Friday, June 22, 2012

Harry Potter Cake

My boys 7th Birthday Harry Potter Cake.

This is the first time I made a sheet cake.  The Harry Potter castle and figures were a kit.  I frosted the entire thing myself.  It was huge hit and tasted great.  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Fun Projects

 School ends in two days and I have been in a frenzy to get some projects done.  Marshmallow treats for the school staff.  This is my go to treat that is so easy and quick to make.  And very yummy as well.

These are chalkboard trays that I saw on Pinterest.  I bought the plastic silver trays at the Dollar Tree and I already had the paint.  $1 per tray and this project was a win win for me.  Note if you if plan to do this I needed three coats of paint and the paint would not stick to the edges of the tray for some reason.  Perhaps if you sanded the tray first you might have more success.
 Door attire is another one of my favorite things.  I put this hanging basket together after a trip to Joann's.  This has been on my door all Spring but I will have to change things come summer.
 Another use for the chalkboard trays.  I think this one will have to wait for colder weather as the silver tray is a bit too formal for summer weather.
 Now this project I have been saving for a while.  This is an old rain coat that ripped.  I turned it into a wet bag for bathing suits.  My boys are going to be doing a lot of swimming this summer and I hate getting a wet backpack back at the end of the day.  So I sewed this into a bag and added a zipper.  Perfect for summer days.

It remains to be seen if I can actually get the boys to use it.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Fun Ideas

Did I tell you that I loved Pinterest.  Well I do.  And I finally decided to make some of the projects I had been pinning.  First up was a wreath made of coffee filters.  At the Dollar Tree Store I bought one fanoodle and one package of coffee filters.  I had duck tape at home and I already own a glue gun.  I used a William Sanoma ribbon from an old present.  Total cost - $2.00.

I will tell you that my wreath has since broken apart.  I would put much more duct tape on next time.  And it looks better in the photos.  Up close it is a little bit too fluffy.  Next up were these coffee mugs.  Writing on dishes is all the rage now.  There are tons of photos on Pinterest about this.  I bought a Sharpie marker and two mugs at the Dollar Tree.  Total cost - $3.00.  After I decided on my quotes and practiced a bit on scratch paper I wrote on the mugs.  Then I baked the mugs for 30 minutes at 350.  Presto.  The mugs were used this morning with no problem.  You can get colored porcelain pens at Michael's and really decorate your tableware.  I love this idea for a wedding gift.  You can do this on plates as well.  Just write on the outer rim of the plate.  

It has been a long time since I had time to craft so I really enjoyed working on these projects.  Now I need to figure out how to get my wreath back together.  Happy Crafting!!!