February 15th, 2013 § § permalink
I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day! Did even of you happen to make a Sugar & Cloth DIY for you Valentine? I’d love to see it!
I gave my Valentine (aka hubby) the gift of electric and internet by waiting at our new house all day for the utility guys. It was all so romantic. On the bright side I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to move, no more commuting! Eek! Forgive me in advance if I’m a little of my regular DIY schedule over the week.
Want to hear some really cool news that will hold you over until then? I was chosen as a blogger for the new Martha Stewart Living program, 12 Months of Martha! You can read all about the program and see my first DIY appearance on the Martha Stewart Crafts Dept. blog right here, someone pinch me!
February 12th, 2013 § § permalink
To be honest with you, I don’t always make things from scratch. Not that I don’t think things are better that way, it’s just that I don’t always have the time or it ends up taking so long that I don’t even care by the time I get the finished product. When you add all of that on top of packing up our house to move in a week, the last thing I have time to do is bake from scratch.
To keep the pretty and the practical in check for Valentine’s Day this year, I cheated by making these ten minute ombre chocolates. They’re so easy that I almost feel bad for telling you how I made these, but not sharing would be depriving the world of lots of pink this Thursday, so I’ll soldier on.
- Lindt white chocolate truffles
- Royal icing or cookie icing packets
Separate each of your icing colors into dishes. If you’re mixing colors for the ombre effect, be sure to stir them really well.
Microwave each color for 7 seconds and then drizzle your truffles with icing using a fork, simple as that!
February 8th, 2013 § § permalink
Holy moly, I’m seriously glad it’s Friday. Technically I’m still working quite a bit this weekend, but it being Friday just means that I survived this week. Hopefully you all had a lovely week, and if not, can make up for it this weekend with my DIY love letter scroll that I made for Say Yes To Hoboken. Let’s be honest, how many people could really stay unhappy after opening up one of these babies? I think not many.
In other news on the home-front, we finally found a new house! After next weekend we will officially no longer be commuting an hour to work and school (i’m doing the happy dance)! This also means that we get the pleasure of packing our whole house and moving in the next week. So, if you’re in Houston and love boxes, bubble wrap, and cupcakes, I’d be more than happy to supply you with all of the above at my house, just let a sister know.
February 7th, 2013 § § permalink
It occurred to me that not everyone needs a Valentine idea for this year, and just so you know I’m thinking of you, I have come up with three solutions: 1) boys, who needs them? 2) you can use this wrapping paper tutorial for revenge mail if needed, just leave out the o’s, use some black paint, and don’t be so careful with the x’s. 3) win a giant gift basket from DecoArt.
- DecoArt paints
- white card stock/computer paper
This might be the simplest wrapping paper you’ll ever make: All you have to do is paint x’s and o’s all over the computer paper! Once it’s dry, wrap your box like usual and tie it with twine. If you need to wrap something a bit bigger, you can buy sheets of drawing paper at the craft store to use.
To win the DecoArt giveaway, just leave a comment below! If you’d like additional entries, “Like” DecoArt and Sugar & Cloth on Facebook and leave separate comments telling me you did so. The giveaway ends February 13th, and a winner will be announced on Valentine’s Day. Open to U.S readers only.
February 5th, 2013 § § permalink
As it turns out, I can’t quite let the opportunity of using tiny glass bottles for something pass me by. So I decided to abuse Cupid’s holiday for my glass bottle obsession, and turn them into DIY love potion bath sets. Not bad, eh? If I hadn’t made a scene of an intro about it you would have never known that I used Cupid for all he was worth…
- apothecary bottles (99 cents at Hobby Lobby)
- Martha Stewart Crafts mini valentine glitter set, glue included c/o
- Martha Stewart Crafts valentine gift tags, c/o
- bath salts
- bubble bath
- muslin bags (optional, Michael’s craft stores $5 for 12)
First, dip the tops of the corks in glue, trying to get a little bit of the sides too.
Then sprinkle a different shade of glitter across each one and let dry. Fill each bottle with your choice of bath accessories, add a personalized gift tag, and they’re ready to give!