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Embellish your gift with a flower

>> Monday, February 28, 2011

We attended a little girl's birthday party this Saturday. I wanted to dress up the gift a little. A small paper flower undoubtedly makes a lovely gift topper! Here is what what the finished product looks like.

Here is how you make the flower. All you need is some scrapbook paper and a button or a gem sticker to embellish the middle of the flower.

I have tried to explain the process of making the flower as best as I could. I think the pictures would help more.
  1. Cut two 2" strips of the scrap paper and one strip of width 1.5" . You will also need 3 card stock circles. The size of the circles will depend on how large you want your flower to be. The circles have to be of 3 different sizes, each one a little smaller than the one earlier.
  2. Fold the paper strip four times and make cuts along the edge of the strip. Open the cut strip.
  3. Now use a pencil to curl the cut edges.
  4. Glue the paper strip to the biggest circle. You have to create a pleat after every 3 to 4 cuts. This gives the flower some dimension. Repeat the same process for the 2 smaller circles. I used a hot glue gun for this process.
  5. Now stick all the 3 circles one above the other.
  6. I embellished the flower using a button I bought at Jo-Ann's.Add some leaves and you are done!
 Here are some picture I took along the way.

It took me half an hour to make this flower. Here is how it looks on the gift.

Hope you like it!

I am having a giveaway on my blog. $40 to select any drawstring back pack with an adorable applique and pretty spring hair accessories for your darling! She has some amazing stuff, so check it out! http://houseonashwelllane.blogspot.com/2011/03/40-store-credit-free-shipping-from-o-to.html


Winner of whimsical fairy silhouette t-shirt by ElizabethHorton

>> Friday, February 25, 2011

The winner is Shannon. Winner was selected using Random number generator.

Winning comment:
I tweeted about it here: http://twitter.com/#!/milkandcuddles/status/40850552925589504

Milkandcuddles (at) gmail (dotcom)


Trisha's art gallery wall

>> Wednesday, February 23, 2011

The last week has been rainy and gloomy. A perfect time to  sit in the house and do some  crafts with my little darling.

We had a tone of  fun making hand prints and finger painting! I made the monogrammed art print using some scrap paper I had lying in my craft box. Add to it a one eyed cheetah and a baby picture and we were all done!

I used Riba frames from ikea. An easy and inexpensive art gallery for Trisha's room.

Here is a closeup of the monogram art. I used scrapbook paper from the American girl scrapbook paper collection.

If you want more ideas on how to make easy and inexpensive art for your kids room,  please visit again.

I am currently having a great giveaway from Paige Holliday Designs! $35 + free shipping to select anyone of the Trendy backpacks for boys and girls!Be sure to check it out!


Fancy Headbands and hair clips giveaway from LiaGeneFab11 etsy store

>> Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Announcing another giveaway! yippee! This one is from an etsy store LiaGeneFab11.

She is offering $15 store credit.  A chance to select $15 worth goodies from her store. The hardest part would be to select what to choose! She has a ton of adorable headbands and hair clips for your darling daughter! These would make great gifts too! All her items are very reasonably priced so you will be able to win a lot of goodies.

To win the giveaway follow these simple rules.
1. Visit the etsy store and leave me a comment saying what you would like to receive if you win this giveaway. Here is the link to her store.  http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiaGeneFab11

Additional chances to win the giveaway. (optional)
2. Follow House on Ashwell lane using GFC, facebook or twitter. if you become a follower leave me an additional comment saying you have done so. I love new bloggy friends. This will be your second entry.
3. Tweet about this giveaway. Leave me an additional comment saying you have tweeted. This is your third entry.

The giveaway end on  03/01/2011.

