Friday, July 19, 2013

I love July!

Happy Birthday America! Isn't July such a fun month?? Steven and I both just love the 4th of July. We have been out of town and super crazy busy with life, so I need to catch up on my July crafts. 

For the 4th, I made this fun quilt! I have always wanted to make a flag quilt but I have always been to busy. After graduating and now only having one job, I finally had time to do it. Yay!! Honestly the hardest part about this was the math to keep everything proportianate. But I think that it turned out really well! I didn't take a picture of the back, but it is all squares of levi. 

Here are a couple of crafts from my friends that were too awesome not to share....

Amy made this INCREDIBLE wreath. She found everything at the DI or Dollar Store besides the wreath. For the wreath she went to Michaels (with a coupon!) and bought one of the wooden wreaths. She put everything on with a combination of wire and hot glue. Isn't it gorgeous??

Here is one that is from my friend Courtney. Her sister Kelsey made her this hat for her birthday. She had seen a hat like this that was name brand, and she figured that she could make it herself. I love this idea! She got a plain white hat and just colored in sharpie on the hat. This was the perfect 4th of July hat! And it made me excited because I thought of all the other things you could do with that idea. 

Hope you are all having a great summer!

Popcorn Cupcakes

So a few weeks ago was our cousin's birthday. For her party, we were going to see Monsters University (which I highly recommend!).  We decided to make popcorn cupcakes. I searched Pinterest for a tutorial and all I found was pictures. I finally found one but it took forever, so I decided that I would do my own little write up for those of you who also have this issue!

FirstI made the cupcakes, just using the confetti box mix. Once they were cooled and ready to frost, I got out the marshmallows. 

Cut the marshmallows into different shapes. I found that if you cut it in half in different angles, it works perfectly. 

Then just frost the cupcakes using whatever kind of frosting you like best. The frosting doesn't have to be perfect. You just need it to hold the marshmallows in place. It does need to have this shape though, because we want the marshmallows to look like a big bowl of popcorn, higher on top than on the sides. 

Next, you just stick those marshmallows all over the cupcakes. Smoosh lots of them in there so you can't see the frosting and that way it will look full. 

So next you need water and yellow food coloring. I took a water bottle and mixed some water and food coloring. Then lightly spray all of the cupcakes so all the "kernels" have a slightly yellow glow. You don't want them to get mushy, so just a couple of sprays should do it. 

Then I got out my cooking paint brush. I dipped the brush into the yellow water and carefully painted several kernels. That gives it the look of several kernels having more butter on them than others. 

They turned out really cute and they were super easy to make!