Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ruffle Cake Tutorial

Have you seen the ruffle cakes that seem to be everywhere in the blog-a-sphere lately and wonder how they make those???

Well good news.  I am going to tell you and it is easy.

So first you are going to need a rose or petal tip.  I used a wilton #104.  It was the biggest one I had (I kinda think bigger is better for this cake).

You are going want to hold the pastry bag pointed down with the fatter rounded side of the tip against the side of your cake and the more narrow side pointed out.

Then just go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth working your way up the side of the cake.

This process goes really quickly.  Like it is the kind of cake decorating job where if you have 15 mins before you have to go out the door to take your daughter to a meeting and you have to drop the cake off at the neighborhood block party on the way and your 3 year old just came inside to inform you he peed his pants and your baby comes in covered in blue cake batter so you have to give both of them a bath and your husband calls to tell you that I-15 is a parking lot and he is running late and you still need to brush though your daughter's hair because they are going to take her picture at the meeting and your are not dressed yet, you will still have time to frost this cake real quick.

For the top it is basically the same thing, only you just go back and forth across the top getting smaller as you go in.  I did one 'ruffled triangle' for every two rows on the side of the cake.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Americana Decor -The blue chair

I am so stinking excited about redoing my house for the Forth of July.  The many many projects it will take to accomplished my Americana makeover are all coming along well.  Today I finished this little chair.  I love the blue color.  I really wanted to keep chair Americana inspired, but not go so patriotic that it wouldn't be able to use it year round.

I picked this beauty up for $3 at a garage sale.  

Oh look under the dirty old fabric there was even more older, uglier, dirtier fabric. NICE!

I started out by taking the seat off and spray painting it blue, then once it was dry, I sanded it by hand with a very fine sand paper.

While the paint dried I recovered the seat.  I added some extra foam I am had laying around to give the cushion a little more presence.    Then I took a 9X6 canvas drop cloth I picked up for about $9 and used a sharpie to draw the numbers on it.  I considered writing "sit on me" or something like that, but then I decided to just go with something classic like a couple of numbers.  I know something like "76" would have been more Americana, but 2003 was the year I was married to a when with something that had a little more personal meaning.

Ain't she a cutie.

Almost as cute as my little patriotic helper.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday Night Features

You know what I mean.

I have really be wanting to do a stenciled wall.  This one from Liz Marie is just beautiful.  I love the colors

This bookshelf from The Precious Little Things In Life is so great.  I love all the books matching.  It seems like a very over whelming task to me, but apparently worth it.  So tranquil. 

 This jumper from Better Then I Could Have Imagined makes me really want a baby girl again.

I really want to make this alphabet art from That's My Letter.

I have been trying to decide on a large piece of statement art for my Americana family room make over.  this idea from ReMarkable Home is pretty awesome.

This star from Grey Luster Girl is made out of cereal boxes.  I am pretty sure I will be making quite a few of these this weekend.

Have a good weekend and don't forget the sunscreen.  :)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Temple Picture For Bryce's Room

As many of you may know I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Recently, at our General Conference, the President of the Church, Thomas S Monson, gave some very sound advice to parents about the temple.  For us the temple is the house of the Lord.  It is where we get married for eternity and families are made forever families.

I couldn't imagine waking up to anything better.  I searched the internet and found this picture that I absolutely love.  I LOVE the light filtering down and the sunspots.    Then I added a cross process effect to make the colors more vintage-y looking and printed it out in 6 sections.  I found it on someone's flicker page and I asked her if I could use it first.  It is not up anymore or else I would link to it.

I used this tutorial for distressed photo canvases.    It is a really easy process.  First you get your image.  I just printed it off on my printer.  The tutorial says you need to use toner and not ink, but I used ink and it worked out okay.  To prep your canvas you cover it with a nice thick, but not too thick layer of Gel Medium.  Then place your image face down in the gel and let it dry for like 4 hours.  BTW I also reversed the image so it would be the right way when I was done.  
Once the image and gel is all dry, spray it down with water and peel off the paper.  Then let it dry.  Then get it wet again and rub off more paper.  Then dry. and then get it wet and rub more off.   Just keep going until it looks the way you want it to.  Just be careful not to take off too much of the image.  Then once it ready cover it with another layer of the medium gel and you are done.
  It is a really fun process so I seriously hope you go check it out.  I am planning on trying it again.

When I was little I wan't a member of the church.  My family met the missionaries when I was 11 and my family got baptized.  Then a few years later everything kinda fell apart.  When I was 16 I bought a picture of a couple standing in front of the Salt Lake Temple on their wedding day and put it in a frame on my dresser.  Three years later, when I was 19 that picture was still on my dresser (probably barried under a mountain of clothes) and when I realized I needed to start make decisions about the kind of life I wanted to have I remembered that picture and knew that was what I wanted.  

I hope these pictures I am creating will serve much the same purpose for my children.  No matter what choices they make they will know they can always look to the temple and they will know it means enough to their mother, who loves them, that she took the time to make it part of their everyday lives.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Fourth of July - Festive Treats

Oh my goodness there is so much Fourth of July awesomeness out there.  Pretty much if you make any of these for your Forth if July gathering you are going to look pretty cool.  I seriously want to have a BBQ in my newly grassed back yard and make all of this.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fourth of July - Decorating Inspiration

I am busy getting my craft on (and playing ridiculous amounts of Lego Star Wars with my kids on the Wii), so I thought it would be fun to share a little more awesome patriotic inspiration.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Fourth of July - Banners, Wreaths, and Buntings

I love the Fourth of July.  I was a little surprised today to realize it was only 2 weeks away.  Which got me to thinking, I need to get decorating.  But first I thought it would be fun to get a little inspiration.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Night Features

Yay!   IT"S FRIDAY!!!!  This week has been a good one for awesome stuff being posted in blogland.  So let's get to it, shall we?

I love this ballerina dream top from Peanut to Princess.  I think I am going to have to make one for Emma.

This party at A Little Bird Told Me is crazy amounts of awesome

SO CUTE!!!!  Girl. Inspired.

Really great headboard tutorial from PB&J stories.

Ridiculously cute flip flops from Fancy Frugal Life.

Possibly one of the cutest birthday cupcake tees I have ever seen.  Are 8 year olds too old to wear this??? :(  There is a great tutorial at Positively Splendid.

Love these pillows from The 36th Ave.   I need to make some pillows.  Don't be surprised if you see something similar soon.

Well happy weekend.  We are getting grass in the morning.  I am so EXCITED to finally have all our grass!!! and Happy Father's Day too.  I know we will be having some Father's Day fun here.