Friday, August 30, 2013

Halloween Burlap Banner Tutorial~ A NEW Technique and a BIG Announcement!!

I came up with a new technique for making buntings/banners that I am excited to share today! 

But first, I am too excited to hold it in... the big announcement.... I NOW HAVE AN ETSY SHOP!! This Halloween bunting is my very first listing! You can check it out {here}. We will also have other seasonal decor that we will adding in the next couple of weeks. I am planning on listing my Autumn signs {see here} on either Monday or Tuesday!! 
Ok, so I know there are a million banner/bunting tutorials out there, but this technique is BY FAR my favorite. It is interchangeable! You will see in the pictures toward the end what I am talking about, but trust me, it is way easier, hangs better, lasts longer, is easy to store, and looks really high quality.

See... it has this little flap that is STURDY so it hangs nicely on your thick Jute rope. You can space it however you want, play with the order of your patterns, subtract pennants if you need to make it shorter, or space them further apart if you want to fill a larger area. It is way easier that the ones that are glued down.

To make yours, first trace your pattern onto the paper side of a sheet of the heavy duty Heat n' Bond. I just drew my pattern, but there are a lot available free online if you search for one. 

Cut out the pennant from the Heat n' Bond and iron it onto your burlap. (this burlap is two-sided or you would normally just iron it onto the back side of your burlap)

Cut your burlap carefully around the Heat n' Bond outline.

Peel off the paper backing.

It is hard to see here, but you are going to iron muslin onto the Heat n' Bond side of your burlap. You want to make sure you are ironing on the muslin side to create the best bond. 

Then, carefully cut your muslin around the burlap outline.

You are left with a THICK and almost tailored feeling, very nice quality pennant. 

Thoroughly iron down your top  to create the flap. I use steam while evenly ironing back and forth, but you will need to do whatever works best with your iron since every iron is different.

Repeat with each of your patterns to create your banner. I got all of my printed burlap for this project from JoAnn Fabrics (I did not paint it; it is printed). It is spendy though... ranging between $9.99/yd. to 12.99/yd. But, it is SO pretty!

I cut a length of 10 feet of this beautiful thick jute rope, and arranged my pennants. Simply hang them from the flap onto the rope and they hang BEAUTIFULLY! 

I removed one of the flags and hung it on my kitchen cabinet, but I think I liked it better with all of the flags on my mantel. I will probably be moving it back there when I decorate my Halloween mantel. 

I just love how this bunting looks. Halloween is so fun. 

If you are interested in purchasing one of mine, you can find it HERE.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Seasonal Chalkboard Art Roundup~ Free Templates and Tutorial

If you have been following my blog, you know how much I love to doodle on my chalkboards! I change them up every season, for birthdays, and really any other excuse I can think of :). I was starting to brainstorm what I wanted to do for Fall and Christmas this year, and I thought it would be good to compile a little list of my chalkboard posts to get the juices flowing. 

All of the different links are listed below in case you would like to use the free templates. There is also a tutorial linked below for How to Draw on Your Chalkboard Like a Pro! You can do it!

1. To Plant a Garden... {here}
2. Came the Spring... {here}
3. We Wish You a Merry Christmas {here}
4. All the Flowers of All the Tomorrows... {here}
5. In Springtime... {here**}
6. When Witches Go Riding... {here}
7. Love is a Many Splendored Thing {here**} 
8. Happy Valentines Day {post here... template not included. Sorry... I freehanded it!}
** #5 and #6 also have a free chalkboard Printable available from Yellow Bliss Road, linked within post.**


Here is the TUTORIAL: Simplified Chalkboard Drawing Tutorial {here}:
How to Draw on your Chalkboard Like a Pro!
*****You really can do it! The tutorial makes it SO much easier!*****

Also, here is a great post for reference: 

Chalkboard Maintenance 101: Tips and Tricks to Paint, Maintain, and Care for Your Chalkboard
Chalkboard Maintenance 101: Tips to Maintain and Care for Your Chalkboard!

Thanks for reading! 

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

French Toast Pops~ The Perfect Brunch Food

Today, I wanted to share a fun take on a classic recipe. I LOVE french toast. I actually lived off of it in college during some points! I love these French Toast Pops because they are so fun to make and are perfect for brunches, and holiday or birthday breakfasts. With all of the different shaped cookie cutters out there, the possibilities are endless! 

{I think it would be such a fun thing to do to serve these at a brunch with different kinds of syrups, powdered sugar, and fresh fruit... I need to do that!}

So, if you want to make some of these French Toast Pops, here is a little tutorial for you. They are easy, and so fun. 


First, I used actual cinnamon swirl french toast bread which is nice and thick. You could also use the Texas Toast bread which has the same thickness. 

Next, grab a cookie cutter. I had this huge, fun flower on hand that was the perfect size for my bread, not leaving many scraps at all. Press down firmly, making sure you actually cut through the bread. 

Cut out as many as you need. Tip: I made a bunch of extras so I could pop them in the freezer for later. 

Grab your lollipop sticks and gently stick it through your bread. I picked a spot where the most possible bread would be on the stick.. from one petal all the way across and through another petal. 

Next, mix up your favorite french toast egg mix in a shallow dish. I used a pie plate. I don't really follow a recipe. I just whisk together a few eggs with a splash of milk and a little splash of vanilla. If I had to guess exact measurements, I would say it is probably 3 eggs, 1/4 cup milk, 1 tsp vanilla. 

Cook both sides on a a medium heat griddle until cooked through. I had mine at about 250 degrees.

...and serve with warm syrup! My favorite is boysenberry. Yum!

Tip: If you are making a lot of these for a big group of people (brunch, party, etc), you can keep them warm on a cookie sheet, covered in foil, in a warm oven. 

Ella LOVED them. She thought dipping them into syrup was so fun. Sorry, I didn't get her dressed or do her hair for you :) We just finished swimming, and, well... that's how we roll. 

P.S. Have you seen these awesome Pancake Pops over at Number 2 Pencil?
Pancake Pops

Thanks for reading! 

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Saturday, August 24, 2013

The Inspiration Exchange No. 13 Features

We have great features again this week! I swear every week's features make me want to both paint something and eat something!

Bayside Dresser Makeover from The Weathered Door

Graphite Table Makeover from Oliver & Rust

Boring Builder to Gorgeous Gray Cabinets #paint #gray #bathroomcabinets

Guest Room Makeover Reveal from Redfly Creations

Vintage File Cabinet Makeover from Maison de Pax

Rocky Road Brownies from A Pumpkin and a Princess
Rocky Road Brownie Recipe

Flour Sifter Planter from The Casual Craftlete
Flour Sifter Planter

and my pick for the week....
Updated Dining Chairs at Vintage Finds
Isn't this whole room so gorgeous!?

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!