Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: DIY Lace Doily Poms for a Dollar!!

Now yes, we have explored working with lace doilies before, from invitation envelopes, to garlands, and more ~ in case you missed it, you can always find it here: Juneberry Lane ~ Lace Paper Perfection

But yesterday's lovely Burlap & Lace party got me to thinking that it might be time to explore some of those dreamy decorations a bit more.  After all, lace is classic, timeless, and just never goes out of style!

First off, a simple little tutorial from Lil' Boo that melts my heart.  You could use these on hair clips (as pictured) a strand of pom garland, a pretty package (they would look so gorgeous with kraft paper wrapping!), or even strung around a mason jar as part of a wedding or shower favor . . .

LACE DOILY POMS:



Supplies You Will Need:

~ Pack of 3 Fabric Lace Doilies from the 99 cent store (you can dye these if you prefer-tea turns them perfectly vintage!)
~ Small piece of matching felt
~ Needle & thread
~ Scissors
~ Glue gun


Directions

1.) Fold each doily in half . . .


2.) Create a fan shape by scrunching up the bottom . . .


3.) Sew the bottom part of the fan shape onto a small piece of felt . . .


4.) Take the other 2 doilies and repeat the same steps but place them on the felt in the opposite direction . . .


5.) After each doily is sewn to the felt, trim the excess felt off . . .


6.) Using your scissors, cut into the doily to help it fan out more and trim any large pieces . . .


7.) Using a needle & thread, add a few stitches to any areas that need to be secured better . . .


8.) Use a glue gun to attach the doily flower to a clip. You could attach it to a head band if you prefer too!


That's it!  Isn't it beautiful?



And a little more inspiration on how to use them . . .



Aren't those just the prettiest things?  And as you saw yesterday, they pair just perfectly with burlap, twine, twigs, and other rustic woodsy details...so you can offset that delicate feminine daintiness with a bit of natural goodness and create a complimentary, one-of-a-kind wonderland! Photobucket

Monday, July 30, 2012

Burlap & Lace ~ A Simple, Vintage Dessert Table . . .

Late summer calls for warm sunshine-filled days, a cool afternoon breeze, and soft, earthy tones to keep the heat at bay while we ease our way into fall.

That is why this Burlap & Lace dessert table by Jenny Cookies is so absolutely stunning...perfect for a late summer or fall birthday party, baby or bridal shower, or a small wedding and just bursting with vintage charm!!  Take a look . . .


There is something about that gorgeous lace that makes me swoon!  I would like a thousand dresses & tunics made out of that material:)


Pretty cake stands on antique suitcases look ever-so-nice!


And what about these tissue poms; also made with lace . . .






Loving these little pies with those rustic, wooden spoons . . .



Quite lovely, right?  I am so giddy about the autumn birthday possibilities for my sweet baby girl on the way right now:)  What a wonderful  to start the week!!  Have a great one!
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Friday, July 27, 2012

FROSTED: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream For...Cones?!


While reading through all of the summer soirĂ©e ideas that Misty has shared with us, it seems like there has been one recurring theme...ICE CREAM!!  And nothing could be better than serving your guests a delicious frozen treat that not only looks divine but also makes everyone want to go back for seconds.

Since there are so many mouth-watering flavors of ice cream available, why would you want to serve it in the same old stale grocery store cones? You're more fabulous than that! Instead, show off your sweet side and make your own homemade sugar cones! Take a taste of these...

(Image from Annie's Eats)

Homemade Sugar Cones
(Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen)


Materials:
  • Silicone Baking Sheet
  • Poster Board (or any type of cardboard)
Ingredients:
(Makes approximately 12 cones)
  • 5 Tablespoons (2 1/4 ounces) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed (1 3/4 ounces) dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 Cup (2 1/2 ounces) all purpose flour
Directions:

1.  Draw or trace four 5-inch circles on a sheet of parchment paper. Line baking sheet with prepared parchment paper, then top with nonstick silicone baking mat. I like to cut out the parchment paper circles because they are a little easier to see under the silicone mat...but it's not required.


2.  Cut out a 10-inch circle from sheet of poster board. I like to try to save money, so I just use an empty cereal box. Then cut circle into quarters. Bring straight sides of each quarter-circle together and slightly overlap to make a cone shape; tape to secure. I also like to fill the cardboard cones with some kind of dried beans or rice to weigh it down. Next, cover each paper cone with aluminum foil (keeping foil as smooth as possible), and spray with vegetable oil spray.

(Courtesy of Annie's Eats)

3.  Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 325 degrees. Whisk granulated sugar, brown sugar, and egg together in a bowl until smooth. Whisk is milk, melted butter, and vanilla until combined. Whisk in flour until combined and smooth. (Batter can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to five days. Make sure to bring batter up to room temperature before proceeding.)

4.  Drop 1/2 Tablespoon of batter into the center of each circle on the prepared baking sheet. Using a small spatula, spread batter into 5-inch circles; using the stenciled outline as your guide.

