Easy Breezy

Easy Breezy
Being creative every day and making it look Easy Breezy!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Lovin' Some Mesh!

I've had the opportunity to visit some craft fairs lately in my area.  I love, Love, LOVE going to Christmas Made in the South every year.  I went one weekend down in Columbus and then the next weekend when they were in Macon.  I live kind of in the middle, so I went to both!  Then this weekend I went to the Mistletoe Marketplace down in Perry.  The hot item seemed to be the booths that were selling wreaths and bows out of deco mesh!  Have y'all heard of this stuff??  It is awesome!  It's a 21 inch wide mesh that is weather proof.  It comes in lots of colors and patterns too.  I am wild about it!  Wild I say!!

If y'all are like me though, you look at these gorgeous things and say, "I can make that!"  Half the time I never do make it, but this time I did!  I marched myself to Hobby Lobby and bought some of that mesh and a wreath frame and some coordinating ribbon and I got busy.  Here is the result!
I used an 18 inch wire frame

I found this ornament for 99 cents at Walmart and hot glued it onto the mesh

I found this wired ribbon at Hobby Lobby.  I made a bow and added it on top of a red mesh bow.

I love this glittery pick.

I found this glittery ribbon and ornaments at Walmart
I am so thrilled with my wreath!  I even bought more of the mesh and I have big plans to transform my garland around the door and down my stairs and on the mantle!  Those things will have to wait until after Thanksgiving though.  I can only handle one holiday at a time!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

We're Bringing the 70's Back

My daddy turned 70 years old this week and we wanted to do something really special for his birthday, so we planned a surprise 70's party for him.  Everyone dressed like it was the 1970's.  If you lived during that time you know that the 70s covered a wide range of looks.  From hot pants and go-go boots, to tie-dye shirts and headbands, to hairy chests and leisures suits!  I think we covered all those looks at the party last night!
We told Daddy we were going to get together and have a cook-out to celebrate his birthday, so he knew we were getting together, but he didn't know the theme or that we'd invited forty people!  He was certainly surprised at all that, but I think even more surprised at the Elvis costume we'd ordered for him to wear!  After all he was the King of the Party!

This is my daddy and his siblings.  I think they represented the 70's from beginning to end!

I love all the costumes.

My cousins
My brother-in-law in his authentic Harlem Globetrotters jersey.

I hardly recognized my own son!

My sister looking very retro.

I ordered this door hanging for photo ops.

Me in my "Rhoda Morganstern" scarf with Luke and Josh 

Seventy years of pictures

From Disco Queens to CB Radio Truckers

Remember these shoes?
My brother and his wife looking very "Partridge Family"

Peace and Love Y'all

Love all the afros!

A groovy cake

Have a Nice Day cookies

The whole bunch!

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Say Yes To The Cookie

This week I had a special request from my friend.  Her son had plans to propose to his sweet girlfriend this past weekend,  what better weekend than the Georgia/Florida game? (and Georgia beat Florida for the first time in years!  Go Dawgs!).  Anyway, she asked me to make some cookies for when they came home to announce their engagement.  We searched the town over for an engagement ring cookie cutter, but none was to be found.  We opted for the wedding cake one instead since we didn't have time to order the other one online.

I made my favorite sugar cookie dough recipe.  You can get it here.

The first step in decorating is to outline the cookie.  I add my icing into a piping bag or a bottle with a narrow tip and I trace around the cookie. This icing needs to be a little thicker so it holds it shape and doesn't run.  This acts as a dam for when you add the flooding icing. Save this thicker icing for your details.  Let the outline dry for a couple minutes and then add your icing to the middle of the cookie.  This is called flooding icing. You want your flooding icing to spread easily and level out on its own.  Ice the cookie and let it dry completely.  This takes about 30 minutes.  Then go back and pipe on the details and add sprinkles.  I tinted the icing for the details with a tiny bit of cocoa powder just to give it a little contrast.  I love the look of the little pearl dragees on this one.

On this one I just piped on the decorations and then sprinkled on the fine crystal sprinkles.

This one is a combination of sprinkles and candy pearls.

And here are the three designs I decided on.  I love how they turned out!  Maybe they'll ask me to make them for the wedding!

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