eggs ‘n bacon

It’s been a serious two-day catch up on blogs, but I’m trying my best to get as much posted as I possibly can.

I had this phase where I was planning on making everyone christmas tree ornaments for gifts this past year. “planning” is the key word- it never happened. Which left me with a bunch of really beautiful felt fabric.

I found this AMAZING wooden kitchen on the side of the road on my way to the gym one day- and it was just begging to have some food to be made :

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I also found the most perfect play dishes (with minimal plastic) at our local thrift store. I couldn’t have found a better set if I was searching on Amazon.

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Almost edible. My son loves making me breakfast now 🙂

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DIY Pottery Barn Indigo Pillow Covers

A few months back I got the latest PB magazine and fell in love with a few of their indigo pillow covers, here, here, here, and here. Since I have a problem with pillows and have 4 on each couch, and two as back-up in my hallway closet, I knew paying $39 for each pillow cover wasn’t practical. Enter Fabric.com & my sewing machine 🙂

It didn’t take me long at all to find the fabrics I liked, and then I had to wait and wait and wait until they arrived at my front door:

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Then I got to work, here is the final product. I still want to add buttons on the back for a more “professional” look.

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I paid $50 and made 8 pillow covers and have enough fabric to make FOUR more covers if I so chose.  I love them!

 

my christmas pillows

Oh, how I love love love the Holidays! Yesterday I decided the loving.link household needed to get just a little more festive for the Holiday season. I (again) wasn’t thinking about this blog when I was doing my project, so photos are lacking. But I have TONS of after photos.

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I decided to sew 4 new pillow covers for the couch cushions.

What you’ll need:

  • a pillow form (mine are from IKEA and world market)
  • Heat ‘n Bond (local fabric store)
  • a solid fabric (I got 1 1/2 yards)
  • a patterned fabric (I got 1 1/2 yards)
  • 18-22 inch coordinating zipper
  • matching thread
  • printer
  • printer paper and tracing paper
  • scissors
  • iron and ironing board
  • sewing machine

Directions For the Shape:

  1. Select the type of shape you want for your pillow ( I used this Deer and this Polar Bear)
  2. Print
  3. Following the Heat ‘N Bond directions iron on the HnB to the patterned fabric (I just did two 8.5 x 11 inch sections)
  4. Using the tracing paper, trace the printed object onto the paper side of the Heat ‘N Bond Fabric.
  5. Cut out your shape(s) and set them aside
  6. Using the sizing listed in the video below, cut out two pieces of fabric for your pillow. I had a 19 inch pillow so I cut mine 17 x 17. The video below gives a good break-down.
  7. Then take your shape and peel off the other side of the HnB and place it on the fabric square that will be used for your pillow.
  8. Iron until it sticks. ( I used flannel which didn’t work the best, so I had to iron it a little longer)
  9. Then this step is optional depending on how well the bond paper worked for you. I always stitch around the edge of the shape just so that its VERY sturdy and can be washed in the machine, plus it looks more professional.
  10. Proceed to making your covers.

Directions for the Zippered pillow:

  1. I used this youtube video. I’ve been using this same video for the past three years. Its easy to understand-even though it’s not the most “hip” video.
  2. I used white for both front and back with the animals on it, and a white back and flannel front for the ones without the animals.

I like it when I don’t have to type out a million steps 🙂

ENJOY! If you have questions please feel free to ask away!

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Thats my kitty Sammy 🙂 He loves the new covers.

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our tv hutch

So all great things come from small beginnings, right. Take a look at this.

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$35 dollars at the local Denver Goodwill (don’t even get me started on the Goodwill selection here in Rochester..GRRRR!!!)

With a lot of sanding, stain (classic grey), sealer, knobs, a few new screws… and BAM!

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We had to do a little baby-proofing for the side with the electronics…even though Aiden still seems to think he’s going to turn on the TV.

Oh, same knobs as my desk, I just LOVE them.

my new desk

So here’s the deal. I’m way behind, but slowly catching up. Now that I’ve noticed a few people whom I don’t personally know following me, I’m going to try to REALLY catch up and stay on top of this. I have lots of recipes and DIY projects to add.

