Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Our Flowers are in a Shop!

Yes ladies and gentlemen, Sweet Floweret is officially “out there”. We are pretty excited about it. Not only does it put our product on a shelf for all to see (and buy!), the whole experience gave us some confidence in ourselves and our product. Not like we need it or anything. Chuckle.

The shop is called StayFit and it’s in Mt. Prospect. It’s a health, wellness and physical therapy place and has an area up front and in back with cutesy boutique-y stuff.

How does one sell fabulous fabric flowers in a shop? Well, we didn't know much, but we knew that we had to have something to show the flowers to the owners with as well as something to display them on in the shop.

What is my favorite place for cheap deals other than a garage sale? Answer: the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby. Much of the d├ęcor in my home comes from those 80% off shelves. Now that I live a few blocks away from one, it’s pretty hard to stay away. I digress.

Gina sent me a blog link with a frame that had ribbon stapled inside as a bow holder. Simple enough! Mission: Find a frame large enough, in good shape and preferably not one that needed any spray painting. Time was short.

After just a few minutes, I spotted the frame below. $3.20 marked down from $28.00. Perfecto.

I also found these cute memo boards to show our flowers to the owners . Not as great a deal, but really good sturdy boards. I always feel the need to justify if I can’t find something under$5. It’s a disease really. They were 50% off, what more do you want? I’m hyperventilating.

Brought the frame home, forgot to get ribbon. Nuts. Found some really wide ric rac I had bought for another project. Better than nothing! Stapled the pieces on and voila, a bow holder extraordinaire!

So we brought our boards and our frame, showed off the fabulous flowers, yadda, yadda, yadda*, here they are on the shelf! Pretty cute. Request from the owner: get them on pony tail holders. Fitness place, pony tail holders-makes sense to me. We’re on it. Headbands too.

Here are some pictures of them in the shop.

Next stop, QVC! Just kidding. For some reason, I really want to be on QVC. Really so Gina and I can talk in our obnoxious sales lady voices and do a fake cheesy laugh. Oh, and be on TV. Maybe we can make flowers out of a ShamWow. That’d be cool.

*During this period of time there was a meeting, agreement, Gina and Tina preparing the display in the back room of the center and acting pretty immature. Gina, not Tina. Tina maintained utmost professionalism throughout the entire process.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

What? You didn’t use a box?

Making someone feel special is all relative. It depends on what their perspective of what “special” is. Thankfully, my husband, and most men, I would venture to say, feel loved when their stomachs are nice and full; which brings us to Fathers day (also my brother’s birthday this year). So I had to make three men in my life feel special-dad, husband and brother! Whew.
At our home, we like to make a big breakfast on those special “days”. So on Mom’s day, Joe makes me breakfast and on Father’s day, you guessed it, I (and the kids) make it for Joe. This Father’s day the kids decided on making chocolate chip pancakes…. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
Who doesn’t love a good pancake? What’s better on a Sunday morning, than a great cup of coffee and a big plate of hot off the griddle pancakes, smothered with butter and syrup?
Not much, I would argue, ESPECIALLY if you make your own batter. Look out Aunt Jemima, Tina’s spreading the word.
I found the recipe below on my absolute favorite recipe site: www.allrecipes.com
The recipe is simple and you can add whatever you like to your pancakes: nuts, choc chips, berries, bananas…
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
The only thing I added was a touch of vanilla. I usually never sift when they tell me to sift. It’s a pain, a mess and they still turn out ok (would be a bit fluffier if you sift I guess).
After we made breakfast and served it to him in bed, I ran back down and made a chocolate cake for my brothers birthday. The recipe turns out an OH SO delicious chocolate cake. Great, now Aunt Jemima, Betty Crocker and the Pillsbury Doughboy will be hot on my tail.

One Bowl Chocolate Cake III


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two nine inch round pans.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, mix for 2 minutes on medium speed of mixer. Stir in the boiling water last. Batter will be thin. Pour evenly into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes in the preheated oven, until the cake tests done with a toothpick. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
If you use a 9x13 pan, just cook it a little longer (I cook it for 40-45 mins). Oh, one more tip… it tastes much better refrigerated. I’ve made this cake for the kid’s birthday parties the last few times, and every time the question is the same, “you made this? Wait, you mean you didn’t use a box?????????” I could add more question marks but my blog is already long enough.
For some reason, it’s hard to wrap the mind around the fact that cake can be made without a box. And it even tastes better than the box! Gasp, choke. Cheaper too? Like, omagosh!
Yea, just buy a tub of cocoa and it should last you a few cakes at least. You will get LOTS of complements and you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy that people are devouring your cake.
So there you have it ladies and gents, two recipes that will get you well on your way to easy home-made goodness causing the loved ones in your life to feel special. And if it doesn’t well, I don’t know what to tell ya.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Afternoon Flowers

Sunday afternoon I took the kids outside for a little impromptu photo shoot. I say that as if I'm some kind of photographer. Clearly, I'm not. But my dad was visiting and had his nice camera, so I wanted to get some cute pictures of the them. I had been waiting all day for the sun to come out from behind the clouds and it finally did, just as we were getting dinner on the grill.

