Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[Challenge] A Whimsical Eggciting Birthday!



Today is an "Eggciting Day" for me and the blog because it's my birthday!   Wooohooo.  Thank you for all 
your love and kind greetings.  Early this morning, we were able to catch the first of the Four Blood Moons - NASA says that seeing four complete lunar eclipses in a row is very rare and we will have one every 6 months until October 2015.  We have never seen one so we stayed up late for it and it was amazing! We just stood in awe at how great and might God is - He who created the heavens and the earth.

This project is part of the Philippine Polymer Clay Guild's "Something Whimsical Challenge" and Martha Stewarts "marthasgoodeggs" intsagram post.  The first challenge for me was to figure how to remove the contents of the egg while keeping the shell intact.  So, I did some research and ewwww... it was totally gross!  Let me be graphic here:  make 2 holes on both ends of the egg, burst the egg and mix it up with a needle tool and finally blowing the contents out.  Now don't tell me I didn't warn you.  Anyway, after cleaning and drying the eggshell for 24 hours, I got to work on it.

Friends, meet "Mini-Me."  Oh, isn't she cute?  She's having a wonderful time strolling with her yellow birthday balloon, enjoying the sight of bluebonnets and other wildflowers.

This is made from 100% Premo sculpey polymer clay using the applique technique which is a very tedious and meticulous process that takes a lot of patience, gentle hands and the ability to hold your breath for a long time.  The latter helps to concentrate in order to be precise in putting the components in place.  Whew!

May your days be blessed!
michelle

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

[Events] "Gone Fishing" Party Theme

A couple of weeks ago, we decorated the hall for a 70th birthday celebration with a Fishing Theme.  Oh, we had fun decorating!  We wanted the backdrop to be colorful and fun so we used buntings, a decorative fishing net, a wooden lighthouse wall decor, colored prints of different kinds of fish and photos of the celebrant.  You can see the how to make the buntings HERE. 
Fishing Party Buntings and Decorations

One of his fishing buddies brought a life-size fisherman, complete with waders, fishing poles, nets, etc!  Oh, he looked cute, especially with his hat and shades.  The cake was nicely done and the food was delicious too.
Fishing Party Decorations

These are the centerpieces.  I used tall vases filled with river rocks.  We covered the outside with this beautiful fabric made by Hauptman fabric and tied it with twine.  We added wooden twigs to serve as fishing rods, and tied red and white wobblers with nylon.  Finally, we glued on fish biscuits.  So adorable!
Fishing Party Decors
Centerpiece
Oh boy... we had too many parties to attend to in March.  What have you been up to?  Have fun!

Blessings,
michelle

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

[Diaper Cakes] Kohl's Cares Go Dog, Go Diaper Cake!

Motorcycle Diaper Cake
Kohl's Cares Go Dog Go!
Meet our little Rock Star Go-gol that I got from Kohls Cares a few months ago.  This motorcycle diaper cake is similar to the one that I made HERE.  Isn't he cute?

Rock On!
michelle

Monday, April 7, 2014

[Scenes] Sunshine, Bluebonnets and Wild Flowers

My husband and I love to go on road trips.  We have developed a system from what vehicle to rent, where to stay, what snacks and drinks to bring, which rest area to go to, and what music to play, etc. On our recent drive to San Antonio, Texas, we noticed pretty patches of colorful wildflowers along the highway.  It took us time to look for a safe spot where we can stop and take photos up close. 
Bluebonnets
San Antonio, Texas
These are Bluebonnets, the State flower of Texas.  They bloom in spring and can be seen along the highways and farmlands.  Oh, I love them!
Bluebonnets
San Antonio, Texas
These red widflowers are called Indian Paintbrush and they may be seen mixed with bluebonnets and others.  Don't they look so pretty together?
Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrush
San Antonio, Texas
Pretty soon, these wildflowers will be gone and we'd have to wait for next Spring to see them again. This reminds me of a verse in the Bible:
Isaiah 40:8
"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God endures forever."

Have a wonderful day!
 michelle  ♥

Saturday, April 5, 2014

[Card] B&B Wedding Wishes

It's been quite some time since I made a Wedding card.
This is for B&B.
Handmade Wedding Card
This is a folded 5x7 inch ivory cardstock.  I printed their photo and added a mat using kraft paper.  The background is teal that I dry embossed using my Sizzix folder.  Then I used Denami Sparklets ultra fine glitter.  The sentiment is a sticker from Stampendous that was placed on a bright pink banner.
The inside of the card also has a sticker saying "Best Wishes."

It's a simple card but I like how personalized it is.
Such a fun and loving couple.
May God bless your union forever and ever.

Love to all from
michelle

Friday, April 4, 2014

[Baking] The Pampered Chef Valtrompia Bread Tube

Do you go to garage sales?  We are having one at Church this weekend to raise funds for a Mission trip.  I had fun arranging the clothes, household items, toys, shoes, bags and home decor.  Look what I found - The Pampered Chef Valtrompia Bread Tube Star and Flower.
The Pampered Chef Valtrompia Bread Tube Flower
The Pampered Chef Valtrompia Bread Tube Star
It was love at first sight... they're brand new, fresh from the box.  I don't know how to use it yet but I'm thinking of making something like a modified pound or chiffon cake.  Come and visit us soon to see our review.

Have a great weekend!
michelle