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Cupcake Wall Hanging

I love cupcakes. I know they are kinda cliche now and way overexposed, but I still love them. You cannot deny how delicious they are.

So, I was on a mission to make something cupcake themed to hang on a wall. I don’t have any canvas, or giant pieces of wood, so painting was out. I also didn’t want to sew fabric on fabric and expect it to hold it’s shape. The final idea was to sew on fabric, attach to cardboard and frame.

Here goes!

Step 1: Assemble the necessary items.
A. Find a frame.
B. Cut cardboard to fit in the frame
C. Print/draw your design (cupcakes)
D. Pick out the fabric (for design and background)

The important about this project for me, was to use stuff I already have on hand.  I spent some time in my scrap box trying to find top and bottom cupcake pieces that all matched, but weren’t too matchy matchy.

Step 2: Start working 
A. Cut out pattern.
B. Pin to background fabric.


Note: there are only three pieces in this photo, not four. I decided to try and tackle the hardest fabric last – so I took this photo before I sewed that one on. And then of course I switched fabrics to something easier to work with.

Step 3: Sew
Carefully sew your design onto your fabric. Take your time. Small corners are fun 🙂

Not much to explain here!

 Step 4: Embellish
As you’ll see in the final photos, I have sewed one button to the top of each cupcake. No cupcake is complete without something on top – a cherry, coffee beans, sprinkles, SOMETHING!

Step 5: Attach
I opted to hot glue my fabric right to the cardboard. To be honest, I was going to staple it out of sheer laziness, but the cardboard was too thin. This was much trickier than I thought it would be.

Once I got my fabric centered, I clipped the fabric to the cardboard on one side, so that I could pull the other side kinda sorta tight, but not too tight. Also tricky with giant buttons.
This step also includes attaching the photo to the frame, if you chose to. I went the route of more cardboard, but attached it so that it could be removed with minimal damage to the frame if necessary.

Step 6: Hang on wall and enjoy

Button Cupcake Wall Decor

A few weeks ago, I went on a Cupcake Craft Bender and made two cupcake wall hangings and my cupcake trays. I was on a roll!

The first one I made was a spinoff of another cupcake decor I found online. Except the one I saw was adhered to paper or something. I used one of the Trunky disks and had fun gluing.

Note to self: don’t try sewing on the smallest rick-rack you own. Glue it. Or hand sew it. Anything but from a machine.

It was also really important to get my other Trunky disks up on the wall before I forget and shove them in a box in my craft room. Our kitchen came equipped with lots of little nails on the walls, just perfect for the small decor.

Not sure if I included these yet, but my mom gave us all Cupcake Pot Holders for Christmas.

I love them! They work great too, I think I’ve used mine almost daily since receiving them. My pair is brown and yellow – stripes and sprinkles! I believe this is the pattern she used.

Spring Tunic, Sports Cakes and a Pot of Gold

This is my latest maternity top. I’m so excited about this! The white fabric is from one of my husband’s old work shirts. Again, I added an extra four or so inches on each size to accommodate my growing belly. This should last through the end of May! Unlike the one I made two weeks ago, I added the pocket back on to this one. 

I do apologize that you don’t get the full effect of a maternity top on a mannequin – but at least I know it will look acceptable post-baby. 

So, why the ruffles?

That is why the ruffles. Ok, working in radio had a few perks – free crap shirts. Mostly t-shirts, but I scored a few tank tops along the way as well. This particular red beauty is one of those ribbed tanks that only looks good on you if you have 3% body fat and you’re petite. I’ve never worn it. Since I want to wear this tunic to work, this… logo was just not working for me. Funny how you cannot get this iron-on stuff off when you need/want it gone. So, I opted to cover it with ruffles. Knits are funny, I had another ruffle design in mind, but with the way the fabric stretches just didn’t make sense. 

I’m pretty excited to wear this. Yay spring!

This tunic was this weekend’s project – last weekend I made a football cake with my Big Top Cupcake pans, as well as two baseball cupcakes. Michelle’s twins turned one this week, and she wanted extra messy cakes for photos. The football is half white and half chocolate, filled with vanilla filling. The cupcakes are chocolate, filled with chocolate filling. Delicious!

I cannot tell you how much I love my Big Top Cupcake pans. Even Brian, who doesn’t eat cake, suggests ideas for cakes. This next one was his idea: Pot of Gold cake!

I used the BTC bottom with the filling insert (it creates a dip in the cake, where you would put filling etc), then used the remaining batter in a regular 8in pan. 

