Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Flower Hair Clip Tutorial

I was featured AGAIN!! On The Ribbon Retreat's blog.
What a fun bow, I definitely wanted to share this with you guys too!!


Hi there! It's me again, Ashley, from Sweet Mama J's Boutique.

I've also started a new blog, called Project Bazaar. It's still really new, but come check it out!

Remember how I told you that  I LOVE The Ribbon Retreat's beautiful assortment of ribbon, I still cannot get enough!!

Today, I am really excited to share another hair clip tutorial with you!
This one is so quick and easy to make, you can make one for every outfit.

Let's gather our supplies and get started!

The supplies I used:

3 - 8 inch lengths 3/8" Swiss Dots in aquamarine with white
3 - 7.25 inch lengths 3/8" Sheer Delight in white
1 - lined alligator clip
1- 12mm Rhinestone in Iridescent

Fold your 8 inch length ribbon in half and make a crease.  Lay ribbon flat.
Place a small dot of glue in the crease.
Take one end of the ribbon and make a sideways loop, (the side of the ribbon  that is facing up while the ribbon is laying flat will be still facing up after secured in the middle.)
Repeat with the other end, making a figure 8.
Repeat with other two 8 inch lengths, and all three 7.25 inch lengths.

You will now have 6  figure 8 loops.

Place a small dot of glue on one of your figure 8 loops.
Place a second figure 8 loop on top of the first one making an X or butterfly shape.
Place a small dot of glue in the middle of your butterfly shape and lay your third figure 8 on top making a flower.

Repeat process with the three remaining figure 8s.

You will now have 2 flowers.
Place a dot of glue in the middle of your larger flower.
Press firmly.
Place a small dot of glue on the back of your rhinestone.
Place the rhinestone in the middle of your flower.
Press  firmly.

Place a line of glue on the top of your alligator clip.
Place the flower on top.
Press firmly.

That's it! You have a darling flower hair clip, ready to go!

Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for allowing me to share with you once again!

Monday, May 28, 2012


To all those who diligently have served, are serving, or yet to serve... THANK YOU!!
Happy Memorial Day!!

I decided what better way to celebrate than to post photos from an early capital of this proud nation...

THANK YOU for fighting for the freedoms that we LOVE!!

Thursday, May 24, 2012


My mother-in-law, Pati, is AMAZING!! In every sense of the word.
Even better is her cooking!

We my hubby and I were first married, I would try to figure out what he wanted for dinner.  He would ALWAYS tell me, no matter what I told him we were going to eat, that he ONLY liked it when his mom cooked it.
Since then, he has learned to like my cooking too!

This is a recipe of my mother-in-law's, that is absolutely delicious!!
THANKS Pati, for letting me share this today.

Pati's Delicious Guacamole

                                                 4 medium sized avocados
                                                 2 Tbs mayonnaise
                                                 1/4 C favorite salsa
                                                 1 tsp pureed onion
                                                 Salt to taste
                                                 2 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced

1.     Smash avocados and mix with mayonnaise.  Put aside avocado pits and save for later.
2.     Add salsa and onion and stir until well mixed.
3.     Add salt to taste.
4.     Gently mix in diced tomatoes.
5. Serve chilled with tortilla strips, or your favorite dip-able

Pictures are courtesy of Alisha Hunsaker Photography.

Thanks Alisha!! & Thanks Pati!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Patriotic Picture Frame and Free Printable

If you haven't heard me before, I'm telling you again... 
I LOVE the 4th of July!!

Since I have been changing my decorations over for Memorial Day, I thought I would share this cute picture frame and printable with you!! 

Click Here for FREE Printable!! 

Here are my supplies:

One Frame (I picked up a document frame at the local dollar store)
3 Wooden Craft Stars
White Acrylic Craft Paint
Sponge Brush
White and Red Spray Paint (left over from other projects)
Clear Coat Sealer
Scraps of Paper (for decorating your stars)
4th of July Printable

Take your picture frame, and spray paint it.  I painted mine with 2 coats of red, and then added enough coats of white until it is covered.
I then took some VERY fine sand paper and sanded some areas so the red  would show through.
After that is all dry, spray with a clear coat sealer.

While waiting for that to dry, I painted my stars with acrylic craft paint, and once dry, decorated them as desired.

When both your stars and your frame is dry, glue your stars into place.
While waiting for the glue to dry, make sure to carefully clean both sides of your glass.

Put your printable in the frame, and voila!!

Monday, May 21, 2012


Some pictures I captured in the small town of Oia, while visiting Santorini, Greece.
It was one of the MOST beautiful places I have been to.

Absolutely amazing!

I linked up at the All Stars Block Party.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Recipe: Mom's Famous Zucchini Bread

Growing up we ALWAYS had a garden, and during the summer we usually had more zucchini than we knew what to do with. So my mom would make her famous zucchini bread.
It was delicious!!

This recipe has been one of my family's favorites for as long as I can remember.

Mom's Famous Zucchini Bread

                                                               3 eggs
                                                               1 C. oil
                                                               2 C. sugar
                                                               2 C. zucchini, peeled and grated
                                                               3 C. flour
                                                               1 tsp. salt
                                                               1 tsp. baking soda
                                                               1/4 tsp. baking powder
                                                               3 tsp. cinnamon
                                                               1/2 tsp. nutmeg
                                                               3 tsp. vanilla
                                                               1/2-1 C. nuts (optional)
                                                               1 C. raisins (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, (325 degrees for dark or glass pans.)

