Saturday, March 23, 2013

Superbowl Party Decorations and Food Ideas

This was the first year I was excited about the Superbowl.  Mainly because we were throwing a themed party and I love a good themed party I can decorate for.

Here is what our table looked like before we added all the football food (Yes we are Niner fans--and those amazing SF cookies were made by my friend Quynh--she is very skilled at the cookie arts):
I bought three yards of green felt from JoAnn Fabrics and a roll of white duct tape.  I put the green felt on the table as a table cloth and then cut the white duct tape to make a border of the field.  Then I ripped the duct tape length wise into three or four strips to make the thin lines of the field and tried to space them somewhat evenly.

For the cutlery I used old mason jars that I covered with brown scrapbook paper and drew laces on in silver Sharpie to make tiny footballs.

 For the cupcakes, I made the actual insides green too with food coloring so it was like the whole cupcake was a football field.  I got the sugar footballs at a part store.

For the brownies, I just made regular brownies and cut them into football shapes and then put white frosting as the laces.

 I started to make little paper containers for chips out of scrapbook paper that looked like grass but we didn't end up actually using these for food.

I bought some football cheese toothpicks--everyone loved these!  And you can wash them in the dishwasher and reuse them!  I use them as picks in Husbando's sandwiches that I send him off to work with.

For the "centerpiece" I used an old large martini vase I had, added some green tulle I had laying around, and put a football on top.  FUN!

REALLY excited for opening day for baseball so we can make some fun baseball themed parties!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lemon Harvest

A few weeks ago my mom visited her brothers who live in Southern California.  My uncles have these crazy producing lemon trees.  My mom came back with boxes and bags of Meyer lemons.

I absolutely lovvvvve lemons.  I put lemon juice in pretty much everything I eat and drink except coffee.  I knew I could use all of these lemons before they went bad, so I decided to squeeze them all and freeze the juice in ice cube trays.  I've blown through about half of the juice so far!  Delicious!

So much juice!!!!!!!!!  I'd recommend wearing gloves.  I squeezed everything by hand and my hands were pretty wrecked from the acid in the lemon juice by the end of the squeezing adventure.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

How to Make a Twine Wreath with Felt Flowers

I have now made this project about 6 times in the last two months.  It's a quick and easy way to make a beautiful spring wreath.

1)  Foam Wreath Form
2)  Twine
3)  Two to Three 9 by 12 sheets of felt
4) Glue gun and Glue sticks
5) Wreath Hanger

1)  Start by wrapping your twine around your wreath form.  You can secure the ends with glue, or just by winding around the end.  Keep the ball of twine intact (don't cut it until you are close to done) and wrap so that there is little overlap of the twine on the interior of the wreath.

 2)  Here's what the twine covering the wreath form looks like.  You can secure it with hot glue or just by tying it off in the back.

3)  Start making your felt flowers.  I made one big one and a few smaller ones of varying sizes.  Play around with what you want and what you think would make a nice lay out.  It doesn't have to be perfect.  Don't know how to make felt flowers?  Follow my paper flower tutorial--it's the same process as with paper but the felt is much easier to handle.

4)  Position where you think you want to place the felt flowers on the twine.  I like to first cover the spots that look the worst (probably the start/end point).  Play around with the layout before you start gluing.  Once you figure out where you want your flowers to go, glue them down onto the wreath form on top of the twine.

Here's an up close shot of what I did in terms of my felt flower positioning.
 5)  Hang the wreath on the door with the wreath hanger!

Subsequently, I've made some other twine wreaths with different sized felt flowers and different colored ones.  I just finished a ridiculous one for Saint Patrick's Day when we celebrated my mom's birthday.  Here is what we put on the door: