Thursday, November 29, 2012

[DIY Tutorial] Felt Christmas Tree for Kids

I wanted to make a craft for my kids for the holiday, actually our elf "Johnny" wanted to make a craft. I'd seen the Felt Christmas Tree on Pinterest and wanted to try it. There were several tutorials online and they were all pretty simple, buy felt, cut, decorate and stick! So I set off to Hobby Lobby to get all my goods.

In my research I did find a very good tip. I can't find the blog link so if this was your tip I apologize for not crediting you. If you know the credit please post a comment below. Use a fine bristle hair brush or scouring pad on the felt to help raise the fibers, it makes the felt stick together much easier!



























• 1 yard green felt - I made two trees. I could have made 3 had they been thinner

• Many different colors of felt. Hobby Lobby sells felt 4 sheets for  $1.
I had PLENTY left over.

• Embellishments - I found these great tinsel balls and used them. I also bought jingle bells but they were too heavy for the felt. Stick to light embellishments like sequins, tinsel balls, foam, felt or string.

• Gold Ric Rac - I wanted a garland on my tree. You can use any ribbon. It's cute because there are some gaps so you (or your Elf) can continue to leave notes tucked underneath.

Step 1: THE TREE
The first thing I did was use a sharpie marker and draw out my tree shape. I folded the felt in half so I was cutting two out at the same time. I did the same thing for all the ornaments too, it makes things go faster. After the shape was cut I used my bristle brush to fluff up the fibers of the felt.


Step 2: THE GARLAND
Next I added my gold ric rac garland. I unrolled the spool and started at the top with a little dab of hot glue. I criss crossed my way down the tree by simply laying the trim diagonally and then flipping it over on itself and glueing. I left gaps for notes and other ornaments and such.


Step 3: MAKING ORNAMENTS!
This is the fun part. Again I used the sharpie and drew my felt on pieces folded in half to make two at a time. One I cut them all out I used all the left over scraps to make polka dots, stripes, letters and other shapes on the ornaments. I also added the little tinsel balls too for some sparkle. Since I cut my tree stump very tall I had room to add some presents. It would be really cute to add a gift tag with your child's name too!

*Don't' forget to use the brush or scouring pad to fluff up the felt as you create your ornaments, presents and other tree decor.



Step 4: HANGING YOUR TREE
I had planned to use the command strips to hang the tree and had trouble making it stick. So I used blue painter's tape and it worked great. My daughter's room has two doors (OLD house, used for ventilation) and one is always kept shut. I hung the tree on the back of this door so it would also be in the hall and they would be in their own little area out of the way. 

I made a quick note from "Johnny" the Elf telling the kids to enjoy their own tree. I used some left over felt to add some holly to it.


Step 5: WATCH THE FUN!
I guess I should consider it a compliment that my daughter wouldn't even turn around to smile she was having so much fun! My son, he's a little tornado, so after ripping all the ornaments off, putting them back up he was done and on to breakfast. I packed up  the extra tree and it's decorations and shipped it off to my nephew so he can share in the fun too!


I hope y'all enjoyed this little tutorial and have fun making your own felt Christmas Tree! 

















Thursday, November 22, 2012

Black Friday Sale!


Start your holiday shopping now and save 30% Storewide on all party items, 
personalized ceramics and melamine, iPhone cases and more!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


We wish you a safe and Happy Thanksgiving
and a wonderful holiday season!



Friday, November 16, 2012

Purpose.....

Image courtesy of the incredible and inspiring Whitney English


I've been thinking a lot about this little shop of mine, where it's been, where I want it to go and what place it should hold in my life. It's so strange to me where and how it started and the many places and developments it's taken on. From completely wholesale driven to an online retail presence, from paper to ceramics and many, many parties in between.  In 2013 there will be many changes within Magnolia Creative Co. and in my life as well. I've been seeing so much unnecessary drama that really takes away from what matters and the purpose in everything. I'm learning to say no sometimes, charge what I'm worth and that I can sit and do nothing and it is ok! With the holiday season quickly approaching and the start of a new year I just can't help but be hopeful and thankful for everything I'm blessed with. I have an amazing husband, seriously, to put up with a creative takes a very strong and patient person and that he is! I'm so thankful for my wonderful, wild, witty, artistic and simply thoughtful kids who inspire me everyday.

I plan to attend a conference hosted by Whitney English in Dallas in December. She's always been an inspiration and I am so excited at the opportunity to learn from this creative entrepreneur and can't wait to share with you the upcoming changes for this little southern shop of handmade goodies.

Thank you for your support and the fact that you read this blog and my Facebook page and mostly for taking my art and bringing it into your everyday life and celebrations. It means the world to me!



Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Marinated Cheese Appetizer Recipe


With the holiday season quickly approaching I thought I would share one of my favorite appetizers, Marinated Cheese. I have to credit my mother for this recipe. She's famous for it and was even featured in the Baton Rouge Advocate for this recipe. It's a very easy dish to make and it's always gone at the end of the night. The few times I've not made it people have asked where it is so now I make sure to always prepare it. 

