DIY, Burlap Wreath Tutorial

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I have made plenty of wreaths over the years but never with burlap. I researched a few tutorials I came across on Pinterest and decided to try a few of the techniques used. After a few hours and several different techniques I was about to give up on making a new Christmas wreath. Eventually I came up with my own technique that gave me the fluffy looking burlap wreath I was envisioning.

I have made plenty of wreaths over the years but never with burlap. I researched a few tutorials I came across on Pinterest and decided to try a few of the techniques used. After a few hours and several different techniques I was about to give up on making a new Christmas wreath. Eventually I came up with my own technique that gave me the fluffy looking burlap wreath I was envisioning.

Supplies Needed:Supplies

  • floral wire or pipe cleaner
  • scissors
  • wire wreath
  • burlap

 

I believe my wire wreath frame was 24″. Since my frame was so large I used two rolls of 6″ x 10 yd rolls of burlap ribbon from Linen Table Cloth.

 

Step 1

This is one technique I did find in another tutorial that I really liked.

Cut a piece of wire about 10″ long and carefully weave the wire through the burlap. Once you have weaved the wire through the burlap, hold both ends of the wire and slide the burlap towards the center of the wire. Once gathered, secure the gathers by twisting the wire tightly around the burlap.

Step 1 Gathered

Using the same wires you secured your gathers with, you can now attach to the outer edge of your wreath frame. Step 2 Attached to WreathMeasure Burlap

I wanted all of my loops to be a close to the same size so I devised my own method to measure the sections before I wired the loops to the frame. You can certainly eyeball your loops or use a ruler.  I utilized two of the sections lengthwise to get the same length for each of my loops prior to wiring my loops to my frame. Be sure to cut your wire long enough to form your loop and to secure it to the frame.

 

StepsAfter you have your burlap measured to your desired loop size, you will attach the wire used to make your loop to the third section of frame.

You will repeat this process: outer edge to third frame section. I never attached any of my loops to the second or inner frame edge.

In one of my previous attempts I triedto attach my loops to all four sections and my loops were not as puffy as I wanted them.

Be sure not to tie your wire to tight as you want your loops to move freely on the frame. This will not affect your finished wreath.

Finished No Bow

Now that I have completed looping my burlap around the entire frame, I can move the loops around as needed and fluff the loops.

Bow

The best part of making my own wreaths is selecting the ribbon for my bows.

Fortunately, after Christmas last year I was able to get a great deal of Christmas ribbon at Michael’s Craft Store. I had so many different spool of ribbon to chose from I could barely decide.

Finished with BoxFor my wreath I do not want to add anything other than a bow. If I had chosen a smaller wreath frame I might have added berries or holly.

Now it’s time to hang my new Christmas wreath outside and enjoy it!

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I hope you have found my tutorial helpful. Stay tuned for my next tutorial, How to Make A Bow!

Fried Potato Spanish Tortilla

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Growing up this was one of my favorite dishes my mother made. The best part about this dish, it doesn’t have to be breakfast time.

I have to admit, when I make Garlic Fried Potatoes, I purposely make too much just so I can make myself a tortilla the next day. If you do not have any left over fried potatoes, use my Garlic Fried Potatoes recipe and make yourself some. I promised you won’t regret it!

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Ingredients

  • Leftover fried potatoes (about one cup)
  • 2 eggs
  • No-Stick cooking spray
  • Sour Cream (optional)
  • Shredded Cheese (optional)
  1. In a small frying pan, add your leftover potatoes and reheat. Since I am using my leftover Garlic Fried Potatoes, there is no need for me to add any additional seasoning.

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  1. While your potatoes are reheating, scramble your two eggs in a medium bowl.

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  1. Once your potatoes are heated all the way through add them to your scrambled eggs and stir.

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  1. Spray your frying pan and pour your potato and egg mixture in. Heat on low, to allow the eggs slowly cook through to center.

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  1. As the egg slowly cooks, use a rubber spatula to lift the tortilla from the frying pan. When it seems your eggs are cooked through to the center you will need to flip your tortilla over. I personally gently slide my tortilla on to a plate and place the frying pan upside down on top of my plate. I then carefully flip it back over so that the uncooked side of the tortilla can now finish cooking. Since the egg is cooked through to the center, or more, this is not a messy step.

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  1. Cook for a few minutes and slide out of your frying pan on to your plate. Now you are ready to top with sour cream and shredded cheese.

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20141117_081840Optional things to add in to your scrambled egg mixture: cooked bacon, peppers, mushrooms, and sausage. If you are going to add any of the above ingredients, be sure to add them in during step three. If you are using any type of meat product, be sure you have fully cooked it to the required temperature before adding to your potato and egg mix.

 

The Perfect Garlic Fried Potatoes

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As many southerners do, I LOVE fried potatoes! Here is a simple and easy fried potato recipe you might enjoy.

