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Pizza Box Project

I designed a box template based off of a pizza box and am having way too much fun with it! It's just the right size to hold a small gift (like jewelry), a beautifully decorated cookie (think wreath shaped for Christmas time or heart shaped for Valentines Day). It even fits a gift card just perfectly. The finished size is right around 3 1/2" square. Here is one I did this afternoon:

The one below is one I made from a clear transparency. First I found a pattern I liked from a wrapping paper image from The Container Store online. I printed it out onto the transparency and then printed out the template on top. Then it's just a matter of cutting and gluing. It does look much better in person! (It's just hard to take a picture of something clear. There is a pearl bracelet inside in case you were wondering what that was.)

And a treat for you...Download the template here. Let me know if you use it! I'd love to see what everyone creates!


Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm thankful for so many things!

I'm thankful for my cats who love me always, even when I step on them, and sometimes forget to feed them right away, and wait a little too long to change their litter box!

I'm thankful for my husband who ALWAYS lets me know he loves me! Even when I'm cranky! I'm thankful that he puts up with all my "projects"! (But he has given up on helping me to paint the house...but I guess that understandable. I did repaint the kitchen 3 times in 3 months!)

I'm thankful for my family who always gives me support, even when they are not close by!

I'm thankful for my friends who I know are always there for me and I know I can count on them always!

I'm thankful for my house that keeps me warm in the winter and cool in the summer and has plenty of space for all my projects!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh, come back soon for more projects and a few print out templates that I designed!



So there's this site that I've visited a few times recently and I love it! It's called Cupcakes Take The Cake. Get to it here. It's a blog by a few girls that compile all things related to cupcakes....right now they have a recipe for caramel-glazed apple spice cupcakes. YUM! They always have great pictures and if you live in NY they even have monthly meetings where they meet up at a cupcakery and try their cupcakes. I didn't know that some bakeries are called cupcakeries? I might want to live in NY just for that! Anyway, they have great design ideas from all kinds of cupcakeries and yummy recipes. (Well, they look yummy, I just haven't tried them yet.) Hopefully I will soon! I'll let you know how it turns out!

Also try this one. It's an offshoot of Wilton's website but it's all about cupcakes. They have great recipes here including Pumpkin Pie cupcakes and Pink Lemonade cupcakes with lemon icing.

And for the retro in all of us check out this flickr gallery!

WARNING...if you're not hungry before you visit their website...you will be shortly, and probably for a yummy cupcake!


The headboard is finally done!

It's already past the middle of November and I haven't posted anything since the day after Halloween. Yikes. It seems so far away, even though it was only a few weeks ago. I have a few projects I'm working on that I'd like to post soon, and one to post now...

My finished Headboard for our bedroom. I figured out how big I needed it to be, and my dad helped me build the frame. It's built out of a piece of plywood and a few 2x4's. That took no time at all! I had Lowe's cut the plywood piece for me (It was only 75 cents!) since I don't have a big table saw in the garage, but I cut the 2x4's with a circular saw. Then I just screwed it all together. The next step was to paint the legs which would show after the upholstery was done. I just spray painted them a nice dark chocolate brown. Then I bought some 3" thick foam from JoAnn's. (Be sure to use a coupon for this...it's not the cheapest.) I used spray mount to glue on the foam then all I did was take a big piece of chocolate brown suede, wrap it around the front, and staple it on the back with a staple gun. Finished! All in all it took about 2 1/2 to 3 hours from start to finish. (Not including shopping time for foam, wood, and fabric.) The wood and screws were about $30, the foam was around $50, and the fabric was around $20. All in all I made a new headboard for around $100. I thought it was a pretty good deal! And the best news is that Christian loves it! Next step is to use the same brown suede and make a simple bedskirt for the bed. Then the bed should be done. After that it's on to the window treatments.

I also finished some ornaments for an online swap that I'm in. Christian asked me if I really had to send them out. (He wanted to keep them!) I fell in love with them too! I just used the sizzix die in my Cuttlebug machine and cut out the snowflake twice. Once with chipboard (which I then spray painted with the same brown paint as the headboard) and once out of christmas paper. I held them together with a brad and tied on a loop of brown ribbon. I think I'll make more. Lots more. (If you live close, you're more than welcome to come over and use it anytime!) The finished size is around 4" in diameter.

More projects soon! I'm off of work for 5 whole days!!!!!!