Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yarn Wreath Tutorial

Today I will be showing you how to make a yarn wreath with felt flowers. This is a super easy project, that I recommend doing with some girlfriends, putting on a chick-flick, pouring some vino, and making a fun night of it. I myself enjoyed sitting outside in the 70 degree sunshine. A rare treat for March in Chicago.

Here's what you'll need:

1 wreath (mine has an 8" diameter)*
1 ball of yarn (You'll use about half)
1/4 yd felt in the color(s) of your choice (1/4 yard should get you about 8-12 flowers)
hot glue gun/sticks

*I originally made the wreath using an idea I had seen on Pinterest where you buy gray pipe insulation from Home Depot and duct tape it to make a DIY wreath. It didn't work. At least not for me. The wreath began to droop and I was slightly annoyed. Just buy a wreath from a craft store. It's only about $3-$5 more at Joann's or Michael's.
The How-To:
Start by tying a knot around the wreath. This will be your starting point. Add a dab of hot glue to hold it in place.

It's best to wrap the yarn in sections using about 4-5 feet of yarn at a time. Any longer and it may get tangled and keeping it attached to the ball of yarn wasn't working well for me. How you wrap is completely up to you and your style, but I wrapped and overlapped. There was really no rhyme or reason.

After you finish wrapping your yarn, keep it in place with a dot of hot glue then continue on with the next section. Continue on with this until the entire wreath is finished. This took me about 45 minutes to an hour. Again, it'd be super fun to hang out with girlfriends and chit-chat while doing this to make the time pass.

Now it's time to make some cute felt flowers. You can use a DVD or CD to trace a cirle on the felt. I just cut a circle the best I could without a stencil.

Start cutting the felt into a spiral. When you are almost to the center, leave a cirle about 1-2 inches wide. You'll eventually glue this onto the bottom of the wrapped flower to hold it in place.

Starting where you first cut, begin twisting the fabric around itself tightly. You could add a dab of glue here and there, but if you are twisting it tight enough and supporting it with your fingers well you shouldn't need to. Why risk burning yourself with the hot glue gun anymore than you need to???

As you're spiraling your flower, give the fabric an occasional twist to add depth and texture. This is what I did.

Or, you could just keep winding it up without any twists and this is what it would look like. It's just a personal preference.

When you get to the end of your fabric with the circle, add some hot glue to the circle and press it against the bottom of the flower to hold is all in place.

Do this for however many flowers you like. Usually an odd number of flowers look best together. Figure out an arrangement for the flowers on your wreath then hot glue them on. Finally, add a pretty ribbon and hang it on your door!

I'm a neutral color girl but I do love pops of color. I chose more neutral colors for my wreath and decided that the color of the ribbons could be switched for the different holidays and seaons of the year. I think this wreath would look gorgeous with a burnt orange ribbon for the fall. I made this one for my mother-in-law whose birthday was the day after mine. I may just have to make another one for myself!

I would LOVE to see your yarn wreath if you end up doing this project.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Busy, Busy

Things have been a little busy around here lately. That, and the weather was amazing here the past couple of weeks so I tried to be outside as much as possible. I am thankful though that it has cooled off significantly because being in a non-air conditioned classroom with 26 little busy bodies makes for long, hot days.

Anyways, stop back by here later this week and I'll show you how to make this lovely lady:

And I'll give you an update on our tomato and pepper plants (and I need some gardening advice).


Until then, have a great week!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Guest Posting at Live.Love.Craft

Hi everyone! I'm guest posting today over at Live.Love.Craft. Alyssa contacted me and asked if I'd be interested in doing so. Of course I said yes! She has a really fun blog so hop on over, take a look at my yarn wreath tutorial, and check out some of the great things that she has to offer around her blog. Leave her a comment if you see something you like or just to say hi! And for those of you visiting me from Alyssa's blog, I'd love it if you did the same. A little "hello" can make anyone's day brighter!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mississippi Mud Pie

I love dessert. Especially, creamy, fudgy, chocolatey desserts. I'm not a cake person though (I know, I'm weird). This Mississippi Mud Pie pretty much entails everything I love about desserts. This recipe is delicious, SUPER EASY, and makes 2 pies! Ideally, it'd be great for the summer, but why wait???

Here's how you make it.


1 tub whipped cream
3/4 cup sugar
8oz cream cheese, softened
one-3.9 oz chocolate pudding
one-3.4 oz butterscotch pudding
3 cups milk
two-graham cracker crusts (you can make your own or buy the pre-made ones at the store)


Beat together half of the whipped cream container, 3/4 cup sugar, and the cream cheese. Beat until everything has mixed together then layer it on top of the graham cracker crusts.

Next, mix both of the pudding mixes with 3 cups milk for approximately 3 minutes(I used the same bowl as above once I had scraped out all of that good stuff and spread it onto the crust). Let sit for 2-3 minutes then smooth over the first whipped cream/cream cheese layer.

