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Neapolitan Inspiration April 27, 2011

I am a team leader in an Etsy bow making group. I’ve met the most amazing ladies through this team. Recently, we were discussing sources of inspiration and color combinations. Most of us look at children’s clothes, magazines, catalogues such as Pottery Barn to find inspiration. Sometimes though, inspiration comes from unusual sources…

Back in January, I saw the most beautiful cake. Check this out:

Neapolitan cake

Sliced cake

How adorable? I love that on the outside, it looks like a bog standard cake with pink frosting and white sprinkles. What an amazing surprise when you slice it and discover layers of deliciousness! I am determined to make one of these for my daughter’s upcoming 4th birthday (gulp- wish me luck!). My baking skills leave a lot to be desired so I’ll be using store brought cake mixes in strawberry, classic vanilla, and of course chocolate (or maybe devil’s food cake). Gotta love Betty Crocker.

I have a month before I have to put my baking to the test. In the meanwhile though I was inspired to create a pink, white and brown loopy hair bow. This bow is 4 inches in diameter and has three layers…. I think I will make another one where each layer is a different color.

Triple loopy bow

Side view

And to represent the pink and white on the outside of the cake:

Pink and white bow

And check out the inside-out Neapolitan cake! Doesn’t this make your mouth water?

Inside out neapolitan cake

Thank you Sweetapolita for the delicious inspiration!

Fancy making a loopy bow? Check out the tutorial!

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Social Network Blast! April 22, 2011

A Party Studio- Pink Lemonade invitation with photograph.

Pink Lemonade invitation

How Sweet It Is– Homemade fudge would be a perfect Mother’s Day gift! Use coupon code MOMSROCK by April 30th to save 20% and ship in time for Mother’s Day.

Homemade chocolate fudge

Mommy & Me Boutique – These clips are great for little girls, big girls, and even teens/adults.

Set of 5 flower clippies

CheekyBaby Bows– It’s NASCAR Season, dress your Princess to impress! Free Shipping for all orders over $20.

Nascar bow

Green Meadow Designs– Springtime is here!! Beautiful custom made damask and dot girls skirt!!

Girls skirt

 

The Loopy Hair Bow March 16, 2011

You can do so many fun things once you know the technique for making the loopy hair bow. That is probably why I love these bows so much. I really enjoying playing with color and mixing things up!

Here are some really pretty hair bows that have been made using the same loopy technique that I showed you yesterday. These bows were made by my fellow Etsy Bows team members. Hope these give you some inspiration!

 

SassyGirlBowtique

MommyandMeBoutique8

The yellow center of this bow is made using the same loopy bow technique. It is the same bow, just turned upside down so that the loops go under:

puresugar

 

And, here’s one more pretty loopy bow!

LoopsieDaisyBows

 

Tutorial: The Loopy Hair Bow March 15, 2011

You will need:

3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon: FIVE strands that measure 8 inches and FOUR strands that measure 6 inches. You can mix and match the ribbon- they can be all one color or lots of colors! Be creative with your ribbons and have fun with it. The total amount of ribbon is 64 inches.

Fray Check

Needle and thread

2x double prong alligator clip (one lined, the other unlined). One will be use for the bow and the other is a tool you’ll use.

Hot glue gun

Embellishment such as a button or rhinestone for the center of the bow

 

 

Step 1

Select your ribbon. I have used red saddlestitch, white with red saddlestitch and red with Swiss dots.

3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon

Step2

Cut your ribbon and treat all ends with Fray Check to prevent fraying.

For a double layer medium sized loopy bow, you will need five strands that measure 8 inches and four strands that measure 6 inches. Your finished bow will measure approximately 3 1/2 inches.

Cut and treat ribbon

Step 3

Stack the five strands that measure 8 inches then fold over in the center. Make sure your Swiss dots are facing towards each other as shown in the photo. Put your needle in the center of the fold. Do not pull the needle all the way through! You need to stop when the ribbon is approximately half way on to the needle.

Stack and fold

Step 4

Fan the ribbon taking care to keep the strands evenly spaced out. Take your time with this to get the ribbon exactly where you want it. It helps to hold the bottom of the needle with your dominant hand and then slowly move the strands around. Then, use a double prong alligator clip to keep the strands in place. Do not remove the needle.

Fan ribbon

Step 5

Start folding each strand. Take the end of each strand and turn it upside down before placing it on the head of the needle. This is called an inside-out fold and will give you nice loops. There are other ways to do the loops- the important thing is to be consistent and each loop has to be made the same way.

Inside-Out fold

Side view of fold

Start folding

Step 6

One you have done all the strands, you’ll have a pretty flower shape. Use your needle and thread to sew the center securely. Usually I have to pull the needle through about 4 to 5 times. Then, cast off.

Sew the center

Step 7

Repeat the above steps with the shorter threads of ribbon.  You’ll notice that it is easier to fan out the ribbon when you only use 4 strands.

