Monday, November 22, 2010

Dresser to Desk Transformation-Part 1

We know you were wondering what happened to us.  It's been a little while since our last post.
Well let us tell you what we've been up to!
First off, we had a very successful show at a friends home.  She had a number of different vendors located in different rooms about her home and ladies where invited to come and do some shopping.  It was a great idea and worked out very well.
We were set up in the sun room.  Perfect!

Our key fobs were a hit.  We only had a handful left after the show!


We're excited about our third and final holiday show coming up in a couple of weeks!

After Gina's post on the fabulous furniture refresh, I was excited to see what I could freshen up around here.  Well my sister in law provided a dresser.  We don't necessarily need another dresser.  I DO however need a new sewing desk as mine is way too small.
SO my fabulous husband did the grunt work in transforming the dresser into a desk!

Old dresser
Gutted!
It's a tad high.  Only 2 inches higher than my current desk, so hopefully it will work ;)
I asked him to add a shelf for baskets...
We're also going to paint and put a shelf in two of the leftover drawers to make them big wall shelves for my fabrics.  Yay!
I went to Menards to get all of the stuff to paint it and distress it, and the SAME lady that helped Gina was there and provided me with all the items that I needed along with excellent instruction.  Her name is Gaye (should you ever be at the Menards on Rand).  She works in the paint section and used to distress furniture as well as run her own shop.
Now don't freak out when you see it the pic below.  It's green.  Really, really green.  I will put pics of the distressed desk up in "part two".  It completely changes the way it looks.  For the better ;)



 The dresser is not done yet (obviously), so this is "part 1" of 2 or maybe 3.  Along with the dresser, we're going to be "refreshing" the sewing room.  Painting it, putting up shelving, organizing etc.  I can't wait!

On a final note, while at Menards this week to find hardware for the desk drawers, I found these on sale for less than $5!

They're called "glittens" and I've been wanting a pair for a while.  They're not the most feminine things you've ever seen, but they are lined with fleece and will come in super handy.  Glove to mitten transformation in seconds.  Hey, I'm easily amused.

Can't wait for Thanksgiving.  Can you?
With LOVE<3
Tina

Monday, November 8, 2010

Glazed Apple Bars


When we had our open house, I made these Glazed Apple Bars from one of my favorite blogs called Whatever. (www.megduerksen.typepad.com) If you haven't ever heard of her blog, you should go check it out. She's really fun and crafty and a great phographer! 


Anyways, back to the bars. I first saw this recipe last fall after I had just had Lucy. I really wanted to make them but figured I'd wait until I could fit back into my pre-maternity jeans before consuming large quantities of butter and sugar. This fall, I decided I'd just buy new jeans and make the bars. It was totally worth it! They are really easy and have only a few ingredients but you'd never know it! Plus they feed quite a lot of people so they're great to bring to a party. They seemed to be a hit at the open house and I promised Tina's Aunt Karen that I'd post the recipe so without further ado...here it is. This one's for you Aunt Karen! 

Glazed Apple Bars  


4 Cups Flour
2 1/3 Cups Sugar (divided)
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 Cups Butter (room temp)
5 Granny Smith Apples, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon cinnamon


Combine flour, 2 cups of sugar and salt. 
Cut in butter until crumbly
Take half of this mixture and press into a jelly roll pan
Top with the Granny Smith apples in rows. (When I did it, I didn't use all the apples because they didn't fit into "neat rows" but after I wished I had used them. So use up all those apple slices...they're called APPLE bars for goodness sakes!) 
Combine remaining sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over apples
Crumble remaining flour mixture over apples
Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes
Cool before drizzling glaze over top
Cut into squares and serve


Glaze
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon water
Stir to combine and drizzle over bars 




Gina

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tutu Shirt Tutorial

A very long time ago, at least in a 4-year olds opinion, I promised I'd make my daughter a tutu shirt.  She had seen the tutu onesies I made and wanted one all for herself.
I finally gathered the materials that I needed and got to work yesterday afternoon.  After you see it, you're going to want one too, for some little girl in your life.  This would be a great Christmas outfit.  Iron a candy cane shape to a white or red shirt and use red and green tulle for a Christmas dress!
I may do that.  AH!

Materials Needed:
Plain shirt-best if it's a little long...
Tulle-2 rolls 6" wide
Matching Thread

Optional if you'd like a heart on the chest:  
Heat n Bond
Scrap of fabric 

The shirt is from Target.  They have a nice selection of plain shirts for $4.50 a piece.  

