Felt Flower Wreath

Felt flower wreath for doorThings finally cooled down in Southern California (yay!), and we're ready to handle a wreath on our front door. Since it doesn't feel like summer every day anymore, I wanted to keep moving forward with the autumnal decorating. Since I already had a dried flower wreath hanging inside, I wanted to make a felt flower wreath to hang on the outside. 

I love working with felt, so I'm happy to share how to make this floral felt wreath with you!

Felt flower wreathSupplies:
- felt flower and template

-felt fabric in various colors (at least 1 yard in various colors is more than enough)
-40" 16 gauge steel wire
-scissors
-glue gun
-glue stick

Felt flower wreathStep One: Bend your wire into a circle, and overlap the ends together. To close the circle, twist and bend the ends of the wire together. 

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Felt flower wreathStep Two: Cut out about 75-85 felt leaves. Add a dollop of glue to one end of the leaf, and attach that to the circular frame by wrapping the base of the leaf (with the dollop of glue) around the wire. Continue to glue each leaf on the frame, slightly overlapping the bases of the leaves on top of each other. Fill the entire circular frame with the wool felt leaves. 

Felt flower wreathStep Three: To make the center of the flower, cut a 1" x 6" strip of felt and make small cuts throughout the entire length. Add a dollop of glue at one end, roll the strip, and add another bit of glue to the other end to secure the center.  

Felt flower wreathFelt flower wreathStep Four: Cut out your flower petals and add a dollop of glue to the base of each flower to attach it to the flower center. Continue around until the entire flower center is covered with petals. For my wreath, I made nine flowers; you can certainly make more or less. It's totally up to you how many flowers you want on your wreath.  

Felt flower wreathFelt flower wreathStep Five: Decide on the placement of your flowers on the wreath. Add some glue to the base of the flower (the bottom of the flower center), and attach each flower to your wreath.  

Felt flower wreathNow that you know how to make this one, you can make another next month for Christmas. Maybe you just want to do all white flowers and green leaves on the wreath, or you can go for the green and red color scheme. I think it would be cute to make felt flowers to use to adorn a present instead of a bow, or you can make some small felt flowers and attach them to some headbands as gifts for some little ones in your life (or for yourself). You can really do so many things with felt! -Rubyellen 

Credits // Author and Photography: Rubyellen Bratcher. Photos edited with Valentine from The Signature Collection

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Try This: Pie Crust Cookies

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!It wasn't until adulthood that I truly came to appreciate the buttery, flaky deliciousness that is pie crust! I wish I could go back in time and eat all of those crusts I left behind in my childhood. Though I suppose it's not too late to make up for those lost crusts!

This is a super simple cookie idea that you can whip up before entertaining guests, or you can freeze a batch so you can always have a pie crust cookie on hand in case of emergency. You know what I'm talkin' 'bout.

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!Ingredients:
2 store-bought pie crusts
apple butter or any pureed preserves
one egg
crystal sugar for sprinkling

One box of pie crusts (2 crusts) yields 7 large (4") cookies.

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Step One: Roll out your pie crust and cut out circles. Gather the scrap crust and re-roll it to the same thickness. Try not to overwork the scrap pieces too much.

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!Step Two: I was able to get fourteen 4" circles out of two store-bought pie crusts. I spread homemade apple butter onto 7 of the circles. You can use any preserve you want, but if there are chunky fruit pieces in it, you will want to puree it first. Don't overfill the circles with preserves, or the filling will bubble up and cook over while baking.

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!Step Three: I cut out holes into the other 7 circles using my fun fall-shaped mini cutters. I placed those cut-out circles onto the apple butter circles and sealed the edges with the end of a mixing spoon.

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!Step Four: Beat 1 whole egg to brush over the top of each little pie cookie. Promptly sprinkle with some crystal sugar on top and pop those puppies in the oven!

I baked my cookies at 375°F for 20 minutes, but since your cookie sizes may vary, I'd recommend setting your timer for 15 minutes and then letting them bake until they are golden brown around the edges.

Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute! Pie crust cookies— so easy and cute!The cookies are just a little bit sweet and perfectly flaky. So perfect to enjoy with a hot cup of apple cider! I'd also love a cherry pie cookie atop some hot cocoa. A great treat for a night of holiday decorating! -Mandi

Credits // Author and Photography: Mandi Johnson. Photos edited with Stella from the Signature Collection.

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Scrapbook Sundays: Rainbow Ink

AR5A8771Hi friends! Happy Sunday. This week I'm focusing on colored inks. Ever since I got the ABM ink pad set in the mail a few weeks ago I can't stop playing with them. I am having the best time experimenting with different color combinations and, really, falling in love with stamping for the first time. (Like, really, really true love)

Previous to these inks I was an "all black" ink girl. So today I wanted to share with you a few of the fun ways I've been using the ink set to add color to my paper craft projects! 

