• Home Decor,  Projects

    First Birthday Party Crafts: Expectations and Reality

    I was looking forward to putting together a small party for my son Jacob who turned one (already?!) at the beginning of this month. I love Pinterest for gathering inspiration, but browsing Pinterest can give you some really high expectations for what a child’s birthday party should be like. However, Pinterest-style parties can come with $$$ price tags (have you seen the kid parties that cost more than small weddings?!). Additionally, those plentiful Pinterest crafts can take a lot of time – time that is more valuable than money. I know, I run a craft blog: I should want to craft all the things! I just haven’t been able to get…

  • Home Decor,  News,  Projects

    Ultrasound Pregnancy Announcement and Gender Reveal

    What is the best way to announce to your friends and family that you’re having a baby?  I had a really hard time with the big reveal.  I’m an introverted type when it comes to telling people news about myself in person, so I decided that after telling close family about my pregnancy in person, I would use Facebook to do the announcing at 12 weeks to tell everyone else the good news. Pregnancy Announcement Photography For my reveal, I kept it simple.  I printed out a copy of my 11 week dating digital ultrasound photo on plain computer paper, increasing the contrast prior to printing to make the whites brighter and the blacks darker.  I…

  • Projects,  Sewing

    Fleece Slice of Cake Pincushion

    I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so this pincushion project is a great way to bring some sweetness to my craft room without the empty calories. I made this little slice of cake pincushion out of some leftover bits of fleece and trim I had on hand.  A little pink strawberry tops it off! To make the pieces, I started by cutting out the rounded wedge shape for the top of the cake.  I hand sewed a little lace to act like piped icing.  I wanted my cake slice to have an icing layer in the middle of the cake, so I used three rectangles for each side…

  • Food,  Projects,  Recipes

    Misadventures in Cake Pops

    Cake pops are irresistible; they deliver a perfectly sized bite of cake in an adorable sphere shape.  Foods on a stick also have a certain charm to them.  To celebrate my birthday earlier this month, I set out to make my own batch of cake pops.  This was my first project to try in my 30 Before 30 project (my project is apparently off to a rocky start!). First, let’s take a look at some adorable cake pops.  Brace yourself: mine look nothing like these fantastic looking ones from Love from the Oven. Yum, that looks great doesn’t it? My adventures in cake pop making turned into a bit of a misadventure,…