Monthly Archives: February 2016

Mini sweet stuff

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Mini sweet stuff

Sam had a few kids from her class over this weekend to work on a French presentation. They found all of these ideas, so I can’t take any of the credit…I just supervised (and financed) the process. But, the ideas that they came up with were cool, so I thought I would share ūüôā Also, the fact that they are all in grade 6, and did everything by themselves was pretty cool too!

They made 28 of each treat, enough for everyone in their class. They made hotdogs out of twinkles and granola bars, hamburgers out of vanilla cupcakes and brownies, tacos from icing and vanilla Oreos, and drinks from jello.

 Here is just a sampling of what they made. Thank goodness I had 10 extra sushi trays washed and ready to go! Once again my “hoarding” pays off! (I have to make a point to justify to John why I save random things like every sushi container we use) 

  
  To make the mini tacos, they started with vanilla Oreo cookies. They separated the top and bottom of the Oreos, then used a serrated knife to saw the cookies in halves. They left the icing in, but next time, I think I would remove the icing…I can’t believe I am saying this, but they were a little too sweet. Also, for this case, it was probably better that the icing stayed in the cookies, and was shared with their 28 classmates, rather than being eaten by the four kids in my kitchen if it was removed…

  They folded each half together…
And then the plan was to pipe some chocolate icing into each one like this…

   But my piping bag popped! Oops!

   So we went to plan B, and we used a knife to carefully spread the icing on.
  And then used green candy coated chocolate chips, yellow sprinkles, and red coloured sugar to sprinkle on top…  As you can see, I removed the white icing in the one I was holding in the above picture. They were adorable! What a great idea! I think any wafer or light coloured cookie would work. 
 Next on their list was hot dogs. To make these, you need red icing, twinkles, and a chocolate bar, the kids used chocolate dipped granola bars.

  

 
We cut the twinkles in half, not quite all of the way through. Then they stuffed them with a granola bar…

   
 And added a line of red icing for ketchup… 

  Here are the ones the kids made… 

They also made cupcakes out of  vanilla cupcakes. The cupcakes ended up being a lot title lopsided, so I trimmed them off and we flipped them upside down. They cut two-bite brownies in half for the meat, and added red and green icing for pickles and relish. 

We cut the cupcakes in half, then put the brownie in the middle, and added the red and green icing.

    
   The cupcakes would have probably looked a little more realistic if we were able to use them right side up… But I thanked they turned out well.
They had their presentation today, and Sam seemed to think that it went really well, and the kids in her class loved the snacks (which wasn’t a surprise considering the sugar content!) Lol! I’d give them an A! Great work guys!

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Burlap Ruffled Tablecloth 

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Ok, so my apologies for not being very consistent in sharing lately. I have a whole bunch of things to share! I will start with my burlap tablecloth because I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.

When I was doing the craft sale circuit before the holiday, I decided that I needed a nicer covering for the fold out tables that are normally used. So I did a little research, and I love the look of burlap and lace together. So, I bought a plain old roll of burlap from Home Depot for about $10. And I dug out an old queen sized sheet I had saved especially for a project like this! I love it when my hoarding tendencies pay off! 

Anyways, I started by piecing together the sheet so it fit around the table. I decided it was better if it went right to the ground to cover up the mess of boxes I am usually storing underneath. As you can see, I just pieced it together without really worrying what it was going to look like because it isn’t actually going to show.   

Then I cut a piece of burlap to fit the top, with about 3 inches extra on each side.

I also cut the remainder of the burlap into strips about 8 inches wide.
  

I don’t normally pin before I sew, but when I am working on a large scale and sewing a 6 foot seam, it makes a lot more sense to pin. So I stated at the top, and basically pinched and pined a little gather every six inches or so to make the Ruffles.   

I roughly measured at this point to see that I had enough burlap to make three layers of Ruffles to reach the ground. Then I sewed right on top all the way around. With a material like burlap, I figured there was no need to hide the seams. The stitch lines are barely visible on the burlap.
  

I was going to leave the edges raw, but I ended up turning them up, and adding a little ruffled lace around each edge. The photo below show me adding the lace without turning the burlap edge up, but I ended up deciding that it would be a lot more durable, and wouldn’t fray as much if I turned it under.
The table ended up taking three rows of ruffles. Things I would do differently… I would sew the Ruffles from the bottom to the top, that way I could space them out better. I would also add the lace trim before attaching it to the table cloth, this  would have been much easier to work with.

Here is the finished product!  I might have to sew in a little weight at the front to stop it from slipping. Because I only added the Ruffles to three sides, it is a little front heavy. Not a big deal when my stuff is on the table, but slips a little when the table is empty.  

One of the cool things about being a little crafty is that my friends are always sending me ideas! The day I was sewing this, my friend Marlee sent me this link for a burlap tree skirt. I think I might just have to make one before next Christmas.. Too bad I used all of the burlap! 

  

Here is not such a great photo of the table cloth in action at my last craft sale. Thanks again for helping Sam!  

