Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday Morning Cupcakes

 
A few weeks ago I went grocery shopping hungry. That resulted in not one, not two, but three boxes of cake mix coming home. And a special scoop for preparing the cupcakes for filling. Yes, I had plans of decadent cupcakes.
 
And then I ate lunch. And the boxes were put away. Anique had been eyeing those boxes and so she and Ellie got together one Sunday morning to bake up a batch of red velvet cupcakes. We whipped up some frosting as well. Tip: when using gel food coloring to create purple--go light on the blue! It completely overwhelmed the red and even doubling the batch and adding more red couldn't fix it.
 
But, they did taste good.









Friday, March 28, 2014

Senior Reps Wanted

 
Can you believe the end of the school year is only a couple of months away? This year has flown by. Seniors are wrapping up their final classes. A few are cramming in those final few credits.
 
 
And the poor Juniors, they have been working hard on SATs, a gazillion essays for scholarships and college applications. I remember my Junior year being the toughest. (I haven't told Bailey this. Let him enjoy the novelty of being a Sophmore just a bit longer. )
 
 
I am looking for Juniors who are graduating in 2015 to represent Whimsy & Life Photography next year.
 
 
 
Why would you want to be a Senior Representative? Free photo sessions. Free photos. And even cash rewards for referrals. Sounds good right?
 
 
You can find all the details, perks and expectations here. Are you interested? Email me at heather@whimsyandlife.com and tell me why you would be a great rep.
 

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

DIY Throw Pillows

 
Have you been looking for a little something to spruce up a chair or add dimension to your headboard? I have just the project. And the best part, it's super simple and quick. I've been considering changing a few things around the house lately and was just wandering the Internet and found inspiration here and here.
 
Now you can use sweaters you have already. Perhaps they are no longer your look or they had an unfortunate run-in with the dryer. You can also thrift a few sweaters that match your house. With spring coming, it might be fun to choose a pastel cardigan or two.
 
Here's how these came together:
 
Materials:
 
Sweater
Pillow form
 
Make sure the sweater you choose is large enough to cover the pillow form. The forms condense when you push them in so there is a little bit of wiggle room with sizing.
 
 
  • Cut your sweater off just beneath the arms in a straight line. 
     
  • Turn inside out and stitch the top along the cut edge.
  • Stitch partially across the bottom edge leaving an opening for the pillow form to go in.
  • Turn right side out.
  • Put pillow form inside the your new cover.
  • Stitch remaining opening folding rough edges inside.
You can choose to sew with a machine or by hand. I did my larger seams with a machine and finished closing the bottom by hand.

 
 
 
Wait! You don't have a sewing machine and all those small stitches seem like too much work? 
No problem.  Below is the quickie version.
 
  • Cut your sweater as instructed above.
  • Cut several lengths ribbon to about 1 1/2 times the width of your pillow. You can choose how many stripes you want. I chose to alternate my ribbon colors.
  • Thread your ribbon onto a large plastic needle.
  • Weave it through the top edge to "sew" the top closed. Your stitches should be close enough to seal it but large enough that you can seen the ribbon peeking in and out. Tie the ends with a knot large enough to keep the ribbon from un-weaving.
  • Place your pillow form inside.
  • Use your needle to "sew" the bottom closed with your ribbon. Tie ends with knots.
  • Now you can weave additional pieces of ribbon through the front to decorate.
  • Voila! You have a pretty pillow to throw.
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Texture Tuesday - Quiet

Sharing with Kim Klassen's Texture Tuesday
 
So, in reality, this photo doesn't really reflect "quiet". It's more an image of what I have been up to this past month. The month I have been very quiet on this blog. I have popped in from time to time on my 365 Days of Gratitude page when inspired but have been just taking some time.
 
Do you ever need time to re-collect your thoughts? Plan your direction, re-evaluate if you are on track?
 
Spring is a time of renewal. I have shared before about my winter doldrums. Spring is the sun peeking out more and more each day. It lifts my spirits and inspires me. I'm ready to be more active, to achieve more, to follow my heart and dreams.
 
I have been making plans in my notebook and am excited to share my ideas and plans with you soon.
 
The quiet time has re-energized me and brought me focus.
 
What about you? Does the quiet inspire you or are you someone who thrives on activity and interaction to drive inspiration?