Friday, April 29, 2016

{friday feature} book page wall hanging

I have the honor of serving as the Creative Activities position for my local MOPS organization.  It has been such a rewarding experience to use my time and talent to plan, prepare and lead a group through the creation process.

This year's focus has been "a fierce flourishing" with one of the sub topics being embrace rest.  At yesterday's meeting we watched a short video about creating a space of rest.  The speaker, Hannah Kate Flora, described her approach on making her apartment/house a home and how to incorporate style into your space.  She mentioned her passion for DIY projects including taking furniture and unique items and re-purposing them into something functional with style. She referenced how wonderful it is to start and finish a project especially in this season of child raising. The video was a perfect introduction to today's creation: a wall hanging created out of old book pages that we were able to begin and complete during our meeting time.

Below is a tutorial for creating this masterpiece.

First, you will begin by preparing the book pages
You will need three different size squares
I cut:
30  4.5 inch squares
20 4 inch squares
20 3.5 inch squares 

Next, you need to create the base for gluing the paper cones
To create my circle, I traced the lid from a container 
It measured 5 1/4 inches in diameter

I used a ruler and marked a circle one inch in from the outer edge as a visual on where you will be gluing the outside ring of paper cones

Use a hole punch to create an opening for where you can add twine or a hook for hanging when complete

Locate your hot glue gun and find some glue sticks 
Make sure you have a safe surface to place your glue gun on while you work

Gather all your supplies and get ready to create something beautiful!

You are going to begin with the 4.5inch large squares
Roll your paper, one sheet at a time, into a cone and add a dot of glue at the corner
press paper together to secure
(when viewing the photo above, the glue would go under the corner shown by my finger)

If you are struggling at rolling the cone shape, think of an ice cream sugar cone
Keep one corner at the bottom and roll the sides in and secure with hot glue

You will begin gluing the paper cones onto the cardstock circle
Place the first cone on one side of the hole so you do not have glue seeping through and you are able to access the hole for hanging when complete

The photo above shows the back of the cardstock circle

As you begin to glue your paper cones, you want to focus on how close they touch on the wide cone end that are away from the cardstock.  You want them to be cozy close to each other first and then follow to the end to see where to glue onto the base.  Do not let the outer circle go past the pencil line. When you are gluing on the cardstock, you might find that some paper ends are glued directly onto the cardstock but some ends might be glued onto each other.  What matters is how it looks when it is extended from the cardstock circle.  This project is very forgiving and all the raw edges and gluing space will not be visible when complete.

 After completing the outer circle, you will switch to the 4inch size squares to do the next inside row. The technique of rolling the cones does not change, just the size of the paper. You want to place the new cones in the seam created by the two outer edge cones.  I lined up the top point of the new cone with the bottom opening of the cones along the outer edge. Then follow the cone down to the end to determine where it needs to be glued.  You will find that some ends may be glued to the cardboard and some may be glued to other paper cone ends.

I like the describe that you might have to make the paper 'sit up' by creasing the bottom when you glue it down as the more paper cones you add the fuller it will be.

Once your second row is complete, you will then switch to the 3.5inch squares to complete the inside rows.

To complete the middle, I took a paper cone and ripped off the bottom since there was very limited space for gluing the end of the cone down.  Add a line of glue across the bottom and place in the middle as far down as possible.  You will more than likely be gluing this piece onto another piece of paper since getting down to the cardboard is very difficult due to the fullness of the paper.

Once complete, admire your work!  
Job well done on creating a DIY re-purposed masterpiece!

And I'm sure you will begin to brainstorm how and when you can make another creation. 

If you do decide you want to make a similar project, you might consider creating a colorful dehlia and add it to your spring decor.  I know I love having mine on display!


...apparently I have not posted on this blog since October 2014.  I am not even sure if one can even try to explain why they have been absent for so long.  With that being said, let me introduce myself as I begin the journey of blog posting...again! 

hello! My name is faye and I am so excited to launch my new blog. I am a child of God, wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend.  I have a passion for children, serving and creating.  I tend to go above and beyond to make everything a bit fancy to be remembered and cherished forever. My hope is to capture a bit of who I am and what I do to inspire, commemorate, and document this journey called life.
 So please join me on this adventure as I post about crafting, decor, clothing, food, family and everything that happens in between!