I started with just Lucy because Anthony was busy playing with a huge branch that had fallen off the tree in that crazy storm Friday night. At this point she's probably used to all the pictures so it didn't take long for me to get a smile. Can you call that a smile? A smirk?

Of course, no outfit would be complete without one of our newest creations, a Bloom Clip. She's used to wearing these at this point too. She doesn't even try to pull them off anymore...until we're in the car. If I forget to take them off before I get behind the wheel, they go straight into her mouth. Good news though! They hold up well under a steady flow of baby drool.

Once Anthony showed up, we had about 10 seconds before the whole thing started to unravel. Look at those faces. He looks like he's up to no good and she looks like she knows it! "Get me outta here MOM!"

And...we're done.

Photo shoot dreams ruined.

But at least she looks cute with that flower on her head!

Sweet Floweret. Making all of your dreams of becoming a photographer come true. For a few seconds anyway.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Favorite thing this week...

Spray paint! I've been finding objects on the side of the road, at garage sales, and even in my own home that just a simple coat (or two, or three) of spray paint can really change into something lovely. I have some pics below of items in my home that were sprayed from geek to chic.Found two of these chairs on the side of the road... They were a nasty tan color. This one serves by my front door for those who need assistance putting on shoes. It also comes in handy for those lengthy good-bye conversations at the doorway-you know the kind.This steamer trunk wasn't spray painted, but deserved a spot nonetheless! I found it on the side of the road and it was covered with some sort of weird veneer. Joe meticulously scraped it, outside and in, then stained it. I think it's gorge, and serves to store my ever growing collection of totes and bags!This used to be an old picture of two angels kissing that was stored for years in the basement. The frame was gold. We removed the glass and pic, spray painted, added hooks and now it's a lovely necklace hanger for my room! Wish I had taken pics along the way to serve as a tutorial... It is pretty straightforward, however.

Below are a series of pics on how we painted a mirror I found at a garage sale. It's a tutorial of sorts if this is something you'd like to try. Painting a mirror is pretty easy, and a good place to start.
The mirror. Big and beautiful but just a bit too gold. Really pretty detailing...First, Joe used our air compressor to blow out any dirt/debris from the frame. Next, tape, tape, tape some more. First, tape the edges with painting tape as close as you possibly can to the frame. Then, cut a piece of plastic (large garbage bag works) and tape it down.Now for the paint. While spraying you have to stroke the can along the frame, not hold it in one place for too long-otherwise, you'll get drips. You'll need two or three coats.

What the kids do while we work...

Let it dry overnight.

Then hang it up! Fills up my dining room wall nicely. If it's super heavy like ours were, you'll need special nails for the wall. You can ask the Home Depot guy when you get there where to find them.

Do you have any fun items that you've painted to perfection? Send them to us and we'll post them!

What's next on the project list? Turning this window frame I found at the side of the road into a frame for the office, and paining/reupholstering a chair that my grandma dropped off. Will post when complete!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Hello and welcome to our blog. We're guessing you're here because you want to know more about us, how to order, see pics, etc. SO here goes!
Us: Two friends who have a lot in common. Had dinner,Tina invited herself over to Gina's to learn the fine art of fabric flowers, and bada-bing, bada bang, "Sweet Floweret" was born.
What we do: We make fanciful fabric flowers for every occasion!

They can be used for barrettes, on your purse, gym bag or tote, clipped to your shoes, on your shirt, picture frames, magnets, rings... SO many possibilities to add some fun to your day! We're currently making barrettes and pins ($4-$8 depending on size) with headbands, rings and bracelets to come.


String of barrettes
Gina's little Lucy wearing an adorable headband and matching pillowcase dress
Cute pin

Tina's Ella wearing a fun flower in her curly locks

Flower on tote bag

How to order? For the time being, please email us with requests for flowers sweetfloweret@gmail.com.
If you're far away, don't fret-we ship!

Please check with us often. Other than our fabulous flowers, we'll post other crafty projects that we're working on, as well as entries on our crazy fun life during stay-at-home mom-hood.
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