We are celebrating my husband's 30th birthday with some friends and some beer I couldn't decide if I wanted to make a pint glass or beer mug, so I did both. I settled on Guinness and Bass (mainly because their logos were so simple). The Guinness cake is a 9x13 cake cut to shape. The Bass cake is a little smaller (8x10?) with a round cake cut in half for the handle and foam/head.My cake decorating tools are pretty limited and I think if I were to do it again, I would make my own frosting. Overall I think they came out alright.
After posting this sling (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=304439.0) that I made a few weeks ago for a baby shower, my sister-in-law saw it and asked if I would make one for her birthday. So I got an idea of what she wanted (do you want baby theme? Girl theme? Modern?) and went from there. I think I like this one even better than the two I made before.It is super soft and just looks great!
I decided not to sew the fabric to the rings, but left extra fabric to thread it with. In doing this it is reversible and also she doesn't have to worry about the rings banging up her washer and dryer. I use a twin sheet of 400 thread count cotton and 1/4 yd of decorative fabric on each side. The green pattern side has a zipper pocket and the purple side has a velcro pocket (see other post for better idea of how this looked). I made them big enough to hold things like a diaper and wipes, keys, etc... My only hesitation is that the sheet is cream colored. I found the purple fabric first and loved it, but I had a hard time finding a color coordinating sheet that fit in my budget ($20 total project). Thankfully Kohls was having a sale but cream was all I could find. So my kids are getting her stain sticks to go with it as a birthday present
My 3 year old testing out the ring sling.
The other side (the pic won't rotate for some stupid reason)
Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach). Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way.
One of my good friends and her sister were having a joint baby shower so I checked the registry to see what they wanted. On one of the registries I saw baby sling ($80). I thought, "I can make that" and started searching craftster.org and a few other sites. The most helpful one I found was http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/index.html After much research on rings, I went to my local "Family Farm and Home" store (Grand Rapids,MI) and bought two 3" heavy duty rings. They don't weigh that much and are made to hold farm animals, so I figured a baby was safe. I might order nylon ones next time I make a sling, but due to time constraints I chose to buy these locally. Next I went to BEd Bath and BEyond and got this really nice twin sheet. It was 500 thread count, flat, chocolate brown (because we all know its going to get puke and poop on it at some point ) and only $13. I cut it in half and then made it to the size that the online pattern called for. I bought 1/4 yard colorful fabric for each and added a hidden pocket/pouch with velcro closure on each. I think both came out great. I think it would be fun to make another one with an adult print instead (something Amy Butler-ish). Each sling cost less than $13, but that was because I used 1 sheet for 2 slings. Thanks for looking Michelle
Make sure that the rings are high (like you are wearing a broach). Also, it is very important that it spread across your back and makes a cape across your shoulder. Place baby in sling, tighten up and go on your way J
I bought this queen sheet set from Goodwill for $4.00. I used the flat sheet to make a new shower curtain and accent towels. Basically I just cut the sheet to size using a different shower curtain and also used that for the hole placements. Then I just hemmed the bottom and 1 side and here it is
here is one of the accent towels
And a shirt I made out of leftover flat sheet (Simplicity 2927).
About 5 years ago I bought this beautiful dresser at a consignment store. Soon enough the veneer began to peel off and 2 knobs broke off, but the piece was so sturdy I couldn't imagine getting rid of it. We moved and I really wanted new bedroom furniture, but we decided to pay off our car instead. So I was resigned to keeping what we had. Then one day I was visiting Salvation army (Grand Rapids, MI has an super huge one w/a whole floor dedicated to furniture) and found 2 night stands for $15/piece. Seriously, these were a STEAL! Very sturdy and I imagine very expensive at the time they were bought. Hardly any wear and tear on them. They were, however, very outdated/ugly and had these hidious door knocker pulls. But I figured for $30 I could experiment and if I didn't like them I could always donate them back. Well 4 cans later of black satin spray paint and some shiny new hardware I have these
All 3 pieces have very detailed work that didn't really show up in the pictures, which is unfortunate. These pictures don't do them justice. They seriously look super sharp, the night stands especially. Between the stands, paint and pulls, the whole project cost me around $70. Not bad compared to what a new set would have cost. Thanks for checking this out.
I bought a sewing maching a few years ago, and this is the first real pattern I've followed start to finish. I made 2 dresses, one for my 3 yr.old and one for my 1 yr.old. Since it was winter time, I chose to use fleece and didn't line it. Both girls loved their dresses (phew..thank goodness I made 2), but my son was sad that I didn't make him anything. Since I had leftover material, I used the top part of the pattern to make him a vest, tie, and hat. I would highly suggest this pattern to anyone b/c it is almost impossible to mess up. I've made 2 other dresses since this one and each has looked great.
and I went to the bridal shower this morning wherethey were a total hit. I figured I should post it here as well for anyone who's looking for an easy idea. Basically I spent $20 ($17 on supplies and $3 on drinking glasses from goodwill) and personalized 10 glasses for the bride and groom. The etching material was the most expensive part, but I plan on making many more gifts w/it, so I wasn't too bothered by it. My gift was the last to be opened (out of atleast 100..I'm not exaggerating) but made the room come quiet. All the ladies LOVED!! it. They all wanted me to explain how to make it and started talking about all the great ideas they could do w/it. I was kindof worried that people would be put off by it, but everyone (including the bride) couldn't stop talking about it. It was great.
So I have a bridal shower to go to next week, and I wanted to make something instead of buying something expensive off the registry. I was told once by my mother-in-law that I'm cheap b/c I don't go out and spend enough $$$$ on gifts. But I prefer to think of it as giving thoughtful gifts that mean something, not just crap I spent lots of money on
I bought the etching cream at Michaels w/a 40% off coupon, but it was still $15. The cups I got from Goodwill for $0.50/piece. The stickers were just some letter stickers I picked up in the scrapbook isle (~$2). The first set reads: Travis, Anne, Prince Charming, True Love
The second set reads: His, Hers, June 16th 2007, Princess
The last set are just some various size circle stickers I had laying around.
My niece's birthday is coming up, so I decided to make her some gifts. We have a very big and generous family, and she is usually overwhelmed with too many toys. So I figured this was a great way to give her something she can actually use. First I made matching aprons for her and her mom (discount fabric and it only cost $1.50). I got the idea from http://taly.on.neobee.net/tutorial-aprons.htm I only took a picture of the one for my niece, but her mom's looks the same just adult size. I made a long rectangular pocket for paint brushes or wooden spoons and a square pocket for what ever else.