Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Bella Blvd Fabric Style- Puppet Theater


I made this for my kids for Christmas. They have a ton of puppets they've collected, mostly from Ikea, and I've always wanted them to have a big wooden puppet theater, but there just isn't room, so I made them a doorway puppet theater that when taken down can be rolled up and easily stored. The theater is held in the doorway with a tension rod. I used a 5/8" rod, but you can use whatever you can find at the store. I made this theater 32" wide because that's the width of the doors at our house. The opening for the puppets is about 20"x18."  


I inserted dowel rods at the bottom, and above and below the opening before sewing up the sides. This creates a lot of stability and structure. The curtains are on their own rod and can be un-tied and closed.


The banner was done by cutting out and sewing on yellow felt triangles. I added a ribbon trim along the top.

The kids absolutely love it.


See more fabric projects this week on the Bella Blvd Blog HERE

Bella Blvd Puppy Park Fabrics for Riley Blake Fabrics, Red fabric, Tension Rod (I used 5/8"), Dowel Rods (I used 3/8 ") x4, Yellow Felt, 1/4" turquoise ribbon


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Doodlebug Holiday Traditions Layout- "Apples"

Our family has a lot of holiday traditions, we always to fondue on Christmas Eve, we go to a certain park with lights every year, we go to Temple Square to see the choir and the magnificent lights and scenes, and we always, always, always make our now "famous" caramel apples!

We've been making these since 2006, and we usually do them with my side of the family and the kids and cousins (and eat them all ourselves) and then later on, my husband and I have made it a tradition to make these for the neighbors- the cinnamon-sugar version.

The ones in the photos are mostly ones made by the kiddos, but the white chocolate cinnamon-sugar ones have become a perfected art, are very time consuming, and we only settle for perfect (or close to perfect) looking ones for our neighbors and friends.  It's so much fun!

What are some of your holiday traditions?


Doodlebug "Neighbor Gift Ideas"- Caramel Apples

Our traditional neighbor gifts are Caramel Apples.  We've been making these babies since 2006, and they're a labor of love, let me tell you. :)

We buy the biggest granny smith apples we can find, and the best caramel and white chocolate coating, and we've perfected the technique. Most of the time we add cinnamon-sugar to the outside, but we've also done toffee, candies, or chocolate drizzles.  Yummy!!!

(The cinnamon-sugar is my favorite- just like Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory)

I made this super simple card using Doodlebug's "Simply Put" cards, added it to a white piece of cardstock and then a green cardstock base, and then added a sticker with dimensional adhesive, and a "Mini Bow" that are Doodlebug's cute little embellishment kits that coordinate with the "Home for the Holidays" collection.

The apple was simply dressed with another bow, some twine, and a sticker!

Don't you wish you were my neighbor? :)


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