9.30.2010

DIY Pinecone Chandelier




 Here is the tutorial for the Pinecone Chandeliers! They were super easy and I think they make such a dramatic statement. Try this one out too for your fall events!

Materials:


14” grapevine wreath
Ribbon of choice for hanging
Brown hemp string
Glue gun
Scissors
Different size pinecones (I purchased about 10 bags with about 5 pinecones at the dollar store for each chandelier)
Grapevine wire
Orange silk mums

What to do:

1.     1. Cut two long strips of ribbon that you choose to hang the chandelier from. I cut my ribbon longer so that I could adjust the height (about 2 feet each).
2.     2. Tie ribbon around each side of the wreath crossing the two pieces of ribbon.


3.     3. To make pinecone garland for hanging you will first cut strips of the brown hemp ribbon (about 2 feet give or take) I didn’t want them to be all the same size so I would do different sizes of the hemp.

4.     4. Take the hemp and tie around the end of one pinecone, tie a secure knot.
5.     Then wrap the same hemp around each pinecone and use the glue gun to secure the placement of your hemp. I would use about 4-7 pinecones for each strand of garland.




6.     5. After the garland is secure you will tie one end of the pinecone garland to the bottom of the grapevine wreath.

7.     6. For the orange mum garland, I used grapevine wire cut about 12 inches long and used the orange flowers that were taken off of their stems. I then used a glue gun to secure the back of the mums onto the grapevine wire making it into one long strand.  (used about 6-7 mums per strand)

8.     7. Feed the end of the wire grapevine onto the bottom of the wreath and place them in between every few strands of pinecones.



9.    8.  Hang the chandelier and adjust the placement of all of the hanging garlands and VOILA you will have a beautiful fall chandelier for your home or for your next event.



9.29.2010

DIY Pinecone Chandelier





I guess you can call it tutorial week here on KGD. Here is the tutorial for the Pinecone Chandeliers! They were super easy and I think they make such a dramatic statement. Try this one out too for your fall events!

Materials:


14” grapevine wreath
Ribbon of choice for hanging
Brown hemp string
Glue gun
Scissors
Different size pinecones (I purchased about 10 bags with about 5 pinecones at the dollar store for each chandelier)
Grapevine wire
Orange silk mums

What to do:

1.     1. Cut two long strips of ribbon that you choose to hang the chandelier from. I cut my ribbon longer so that I could adjust the height (about 2 feet each).
2.     2. Tie ribbon around each side of the wreath crossing the two pieces of ribbon.


3.     3. To make pinecone garland for hanging you will first cut strips of the brown hemp ribbon (about 2 feet give or take) I didn’t want them to be all the same size so I would do different sizes of the hemp.

4.     4. Take the hemp and tie around the end of one pinecone, tie a secure knot.
5.     Then wrap the same hemp around each pinecone and use the glue gun to secure the placement of your hemp. I would use about 4-7 pinecones for each strand of garland.




6.     5. After the garland is secure you will tie one end of the pinecone garland to the bottom of the grapevine wreath.

7.     6. For the orange mum garland, I used grapevine wire cut about 12 inches long and used the orange flowers that were taken off of their stems. I then used a glue gun to secure the back of the mums onto the grapevine wire making it into one long strand.  (used about 6-7 mums per strand)

8.     7. Feed the end of the wire grapevine onto the bottom of the wreath and place them in between every few strands of pinecones.



9.    8.  Hang the chandelier and adjust the placement of all of the hanging garlands and VOILA you will have a beautiful fall chandelier for your home or for your next event.




Howdy Ya'll!

Sawyer has cowboy day at school today. They are bringing in horses and cows and letting the kids ride with assistance. Soooo.... we got up this morning and had to dress the part! Take a look at this cuteness :) My little cowboy!





Ya'll have a good day!!

9.28.2010

Fall Celebration Results...

Thanks for all your votes and support during the Fall Celebration Challenge! I found out yesterday that my celebration actually WON!! I am so honored and excited because I competed with so many talented women. 

