Crafts/DIY

Crafts/DIY
Purple Hues and Me

Monday, September 22, 2014

Guest Post At Think Pink Monday









Hi Everyone!

I'm a "PINK Lady" guest posting over at Tuula's today for Think Pink Monday!

Please check out what I made in pink hues to joined the ladies:

http://www.thriftyrebel.com/2014/09/think-pink-monday-gail-from-purple-hues.html

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Norwegian Getaway Anniversary Cruise


We had a fun time celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary on Norwegian's new ship the Getaway. We've sailed many times with Norwegian, are Lattitude Rewards Members, staying in the Haven section of the ship and really reaped many wonderful onboard benefits by traveling with this cruiseline.  It was like a fantasy vacation. 


Gerald & Gail

The Haven is a collection of luxurious staterooms located on the top levels of the ship.  We experienced personalized service that included having a butler and concierge 24 hours a day. We had our own courtyard including a private pool, sundeck, hot tub and fitness room, a private dining room and bar lounge.   Our cruise package included free drinks but all Haven dwellers received free champagne, flowers, chocolate covered strawberries (my favorite), fruit platters, Godiva chocolates and so much more. Once I mentioned not seeing any gummi bears in the courtyard like I had seen on another cruise and later that day a bowl of gummi bears showed up in our cabin.  My hubby mentioned he couldn't find any oatmeal raisin cookies for snacking and a plateful was delivered each day. 

Everyone was so friendly.  We went to the Captain's Meet and Greet on the second night where you get to know the ship's officers and are treated with free drinks and hors d'oeuvres. There we met a very nice officer by the name of Marites (Tek) Sonza, the Executive Housekeeper. She told us she spent a few months in Germany helping to get the ship ready for launching.   Tek asked if we were celebrating anything while on the ship and we casually mention our 45th wedding anniversary.  When we got back to our room, it had been decorated wishing us a Happy Anniversary, including another bottle of champagne and more hors d'oeuvres.  It was beyond belief!  How wonderful and so thoughtful of Tek and her staff!









The cruise lasted seven days and stopped in Philipsburg, St. Maarten, St. Thomas and Nassau.  We've been to those places many times over the years and always enjoy re-visiting such interesting spots.  I'm not going into any details about the islands .  .  . I'll just say one word .  .  . Paradise!

This is a view from our balcony of the hotel where we spent our honeymoon in Nassau some forty-five years ago.  It was a Sheraton back then and has changed ownership many times since. Nice to see it still looking good and inviting.



Besides sunning on deck, going to shows, listening to bands, drinking and eating, during one of the days at sea, I had time to attend a cake decorating class.  Based on Buddy Valastro, the "Cake Boss," method of decorating cakes, I had a fun time learning some of the tricks of the trade in cake decorating, using fondant on an actual cake. 



First the chef gave us a lesson on how to work the fondant to decorate the cake and then we tried it on our own.




It wasn't as easy as it looked!

 

 



 
The cake was suppose to be decorated with a beachy theme. 
I had sand (graham cracker crumbs), an umbrella, bridge, ocean (gel), a shark, surfboard, and octopus . . . can you tell I got carried away with making cute little objects out of fondant?
 
 
 
 

And actually got a certificate for taking the class!

 
We got to take our cakes back to our cabins.  It was chocolate and raspberry flavored cake which was so delicious and very, very sweet!
 

All the participants had a picture taken holding their cakes.  The finished pic had an image of the Cake Boss inserted.  

So Cool!
 
 In all, it was a very relaxing and wonderful celebration. I highly recommend cruising!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



        


Monday, September 15, 2014

Burlap Accordion Pumpkin




I've just really started thinking about decorating for fall.  One idea that I've come across is accordion paper pumpkins.    I think they are so adorable for fall d├ęcor.  They are actually different sizes of paper medallions stacked together to form a pumpkin.  Making them out of burlap would be a different twist on a cute idea don't you think!   

