Flower Girl Dress by Whimsy Wendy

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Birthday Spirit... and then some!

A combination of party puffs, mini party wands, a colorful birthday tutu and Whimsy wand make for a one-of-a-kind birthday celebration for a lucky girl.

Hanging puffs in custom colors match the festive color theme for the party.

Little guest will go home with coordinating mini party wands.

A full size wand for the birthday girl will make all of her wishes come true.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Simple Stromboli

Stromboli is quite simply the perfect combination of all of my favorite foods.... pizza, crust, bread, tomato sauce, cheese and tasty meats! It's like a giant, savory Twinky but the filling is a pizza.

(Emeril Lagasse) Dough Recipe Ingredients:


In a large bowl, combine the water, yeast, honey, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, stirring to combine. Let sit until the mixture is foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add 1 1/2 cups of the flour and the salt, mixing by hand until it is all incorporated and the mixture is smooth. Continue adding the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, working the dough after each addition, until the dough is smooth but still slightly sticky. You might not need all of the flour. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth but still slightly tacky, 3 to 5 minutes.
Oil a large mixing bowl with remaining olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, turning to coat with the oil. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place, free from drafts until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours.

Now roll it out as a large rectangle on an oiled board. Spread tomato/ pizza sauce, sprinkle with cheese and sausage. Roll it up and pinch the ends and seams shut. I cut three vents in the top to let out the steam as it cooks.

Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. It needs to cook low and slow to get through all of those delicious layers.

If you like a more finished look, add an egg wash to the breading before baking. Also, go creative with the fillings.... veggies, spinach, salami, turkey, hamburger, Parmesan cheese, leftovers.

Valentine's Day Puffs!

Making puffs in these colors make my studio look like the happiest place on earth!
Can you imagine what they'd look like at your Valentine's party?

A touch of coral, white, red and pinks make these puffs pop!
Now I'm working on shaping them into hearts... keep posted.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Organizing My Life

Every January, I completely tear apart my studio. I unpack all of my fabrics, needles, threads, bobbins, ribbons, trims and paints. I place them in piles throughout my family room and start from scratch.
I had originally intended to take a picture of the mayhem, but I thankfully I forgot... how embarrassing! After over two full days of cleaning and wading through huge piles of supplies, here are a couple of my creative de-cluttering ideas to share:

Ribbons and threads have now been moved right next to my work area so I can be more efficient.

One of my favorite ideas... I took a unused wire basket, mounted it on the wall and threaded my ribbon spools on dowels. Now the ribbon is organized and in full sight so I can monitor when I am running low of a color.

My favorite new toy... a labeler. Everything got a sticky label on it.

My smaller ribbon spools tend to get lost while I'm working. These baskets are tipped sideways for storage and for me to see them better, but they can be easily moved to my work table or sewing machine.
Chicken wire stretched on an empty frame makes a great way to hold little bottles of paint and loose brushes. (taken at Bachmans Idea House)

My ribbon flowers are now individually jarred according to color. My die cut felt shapes are similarly organized.

Friday, January 6, 2012


I love the idea of reusing something, creatively for an entirely new purpose. This patina'd, punched metal basket make a great use of space in a bathroom or kitchen near a sink. Turned on its side it offers 'built in' shelves and a darling towel rack for a hand towel. Pop in some extra guest towels, stylish soaps and lotions and you get a great look that's interesting to look at yet functional!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New Year, New Venture...The Tutu Barre

One of my favorite hobbies is 'the hunt' for new (or vintage) unique trims, buttons, ribbons and what-nots. I've decided to venture into the supply side of things in tandem with Whimsy Wendy and Pretend Play.

Visit The Tutu Barre (www.thetutubarre.etsy.com) to see an assortment of tutu shells, trims, ribbons and embellishments. Every few days I'll be adding an assortment of doo-dads for you to rummage through. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, especially if you're looking for something in particular.

Red Pom Trim (sold in 2 yard increments) would look darling on the edging of a purse or skirt.

This vintage 1 3/8" black velvet ribbon would look great on the hem of jeans or the cuffs of a sweater.

I found this gorgeous trim in a sari shop in India. It's the last of my stash!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Little Touches Make A Big Impact

Believe it or not, this little girls room is full of little touches from ready made things that make a really, fun and colorful impact.
These LED lights are decorated with colorful paper cups in contrasting colors and patterns. Hung over a bed near the headboard, they are hung willy-nilly with painted and embellished bird houses.

Embroidery hoops with sewn or glued fringe and cute peace stickers are hung over the bed headboard.

Just a touch of whimsy.... one colorful stuffy with colorful pillows pop on the bed.

An inverted wire basket makes a darling light treatment with tassels hung with care.

An added touch on a painted board behind a work desk...multi-layered muffin papers cut with petals and a cloth covered or painted thumb tack created a beautiful, one of a kind flower.

Something simple... a can cozy put on a jar or container for the pens.

I'm always looking for ways to display art in my daughters room. Here jump ropes and clothespin create a create art wall.