Finally, use the remaining whipped cream from the tub to smooth over the pudding layer. (I have found that the best way for me to smooth all of these layers is just a plain old spoon.)

Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Don't Forget...Birthday SALE at The Turquoise Pear

Hi blog friends! Today is my birthday and just incase you missed the announcement or if this is your first time visiting my blog, I'm having a birthday sale in my Etsy shop, The Turquoise Pear. Just use coupon code BIRTHDAY10 to receive 10% off your purchase now through March 11.

Also, if this is your first time here, I'd love it if you followed me!

I hope that you'll visit The Turquoise Pear and pass along this promo to your other blogger friends! Thanks!

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Molasses Cookie Sandwiches

Over the past few weeks, I've found myself watching the Food Network more and more. And as I'm watching, I'm wondering why I don't watch this channel more often. Everything that anyone makes looks AMAZING! I want to make whatever they're making right away. Which is what happened yesterday morning as I was watching "Down Home with the Neelys."

They were making a full meal, but the thing that caught my eye (and stomach) were the molasses cookie sandwiches with nutella spread in between that they made for dessert. Nutella. I love nutella.

I couldn't stop thinking about these cookies and decided I had to make them this weekend. So off to the store I went to get the couple ingredients that I was out of and then I got right to it. I've never made molasses cookies before, but these were super easy. Okay, enough rambling. Let's get to the good stuff!

Molasses Cookie Sandiwches
original recipe from The Neelys

1 cup dark brown sugar
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3 tablespoons molasses
1 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Chocolate hazelnut spread, such as Nutella

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Adjust the oven rack to middle. Line 2 sheet trays with parchment.

Whisk the brown sugar in a large bowl to get rid of the lumps. Add the butter and stir until smooth. Stir in the molasses, vanilla and egg, mixing until well combined.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, ginger , cinnamon, cloves and salt in a separate medium bowl. Add the dry mixture to the butter mixture and stir until well incorporated and smooth, about 2 minutes.

Pour the granulated sugar onto a plate. Divide the dough into 12 equal-size balls and roll them in the sugar. Arrange the dough on the prepared sheet trays at least 2 inches apart. Press gently to flatten. Bake about 16 minutes depending on your oven (mine took about 13-14 minutes and are a little chewier which I like). Let cool completely on the sheet trays.

Spread the chocolate hazelnut spread between 2 cookies and sandwich them together. Repeat with the remaining cookies.

Print off this recipe here.

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The Turquoise Pear BIRTHDAY SALE

Hi everyone! It's my 28th birthday on Wednesday (March 7) this week and to celebrate, I'm having a SALE in my Etsy shop. Instead of showering me with lots of gifts like I know you were planning on doing, I'd love it if you headed on over to The Turquoise Pear and used the coupon code BIRTHDAY10 to receive 10% off your purchase. Woohoo!

This coupon code is good for things in my shop that are "ready to ship" and for custom orders. Custom order payments must be received by March 11 in order to receive the 10% discount. Once we figure out the custom gift you want, I will send you an invoice in which you can then pay.

If you'd like to place a custom order, please send me a message through Etsy or an email at giving me some info on the sex of the baby, colors and patterns you like and the item(s) that you'd like me to make. We can come up with the perfect gift for you! Here's one of the place that I love to get fabric in Chicago. Take a look and see what inspires you!

Here's the pricing of most custom items:

blankets (28"x28") $30 + $6 shipping
set of 3 burp cloths $15 + $3.50 shipping
nursing covers $25 + $4.00 shipping
pillows and tablerunners (pricing depends on the price and size you choose)

*If you buy more than one item from me, I will adjust the shipping cost accordingly.

Here are a few of the items currently for sale in my shop:

And here are some custom orders that I have done in the past:

Again, visit THE TURQUOISE PEAR, use coupon code BIRTHDAY10, and receive 10% off your purchase through March 11. And please, spread the word to your family, friends (blog friends, Facebook friends, work friends...whoever!) You are more than welcome to share this post with anyone!

Hope you join in on the fun!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Chalkboard Paint Kitchen Canisters

Chalkboard paint is an amazing invention. I really need to explore into this world more. So far, I've only done one project that involves chalkboard paint and I was super happy with how well it went.

I have been meaning to complete this project for a quite some time but Joann's never had black chalkboard paint. I finally had success on Saturday. I can't quite remember where I saw this project but I think it was through the blog world or maybe even World Market where I eventually ended up purchasing the canisters. This was a super easy and reasonably priced project. Anyone can do this!

Here's what you need:
the item(s) you want to paint
a paint brush
chalkboard paint

I just followed the directions on the back on the chalkboard paint and I didn't care about super straight lines. It took me 2 coats to complete the project. The first coat still left streaks that you could see through.

Here's the before:

And the after:

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What do you think? This was so easy peasy! You can totally do this yourself with pretty much anything your heart desires. I'm thinking about using it for herb planters this spring! Anyone have any other ideas for what to paint?

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