Sunday, April 19, 2015

Holy 200!!!


My 200th Blog entry is a cake I made for my Niece's First Holy Communion.  She was so proud and excited for this day!  She said she was waiting for this day since she was 5. As she told the story she kept getting younger... Since I was 4, Since I was in Pre-school...  She is a comedian, that kid!  Her mom reminded her I was making a cake earlier this week and her reply " ohhhh that's right, I'm kind of a big deal"  Yes Lindsey, You are definitely a big deal...








Sunday, April 5, 2015

Furniture Makeover- Bar

I'm interrupting my cake blog to show you my first furniture makeover.  I'm so excited and proud that I did it!  I took an old cabinet- I believe I bought it about 10 years ago when I was living in Conshohocken...  It was an "assemble yourself" piece of furniture (I don't think it was Ikea but a similar brand) and surprisingly it has held up OK over the years.  I've been surfing Pinterest for ideas and was inspired by many different ideas but never really found "The One"...    So I just threw together a bunch of ideas and gave it a try.
The original piece of furniture had doors on the top row.  For some unknown reason I didn't take a "before" picture ...  I think I was just excited to get started!


Painting the Furniture

I used the techniques of painting furniture from the Vintage Store House.  I really liked Kelsey's explanations- She is really nice and encouraging!  I pretty much followed everything she said.
Here is the link:
http://www.vintagestorehouse.com/diy-furniture/how-i-paint-furniture/tutorial-how-to-eliminate-brush-strokes-on-furniture/

I used everything she uses in her tutorial Sherwin Williams Paint, Vintage Store House Chalk Powered, Sherwin Williams Brush, Fiddes and Son's wax...

I'm not sure the wax finish did much... I don't really see a difference but I did it anyway. Maybe over time it will be come evident why you need to do that step.

Back Board
The back of the cabinet was my most perplexing challenge.  The two boards in the back were held together with a piece of plastic leaving about a 1/4 gap.  I tried to shimmy a piece of wood in between but it wasn't flat.  So I decided to cut up some black poster board I had and make two panels to fit into each level. I used scrapbooking paper to decorate the boards.  I'm holding them in place by double sided tape so If I want to change the look of the bar I can... I'm sure I won't, but the option is there....

Finishes

I bought the Signs  Drink, Love, Cocktails from a great store in Philly.  I walk by it when I'm roaming the city but can't think of the name or find it on-line as I write this.  If I find it, I'll update the post...  These are my signs of old age coming through, or paint fumes... Not sure which one...

I bought stemware holders and new hardware from Lowes. The glassware holders are screwed into the top shelf, which is solid wood.   There are four mirrors- one on each side and row, which I purchased at walmart.  You can't really see them in the pictures but it does make a difference when you see it in person.

Now, I have a grown up place to make my cocktails...  Come on over and have a drink!



Cost 
So... it wasn't as "cheap" as I thought it would be to repaint furniture. I guess now that I have the supplies the next piece I do will be even more economical.  I'm excited for flea market season to start....  I'm sure there were things I could have done to make this even less expensive, but for my first try- I'm o.k. with it!

Paint $17
Wax $20
Paint Brush- $18
Ceramic Signs $43 (My big splurge- I just feel in love with them...)
Stemware Holders $7
Scrapbook Paper $7
Mirrors $12
Hardware $28

Total $152

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Titanic birthday




My niece loves the movie titanic and asked for a titanic cake. Not the most uplifting cake for an 11th birthday but it forced some creativity... The ship and ice bergs are made out of Rice Krispies and covered in fondant. The rest is buttercream.  





Saturday, March 14, 2015

Drunk Barbie Cake

Happy Birthday to My cousin Lauren. I can't believe you are 21!    
There are a number of drunk barbie cake ideas on Pinterest, I personalized it by adding Lauren's boyfriend as the action hero coming in to help as his girlfriend is puking sprinkles into the fondant toilet....  Fun! 


Light her up!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Maleficent Birthday

Lilly Turns 11 Years Old Today...  She had a Maleficent Inspired Party, which was lots of fun.  Happy Birthday Lilly!!! 



 We got to See Maleficent when we were in Disney in December... She is one scary lady...


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Surprise inside Cake


I've been wanting to make a surprise inside cake ever since I signed up for the craftsy class by Amanda Rettke. I Love her blog (Iambaker) and of course follow it regularly.  I'm not sure how she can have so many creative ideas week after week. It is amazing...    I was excited when Sara asked me to make a cake for her sister's Sprinkle shower.   Since Sara is an amazing shower/party planner I knew I had to "step it up" for the cake...   Here is Baby Nora's Surprise inside Sprinkle cake...

I used the twice baked method for the letters- It was cake mixed with frosting to a playdough consistency.  I then cut 30 of each letter.





Here are the letters all lined us.  You place the cake batter all around to fill in so when it baked it envelopes the letters.


 Since it was a sprinkle I had to have sprinkles inside and outside of the cake.  I also had sprinkles in every corner of my kitchen after it was all done... :)





The end result...   So exited that it worked!



Thursday, December 25, 2014

Disney and Christmas Cookies 2014


 Here are my Christmas Cookies for 2014.  They are Disney Inspired along with a few Elf on the Shelf and other Christmas favorites.  Enjoy!












Sunday, November 9, 2014

Tractor with Cheese

 My Nephew asked for a Tractor pulling a wagon filled with CHEESE!  He loves' Cheese so that is what he got...  The tractor is made from rice krispie treats and covered with fondant.  Here he is enjoying some of his cheese...





Such a cute Pirate!!!