Marinated Cheese Appetizer
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup wine vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped parsley (bottled kind is fine)
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon oregano
1 small jar chopped pimento
3 cloves of crushed garlic
Various cheeses: Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss....
Ritz crackers, Triscuits or Wheat Thins

Slice cheeses and lay vertically in your serving dish (see above picture). Mix all the above ingredients in a jar. Simply shake and pour over the cheeses and serve. 

One note, it's best to make the dressing the night before your event. I don't know why but that extra time mixing together just makes it taste better. You can even slice the cheese the night before too and right before your event pour the dressing over it and you're ready to serve. This dressing is even good over pasta mixed with shrimp or grilled chicken. YUM!

Enjoy!




Monday, November 12, 2012

2012 Official Elf Report


The Official Elf Report I created last year was such a hit I updated it with this years date. Before your elf heads back to the North Pole let him leave a progress report for your child to show him how they did and what they can work on for next year. 

Download your free copy here.

Enjoy!



Friday, November 9, 2012

Autumn Themed Styled Brunch


Even though it's almost 80 degrees here in Louisiana and not really feeling like fall I wanted to share an Autumn Brunch I styled for the Celebrations at Home Vendor Challenge last year. The theme for this quarter was Autumn. and hopefully this post will inspire some ideas for your own Thanksgiving dinner or brunch. I traditionally don’t do many fall designs so it was fun to so something different and a challenge I was excited about. I knew I wanted to use a rich fall color scheme of orange, burgundy and browns and I wanted to use a lot of burlap. My mother is a huge fan of fall so I raided her decorations and found pumpkins and leaves. I used Dollar Tree finds like leaves, mini gourds, moss and some carveable pumpkins I made into candle holders. I sprayed them metallic gold and added some spray glitter. They sat in terra cotta flower pots from my backyard. I created all the paper goods with rich patterns printed on craft paper. I used a beautiful handmade gold paper that I accented with twine to give it a rustic feel.

I knew I wanted simple foods and to do something with pancakes. Charynn from Two Sugar Babies created wonderful toppers with edible gold glitter to top the pancakes and also serve as place cards with the guests names written on the leaves with an edible marker. I also made egg and bacon cups, croissants, salmon cups and mini donuts served with coffee drinks with cups and striped straws from My Little Love. The food was served on wood stumps and hand made white serving pieces. Favors were macaroons from Aly B’s Bakery, a local Shreveport bakery. Several different colors were made to give a somewhat ombre effect in the push pop container. They rested in a wire basket with Spanish Moss and coordinating tags ready to be taken home by guests.

The overall feel was rustic and laid back and most of all simple which allows for time to relax and visit with our friends and loved ones. Isn't' that what the holidays are all about. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!














Vendors: 
Styling and Paper Goods - Magnolia Creative Co. 
Fondant Pancake toppers - Two Sugar Babies 
Treat Cups and Stripey Straws -My Little Love 
Macarons - Aly B’s Bakery in Shreveport, LA

The paper collection is available in the shop here.



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

And the THANKS-Giving Giveaway Winners Are......





NATALIE ACCARDO

$50 gift certificate/shop credit

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MARSHA MARIE MALDONADO


$50 gift certificate towards anything in the shop.
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KEISHA ECHEVERRIA


$50 gift certificate towards anything in the shop.
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GABRIELA MAJILAA


$40 shop credit

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MADISON MCWILLIAMS

$50 shop credit for anything in my shop or custom order.  
Restricted to US and Canada.
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ROBYN O'CONNOR


One dozen custom cookies 
(to match your party theme)
Value $36

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HONOREE BROWN


BABY PAIGE
One child’s personalized apron from my shop.
Value of apron is $16.99.
Restricted to only aprons shown in my shop. Personalization will be included,  but no custom designs.

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ANN MARIE PINTO MCGUIGAN

 $30 Gift Certificate on anything in the shop 
Valid until Dec 30th 2012.  Open worldwide.

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MICHELLE BARIROS


“Thanksgiving” themed party supply pack to include cupcake liners, sprinkles, straws, treat bags and twine.
Valued at $25.00.
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SANDRA M. DAVIS

One Cakewalk Party Suite of the winners choice. 
Choose from our collection of unique party suites! We will customize the party suite with the 
winners information and send them the PDF files to print, cut and create their own unique celebration!  
Prize should be claimed within one year from drawing.



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MEGAN PRYCE

$35 toward a custom inspiration/idea board.
Value $50


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KATHERINE KISTNER

$25 shop credit w/ free shipping
Ships US/Canada.

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KRYSTAL N DESTIN BROWN


$20 Micheael’s Gift Card
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KAREN VOTSMIER CROLLY


Celebrate Party to Go set
 Includes 6 custom made party hats, 12 cupcake toppers, 6 favor tags, 6 treat wraps , 
1 mini  1 ft. yarn pom pom garland (value $75). US/Int'l shipping available.

