Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy

Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy
dropping petals... one by one.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spell Your Spirit!



What a great way to shout your love of the holidays, than spelling out your festive spirit with craft store letters embellished with paint, fabric or beads. Don't just hang them up, but frame them in empty frames and hang them in a hallway, spelling out your favorite holiday sayings: Noel, Joy, Feliz Navidad, Merry, Love.

This is also another great idea for a child's room. Spell out their names in colorful letters and frame them over their bed or dresser.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Ideas for Little Boys Room

This time of year, while decorating my home for Christmas, I really get the bug to re-do, re-decorate , and re-paint. I love pouring over decorating magainzes.  Here's another posting from a visit I made to the Bachman's Idea House in Minneapolis. I found a number of great creative ideas including these ideas for a boys room!
This light fixture is made from a traffic cone, drilled with a bit to make the textured holes, then adhered to the ceiling.

How about the tread from a tire cut to make a window valance?

Magnetic paint, painted in vertical stripes on the wall make a great landing strips and hours of play time.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Adorable Soap Truffles

Here's another simple yet beautiful gift to give to your friends and family around the holidays.... beautifully packaged Soap Truffles.

Fragrant Soap Truffles ready to be boxed up


First grate similar soap colors together. My husband travels to some beautiful hotels for work. I always ask him to bring back all of the spa soaps that are in his hotel room. They are usually extra moisturizing and fragrant!

Rolled oats - perfect to roll your truffles in to add a little texture and use add an exfoliate.
To make these little treasures, simply grate your soap in piles of similar colors. I used the large and small grater sides on my veggie grater. Put a very small amount of warm water in a large bowl (you can always add more but you can't take the water out once you start!) and add the grated soap to it.

At this stage, if your soaps are non-fragrant you can add an essential oil to the mixture.  You can also add oatmeal or another texturizing exfoliant at this time. A little seems to go a long way... start sparingly.

From there, simply form the truffles the size you'd like them to be. I wanted them to look like darling little treats in the paper muffin liners. When they were still damp, I rolled them in a little extra oatmeal so it would stick.


Soap Truffles rolled in exfoliating oatmeal.

They look good enough to eat!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas Cashew Crunch


Tis the season to indulge. After visiting Warrens, Wisconsin on a girls' weekend trip I discovered an Amish treat... Cashew Crunch. When home, I decided to try to make some for myself, and I honestly think I nailed the recipe!

Christmas Cashew Crunch

1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1/4 t. salt
1 T. light corn syrup
10 ounces cashews

Generously butter/ grease a large baking sheet or pan; set aside
Combine butter, sugar, salt and corn syrup in saucepan over medium heat. After butter has melted, add cashews and heat on high. Heat to 302 degrees (on candy thermometer), stirring occasionally so your nuts don't burn.
Pour onto greased pan and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Break into pieces and store in airtight container lined with waxed paper.
Try not to eat it all at once! I dare you.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sparkly One-Of-A-Kind Ornament Wreaths

A good friend of mine just gave me a primer on how to make these gorgeous ornament wreaths. I love their flexibility... able to be whimsical or elegant, themed or abstract.

Whimsy Wendy will be adding these to her shop in time for next Christmas!!
Antique ornaments and whimsical family heirlooms add to a personalized touch.


A wide assortment of ornaments can be collected from rummage sales, Good Will stores, and Christmas sales.
I love the bright colors that you can find everywhere these days.



A friend of mine chose to use her current color theme from her Christmas tree.

I choose to use bright colors with a lime green background. I really like my sparkly green ribbon that would peek through the ornaments.


My finished ornament wreath. Love the antique boot filled with candy canes. The boot was a decoration from my childhood.

Ornament Wreaths (Lost Draft Just Found!)

A good friend of mine just gave me a primer on how to make these gorgeous ornament wreaths. I love their flexibility... able to be whimsical or elegant, themed or abstract.
Antique ornaments and whimsical family heirlooms add to a personalized touch.



A wide assortment of ornaments can be collected from rummage sales, Good Will stores, and Christmas sales.
I love the bright colors that you can find everywhere these days.



A friend of mine chose to use her current color theme from her Christmas tree.

I choose to use bright colors with a lime green background. I really like my sparkly green ribbon that would peek through the ornaments.
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Monday, November 7, 2011

To Russia With Love...


I just had to share this photo from a recent order to Moscow for a birthday party. How sweet. I love how she used them for both her table decroations and birthday goodies for the guests!

Monday, October 24, 2011

The Linden Tree... All Dress Up for Halloween

Stopped by The Linden Tree in Linden Hills in Minneapolis to see how Whimsy Wendy's products look through out the store... so many creative and unique products to peek at!


My witch-y set and wand in the window.

 
The Party Puffs look really sweet as window dressing.



The ladybug is a costume ready to go!

Can you see the puffs in the background?

Look at the fabric selection. Drooling!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Birthday Cake Party on a Stick... Whimsy Wendy Style

Birthday decorating in a flash... Whimsy Wendy mini party puffs on a stick!

My Oatmeal Kick... Fast

Every time autumn rolls around, I get this craving for real oatmeal. I'm not talking about mushy, quick cooking oats that come in the round box with the funny looking man on it. I mean REAL oats - steel cut oats.  They look like this... (McCann's is a favorite) hard little cut pellets that take a solid 45 minutes to cook.


Now, I've discovered a faster way to cook the good stuff. The night before I want oatmeal, I simply measure out 6 cups of water and set it to boil. I add 1 1/2 cups of steel cut oats to the boiling water and let it roll for one minute. Now turn off the heat and leave it overnight covered on your stove top. The next morning, the oats will have absorbed most of the water and only need to be heated up for 10 minutes to a nice chewy consistency.

For a little added nourishment we add raw cranberries for those last 10 minutes.



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Apple Time

Every fall, I bring home a bag or two of apples and experiment with all sorts of new apple recipes. Here's my new one:

Super Easy Apple Galette  (Rustic Apple Pie)
1 uncooked home-made or pre-made pie crust
2 small or 1 large thinly sliced apple
1/4 cup sugar
Pat of unsalted butter
egg wash (beaten egg with a little water added)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roll out pie crust on baking sheet. Toss sliced apples with sugar and spread in the middle of pie crust, leaving 2"-3" on the edge to fold. Fold loose crust over the apples on the edges. Egg wash the crust and sprinkle with little sugar. Dot apples with unsalted butter.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and apples have cooked down.



Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Catch Up Day... It's a Pink Theme♥

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I've posted... Life has been a little more upside-down than usual, spending time in my work room really helps me think things through. There is something very theraputic about working with your hands. It's calming. There's a purpose and an end result!
Today is catch up day featuring new reversible crowns in pink and brown, bedecked princess hats with gorgeous rosette blooms and new Party Puffs that were just sent out with a custom order. The puffs feature one of my favorite color palettes: pinks, grey and whites. Stunning!
The Pink, White and Grey color palette was created for Birthday party custom order.

Love the grey and pink combo.

This order included six different sized puffs including  2", 3", 6", 9", 12" and 18" diameters. The big ones are show-stoppers!

New fabric selections for my Whimsy Wendy reversible crowns.

Floral patterns and stripes... since their reversible, you mood will set the stage.


Raveled rosettes set their own stage. They are the perfect accessory to the hat.


These lovely satin and fringed roses were cut from an upholstery trim I tracked down from a wholesaler in Florida.

Fuchsia hat, mauve trim, lavender in the roses.

Very elegant for a princess.