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High Heel Cupcakes !

I am in love with these cupcakes! I want to do the red ones for Taryn’s birthday in a few months because I’m planning to do a Wizard of Oz party. How cute would Ruby slippers be!

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High Heel Cupcakes
Makes 12 pairs

 

 

 

Ingredients:
12 graham crackers
12 vanilla or chocolate cookie sticks (Pirouettes, Oreo Fun Stix)
1 and one-half cups white or cocoa candy melting wafers (Wilton)
1 cup decorating sugar, color coordinated to match shoe style (see Sources)
2 cans (16 oz each) vanilla frosting, color-coordinated to match shoe style
Food coloring, color-coordinated to match shoe style
24 cupcakes baked in liner style of your choice, 2 cupcakes per style

 

Directions: For the soles, place a graham cracker on a work surface. Using a small serrated knife, cut the graham cracker in half crosswise. Remove a corner, angled to 3/4 inch, on both sides of each cracker half to make the tapered sole . Repeat with the remaining graham crackers. Cut the cookie sticks in half crosswise into two 2 three-quarters-inch lengths. Cut one end at an angle.

 

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Right Angle Bead Weaving

Right Angle Bead Weaving

 

One of my favorite beading techniques is bead weaving, specifically right angle weaving. It’s very versatile depending on the types and sizes of beads used.

Today I’m making a Lapis Lazli Celtic knot bracelet.. I’m using round Lapis stones, silver tone Celtic knot beads and seed beads.

Supplies needed:

-approximately 1 yard of 8 lb test mono-filament

-2 crimp beads

-spring ring clasp

-2 jump rings

-approximately 80 seed beads (for 7 inch bracelet)

-approximately 18, ¼ inch decorative beads

-approximately 36-38 accent beads

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Tools needed:

-flat nose or crimp pliers

-scissors

-ruler

  1. Attach a jump ring to the spring ring clasp; set aside. Cut mono-filament in half and add a crimp bead to one end of both strands. Loop both strands through the jump ring-clasp assembly then back through the crimp bead as shown and pinch shut. Now you are ready to start weaving
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  3. String 3 seed beads on each mono-filament, making sure to catch the short ends just past the crimp bead. Next take 1 decorative bead & string each strand of mono-filament through each end (see diagram) and pull taut.
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  5. Add 1 seed bead, one accent bead and another seed bead to each strand of mono-filament. 
  6. Repeat steps 3 (minus the first 3 beads) and 4 until you have 6 ¾ inches of bracelet woven. Remembering to pull taut after each decorative bead is added. 
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  8. To finish the bracelet, string 3 seed beads on each strand. Attach crimp bead to both strands, then jump ring and loop through. Pull taut and pinch crimp bead. Tuck small tails into the seed beads. Your bracelet is now ready to wear! 

Mickey Mouse headband

I feel like I’ve been away forever! My laptop bit the dust but I’m back.

Today’s post is a tutorial I did for another blog- iBetterAccessorize

When my oldest daughter was younger, I always made cute little bows to match her outfits; she had tons of hair accessories with ribbons, feathers & flowers. She’s 17 now but I have a 3 year old daughter for whom to make hair accessories! My little Taryn loves pinks & purples. Since she tends to wear those colors often, I decided to make a purple headband for her to wear with one of her favorite characters- Mickey Mouse!

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Supplies needed:
-low temp glue gun
-glue sticks

Supplies from iBetterAccessorize.com:
-4 inch Satin Pinwheel Flower
-1 ¼ inch Resin Rhinestone Mickey Mouse
-Feather Pad
-Satin Covered Plastic Headband
-1 inch Felt Circle

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1. Glue feather to felt circle: Start with the felt circle and glue the back of the feather to edge of felt circle as shown.
2. Glue Mickey to flower: Glue the rhinestone Mickey Mouse to the center of the pinwheel flower.
3. Glue flower to feather: Now you need to decide at which angle you want your feather in comparison to the rhinestone Mickey Mouse. A few ways that would look cute are- parallel to the Mickey Mouse rhinestone, perpendicular to the Mickey Mouse or at a 45 degree angle to the Mickey Mouse rhinestone. I chose to attach mine at a 45 degree angle. And no, I didn’t pull out a ruler, I just eyeballed it.
4. Glue flower and feather to headband: Place flower- feather assembly on the headband to determine placement. Once you are satisfied with the location, flip the flower-feather assembly over and glue in place.

