Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Whenever I post something cute my kids say on FB (that's text talk for facebook) guarantee someone says, "Make sure you're writing those things down." Which I do...on facebook. Then every few weeks or so, I look at my status updates and record the really funny ones in my journal.
As a treat or a fun game, my kids love for me to read the funny things I've recorded in my journal. They laugh and laugh and laugh. So I thought of a great gift for grandparents, stocking stuffers for spouses (YES....I did just make a Christmas reference) or even a fun gift for that child to have.
I just got a small photo album from michaels for $2.99 or so and I made a cover page. Then I put pictures on one side and funny quotes on the other. I'm sure you really crafty types could scrapbook those quote pages, but I'm lucky I printed them out.
Here are some of my pages...I'm sharing because I think they're funny.
Thanks for indulging me. For the record both Debbie and Melissa have the funniest boys. They are always saying great stuff...I'd actually love getting a book from them :)
I'd love to hear some of the funny things your kids say!
P.S. I made this for my mother, but the kids won't stop stealing it!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
It started when I found this cute pattern for a sweet little dress from Leila & Ben. I love simplicity when it comes to sewing and this fit the bill! When I started thinking about material my mind wandered to a pile of things that were ready to be dropped at Salvation Army. I had one long, pink panel that I had bought a while back. It's a lighter knit, not canvas or upholstery feeling. Perfect! And it didn't stop there. Also in that pile was a skirt I no longer wear and the colors were perfect.
I printed out the pattern, did a little snipping, a little sewing and I created this:
Of course my daughter was being a crabby, uncooperative toddler and wouldn't let me get a picture of her Scarlett O'Hara inspired fashion. So if you can see beyond the apple and the blankie.....
Who needs a fabric store?! This was so much fun, I'm now tearing through the closets to see what else I can repurpose!!
Have a good weekend!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Soon we're going to have our own buttons, a little ad space for you self-employed-crafty-types, and we're even going to have give-a-ways. So stay tuned! There are exciting things happening in The Idea Attic. We're even toying with a blogger challenge, were you guys challenge the three of us to think of ideas using a specific material, or for a special event. That should be fun...like our own little reality show. All this is coming once us moms can find a spare moment to collect our thoughts.
So I explained the Face Lift part...let me explain the falsies. Last night my husband turns to me and says, "Oh, I forgot, (our son) needs a cake for the cub scout cake auction tomorrow. Can you whip up something fun?" NICE...I set out trying to find something fun. So I quickly threw this together. What do you think?
I promise that this was a really easy cake to make. In fact here is the link to the instructions I found on the Family Fun website (click here for step-by-step instructions). I think it's pretty clear that they used a store-bought pound cake and if I was thinking clearly in the store, I might have done the same. But I only purchased the twinkies, the sour patch kids (for the relish) and some white frosting (I already had food coloring) and didn't want to run to the store again.
So for those of you who do not want to buy a pound cake, or got scared off by all the butter and eggs of pound cake recipe, here's the recipe I used and it was yummy. I call it a half-pound cake. I like this recipe because it perfectly fits in a loaf pan.
2/3 c. butter
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. flavoring extract (I used vanilla...but lemon might be yummy, too)
2 eggs, beaten
1 2/3 c. enriched flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
Cream butter, sugar, and flavoring together until light; beat the eggs and add to mixture. Sift flour, salt, and baking powder together; add alternately with the milk. Beat 1/2 minute or about 30 strokes. Bake in an oiled and floured loaf-cake pan 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees.
The hardest part of this cake is getting the frosting to look like a hot dog, mustard and ketchup. So I tried to keep track of what I used with the frosting. I divided one container of frosting in three sections. I actually didn't need that much "mustard" and "ketchup" but oh well.
For the hot dog color - 6 drops of red, 3 drops of yellow and 1 drop of green.
For the mustard - Just a lot of yellow and one drop of red.
For the ketchup - I ended up using A LOT of red, then yellow and green. Basically, it was a darker version of the hot dog color. I kept adding red and then a small amount of green to make the red darker.
Another tip is I frosted the twinkies before I placed them in the "bun" and I lifted them off the cutting board with a long knife and placed it in the "bun" that way. To make it look even more real, I took a butter knife and carved the wrinkles in the end of the hot dog.
And lastly, I used coffee filters, left over from our coffee filter flowers, to place under the hot dog and french fries so it looked extra real.
Hopefully you did not notice that I burned the "fries" by accident...they don't need to broil very long.
There you have it...the falsie! It really was one of the easiest cakes ever. I think it was even easier than frosting a regular cake. Shhhhh...people will just think you're a genius.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not 100% lazy. I have done large furniture projects in the past. I’ll probably share those in a future post. They were all done pre-blog. And they were done before I had two active kids and a full time job. But I can’t put it off any longer. I have so many grand ideas that involve furniture and paint and the furniture is not going to paint itself! So I finally got my butt in gear!
My sister’s best friend generously gave her a couple dressers from a family member that had just passed. My lil’ sis is going to have a baby and so she’s been doing some reorganizing and has plans for those dressers. Only problem was that the dressers were a little dated and a little too fancy for her décor. That’s where I came in. I don’t remember if I volunteered or if she asked me but I was eager to get to work! It had been quite a while since I did furniture and I was excited to get going. But of course my project was thwarted when we experienced a major heat wave with temps of 100 degrees and 95% humidity for several weeks! I digress….. Fast forward to September and we FINALLY have decent enough weather to get out into the garage and get painting!
I started by sanding off as much of it as I could. (With a little help from my new DeWalt Orbital Sander!)
Instead of priming it before painting I decided to try out Home Depots paint with primer. I used an off-white called Café Cream.
You can see that I have no loyalties to any hardware stores!
The Behr premium paint does a pretty good job in one coat. But there were some spots where the dark showed through that needed a second coat. I used a 220 grit sander between coats.
After the second coat and more 220 sanding it was as smooth as glass and gorgeous! Since distressed furniture is the big thing right now I did some heavy sanding to bring out the original color in spots. I also wiped some watered down glaze onto the drawers.
I sprayed the gold pulls with oil rubbed bronze spray paint and then I got carpal tunnel when I had to screw in all of the pulls!
I finished with a coat of Minwax Finishing Wax to protect it. Pretty darn gorgeous if I do say so myself!
You may have noticed that I mentioned that my sister received 2 dressers. The second one is still in the works so stay tuned for more!