Thursday, January 15, 2015

Another year in Cakes

Another year of cakes.. another year of love :)

Buttercream flowers
Vegan Champagne

Luau Cake
Chocolate with a caramel frosting


Mickey's Clubhouse
Mickey's Clubhouse

Mickey, Donald, Pluto, Daisy, and Minnie Cupcakes

Orange Creamicle Cupcakes

Tie Dye Fourth of July Cupcakes

Friday, January 9, 2015

Coffee Filter Wreaths

One thing you should know about me is I love, I repeat LOVE roadside treasures. Which is just a pleasant way of saying I break for trash. My husband just knows if I come home with a smile on my face on trash day, that means there is something in the back of my car. My husband is just happy I don't drive a truck because honestly that is the only reason there isn't a mess of things in the barn. Anyways this project all started with a trip to the local box store. As any trash day morning when I am out and about, I keep an eye out for anything good out at the side of the road. I lived in an area with many old homes. As it just so happens one of those homes was replacing their windows. So as I pasted by I saw a treasure trove of old worn widows. I also noticed the garbage truck in my rearview mirror as well. Determine to beat them to the house, I immediately turn around in the neighbors drive and parked in front of the trash can. I proceed to fill my car with as many of the windows as I could as the garbage man drew ever nearer. I had to reconfigured them a few times, careful not to break any glass. I took about 8 windows in all. I said goodbye to the confused garbage man as I loaded the final window in, and drove away happy as a clam. My husband just shook his head as I unloaded my windows into the barn.

I knew immediately what I wanted to do with two of the widows. They had no paint on weathered  wood. They were rustic but elegant. As much as I wanted to keep the glass in the windows, they were just too heavy. Having two children under six, I was just asking for broken glass everywhere if I keep them in. I removed the glass and clean them up. I hung them up in my dining room. As much I loved how they looked, I felt like they were missing something. I've always liked the coffee filter wreaths I've seen on pinterest. I decided that I would put one on each window. After reading quite a few blog posts on making a coffee filter wreaths, I went on making my own.

Rather than buying wreath forms, I just used two round cardboard cake boards.  I always have them on hand because I consider making cakes one of my hobbies. I used a protractor to make a circle in the middle and cut it out using an x-acto knife for a clean cut. Then I placed it on top of the other cake board. Traced that circle and cut it out to be the same size.

I dyed the coffee filters by just dipping them in water with food coloring in them. I dried them in the oven at 250 and checked on them every 5 minutes, removing the dried ones from the oven until they were all dry. I found the easiest way to make rosettes by placing the coffee filter over my hand as I formed a circle and pushing it gently down with a capped marker. Then I would pinch the middle and twisted it to form the rosette.

Then I would hot glue the end to the cardboard. Its best to do the outside and inside of the wreath before you work on the middle. The closer you place the rosettes together, the fuller and tighter your wreath with be. I found it easier to apply the glue to the twisted tip of the rosette and attach it to wreath than put the glue on the wreath its self and attach the rosette.

Once I added as many rosettes as I needed to achieve the desired look and fullness I wanted, I glued ribbon to the back of the wreath and hung it on with a tack on the window.

With an added burlap bow, I'm really enjoying my rustic chic windows.. Now what to do with my other 6 windows :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Dining room facelift.. Chapter One: The Corner

I knows its been a while but with 2015, a new year, equals a fresh start. My first project of the new year was the dining room. Staring at awful wallpaper and even worst molding, it was starting to really bother me. I figured the best way to brighten my winter blues was to give the room the facelift it needed. My dining room and kitchen are open concept. Order to give the room its own statement but still tie in with the kitchen, I decided to do a chair rail. Simple but elegant. Painting the top half  a sage color and carrying it through the entire kitchen. The bottom half, I would paint a cream white. After prepping the walls (cleaning, mudding, sanding, priming, the works) then came the paint. I recommend using a laser level, if you can, when trying to paint a level line around a room.

I should probably come clean about the fact my house is a double wide. At first it was hard for me to say it and I rarely told people because of the stigma around it. But as I as I make my house my home, I've embraced it. It's actually starting to become fun telling people because it really surprises them. It is a newer model, 2007, and most people just think it a modular home because it is on a full basement. Honestly I wouldn't know either if I didn't own it. The one thing that does give it away although, is the strips on the wall. With every room I do they all come down. All of the corners are covered in strips as well and are unfinished drywall when I remove them. Giving the corners that added fancy bonus will give my home the shabby chic look I want.

After talking with my Dad and a very helpful man at Lowes, I came up with an idea that would work. Neither my husband or I are anywhere near master carpenters, far from it really, lol. I needed something simple and inexpensive because there are 4 corners separating the dining room from the living room. Being a stay at home mom means everything is on a tight budget. I decided on a top piece that was made of two pieces wood from a 1x6x8 and some trim molding. The bottom was made of two block moldings that you use on the bottom of a door casing and the long boards are just pieces of baseboards. I just used some dry wall compound to fill in the gaps (mostly because it was what I had on had and it's sandable.) A couple coats of paint later and I have to say I am pretty happy with the outcome so far. On to the next Chapter. . . . . . Chair rails!


I wanted to post some pictures of my holiday d├ęcor this year. I always have a lot of fun decorating for Christmas and making the house really festive for the kids.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Bedroom Trees

It would be totally unfair for me not to give my daughter's room the same amount of attention as her brother's. After throwing around many of ideas, I decided to give her a woodland fairy theme to her bedroom.

