Sunday, June 26, 2011

getting rid of clutter one shoe at a time

Though some may like this "LOOK" I was getting tired of it!

I was trying to find a solution When I ran across a "shoe cabinet"

in a Japanese table book!
" Brilliant" I exclaimed!! Well not really but I wanted to!

Any way while shopping for one just the right size and price I scored this baby ( for only 27.00).

( in it's first life it was a corner tv cabinet). As usual I didn't get a real" before" pic. First the hubs added a matching bull nose to the three sides of the top that had been flat, took off the masonite back and side panels with ply-wood and trimmed it out.
It was then kilzed, painted out with old paint (Alabaster by Valspar) I'd used on another project, added new knobs.

Wanting a fun surprise I painted the inside THIS color!

(Spa blue by Decoart)
Now we have a shoe cozy!
What do you think?

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Happy Father's Day 2011

What dad doesn't love to eat or grill??

Well I have the perfect thing to please either!

It's a grill cake. How cute is this??

I saw something like this somewhere. ( I think in a magazine )

I thought my grandsons would get a kick out of it.

The cake was baked in a prepared aluminum bowl.

The coal and fire are cookie crumbled and mixed with black gel, and m&m's.

The hamburgers are oat meal cookies brushed with cocoa powder.

and topped with "cheese" colored fondant.

The hot dogs are stubby pretzels wrapped in fondant

and tinted with red and blue color and brushed with cinnamon.

The lines were also made by dipping a tooth pick

in cinnamon to create "grill marks"

Both the legs and handles were wrapped in fondant as well.

The body of the grill was frosted in white

then sprayed red with wilton red food spray.

I think this would make a great 4th of July cake too,try it!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Father's Day gift

Father's day is fast approaching and I helped my grandsons make their Daddy an amazing gift that I think he'll cherish for ever.
While browsing the web I came across
THIS site and adorable DIY for Father's Day and just had to make it. I just noticed we both used very similar fabrics! (It was the best "boy fabric" in my stash that didn't have robots, or dogs on it). I followed her instructions with a few changes. ( just make sure you have the hands arranged so they will fit the size opening you want BEFORE you iron them on and sew around them. I found the frame at T J MAXX on clearance. The frame was already matted and had a picture in it. I just ripped out the ugly picture and re-framed it with the adorable hand prints of my little sweeties! I also decided not to put the cute saying on the frame because it was not a "crafty " styled frame. This was a pretty easy project and one that is a real keeper! If you double click on the pictures you'll notice the boy's names and ages are written beside each wrist. *NOTE* if you have a little one, you may want to trace their hand while he's sleeping! just a thought. :) Please check out roots and wings co. she has wonderful tutorials!