So without further ado…

My lovely and oh so wonderful husband helped me with this project before little Ollie came into our lives this past summer. As I’m going to upload the before picture, I realized I didn’t take one. So you just get the after photo. Oops.

We sanded down the entire desk (it was REALLY REALLY dark before) and then started painting main frame. I saw a beautiful desk on pottery barn’s website that was my inspiration. They have it listed for $999.00! We got ours on Craigslist for $45. I feel guilty for two reasons.

  1. The desk is an antique, solid wood, and they should have been asking for WAY more than $45
  2. We sanded it down and PAINTED it : )

Back to the task at hand! So we first started off thinking we were going to paint it with a paintbrush. I picked out this antique white color from our local Home Depot. The paintbrush might not have been the best, we ended up spray painting over the whole base with a can of Rust-Oleum “heirloom white” no sheen finish (can’t remember the actual one it was). Once the base was painted I stepped back and looked at it with the unpainted drawers and FELL… IN… LOVE.

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The next thing we did was refinish the top. Here is Henry doing his thing.

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and here is the final product! (pardon the messy garage and the rain barrel that is obviously not in the rain yet).

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I absolutely LOVE that the top is a different shade than the drawers. I picked up the knobs from my local hobby lobby (while they were 1/2 off) I paid 1.99 per knob!

Pottery Barn has NOTHING on loving.link

A train carrot cake.

I have to find the photos of Aiden’s Actual birthday party. But I figured since these were all uploaded I would get this blog out of the way-since I’ve committed to catching up on blogs I might as well get as many done today as I can 🙂

I first decided I needed to use the best Carrot Cake recipe I know-enter Elise’s amazing Carrot Cake recipe.

For the Cake:

  • 1 1/4 pounds of shredded Carrots
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 C Vegetable Oil
  • 2 C All Purpose Flour
  • 2 C Sugar ( I used Bakers sugar)
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 C Chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 C Powered Sugar
  • 1 8oz. package of Cream Cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 C Margarine ( I used butter)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla

Directions:

  1. Shred Carrots ( I use a food processor)
  2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  3. Grease a 9 x 13 pan (I used round cake pans for this particular cake) then lightly coat with Flour
  4. Beat Eggs and Oil in a small bowl
  5. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl- slowly add egg mixture to dry ingredients
  6. Stir in the Carrots and then add to prepared pan.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes clean.
  8. Make icing (beat wet ingredients, then slowly add sugar until smooth)
  9. Ice Cake once cooled.
  10. ENJOY!

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I didn’t grate my carrots small enough so they sunk to the bottom. Still yummy though!

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Then I cut them all into individual cakes so I could spread the frosting in-between and on the outside of the cake.

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Now it was time to put the white fondant on it. Oh man, was this the hard part.

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Then I added sticks to hold the second layer.

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Then I put a piece of cardboard under the smaller topper and voila…

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Next I added grass all around both cakes.

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Then I started on the train.

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And here is the final product. A labor of love from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Nov 15th, 2013.

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Here’s a cake for the grown-ups.

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And this was my inspiration. Not too bad for my first Fondant adventure!

almost fingerless fingerpainting.

On my way home from an absolutely dreadful spin class, Katie texted me to come over for finger painting fun.

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Believe it or not, it actually took some serious convincing to get Aiden to actually put his fingers in the paint and rub it around on the paper. I figured this would be the perfect choice of afternoon activities, considering Aiden’s favorite pastime involves “painting” all sorts of mediums around our house- milk from his bottle, ketchup, water, smushed grapes, and really anything that he sees that might be fun to smear around on the floor.

He was very apprehensive when I instructed him to stick his hands in the paint and finger paint. I even had to demonstrate 🙂 After some convincing here is handiwork:

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Clean-up is necessary.

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There was a reason I took his clothes off before we got started 🙂

I think they enjoyed clean up time just as much (if not more) than the actual planned activity.

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