I must have collected 40 (maybe more) or so paint samples in search for the right color. I ended up just falling in love with a soft pink color from Martha Stewart called Gloaming ( It was the perfect color, very soft and not too pink. Even my husband liked it (which says a lot).

After painting the walls, I wasn't sure what direction I should go in next for her room. I knew I need a something large. I thought a tree would be perfect. I mean what's a forest without trees. Now I had to decide whether to build one or paint it. I knew my husband wasn't going to like having a messy paper mache tree built in the basement. As much as I wanted the challenge, and I really did, I knew it wasn't going to happen. How would I even get it up the stairs. Would it ruin her carpet? So the next best thing was paint. But I didn't want a cartoony one. Some thing very pretty, simple and elegant.

First I drew out a rough sample on paper as a guide. Then I drew two trees free-hand on the wall in chalk. That way it would be easy to remove later unlike pencil. Plus it's very easy to erase anything you are unhappy with. Once I was pleased with the layout, I painted it in a white semi gloss. I paint it without painters tape because I wanted a softer more natural line. Plus I could change it if I preferred. After the first coat completely dried, I took a damp cloth and wiped away the chalk. That way I could see if it needed any touch ups. I only did 2 coats because I wanted to see the brush strokes to give it some texture so it wouldn't look like a big sticker. I painted from side to side rather than up and down to make it more natural and give it a rounded appearance. I'm very happy with the results. And as much as I wanted to build a tree, I'm glad I went with the paint. Its beautiful without over taking the room.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

DIY Toadstools!!

I saw this pin from Martha Stewart I thought it would be perfect for my daughter's woodland fairy bedroom. My husband had just recently cut down a birch tree in the backyard. The previous owners of our house had not taking care of the tree. It was terrible placed (growing over our neighbor's roof). I was sad to cut it down but it had to go. At least I could use it for a few project. I knew the paper white bark would be perfect for the trunk of the toadstools. For the round seat I used the tops of 2 wooden kitchen stools I picked up at a garage sale for $5. I just had my husband remove the legs, so I was left with just the seat. I picked up some foam from Walmart.  I cut and shaped, with scissors, the foam making sure to give it a dome shape. I had my hubby screw the tops to the logs first and then I glue the foam to them (this way I could hide the screws). I covered the foam with batting and then some red fleece. I used a staple gun to attach it to the underside of seat. I cut away the extra fleece. Lastly I added white dots white fabric paint in different sizes to complete the look. I used the Martha Stewart paint dabbers, they made perfect circles. I love how they turned out.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Mickey's Clubhouse Birthday!!!

So I got asked to make a cake and 7 dozen cupcakes for my husband's cousin. Now I'm an amateur baker. I've only been doing it for a few years. I do it as a hobby for family. I only do it maybe twice a year if someone asks me.  She was having a Mickey Clubhouse theme first birthday party for her son. She wanted a clubhouse cake and cupcakes to correspond to mickey and all his friends. I have to admit I had no idea what his clubhouse looked like. But I agreed to do it anyways. So my first task was to google the clubhouse. I was kind of perplexed by it. What was with the one foot and hand. It look like some failed science experiment. So I set out making the hand, foot, and head ahead of time. I used this website as inspiration

 I knew it would take a couple days for them to dry. For the head I cover a large foam ball and 2 small balls with black fondant. I do make my own fondant. I find it taste much better then the store bought.  I inserted a dowel into the large foam ball so I could add it to the top of the cake later.
For the hand I shape the hand and fingers out of one large ball of fondant. I did insert a toothpick into each of the fingers. For the foot I shaped it out of one ball of yellowish fondant. I use 2 dowel for support and left it to dry. She asked for Mickey and Minnie cupcakes with ears like she saw here But I wanted them to look more realistic.
So I took large Oreos and inserted  sucker sticks. I then "glued" 2 small Oreos with chocolate frosting for the ears. I put them in the fridge for the frosting to set. Later took a can of chocolate frosting and microwaved it for 45 sec until it melted (remember to remove the metal lining). Then I dipped the Mickeys into it. I set them in the fridge to set.
She had purchased cupcakes picks with bows for Minnie and Daisy, along with Goofy and Donald's hats. I took the Minnie bows and stuck then into the dipped Oreo mouse heads.

On the day of the party I baked the cake as well as the cupcakes. Looking back I should have done them the night before, lol. I finished all the cupcakes and put together the cake. I was very proud of the finished result. I had never done a cake like this before. Or really modeled with fondant before. All and all she was very happy with the cake and cupcakes. It was a great party!!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A Secret Hideout for a Superhero- New house, new room, new adventures

With a new house comes a new room.. Since I never got to finish his old bedroom, I decided to stick with the Super hero theme. My son still hasn't out grown his love of all things Super heroes. As a matter of fact it seem to be the his favorite topic of discussion. I painted his walls in a darker seal gray. I figured it was the best color to go with the majority of reds, blacks, and blues throughout the room. I painted the trim a high gloss white. I recycled his comic action words I had made from his old room as well as, the Spiderman spider for his window. I wanted something else for window. It seemed too bare. I cut out a city scape from poster board for the window but it looked too plain. I wanted it to seem like when he looked out the window he be right in the city. So I added another city scape out of foam board. I put a small strand of Christmas lights in between the two. At night it looks like the glow of city lights.....

I did a spider web again in his new room because it was his favorite thing about his old room.

Batman for the bottom bunk and Spiderman for the top
 This is the progress thus far. I have many plans for this room and there will be more to come....