Maybe by Easter I will get around to posting a couple of my Valentine’s Day projects! 

Have a great Sunday night.

My dream bed… Finally

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My dream bed… Finally

Ok, I know I haven’t posted in a while. I have a whole line up of projects to share! I am really happy with the way my bed turned out, so I decided to start by sharing how I finished my new bed. There are lots of steps, so I tried to keep the words short and share lots more pictures. 

Since we moved into our house five years ago, the bed in our spare room has been on the floor with a headboard propped up behind it… I know, what have I been doing with all of my time, right? It is one of the last rooms in the house we haven’t touched. Anyways, I have been looking for a bed with storage for years, and here is the one I settled on..

 

Unfortunately, the $3000 price didn’t work for me. But, I wanted a bed with storage, AND a tufted headboard, which instantly made it a really difficult and expensive item to find. So instead I bought this cheap laminate bed for $250.

  

What I liked about the cheap bed was all of the storage. Here is what it looks like after I put it together. It fits all of my summer clothes! But… Still not quite like the one I wanted. 
   

The first step in the transformation was to actually add a headboard and footboard. I measured the width of the bed, and went off to Home Depot. I wanted the head board to be 60″ high, but I ended up settling on 48″ because that was the width the 3/4″ particle board sheets are sold in, and plus I figured out that a 60″ sheet wouldn’t fit in my car. So I had the wood cut at the store. The piece for the headboard was 62″ x 48″, and  the footboard was 62″ x 35″. 

   

I pre drilled the holes then used 1 1/4″ screws to attach the headboard and footboard to the frame.

  

I added a few screws from each side.  

So far so good. But then there was the issue of the joint showing, as you can see below.  Also, the headboards I was looking at were a lot thicker. 
  

So for the footboard, I found some scraps of trim to use to frame around the edges and make them thicker. The great part is that the corners and joins didn’t have to line up perfectly because it is going to be covered anyways.  

I used my nail gun to attach the trim to the front and back of the footboard.

And, I used scraps of particle board for the front of the headboard. I figure I wanted the padding to be a little more on the headboard.    
 

Now for the fun part! The upholstering! Btw, I am well aware that sometimes my definition of fun does not match everyone else’s! 

Here is the close up of the fabric I picked. I bought 8 meters at $8.00 per meter at Fabricland. 

I started by ripping apart a few old pillows I had laying around. The cost of cotton batting is pretty expensive, so once again, my inability to throw old things out paid off! I’m not quite sure why I wasn’t able to throw out our old, flat pillows when we buy new ones, but every time I use something I have saved, it just reinforces my hoarding habits. It saved money, plus is much more environmentally friendly. 
  

I used my staple gun to hold everything in place, and added a layer of cotton batting on the top to smooth everything out.  

I stapled the fabric on the back of the headboard, and stretched it not too tight because I knew I was going to need a little extra room for the tufting. I finished the corners by tucking the extra fabric under.
  

And, stapled all the way around to hold everything down.  
  

This is what it looked like ….
  Here is the most amazing idea… I looked at the cost of covered buttons, and they are close to $1.00 each, plus you have to cover them! So that option was out. Buying silver buttons was another option, but it meant that I would have to pre drill holes in the particle board and use a big upholstery needle the thread each one through, after I had added the padding and fabric. That didn’t sound like fun. So I went to Home Depot (yes again) and bought a pack of 100 washers, and 100 3/4″ screws for about $3 per pack.  

This is one of those rare times that I do measure. Every 6 inches I measured, and drew a dot with a pencil. Once I had measured everything, I used my drill to screw in all of the screws and washers.
    
       I started to work from one end, but then thought it might be better if I evenly stretched the fabric, so I started randomly adding the screws.

  

Tada! The whole headboard tufted in not too long, for only $6! Then, to add a little bling, and cover up the screw heads, using my glue gun, I added a little stick on gem from the dollar store. I am so happy with the way the tufting turned out!  
  

Next step was to add the nail heads. They are the one thing I splurged on. A pack of 25 costs $3.50 at Fabricland. I figure I need a few hundred. I added a twill tape to cover up the seams, and added a nail head every inch and a half. I actually measured this too, if the nails aren’t even, it would show.  
    
  

I will just gloss over the next few steps, but if you want details or pics, please email me, I am happy to share! I covered the rest of the frame of the bed, the footboard, and upholstered each of the drawers, with a little but of padding and tufting.  

  

Here is a finished drawer.  

And… Here is the finished bed!! Well, it’s almost finished… I haven’t finished the drawers on the other side, and I need to add a lot more nail heads, but here is the almost finished bed!!  
    
 

The total cost of everything, including the bed frame, fabric, other materials, and the nail heads I haven’t bought yet, was about $600. Much better than $3000!

The problem with making one thing nice is that you realize what else needs to be done… Now I have to finish the quilt I started in the summer, and the room needs painting! Another day… 

Have a great family day long weekend, and happy Valentine’s Day!