Butterflies, Butterflies

I am pleased to announce that I FINALLY got one of the butterfly pillowcases done! It seemed like it took me forever, lol. I just wish I had more hours in my day…or that sleep wasn’t a necessity…sigh.
I had so much fun doing this! Despite the fact that I received criticisms for being too young to embroider. Psshhh I say! I quickly learned that it’s rough on your fingers until you build up calluses orrrr get a leather thimble.

Here is a close up of the butterfly, sorry if it’s blurry.

Here are a couple tips that I picked up along the way:
1. When it comes to pillowcases, make sure you have the back of the case pushed away from the section you’re embroidering. You don’t want to accidently embroider the back to the front. :-p
2. Using two strands of embroidery thread makes the piece look more delicate than three.
3. The overall appearance of the piece is benefited if you keep your stitches going the same way. By this I mean if you make one X with \ on the bottom and / on the top, make them all that way. Don’t flip flop which level the stitches go. I hope that makes sense! The key is consistancy!
4. Always have back up skeins of thread. It sucks to be almost done with something and then realize you are out and can’t finish!

I hope you give embroidering a try! I’m going to continue working on the second pillowcase in my spare time but I doubt I will feature it as a blog simply because I have nothing more to say about this particular set. Have fun!


Centerpeeps :-P

Wow, this has been a crazy busy weekend! I hope everybody enjoyed theirs! This weekend I worked on the first of my Peeps creations and practiced cake decorating. The peeps centerpiece idea was a huge success and I’ve actually made a couple for other people. They’re easy and don’t take a long time. So go for it!

All of the ingredients, are–get this, edible! You can buy them just about anywhere. My chosen store was Wal-Mart. The vase is just a simple glass one, nothing too spectacular. Note that the brands I chose to use do not affect the outcome of the centerpiece as a whole. Most likely they were just the cheapest or most convenient.

The first layer to go into the vase is made of jelly beans. Starburst ones actually. 😛 Just open the bag and pour them in. It’s not an art, unless you’re overly concerned about too much of one color in a certain place. If not, whatever.

Then came the edible grass which, by the way, is pretty gross! It has little rabbits in it that I thought were not meant to be eaten, but I was wrong. Go head and chow down if you’re into that styrofoam texture. I slid the rabbits into the vase between the grass and the glass.

After I had my grass situated I slid the Peep pops in. These Peeps CAME THIS WAY. I did not skewer each individual one myself. Although, if that’s what you want to do, go for it. I’m all for cheating to make a craft easier. I enjoy creating things but I do have other stuff I should be doing. Arrange the peeps as you like. I went for five around the outside and one in the middle.

And you’re done! How easy was that? And I mean really easy, not Martha Stewart easy. You can definitely change things up with this centerpiece. If you want to use different colored grass, or M & Ms instead of jelly beans, feel free. I considered putting a pretty ribbon around the vase but decided against it in the long run. If you have any questions just leave me a message! Have fun with this one!


I’m on a mission to go to Wal-mart today. What’s at the top of my grocery list? PEEPS! I have been marveling over the many creations that can be made with these delectable little globs of marshmallow for the better part of my night. There are so many uses (edible or not), but I’ve narrowed it down to a few that just keep bouncing around in my head. And as a bonus, what better time of year to try some of these craft ideas and/or recipes than now? Hello Spring! I will keep you posted on how it’s going! Also, if you have any ideas that you’d like to see tried, let me know!

In case you’re wondering, the pillowcases are still underway! My poor finger needed a break. :-/

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