Wednesday, 31 August 2011
More preparation for Fosters upcoming first birthday! In my efforts to create the opportunity for some fun pictures at his first birthday celebration, I've been thinking 'what will he wear?'. I've decided to go with a little guy tie.. I've seen some adooorrrable baby and toddler ties available to buy online and such, but not willing to pay the price, I'm making my own :)
So here's what I did, step by step to make my very own, 'Little Guy Tie'.
Friday, 26 August 2011
|Image courtesy of MapQuest|
I've stated before, my participation in Postcrossing and recently I received a card from Austrailia. From the senders home to mine, it travelled a whopping 18,268 km's. Wow. That flight would suck! Pardon me! But then it got me thinking... what would be the absolute farthest I could send a postcard? What is the absolute farthest point from where I am? Naturally, that would be the antipodal point on the earth. I know. I'm impressed with my use of 'antipodal' too! (Gheesh I hope I've used it correctly...)
Next came some searching (thanks Google) which brought me to Antipodes Map. It's a site just for that purpose! To see the other side of the world! Apparently, I would be floating out in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia! It gives you co-ordinates as well. You could even plug those into Google Earth for a more realistic view.
Thanks for indulging my nerdy-ness...but that brings the question... if you were to dig a hole straight through the earth, where would YOU end up?
Thursday, 25 August 2011
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
As you may have seen, I recently posted about the teired tray I made for Fosters upcoming first birthday. We have until October, but I'm taking my time getting it all done and put together!
In addition to the tiered tray, I decided to make a small cake stand to put his little personal cake on (for the cake smash photos) and some little cupcake stands as well.
As before, I raided the thrift stores for items to build the stands. Dollar stores work too!
E6000 again as the adhesive, I glued the two small burner covers together so it would be stronger. It needed a little more height, so I added a mason jar lid in between the burner covers and the pot. Glued... set.
Have I mentioned how much I love spray paint!!?
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Yes you can. Chalkboard paint is ridiculously easy to make. The great thing about making it yourself is the array of colours you can make it in! Do a small project like a message board or go big and turn your kids play room into one big chalkboard! Ohhhhh... all the kids from the neighbourhood would surely be over if that were the case! Follow along for the recipe and some tips!
Monday, 22 August 2011
Pinwheels are super easy. I have done them before with felt, but never with paper! Want to know how? Read the full post for all the details.
Friday, 19 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Our son Foster's first birthday is approaching in a couple months... I can hardly believe it! Since life is hectic and there are always a bunch of things to do, I've decided to plan early and get things put together slowly over this next while. It also means, I get to share with you bits and pieces along the way! Of course, when the day comes, I'll share the whole shebang, all put together! Pinterest has absolutely been a great space to pin up all the idea's and such that are floating around the wild, wild, web, helping me get organized.
I wanted to make a lovely cupcake / cake stand for the big day. Foster's party is going to be somewhat of a non theme. Just bright and colourful, with pattern. We'll save the themed birthday parties for when he is older and has specific interests. A tiered tray was first on the list and it all began with a trip to the thrift store.
E-6000 as the adhesive to assembled the trays. I glued the bottom tray with the candle stick on it and the middle teir with the candle stick on it first, then let them totally set and dry before adhering everything else together. So far, so good! Really, if you like the look you could just stop right here. But I kept going.
Krylon, Blue Ocean Breeze in Gloss finish. Since this product works on metal, there was no need for spraying on a primer first.
The whole thing cost around $7.50 to make. $5.00 for the trays and the candle sticks, I had the E-6000 adhesive on hand and I'm using the rest of the Krylon Blue Ocean spray paint for other projects... so I figure around $2.50 worth of that. Not bad! And it looks just like I wanted it too.
There are soooo many ways you can build your own tiered tray. If I had the room, I would have a ton of them in all different styles and themes. Gah! It's probably good I don't have the room.... lol.
P.S. If you are concerned about placing food directly on the spray painted surface, consider putting treats on them that have either their own wrapper (like a cupcake) or put a paper liner on the tray first. Wax paper or even a pretty decorative paper would work great and would help with cleanup.
Friday, 12 August 2011
Here is a quick little tutorial on how to make a tank top tote bag in less then 5 minutes. Seriously. It's that simple! For books, beach stuff or as a market bag, what a great way to upcycle some old tanks.
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Love those apothecary jars you see all over design magazines and shows? Don't love the price tag enough to buy your own? Think the one in the picture above is beautiful? I do too. I made it. It cost me a whopping $2.50.
Read the post for all the details and instructions!
Monday, 8 August 2011
My friend Eryn has a severe allergy to shell fish. Naturally she is very careful when she goes out to eat at restaurants, avoids buffets and places that serve a lot of shell fish. Because of this, she has never had sushi. The tragedy! So naturally, we decided to try our hands at making our own, shell fish free sushi and got started on the grocery list.
Simple was the theme seeing as though it was our first time making it. I found the sheets of nori (seaweed), the sticky rice, bought a jar of pickled ginger and a tube of prepared wasabi. To add to the experience, I found some miso soup too. Yum! I was able to find everything in the international food aisle of my local grocery store. Next stop, Eryn's place.
Tip; when you cut the roll into pieces, make sure your knife is clean and sharp. It may get sticky between cuts, so keep a damp cloth handy to wipe it off periodically.
If you like sushi but have never made it yourself, give it a try. You'll be surprised at how easy it is!
- Sticky / sweet glutenous rice
- Rice vinegar
- Nori (seaweed wraps)
- Bamboo mat
- Filling (whatever you wish!)
- Pickled ginger, wasabi, light soy sauce for garnish and dipping (optional)
Friday, 5 August 2011
We'll finish off this week of websites by checking out Pinterest. I'd heard about it before, but never really explored it to it's full potential until recently. I'm not even sure I have fully explored it or that I ever could! The sheer amount of images pinned makes it a gold mine of inspiration. You could spend hours looking through amazing images without even noticing the time ticking away.
For those of you that don't know what it's about, Pinterest is like a virtual bulletin board. It's a great space to collect images you love online, organize them into groups and share them, while maintaining the original source of the image. Yes, source credit is maintained. I love that! Especially for blogging. I can't even tell you how many images I have saved on my hard drive for inspiration but I have no idea where I got them from. And because of that, they will probably never get used on my blog. From now on, I wont have that problem!
Follow other pinners and be followed by others who like your pins. Put together images for a specific project like decorating a room in your home, or for an event such as a wedding or baby's first birthday. It's a great way to keep all that inspiration in one place without having to tear pages from magazines, or save random images to your hard drive. It's all right there. Brilliant!
Go on, head over to Pinterest and request an invite to join. You'll quickly receive an invite via email, do the sign up thing and then you can start pinning. You can also link it to Facebook and Twitter.
Pinterest App free from iTunes, so you can pin on the go.
Thursday, 4 August 2011
I thought I would post about Two Peas in a Bucket in case some of you have never heard of it before. Like scrapbooking and the likes? Two Peas has an abundant supply of paper, images, stamps and anything else scrapbook related that you can think of.
The cool part is, they always have backgrounds and fonts you can download for free! However, do look further then just the freebies! There is a TON of stuff to chose from and so much of it is priced very well.
Click on Digital -> Digital Shopping, to get the free fonts and free downloadable digi kits. Have fun!
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
Pick Your Plum is a cool website you crafters out there will appreciate! Shipping to Canada and the United States, Pick Your Plum posts one awesome craft product a day at a steal of a deal. It's there until either the end of the day or until it's sold out. Whatever comes first!
So head on over to Pick Your Plum and do as they say, 'get it before your neighbour does'.