syrup
1 tbsp cold water
1 c. powdered sugar
1/2 stick of butter
1 c. marshmellows
wax paper
extra butter for hand sculpting
pink sprinkles, optional

(This recipe, basically halved: http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/best-ever-popcorn-balls/)

Cocktail of the Night: Il Bastardo red wine, because as Jessica says, “It has antioxidants”



1. After a conversation with sometimes Too Cute Tuesdayer Jessica over the weekend, decide to incorporate a clothing swap into the night’s craft, which happens to be popcorn balls.

2. See that Too Cute Tuesday Saint Louis has already found a rockin popcorn ball recipe.

3. Clean out closet, resolving to get rid of at least 25 articles of clothing. Get rid of more, cleaning is fun!

4. Open wine, have Jessica arrive at Craft Central. Where is everyone? Oh well, here’s us starting…

The final products, and in the corner this week's impulse purchase of People magazine. A good night indeed since it also involved a snuggie.

The final products, and in the corner this week’s impulse purchase of People magazine. A good night indeed since it also involved a Snuggie.

5. Melt syrup, water, sugar, butter and marshmallows over medium heat.

6. Once melted, stir into popcorn, coating all kernels. Cover hands in butter, because it’s fun, and shape into balls. Wrap in waxed paper. “It needs something.” Jessica says. Add pink sprinkles because “Why not?”  Jessica is a pretty quotable crafter!

7. Drink more red wine (antioxidants!) and try on each other’s crazy clothes. Jessica loves Nicole’s leopard print snuggie and Nicole love’s Jessica’s ridiculous tank top. Everyone goes home with a few new things and the rest will go to charity later this week.

Seriously, these popcorn balls are fan-tastic. Seriously, way better than I expected. And so easy!

Aren’t we crafty, and just a bit silly?



Too Cute Tuesday: Pumpkin Carving 2010

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It’s an October tradition at Too Cute Tuesday. Pumpkin carving is back again this year. Last year, Englishman Phil joined us and this year, Germanlady Michayela came with Jen. Next year, we’ll need another European visitor to join us for luck. Friends in the EU, stand by for 2011. We might need you!

Jen brought Michaeyla to take part in this fine American tradition.

Jen brought Michaeyla to take part in this fine American tradition.

Materials
Pumpkin
Large metal spoon
Knife
Bowl
Cookie sheet, oil, paprika, Jane’s Crazy Mixed Up Sale (if roasting the seeds)
Candles

Cocktail of the Night: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale



Jen and her carvniverous pumpkin.

Jen and her carvniverous pumpkin.

We all enjoyed a little pumpkin pie, Sue included.

We all enjoyed a little pumpkin pie, Sue included.

1. Cover table with newspaper and take out your ridiculously small pumpkin.

2. Have friends arrive, bringing pumpkin pie, happiness, and their much larger pumpkins for carving.

3. Cut top off pumpkin and scoop out the guts with a large spoon. Put them in a big bowl. You can separate the seeds out later.

4. Carve design into pumpkin you want. Some TCTers have pre-researched. Jen goes with a carnivorous pumpkin (eating a gourd) while Michayela and I went with more traditional designs.

5. Pick seeds out of pumpkin guts and rinse in cold water. Place on a cookie sheet at toss with oil and spices of your choice. Roast in the oven for about 40 minutes, turning every 10 minutes.

6. While seeds are roasting, place candles in pumpkins and take a few proud photos.

Overall, we had some good  final products and carving pumpkins is fun and easy (if you can get over the mess). Aren’t we crafty, and ready for Halloween?

Got to love crafts that work in the dark!

Got to love crafts that work in the dark!



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