(Image from Annie's Eats)

5.  Bake until golden brown, approximately 14-16 minutes; rotating baking sheet halfway through baking.

6. Working quickly, place your prepared cone mold off center of each circle, making sure that the tip of the mold is about 1/4 inch from each circle's edge. Use metal spatula to lift edge of the circle on to the mold, then tightly roll circle around the mold to form a cone. Press firmly on outside seam of cone to seal. Also, if you notice that the bottom point of your cone has a little opening, you can pinch it shut so your ice cream doesn't drip out later. Stand cone upside down (still on mold) on wire rack. Repeat with remaining circles. If circles become too hard to roll, return to oven for up to one minute to soften.

(Via Annie's Eats)

7.  Let cones cool completely, approximately 10 minutes, before gently removing from molds.

8.  Repeat spreading, baking, and shaping on clean and cool baking mat and baking sheet with remaining batter. Cones are best fresh, but can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

(Courtesy of JoyofBaking.com)

What a fantastic recipe for every summer gathering or even just a fun project to make with the kids! You can even adapt these cones to fit any event, such as: add some blue or pink food coloring to your batter for an ice cream gender reveal party, mix in some colored sprinkles to the batter for any child's birthday, or immediately after the batter is wrapped around the mold (but still soft), stamp a monogram on it for your bridal shower or wedding.

Be creative and have a blast! Now the only thing you will need to worry about is what delicious flavor of ice cream to pair your freshly made sugar cones with.  Have a wonderful weekend!


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Thursday, July 26, 2012

A New Line of Invitations: READY TO POP!!!

Due to popular demand and much inquiry about this particular theme of baby shower, we have added a fun new line to the Juneberry Lane Etsy Shop in pure 'Ready to Pop' fashion!

So snatch up your file and get ready to throw your favorite mama-to-be a fun style of party...and sticking with balloons (and fizzy champagne bubbles, popcorn, and cake pops too!) is a super budget friendly way to keep your decorations fabulous!!!


And a few decorating ideas . . .


(You can buy those gorgeous printables with bubble 'ready to pop' inspiration & image courtesy of  Le Partie Sugar)
And the popcorn bar . . .

(above images courtesy of Baby Lifestyles)


Love this balloon idea on the bottom right . . .


How much fun is that?  And don't forget to POP back tomorrow for a fun bit of baking inspiration from our favorite new 'Frosted' extraordinaire, Meggie! Photobucket

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Scratch-off Gender Reveals!!

One of our specialties over here at Juneberry Lane is definitely the 'Gender Reveal' Party; the perfect solution for parents who don't have the patience to wait until baby's birthday to see if they will be joined by a little boy or girl but still want to make the 'big moment' special.

But sometimes you don't have the time, energy, or $$ to throw a party and you still want a unique way to announce the news...and that is why these sweet little scratch-off reveals are the perfect solution for everyone!

Prompted by several recent custom orders I have done (variations of our Gender Reveal Invitations that can be found in the Juneberry Lane Etsy shop), I thought it would be a wonderful time to show you just how you can get crafty and turn one of our fabulous PDF files into a fun & unique gender announcement!

First off though, take a look at the 'Elephant Reveal' version (coming soon to the shop!) and then check below for an awesome little tutorial from Later Gator Crafts on how to make scratchers of your own . . .

Baby Elephant Gender Reveal Scratch-off:


(available HERE in the Juneberry Lane Etsy Shop)

Baby Owl Gender Reveal Cards:

(available HERE in the Juneberry Etsy Shop)

DIY Scratch-off Gender Reveal Cards:



Supplies You Will Need:

* Silver Paint (The cheap stuff from Michaels works just fine)
* Liquid Dish Soap
* Laminate Paper


Directions:

1.)  You can cut the circles out with a circle cutter (we like Fiskars!) or use a Cricut, but if you don't want to spend the time cutting or you don't have a Cricut, you can forego the circles and cut rectangles out of the laminate paper and place a rectangle and place them over the portion of the card that you want scratch paint on.
* If you are using our Juneberry Lane PDF print out, the circles are 1 1/2".


2.) Mix 2 parts paint to 1 part dish liquid.



3.) Once you have a good consistency with your paint, paint the laminate circles. Don't worry the first coat looks thin (like it's not going to work). Let the first coat dry completely and then paint a second coat, it should cover great (If your still a little worried it's not dark enough, keep adding coats).

* If you prefer a darker scratch off, add a few drops of dark blue paint to your mixture (so you won't have to paint as many coats).



4.) When the paint has dried completely, peel off the backing of the laminate paper on each of your cut circles and place them over your 'result' circles on the PDF printout.


5.) Get scratching!!



Tutorial Courtesy of Later Gator Crafts

Be sure to check out the shop when you are ready to order a scratch-off file of your own and expect a version to match each of our Gender Reveal invitations!  Happy Wednesday everyone!!

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