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A very Tartan Wedding August 16, 2012

Filed under: Color Palette,Wedding — bellsandthistle @ 12:42 am
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Here’s a Tartan color palatte for ya…held in Aberdeen, Scotland


Beautiful Wedding Palette

Filed under: Color Palette,Wedding — bellsandthistle @ 12:35 am
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Here’s a gorgeous Black & White & Pink eye candy for ya…the cake (and the bride) were stunning!


Oh, the places you’ll go! August 14, 2012

Filed under: Arts & Crafts,Cooking trials,Kid Stuff — bellsandthistle @ 8:05 pm
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A Dr Seuss 1st birthday party!

My daughter’s 1st birthday was a joint one with one of her (boy) friends H, so the red and turquoise theme worked well for both of them.  H’s grandmother is a school teacher, so we had lots of Dr Seuss characters to use as props.  I used a plastic picnic tablecloth and some wrapping paper to decorate.  We had a rather random buffet out, from savory foods to an ice cream buffet.  I also made some cards with Seuss quotes on them to scatter around, and a highchair banner for my little one.

I of course had to get her some cute outfits, and found the tutu and headband set on Etsy.  Also found the cute turquoise one-piece on Etsy but can’t find the link.

We set up a plain photo backdrop and had lots of props for guest to use…got some really cute photos that way!

I saw some wonderful cake ideas out there, but the reality is my 1 year old wasn’t really going to eat it.  So H’s mom made 2 yummy organic carrot cakes and we made cupcakes for everyone else.  I found inspiration for the cupcakes online (Pinterest wasn’t around a year ago, at least for me!), but decided NOT to use cotton candy as the hair…too many examples of FAILs online already.   However, I had my own fail in store…in the rush to prepare they were the last thing to get done (while guests were arriving!) so the frosting was not as nice as I would have preferred.  The frosting wasn’t thick enough.  But they tasted good!

…And now for the CRAFT FAIL portion of the day…

I saw some cute ribbon topiaries on Etsy for $30 each and I thought, heck, I can do that myself!  So I wanted to make 2, to flank the door.  And to top it all off I decided to through in a wreath.  A topiary tutorial is here, and the wreath is basically the same thing.   Let me tell you, these things are labor intensive and expensive!  First, you want to have ribbons of different colors and sizes…ka-ching.  Next, you have to cut them all into smallish strips.  Bor-ing.  Then, you have to glue them together and pin them in.  Ouch!  End result?  The ribbons kept coming loose so not only did I have bald spots on my creations,  I had sewing pins scattered around my house during my child’s birthday party! NICE.  {And my husband would add, now they are taking up space in the basement because I refuse to through them away since I spent sooo much time on them!} 

Needless to say, not something I care to repeat.   Think I’ll just have to reign myself in next year at NOT take Dr. Seuss’s advice:


Glasgow, Underground August 1, 2012

Filed under: Made me laugh — bellsandthistle @ 2:04 am
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Ha! made me laugh

The thing is, it’s totally true.  Glasgow’s “subway” is just one circle line.

Glasgow Tube Map
Here’s the real map…not much difference eh?  And a single use ticket is only $2.  Bargain!
Glasgow Subway Map

Vintage crafts, updated

Filed under: Arts & Crafts — bellsandthistle @ 1:21 am
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So, I saw this cute blog on “craft fads through the decades” on Etsy and the macrame crafts soooo reminded me of the house I grew up in.  We had macrame plant holders like these (including wood panelling):


…but there are some nice modern interpretations:

and a modern DIY craft


and then...String Art!


there’s some cool modern string art going on now, like this subway sign.  I’ve pinned a few examples on my Pinterest board.

subway string art

I also liked the 50’s paint by number, very Mad Men-ish.

and here are the modern ones which are pretty interesting.

Pinned Image

This one has a nice tutorial

Paint by numbers

Interesting how crafts have changed throughout the years…and how they haven’t.


Tea and Jubilee June 9, 2012

Filed under: Kitchen stuff — bellsandthistle @ 9:48 pm
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So, a friend is having a tea party for our little girls so I wanted to bake something.  I also wanted to do something British, especially in light of the recent Queen’s Jubliee.  I was inspired by these cute teabag-shaped  cookies but the website was in French and just to give you an example of how bad Google Translate is, it called them “Tea Boogies.”  So I took their tutorial with a grain of sel and made it up as I went along.

My first mistake was to actually try to make up a cookie batter.  I mean, they make prepared cookie batter for a reason!  I definitely prefer to keep the actual cooking to a minimum and spend my time coloring or frosting…but I digress.  So, did you know that even if you have the same ingredients in the bowl, if you don’t add them in specifically as the recipe says then they probably won’t bake well?   Well, I was aware of this phenomenon but I just had to do a comparison.  Ok, I got distracted doing a first batch so I did them again.  Tasted the same, but the first one definitely would not have baked well!

Anyway, my second mistake (easily corrected) was thinking that I actually had a retangular cookie cutter in the house.  I mean, puh-lease!  So I took a look at the grocery store (nope) and settled on, well, you’ll see it below – a little plastic red wagon.  Yes, I did clean it before use!

So I just made these little shapes and then snipped off the edges.  Put them on a greased pan and then used a straw to poke a hole in the top.  Best to make a decent size hole, it makes it easier to put the string or ribbon through.  Unless you just love squinting your eyes when threading a needle…same thing.

The fun part was making the “labels.”  That’s where the Jubilee part came in.  I found some cute images on the interweb and sized them to about a 1/2″ and then mirrored the image.    I folded them in half, threaded the thread through the hole and then used a glue stick to seal them together.  Kinda cute, huh?

I decided to not dip them in chocolate as per the example – I had already spent waaay too much time on these – but it would be a nice touch.   A couple of hours is my patience limit.  And my kitchen couldn’t have gotten any dirtier anyway!


Don’t be meme June 2, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — bellsandthistle @ 5:47 pm
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So I’ve been cracking up with some memes going around – the one with the guy from Goyte and Condescending Wonka of course. Anyway, I made a couple of my own…Happy weekend!