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{MWW} Oreo Pretzel Spiders & Almond Bark Pretzel Candy Corn Treats


Oreo Pretzel Spiders
& Almond Bark Pretzel Candy Corn Treats


Tomorrow is our little love's first Halloween party! I am definitely the type to create for the occasion and decided to make these adorable Oreo Pretzel Spiders and Almond Bark Pretzel Candy Corn treats for C to pass out to his classmates. They were super easy and look super cute!

Oreo Pretzel Spiders
What you will need:

-Double Stuffed Oreos
     (or Triple Stuffed if you can find them)
-Pretzel Sticks
-Almond Bark, white

How to assemble:
-Hold Oreo
-Gently slide pretzel rods one at a time between the cookie layers into the frosting
    repeat until you have four spider legs on each side of the Oreo
-Melt Almond Bark according to package directions  (I melted two pieces)
-Using a spoon, place a small amount of melted Almond Bark onto an M&M
      place the Almond Bark on the side that is printed with "M&M"
-Place M&Ms on the Oreo cookie to create the spider's eyes
-Allow for Almond Bark to set
-Place in packaging carefully 
-Pass out to friends...or keep for yourself  :)

Almond Bark Pretzel Candy Corn Treats
What you will need:
-Pretzel circles 
-Almond Bark, white
-Candy Corn
-Wax Paper

How to Assemble:
-Place a piece of Wax Paper on your counter
-Lay Pretzel circles out on the Wax Paper
-Melt Almond Bark according to package directions
-Using a spoon, place Almond Bark into the center of a Pretzel circle
-Gentle press one piece of Candy Corn into the liquid Almond Bark
-Let Almond Bark set
      Candy Corn should set into the Almond Bark and be secure
-Package to give away 
-Pass out to friends...or keep for yourself   :)

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks.
{Written by Faye 2014}

Monday, October 27, 2014

{Monday's Masterpiece} Halloween inspired headbands

Happy week of Halloween!

Here are a few of my headband masterpieces inspired by Halloween.
All flowers handcrafted and arranged by yours truly and adhered onto elastic.

"Like" Forever Fancy by Faye on Facebook and send me a message or email me at foreverfancybyfaye at gmail dot com if you are interested in purchasing a headband displayed or want to make a custom order.


Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks.
{Written by Faye 2014}

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

{MWW} Apple Nachos


Apple Nachos

We journeyed out to our favorite orchard, Gull Meadow Farms, this past weekend to pick some apples with our friends.  We came home with a bag of gems and now I am being very dilegent in making sure that we eat them!  

One of our new favorite ways to enjoy an apple is to create apple nachos. 

Slice up your favorite apple. 
Drizzle with caramel and chocolate sauce.
Add a few chocolate chips for good measure and enjoy!!  

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks.
{Written by Faye 2014}

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

{Tuesday's Treasures} first vendor booth

I have a passion to create and decorate.
I love using my God-given talents to bless someone with one of my creations.  

For the past year, my niece Adalynn has been the primary recipient of my work.  From the moment we received the news she was a girl, all I could think was ribbon, bows, lace and frills!  I ventured into creating bows and headbands and found a new passion for my creativity. 

Saturday I took a leap of faith and decided to participate as a vendor at a mom2mom sale.  In the past, the majority of my work has been gifted to family and friends as well as a few sales on  Presenting my work at the sale provided an opportunity to display my creations for sale and network to possible clients for the future.  I am so thankful that I listened to God's prompting to have a table at the sale.  I know that this is just the beginning of something great and I am thankful for the opportunity to use my talents and create.  

 Below are photos documenting my booth display.  Enjoy! 
If you see any items you are interested in, "like" Forever Fancy By Faye on Facebook and send me a private message or comment below.
In the near future, I will be showcasing some of my creations here on the blog so please check back soon!

Thank you for your continued support!

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks.
{Written by Faye 2014}


Monday, October 20, 2014

{Memory-sharing Monday}

Oh happy day! We are still in celebration mode over daddy's dance victory at "Dancing with the Docs" on Saturday evening.  If you missed watching the video you can click here to view Matt and his dance instructor Gerah perform the Salsa Fusion.  We love watching daddy shake his tail feather!  Little love is fascinated with the star trophies daddy received for the Judge's Award and the People's Choice Award and insisted they stay on his bedroom bookshelf while he slept Saturday night and Sunday.  He actually shed tears when daddy took them to his office this morning as he loves them so much.  We watched the dance video a few times today and little love said, "they are really good dancers!"

As the celebration continues, I would like to share with you some of the "Dancing with the Docs" event documented through photos. 

Until next time...
Enjoy the moment. Cherish the memories. Give thanks.
{Written by Faye 2014}
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