2. Beat together eggs, oil and sugar. Add zucchini and mix well.

3. Add flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla.  Mix well.  Add nuts and raisins if desired.

4. Bake 1 hour in greased loaf pans.  Allow bread to cool on wired rack for 10 minutes before removing from loaf pans.


I linked up at All Star Block Party

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Waterproof Picnic Blanket Tutorial

I was able to be featured AGAIN on The Ribbon Retreat's Blog!!
This time it is for a super fun waterproof picnic blanket.
Perfect to just hang out in the sun, or snuggle up for fireworks, without having to worry about wet grass!!

Hi Ribbon Retreat Readers!! It's me again, Ashley, from Sweet Mama J's Boutique.

With summer picnics and fireworks just around the corner, I have been thinking a lot about making a waterproof blanket that will be stylish and fun, and protect from wet grass at the same time!!

Let's gather our supplies and get started.

The supplies I used, were:

1 yard Red Words fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
3/4 yard Blue Dots fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
3/4 yard Blue Plaid fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
Fat Quarter Red Stars fabric - Stars and Stripes for Riley Blake
1 spool So Fine! thread - Midnight Harbor
4 feet - 7/8" Stars Ribbon - Royal with White
1 Vinyl Tablecloth - 52" X 70"
Fusible Interfacing

Iron all fabric and cut the following measurements:

3 strips - Red Words - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Dots - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Plaid - 9" X width of fabric
2 strips - Blue Dots - 2.5" X width of fabric
4 strips - Blue Plaid - 2.5" X width of fabric
4 - Red Stars - 5" stars
8 - Red Stars - 3" stars

Lay out your vinyl tablecloth.
Lay out the fabric cuts on top of the tablecloth to make sure that you have everything in the right order, and you are not missing any pieces.   Remember to lay the pieces slightly overlapping to account for seam allowances.  The tablecloth will be slightly larger than your finished quilted center.

Apply fusible  interfacing to stars and attach to quilt pieces at your desired locations by following package directions.

It's time to sew around all the attached appliques.  I like to sew a straight line close to the edge, because I feel that as the edges come up and fray a little, it gives my stars a vintage appeal.  If you would rather zig-zag stitch around your stars that is fine too.

Starting with 2 strips of your 9" wide fabric strips, place them right sides together and pin the side you would like the seam on (long edge.)
Sew along side using a 1/4" seam.  Remember to back-stitch on both ends.

Iron seam open.

Take your next 9" strip and pin it, right sides together, to the Red Words side of the panel you just made.
Sew along edge using a 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open. 
Repeat these steps until all 7 of your 9" length strips are used.

You should end up with something like this.

Take one of your 2.5" strips of Blue Dots and pin, right sides together, to the Blue Plaid strip.
Sew along edge using 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open.
Repeat for other 2.5" strip of Blue Dots on the other 9" Blue Plaid strip.

Take 2 of your 2.5" Blue Plaid strips and pin the short edges, right sides together. 
Sew along short edge using a 1/4" seam.
Iron seam open.
Repeat steps with other 2 of 2.5" Blue Plaid strips.
You should now have 2 very long strips of 2.5" Blue Plaid.

Mark the middle of the long edge of your big panel on both sides.  I did this by folding my panel in half and using a chalk pencil to mark my fabric.

Line up the seam of your 2.5" Blue Plaid strip with the mark you just made along one side of the panel.
Remember to cut the white part off of the side before you sew on the Blue Plaid strip, otherwise it may show up in your final product.
  Pin the strip in place along the side.
Sew along edge using a 1/4" seam. Trim excess blue plaid off each end lining up with the edge of the panel.
Iron seam open.
Repeat steps on other side of the panel.

Enjoy what you have so far!! So cute!! 

On a large flat surface, lay out your tablecloth, vinyl side facing up.  Lay your panel so all edges are inside the tablecloth.  You will have excess tablecloth at this point.
When you make sure everything is lined up and flat, pin your panel to the tablecloth, right sides together.

Along one of the short sides, mark the center of your panel. 
Take your 4 feet of ribbon and cut in half, so you have 2 ribbons, 2 feet each. Seal all ends using your preferred method.
Line the ribbons up together and slide them in between your panel and tablecloth.  Line them up with the center mark you just made and pin in place with just a little end sticking out.
This will end up being your tie.

Using a 1/4" seam, sew around the outside of the panel.  MAKE SURE to leave an 8-10 inch section along one of the long sides.  This will be the hole to turn your blanket inside out.
Also, when sewing, be mindful of the ribbon inside the blanket, and make sure that it doesn't accidentally get sewn into the side.
Trim the tablecloth to the same size as the panel.

Being very careful, turn blanket right side out using the hole you left unsewn.
Straighten out your fabric and tablecloth so that it lays flat with no big wrinkles.  This took some time for me, as my panel kept sticking to the padding of the tablecloth. Just keep working with it and it will work.

Sew around the edge of the entire blanket.  Remember when you get to the hole, to tuck edges in to make everything uniform.
Ta Da!!  
As a bonus feature, when you are done with your day at the park or watching your fireworks, this blanket can just be rolled up, tied and set to go!

I absolutely LOVE the 4th of July, and this blanket has me all ready to go! 
I'm so excited!!

Thanks to The Ribbon Retreat for letting me share this fun post with you today.

When you make one, send me a picture or post in on the Project Bazaar Facebook page!
I would LOVE to see it!!

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