Monday, August 15, 2016

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

Today I have a fun bracelet and earring set to share with you. I made them with buttons - fabric covered buttons.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
They are pretty simple to make and the colors and patterns are as endless as the fabrics in your stash.

To begin, I'll show you how to cover a button.You will need a fabric covered button kit. I got a few different sizes. It will come with the button front, the button back, a template, and the little plastic molds. It should also come with instructions.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
1 - Trace your fabric with the template and cut it out.

2 - Set the fabric inside the plastic mold and put the button front inside the mold.

3 - Fold the excess fabric toward the middle and place the back on top. With the blue part of the mold press down until it snaps together.

For the earrings, I made sure to remove the button loop on the back before assembling the button. Then I simply added earring posts to the back with E6000 glue and let dry overnight before wearing.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

For the bracelet, I left the button loops on. I slid a bracelet chain through the button holes. So that they wouldn't slide around I attached each button to the chain with jump rings.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet

I used fabric that was left after I had hemmed a dress - so it matches perfectly.

Fabric Covered Button Earrings and Bracelet
There's just the slightest silvery sheen to these buttons where you can see the metal through the fabric. It's hard to capture with a camera but I love the effect.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

This decadent dessert has a creamy filling inside a graham cracker crust. It's topped with a raspberry sauce and fresh raspberries. I think I found my new favorite pie!  It's insanely good.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

We have raspberry bushes at our house. They are one of those plants that just keep on producing all summer and fall long. I make jam and syrup. I freeze them for smoothies and baking. There just never seems to be an end of them until winter hits. I came across this recipe over at Bright Green Door and I knew I wanted to try it. Her grandma is famous for it, so I knew it had to be good. I wasn't disappointed.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe
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Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe

Raspberry Filling:
2 c. fresh raspberries
1 c. sugar
3 T. cornstarch
1/2 c. water

Crush 2 cups of raspberries. Once mashed down they should equal about a cup. Combine raspberries, sugar, cornstarch and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Let cool to room temperature.

1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter, melted

Combine the graham cracker crumbs with the sugar and butter. Press into a 9" pie pan.

Cream Filling:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. cool whip
1 c. powdered sugar

Whip cream cheese until smooth, add cool whip and powdered sugar. Pour into graham cracker crust. Then top with raspberry filling.

2-3 c. fresh raspberries

Lastly, top with fresh raspberries.

Creamy Raspberry Pie Recipe
I cannot say enough good things about this pie. It's smooth creamy filling pairs perfectly with the slighlty tart raspberries and sweet graham cracker crust. Try it out, I hope you like it too.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Red White and Blue Flowerpot

I've been crazy busy with summer. I'm really not sure what it is that I'm doing. But with 4 kids home all day and all their activities, I haven't had much time to even think my own thoughts. Sometimes I just need to make something besides dinner to feel like myself. But with limited time it had to be quick.  This red, white and blue flower project was perfect - it was super fast, easy and inexpensive.

Easy red, white, and blue flowerpot using a bread tin
I'm loving it on my front porch on my "new" table. The table is a yard sale find. The aged wood top is perfection. I have a feeling that it will become a backdrop for many a blog post.

red white blue flowerpot in a bread pan

Want to make your own red white and blue flowerpot?  

You will need:
flowers {I got mine for $1 a bunch at Walmart}
foam {left over from my stenciled chest from several years ago}
old bread pan - the rustier the better!
serrated knife
wire cutters

{I have a glue gun pictured, but I didn't end up using it.}

How to make a breadpan into a flower pot
1 - Using the serrated knife cut the foam to fit the bread pan.

2 - Clip the flower stems with the wire cutters. Insert the flowers into the foam. I cut the flowers in the center a bit longer than those at the edges. The flowers at the edges I inserted into the foam at an angle.

3 - Hot glue the foam in the bread pan if desired. {I opted not to do this - I think I'll change out the foam and flowers depending on the season.}

red white blue flowerpot
I've been seeing galvanized metal containers all over the place. I was debating on getting one for this project. But I just couldn't justify spending the money. Then I remembered this old bread pan that I've been saving for the perfect project. I couldn't be happier with how it turned out. The whole project cost me $3. Not bad huh?

red white blue flowerpot in a bread pan

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