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Ingredients

  • 4 – 6 small/ medium potatoes
  • small sweet onion
  • 2 tsp. Garlic Garlic from Tastefully Simple
  • 1 tsp. parsley
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • salt and pepper as desired
  • Olive Oil

Directions

In a medium – large frying pan or skillet add enough olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Turn on low to allow oil to slowly warm while you prepare your potatoes.

Peel, wash, and dice your potatoes. Chop your sweet onion in to desired size. Add potatoes to oil. Gentle sprinkle in your Garlic Garlic, parsley, paprika, salt and pepper.

Cook until potatoes are tender and brown.

Makes approximately four servings

Did you make too many potatoes and don’t know what to do with them? I may have the solution you have been looking for in my Fried Potato Spanish Tortilla recipe. Enjoy!

 

 

Fall 2014 South Hill Collection

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Fall 2014 South Hill Collection has arrived!!!!

Fall 2014 Collection includes 24 new products: earrings, bar necklace, embellishmentscharms, the highly anticipated locket ring, new signature wrap colors, screens, coins, and bangle bracelet charms.

Shop my website now for the Fall 2014 Collection now and other personalized jewelry to create your personal style and story. Also be sure to “Like” my Facebook page, Memory Locket Creations for instant product updates.

Happy One Year Anniversary Canada!

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South Hill pre-launched in Canada July 15, 2013 by October 15, 2014, South Hill announced its official launch in Canada. Today, we celebrate Canada’s Anniversary with a special new Artist and new customer promotions.

New Artist Promotion- Enroll as a new Canadian Artist with the purchase of a Small Social and you will get FREE jewelry valued at $161.70 CAD.

New Customer Promotion- All new Canadian customers will receive FREE jewelry valued at $11.00 CAD. (Must make a qualifying purchase to receive free jewelry)

Canada One Year Anniversary 2014

Interested in becoming an Artist for South HIll Designs? This amazing opportunity is available to all Provinces except Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec. 

Do you currently reside in a Canadian Province not listed above and want to take advantage of the amazing opportunity? If so, visit my South Hill website and select your countries flag in the top right hand corner.  From there, simply select the kit that best suits your budget and desired goals to sign up as an Artist with South Hill today.

According to MLM Rankings “Since its official launch in February 2013, South Hill Designs has been growing faster than any comparable organization, with new independent distributors, called Artists, joining every week in all 50 states”.

South Hill Designs Announces Official Launch in Canada Press Release

The South Hill Success Story

Canada One Year Anniversary- October 15, 2014

United Kingdom Grand Launch- October 3, 2014

Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Quebec Pre-Launch- August 4, 2014

United Kingdom Pre-Launch- April 3, 2014

US One Year Anniversary- February 25, 2014

Canada Full Launch- October 15, 2013

Canada Pre-Launch- July 15, 2013

US Full Launch- February 25, 2013

How to Make a Steampunk Costume on a Budget

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Utilizing as many supplies that I already had on hand was essential in keeping down the cost for my steampunk costume this year. I want to be able to create and entire costume with accessories for under $50.00 dollars. The main costume would be made by recycling this unused black formal dress. By cutting the dress at the waist line, I now have a corset top and a skirt.

 

I added a zipper and a waistband to the skirt. The length was perfect so there was no need to hem as I never cut the bottom of the skirt. I then added a sequin lace trim to the bottom of the skirt. My skirt is now complete.

The corset top took a little more time than the skirt as there were several things that had to be added. I first added a separating zipper to the back of the top. I then added a gathered brocade trim to the bottom of my top to add a little extra length. I added matching straps to ensure I would be comfortable in my costume throughout the entire festival. Finally, I added a sequin and beaded trim to the top of the corset to add just a little more height to the top.

Now its time to make my bustle using the same brocade fabric I purchased for the corset top trim. Since the bustle is detachable from the skirt it will have it’s own waist band. This will make it easier to use this costume for other festivals.

 

Now I am finished with my main steampunk costume but I need a jacket. So back to my closet for something else that can be recycled. As I had hoped, I found the perfect jacket that I haven’t worn in years. First I shortened the sleeves to 3/4 and added a pleated black polyester trim. Even with the shortened sleeves and black trim, the jacket was still a little too plain for the rest of my costume. By adding elastic bridal button tape down two seams on the back of the jacket, I was able to give the jacket a lace up corset look. Now this completes the jacket.

Now my costume is ready for opening day of The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival.

I was able to make this entire costume: corset top, skirt, jacket, bustle, for only $ 14.08. My accessories for my purse, hat, and necklace cost $28.74, keeping my costume and accessory total under my $50.00 budget. Being able to recycle the dress, purse, necklace, and utilized items I already had on hand I saved a lot of money.

Total steampunk costume and accessory break down:

  • Costume $14.08
  • Steampunk hat $10.33
  • Gear and clock key necklace $3.61
  • Purse $14.80

For a total of $42.82 I have a complete 3 piece Victorian steampunk costume with matching accessories.

