Tutorial: Another Felt Flower (as promised!)


In this crafty post from a few weeks ago, I mentioned something about doing a tutorial on those big felt flowers. So here I am to deliver! Don’t let all these photos fool you — they’re really quite simple.

Mrs Priss DIY Flower Box Repurpose Display

You will need:

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Supplies

I cut three small petals and 5 larger petals for this particular flower. Sorry, no template — just eyeball it. Even circles will work!

The long yellow rectangle will be the shaggy center of the flower. Let’s tackle that first.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Snips

Fold the long rectangle in half, hot dog style and make small snips with scissors all along the raw edge.

I stand by my awesome “hot dog style” description.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe

This is just to show how you want it to look after the snips. Keep it folded over.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Foldover

Your folded fringe piece will want to pop open and can be kind of a pain to keep straight, so you may want to dab a few dots of glue (I use hot glue) along the inner crease to hold it in place as you do the next step.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Roll Center

“Roll it like a sleeping bag”, adding a few dots of glue along the way.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Center view

When you reach the end, dab a generous amount of glue to hold it together reeeeaaaaal secure-like.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Center

BAM. You have your center.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Fringe Petals

Now let’s assemble!

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Petals Layer one

Start with one of the three small petals and glue it to the yellow center. I make a little line of glue near the tapered edge of the petal and just stick it on there. Build on your flower by overlapping the petals until it looks appealing to you. When you’re finished with the small ones, move on to the larger ones.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower Finished

You may find you like a more loose look with big floppy petals or you may prefer it tidy and compact. Sometimes I’ll use a few different shades of felt to give it more depth, as seen in the flower box post. Feel free to add more petals to make the flower larger and experiment with different petal shapes as well.

You do you, girl. You do you.

A note on leaves:

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Tips

It can be difficult to freehand-cut leaves and have them all look the same, so here’s a little tip on making them more uniform. Start with a small square of felt.

Mrs Priss DIY Leaf Cut

What I do is eyeball how big I want the leaf and make a little poke mark in the felt with the tip of my scissors where the point will be. Then I’ll cut in to that point from two outer edges of the square. I hope that makes sense! It’s not perfect every time, but it gives you a similar shape. Sometimes I’ll use the 90 degree corner if I’m wanting a super crisp look.

Mrs Priss DIY Another Felt Flower and Leaves

There you go! I hope you have fun with these flowers. Please feel free to ask any questions! xoxo

New Headbands in the Shop

fox ear promo image

fawn ear headband etsy promo

I’m really having a lot of fun with these woodland themed headbands! It’s been nice to be able to try out some new ideas and switch things up a bit in the shop. It weirds me out a little to say “creative juices” — who is responsible for coming up with that phrase? — but, I guess I can say my creative juices are flowing. More tutorials coming soon as well. :)

Headbands available in my Etsy Shop, Little Lovelies.





My snot covered life

glistening trail of snot

y u do dis?

This is a bit TMI, but when your kid has a cold, do you find snot on like every surface of your life?  It’s more than the usual wipe-on-the-sleeves thing. That, I could handle. I’m talking, walls, table tops, couch cushions, car doors. I have one kid in particular… a true artist, really, who has been known to express their creativity in unconventional ways. The current canvas of choice seems to be my cute decorative throw pillows on the couch. Is this real life? I feel like I have an extreme case on my hands, but I’d really like to know — is this happening to you too?

I cry.

It’s like my life right now is that game at the end of Double Dare with the giant boogery nose. Look, the guy needs goggles and helmet to deal. This is accurate. I have to gear up and take this thing head on or else my house is overrun with slime.


On that note, anyone want to come over and hang out?

(Oh and Life Tip: Don’t Google image search “snot nose” unless you’re trying to make yourself barf.)

DIY Emoji Cookies

DIY emoji cookies header

Just thought I’d share with you all a super simple recipe for making these adorable emoji cookies! Aren’t they perfect?? I mean, I really did an amazing job. I am like a super talented baker and can do all things perfectly the first time I try! All you other bakers out there — listen up! It’s time to walk away from your pastry dreams. Just give up. I’m about to take the world by storm with my culinary handiwork and there’s just no room in this business for sub-par. I would just make you look bad and then you’d be all embarrassed and then I’d feel bad for embarrassing you and it would just be awkward all around. But I do wish you all the best. Don’t forget to check out my new show on the Food Network for all my groundbreaking tips and tricks!

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So the other night, I watched a tutorial on the good old YouTube with Maddie and Jack. The girl in the video whipped up a batch of these cookies with a smile on her face and not even a single drop of sweat. She made it look so simple, so effortless, that I felt something begin to rise within me. It was inspiration — nay, courage. As the video came to a close, I stood up in the middle of my living room, held my head up high and boldly declared, “KIDS… WE SHALL BAKE!”