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KATHERINE KISTNER

One of Double the Fun Parties’ $19 DIY Party Plans. 
50+ page PDF of instructions and hundreds of color photos so you can create every party detail.

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ZOOKIE ZYLSTRA


$50 store credit
Must be a US address for the winner (US shipping only).

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MEGAN MINK BANGERTER


Dessert Table Banner valued at $22.00
Ships only to US.

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MAYRA PEREZ RIVERA


$25 gift card to the shop

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TAYLOR DEERING

FANCY AND FOLD
$25 Gift Certificate for favors on our Facebook page
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DONNA KARANAS

$50 credit towards any printable listing 
currently shown in the shop.
Expires on 11/30/2013. 

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LYNDSEY AARON


 1 dozen decorated cookies 
Shipped ~ $48 value. Please allow 4 weeks notice when placing your order. 
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MONA BRADLEY


Surprise bag valued at a minimum of $25
US only.

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MAIRIN PRIESTLEY


$30 shop credit
Digital files available everywhere, printed items only ships to US.


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ERIN WILLIAMS

$35 shop credit.


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SNOWMAN: CHRISTINE BOYER JOHNSON
GINGERBREAD: SUE KATS


JEN’S CROCHET
Two Hats
Snowman hat in a toddler size. Value $18
Gingerbread man hat in a toddler size. Value $20 




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LEEANNA ANGUIANO


KIM’S CUTE CREATIONS
Set of 6 turquoise/yellow burp cloths. 


$15 value
Each cloth measures approximately 10’’x14’’. All burp cloths are washed in Dreft after being sewn.  
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CRYSTAL-TODD HOLMES


KK's Favors

$25 gift certificate from KK's Favors.

Shipping must be paid for
by customer (can't use GC towards that) and can ship to US/Canada only.

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MELISSA RODRIGUEZ

$25 Shop credit to Let's Get This Party Started

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ALEISHA BAKER

LITTLE LADIES BOWTIQUE
$15 store credit to Little Lady’s Bowtique

Valid for one year.


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DEB YOUNG

1 DOZEN FONDANT TOPPERS OF THE WINNERS CHOICE FROM MY SHOP 
Valued at $24 plus free shipping which is a $7 value. Restricted to US ship only. 
2 weeks advance notice prior to shipping.

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KIMI MCCASKILL HATCHER

$30 shop credit

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MARIANNE CAPRIOGLIO JOHNSON

Surprise tee valued from $25 - $33 plus shipping. 
Winner lets me know the shirt size, as well as boy or girl ... I will ship them a surprise tee:)
Winner has 90 days to claim their winnings.

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SHANNON WILEY



Origami Owl
Origami Owl Living Lockets tell the story of your life and represent the things you love.... One Winner will Receive:  (1) Origami Owl Medium Silver Locket + Four (4) Charms of the Winner’s Choice

Value of $40 courtesy of Jodi Truscott, Origami Owl Independent Designer.


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KATHY SANDERS


$50 shop credit
Physical items only ship US.  Digital/Printable items are worldwide.


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ASHLEY OUTLAND


$40 shop credit for digital items plus $10 credit for tangible items.
Tangible items to US/Canada only

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LISSA COLLADO

$40 shop credit 
Can be used towards existing or custom designs, or, if located in Tampa, FL area, can 
be used towards a photoshoot. Cannot be applied towards shipping.


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SINDY CRUZ GARCIA

Stitch in Netka 

Custom Pink Fairy Princess Crown 
personalized with handmade flowers and pearl beads 
and its extra charm comes from hand embroidered name. 
Ships free to US and Canada only

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KATE PREJEAN

$25 off your order of $50 {or more}
Only ships to US residents.

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PHYLLIS LASS TOMTON

$40 Sweet Mady Gift Card
Ship to US only, expires 12/31/2012.


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FELICIA DANIELLE BURNS

THE FLAIR EXCHANGE
Custom Tassel Garland
Value is $32.00



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CHRISTINE BOYER JOHNSON

THIRD STOP ON THE RIGHT
A $18 gift certificate
(will cover costs of three scrapbook layouts)

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CHERYL DOMINGO

TIKKIDO
A set of 6 custom party hats (value $72).
Available in any of our current designs, or we’ll do a new design for the winner.


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DONNA KARANAS

$50 value
$35 in goods + $15 shipping towards any item from Giveaway page
This offer expires Dec 31, 2013.
 Total Donation Value = $50 (products $35 + shipping $15)

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BARBARA CALLAGHAN


Treats for Tatas 
24 custom decorated cookies.
US/Canada shipping only

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Treats for Tatas custom bakes treats for any occasion and 100% of your money is donated to
Breast Cancer Research. Donations are made directly through my donation page
established with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. I do not take any
percentage for ingredients, time or shipping. This is a cause close to my
heart, I LOVE to bake and people feel good knowing their money is going to a
great cause...and they get yummy treats too!

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CRYSTAL MCNEELY GUIDROZ


Gift certificate for a bracelet worth $20. 
 US shipping only.