DIY: Papier Mache Easter Bunnies

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

Handmade papier mache bunnies painted lavender, pink and orange are the perfect centerpiece for an Easter luncheon table because actual bunnies hopping is typically never a good decision.
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Ingredients:
Scissors
Cardboard
Masking Tape
White Glue
Water
Joint-Compound
Latex Glove
Paint
Paintbrush
Newspaper ( Half the paper cut into 1″x5″ strips, half left for filling)
Marker

What to do:

Bunny Body
Step 01: Create a form
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With your cardboard, use a marker to sketch out your bunny’s body. You’ll want to draw the main body, cutting slits about half way down the top of the head, up the front legs, and down the middle back. Create three more forms to fit in those slits creating a 3-D bunny form.

Make sure to trace these forms before assembly if planning on making more than one!
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Use masking tape to seal the form in place and to add extra support. Your bunny should stand on its own, if not add more masking tape to level her up!

Step 02: Fill in form
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Using one half of the newspaper, bunch up and tape onto your form. Once you see the form looking more like a bunny, use the masking tape to completely cover the newspaper and round off any hard edges.

Step 03: Paper Mache Time!
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In a large mixing bowl; mix equal parts white glue, joint compound, and water. Make sure to wear gloves and mix together. Once fully mixed, take your newspaper strips and dip into the mixture and place onto your form. Continue until entirely covered. Let dry overnight and repeat.

Your mixture may need to be mixed up a few times as the joint compound will settle on the bottom of the bowl.

Bunny Ears
Step 1: Create a form
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Take any extra cardboard and draw out an ear for your bunny. Create a line a crease up the middle and a small triangle at the bottom. This will help your bunny ear look realistic with a curve and also fit onto her head!
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Using your masking tape, fix your ears to the bunny body. Use extra tape to ensure they’re firm and won’t move. Tape around the entire ear.

Step 2: Paper Mache Time!
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Using the same mixture as with the body, cover your ears completely. I also took advantage of the dry body to add another layer of paper mache to the whole body.

Step 3: Finishing Touches!
When you’re satisfied with the bunny’s look and she is completely dry, mix up some paint and give her at least two coats. I painted mine three times, added some handmade pom poms for a nose and tail and paper whiskers for the perfect finish!
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The Sprinkle Boomerang Station That Got Out of Control

by Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Venue: The Greenhouse SSI 
Sponsored in part with Leopold’s Ice Cream and Dixie Vodka
Photography by Kelli Boyd, Mary Margaret Curtis, and Mary Beth Thomas at The Southern C Summit

On February 7th I participated in the opening night party for The Southern C Summit. I was asked to create a special cocktail with #LibbieSprinkles but I just  HAD to add little magic…like a sprinkles Boomerang station! It was a blast- to say the least. Then things took a turn.. See below if you can recognize anyone you know!
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Sprinkle Cake Cocktail
makes 1

What you need: 
1 tablespoon #LibbieSprinkles
2 ounces Dixie Vodka
2 ounces cream soda
2 ounces seltzer water
splash of cherry juice

What to do: 
1. Rim a cocktail glass with sprinkles.
2. Pack with ice
3. Add vodka, cream soda and seltzer water. Stir.
4. Splash with cherry juice and drink up!

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Recognize anyone you know?

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Tabletop Tuesday: Psychedelic Mushroom Centerpiece

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I am OBSESSED with these hand painted wooden psychedelic mushrooms! They are the perfect conversation starter centerpiece and would make a fun luncheon craft for your guests…no ingestion required. 
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Learn how to make the psychedelic mushrooms HERE.
Now let’s make them a centerpiece! I liked the idea of treating them like they were just foraged in some kind of trippy forest and cooked up in a chic copper pan with all the colorful woodland animals looking on. All you need is a skillet and some deer moss (I picked up at Home Depot).
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Now let’s set the table!
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You’re not on a crazy trip, we used some purple gels to make the room more psychedelic! I only wish I had a black light!
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Now let’s serve up some soup!
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Get the recipe for my REAL Mushroom Soup with Matcha Cream HERE.

DIY: Psychedelic Mushroom Craft

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A psychedelic mushroom of the cute kind…no trip required.
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Psychedelic Mushroom Craft

What you need: 
Wooden Mushrooms (I purchased mine HERE)
Craft Paints
Paint brushes (flat and fine)
Pencil
Spray matte sealer

What to do: 
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1. Paint the mushroom a solid color (I painted mine orange).
2. Draw your “psychedelic artwork” (I googled psychedelic artwork and got loads of ideas)
3. Using a fine brush, paint in your artwork.
4. Use a spray sealer to seal.
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How stinkin’ cute are these! And how cute would they be as the centerpiece of a lunch table! Check it out HERE.
 

My New Years Eve Date is a…

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest Photography
Model: Joshua Summers

…stone cold fox and I adore him more than anything! Who else besides such a wonderful husband and friend would let me subject them to this type of shit.

I love you Joshua Summers. Here’s to a joy filled, loving, inspiring and playful 2018!!
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Sleeping Fox Needlepoint Pillow: Custom by Sydney Kiefner
Fox Artwork on Embroidery Hoop available through: Custard Boutique
Teak Tree Handmade by: Nick Gant

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Learn to make the papier-mache fox heads HERE!
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It’s going to be a great year…I can smell it!

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