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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 115 ENTRIES / Play kitchen on: October 10, 2016 08:41:57 AM
I was so pleased to see this challenge, because I was getting started on my daughter's second birthday present. This is what happens when a crafty lady in her third trimester gets nesting urges...

There's no one inspiration piece for this, since I've been drooling all over the up cycled play kitchens on Pinterest for months. My  dad wanted to build one from scratch, but he injured his back lately and already has a project taking up every available inch of his shop, so I went the upcycle route.

Starting with this 10$ Value Village media cabinet

I pulled off the back and the casters, used the shelf to divide the cabinet into a cupboard and oven, and got the very friendly guys at the lumber store to cut a backing piece, end piece, and doors out of plywood for me.

My little carpentry buddy and I did some assembly, then I borrowed my dad's jigsaw (boy, those are fun!) to cut a hole for the sink. My dad routered the door edges and cut down the extra media cabinet shelf so it would fit in the new "cupboard" and the whole she-bang got a coat of primer
Then a coat of paint. Then some trim, knobs, pulls, and latches

I'm still waiting on a few magpies in my family who love re-use stores to find a faucet that will fit and some tiles I can paint for burners, but I think right now it looks like a pretty convincing little kitchen. Not bad for something I built in my living room during nap time and after kiddo went to bed  Grin The worst part is keeping it under a drape until December, when the little cook turns two.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Help with my picky boyfriend on: December 18, 2011 09:17:59 AM
Marinate some firm tofu in soy sauce, chili sauce, and sesame oil, then bake.  Also, korean tofu soup!
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2011 Holiday Crafting To Do Lists! on: December 18, 2011 08:40:01 AM
Just bound off my fiancé's sweater  Grin. Spent yesterday making goodies to stock my brother's new freezer (my gift to him) and have my mom and sisters' presents all done. My dad is getting a purchased gift this year, as are my future in-laws.  I just have Sam's stocking stuffers to do and I am done!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: 2011 Holiday Crafting To Do Lists! on: December 04, 2011 02:39:11 PM
Fiancé: Sweater (oh dear God I hope I finish!)
Mother: Family portrait cross-stitch (done, just needs a frame)
Father: bottle of port to share with mum and something crafted, but I don't know what
Brother: cooler full of frozen lunches and cookies
Sister: cross-stitch portrait of the two of us as kids (done and wrapped) bottle of wine
FMIL: Preserved lemons
FBIL: red tuque with a great big pompom on top
FSIL: photography toys, maybe a new camera bag? or some lovely yarn and needles.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / One Christmas present down... on: November 13, 2011 04:04:42 PM
Hello fellow craftsters! This Christmas, my family has decided to make all our Christmas presents, which is what I usually do anyway. This year, however, is my first year teaching, so I didn't get the usual head start (read: having my list done by mid-August) and was worried I would run out of time.  Saint Martha of the Gluegun came to my aid with this lovely idea : http://www.marthastewart.com/309518/customizable-cross-stitch-projects

A trip to the crafts store and a few hours later, I've finished my sister's gift!

I'm thinking of doing another one for my mom with my brother in it too.  I've got lots of aida and floss left over.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: September 14, 2011 06:19:25 AM
Yesterday, the FH and I made the BEST MEATLOAF EVER! Seriously tasty stuff.  I'm so excited to take it to work for lunch and impress my coworkers Smiley
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: August 24, 2011 04:00:03 PM
My fiancé is making me tomato soup!
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: August 19, 2011 09:14:22 AM
Gharam masaala pork tenderloin, sautéed kale, and a wheat berry and beet salad.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What's for supper? on: August 11, 2011 06:12:24 PM
Yesterday was steak skewers with zucchini, tomatoes, red peppers, and couscous. On the BBQ.  My lovely hubby-to-be braved the thunder to make me supper Smiley
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Fall wedding color questions on: August 08, 2011 08:11:57 AM
Not only is purple a great colour in fall, it's complimentary colour is yellow, so the contrast will be stunning.  Excellent choice!
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