Friday, March 27, 2015

Easter Banner & Decor

I definitely cannot take credit for this super cute Easter banner. This was all my sister's idea. She swears she's not crafty. I beg to differ. But, she was completely delighted with herself when she created this Easter banner for her photography backdrop. Check out her Southern Reflections Photography Studios Facebook page HERE. I was so excited when I saw her banner, I just had to have the same one for my mantle! Being that she's such a wonderful sister and all, she mailed me her leftover supplies :)

The best part about this banner is how cheap it is to make! All you need are Easter gift bags, twine, scissors and a single hole punch. She found the Easter gift bags at Fred's for 25 cents each.

Cut off one side of the bag and hole punch both corners. Run your twine through each and voila!

My other Easter decor was ALL from the Dollar Store. How cool is it that they sell glass vases, votives?! As you can see, a very easy and cheap way to decorate for the holiday!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Easter Peep Cupcakes

These cute Easter cupcakes are some of the easiest cupcakes I've ever made. Anyone could do this, no matter your skill level.

I made these cupcakes last year for Easter, which is why I don't have great photos. Regardless, I had to share.

I used a yellow box cake, homemade Classic Vanilla Buttercream Frosting, Peeps, Wilton #233 tip, Wilton Leaf Green color and toothpicks.

Bake your yellow cake according to the directions and let your cupcakes cool.

Make your vanilla buttercream frosting. I am completely sold on making all my frosting. It tastes soooo much better than store bought. But if you feel more comfortable with store bought icing, grab some vanilla frosting. I used store bought my whole life, up until 2 years ago. It's so much easier to decorate with homemade frosting since you have control over the consistency. This buttercream frosting recipe is easy too. So even someone like me is capable, who doesn't make everything from scratch like Martha.

I used Wilton's Leaf Green icing color to tint my frosting. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

How to Update Fireplace Tile

In the past I have posted my fireplace makeover however I did not really focus on the great tile update. Without this piece of the puzzle, the fireplace would not look near as great as it does now. This is the part of the fireplace makeover that I'm most proud of and I want to share this with you. 

There are others out there who have ugly outdated tile (you know who you are) and I want you to know, you can change all that in an afternoon.

Maybe your fireplace is still beautiful but the tile just needs a facelift. 

Maybe the whole facade is terrible and you want a drastic change as I did.

I did a little research before I attempted to paint mine. I thought I was the only crazy person who considered painting her tile. I was wrong thankfully. I'd love to go back to Lowes and show this picture to the guy that looked at me like I'd lost my mind. Why haven't men figured out we're always right yet? It's baffling.