A Ruffled Knock Off!

Are there two things I love more? I think not! Ruffles and Knock Offs in the same project…so fun!
If you are here from See Kate Sew, welcome! Make yourself at home and grab a seat by becoming a follower right over on the sidebar!  I am so excited about today’s project.
First though, I must tell you how much I am enjoying this ruffle event. When Kate told me she was doing it and asked if I would guest post..I knew it was going to be fabulous and she never does disappoint, does she?!  I love Kate and her flawless projects she does ALL OF THE TIME, so of course going through her blog is like a dream. If you haven’t been over, go see her and her fabulous self. She really is amazing!
Now on to the project. When deciding exactly what I was going to do, I was shopping one night at Downeast Basics and ran across this hair accessory:
beautiful, right?!  The Big Blossom Pin can both be worn in the hair and on any type of clothing or accessory.  It is beautiful on both. I bought it…and as I have been wearing and looking at it, I told myself I needed to figure out how to make it.  Guess what?  It turns out it is really simple to make…so without dragging this on any longer here is the tutorial!
a 3 1/2″ x at least 36″ strip of linen fabric..any color (feel free to use any fabric that has good movement to it.
1 4″  x at least 36″ strip of see through material (of same color)..like mesh, tulle, I used a fabric that was super light weight, and mostly see through.
sewing maching
hot glue
5″ felt circle
1- fold both of your strips of fabric in half and ruffle them by sewing slowly, and feeding the fabric through the machine faster than the machine is stitching..this will create a ruffle for you. I found the bigger my folds in my ruffle were, the better it all looked at the end.  2- Once you get both ruffles created, take the smaller ruffle and sew it on top of the bigger one. 3-Get your felt circle ready  4- Start hot gluing on the outside of the circle first.  5-Work in small increments to keep the hot glue off the fabric! 6-After one whole time around the circle, it should look like this.  Simple glue on the bottom of the outside circle..on the fabric and keep rolling the fabric around. 7- When you get to the end (which will be toward the center, cut the fabric off and leave about 1 1/2 inches to the bottom. 8-glue the end of the strip and turn the fabric over, so you have a finished edge. Finish by gluing the end down in the center.  When you finish, make sure to turn the flower over and where you began, carefully glue the first end to the rest of the flower.
You did it!
Here is a comparison between the two:
Obviously they aren’t exactly alike, but I LOVE how similar they are. And the best part? Make at least 4 of these knock-offs for the $8 price tag on the original.  Not too bad, right?!  Another great thing is that you can make any color you want…
Isn’t that so fun?!  So go ahead, make one or TWENTY!
Thanks for the fun event, Kate!
Thanks for stopping by.

Mother’s Day gift ideas and giveaway!

So excited to show you just a few things today.  Remember yesterday I introduced you to Simple Serendipity?  Well, Sara, from Simple Serendipity sent  a necklace to giveaway today.  I thought I would show a fun way to package it up to make it even more special!
Isn’t it pretty? And remember only $5!  You can find the necklace HERE.
This is the necklace you can win! (See below for details.)  Below I have two sheets of tags for you to download and print to help wrap up whatever gift you decide to give your mom!
I made a sweet pocket out of the two blue tags, gluing the bottom half so the necklace could sit in the middle without being seen!  I packaged it all in a homemade envelope made from clear vinyl…after all…the necklace is so pretty, I wanted to show it off!  I added a few more of the little tags to the envelope and closed it all with a little pretty paper tape.  The envelope can be made by cutting a piece of vinyl 4″x11″. I sewed the envelope at 4″x4″ and then had a 3″ hangover that I cut into an envelope flap.  Isn’t it sweet!
The second idea I have for a present is a fun little print for your mom..to let her know just how special she is!
Decide which color or colors you would like and then go HERE to download it!  Then, because this is FREE..try to remember all the sweet ladies who have been a “mom” in your life..print it off and give it to them to brighten their day a little!
Here is the sweet little print I printed out..and wrapped in ribbons. I added a quick tag to the top..and it is ready to go! Simple and quick.
Here are the tags to download. Click on them, then right click and save or print!

and lastly, let’s do the Simple Spring Nest Necklace giveaway!
To enter you must:
1-be a follower of Kiki Creates and “like” me on facebook (both are on the sidebar)
2-head over to Simple Serendipity and click the “like” button on the left hand sidebar
to get an extra entry:
3-blog, tweet, post about this giveaway
4-go and add Simple Serendipity to your favorites on etsy (you do this from her site..it will also be on the left hand column..under Actions)
That is 4 entries you can have for a sweet little necklace. I will also send you the necklace packaged up in the clear envelope, so it will be ready to give…or keep for yourself!
The giveaway will end on Monday, May 2..and will ship the next day! 
Whew..that was a long one!  Good luck.  and thanks for stopping by!

a few of my favorite things

just a few of my favorite things for a lovely Thursday:
a little lemon-coconut cupcake:
if you love LEMON and you love COCUNUT. I promise, you would love this too!
Have you heard of Simple Serendipity? It is one of my favorite finds on Etsy!
It’s a sweet little store  that has nothing over $5 in the shop! Sara has some lovely things, but two of my favs right now..with Mother’s Day right around the corner are these two lovely pieces:
How fun for the mother or mother to be in your life..she will even add as many eggs as appropriate (if you want)..up to 5 in the nest! I’ve seen these everywhere…but this is by far the best value I have found!
Each one of these pendants is $5, but how sweet to get each of your kids initials on one, and you can pick the color of bead to go with it!
You won’t want to miss tomorrow…I will have 2 gift ideas for Mother’s Day (including the birds nest necklace)..and have some fun ways to present them. Sara from Simple Serendipity has also sent an extra Bird’s nest necklace, (just like the one above, only in white) to give away to one of you..for yourself OR your mother! That is all coming up tomorrow…
see you then!

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