Best of luck!


whimsical fairy silhouette t-shirt giveaway from ElizabethHorton

>> Saturday, February 19, 2011

I am super excited to announce a giveaway from ElizabethHorton. I heart this store! Here is the link to the etsy store. http://www.etsy.com/shop/elizabethhorton

The winner of the giveaway will receive a whimsical fairy nostalgic long sleeved t-shirt in an aqua/white as shown below. The t-shirt is available in all sizes starting  from 18M to 8years ( all sizes inbetween 18M and 8 years are available). The winner also gets a 20% off which can be used until April 1st. The giveaway ends on the 24th of February. It also make a great gift!
Here is the t-shirt you will receive

Rules to Enter the giveaway.
1. visit Nostalgic graphic tees by Elizabeth Horton facebook page and leave her a comment saying "HOAL sent me". Here is a link to the facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=145423302141064  
Leave me a comment saying you would like to win. 

For additional chances to win (optional)
2. Become a follower or like House on Ashwell lane on facebook and leave a second comment saying you have become a follower. I love new bloggy friends!
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave me an additional comment saying you have done so.

Here are some of the adorable t-shirts available in her store. The prints are one of a kind.
The shirts are 100% combed ringspun cotton crew neck tee with boutique quality finishing. The silhouette graphic is silk screened using a double pass of ink for durability. Prices range from $10 to $25.

These tees are perfect to wear with a tulle or pair it with jeans and shorts for everyday dressing. How
perfect would these be for a themed birthday party! There are princesses and fairies, Mermaids and ballerina.

The wagon design is my favourite. Actually I am in love with all of the prints!

There are sleep sacks/gown and layette for babies.

Go ahead and leave me a comment and don't forget to visit the sponsor.

I am also having another giveaway on my blog.A chance to win $15 store credit from LiaGeneFab11. She has gorgeous headband and hair clips for your little one.

Best of luck,


silhouette door plaque for a kids room

>> Thursday, February 17, 2011

Here is a door plaque that was inspired by a picture I saw in a Pottery Barn kids catalog.

Here are the supplies needed to make this plaque.  You will need a 8 *10 frame. A picture of the kids side profile, card stock paper and ribbon of your choice.

  • Cut the silhouette in the picture using a pair of sharp scissors or an exacto knife.
  • Trace the silhouette on the brown card stock and cut it.
  • I traced the letters using a sharp pen and filled in with black pencil.
  • I then embellished the picture with the ribbon I already owned. frame it and your done!  

 I am having a giveaway on my blog. $40 to select any drawstring back pack with an adorable applique and pretty spring hair accessories for your darling! She has some amazing stuff, so check it out!



Fabric love

>> Monday, February 14, 2011

Love at first sight. Love all the fabrics by quadrille! I came across the website by mere chance. The fabrics have been featured in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Country Living, HGTV, Veranda, Soho House and many more.

They have 4 collections
Alan Campbell
China Seas
Home Couture

The website is Quadrille.com. The sad news is they sell to interior designers only and to the public in 3 of their exclusive showrooms in New york, Los Angeles and Dania Beach. Everywhere else you have to contact your local interior designer, upholsterer, or retail store.

Here are some of my favorites. Every print is available in a variety of hues. They have a huge collection of wall papers too.

Quadrille collection

Alan Campbell

China Seas

Home Couture

Quadrille has a beautiful Editorial profile. Here is some inspiration for everyone.


Easy and adorable valentine cards for kids

>> Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hello everyone! I know I have gone missing in the last four weeks. Just returned from my trip to India. It was very difficult to write midst all the travelling that we did in India.

Valentine's day is approaching and Here are some valentine cards that kids will enjoy making for their friends and classmates. These are both adorable and simple to make.

How cute are these lollipop covers. All you need is a printer and a photo editing software like picnic. This is Silly Precious Piggies. Check out the detailed tutorial here.

Love this one! What a great way to use broken crayons. Check out the tutorial here.

This creative idea is from CraftoManiac. All you need to do is take a great picture of your kid , add the wordings using any photo editing tool such as picasa and print them out at a local photo printing station. Stick the candy and you are done!

Everyone will fall in love with these adorable one eyed monsters. Just need some craft paper and big googly eyes. This adorable idea is from MakeandTakes.com.

How cute are these animal valentine cards made of hearts in varying sizes. Looks like we will be making some of these cute critters.

Some more cute animal cards I fell in love with!

Photosource: TBoneSquid etsy shop,family fun.go.com


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