My two excited children began jumping and squealing with glee. “Mom’s going to make cookies again! Mom’s going to make cookies again!” It had been a while, you see. My last attempt didn’t go so well and everyone in my house remembers the ordeal, but no one will dare speak of it. Normally, when I see one of those viral baking videos that look too good to be true, I use the wisdom gained from years of failed baking attempts to solemnly close my eyes, shake my head and walk away. But this time… this time felt different.

Here is an example of my previous work:

Rainbow cookie who did it better

(Cast your votes below.)

So today, the kids and I took a trek to find supplies for our emoji cookies! It was sure to be a memorable experience that we would cherish for years to come. This, I hoped, would be turning point, the time they’d look back on in their old age and reminisce together, remembering how they gathered around a mixing bowl while I, their beloved mother, watched on with patience and encouragement, playfully dotting flour on their noses and letting them lick the spoon.

Today was not that day.

I let the kids help with the mixing and it was going well enough until Jack somehow got snot on the handle of the spatula. I told him to go play video games. Yes it is true, I am the actual best. Maddie and I finished up the baking and started frosting the cookies, when Justin came and hovered over my shoulder crunching Easter candy loudly in my ear.  I was in the middle of trying out a technique I had just read about called “How to ice cookies without a piping bag” when he says, “Aren’t you supposed to –crunch crunch- pipe those?” He is the son of a real baker, so he knows a thing or two about annoying a woman who is trying to bake.

I forged on.

A few hundred eye twitches later, I had completed the masterpiece. I say “I” because Jack was still off dripping snot all over the computer and Maddie was standing by, wincing and politely critiquing my decorating technique — I honestly don’t think she’d want me to include her in the credits of this particular work. She is not to blame, after all.

all emojis

The empty spot was once held by a face who was too ugly for the internet to see, so I killed him with my mouth. My favorite is the one up in the top corner that I literally slapped the black frosting eyes on and then threw the bag because I was SO DONE. Didn’t even finish his teeth because there was no use trying to rescue him. I do think the embarrassed guy on the right with the growth coming out of his head perfectly depicts my emotions at this time.

football mouth

Do you feel as uncomfortable as I do having those dripping bloody eyes staring at you? I do love Señor Football Mouth though. You can tell he has a zest for life.

emoji cookies fail nailed it

You can view the video that started it all here: How to Make Emoji Cookies by Nerdy Nummies

I know, this isn’t quite a tutorial like you may have expected a few minutes ago, but I personally learned a lot from this experience. I now know how much money I am willing to pay to have someone else make cookies so I don’t have to.

I bless you and your cookie making efforts! May they be far less sweaty and rage-filled than my own.

Update on that big ol’ rhino head

rhino target remember me

A few weeks back, I shared this big fat random rhino head I found on clearance at Target for a few bucks. I loved it, but wasn’t quite sure how Ruth would react to it being in her bedroom. Well, I’m here to update you on this delightful experience.

I mounted it above her bed and Ruthie immediately rejected it with extreme prejudice. So I took it down. Then I put it back up the next day because it looked really cute up there above her crib with the other little things I have on the wall and I had to give it another shot, dang it! Well, duh, Ruthie noticed it again when I put her to bed and immediately got all rude about it. So I gave up and took it down again. I tried. And I guess I can understand not wanting some big rhino staring at you while you’re trying to sleep.

(I can’t lie; When I first opened it, I held it up to my face and said, “HIIII Ruthieeeee!” in a deep voice and I think I freaked her out. That might have something to do with why she hates it so much. HMM…)

So anyway, this is where Ruby the Rhino is hanging out today, way on the other side of the room from where Ruthie sleeps, above the dresser:

Ruthie's wall sunflower headband

Recognize her headband? lawlz

I had to make a new spot for her and she’s kind of off to the side up on that wall, but it’ll do. To be perfectly honest, all those little frames have been adjusted so carefully and strategically in that formation because they’re hiding about 40 nail holes I’ve made in that wall over the years. The rhino is covering several as well. I’ve never patched a wall in my life, but I guess I should try at some point since I’ve butchered nearly every wall in my home with all the times I’ve rearranged my stuff!

Rearranging wall decor is like therapy to me though. I do it more than what I’d consider normal. It just keeps things fresh around here!

you make me happy

This little thing I threw together in about 2 minutes because I had that empty frame and needed to cover some more nail holes. Scrapbook paper + laser cut wood quote (from Michael’s) = easy decor!

Now before I go, I just have to keep it real. Because this is what a toddler’s room ACTUALLY looks like:

Ruth's room outside the crop