Here's how I put one together.

Gather the following items:
Orange burlap
mod podge
paint brush
tacky glue/ hot glue
circle template
scissors
ruler
small piece of brown burlap for stem
stem wire
small piece of green burlap for leaves
small piece of foam noodle (optional)

The first thing you need to do is coat the orange burlap with mod podge and allow to dry.




Next, cut out   2 - 5 1/2 inch x 12 inch strips
             2 - 5 inch x 12 inch strips
             2 - 4 3/4 inch x 12 inch strips
             2 - 4 1/2 inch x 12 inch strips
             2 - 4 inch x 12 inch strips
             1 -  2 1/2 inch 12 inch strip

Fold the burlap strips back and forth like an accordion, using the handle of the scissors to make crisp edges.








Glue the two strips together using tacky glue to create one large piece and then glue the ends together to create a pleated circle.



Cut out 2 small circles for each layer, top and bottom, to hold the accordion shape together.

Take the enclosed accordion circle and push down on the pleats until it flattens and push the edges toward the center, as close as possible, to create a medallion or rosette.

Add hot glue around the center and place a burlap circle on top and allow to dry. Once dry, turn over and glue another burlap circle to the center of the medallion.

Do the same for all the strips of burlap, creating six layers.




Stack the layers on top of each other beginning with the widest accordion piece, creating a pumpkin shape.



I used a piece of foam noodle between each layer to add a bit of "body" to the pumpkin and make it look a bit fuller.






To create the stem,  I rolled a piece of brown burlap ribbon using a skewer and glued the end, then inserted a wire stem and wrapped it around a pencil to shape and hot glued it to the top layer.








Adding green burlap leaves to the top:


 


 
Love how cute this burlap accordion pumpkin turned out.  Wouldn't it be great to use this as a centerpiece or to decorate throughout your home for Autumn, Fall or Thanksgiving?



Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!














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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Corrugated Cardboard Jewelry How To







I shared this craft as a guest post on  Peek Into My Paradise back in July, now I'm sharing this with my wonderful readers out in blogland as I venture on a cruise celebrating 45 years of wedded bliss.

I've been on a recycling or upcycling kick lately.  Making a bowl and napkin rings out of newspaper and a fancy hand ring from a soda bottle.  

You've probably thrown away some cardboard packing material recently.  You know the kind with the corrugated ridges.  Did you ever think you could make corrugated cardboard into beautiful jewelry?  Let me show and tell you how:

Go get the packing cardboard box you just recently tossed.  Take a look at it and select a smooth portion to work with,  grab the end corner and tear off the top layer of paper to reveal the ridges (corrugated) inside.  You knew that was there, right!

 
 
 
 
 
Next, cut the corrugated cardboard you've revealed into thin even strips about 1/4 inch wide and at least 10-12 inches long.



  For the larger round piece you'll need about three of these strips glued together, for the middle size, two 10-12 inch strips and for the smaller piece, just one strip will do.

Start rolling the strip firmly with the smooth side inside and the corrugated on the outside. You'll find that if you roll too tight the ridges might collapse and you don't want that to happen.  You want a nice decorative look with the corrugated ridges. 



Apply a small amount of tacky glue or hot glue along the middle of the strip along the length, being careful that the glue doesn't ooze out onto the sides.  Continue rolling evenly until reaching the end and then glue it securely to the circle, add the next strip to the piece by matching ridges and glue.  Continue rolling and gluing the final strip the same way and allow to dry completely. 




Do the same for the other two smaller pieces.

Apply mod podge or clear varnish over both sides of all the circles to seal the cardboard and let dry.


Glue decorative half stones in the center of the circles.

 

 Connect the three pieces together with jump rings inserted through the open ridges and attach a favorite chain to wear.


 
 
 

 
 
So beautiful!  How's that for recycling!

 
 
Take a little time to enjoy

and

Happy Crafting!