Wednesday, November 27, 2013
One thing I really miss while I'm living at school is baking. So since I came home for Thanksgiving this week, one of the first things I wanted to do was try out a few recipes I had been saving. Julia, from the blog Très Queentastic, recently made cinnamon rolls and wrote a post about it, which inspired me to try making them too. I used the recipe she used, from the Williams Sonoma blog, and they turned out delicious! They were surprisingly easy to make, even though I don't have much experience in making bread.
I made the cinnamon rolls last night and kept them in the fridge until this morning to bake. They were soft and warm, and oh-so enjoyable on a chilly, autumn morning.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful November, as it is coming to an end. Happy Thanksgiving to those in the States!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Heart Handmade UK, you have probably seen Merry Makings, Claire Donovan's crafty Christmas magazine she recently published. If you haven't seen it, you must go check it out! It's full of DIY projects, gift ideas, Christmas decorating, and so much more! And it's especially exciting for me because I contributed a project!
I created a DIY for a pretty, beaded snowflake to decorate Christmas gifts!
All of the ladies who contributed to Merry Makings came up with wonderful, inspiring projects. So make yourself a cup of hot chocolate, grab a blanket, and enjoy this lovely magazine!
Monday, November 4, 2013
The most recent mail I've received, besides care packages from my mom (thanks Mom!), are beautiful letters from my pen pals! It's so exciting finding one of these in my mail box!
Gwen's envelope was stitched wax paper, embellished with kraft and washi tape! And of course her gorgeous handwriting adorned the back.
A lovely letter and floral washi tape, I'm in love!
Elisa's (Petit Bretzel) letter was in a pretty, lavendar floral envelope and her handwriting is so darling as well!
Look at all the fun things she sent me!
How adorable are these little kitties?! I LOVE them so much!
There was also this cute little package, with a tiny tag and pretty tape!
Inside was this beautiful handmade floral necklace! Of course I put it on as soon as I opened it up, it is one of my new favorite pieces of jewelry!
Thank you Gwen and Elisa so much! Your letters were absolutely wonderful, and keep an eye out for a letter in the mail from me soon! :)
Saturday, November 2, 2013
la vie en rose by stellaire
These past few weeks have gone by in a whirlwind, and I've missed my blog dearly! I am so sorry for the absence! Throughout October, I had a big project I was working on for my art class. There are so many crafty things I've wanted to do, but that project didn't leave me much time to work on my hobbies. After a month though, it is finally finished! So now I am back to blogging; be on the look out for fun, new posts coming up!
Thursday, October 10, 2013
I saw a photo on pinterest that said "Happiness is a cup of tea" and I don't think that could be any truer. There's nothing like ending a long day by drinking a cup of warm tea and curling up with a good book.
Recently I found these tea biscuits at the grocery store, and I'm in love with them! If you can find them, I definitely recommend giving them a try.
They inspired me to set up a mini teaparty (for one!). There's never a wrong time for a teaparty, right?
I hope everyone has a had a lovely week! ♥
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I feel like I've been doing packaging-idea posts a lot lately, but it's just so much fun to come up with pretty ways to wrap things! So today I'll show you how I made this starry pillow box!
I started with a piece of kraft paper. I carved a star stamp out of an eraser and used white paint to create a pattern on my paper.
On the back of the paper, I traced my pillow box template and cut it out. If you google "pillow box templates", you will find dozens. Just print one out on card stock and you'll have your own reusable template.
I scored the folds in the box with a bone folder. You can also use the tip of a closed pen if you don't have a bone folder.
The box folded together easily, and I used a bit of glue on the side flap to close it.
I gathered together a few different supplies to decorate my pillow box and came up with a couple of ideas for wrapping!
If you ever need to wrap a small gift, try making a pillow box!
Have a lovely day! ♥
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Lately, I've been spending my free time making jewelry. I love beading because it's something I can just pick up and put down whenever I want to. Although, now my desk is covered in little seed beeds and jewelry findings so that makes it a little hard to do homework. And my roommates may or may not think I'm slightly crazy when I have my "glueing station" set up at the dining table with my E600 and little bits of wire and metal pieces. They haven't asked what I'm making, so I can only wonder what they think I'm up to.
I don't normally keep that rose in the middle of all my jewelry-making, I just thought it looked pretty.
And how could I resist using my little kitty as a photo prop?
I'm sad to see the weekend come to and end. My mom and brother came up to visit me, and it was really great seeing them. I have a few more things to do before the day comes to an end though; ballroom dancing lessons, dinner with my roommate (who's been at home the past few days), and a little studying.
I hope everyone has a wonderful week! ♥