Thursday, December 29, 2011

Top 10 Tutorials of 2011, Girl!

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Heyyyyy Pretty Ladies!

So it's almost NYE, huh?  Part of me wants to say BFD, it's totally overrated.  The other part of me says, HELL YEAH, let's add strings of sequins to everything I own and go!  The latter will likely win, cause well, the idea of missing out on something absolutely KILLS me.  It's a sickness really.  What about you?  Are you a hardcore or softcore NYE-er?

I guess this is the part I should talk about my resolutions or something, right?  Eh.  I don't really do that.  I just believe in trying to be a better person everyday, knowing that I will have setbacks and hopefully forgiving myself in a timely manner.  No easy feat for this girl, that's for sure.  BUT, as we all know, I do what I want.  ;-)

Per ush, I'm off topic.  SHOCKER.  What I really wanted to talk about here today were my top 10 tutorials of 2011, GIRL!  :)  So let's just do it already!  OK?  Ok. Here we go, in no particular "love order", more like newest to oldest.

1.  My Holiday Sunburst Mirror.  You all know by now about my little obsession with sunburst mirrors, right?  You don't?!? Halloween, anyoneGinormous mirror, anyone?

2.  My Cupcake Pincushions.  I LOVE all things cupcakes!  I don't love to eat them so much--just to stare at their beauty.  And collect things disguised as them.  Like these guys! You can purchase them here, if you're so inclined.  ;-)

3.  My Halloween Mantel.  My first ever holiday-themed mantel and I was so proud of it!  :)

4.  This darling Couture travel wipes clutch that I made for my bestie's baby shower.  I just LOVE this!

5.  My infinity Scarf.  This also happens to be YOUR favorite tutorial post on B.Cheniful.

6.  The $5 Sunburst Mirror.  AKA, where my obsession began.  

7.  The Nautical Colorblock Necklace--on of my first blatant knockoffs ;-)

8.  My Seaside Wreath that I made custom for my girl Lila.  

9.  These sexy Up-Cycled Heels--where I took these not-so-sexy MAUVE pumps and turned them into something really special.  :)

10.  And lastly, my Ruffle Fabric Flowers.  This is the one craft that I use All. The. Time. I just love the way it can accent hairbands, wreaths, broaches, and even pincushions.  It's really the craft that keeps on giving :-)  Have you tried it yet???

Well there you have it gals, my Top 10 Tutorials of 2011.  I've had an awesome time this year showing you all my crazy shit creations and my seemingly never-ending ramblings. THANK YOU for reading.  If I don't see you again before 2012, have a fan-effing-tastic NYE!  

Big (Dude, it's 2012 already?) Smile,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

How to: Mod Podge an Initial Letter

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Hi Friends!  :)

I hope you are all having very merry holidays this week and last.  :)  I am!  We had a great time on vacation in Cozumel from the 16th to the 23rd and then spent time with the fam(s) on the 24th and 25th.  I was lucky enough to have Monday off as well and spent the day laying around with Bacon and Cheesy.  We missed those babies SO HARD!  No really. Like talked about them ALL THE TIME--on the beach, at dinner, at breakfast, during nap time--and even would pull up photos because we have no life missed them so much.  Chenyways, we had a blast but we're happy to be home. The End.

Ok, back to B.Cheniful.  So last night J Chen was stalking me asked me where a new post on the blog was.  I mean, damn boy, we just got home!  Was he not aware of the entire paragraph of life I just wrote above?  Yo, I've been BUSY!  But....he was right, it was time to get my butt in gear and do something!

Ingredient List.
I feel like this may be coming a little late in the season--when I did this project it was for the holidays--but it can be applied to pretty much anything.  I mean, this initial I'll be showing you turned into an ornament, but could just as easily be used as decor, or even on a wreath.

Alright, enough rambling, let's just get started!

This tutorial has A LOT of photos.  I think that's ok, yes?  We'll just call it a "picture tutorial".  There, done.

