Let’s Get Prepped for the 2017 Food and Wine Festival

The 2017 Food and Wine Festival begins today at California Adventure, and I am so excited! I had a blast at last year’s festival, and from the looks of things, this year is going to be even better. I decided to do a couple of different things this year to make sure I am ready to fully embrace the festival. One was creating a pair of wine-themed ears and the second was creating a printable checklist of the tastiest sounding food and drink item offerings. Both of which I am going to share with you!

First, the ears. I found this fabric months ago at JoAnn and have been holding onto it, just waiting for the festival. I used the same method on these ears as I did in this tutorial here. I used a rhinestone trim for some extra sparkle and I am so loving how these guys came out!

The second thing I decided to make was a food and drink checklist. Last year I enjoyed hopping around to the different booths and trying random items, but I think I missed out on a lot of goodies because I didn’t have a clear plan of attack. So this year I created a list with both food and drinks to try and what booths I can find them at. This is a fraction of what is available at the festival, I just picked the yummies that sounded most appealing to me personally. There is a good chance I will try some additional items, but these are the ones I want to make sure I don’t miss. This is the list I came up with:

2017 food and wine festival checklist

If you would like to download the checklist and print one for yourself, click this link! I am going to be checking out the festival on Sunday, so make sure you are tuned in to my Instagram to see what delicious offerings I sample this weekend. And make sure you come back soon to get the full rundown from this yea’rs festival. Are you planning on attending the Food and Wine Festival? What do you most want to try?

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DIY: Flannel Minnie Ears

Well, my ear-making friends, it has been almost one whole year since I made my first fabric covered pair of Minnie ears. Despite the fact that fabric ears are a complete pain in the ass to put together, I cannot seem to stop making them, for the very simple reason that I have a problem. My name is Falon, and I am addicted to crafting Minnie ears. And with all the millions of fabrics out there in the world, there are just too. many. options. And I can’t stop! The good news is that through my addiction, I have been able to nail down my fabric covered ears making process, and while it is still a pain in the ass, it is much more manageable now that I know what I’m doing. So I figured it was time to share an in depth tutorial with you. This is going to be a long one, but I wanted to really lay out my process step by step. Buckle in folks and get ready for some serious crafting.

First, let’s gather our supplies: fabric of your choice, a headband, foam cut out in the ear shape (I use this template found here), a hot glue gun, E6000 glue, cardboard circles, good scissors, fabric glue, and yarn (yarn is specific to these particular ears, but whatever fabric you use, you will want some kind of trim).

Lay out your fabric wrong side up. Place a thin line of fabric glue along the middle of the ear shape.

Glue the ear to your fabric and let it dry. Then it is helpful to trim down your fabric around the ear. I have found that cutting the corners at a diagonal makes the rest of the gluing process easier.

Now we are going to begin covering the ear template with the fabric. Start with the middle section. Cut in toward the center of the ear template and glue the strip of fabric to the foam using the fabric glue.

Repeat on the other side.

Then comes the tedious part. In order to glue the fabric around the round part of the ears, you need to cut the fabric into thin strips.

Then use the fabric glue to attach each individual strip to the foam. This takes a while when you are first working with fabric ears, but now I get through this stage pretty quickly. A little practice, and you will become a pro.

This is what the back of the ear should look like when you are finished gluing.

Repeat this process until you have two foam ear templates completely covered with your fabric.

Then use the E6000 glue to attach one cardboard circle to each ear part. This does a couple of things. One, it gives the ears more weight so they are sturdier. Two, it helps really seal in all the fabric strips and make sure they stay put. Then (this is important) LET THE EARS DRY OVERNIGHT. Trust me, the remaining steps will be much simpler if your ears are completely dry.

Now comes my least favorite part of the process, attaching the ears to the headband. If you are not good with a hot glue gun, you might want to wear some gloves because I am a glue gun pro and I still manage to burn myself pretty much every time I make a pair of ears. I also recommend completing these next steps while you have some trashy TV on in the background because there is quite a bit of gluing, and then holding until the glue hardens. It’s good to have a distraction during the drying time! Okay, so first you are going to glue the middle section of the ear to the underside of the headband. It’s helpful to mark the ear placement on your headband first (I use a pair of park ears to measure).

Once the ear is secured to the under part of the headband, lay one side of the ear template on a flat surface. Cover that side of the ear with hot glue, then bring the other side down to the glue and attach.

This is what the ears will look like after being attached to the bottom of the headband, and then glued together.

Now comes the God awful part. In order to complete the ears, you need to close up the gaps around the edges. The easiest way to do this is in small sections. I squirt a short line of hot glue into the edge of the ear and then pinch the ear together until the glue dries. Then I move to the next section of the ear and repeat the process. I probably do this four or five times with each ear. The main goal is to not see any of the cardboard by the time you are done.