AR5A8752Ok, so first up- a scrapbook page. I stamped the background of this 9x12 photo using this Aha Arts stamp. I used mineral, mint, peaches, peas and cement ink colors to create a fun, colorful background. 

AR5A8740You can see here how I got the stamping really close to our bodies without overlapping. Just create a little mask with scrap paper and you're good! 

AR5A8744And here is my completed page. Full page photos are my favorite. I'll use this one next to a page with lots of smaller photos from that autumn party! 

AR5A8756Next up, a simple greeting card! I used almost every color in our ink collection to create a repeating pattern with one of the Emoji stamps. I love how all the colors mix together to create a busy pattern and using one stamp keeps it clean and simple. 

AR5A8759Here's a detail photo of the stitching. I used my sewing machine to stitch some words onto the card with neon pink thread. 

AR5A8763And last, but not least, I used this holiday stamp set (designed by my pal, Cathy Z for Studio Calico) to make a few 3x3 cards for my upcoming holiday scrapbook pages. Truth be told, I bought the stamp set just for those adorable trees, but I love a whole bunch of them. The merry & bright stamp makes an awesome text pattern, right? 

K- that's all I have for this week. Tonight I'm having wine night with my little brother and we're making decorations for Penelope Bloom's 5th birthday party this week- mermaid theme!!!!

Love you guys, Elsie 

Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with Imogen from The Folk Collection

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Try This: Oversized Photo Booth Prints (for under $10!)

Oversized Photo Booth Prints for under $10! (click through for details) Why is it that everything gets a million times cooler when it's either giant or tiny? I don't know what it is, but there's something about a dramatic change of scale that makes me love the item that much more (like our tiny photo magnets or these tiny photo books). I was getting a little tired of the printed scarf I had hanging above the Wurlitzer in our living room, and I thought it would be the perfect spot for a fun oversized photo. Rather than just print a regular photo, I wanted to use one of my favorite photo booth pictures of Todd and me that we took with the Party Party app this summer. I love the photo booth aspect of the picture because it gives you four photos to display instead of just one, and the photos feel much more candid and silly.

Oversized Photo Booth Prints for under $10! (click through for details)  To get the best quality blueprint, take your photos in the Party Party app, save the image on your phone, and transfer the picture to a computer with Photoshop. Open the picture in Photoshop and go to "Image" and then "Image Size." Your photo should be at 72 dpi, but we are going to slowly increase the resolution to 300 dpi so you'll get a clearer print when you print it much bigger. You'll want to change your image resolution by slow increments of 10% at a time. So if you start at 72 dpi, you'll want to change it to 79, click "OK," then change to 87, click "OK," then 95, click "OK," then 104, etc., until you reach 300 dpi. Once you have the correct photo resolution, you can resize the dimensions of the photo to its final size (most blueprints will print up to 36" wide, so that's what I sized mine to). Save the photo on a flash drive and take it to Staples or Kinkos to have it printed. Mine is basically the largest square you can print, and it cost me under $9!

If you don't have access to Photoshop, that's okay too! Before I knew about the steps above I would just print mine without that step, and I was happy enough with the print quality. A bit of pixelation is part of the blueprint charm, but if there's too much distortion to your liking, you can always just print it a little smaller instead.

Oversized Photo Booth Prints for under $10! (click through for details)
Oversized Photo Booth Prints for under $10! (click through for details)  I've put up a lot of my blueprint prints with either just nails or tacks, and while I like the casual feel of that hanging method, I mounted this picture to foam core and painted a simple frame neon yellow for this special print. How cute would it be to do a series of giant, long, photo booth strips next to each other across a wall? Uh, oh! Looks like I'll be making a few more of these! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with Stella from A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Holiday Gifting Schemes

Holiday gift shopping wishlistI don't know about you, but it's starting to feel like the holidays around my house—and I love it! We may not have our decorations up yet, but you can bet I've already starting casually mentioning to my husband that I think we could put our tree up any weekend now and it really wouldn't be that big of a deal. No, it's not too soon, honey, I swear!

One thing I am starting early this year is my holiday gift shopping list. I am lucky to have lots of amazing, inspiring, and supportive loved ones in my life, and they are fun to shop for! We teamed up with our good friends and supporters at ModCloth for this fun holiday gift wishlist. I love trying to find unique, quirky gifts for all my close friends that say something about their personality or interests. xo. Emma

P.S. In case you missed it, I did a little interview for ModCloth's blog about a week ago!

Gift Wishlist: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

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