For gold, I used chocolate chips cookies and frosted them with yellow frosting. That wasn’t going to be enough, they needed to have some sort of  “gold coin” lure to them. Michaels had an excellent selection of cake embellishments – I thought about using one of those powders, but then I found a clear/gold/glitter gel that was perfect for detailing. The tip was a bit bigger than I was hoping, but I put fun swirls on each cookie. Unlike buttercream, the gel never dried, so it was kinda weird to stack them together. But it tasted delicious still.

A slightly closer look! Nice and sparkly!

December Snow Day

Today was an (un)official snow day! I love snow days, even as an adult. What’s better than enjoying a relaxing day at home, not at work? My office was open, but my street was not plowed. My Focus was not going to tackle a foot of snow in the street and win. Instead, I finished my Christmas presents for kids (if your name is Brooke/Jade/Ty/HayHay/Emma/Dalton/Jenny/Alanna or are one of their mothers, you are warned not to read past the recipe!), made a batch of Chex Mix, puppy chow, and a half batch of Candy Cane Oreo Truffles.

Last Christmas I was obsessed with dipping things in Chocolate and drizzling icing on everything. Neither are hard tasks and they really give desserts that extra appeal. Not that most dessert needs extra appeal 🙂 So last year I tried a couple of truffle-like recipes – Oreo Truffles and Peanut Butter Cups. The peanut butter cups were from a bar recipe, and my mom didn’t think they would work as well as balls, but they were awesome. So today I had half a package of Oreos, and half a package of cream cheese. And since it is December, plenty of Chocolate Bark and Chocolate Chips on hand.

Candy Cane Oreo Truffle

 

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg of Oreos
  • 1 pkg (8oz) Cream Cheese
  • Crushed Candy Canes (Optional)
  • Chocolate Bark or Chocolate Chips (to melt)

Directions

  1. Crush the Oreos! If you are lucky enough to have a food processor, this is a great time to dig it out. If you (temporarily) live with three boys who didn’t own a pasta strainer before you bought one from the D-Tree, a jar of peanut butter and a cutting board will work fine. I stacked three Oreos then used the bottom of the PB jar to smash them. If you’re careful, you won’t even make a mess. 
    If you are adding candy canes, make sure to crush them now. Mine were pre-crushed with food processor. I’m sure a hammer and zip bag will work just as well. 
    Also, get the cream cheese to a soft stage – melt if if you need, but it needs to be suitable for mixing. 
  2. Mix Oreos, 75% of candy canes and cream cheese together. Use a fork or mixer, whatever you want. Chill the mixture until it is easily shaped into 1 in balls. This may take an hour or so. 
  3. Put tinfoil or waxed paper on to a cookie sheet. Shape mixture into 1 in balls. Carefully melt chocolate – follow the directions on the package. Don’t just wing it. 
  4. Dip Oreo balls into chocolate, make sure to coat all sides, lets excess drip off as much as it can, and place on covered cookie sheet. Immediately sprinkle candy cane on top – get to it before the chocolate hardens. If you didn’t save out candy cane, use sprinkles. Make it pretty.
  5. Let truffles chill, then eat and enjoy. But you’ll probly need to try one as soon as they are done 🙂

Moving on.

I am making gifts for my nieces and nephews this year. Luckily they are all kids – ages 4-9 – so I mass produced the same gift for each of them – but personalized it for their personalities. So ummmm… don’t let them see this!

Monster Apocalypse

 

Yes, I used a pattern – McCalls 5826 – I found it months ago and fell in love with it. All of the fabrics were scraps, remnants, or old wacky dance wear knits that I had bought years ago and never used. There is a reason I never sewed on the shiny dance wears – they SUCK to sew! Machine or otherwise, it was not a pleasant experience. But I survived, with some help from my mom!

What I really love about the pattern was how easy it was to customize each little guy. There are two body forms, three ears, three arms, and like four legs. Then you get to make your face. I used felt for the face, buttons for eyes, and felt and embroidery floss for the mouths. I really just used two mouths – full teeth or a line and two fangs. And these are loving monsters, so most of them have hearts (except for the ones going to boys – I know boys don’t care for hearts!)