Since the competition is over, I can now share with you all the photos from my fall celebration. 
I wanted this celebration to capture everything I love about Fall; Rusticity, warm colors, comforting flavors, earthy components, etc.. 

I wrapped all the hay bales with festive orange polkadot fabric and stacked two hay bales to make  the cupcake stand. The pinecone chandeliers were the DIY project that I chose to create for this celebration and I will be sharing the tutorial with pictures tomorrow. The desserts for this celebration included, pumpkin trifle, pumpkin chocolate chip cupcakes, cinnamon popcorn balls and miniature pumpkin pies.
  
The pumpkins that I used for food labels I purchased from T.J.Maxx and were in the Seasonal Section. I cut a slit in the pumpkin stem to make them label holders. 


The recipe I used for these miniature pumpkin pies came from the amazing Bakerella

I cut out two pumpkin shape crusts and molded them together to make the crust shape. I LOVED the way these cuties turned out!

Cinnamon popcorn balls that is of course cuter on a stick! Isn't everything cuter on a stick?! I made up this recipe for the most part and they turned out really yummy and looked really cute until I looked over and they were falling apart. I have to fiddle with this recipe before I share it. But at least we captured a photo!

The cupcake toppers were made by taking small pinecones and spray painting them orange and gluing them onto different grapevine sticks. I really was going for a rustic cupcake topper and I think these definitely achieved that look. 



Burlap Banner 


Fresh orange daisies arranged with hay, pinecones, moss placed in my fun container found at a flea market. 

orange wine stand was a recent 5$ flea market find!

"Falling Tea Leaf" Bar. My favorite part of the party!
What better way to celebrate fall than to sit outside and drink hot tea?! I designed a tree with natural colored Manzanita branches. I got several different flavors of tea and took the individual tea bags and wrapped them with orange burlap. Each tea bag was labeled with the flavor in the bag and then they hung throughout the tree.  I set out two carafes with hot water and then set out spices and milk for people to spice up their tea. The cups were cream colored styrofoam coffee cups that I made orange burlap sleeves to add some detail. The chalkboard was stuck in the hay bale to describe to the guests of what to do. I had friends over for this and I have to say both the guys and girls LOVED it! I actually overheard three guys debating on which flavored tea was better. :)  





That's it! Now you have seen everything and stay tuned for the pinecone chandelier tutorial! 

A BIG THANK YOU to the amazing Kristen Hartness with Kristen J. Portraiture for capturing the details with her incredible photography. 
And a BIG Thank you to Vicky with City Cradle Designs for asking me to take part in this fun challenge! 

Other Resources: 
- Hay bales, pumpkins on dessert table, mason jars purchased at Hobby Lobby
- Michael Miller orange flower fabric behind tea table from HbFabrics on Etsy. (http://www.etsy.com/people/hbfabrics)
- Brown tablecloths (actually they are bed coverlets) from Urban Outfitters
- Mini pumpkins that I used for food label holders from T.J. Maxx

Mason Jar Pumpkin Trifle


I've had many of you ask about the pumpkin trifle so here ya go! It was cute and delicious so definitely give this one a try for your next fall gathering. 

Pumpkin Trifle

  • 1 package (14-1/2 ounces) gingerbread cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 4 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger, nutmeg and allspice
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
Directions: 

  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water and egg, beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into an ungreased 8-in. square baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. When completely cooled, crumble the cake. Set aside 1/4 cup crumbs for garnish.
  • In a large bowl, whisk milk and pudding mixes for 2 minutes or until slightly thickened. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Stir in pumpkin and spices until well blended.
  • Next you can either layer in a trifle bowl doing crumbs, pudding, frozen whipped cream and then REPEAT or you can do what I did and use mason jars... (www.tasteofhome.com

After everything is baked and prepared, set out everything you will need in a a little assembly line. This recipe filled about 12 small to medium size mason jars. 

Just start layering! Put cake crumbs in the bottom. 

Pumpkin pudding next

Cool Whip next and then Repeat until you run out of room

And Ta Da!!! Make a cute topper for your mason jar and tie some raffia or cute ribbon around the jar and you will have one cute and tasty dessert!