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Who am I? I'm a wife to my best friend. I'm 'mama' to two silly boys. I'm a full time mom, a cook, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, an errand runner, and a boo boo kisser. I'm a cake decorator and an aspiring crafter when I find time. Throwing parties are my true passion. I'm loving my life and trying to enjoy every minute with my boys!
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Children's Art Display

I have to say first off that I am not good with power tools.  Ok, maybe that's an understatement....I don't know the first thing about power tools.  So when I came up with this project idea, I knew I would need some help. 

First I went to Lowe's for my supplies.  I got 3 strips of metal (I don't know what they're intended for, but they were by the key making section at my Lowe's), screws with anchors, and magnets.  Do NOT be tempted by the aluminum strips that are right by the metal ones.  Yes they are thinner cheaper, but remember...magnets will not stick to it!


Now the guy at the store told me that the screws would go through the metal.  NOPE!  I tried one, and it completely took off the twists on the screw.  Helpful Hubby to the rescue!  He pre-drilled the holes on the metal strips using Cobalt drill bits.  It was easy peasy after that.

I measured where I wanted the strips and marked it with a pencil.  Then I screwed the wall anchors in (these particular wall anchors did not need a drill), lined up the metal strips, and screwed them in using the pre-drilled holes.  I made sure to space them far enough apart for a standard size piece of paper, and used the bottom strip to hang larger pieces of art.  Lastly, I added this cute vinyl Picasso quote I got from Etsy.


And tada!  A cute and fun way to display my kiddos' artwork from school.  It fits right in with the rest of the playroom decor, and I love it.  Next project: make cuter magnets to go with it!

Dollar Store Cupcake Stand

Ok, this project is so ridiculously easy, I feel silly for making a tutorial.  But here I am doing it anyway, lol.  I wanted a cute way to display cupcakes that I make for pictures, and that's how this idea was born. 

First you'll need your supplies.  You need a candlestick holder, a candle plate, and a hot glue gun.  I found the first two at the Dollar Tree for, you guessed it, only a dollar.


Next, apply hot glue to the top of the candlestick holder.  Try to go quickly so the glue doesn't start to harden.


Put your glass candle plate on top, and let dry.


And seriously, that's it!  Now you have a cute mini cake stand, a perfect photo prop for your cupcakes, or a neat way to serve a cupcake to a special someone. 


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rain Gutter Bookshelves

I've been eying these rain gutter bookshelves on other blogs for a couple of years now.  I think its a great way to display books so that little ones will be more likely to read them, and I knew I had to do it.  Well I finally got around to getting all my supplies from Lowe's, so it was time to start the project! 

There are TONS of rain gutter bookshelf tutorials out there, so I won't make a new one, but I will tell you how EASY it was!  You can find everything you need at Lowe's or Home Depot.  I got the gutters (2) for $5.50/each (10 ft long, I cut them in half to make 4 shelves), brackets for $2 (I used 3 brackets per shelf), and the end caps for $4 (make sure to get the appropriate amount of right and left end caps).  The whole project, not including the vinyl quote, cost around $50-$60 for 4 shelves. 

All you have to do is use the brackets to hang the gutters, put some books on them, and let your kiddos explore the books!  I added a really cute Dr. Seuss quote from this Etsy shop to complete the project.  The vinyl was a pain to get on the wall, but I love how it turned out.

So if you've been thinking about doing this project...just DO IT!  Its so super easy, and sure to benefit your kiddo's imagination.  You'll be glad you did :).


Saturday, January 26, 2013

Review: Babycakes Cake Pop Maker

I've owned this handy little Cake Pop Maker by Babycakes for about a year now, and I love it!  I must start off by saying that these are not the traditional cake pop though.  They don't have any icing, which makes them less sickeningly-sweet in my opinion.  I'll go over a few helpful hints I've found through trial and error with this machine.

First, get piping bags.  You NEED piping bags to fill up the cavities with precision.  Plug in the machine and let it heat up (only takes a couple of minutes).  Make a standard cake batter, and fill your piping bag with it.  Snip a hole in the bag and fill up the cavities.  The trick is to fill it to just barely below the line.  This is the perfect amount of cake batter with no overflow.  Try and fill them all quickly, as the first ones have already started baking. 

Close the machine and set the timer.  Mine only took 3 minutes to bake, but yours might need more or less.  They're done when you can press one and it lightly springs back.  Use the fork tool to take them out and set them on the cooling tray.  Repeat step one of filling up the machine with batter.  While your second set is baking, transfer the first set to the freezer.  Keep on repeating until you've used all your batter.

You want the cake pops to be in the freezer for at least 15 minutes.  After that, take them out and get your sticks and chocolate.  Melt a little of the chocolate, dip the end of a stick in it, and put it in the cake pop.  Repeat with all cake pops.  Put them back in the freezer for another 15 minutes.  The freezer time is imperative because its what keeps the cake pops from falling off the stick (one of the most common problems people have).

Once your cake pops have been in the freezer for at least 15 minutes, its time to dip them.  Melt your chocolate (I use a chocolate melting pot by Wilton) in a narrow, deep bowl or cup.  Then take each cake pop and dip it.  You want to hold it at an angle, tapping it on the side of your dish while slowly spinning it, pointing downwards, to get the excess chocolate off.  Once it looks good, put it in the drying rack.  If you want to add sprinkles or any toppings, make sure to do it before the chocolate hardens.  Once more in the fridge and then the cake pops are ready to be packaged up or eaten!

This machine makes it easy to make pretty cake pops because they are all uniform in size.  No more rolling and messy hands either!  Here are a few pics of ones that I've made.  Enjoy!





*This post was not indorsed or approved by Babycakes, and no free products were given in exchange for this review.