How To: Tassel Garland

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Hello friends,

I tricked you, I didn’t wait all the way until February to post my actual post. What can I say, I like to mix it up!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make tassel garlands. They’re incredibly adorable and easy to make. They’re a little time consuming, but they’re a nice touch for a party or just for some fun decoration.

Recently a friend and coworker decided to move on to new opportunities (and I’m super happy for her), so she obviously needed a going away party. Usually these kinds of things are handled by our Office Manager, but this person is absolutely adorable and needed an adorable party to send her off on the right note. That’s where I come in. I put together a really cute (if I do say so myself) pink and gold champagne and desserts party. I made most of the decorations, including the tassel garland.

So, you need to start off by figuring out your color scheme. I went for a dark pink, light pink and gold. Buy tissue paper in those colors. Once you have tissue paper and you’re ready to get busy, gather your materials: tissue paper, scissors, hot glue gun and ribbon.

Now take one piece of tissue paper and fold it in a hot dog fold, then a hamburger fold then another hamburger fold.

Full piece of tissue paper

Full piece of tissue paper

Hot Dog Fold

Hot Dog Fold

Hamburger Fold 1

Hamburger Fold 1

And hamburger fold 2. Anyone hungry yet?

And hamburger fold 2. Anyone hungry yet?

Alright, now you’re going to want to grab your scissors and start cutting strips. Leave about 2 inches or so at the top (make sure the top is on a fold). Since you’re cutting into a piece of thin paper that has been folded several times, I found it easier to put a weight on the top.

Chop Chop

Chop Chop

I could moonlight as a hair cutter person. Hahahahaha. No.

I could moonlight as a hair cutter person. Hahahahaha. No.

Remember all that folding you did earlier? Ha, what a waste of time because now you’re going to UNFOLD. Just once though.

Now Unfold

Now Unfold

Then you’re going to take your scissors and cut where the fold used to be (where there is currently a crease).

Cut that crease!

Cut that crease!

Now it’s time to separate the papers. If you followed the above steps correctly, you will have four pieces of fringy paper.

1, 2, 3, 4 fringy papers. Check

1, 2, 3, 4 fringy papers. Check

Alright, now one more unfolding. You’ll have a long piece of tissue paper that has fringe at the top AND bottom.

Final unfold

Final unfold

Next step – start rolling or twisting or whatever the kids are calling it these days.

Let's do the twist!

Let’s do the twist!

Keep twisting till it’s nice and tight.

Twist & Shout

Twist & Shout

Now you’re going to want to fold what you just twisted, leaving enough room to string it. Here’s where the hot glue comes in – glue the twist/fold in place so it never comes undone.

Twist, then fold.

Twist, then fold. Then glue.

Now repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat until you have enough tassels to fill your garland.

That's enough

That’s enough

Wait, NOW that's enough

Wait, NOW that’s enough

It’s a great way to add a handmade touch to any party. For babyshowers, you could do pink or blue. For weddings you could customize to your wedding colors. The world is your oyster.

– Sylvia

Happy 2013

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Hello Blogosphere (that word makes me cringe),

It’s been a long time since we posted anything, a lot has been going on in our lives that has kept us away. But I’m not trying to start the new year off by making excuses.

But I am trying to start the new year off by posting more. I know, we’re already 16 days into 2013 and this is the first post. Personally, I don’t like to start my “resolutions” until February. There’s just too much pressure on January to turn your life around. It’s unfair and I won’t stand for it.

As such, today’s post won’t have any fun tutorials or pretty pictures. That’s too much pressure on the first post in a long while 🙂

Instead, this post is a pledge to try to do better this year. I’ve already done a lot of fun stuff (unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of pictures to prove it – but I have some!), and hopefully I can keep it up.

So, until next time, instead of trying to make January a complete lifestyle change, I recommend easing into it. You’ll probably have better results if you make a conscious effort to do better  every day than to exercise every day (That’s just unrealistic and unhealthy. Those muscles need time to repair.), eat healthy every meal (Trust me, sugar = awesome) or whatever your particular goal is.

Best of luck in your endeavors for the year. And come back soon because there should be a new post any day now 🙂

Sylvia

Mirror Makeover

Hello there, long long time no post. Instead of making a bunch of excuses, I’ll just get right to my post for the day.

I found a vintage mirror tray that I had to have for my bathroom.

The lovely trees distract you from the dirt

The lovely trees distract you from the dirt

You can’t really tell from the picture above, but it was that gross kind of coppery metal and it was far too gross to live in a bathroom. Bathrooms should be clean, well, at least look clean.

So I decided to spray paint it white.

Lookin’ good – oh wait, there’s no reflection

I taped that baby up and spray painted like I had never spray painted before. Okay that’s a lie. I just spray painted like I would spray paint anything else. But here’s the fun part, I left it outside to dry for like a week. I forgot about it. Then I remembered it and gave it another coat. THEN I FORGOT ABOUT IT AGAIN.

This mirror got suuuper dry between coats.

But now it’s living in a moist (isn’t that the grossest word ever?) environment aka my bathroom.

Take a look at that streak

The cute birds distract you from the streak

And that’s what’s going on in my bathroom.

Now I bid you adieu,

Sylvia

 

 

Cupcake Mania

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I’m a maniac, maniac

My sister’s 30th birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I was tasked with baking. I made a couple of different treats, nothing out of the ordinary. Some chocolate chip & peanut butter chip cookies, cupcakes in ice cream cones (no mess to throw away) and some chocolate cupcakes.

The chocolate cupcakes were no ordinary cupcakes, in my opinion. Instead of doing the regular bake cupcakes, add frosting, eat; I thought I would do something a little snazzy for my one-and-only sister on her one-and-only 30th birthday.

I baked the cupcakes as usual, filling the liners 2/3 full rather 1/2 full. Once they were done and cooled, I cut the tops off. One important thing that I wish I had thought of a few nights before I started, cutting fresh cupcakes is crumb city. I should have baked ahead of time and put them in the freezer. The lessons you learn…

Welcome to Crumb City

Once I cut the tops off and tried to dust off the crumbs, I frosted the top. I used vanilla frosting, but it would be fun to dye the frosting to match the party decor or holiday.

Boring white frosting. Oh wait, look at those chocolate flecks in there. I’ll call it “decoration”

Once I had that done, I took the cut off tops and cut a heart into them with a small cookie cutter.

Check out that tiny glimmer of gold – I was testing nail polishes at Nordstrom (yes, I bought it).

You have to be a little careful when you push down on the cutter, it could tear. But if so, it’s not a big deal, just smoosh it back together on the cupcake base.

I love you with my “hole” heart

Be careful not to rip when you push (Pregnancy joke)

Once the heart is cut out, I just put it on top of the base and admired my handiwork.

Mmmmmm

I decided they needed some powdered sugar on top, but you can tell that from the picture at the top of the post.

The cupcakes went over well at the party. Someone actually said, “My compliments to the baker.” I was pretty pleased with how they turned out. I wish the heart cutter’s features were sharper. I feel like they kind of looked like oddly-shaped circles. But all’s well that ends well. And the best part, the “trash” was adorable and edible. As a matter of fact, I frosted the “trash” and took it to work.

Look at that trash. Delicious, delicious trash

– Sylvia