Friday, June 28, 2013

Garden Maidens

I have a wonderfully creative friend named Deniece Halford.  She made these awesome garden maidens and they were just way too beautiful not to share with everyone.  I have wanted to make these every since I first saw them, but wouldn't you know it, I can't find the darn doll heads anywhere! :( boo hiss! lol.

She started out with three doll heads that she found at the thrift shop.
 Then she cut their hair very short.
once that was done, Deniece cut the tops of the heads off.  She said this was the toughest part as the heads were very stiff and sturdy.  Perhaps using tin snips after making the first initial incision would work much easier than using scissors.
Once this process was complete, she sprayed them with gray paint,
While the paint was still wet she sprinkled them with sand which gives the doll a faux concrete/hypertufa look.  The doll was then sprayed with clear varnish as a sealant.
Once they were thoroughly dried, she planted the plants of her choice and the result is this beautiful set of garden maidens.  You can find Deniece on Facebook.
By the way, the total cost of Deniece's Garden Maidens was as follows:
Total Cost = $14.00
$4 at thrift store for doll heads. $6 for plants, $4 for paint and varnish. versus the $108.00 ones that she viewed at her local garden center.  Now that is an amazing bargain! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Hawaiian themed Birthday party

My beautiful grand daughter Gigi turned 6 today and she wanted to have a Hawaiian themed birthday party.

Her momma decided to make the cupcakes and cake for her birthday and I thought they turned out so cute that I just had to share them with you!  The pictures don't do justice to the real thing.  My favorite was the plumeria flower cupcakes that she made with Key Lime cake and pink lemonade frosting.  The flowers were done with marshmallow slices, if you can believe that and miniature marshmallows for the center and pink sprinkles for color!  She made it look so simple and they turned out so  beautiful!

The flipflops were just adorable and were done with pink lemonade cake and pink lemonade frosting,

The sand and surf cupcakes were key lime cake with vanilla frosting and graham crackers for the sand.  They were a big hit with the boys at the party.  TFL

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weddings, Weddings Weddings!

Gosh, I feel like I have been gone forever!  My computer gave up the ghost and I am finally back!
So many things to post but to start off today I am posting some recent things that I have done for some weddings.
The first is as set of  cups that the bride gave to her wedding party as gifts.  Her colors were mint and yellow.  When I first heard it, I was thinking...hmmm, I'm not so sure...but I have to be honest, I love this color scheme together.

The next items I did as gifts for a friends wedding presents.  Just a simple plate and a set of wine glasses that said bride and groom on them.  Not sure why the plate looks so was actually crystal clear...maybe its my laptop reflecting on it ...anyway, I put green behind the second plate pic. to take care of the reflection glare. The plate was decorated for a Hawaiian themed wedding.  The flowers and flourishes are all done in light cream and the names and dates in white.

The last one was done as a result of the bride's mother falling in love with her daughter's wedding gift and asked me if I could do done very similar for her nephew's (the bride's cousin) wedding that was taking place in two weeks.  in case you can't read the second name it is Quyen, pronounced "Quinn"  TFL