Ingredient list
Initial Letter of your choice--mine was a cardboard type, but it could be wood or foam, etc.
Mod Podge
Foam Brush
Paper to cover--I used wrapping paper, scrapbook paper is great too!
Scissors/Exacto Knife
Ribbon or Twine--Optional

Step One:  Start with your paper about twice the size as your initial.
 Step Two:  Turn your initial over so it's backwards.  Apply Mod Podge to side and top as shown, and bottom (not shown):
Step Three:  Place initial on paper giving you enough space to wrap the paper on the side and over the top, as shown:
Step Four:  Firmly press paper to Mod Podge sides and smooth out any bubbles, as shown:
Step Five:  This is where is starts to get tricky......and messy.......and well, crafty. ;-) Cut into the corner of the paper, as shown:
Step Six:  Now, cut out a little piece of paper and fold in half to make a corner, as shown:
Step Seven:  Mod Podge corner and apply paper, as shown:
Step Eight:  Mod Podge the inside of the bottom initial and fold up the side of the paper.  Flip Over the initial and Mod Podge the top, as shown:
Step Nine:   Press paper firmly to the top, smoothing out any bubbles.  Flip initial back over and begin folding up the paper to cover sides, as shown:
Step Ten:  At this point there's nothing left to do but wing it!  I had to add little pieces of the paper to fill gaps--but that's why you do it on the back side!  No one will ever know ;-)  A tip:  If you're having trouble with the ends, just wrap them like a present :)
Step Eleven:  Once your initial is totally covered in paper, go ahead and place a layer of Mod Podge all over it, as shown:
Step Twelve:  Now let that baby set until it's dry to the touch--then go ahead and add another layer if you want.  Up to you girl!

Step Thirteen:  Place your ribbon or twine (if you're using as an ornament or wreath-whatnot) around the initial to hang and.....ROCK IT GIRL!  MMMMM HMMMMM.  
Keep going......Keep rockin!
That's it!  Ok, so it's not the easiest project in the world--not by a LONG SHOT--but it's a project that allows you to eff up and keep moving on.  And those my friends, are my favorite :)

Big (Dang Picture Tutorial!) Smile,

PS--in case you were wondering why I did an "F" as opposed to a "C" (you totally were, weren't you?!?!) it's because I did this for work. The "F" is a tribute to the founder of our company who passed on Black Friday, at 91. Kinda fitting since we're a retailer. He will be missed.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Feliz Navidad!

Oh hey pretties! I really wanted to get another blog post in before we left for Cozumel to celebrate our 4 year wedding anniversary, HOWEVER, seems how we leave tomorrow, that's not happening. But then again, you never know....I might be able to whip something up at the airport!

If I can't get to it though I just wanted to say have a very merry Christmas :-)

And thanks for reading! And commenting! And being awesome!

So, that being said.....Be Merry! Be Bright!

Big ( A very merry CHENmas) Smile,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How to: Make a Fabric Scrap Holiday Tree

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Hi Dolls!

I hope you're all having a fan-tabulous Thursday!  :)  So I thought I'd show you a little something I made last week, which btdub, I was sure J Chen would hate but made anyway.  Cause I'm sweet like that!  ;-)

Now, I would agree that this isn't my "usual style".  It's a little more shabby chic/country than my typical contemporary creations.  BUT, I do what I want.  So there you go.

Oh, did I mention this is the easiest creation ever? :-)  

So I bought these floral tower thingies back in October for my craft shows (to hang my hairbands on).  Well, as the season progressed, I found better ways to display them and no longer had a need for these dudes but I couldn't just have them sitting around....J Chen gets a little fussy about that.... ;-)

Chenyways, less talk.  More tutorial Action.

So, ingredient list then?  
Weird Iron Floral Towers--I got mine at Hobbit Lobbit over by all the millions of artificial flowers.
Christmas Lights
Scrap Fabric, cut or ripped to approx. 7"x2" inch strips

Step One:  Wrap your lights around the tower.
Step Two:  Tie your scraps on the tower.

Step Three:  Plug that sucker in and ROCK IT GIRL!
We keep one the kitchen counter....
and one on the cool desk that we use
purely for decor :)

Oh, and guess what?  J Chen actually liked them!  Well, when they're lit anyway.  :)

 Big (wasn't that soooo easy?!?) Smile,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Onesie Sale on Etsy!

Oh hey pretty!  Just in case you happen by my blog, I wanted to tell you about this kickass (no really!) promo I'm having on my Onesies.  50% off ALL onesies.  Yep, that's right.  Fiddy.  You're welcome ;-)

Here's the's only until 10pm Eastern time TONIGHT.  Like, 8 hours left only.  So, what should you do? 