I’ve been working on these for a few weeks. It would have went pretty fast if I was making one or two – but there is a total of like 13 here, and that slowed me down. But it was worth it and I think the kids will really love them. I had to make a few extra for myself and some friends. And I know my sister will ask for one after her kids open theirs. Here’s some full body shots:

Cotton Monsters

 

Scary dance wear knit monsters

 

True story: The camo fabric was originally bought for my senior prom dress. But something political was going on and my mom refused to sew me a dress made out of that. So instead, she slaved and sewed it out of maroon pleather. She is a rock-star.

Pork and Beans Cake

 

Yes, you read that headline right – it really does say “Pork and Beans Cake” – and it’s AWESOME.

A coworker sent me the recipe, not because she knows how much I love beans, but because she knows I love to bake and try different things. 

You cant even see the beans!

You can't even see the beans!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 15oz can pork and beans
  • 1 8oz can of crushed pineapple
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup veg oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 T vanilla
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 T Baking powder
  • 2 T baking soda
  • 1 T cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Drain some of the bean juice and mash beans until pureed. Add pineapple (do not drain any juice), sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix. Add flour, powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Blend for two minutes until smooth. Bake in well-greased jelly roll pan for 30-35 minutes. Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.

This cake is awesome!!! My roommates love it too. It has a carrot cake consistency, and if you didn’t tell anyone it was made with pork and beans, they would never know. I think the next time I try this, I’m going to use baked beans. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Next up is a bag I made a few weeks ago. I fell in love with the tree fabric immediately. It has a vintage feel, colors, with a modern twist – save the trees! The Tree Tote is fully lined, top band made with double sided biased tape, and the same belt/luggage strapping used on my plastic tote bags.

Tree Tote
Tree Tote

 

Tree Tote lining

Tree Tote lining

September Market Day Preview

Whew! I have been sewing up a storm, getting ready for Market Day. If you’re in Des Moines this coming weekend, you will definitely want to check it out. Learn about Market Day and RSVP to Market Day on Facebook.

I will be selling little makeup bags for your purse, recycled clutches and recycled tote bags! Today, my favorites are the clutches, because there are so many fun embellishments involved – I’ve had a blast collecting trims, buttons and charms. I could spend all day describing the products for sale, but I’ll let them do the talking. Click on any of the photos to see the Flickr set (includes more photos!).

 

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

Makeup Bags - all cotton with button closures.

 

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

These are the clutches - the yellow one is my ABSOLUTE favorite, and I secretly hope no one buys it so I can carry it around.

This one is called Ice Ice Books Click on the image for more photos!

This one is called "Ice Ice Books" Click on the image for more photos!

A New iPod Accessory

A few weeks ago I bought some new headbands from an Indie craft sale. One of them has half a teal zipper made into a flower. It looks really cool, and I was really inspired to create my own! Then I opened the latest edition of SewStylish and what was the first project? “Feather Fascinator: Create a headband adorned with colorful feathers” A sign? Obviously.  

I bought some headbands from the D-Tree and started digging through my stash. I had three headbands to work with, and for the focus pieces I choose buttons, Worry-People dolls and my first edition iPod Shuffle. The shuffle died a few years ago and is all rusty on the USB end, obviously I wasn’t going to get rid of it. I was planning on making it into a brooch, so this seemed like a much better project. 

Ingredients:

Ingredients: felt, feather boa, rick rack, headbands, buttons, iPod, Worry-People, ribbon. You also need hot glue, I also used mod podge.

The Final Products

The Final Products

buttons

Button Headband: Lots and lots of white, cream, black, brown and gray buttons - so it can be worn with anything. Used lots and lots of glue. I may regret that later, but I made a good attempt to clean it up.

Worry People Headband: Cut a strip of purple linen fabric from a dress I made last week, mod-podged it to the headband, then added yellow and green rick rack. Then hot glued on the Worry-People

Worry People Headband: Cut a strip of purple linen fabric from a dress I made last week, mod-podged it to the headband, then added yellow and green rick rack. Then hot glued on the Worry-People

 

iPod Shuffle Headband: Headband is covered with a piece of white ribbon, then added a layer of leather-like sequins, then the felt/feather/tool/springy things and the iPod. I scratched the back of the iPod with a pin so that the glue would hold better than it would on the smooth surface. This one is my favorite.

iPod Shuffle Headband: Headband is covered with a piece of white ribbon, then added a layer of leather-like sequins, then the felt/feather/tool/springy things and the iPod. I scratched the back of the iPod with a pin so that the glue would hold better than it would on the smooth surface. This one is my favorite.

What would be some other fun things to put on headbands? Sometimes I just pin a brooch on for a one-time wear. Maybe other specialty buttons, old earrings…