Monday, September 24, 2012

Halloween Tulle Wreath

I made my first (well technically 2nd) tulle wreath. I say first because this one is completed. I have a Christmas wreath, nearly finished that I will debut, later. I found this project to be quite relaxing. I worked on it while watching TV, which is something I rarely do. It took me about 2 hours to wrap the wreath....I think it came out really nice!

What do you think?

To make this wreath you will need:
  • 12" styrofoam wreath form
  • 2 spools of black tulle  (6" by 25 yard spool)
  • rotary cutter or scissors
  • flat working space
I cut my tulle strips to 12" because I didn't want the tulle to be too long. If it's too long it tends to flop and look messy. Tie your tulle around the wreath until wreath is fully covered. At this point you can leave it and hang with coordinating ribbon, or decorate  with embellishments.

Will you try a tulle wreath?


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Muffins

 An afternoon spent baking with my favorite boy:)

  Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Banana Muffins

3/4 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
3 very ripe medium bananas, mashed
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin
2 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg white
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325°. Line muffin pans with baking cups. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda,  spices and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer. Add egg whites, bananas, pumpkin and vanilla, and beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.
Add flour mixture and chocolate chips, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix.

  Spoon batter into muffin pan and bake on the center rack for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scarecrow Festival & Felt Scarecrows

I spent Saturday afternoon at one of my very favorite places, (Peddler's Village) with my husband and son. This weekend, Peddler's Village hosted their, annual scarecrow festival. It was so nice to walk around the village and view all the creative scarecrows.

We've arrived

Some of my favorites

After walking the village, we decided to make our own scarecrow. We had lots of fun but I have to say, our scarecrow needs a little help.

Pretending to be a scarecrow

 It was such a great day!!! :)

Inspired by the festival, I decided to whip up a felt scarecrow for my son. I was able to create him in about 2 hours and my son was beyond thrilled with him....