Add Onesies to Cart
Use Coupon Code:  OHBABY50
Get 50% Off.
Thank Me.
Jump of joy when they arrive.  :-)

Now go, go!

Here's a sneaky-peak!

Big (50% OFF!) Smile,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Very Merry Holiday Sunburst Mirror

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Hey girl Hey!!!

Well look at me!  Posting 2 days in a row?!?  Nuh Ugh!

It's true.  I mean, I guess when your last craft show was less than stellar it leaves you with lots of time and inventory on hand.

On my way home last night I stopped by the Dollar Tree to pick up more Sundae Cups for Pincushions.  As Dollar Tree visits always go, I ended up walking out of there with only 2 sundae cups (all they had left...WTF?)  and 25 other items.... ;-)

We're hosting Thanksgiving again this year and I really wanted the house to be quasi-decorated for Christmas already.  I spotted some super cool ornament picks that I knew instantly would make an awesome Holiday Sunburst Mirror.  I mean, shocker, right, that I would make a holiday themed sunburst mirror?  Halloween, anyone?    Not to mention just my love of them.  Ginormous mirror, anyone?

Sunbusrt mirrors make a HUGE impact for minimal dolla-dolla-bills-ya'll.

Make one with me!  Here's your ingredient list:
Glitter Picks from the Dollar Tree
5 inch mirror--found at Hobbit Lobbit
2 Packs of Large Ornament Picks--Dollar Tree
3 Pack of Medium Ornament Picks--Dollar Tree
1 Pack of Small Ornament Picks--Dollar Tree
Hot Glue (LOTS OF IT) and Glue Gun
Wire for Hanging.

I really don't believe that there is a right or wrong way to do this.  What I do is start spacing out the largest picks evenly around the mirror.

Then I just fill in as I go with different sized picks.
I indented the smallest picks.
Do that until you're satisfied.  It's your Holiday Sunburst Mirror Girl, Rock it how you want it!
A clear sign you're doing an awesome job?
When it looks this good from the back!  :)

I added a little piece of wire to hang with to the back.  Then....Well, I rocked it girl!!!
Hung above my mantle.
AND, on my way home, I'm stoping for more to make 2 more little ones to go with it! I'll update that later!
Whoop!  There she is!  :)
My stepmom said something about the mantle looking
like it has a smiley I can't stop seeing it!

Rock your holidays!

Big (Sunbursting) Smile,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Ice Cream Sundae Pincushions!

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Oh Hey Pretty Gals!

So, you know how I was all worried that I was a total one-trick pony not very long ago, regarding wreaths? Well, look at me now, getting my pincushions on!  Last week I showed you how to make some awesome Cupcake Pincushions that will totally rock your friends/relatives world, and this week I'm going to show you a new twist on more yummy pincushions.

So what happened was I ran out of ramekins and I couldn't find any at the dollar store.  Cause listen, you gotsta keep your costs down, yo!  But what they did have were glass sundae dishes and regular white ice cream dishes.  Well, since I'm super in love with things that look like food, I was all over this idea!

For the ice cream dishes, I made these the same exact way I did the Cupcakes.  The only difference was that I added whipped cream and a cherry.  For the whipped cream, I used fuzzy baby yarn and wrapped it around my 3 fingers about ten times, making a mound.  Then I just glued that on the top of the ice cream and added a little red pom for a cherry.
aren't they super adorable!!!
For the ones that I like to call "Soda Shoppe Sundae", I made these a little differently. Because the glass is clear, you have to be careful about what you're using to fill it.  I used a pink fuzzy baby yarn to fill the bottom; I used the same yarn to wrap a styro ball for the ice cream.  Then I used the same whipped cream method as described above and added a cherry.  I put the pins in the whipped cream for sprinkles.  Totally adorable.  Totally nostalgic.  :)
mmmm, scrumptious!  
So, what do you think?  Clearly I think they're fab ;-)

Big (Saturday, Monday, we all scream for SUNDAE!) Smile,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Photo Card

Even with all the craziness of craftshow season I still managed to order my holiday cards!  :)

PS, this was not sponsored.  I'm not that cool.  ;-)

Polka Dot Wishes Holiday
Click here to browse Shutterfly's holiday card collection.
View the entire collection of cards.

Big (Happy Holidays!) Smile,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

How To: Make a Cupcake Pincushion!

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Ok, whoa.  Am I ever feeling guilty!  Like, seriously.  I feel like such a jerk for neglecting my blog.  :-(  Eh.