Once the ears have been pinched together and the glue has dried, it is time to attach the trim. Trim is necessary mainly to hide the yuckiness of all the glue, but it also adds a little something extra. For these ears, I braided some yarn to make my own trim, but I typically use rhinestones on a roll that can be found at Michaels or JoAnn. I used fabric glue to attach the trim to the ears.

Now it is time to make the bow! I have done several different version of bows for ears, but I really like how this one came out, and it was easy. First, cut out a small rectangle of your fabric. Glue the edges (as if you were sewing a seam) so there is no fraying.

Take a garbage bag twist tie or piece of string and cinch in the center of the rectangle to create the bow shape.

Use a smaller strip of the same fabric to cover the tie. I hot glued this piece on and it dried super fast.

The final step is to attach your bow to your ears. Hot glue works best for this step too

I am so in love with how these ears came out! These were such a labor of love, but these are probably the best a pair of fabric ears have come out for me. As much as I loved making ears before, I think I am going to have even more of a problem now!

Please let me know if you have any questions about the tutorial, I am happy to (attempt to) help you with your own ears any way I can!

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DIY: Pretty Halloween Crafts

Halloween is just two weeks away (how did that happen?!?!?) and the season is in full swing. Now, while I am all about fall and Halloween, I am so not into the gore and monsters and yucky stuff that sometimes come along with the holiday. I am much more into the pretty and cute side of Halloween (you can’t separate me from my pink!). So today I have two cute Halloween themed crafts to share with you for those of you who also may want to skip out on the blood and guts. Here’s what we’re making!

I obviously had to make some Halloween themed Minnie ears, and when I saw this fabric at Joann I pretty much squealed out loud with joy. It’s so cute! But also Halloween! I knew it was the perfect fabric to make my Halloween ears (despite the fact that I had previously purchased not one, but two other Halloween themed fabrics to make ears with…don’t judge me). I made these ears following the same tutorial that can be found here. I LOVE how these came out! It was kind of tricky to match up the fabric with the images that I wanted, and I burned the crap out of my fingers working on this bow, but it was so worth it!

Next I wanted to make a tote bag for carting around all of my Halloween goodies. This pink tote bag came in a pack that included an orange and a mint green bag as well. Originally I was going to do some sort of bat or something else Halloween-ish on the orange bag, but then I figured why not make something that is a little more versatile? Let’s be real, I am maybe going to use an orange bag with a bat on it once or twice, but a pink bag with a heart can be used anytime!

Making this bag was super simple. All I did was cut out a black heart from glitter heat transfer vinyl and use my iron to adhere it to the bag. Since I wanted to add at least a little Halloween to the bag, I attached these three Disney villain inspired buttons from Cheery Human Studios. I love that they add a bit of evil for the next two weeks, but that they are easily removable when Halloween is over.

I love how both of these projects came out! Pink, black, and orange is a great color combo and I love how the colors pop and are super vibrant.

Are you more into cute Halloween or scary Halloween? What do you think, should pink become an official Halloween color?

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DIY: Rhinestone Minnie Ears

Hello friends! It has been a while since I shared a DIY pair of Minnie ears with you, and the tutorial I have today has produced what is now (really, truly) my favorite pair of ears. I have made two different sets of ears using this tutorial and the second ones came out a lot better than the first. So along with basic instructions for these DIY Rhinestone Minnie Ears, I’m going to let you know what I did differently with the second pair.

So the idea for these ears came about when I was trolling through Michaels one day, as I am wont to do. I spotted this entire sticker sheet of blingy rhinestone awesomeness and knew I needed to do something with it. And why not make that something a pair of super sparkly rainbow ears? In addition to the rainbow rhinestone sheet, I also grabbed some rainbow ribbon and a pink rhinestone border to act as the trim. Plus you will need your standard ear making supplies: foam cut out in the ear shape, small cardboard circles, a hot glue gun, and scissors (really good scissors).

Okay, so this is the back of the rhinestone sticker. It has a backing on it, covering the sticky part, and the rhinestones also have a covering on them to protect them. It’s thick and hard to work with so be patient. First, trace the ear shape onto the back of the sticker sheet.

Then carefully (and patiently) cut out the shape. Not going to lie, after the first few cuts, I thought that this project might be doomed, but I went slowly and used good scissors and it all worked out okay. The hardest part is keeping the top layer of covering over the rhinestones in place, which you want to do for as long as possible so they don’t get damaged along the way.