Check out my other blogs to learn how I made my hat and necklace.

How to Make a Steampunk Hat

How to Make a Steampunk Necklace

 

How to Make a Steampunk Hat

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I first had to decide what did I want on my hat. Most steampunk hat’s I have seen on the internet had goggles on the hat and I wanted to do something different.

Supplies

  • Gears
  • Old clock (optional, for real gears)
  • Flowers
  • Feathers
  • Clock Keys
  • Clock hands
  • Trim
  • Hat
  • Hot glue gun
  • Other steampunk accessories
  • Vinegar (optional for tarnishing gears)

I looked at several craft stores for gears but not many carried real looking gears. So my next option was to take apart an old clock that was in the closet. After removing all of the gears from the clock, I realized they needed to be slightly tarnished. In order to slightly tarnish the gears, I dipped them in apple cider vinegar a few times and allowed to air dry in between dipping.

 

I found the perfect mini top hat at Wal-Mart in the costume section. The hat already had a ribbon band and tulle so I just removed it as it would not match my steampunk costume theme. I had just enough trim left over from my steampunk costume to use as a hat band. Using hot glue, I attached the trim to the hat.

 

 

After the hot glue was cool I started to decorate. I placed all my accessories on my hat prior to hot gluing them. This would save time and supplies if I didn’t like the completed look of my hat.

Here is my completed steampunk hat. I absolutely love everything about my hat and I cannot wait to make another one.

Total hat cost was $10.33. The only items I had to purchase to make this hat was the hat, brown feather pick, and the clock keys. All other accessories I already had on hand.

Be sure to check out my completed steampunk costume and necklace.

How to Make a Steampunk Costume on a Budget

How to Make a Steampunk Necklace

How to Make a Steampunk Necklace

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I love recycling items I already have on hand when I am making costumes and accessories. For my steampunk necklace I was able to recycle a necklace I haven’t worn in years.

Supplies

  • Old necklace (jewelry making starter kit)
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Gears
  • Keys or other accessories

Utilizing needle nose pliers, I was able to careful take apart the old necklace and add gears and clock keys I bought at Michaels Craft Store.

 

Now I have a steampunk necklace that I can use time after time. I also can add to this necklace at any time. Total necklace cost $3.61. It is just amazing how much money can be saved by utilizing as many things you already have on hand.

You can make all kinds of steampunk jewelry out of old jewelry or by purchasing a jewelry making starter kit from your local craft supply store.

Be sure to check out my other blogs.

How to Make a Steampunk Costume on a Budget

How to Make a Steampunk Hat

Elephant Tutu, Tiger Tutu, Dinosaur Tutu, Animal Halloween Costume Tutus

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One of my favorite tutus to make are Halloween costumes. On an afternoon trip to Michaels Craft store one afternoon, I came across these cute animal ear and tail sets. The best part about these tutu costumes is that they make the sounds of the animal when you bush a button.

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Elephant tutu features yards and yards of grey tulle on an elastic waist band. Set includes elephant tail and head band that makes elephant sounds when you squeeze the ear. Tail is tied on to tutu with white satin ribbon for easy removal.  

 

 

 

Tiger tutu features yards and yards of golden yellow and black tulle on an elastic waist band. Set includes tiger tail and head band that makes tiger sounds when you squeeze the ear. Tail is tied on to tutu with yellow satin ribbon for easy removal.

 

 
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Tiger tutu features yards and yards of green tulle on an elastic waist band. Set includes dinosaur tail and head band that makes dinosaur sounds when you squeeze the ear. Tail is tied on to tutu with green satin ribbon for easy removal.

 

 

 

For complete item description, including size and availability please visit my Etsy shop.

Elephant tutu set Halloween costume

Tiger tutu set Halloween costume set

Dinosaur Tutu set Halloween costume

First Birthday Tutu, 1st Birthday Baby Tutu Sets

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Are you looking for a special outfit for your precious little one’s first birthday? Look no further than Tiffany Brooks Designs.

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First birthday tutus are perfect for your little’s big day. Tutus are a great way to celebrate nearly any occasion. Select from assorted themes: fairy tutu, princess tutu, and various other themed tutus. Whatever your little one’s first birthday theme is, Tiffany Brooks Designs can help.

 

Our tutus are constructed with square knots to prevent tulle layers from coming apart after wearing. We use no roll elastic in all our tutus to ensure your little one can wear their tutu for years to come. Whether it’s a special occasion or for dress up fun, our tutus will make lasting memories for every little girl.

 

With proper storage and care, your little princess can wear her special first birthday tutu for years to come. For your convenience, we have a tutu care guide to ensure you get the most out of your tutu.

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Custom orders are always welcome. We also feature a wide variety of fairy tutus, princess tutus, and Halloween tutus in our shop.