Today we celebrated my son's first birthday. I wanted to share the cake that my husband and I made.
I have never baked anything more than a box of brownies, so I was a little intimidated about making a "cool" cake, but I'm never one to shy away from a creative challenge.
He LOVES Baby Einstein, and this catepillar comes across the screen at the beginning of each DVD. My little guy gets SO excited, so I knew that's what we had to do for a cake.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
My husband, the tuba player, needs a room to practice. We have a third bedroom that would be oh so nice to turn into a beautiful (albeit manly) place to practice.
Here is my sketch I did in powerpoint. Two built in bookshelves flanking a little bench. The back of the bookcases are a grasscloth wall paper. The art above the bench is a brown square painted directly on the wall, then some moulding the same color as the wall and then another peice of molding the same color as the painted box. That moulding is going to make a frame for more grasscloth wallpaper. Inside those boxes will be artsy photographs of Jarrod's tuba, and my bassoon (I have a degree in music as well, playing bassoon and saxophone).
Now I just have to convince my husband that it will be a breeze to construct these built-ins ourselves. I would LOVE this as a Christmas present to each other. Maybe you could leave a comment to help convince him? I'll do tutorials all long the way, I promise
Posted by Stef at 10:35 AM
Monday, November 16, 2009
This is what I thought all acorns looked like. Nice, delightful little things.
This is what the acorns look like at the house we just bought:
Maybe I just don't get out much, but I had never seen or even heard of Giant Mammoth Acorns. They are ALL over my front yard. They dented the trunk of my car.
Here is my son playing with the giant acorns. They look big even next to him, who also is a giant (95th percentile all around)
So naturally, I wanted to incorporate these mondo beauties into my decor.
First I just piled them in a vase to see what they looked like:
Hmmm... not sure how to arrange these guys. You see, I can arrange furniture - but I'm not so good at arranging botanicals.
Speaking of botanicals... have you ever been out on an evening family stroll in a really trendy area and found something on the ground that you knew you could turn into something really fabulous for your home? If so you probably did as I did, which is get down on your hands and knees right next to the fancy steak house patio seating area and the valet parking station to rummage around.
That's right folks, I have NO shame. NONE. My poor puppy was probably so embarassed. Not me, I had my husband take pictures :-)
But how could I resist, look what I found on the ground:
Aren't these beautiful?
So I tried combining them with my acorns in that huge hurricane/vase:
These are two really unique and beautiful natural items that I would love to incorporate in my home somehow. Please tell me how.
Any and all suggestions welcome! Please Help!
This post is linked up to Someday Crafts acorn party.
Posted by Stef at 11:25 PM
Here is my sketch:
So that SAME DAY, a few hours later, on Shanty2Chic's Gorilla Glue party, I saw Traci from Beneath My Heart post this! I couldn't believe how similar the bookshelf that she created was to the one that I had sketched just hours before.
This is why I love the blogging world so much. I had just sketched this out with plans to go to Home Depot that night and buy materials. I saw that she used plaques from Hobby Lobby to do hers, and I thought that was Brilliant! So I altered my boring plans to use scrapwood for the sides and splurged the extra $1.47 for the plaques.
This was a very easy and very inexpensive project that I think turned out really cute.
All you'll need is:
2 1X3's 24 inches long (or however long you want) - $0.50 from Home Depot Scrap section
1 12 inch plaque from Hobby Lobby - $1.47
1 set of wall hangers - $2.29
1 wooden dowel (mine was 7/16") - $0.99
Total Cost: $5.26!!
Step 1. Nail your 2 1X3s in an "L" shape
Cut the bottom off of your plaque so that you have a flat bottom. Then put it up against your "L" to see where you need to cut vertically so that it will be flush.
You should be able to get both sides of the shelf out of one plaque
Nail the sides onto the "L"
I used my favorite tool for this:
Nope, not the nail gun. The Tuba Player holding it :-)
Now you should have something that looks like this:
By the way, these pictures are taken in our garage. We've only lived here a few months, and we haven't tackled cleaning this one out yet. The old owner had carpet down, which is terrible, but it works out well for all my painting I do out here.
Cut your wooden Dowel Rod and nail this in place too.
Paint them and screw on your wall hanger:
I also wanted to dress them up a little bit, so I bought some letters, painted them brown and polka-dotted every other letter with my wall color and the other letters I modge-podged with my left over invitation paper.
It's all ready to hang on the wall:
and Metamorphasis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I love you Pottery Barn.
Too bad I have never purchased a single item from you - and probably never will, because you're just TOO EXPENSIVE!!!
I am, however, lucky enough to be the recipient of the world's most awesomest diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids (yes, awesomest is a word) that a dear friend got for me.
Unless any other dear friends want to buy me something from Pottery Barn (which you are more than welcome to), you will never see anything from that store in my home.
Here are two reasons why:
1. You can usually find the same looking stuff at Ross or Marshalls (it may not be the same quality, but at this point in my life I'm not really looking for longevity)
2. You can MAKE the stuff yourself.
Let's explore Reason #2.
Here is Pottery Barn's Modern Ledge
4 ugly picture frames from the Salvation Army bursting with potential: $5
1 6 foot long 1X2 cut in half: $3
1 8 foot long piece of Brick Moulding cut to size and mitered: $10
I gave the poor outdated picture frames a new fresh makeover, and painted all my other materials with some satin finish black spray paint.
Next you take your favorite tool: your handy dandy husband (unless of course, you're Shanty2Chic), to attach the 1X2s to the wall. We (I mean He), just used 3.5 inch long screws and hung them directly into the wall.
So then you end up with your anchors. If I did this over again, I would have gone for the the 1X3 or maybe even 1X4. 2 inches was not nearly as deep as I wanted.
The next step involves power tools, although I'm sure you could do this with a miter box and a really strong arm. We (he) mitered the trim moulding so that the moulding fit together like a box:
Then we (he) took a nail gun and nailed these pieces directly onto our anchors. I did not want it exactly flush on top so that there would be a little lip to rest some frames against. (I still need to touch up and paint over the nails, but I'll get to that when my next 1,000 projects are done).
The final product! Shield your eyes from the horrible natural wood color blinds. One of my next 1,000 projects is to make a faux roman shade for that window.
Pottery Barn's Version: $90 WITHOUT frames
My Version: $18 WITH Frames