Friday, March 30, 2018

Kentucky Derby Easter Egg in Food Network Magazine

Kentucky Derby Easter Egg

How do you represent Kentucky with an Easter egg? With a Kentucky Derby Chick, of course!

I was extremely honored to be invited to contribute the Kentucky egg for Food Network Magazine's United States of Easter Eggs feature in their April 2018 issue. 

Kentucky is many great things, of course, but I have traveled many places and know for sure that Kentucky is definitely one great thing to almost all across America and beyond: horses and the iconic Kentucky Derby. I created this little egg as a representation of that beloved culture.

Kentucky Derby Easter Egg

To create the Kentucky Derby Chick, I enlisted the help of my crafty better half, Craft E Magee, and we experimented with a few techniques to give us the perfect hat shape and size for an egg. Then, we did on a smaller scale what we've done together many times on a larger scale. we created the derby flair with feathers, silk flowers, and tulle. You can see the full tutorial on making the hat here: DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat.

Kentucky Derby Easter Egg

Look at all of these fabulous eggs representing The United States! I am astounded by the creativity of fellow craft bloggers. You can see each egg with links to all participating designers at foodnetwork.com/eastereggs.

Kentucky Derby Easter Egg

Which state egg is your favorite? It's hard for me to have a clear favorite when there are so many great designs!

Happy egg creating, DIY'ers!

~julee~

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

Sure, Kentucky Derby hats are notoriously big and loud, and perhaps (with all due respect), a tad bit ostentatious. If you're in the stands at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day, your hat better be blocking someone else's view of the track or you're doing it wrong.

So, if that's the case, you're probably wondering why you would ever need to make a mini Kentucky Derby hat. Well, I have a few ideas. For a doll, maybe, or even say, to top an Easter egg. Maybe you just like cute mini sized things. Whatever your reason, I'm going to show you how easy it is to make your own extravagant hat in a small size package.

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

For the hat itself, you'll need to gather some supplies: cardboard (I used a shirt box), a round glass or other object as a template, cotton stuffing or cotton balls, pencil, scissors, and a glue gun.

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

The circle size for the hat brim will depend on what size hat you want to make. Using the glass, trace a circle on the cardboard. Cut the circle, and then make a slit to cut a small circle from the center.

Overlap and glue the slits together on the brim piece to create a curve for the brim. (The bigger the overlap, the bigger the curve, or wave.)

Cut a half-inch wide strip of cardboard long enough to fit the center circle cutout. Glue the strip to the center cutout. Now you will have the two pieces of the hat and you will cover each of these with fabric separately.

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

For the brim, cut a circle of fabric large enough to cover the entire cardboard piece. Pull the fabric up tight and glue around as you go. Unless you use a stretchy fabric, you will create a pleated look. If you don't want a pleated look, use a stretchy fabric.

For the hat top, glue the cotton to the flat top piece and then cover with fabric the same way as you covered the brim: pull up tight and glue to the inside center.

Now, glue the top and brim pieces together. If it doesn't look perfect, don't stress. We're going to use embellishments to create a flawless look.

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

Now that you've got a complete hat, it's time to decorate. Kentucky Derby hats are traditionally decorated with lots of big colorful flowers and feathers. There's no right or wrong when it comes to embellishments, and the more, the better! I've chosen to use tulle, a silk flower, and a variety of feathers.

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

I used the tulle to create a band around the hat. (Hint, this also hides any unsightly flaws created when gluing the top and brim together.) Play around with your flowers and feathers until you get the look you want and use hot glue to secure everything in place.

That's it! A small Kentucky Derby hat big on traditional revelry!

DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat
DIY Mini Kentucky Derby Hat

Happy hat making, DIY'ers!

~julee~

Monday, March 19, 2018

Unicorn Birthday Party

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink

What girl right now doesn't want a unicorn birthday party? I mean, hello cuteness! My young friend Ava was no exception when she was celebrating her 12th birthday this year, and her mama was happy to oblige. She used a lot of Pinterest inspiration for this party, along with the purchase of some Etsy printables and delicious treats from local bakeries. 

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink

The unicorn face focal wall was really the highlight for this party setup. The unicorn eyelashes and unicorn horn were purchased and downloaded from Digital Curio on Etsy and then printed to size at Staples. The flowers were purchased at a craft store and we drew out the greenery and unicorn ears freehand and cut the pieces from poster board.

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink

With a pink and rose gold color scheme, we kept the desert table minimal. The gold polka dot table topper was a roll of wrapping paper and a gold table skirt from a party supply store finished the look. The gorgeous cake was from local Plehn's Bakery.

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink

The unicorn cookies were from local baker Sweets by Millie. White chocolate dipped pretzels with sprinkles and unicorn dip rounded out the sweets on the dessert table.

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink

Unicorn Party Rose Gold Pink
It looks like the birthday girl really enjoyed her unicorn party!

Happy party planning, DIY'ers!

~julee~

Monday, February 26, 2018

Louisville Love: Paint Paper Petal

Paint Paper Petal Flower Workshop

I'm a swooner, admittedly, and I blame Instagram. When I discover beautiful people making beautiful things, my heart swoons as I obsessively look at photos of their work and ooh and ahh and basically double tap the Instagram love endlessly. Such was the case when I came across local Louisville artist Alyson Thiel and her downright gorgeous paper flowers. Alyson showcases her paper flowers on her Instagram Paint Paper Petal and was recently the monthly artist in residence at a local library branch where I was fortunate to attend one of her workshops.

Paint Paper Petal Flower Workshop

Alyson is a talented artist and a generous teacher. She obviously has a love for sharing her skills and was very encouraging to everyone at her workshop. On this day, participants learned how to make a poppy flower from heavy crepe paper. Most of us are familiar with crepe paper party streamers, but heavy crepe paper is thicker and more substantial. The thickness allows the paper to hold its shape when stretched and manipulated, thus creating nearly realistic-looking flower petals.

Paint Paper Petal Flower Workshop
Paint Paper Petal Flower Workshop

Thanks to Alyson's guidance, I am delighted with my paper poppy and I love the vibrant colors and the texture that the crepe paper brings to the petals and stems.

In her own work, Alyson uses various papers and paint to create many designs and textures. Check out her work on her website and Instagram: alysonthiel.com and instagram/paintpaperpetal.

What new-to-you artists have you been swooning over lately?

Happy artist discovering, DIY'ers!

~julee~