Birthday Crowns

When my mom asked my niece what she wanted for her third birthday, she said balloons and a birthday crown. Sounds like a good party. 

Google birthday crown or search on Pinterest and you will find a plethora of patterns, plans, and ideas. I found this one particularly helpful. 

I dug out some beautiful bamboo felt purchased at the now closed City Craft in Dallas years ago and set to work making flowers, letters, and decorations. (Guys, this felt is seriously, amazingly soft. Does all bamboo felt make you want to rub your face on it? Note to self, investigate softness of various bamboo felt.) 


The kids heads are around 20″ in diameter (yes I made one for my nephew too.) so I made the felt 18″ long and used elastic for the remainder. Conveniently, a trip to the Mars Cheese Castle last weekend provided the perfect template in the form of a child’s cardboard crown.

Some heavy weight Pellon interfacing provided stability between two layers of felt. The crown points still ended up being a little droopy but I’m told this was cute.

I think I might need to make a few more, like in adult lady sizes…possibly with glitter.


Does anyone else’s work table look like this after a project?


I am not ashamed. 


My What Big Cheez-Its You Have


The better to have a Cheez-it bar with.

Step 1. Go to the store and buy many boxes of Cheez-It. If you don’t want to look like a crazy woman, (who me?) make several trips to the store during your lunch hour and buy a few boxes at a time. 

Step 2. Hide said Cheez-It boxes all over your house so your Cheez-It loving spouse doesn’t find them and ruin the surprise.

Step 3: Create labels for each variety of Cheez-It like a fancy cheese plate.

Step 4: Display each type of Cheez-It in it’s own bowl with fancy label.

Step 5: Watch the surprise and delight on your guest’s faces as they try to figure out which is their favorite.

Step 6: Have so much fun you forget to take a photo of the masterful Cheez-It display.

Happy Birthday, Husband! 

Berea, KY Part 3

After making soap and necklaces we journeyed to Bittersweet Studio for some woodworking.  Did I mention it was hot? And sawdust filled in the open air wood shop. And dirty. It was kind of great. We glued things and cut things and sanded things. By things I mean wood. 

We used all kinds of power tools and came a way with three whole cutting boards each and faces that hurt from laughing. If I have not stressed enough that you should head to Berea to take some class – get thee to Berea!!!

Berea, KY Part 2

After we made soap, we made necklaces. Stamped metal necklaces with long chains that jingle when we walk. 

We also saw the turning (Spinning? Turning? Turning.) of a pewter disk into a shot glass.

Seriously. This shot glass started as a 4″ diameter flat disk. It’s almost like magic, except that it’s physics. Cheers to the Gastineau Studio and their friendly metal working.