Friday, August 26, 2011

ABD: two new collections

I have two new collections to introduce you to today.... More colors and photos to come soon.....

Meet "Shabby baby." 
... chiffon & shabby... very vintage!

And, "Sweet Petite"
- These cuties are perfect for Fall!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ABD: Thumbprint-Trees

Hello friends!  I hope you have been enjoying this fall-like weather as much as I have. {excluding yesterday's freak earthquake.  Thankfully, we are all well and safe.}

Anyway.  I have been kept busy with orders the past month, especially the last two weeks... I love it!   One of my current projects is another thumbprint-tree, for an upcoming September wedding. 

When I say "thumbprint-tree" do you know what I mean?......  Let me show you......


This spring a friend asked me to create a thumbprint-tree for their upcoming wedding. I was more than willing and excited to try, being as I hadn't attempted one before......  I fell in love.

The tree serves as a guestbook. Using ink pads, guests use their thumbprint to leave their mark on the canvas.{representing leaves}   The finish product is a beautiful piece of art,  ready to display in the newlyweds home.    {How clever??!}      If you are a bride-to-be I would highly recommend this fabulous, guestbook alternative!

The canvas I am currently working on will be a fall color-palette.  The tree being brown and thumbprints a variety of orange, burgundy, and green.    Here is a sneak-peek.....

Making progress!  ..............  Why didn't I think of this back when i got married!?? [wink]

Have a wonderful week!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ABD: custom accessories & a beautiful family!

My latest ABD project is an all-time favorite. I had so much fun and absolutely love the finished product{s}.....    - The gifted photographer, Molly Whitmore  and I teamed up to create accessories for their upcoming family portraits. The best part?? Not only were they having family portraits taken, but Molly & her husband were getting back into their wedding attire in celebration of their 5 year wedding anniversary! {How awesome?!}        
Photography by the amazing
Katelyn James.         - Here are some of my favorites........

Part 1: Family Session

The Whitmores.

What a beautiful family!

I loved creating this flag garland for the little ones
The coordinating colors compliment their outfits and bring fun to the photo.

Little Ms. L's adorable dress is made by Double Love Designs.
Check out their fan page on facebook!

~ I created a headband to match her dress.

Part 2: Celebrating 5 years!

The gorgeous, Mrs.Molly. A beautiful person, inside & out.
If you aren't already a follower of her work, take a look'see HERE and on facebook.
**I am thrilled to have her capture our little family this fall!**

I created the flowerette sash & white feather headband to coordinate, compliment
Molly's gorgeous dress. I love the contrast of champagne against white.

To view the original posts by Katelyn James. CLICK HERE.

**For the latest happenings of ABD {Amelia Bedelia Designs} check our
facebook page: Amelia Bedelia Designs

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Monday, August 8, 2011

diy Doily Bowls

Are you a doily lover?   I use them, my Mama does, and Grandma did.  I love that they're timeless and classic.   I have a collection of them and enjoy exploring the possibilities.   Here is my new favorite......

A crocheted doily
 Stiffy-fabric Stiffner
A Plastic bowl/container

Squirt enough Stiffy in the bottom of a large bowl, to cover the bottom surface.
Dip doilies in, thoroughly soaking them.  When completely "wet," ring out to rid of excess.

Evenly drap over a top-down bowl, I recommend a plastic container.
I tried a glass bowl and a plastic container. It was 100% easier to remove doily
from plastic container when dried.  

Let sit for 24 hours, until completely dry and hard.
Carefully remove from container by gently pulling the doily off.

The above pic. shows just how well  'Stiffy' works.
I grabbed a handful of spoons, threw them in the bowl, and it barely flexed.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

diy Chalkboard Tray

I keep getting asked where I buy my tray chalkboards.  People seem surprised when I reply, "it's homemade!"  {doesn't everyone know about these things by now??}

So for those who have asked and haven't yet discovered the fun of creating chalkboards, this is for you! It's a cheap and a quick project!..

First, grab a tray!
 It can be any color, size, etc. just as long as it has a flat internal surface. 
I've picked several up at the Dollar Tree and thrift stored. 
If your not in love with the base color, choose a color and spray paint or paint it.  
Apply a second coat after it's dry.

Next, it's time for chalkboard paint.
[you can buy it at any hardware store that carries paint]  
To apply the chalkboard paint, it's easiest to use a small art paintbrush and a medium sponge brush for the large, center portion. 

Start by "cutting" in, around the edges with the small brush. {like when painting a wall}  
Let dry, and go over outline again with a second coat. 
Use your sponge brush to fill in the center of the tray.
Also, cover with a second coat.  
 This is one of my favorite DIY projects. 

Here are a couple of my favorite uses for them....

Events + Business.
What better way to relay a message to your guests or customers!

[Molly Whitmore Photography]


Photo Props.
Cute, and fun to decorate!


Home Decor.

Just think of all the possibilities!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Blackberry Tapioca

Our little family loves berries!... Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, all of them!    Last evening, I had a couple cups of blackberries that needed to be used. We ate fresh most of them, and I knew the rest wouldn't be good tomorrow.  I chose a family-favorite, [especially Blake] Blackberry Tapioca!  I know mine doesn't compare to his Mama's, but it's still good!

Blackberry Tapioca
  • 3 Egg yolks
  • 2/3 cup & 2 tablespoon Sugar
  • 6 cups whole Milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 tablespoon seed pearl Tapioca
  • 3 teaspoon Vanilla
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fresh berries
Soak tapioca in 4 cups milk 4-5 hours

In a double boiler, cook tapioca mixture for 15 minutes.
Blend the remaing 2 cups milk, the egg yolks, sugar and salt.

Blend, mix well and add to double boiler. 

Cook until the tapioca is clear and the pudding is thickened. 

Remove from heat, add vanilla, and let cool.

After cooled, fold in 1 cup whipped cream and berries.

** you could use quick Tapioca instead.

May you have a Christ-filled day!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Rants....

It's a manic Monday here in the "S" household......  I am exhausted. The house is already trashed.  "Hanging On" {Nicole Britt} is blaring, and my little loves are having a dance party.  I even joined them for a little.  It felt good, i couldn't help but smile.

Those little ones are carefree. It's amazing, it witnesses to me.  I love to sit and watch them.... I could watch them all day. Truly!  They jump, run, clap, jolt, roll, cheer for each other, and scream "sing."  I tell them they're "dancing for Jesus" and that he loves it!  Little man says he's "praizing Jezus!" .... It melts my heart.

I have that thing on my mind today, on my heart.  Yes, it's the same thing I [we] have been living with, working through for some time now.  I 'talk' about it, blog about it, but don't specifically mention it. Maybe one day I will, when it's not so real, so current.

Yesterday I found a quote that gave me a 'light-bulb' moment..... It helped me verbalize what I have been feeling.....

 "Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be. " ~ John Ortberg. 

We are all waiting on something... a College degree, a new job, a first home, a spouse, something spiritual, or something personal.......  Whatever it may be, I hope this quote will also encourage you.......    He wants us to seek Him, find rest in Him, trust, grow, and be refined.

I strive to be real about my life, and the things I'm facing.  We all struggle.  It's how we deal and respond to the struggles that matters......