Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rose Cake

This was a cake I made for my daughter. She was only 1 so she just smashed it into her face.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Handmade Bags

I've gotten requests for bags so I put some of my favorites in one post for reference....ok more than some. :)

Thursday, April 9, 2015

DIY Wooden Shelves

I used the legs of a wooden cabinet (painted them blue) and some scrap wood to make these.

Spider Cake

This cake took all day and my son absolutely adored it. The end.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Fabric Covered Flower Pots

These terra cotta pots are covered in fabric using this tutorial. I made a lot...A LOT.

Ice Cream Party

I found this cake and copied it. It was surprisingly simple although mine turned out a little lumpy and lopsided. Oh well - what 3 year old cares?

DIY A-Frame Tent

This is actually my husband's DIY - but I showed him where the tutorial was and I threw the quilt over it so does that count?

DIY Toy Sailboats

A handmade sailboat is a beautiful thing...a bit ambitious...but beautiful.

I should have written down instructions because they really turned out nice and actually worked!

Recycled Crib

I couldn't bare to part with the crib both my kids used. I turned the ends of the crib into a headboard for my bed and used the spring frame to hang photos. Done. Mine forever.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Travel Dice Game / Ten Thousand

This was a gift for my brother's family. The inspiration came from here. I even used her instructions printable because it was perfect. Ten Thousand is our favorite game - my kids can't really count that high but we make it work. :)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Tiered Jewelry Stand

I've been having fun thrift shopping for pretty dishes and candle sticks for these jewelry stands. There's a ton of inspiration out there on the Google. I used 100% silicone adhesive sealant on mine.

Tiny Houses Salt Dough Ornaments

I made the salt dough with this recipe and the houses with love. :)

Cookie Monster Cake and Cupcakes

This happened because I had a lot of coffee.

It was pretty simple to make - the eyes on the cake are just Oreos and Junior Mints and the eyes on the cupcakes are mini marshmallows with upside down chocolate chips stuck in them.

Easter Egg Cupcakes

Instead of dying eggs (which I hate) we made cupcakes. White icing / chocolate sprinkles for the nest / 2 candy eggs on top. Easy and no dye all over creation.

1600 Quilt / Jelly Roll Race Quilt

This is a simple quilt using the 1600 Quilt or Jelly Roll Race technique. It was my first quilt ever and now I'm addicted - it comes together really fast! The fabric is the Botanics Roll Up by Carolyn Friedlander for Robert Kaufman. I did wavy quilting like in this tutorial.

My little neighbors helped hold up the quilt. Aren't they cute??

Sunday, April 5, 2015

A Throw Quilt for Violet

I bought a Mustang Layer Cake to make this quilt. It's actually a comforter because I didn't quilt it, I just sewed the layers together using this technique. Super fast and super simple...and it has horses...and some of them are pink. PINK!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Dinosaur Party!

My son turned 4 so of course there was a dinosaur party...







I made 4 boxed cakes and stacked them and cut them to look  like a volcano, putting a layer of icing in between each cake. Then I iced the heck out of it with chocolate icing and stuck crumbled oreos to the side to look like rocks. The top is drizzled with Hershey's syrup, I used jellybeans for Dino eggs and then just stuck in some dollar store dinosaurs. Really pretty easy, just MEEESSY.

I kept it REAL simple...

Dino Claws = Bugles
Dino Tongues = Red Licorice
Dino Bones = Cheetos
Dino Eyeballs = Mini powdered donuts with a brown M&M in the middle

Pinata, dinosaur egg hunt and water balloon fight

Dinosaur Egg Recipe:
I think I tripled this because I wanted a lot. I didn't use the sand, I just added more salt and flour.
  • 1 1/4 cups dirt
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cups salt
  • 1/2 cup sand
  • Water
  • Plastic Dinosaurs (dollar store)
  1. Mix together dirt, flour, salt and sand.
  2. Slowly stir in water to create a dough, clay-like texture
  3. Mold the dough around one of the plastic dinosaurs
  4. let the eggs dry thoroughly out in the sun. This may take all day or several days depending on the weather.
I cut out dinosaur footprints out of green poster board and laid them on the sidewalk leading up to the house. Very fun.

Masks I got here (very inexpensive)

Snack Labels:
My design that I printed them on a sheet of sticker paper and cut them out.

Friday, April 20, 2012

crochet washcloths

This was a fun little project to sit and work on while watching tv after the kids went to bed. When I say "while watching tv" what I mean is, "while watching Little House on the Prairie" because I seriously watch it almost every night. Or I watch episodes of New Girl on demand. Okay anyway, I just single crocheted a square and then gave it a scalloped edge.

The scalloped edge is just this:
Make 3 single crochet stitches in the first stitch. Then skip over the second stitch and make a slipstitch in the 3rd stitch. Repeat all the way around.

crochet dishcloths

crochet washcloths

crochet washcloths

Thursday, April 19, 2012

boy's nursery

After reading Pretty Little Ivy's post about her new nursery I went through my blog and realized I never posted any pictures of my son's nursery (from almost 4 years ago). This post is bittersweet because these photos are from the house I had my babies in (we moved across the country 7 months ago). So many beautiful memories there.

Bedding from Land of Nod / Rug from Ikea / All furniture thrifted and painted my moi.

Handmade projects:  fabric picture frames / tree art / paper owl mobile

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

photo shoot

My friends helped me photograph some bags I made to help raise funds for Mountain of Hope a while back and I don't think I ever posted any of the pictures from it here. My sister modeled. It was a good time. It got silly. I highly recommend doing a photo shoot with your sister if you've got one.