Friday, March 9, 2012

Thrift Store Cabinet Redo

I bought this cabinet for $4 at a local thrift store. I knew it had good bones and would look adorable in my kitchen with some elbow grease and a little TLC. That's my husband in the picture. :)

Here it is after!

I painted it with some craft paint (the kind you get in little bottles for 89 cents at craft stores), and then Mod Podge'd some adorable kitchen themed scrapbook paper onto the back. I love the little handles.

All in all, I got this completed for about $7 - including the cost of the cabinet! I'm still working on getting the right accessories on it, but I think the ones I have now will work for the time being.

Such a fun, happy little cabinet in my kitschy kitchen. :)



Thursday, March 8, 2012

Tin Pan Alley Finished

Hi everyone! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on the birth of my boy. He's almost a month old already, which I cannot believe. While I've been recuperating, I've taken some time to feather my nest. I finished off my Tin Pan Alley and am super happy with the results. Here it is a last October (original post here):

and here it is now all filled out:

The only difference between the two was the addition of pictures and frames and my new chandelier. I drew on the frames with a paint marker and used Glue Dots to adhere some fun ephemera from Pinterest, Indie Fixx, and Agence Eureka along with a bunch of random old family photos to the wall. I just drew random frames that aren't very well drawn if you look closely at them, but with the full effect of the wall they're fine.

This is one of my favorite pictures of my dad when he was a crazy hippy. The picture was taken at Union Station in Los Angeles and I have another of my mom from that same day. It's framed and on the wall of my living room.


And this postcard was found among my grandmother's possessions after she passed. There isn't even a full address, just the addressee's name, city, and state. That was all that was needed to send anything back in 1913 I guess!

All the other pictures are of my parents when they were babies or very young children. I don't particularly like putting framed pictures on the wall (I don't know why), but I have way too many of these pictures that just need to be displayed. I can't have them sitting in a drawer somewhere, I want them out and seen. Normally I wouldn't suggest taping rare family photos up in a kitchen where they can get splattered with grease and yuck, but my kitchen is huge. My appliances are on the other side of the room, probably 18 feet away, so they are not in any danger. I highly recommend this as it's a really inexpensive way to add personality and fun to a large wall. If you don't have any old family photos, check out thrift stores for old photography books or even old pictures. I've found tons of 60's era photographs randomly at thrift stores over the years for dirt cheap.

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Thursday, March 1, 2012


Welcome baby! He was quite early (born February 10th instead of March 9th), but was all of 8 pounds 5 ounces. And he was quick, quick, quick. Too quick for any epidural - ack! I'll give you the whole birth story in a few days, but I just wanted to check in and show off my boy. I miss you guys and miss posting, but I have tons to tell you about and show you. I hope everyone is well!


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

33 Weeks

Pregnancy is funny to me. It's so oddly... not lonely, that's the wrong word completely... but you're truly going through it alone. People can (and do, most certainly do) sympathize and show concern. They always want to know how you are and if you're feeling OK. "Can I get that for you?" they ask. "No, I've got it," you tell them, but they still look at you like you're going to drop whatever .00000005 pound item you're carrying.

But still, it's almost like you can fold in on yourself, you and the little life growing inside of you. This boy is getting big. I hope not too big. At times I feel what I know is an elbow or a foot and I think how in just over a month I'll touch the skin on that foot. I'll put it in my mouth like I did with my daughter when she was a tiny baby because I'm a totally weird mama like that. My daughter who will be nine in a matter of days. Who was just a baldy bouncing baby just two days ago, wasn't it? Didn't she just start sitting up, watching me try to get back into shape with the Pilates tape I bought? Where she'd laugh and laugh every time I tried to do the walrus or the mermaid or whatever it was because I can't remember. Even though it was just two days ago. And now I see the emerging face of a young woman, peeking out behind the still soft cheeks of a child. She will love you baby boy, know that she will love you.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Central Park Quilt

I'm so proud of this quilt!

I used a Central Park charm pack and some Kona for the front (Snow maybe? Or natural?), then some Maybley by Max & Whiskers (you can buy it here - it's so rad that I'm going to use it on another quilt), and the binding is Kaffe Fasset I think with a little of the binding I used on my nephew's quilt.



I got the quilting pattern idea (a really big spiral) from Alissa Haight Carlton. She came to our OCMQG meeting in November and brought a bunch of quilts for a show & tell. Her quilt with the spiral quilting pattern was much larger. This one came in at about 42" x 52" but her's might have been a full sized quilt. When she pulled it out it was literally breathtaking.

The quilting caused a few problems for me because I had to get it done in one evening. I just kept sewing through all these mistakes (of which there's about a dozen), but after washing & drying they weren't too noticeable. This fabric also helps cover a multitude of sins!


I do plan on using this quiling spiral again, and when I do I'll be more diligent about puckers! That being said, Imaking "perfect" items for giftins is not a huge aspiration of mine. I honestly feel that when I am making something for someone the most important thing is to think positive thoughts. I just feel that the piece gets infused with love if I think loving thoughts, and that makes it the best kind of gift I can give.

It's a little cheesy, but it's something I love to do. :)

I hope the new year is jiving for all of you!!


Friday, December 30, 2011

Winter Baking

My daughter and I made some of my mom's poppy seed cake. I've eaten this every Christmas for as long as I can remember remembering. It's something I make throughout the year, but I must make at Christmastime. Here's the recipe if you'd like to make it.

Poppy Seed Cake Recipe
2 c sugar
1 ½ c vegetable oil
3 c flour - sifted
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
4 large eggs
4 heaping Tbsp Poppy Seeds
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a very large bowl, combine the sugar and eggs; beat well. Add oil and cream well, about 2 minutes. In a separate medium-sized bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Alternate adding the dry ingredients and the can of milk to the egg mixture until well combined. Gently fold in poppy seeds and walnuts. Pour into a greased bundt pan & bake 1 hr. For cupcakes, bake 25-30 minutes. For jumbo cupcakes, bake 35-40 minutes.


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sewing 101 - How to Use Your Auto Threader

This is for Yolanda. xoxo

Some of you may have an auto threader on your sewing machine. Let me tell you, they are rad. I love mine and never thread my needle myself anymore. How do you know if you have an auto threader? Well, hopefully you've read your manual which will tell you. You can also look on the machine itself. If you've only got this little guy that comes down, you've just got an auto buttonhole maker:

You can tell because of this symbol, which is universal for buttonholes.

If you pull that guy down and you still have another guy to pull down, congratulations, you have an auto threader!

Here's how to use it:

Thread your machine as normal, but don't thread the needle.

Make sure your needle is all the way in its up position and pull this guy down. A little hook will go into your needle's eye.

Wrap the thread around the mechanism like so, and hook the thread on the little hook peeking through the needle's eye:

 Release the lever, which will pull your thread through the needle's eye.

Not photographed - pull your thread all the way through, et voila! You are now threaded!