Thursday, February 24, 2011

Cake Spinner Remodel

When my grandmother passed away 5 years ago, I got to keep some of her cake pans and supplies.  I now have a pantry FULL of character pans, icing tips, and... her cake spinner.
One of the most memorable things about going to my grandparents house, was walking in and immediately being taken over by the smell of cake. (My grandma was THEE Cake Lady in our area)  She was always baking and frosting cakes whether it was for a birthday, graduations, or weddings.

The second most memorable thing...
She always used this old wooden cake spinner as she spun the cakes around as she frosted them.  I loved how it sounded. The sound of the ball bearings rolling around the ring... Sometimes I will just spin it around to hear the sound! Takes me back.

Anyways... I can't even tell you how many years she used it.  And when I brought it home, I covered it with foil each time to keep it 'clean', and because it was a bit 'aged'.

I decided to give it a makeover. It needed a 'fresh look'.  So...

I removed the hardware off the bottom...

I washed it up as best as I could.  Sanded down the edges a little to give it a softer finish... and then slapped on a couple coats of black paint. I painted around the edge, the bottom, and in a couple inches or so on the top.

Next, I found some scrapbook paper and cut out a circle that would fit on the top of the spinner.
I used my compass to draw the biggest circle possible on a 12x12 paper. Cut it out. Used my handy dandy mod podge to cover the bottom of the paper and place it in position on the spinner.

After drying completely, I covered the entire thing in a couple coats of clear coat.

Reattached the hardware.

Cake spinner renewed... Fresh New Look...with same memorable spinning noise!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Nesting Doll by Numbers

I snuck down to my craft room last night and painted up a new nesting doll last night while the kids were settling into bed.

This is currently the only set available in my Zibbet shop! Check it out HERE!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sample Z Box

I purchased a Sample Z Box on Zibbet to check out all the awesome samples and products that the Zibbet artists have provided in 'Z' box this month (including some products from Yummy Cuppy Crafts!)

If you are interested in getting a Sample Z Box, I highly recommend it! It's a great way to check out a lot of handmade artists who sell on Zibbet! They would also be fun gifts to give to your friends and co-workers! Each month has different shops and samples, so it's fun to see what surprises are in store each month!

**The package arrived very quickly! A sleek black box sat on my doorstep the other day waiting to be ripped opened! The cute tissue paper and bright ribbon made it that much more fun!

Inside, a package FULL of coupon codes from various Zibbet shops awaited:

Sarah Schism Photography 35% OFF
Rebecca's Jewelry 25% OFF
Denim & Pearls 30% OFF
A Stitch And A Prayer 50% OFF
Dancing Rainbows $10 OFF **I placed my order already!
LUCID by Leya 10% OFF

Then, it was time to scope out all the super samples:

Delightful Scents
Candle Sample that I could smell as soon as I opened the box! Mmmm!

Breath of the Dragon
Wood Burned Key chain

ABC Birdhouses
*Because I was one of the first 4 purchasers this month, I received a bonus item, ABC's flower stake  + a bag of bird feed!
My kids will have so much fun moving this pretty little thing all over the yard this summer, I'm sure!

Tin Can Quilter
Luggage Tag

Jilly's Stuff
Crocheted Wine Glass slip on coaster (so cute!)

It's My Thing Designs
Gorgeous Green & Silver Earrings! (Can't wait to wear these!)

Xquisitely Lady M

LOC Design Studio
Memory Wire Necklace

Spanky Luvs Vintage
Vintage Ring

Mimi & Colette
Sparkly Hair Scrunchie

Bead Casita
Gold Chain

All About the Buttons
Handy little matchbook notebook
(perfect for my kids to doodle on while out running errands with them, to keep them busy)

Custom Candy Creations
Little hard candy samples

Faith Dreams
Adorable Heart Pendant

Body & Soul
Perfume Sample

Texas Eagle Gallery
Fabric Flower Pin

Treasures From Nature

In addition to all the fabulous samples these stores provided for the sample box, most of them also offered discounts to their shops on your next purchase!

I loved Sample Z Box this month!
There are still boxes available!
Stop on over and get one!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

U.S. Navy Nesting Doll

There has been a peak in requests for Nesting Dolls this month!

I recently was asked to make a Navy set.  Here is how that one turned out:

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Post-Valentine's Day

The kids came home with their valentine boxes full of special valentines and candy yesterday! I sat with them and went through each one and put all their candy in a bag for later.

Here is the final product of the Valentine's I made for the kids to take to school.  I was thrilled with how they turned out and they got TONS of compliments on them! Click here for a quick tutorial on how to make your own!

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day filled with lots of hugs and kisses... and chocolate!

Stop on over to Melissa's Blog: The Joys of Home Educating to see a little feature she did on a set of cupcake wrappers she received from my Cupcake Wrapper of the Month Club!

If you'd like to give someone, or yourself, a membership to my Cupcake Wrapper of the Month Club, you can get them at my Zibbet Shop & my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Easy Last MInute Valentine Ideas

I have seen these ALL OVER the blogosphere so forgive me for not giving credit to one blog or another.

These are great EASY last minute Valentine Ideas for your kids.  I am actually ahead of things here for once and am getting these done today, rather than the night before they need to be taken to school! Ha Ha!

All you need is a cute kid (check), and a camera (check)...

Have your child stand with their arm extended toward your camera and fist tight as if they are holding a sucker! (Make sure their thumb is up so that it will look right when you insert the sucker in the picture)

Edit your photo in any software (optional). I used Picnic through Picasa.. so fun!
Add borders and text.

Have these printed off at your nearest CVS, WalMart, etc... (or from your home printer)

Grab a bag of suckers, cut little slits in the photo where the sucker would go in the hand.  Then insert the sucker through the two slits in the photo and you are done!

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