BUT, I'm totally gonna make it up to you with this kickass/easyass tutorial of greatness!  No, but for real, people are going to think you're so effing clever.  Mmmm Hmmmm.  Wanna play?

OK THEN!  Did I mention this was NO-SEW!?!??!  Cause it is.

Ingredient list for a cupcake pincushion:

  • ramekin bowl (cause who the hell knows what else to use them for anyway???)  
  • solid fabric
  • sheet of felt
  • quilt stuffing
  • rubberband
  • hot glue
  • pretty pins
Ok, cause I'm super stretched for time, I'm gonna reference this tutorial for the basics--like, the stuffing the fabric part.  They do a great job!  :)

So, now that you have the stuffing thing out of the way, all you have to do is hot glue the sucker into the ramekin.  Do a good job with this--no glue sticking out the top! Cupcakes are pretty, ok?  OK.  

NEXT, cut a felt circle and then freehand a "frosting" cloud thingy.  Basically a circle with scalloped edges.

Hot Glue that on the top of the fabric--not too much glue, this is a pin cushion after all and people will want to be able to push the pins in!  

Lastly, add your pretty pins to the top to look like sprinkles.  VOILA!  And you're welcome.  Now, tell me who wouldn't want this cutie for a gift?  You need to get some new friends if they don't just LOVE this!  

I love creating awesome things that I know people will adore ;-)
And that's that!  I'd stay for more but I have to make more cupcake pincushions for this weekend.

This is how I display them at shows, on a dessert tier:
see the teacups, too?  They don't sell nearly as well as the cupcakes.
I can't blame the people.  

Big (CUPCAKES!) Smile,

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon! Handmade Bacon Costume!

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They love their Daddy!
If you've been reading this blog even a little, you likely know about our puppies, Bacon and Cheesecake.  You know, these guys on the right.

So, this year I had planned on J and I being American Gladiators  for Halloween as a group costume with our friends, George and Blaise.  See, cause last year we went with a group costume of Dazed and Confused and it was AWESOME.  J Chen looked just like Slater!

George as Wooderson, Blaise and I as "Senior Girls"
and J as Slater.  Check ya later! 

However, this year, J decided that he didn't want a group costume, and that since we were throwing a Halloween Party, that we could be the literal versions of Bacon and Cheesecake!  Oh Geez.....Here we go!  Cause we all know what that really means....This girl right here would have to make them....

Here's how I made the Bacon costume:

Isn't he just the world's cutest Asian!  

First, start with your ingredient list that J Chen is so sweetly and totally willingly posing for.

  • 3 Yards of Maroon Felt--about 1 1/2 yards too many, but I messed up right away so I was glad I couldn't do the math.
  • 2 spools of ric-a-rac ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Sewing Machine
  • Dinner Plate
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • 6 corona lights.

Place the felt over the body.  Just kidding, I totally did this to mess with him!  This step was NOT needed.  Love you Chener!
Really what you need to do first is to fold your felt length wise--cut the width to your specifications....So, this is like a 1 yard and a 1/2.
Sweet baby Bacon helping out!
Next, cut out a neck hole.  This wreath frame was WAY TO BIG, and well, is how I effed it up in the first place.  I would recommend using a dinner plate to measure the hole.

I guess I thought he was as big as shrek or something...
Your next step is to get to fittin!  I slipped the felt over J and then pinned away, making sleeves and such.
J says "this shit is going to be all over the internet, isn't it?!?"  Um, Duh.
Next I freehanded a bacon "sizzle" and then cut it out.  Then fold down the center and make an identical cut.
Fry like Bacon you Freshman Piggies!
Seriously, if you don't know Dazed and Confused, your life is missing something ah-mazing.
 Now pin along the sizzle and sew it up! When I turned mine right-side out I noticed the shape wasn't great....So I just ironed it and it held perfect!

Finally, add your rid-a-rac ribbon any which way you please!  I put mine on the arms and just down the front, leaving the back plan.  Deal.  :)
Now I just need to get J back in it for a follow up photo.  Stay tuned my darlings...  :)
The Chen Family!  J as Bacon, Me as a slice of Cheesecake,
Bacon as an Egg and Cheesecake as a hotdog :)

Bacon and Cheesecake in front of the Halloween Mantel :)

Big (BACON!) Smile,