The #teambuttercream Project

I’m in love. Like, for real. About six months ago a friend of mine contacted me about custom kitchen set and food for her bakery. Stacey Coggin of Stacey’s Sweets, gave me some basic ideas and free reign and I had an absolute BLAST! 

The original pieces I found for the project were handmade so they were tougher than hell and gave me fits, and more than one injury, during the construction phase but it also gave me a reason to buy a new reciprocating saw with rotating head ~Sweet!~ 

  Props to the guy who made these beasts.  

I found an antique heat register to use as the oven top. I just love how ornate and curvy she is. The copper color set it off perfectly. 

I knew that I really wanted some ornate drawer pulls for the oven doors so I found the perfect cup pulls at D LawLess Hardware. They have every style of hardware I’ve ever wanted. 

See? A perfect match. So paint fumes, some fabric and felt later and the set is done. I know the faucet look crooked in the pictures but I promise it isn’t. My angle sucked.

Excuse the black spray paint line on the driveway. Husband wasn’t too pleased with my lack of attention. 

I gave it a little dishwasher. 👆🏻See? So cute. Next came the food. This is where I begin to die of adorable. The order was a cake decorating set, cookies, and naturally, some awesome cupcakes.  


I’ve listed them all in my etsy shop to take orders for replicas. I just love that freaking cake! I think the whole thing came out really well. It was well received by the staff and is ready for little people, or not so little people, as you can see. 

I hope #teambuttercream loves it as much as I do. 

Keep it crafty people. 

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I’m on my way!

Temporary business cards came in and I’m so excited. They’ll work very well until I get my logo made and finalized. Now I just need someone who can to graphic design and will work for wine and pizza. #anytakers 



Keep it crafty!

Dying of cute

Ok, I am dying of cute over here. I’m elbow deep in the middle of a commissioned kitchen set and cupcakes are on the order. I’m so freaking excited about how they came out! Whipped cream and cherries people! Sadly you can’t see the dried paint all over my hands and jeans from finishing up the set (and possibly in my hair).  I’m completely in love with how it’s turning out so far. It seems like every set I do turns into “my favorite, so far” so I guess that’s a good thing. I’m working really hard to get my new craft room put together so it’s a presentable work space. YAY for empty nests!!  It’s functional but I have fun plans for it. I’m also working to get more stuff up in the etsy shop. It’s been slow going with work and actual adult responsibility but I think I’m finally getting to the point where I can focus on it. I know. About damned time right? Fingers crossed for productivity. 

Keep it crafty people. 

The Lilly Project pt1

I don’t know about you, but I get bored.  Bored with my hair, bored with my clothes, bored with my crafts. It seems like every so often I need to find something different.   It was just 2 years ago that I decided to take my craft schizophrenia to the next level and add in power tools. Now, I’ve always been pretty handy with a tool, thanks to my Dad, so it wasn’t a far stretch. What I didn’t expect was that it would rocket the creative juices into an entirely new realm of madness, which is saying a lot for someone who doesn’t have a sense of fear of potentially tackling something they don’t know how to do.  I’m sure we will have plenty more examples of that as we go along so I won’t subject you to that all at once.  

This is the Lilly Project. Lilly is my super adorable niece that I refer to as “Fro-Puff” because I can get away with the that kind of thing.  I’m a huge fan of up cycling  things and and even bigger fan of the motto “go big or go home” so I decide to make her felt food, but why stop there!?!  No! I can’t do that. Let’s make an entire play kitchen. 

   As you can see, Lilly is a big fan of pink. Being a tomboy myself, and having two boys, I don’t get the chance to use a lot of pink so this was fun for me. I found some great little retro, 1950’s oven knobs and handle to use for the refrigerator door on eBay, and the faucet was in my stepdads garage, so hooray for free!  The night stands were a craigslist find from an old hotel that was going out of business and the fridge was a old cabinet that I got from our local Habitat for Humanity Restore. 

  The oven door was, by far, the biggest pain in my ass simply because I wasn’t sure how to do it. I ended up using an old picture frame and put a thick piece of plexiglas in it. I’ve figured out how to make it sturdier now and have better tools. I mean it has to stand up to the beating a three year old can dish out, right?  
  I really am happy with the way it all turned out. I founds the adorable little percolator and pans at a flea market and it was a perfect little fit.  I did a ton of felt food for her as well, but that is for another post because that’s what fueled this whole new direction.

 

All in all, I think the entire project was a success. She still plays with it a ton and it’s held up well.  

 
I have several more that I’ve made since this and have opened an Etsy shop for the felt food that has taken over my house, so there will be more to see going forward, as well as all of the other felt projects that I’ve been doing. Check back often, because I’m sure there will be no shortage of craft craziness in my future which translates to a lot of reasons to laugh at the mistakes I make or the sarcasm that I spew. Either way, feel free to come back and join the madness.
Keep it Crafty!

Jennifer