 The tulle is from Hobby Lobby.  It is often on sale for 40% off.  I spent $3.50 for both rolls.  Big hint:  Don't make the same mistake I did and buy GLITTER tulle.  There is purple glitter ALL OVER my house, all over me, and now all over my girl!

 I didn't know how much length of tulle to sew so I just let the rolls hang on the floor and unroll as I sewed.  it wouldn't help you much to know a length anyway, as you are likely making a different size!

   Layer the tulle evenly, one on top of the other.   I sewed for what seemed like forever, and then pulled the tulle down the thread to bunch it while the front was still in the sewing machine. It takes A LOT of tulle to make a tutu, so you'll be sewing and then bunching a lot.   Measure the length around the bottom of your shirt, and when you're bunching you'll know how many inches of tutu you're going to need to make it around your shirt. When sewing, use a very wide stitch to make it easier to pull the tulle down.  


When I finally had enough tulle bunched up to make it around the shirt, I tied the thread off on one end of the tutu so that it wouldn't loosen.  I then pinned the tutu carefully to the bottom of the shirt.  The top of the tutu should be about 1-1.5" inches from the bottom of your shirt.  Use plenty of pins.  It's pretty fluffy.
I put the shirt onto the sewing machine through the neck so that the skirt sticks out to the left of the machine.  Use a ZIG ZAG stitch for this part.  Sew over the thread that's already there.  Be careful that the t-shirt isn't bunching.  Go all of the way around and then at the end stitch back and forth a couple of times.
Cut your threads, and voila, you should have a beautiful tutu shirt for less than $10.  I also added a heart ironed on with heat n bond to the chest.  You can put whatever shape or fabric you'd like.

 I am new to tutorials, so please let me know if I can help or if you have any questions.  My camera ran out of batteries while I was making this, so I don't have as many pictures as I'd like, but I'm hoping they help you a bit!
Have fun!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sweet Floweret Gift Giving Guide

Can you believe that Christmas is next month? 
I don't know about you, but I love getting my shopping done early.  And now that I have kids, I like to do most of my shopping online.  It's so much fun getting the orders you place shipped to your door.  I get all excited to rip open the boxes, even though I already know what's inside!
Did you know that here at Sweet Floweret we have plenty of gift giving options for all budgets?
Now through Thanksgiving, we're doing our very first promotion!  Buy 4 items that total over $30 and we'll give you a Sweet Floweret ring for FREE!

Yay!  Free stuff!  You buy gifts and get one for yourself-what could be better?  We also wrap each item in a cellophane bag tied with Christmas ribbon if you request it.  No Charge!
Check out the guide below for some ideas:

$10 and Under
Key Fobs-$8
Excellent for teacher gifts or as an add on to any gift wrapped package!

 Rosy Earrings-$8.50  Great for any lady.  My 10 year old niece just got her ears pierced and requested the black roses for Christmas.
Sweet Floweret Rings-$10.50  One of our best sellers-we have a ton of colors.  Check our facebook page for individual photos.
Snappy Handy Envelope Pockets -$10.00  
Perfect to slide your phone and credit card into, then stick in your back pocket.  Or you can store receipts, coupons, etc. in your purse.


Flowery Headband-$10.00 For the little lady in your life.  2 sizes-newborn and toddler
Flowerettes $4 for small, $6 for medium
 Clippies-$4.00

Gifts under $20.00
Adorable Apron with Flower pin/Barrette For the young chef-$18.00
 Girlish Totes with flower pin-$12.00
 Diaper/Wipe case in one for the new mama in your life... $15.00

 For anyone who doesn't like trash lying around the car...  Handy car trash sac. $12.00   Hangs around your neck rest.  I actually keep mine in the front on the console.  Too dark for a pic, though.

 Wristlet with key fob handle-$20.00
  
For the new baby.  Custom onesie.  $16  Shown with Christmas tutu.  $28 for the set.
Custom bag with name.  Also comes with Sweet Floweret pin/barrette.  $20 for up to five letters.  Over five letters requires large bag-$25 and up.


Gifts Under $50.00
For that special lady in your life...  Reversible Everything Bag!  $48.00




Whew.
Hoping you can cross some names off of your list.  In November.  Because we don't want to be sweatshopping it through December 25th.   We'll be paler than usual.  May not get around to Christmas cookies.  That means weight loss.  We might be good with that.   Needless to say, the sooner  you order, the better.
OH!  How do you order you may ask?  Wow, nearly forgot about that part.  If you aren't local, we've been emailing Paypal invoices.  It's worked out really well.
Email us your list.  Perhaps color options of your items and we'll send you an invoice!
sweetfloweret@gmail.com


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