Saturday, September 4, 2010

I will be undergoing surgery on my arm soon and will be unable to make anything for a few weeks.  So, my projects are on hold.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Refinishing A Chair

Today, I refinished a dining room chair.  I have done many pieces of furniture.  Some worked out well and others were complete flops so, I will share my favorite products and the steps that have worked for me.  First of all, find an ugly chair that has a pretty skeleton (decorative work or just strait if that's what you like.)
I love the woodwork on this chair but, hate the colors and fabric.  No problem, I'll just change it.
  First, I remove the cushion and clean the chair.
Then, I spray paint it a MATTE BLACK. I prefer the .98 cent spray paint at Wal-mart  Matte adheres to the slick coat on the chair without having to sand it first.  After the spray paint is completely dry, I coat it with a brush on Krylon Paint.(Sold right next to the spray paint)
After completely dry, I like to sand the edges to give the chair a shabby-chic look
to be cont......

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Today I made my favorite cake using Duncan Heinz Moist Deluxe Boxed cake mix.  I made red velvet because I love the color...Yes, deep red is my favorite, even to eat.  I followed the cake mix instructions for the cupcakes and then made this butter cream frosting:

In a saucepan, I mixed 1/2 cup heavy cream with 1 cup of milk and a tsp. of vanilla.  I put 2/3 cup of flour to the side.  Then waited for the milk to come to a simmer while stirring.  Then, slowly added the flour while whisking it in so there wasn't any lumps in my frosting.  As soon as it turned thick,  I put it in a bowl, covered it and popped it in the fridge.

In my mixer, I put 3 sticks of unsalted butter and added 3 cups of powdered sugar. I mixed it real well and then slowly added the cold paste a little at a time until all mixed. 

PIPING TRICK:  Plop a big heap of frosting on a rectangle of saran wrap.  fold the wrap over the frosting both sides and then wind the ends.  It should look like old fashioned hard candy wrapper.  When ready to pipe,  cut one end of the saran wrap and put it down into the piping bag. It makes it easy to use the piping bag multiple times while keeping the bag nearly clean.

I used a large round tip and sprinkled them with sugar sprinkles.  **The frosting is best after setting up in the fridge for a bit...or as long as you can resist.

Beaded Watch


All of the materials I used today were purchased at Michaels using the 40% off coupons from the Sunday paper. (If you are into coupons...purchase more than 1 Sunday paper and you'll get multiple coupons.)

  • .5mm elastic for jewelry making
  • Watch face
  •  Decorative Beads of your choice and Spacer beads
  • Crimp beads
  • Crimp tool
  • Scissors

  1. I cut 2 long strips of elastic *double the wrist plus some extra* and threaded them onto the watch face
  2. Thread the beads as desired
  3. Put a long spacer bead on all the threads to keep it together.  I only put one on this watch since it's for a tiny wrist.
  4. Tape off one end or you'll lose your beading
  5. Make sure to pull the elastic a few times to pre-stretch it a bit or it'll stretch later.
  6. Thread the elastic through the other side of the face and "Crimp" it as oulined in the document attached below in Jewelry 101.
  7. Trim the extra elastic leaving enough to thread through the first few beads to hide it.
  8. You have a beautiful watch!!!

Thread all the elastic through the spacer bead
Crimp Beads added on the left.  Tape on the right.

Threading through the watch and then the crimp bead.

Jewelry 101

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Baby Booties

 Home Made Baby Shoes!!!  So Cute.

This is my most recent project. I love it because you can be so creative and use fun fabrics and contrasting colors.  I will be making green shoes with pink piping next with a flower accent on top.

Materials for 9-12 month size:
  • Save pattern image to your computer and print full page size
  • 10"x10" square of fabric, wool felt and fusible web
  • 5/8 in wide ribbon 2x9in strips or decorative elastic 2x4 in pieces
  • 1/4 in wide binding to match or contrast fabric 2x9in pieces
  • Velcro for the straps
  • sewing thread
  1. Print 2 patterns.  Flip one over and mark so you have a left and right foot.
  2. Cut out the fabric, wool felt and fusing squares.  Using a press cloth, fuse the fabric and felt together using the manufacturers instructions.
  3. Place the pattern pieces on the square, pin and cut out.
  4. mark the lines on the wrong side with a pencil or chalk pencil
  5. Carefully stitch binding pieces to the inside edge (top) of the shoe (pictured above)
  6. Fold your ribbon pieces in half and stitch all around the edges (If using decorative elastic, skip this step)
  7. Sew a piece of velcro to the clean end of the ribbon
  8. Sew the other piece of velcro to the opposite side of shoe on the fabric side
  9. For decorative elastic, sew to the inside edge of the shoe and secure by sewing a square.  Make sure to sew close to the binding edge.
  10. Back to the shoe:  Place the back edges together with the right sides of fabric facing in. Stitch 1/8in from the edge. Now it's ready to attach the sole.
  11. Leaving the shoe inside out, pin the sole to the shoe, making sure to line up the lines you marked earlier. Pin so you can sew with the pins in as long as possible.  It is hard to keep together otherwise.
  12. Sew along the edge 1/8in from the edge.  Be careful not to catch the strap!!
  13. Turn inside out and reshape.
  14. Add any embellishments you desire.  Be creative!

Ribbons and Lace

  Ribbons and Lace is Coming Soon Online: Ribbons and Lace is my favorite store in the whole world and it is going online.  I usually have to make a special trip when I go to AZ but, finally they'll be online for everyone!!!!

They will sell kits for couture wipes cases, kits for tulle tutus (the kits will be your best and easiest option), fabric and silk flowers for sandals, hair clips, hats etc.The site will have instruction videos which is AWESOME!!  I will update you when it's ready to go!