I don’t have visuals for the next couple of steps (bad blogger!), but I do have some tips. Once you have the rhinestone sticker cut out in your ear shape, you want to attach the foam to the rhinestone sticker. This is much easier if you cut your foam about a half an inch smaller (all around) than the rhinestones. Then just peel back the protective layer on the back of the rhinestones (since they are a sticker) and attach the foam. Then you will want to glue some small cardboard circles to the foam. The cardboard circles should be about a half an inch smaller than the foam. You can reference this post for instructions on the cardboard circles. The size issue is important. For the rainbow pair of ears, all my circles were the same size and it did not work well when putting the ears on the headband. For my second pair I made the foam and cardboard smaller and it worked much better.

The next step is to attach the ears to the headband. Hot glue works best for this part. I like to mark placement with a pencil on the headband so I have a guide before I glue. The easiest way to glue is to start with the middle (that part that ends up on the underside of the headband), make sure it has dried, and then glue the two circle sides together. I then like to go around the edges of the ears and add a thin line of hot glue that seals the ears together. I do this in small sections: glue around the edge, then hold the edges together until they are sealed.

Once your ears are all together and dried, you can make your bow. For this one, I made a loop of ribbon, cinched it in the middle and then fanned out the loops. You can make whatever style of bow you like best for your ears.

Then attach the trim around the outside of the ears. This not only ties everything together visually, it can help hide any flaws or imperfections on the ears themselves. Finally, attach the bow to the center of the headband using the hot glue.

While I definitely like the way the rainbow ears turned out, I am a much bigger fan of the silver pair that I made second. Having the inside foam and cardboard smaller made the ears much easier to maneuver and match up so the edge is smoother and rounder. On my second pair, I also used a thinner trim, which helped make everything more streamlined. I have to say, I really love how the silver ones came out, and now that I have a better idea of how to make these work, I am tempted to make them in every color. I really wish I would have thought of this for my 60th ears, but there are still plenty of colors of rhinestones out there to make many more pairs of these babies!

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DIY: Tiki Themed Minnie Ears

You guys, I think I have a problem. My name is Falon, and I am a DIY Minnie ear addict. I now have a whole box in my office dedicated to ear making supplies. When I made my first pair of fabric covered ears, I was happy with them, but they took so long that I didn’t think I would be making many more pairs. But now that I have the hang of it, I can churn them out pretty quickly. The only problem is, when you start making fabric ears, you realize just how many fabric options are out there, and you. cannot. stop. Serious problem. So keep an eye on my Instagram (link on the right) because I will have to start giving away some pairs soon or my husband is going to kill me.


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DIY: Star Wars Ears

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I know I am getting a bit redundant with this comment, but these might be my new favorite ears! Of course since I drank the Star Wars Kool Aid, I had to make a pair of ears to go along with my new found love. And I decided to try something I will not be doing often: fabric covered ears. Seriously y’all, these were time consuming and not easy to make. But hopefully my trials will save you some time should you decide to make a pair of these bad boys for yourself!

Not all of my supplies are pictured for the simple reason that I had to make some of this up as I went. But here’s what I used: Star Wars fabric, sparkly black tulle, a black headband, fabric scissors, craft foam, ear template, black rhinestone trim, super glue, hot glue, spare cardboard (I used a cereal box), and fabric glue. At the bottom of this post you will find links to the products that I used!

First, cut out two ear template shapes from your craft foam.

Turn your fabric upside down and place the foam where you want. I wanted Rey and BB-8 on my ears so I matched up the fabric accordingly.  Put a dab of glue on the middle portion of the ears (where you will fold it around the headband) to secure it in place.

Now comes the hard (and time consuming part). Wrap the fabric around the ear and use the fabric glue to glue it in place.  Because the ear template is an odd shape, the easiest way to do this is to cut the fabric in small strips as you go and glue each one individually. I tried gluing larger pieces and they did not mold to the round shape well. It is going to be a complete pain in the butt to do this, but it looks so much better.

This is what the back of the ear will look like when you are finished gluing.

Use the super glue to attach one cardboard circle to each side of the ear.

I used a combination of the super glue and hot glue to attach the ears to the headband.  It was not easy to get these babies to stay in place, so be patient and use lots of glue on the inside! There are definitely some parts around the edges that are not super smooth, but that’s okay because the next step is to add the trim.

I used the hot glue to add a rhinestone trim around the border. Originally I was going to use ribbon, but the rhinestones were sturdier and held the fabric in place better.

Tuck the ends of the trim inside the ear and secure with more hot glue.

Then use the hot glue to attach your bow (this is the easiest part!). I made the same bow as from my Christmas ears, it is super easy and fast to make.

I LOVE how these came out, though it is going to be a long time before I try to cover another pair of ears with fabric! The good news is I have lots of fabric left over and will have to come up with something else cool to make with it!

Here are some products similar to those I used to make this project:

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