Easter Sunday in the Garden

Easter Sunday in the Garden

Hello! This year we celebrated Easter a little less than traditional by having it in a quaint little garden. What a beautiful day it was for family, food and an Easter egg hunt! Easter is one of my favorite holidays simply because all of the gorgeous colors that come out in the Spring time. Colorful eggs, sprouting plans and giggles from the kids really made this holiday! I Couldn’t wait to share all the great photos I took so here they are…

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A DIY Wedding

A DIY Wedding

Hello All!

As we approach wedding season I’ve seen so many great craft ideas for a DIY Wedding, Bridal Shower or Engagement Party. Although professional wedding vendors are in high demand it seems that Doing it Yourself (DIY) has become a fascinating trend for saving a few dollars. Having an extravagant wedding is always welcome but not at an extravagant price! The heartfelt, warm and sentimental features are what your guests will remember and a lot of this can be done by you.

I was recently contacted by a friend and was asked to work on a design for a Bridal Shower Card. She expressed she has a tight budget but wants hand crafted cards made for her event. So, I pitched an idea to her that could save her some money. I would design a card template for her that she and some of her Bridal Party could assemble and put together themselves. She absolutely LOVED this idea!!! In addition to designing the card I also provided a materials list and where to buy them, step by step instructions and some assembly pictures to go along with it.

So, today I’ve finished the design and will be presenting this to her. Check out the gallery to see the making of the card!

// Materials

// Materials

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes  printed on card stock.

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes printed on card stock.

// Setting up the templates.

// Setting up the templates.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Practice round.

// Practice round.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Viola!

// Viola!

 

Heloise…with a silent H

Heloise…with a silent H

Sometimes it’s good to take a break from crafting and cooking. That’s why I love the Tutu Clix Pix section of my blog. It allows me to capture certain special moments to share with you.

So with that being said…meet Heloise, with a silent H! She’s taken a small break from running the Make Shoppe household and has allowed me to snap a few pictures of her.

 

Facts about me (Heloise):

– I’m cute.
– About 10 years old.
– My eyes aren’t just green, they’re “advocado green.”
– I have my own cartoon card set, modeled after…me!
– I’m extremely conscientious.
– I’m a Korat.
– I love to snuggle.
– I have a brother, Skylar.
– When I want some attention, I sometimes bite. (lovingly of course)

Heloise

 

 

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Game Day Goodies!

Game Day Goodies!

Here at the Make Shoppe we take game day very seriously. While some are glued to the TV and yelling obscene profanities, others are fascinated with whats cookin’ in the kitchen!

In the beginning, before The Make Shoppe started I scoured the internet for recipe inspiration, stumbled across Closet Cooking and drooled over one of Kevin’s appetizers called, Pizza Dip. As you can see he has lots of other goodies to share so I bookmarked his page and visit frequently.

His recipe is well explained and pretty straight forward also with mentioning to add any other toppings to the dip of your choice. Me? I like sweet and savory so I sprinkled a few pineapple chunks on top and OH was this heavenly! I served it with crunchy buttered-garlic french bread slices.

So if you’re having company or going to a game party elsewhere, make this dip and watch it disappear in seconds!

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Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

Ham Bone Split Pea Soup

So, now that it’s after Christmas, I know some of you are wondering what to do with that left over ham, right? Well, I’m with you on that and have always wanted to try using the excess meat and ham bone in a recipe. So today in the Bake Shoppe we put or frozen, leftover ingredients to work and made some Ham Bone Pea Soup!

Wow! Not only did this taste heavenly, it lasted 3 nights between 2 people! Preparation is simple and this is a great meal that will cook itself!

I had a little help from various online sites about how to make this in a crock pot and what ingredients to include besides the ham and peas obviously, hahahah!

Let’s get started…

What you’ll need:

1 (16 oz.) pkg. dried green split peas, rinsed
1 meaty hambone, 2 ham hocks, or 2 cups diced ham
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 ribs of celery plus leaves, chopped
1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp. seasoned salt (or to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp. fresh pepper
  • 1 1/2 qts. Chicken Broth
  • 1 large yellow onion (diced)

Put it Together:

Layer ingredients in slow cooker in the order given; pour in broth. Do not stir ingredients. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or on low 8 to 10 hours until peas are very soft and ham falls off bone. ( I recommend the 8-10 hours, “low and slow.”) Remove bones and bay leaf. *next step is optional* Place all ingredients in a blender and blend really well to thicken to thicken more, if desired. Add the liquid broth slowly to the blender as it blends. You may or may not need all the broth it produces. This also freezes well.

From me to you…

-Tutu

Cheers to the New Year!

Cheers to the New Year!

As we come to the closing of 2012, I wish all my fellow bloggers a very Happy and Prosperous 2013! Let us all keep doing what we love to do by being creative and sharing our talents and passions with the world!

Happy New Year!

-Tutu

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Holiday Food Obsession, Part I

Holiday Food Obsession, Part I

Happy Happy Holidays!

This will sound a bit crazy, but I’m already prepping for the 2013 holidays by documenting all the wonderful food and ideas that came my way this year. There were so many festive, creative and impressive recipes that I found rummaging through old notes and browsing the internet. This one in particular, Bacon Cheese Wreath was found on the Taste of Home website. An appetizer like this is totally up my alley and I just had to make it. It was extremely easy and definitely a crowd pleaser.

I followed the recipe exactly with no modifications however if you or your guests do not want meat, simply omit the bacon.

Flat leaf parsley and pimento were used as garnishes…so simple yet so effective…why didn’t I think of this? You may just want to add this page to your favorites and tuck it away for next year!

From me to you…

-Tutu

Gloria

Gloria

Introducing the most glorious Fairy Godmother, Gloria.

During the making of each fairy, I often think about what names I’ll give them. Sometimes the names will come easy like for example when I made Basil. She has a very bright spring green color to her and just reminded me of all the pretty greens of a herb garden.

For Gloria, she was inspired by the Christmas Song “Gloria.” As I designed her I was listening to that song performed by the untouchable Patti Labelle. If you haven’t heard this rendition…this must be the very next thing you do after reading this post!

Gloria is timeless and beautiful just like the song and you can find her along with many others on, ETSY!

Happy Holidays and many more fairies to come!

-Tutu

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Thanksgiving Day in Portland

Thanksgiving Day in Portland

Hello and Happy Post Thanksgiving!

I finally managed to take sometime off from fairy making in the Make Shoppe to visit family in Portland, Or.

Dora, the explora, (cat in featured post) was a very gracious host and she kept us plenty entertained during our visit. She also will give us the tour of her home with plenty of unique and interesting finds. Hope everyone had a beautiful holiday with family and friends!

Basil & Violet

Basil & Violet

Ok, these fairies and the fairy community are growing at an exponential rate and I’m running out of room to store them! I’ve now got to come up with some ideas for fairy storage. Although that won’t be as fun, creative or challenging…it’s got to get done! Ha!

The Make Shoppe now welcomes: Basil and Violet!

 

Find Basil, Violet and more on Etsy!

-Tutu