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Your new headband is now ready to show off!

Love this accessory and want to make one of your own? 

Purchase all 5 pieces for only $7.25 + s&h by visiting iBetterAccessorize.com – you choose the color of the flower, feather, Mickey and headband!  You can find the direct link here: Lisa’s Purple Mickey Mouse Headband Pack

Check out the site, there’s tons of cool things there to make as well as pre-made items

Sixlets Christmas Elves

Sixlets Christmas Elves

Supplies needed:

elf image

elf shoes image

cardstock

scissors

tape

glue

2 bags Sixlets (I got mine at Dollar Tree)

So I was on Pinterest, as if that’s something unusual for me, & I saw these cute little elves with Sixlets for arms & legs. I clicked The picture to see how they were made & was disappointed to find that they were done with paper punches. I have a lot of punches in my collection, but not the big ones needed. My first attempt at replicating them was to free hand the pieces but I wasn’t happy with the results.

Next I searched Dollar Depot Graphics but couldn’t find any plain elves. So then I tried Google for some cute elf clipart to make my own version. I settled on this cute little guy & the shoes I got from Dollar Depot Graphics. 

I printed out my elves & a red text box, adding my “Merry Christmas from Taryn” to them & my elf shoes. elves elf shoes

 I cut & glued all my pieces to some green cardstock I had on-hand. 

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Next I taped 2 sleeves of Sixlets together for each leg, then taped them to the elf.

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be sure to try to tape your Sixlets together as straight as you can get them, otherwise your elves will have bow legs or look knock-kneed.

All in all, I was pretty happy with the results. The project only cost me $2.00 in candy since I printed my images at home & used cardstock I already had. I was able to make 9 elves. Perfect for my daughter’s pre-K class for Christmas!

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Beaded ornament hook tutorial

Today’s post is my first ever tutorial. My pictures aren’t as crisp as I’d like, but I think you can figure out what I’m showing.

Fancy ornament hooks come in a few different styles but today I will be focusing on beaded hooks. These are great for those special ornaments you may want to highlight on your tree. They’re so much nicer looking than those ugly hooks you buy in the stores- 100 for $1.00 or something like that.

Supplies needed:

16 gauge wire (I used gold tone since that’s what I had on hand)

ruler

jeweler’s round nose pliers

wire cutters

pencil

mandolin (or use a marker like I did)

few matching or coordinating beads (I used beads left over from other projects)

 

 

First, measure & cut off 4 inches of wire (it doesn’t have to be perfectly straight, just straightened out by hand is good enough)

 

Next, wrap wire almost completely around your pencil so you have something that looks like a shepherd’s crook & slide it off

 

Then, bend the short end up on itself with the round nose pliers

 

Take the long end & bend it at a 90 degree angle away from the opening of your hook & add 2 or 3 beads, depending on the size you choose

 

Once all your beads are on, bend the wire at a 90 degree angle towards your open hook

 

Next, take your mandolin (or marker) & wrap the remaining wire around & slide it off

 

Right now the wire looks a little funny. You will need to trim just a couple millimeters off the end. Then grab your round nose pliers once again & curl the very end of your wire inside the loop until it looks like this: You may need to play with it a little to get it to look just right.

 

Sorry my photos aren’t the greatest; I’m not much of a photographer but I think you get the idea.  Have fun & bling out your Christmas tree or give them as a gift!