Repeat for shorter strands

Step 8

You now have two loopy flowers.

Two loopy flower layers

Step 9

You can either sew the top layer onto the larger bottom layer or use hot glue. I have used both methods and after breaking several needles, I have become a huge fan of the hot glue method! Once the layers are stacked, add the embellishment to the center using hot glue and attach the bow to a partially lined hair clip using hot glue. I like to put the bow upside down, apply the glue to the top of the clip and then turn the clip upside down and press it onto the bow. Make sure you hold for 10 seconds so that it is secure.

Stack layers and add embellishment

Here are some finished bows. I love playing with different colors and using lots of different ribbons. With regards to printed ribbon, I prefer very simple- Swiss dots, saddlestitch or stripes- but that is a personal preference. You’ll quickly develop your own style!

Gold and purple loopy bow

Multi-colored loopy bow

Yellow and green loopy bow

Back of loopy bow

To do a  third layer, you will need SIX 9 inch strands of ribbon.

I used a simple white button for this bow but this is where you can get even more creative. A wonderful source for custom made embellishments is Green Meadow Clay.  Christene makes amazing polymer clay centers for hair bows. This is a wonderful way to tie in the hair accessory with the outfit or the theme of the party dress!

Wouldn’t this ladybug that she made look really cute in the above bow?

Green Meadow Clay

 

Pinwheel Wands March 12, 2011

One of the things I offer in my store that I seem to get the most hearts and gets featured a lot in Etsy treasuries are the pinwheel wands and pinwheel cupcake toppers. Pinwheels add a touch of whimsy to any party and are a really trendy party decoration at the moment. I love making pinwheels and my 3 year old loves twirling them. She calls them twirly-whirlies! How cute is that? Look at these cute pinwheel cupcake toppers! These pinwheels are on 4 inch sticks and have an almost 3 inch wingspan. These are an ideal size for cupcake toppers.

Mini Pinwheel Cupcake Toppers

And here are some pinwheel wands that my daughter loves so much. Each pinwheel has a cute black star-flower in the center and the pinheads are all white. The wingspan is about 8 inches wide and the wand is 12 inches long. They actually spin too!

Large Pinwheel Wands

To make pinwheels you have to have double sided paper. This sounds much easier than it truly is simply because it is hard to find beautiful paper that meets your needs. Most scrapbook paper is printed on only one side. When you do manage to find double sided,  you sometimes run into the problem of liking the design on side one of the paper but not caring for side two. For example, you love the pink and yellow stripes on the first side but the reverse has butterflies. Your party theme is lemonade and sunshine. You want yellow and pink. No butterflies. You have to keep looking at more paper. Frustrating.

I think I have found a perfect way to get around this problem. I found the most stunning glitter cardstock. When I saw this, I fell in love. I think these colors are so beautiful and the glitter makes it pop. What do you think?

Glitter Paper Color Selection

I have decided to let customers choose the color combination that they’d like and the star-flower in the center will be black or brown. So, if you are looking for a unique and fun party favor that doubles up as party decorations and photo props, then look no further!

 

 

 

Large Glitter Pinwheel Wands

 

Ribbon wands inspired by Disney’s Tangled March 10, 2011

So, I have been busy creating some party favors for a “Tangled” themed party. This party is for a gorgeous 6-year old girl who LOVED the latest Disney movie and her favorite colors are now purple and gold!

Ribbon Wands for "Tangled" Party

Each wand has 4 strands of ribbon: gold, tropic lilac, French pink, and white. Each strand measures over 2 feet. That’s a total of over 8 feet per wand! Beautiful.

Hope the birthday girl loves her party wands and has a fabulous birthday.

Here’s a little peak at how I used the colors and the ribbons to make her name banner. Notice the glitter?

 

LaLaLoopsy Doll Party March 9, 2011

I am currently in the brainstorming phase of a LaLaLoopsy doll party for Megan’s soon to be two-year old! Have you ever heard of these? They are the new craze right now and sooo cute if you havent seen them yet. Their personalities come from the fabric of their clothes and each one has a little pet. A couple of my favorites are:

Peanut Big Top

Jewel Sparkles

And look, you can have even more fun by buying them little outfits! I want this swimsuit set in my daughter’s size!

LaLaLoopy Swimsuit Set

Why didn’t they have these when I was a little girl? So much cuter than Cabbage Patch Kids and disgusting Garbage Pail Kids! Remember collecting those cards? Ugh… imagine having a party based around that.

Plus, I love that the colors for a LaLaLoopsy party are endless which means lots of creative fun. Think hot pink, with lime green and yellow. Or how about bright blue, white, hot pink and light pink? The combinations are endless. Jaiden, who will be 2 in July, is going to have such a beautiful birthday party. Great idea Megan! I am so excited to be working with you on this.

By the way, Debra, over at the blog, A Frugal Friend, does a great job of introducing these dolls and their personalities! Be sure to check out her blog for more LaLaLoopsy details.

LaLaLoopsy

 

 
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