DIY: flower headband

floral headband

  I recently had pictures taken of me with my growing baby bump.  I forgot to do this with Ella. I have one selfie of me in the bathroom with my shirt half hiked up. Not so lovely. This time around I decided to do it right (you can see it here). And since I was at it, I decided to glam it up and make myself a floral headband.  As soon I as I put it on my head, I stopped feeling like the stay puff’t marshmallow man and channeled my inner fertility goddess.

  But if you’re not bumping it, you can still wear a floral crown.  I love all the DIY flower crowns showing up at music festivals lately.  Make them for your bridesmaids or flower girls.  Go the renaissance faire.  And there’s always Halloween.  These are so much fun to wear.  And it only took me 10 minutes to make it and cost less than 10 bucks in supplies!

  I used artificial flowers I found at the craft store, but you could make this with real flowers, too!  Just wait until the day you plan on wearing it. (Or make it the night before and store it in the fridge-which could be a little iffy depending on the blooms you use.  If you’re making it for something important, like your wedding, make a test headband!).  Or dry some flowers ahead of time to make a longer lasting crown. floral headband

supplies:

  • several stalks artificial or real flowers
  • headband
  • florist wire
  • scissors or wire cutters

  Cut your flowers apart, leaving about 4 inches of stem on each one.  Decide how you want them to be arranged on your headband.  Place the middle flower on the top of your headband, winding the stem around the headband.

floral headband Use the florist wire to secure it into place.

floral headband  Place the next two blooms next to middle flower.  Make them snug!  Wrap the stems, and secure with florist wire.  Keep going until all the flowers are in place.

Tip:  If any of the stems ends or wires are pointing down into the headband, trim them shorter so they don’t poke you in the head while you’re wearing it!

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What I did over summer vacation

pregant portrait  Another August, another disappearing act from me.  Last summer, I had a little dictator demanding my attention every moment, and really not caring at all that mommy wanted to blog.  This summer, that little dictator turned into a sweet, little (mostly) mommy’s little helper. Which came just in time, because dictator #2 in the making demanded a mommy nap daily.  And here it is, mid September, when most bloggers are posting about Halloween, and I’m just finally getting back online (pun so intended).  Forgive me.

  Besides being in an progesterone induced coma and having a five year old home on summer vacation, we also moved into much bigger apartment; we’ll need the space!  Friends were horrified that I had to say goodbye to my DIY stenciled wall, but c’est la vie.  I’m enthralled by all the new decorating opportunities.  And I finally have a (craft) room of my own!  Plus a new nursery to decorate, and a kitchen that is going to need some serious DIY magic to handle my level of output.

  So I’ve got some serious DIY home decorating posts coming up. Plus I have a whole new topic to work with: baby stuff! (This poor little baby has no idea what it’s being born into).  I’ve got about 11 weeks to go, and lots to do! Thanks for not giving up on my disappearing act (again). I hope you keep reading and creating with me.

And btw, it’s another girl. Yay!


chocolate fudgsicles

chocolate fudgsicles

  I’ve finally settled into summer (and have let go of the maybe irrational fear that it is going to snow again).  And it’s been busy.  Every day my five year old asks me “What are we doing today?” and it is my job to come up with an answer that forms warm childhood memories while being good for her and educational.  This is no small feat.

  So it has taken me all week to make some new popsicles for my little blog here.  And since last week I posted cucumber popsicles, I thought I’d go with something a little more crowd (and kid) friendly today.  Because while frozen cucumber concoctions may not be everyone’s taste, chocolate sure is (and I’m very skeptical of people who claim it isn’t).  I switched up half of the regular white sugar in this recipe for some dark brown sugar.  I always like how brown sugar pairs with chocolate and gives it a little depth.  These fudgsicles have a richness I don’t remember from the yellow box version i had as a kid, but it has been a while.

  And on the subject of warm childhood memories, do you have any rituals/traditions from childhood you loved?  What traditions would you recommend?chocolate fudgsicles

chocolate fudgsicles

adapted from On A Stick via smitten kitchen

ingredients:

  • 4 tbl. (1 & 1/2 oz.) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbl. cornstarch
  • 3 tbl. cocoa powder
  • 2 & 1/2 c. whole milk
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbl. butter

  In a small saucepan, melt chocolate chips over low heat, stirring constantly.  Add sugar, brown sugar, cornstarch, cocoa powder, whole milk, and salt.  Bring heat up to medium and cook, stirring occasionally,  until mixture combines and thickens, 5 to 10 minutes.

chocolate fudgsicles

  Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.  Allow chocolate mixture to cool a bit, then pour into your popsicle molds.  Freeze for 1 hour, then add popsicle sticks.  Freeze completely.  Release popsicle from mold by running mold under hot water briefly.

chocolate fudgsicles

 


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