Thursday, May 31, 2012

Toy Box Makeover


Believe it or not, this toy box was mine {and my siblings} when I was younger! No one has used it for years, and my house has exploded with toys... so I talked my dad into letting me give it a makeover and giving it to my daughter to use!

The original...
So many memories, but it definitely could use a makeover!!

I even saw some autographs by my brother and older sister on there.

I removed the top, sanded some of the chips/scratches, and gave it a good coat of primer.

Then I painted a coat of white paint to cover the rest of the marks and wood knots.

I painted another coat of white to all the corners and let dry.
Then I taped them off with Frog Tape.

Painted the rest of the toy box with some pink paint we got on clearance. A whole can for $10!

We also reupholstered the top using this tutorial by Craftaholics Anonymous.
We bought a new piece of MDF from Home Depot, foam padding from Smith's Marketplace {camping section}
and then covered it in some leather fabric we got on sale from JoAnn's!

Load it up with toys and voila!!

Just kidding. It's not really overflowing like that other picture.... yet.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #34


Here is some creative goodness I've pinned to my Pinterest boards lately!
Hope you all have a great week!

{Source: Pin via Craft-O-Maniac}

{Source: Pin via Burton Avenue}


{Source: Pin via Flamingo Toes}

{Source: Pin via Repeat Crafter Me}

{Source: Pin via A Little Tipsy}



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Friday, May 25, 2012

Giveaway {Posh Peach Boutique}

BIG congratulations to Hailey from Posh Peach Boutique on her one year anniversary!
To celebrate, she has offered to sponsor an awesome giveaway here at Artsy-Fartsy Mama!


Here's just a few of the adorable things you'll find in the Posh Peach Boutique shop:

{one of my favorites!}





One lucky winner will receive a
$25 Credit
to Posh Peach Boutique's shop!
Hailey is also offering Artsy-Fartsy Mama readers a 10% discount in her shop!
Just use the coupon code "1YEAR" at checkout!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Molten Chocolate Chip Cookies

For Mother's Day dinner, I was in charge of dessert. The best food assignment, in my opinion...
So I of course went to my dessert Pinterest board for inspiration to make something ahhhh-mazing.


I found a quick & easy AND drool-worthy dessert by Cookies and Cups and knew it would be perfect.
I immediately ran to the store and bought myself a whoopie pie pan - a muffin top pan will work great, too!
{Can't believe I waited this long to own one!}.

Because, really, the only thing better than a chocolate chip cookie
is a deep-dish chocolate-filled chocolate chip cookie! Am I right?!

Enough talking. Let's get to the good stuff!

Add a scoop of cookie dough to each cavity.

Press the dough down and add on two pieces of chocolate.
{You can use anything - Kisses, Dove chocolates, Hershey squares.... if it melts, it will work!}

Add another scoop of dough on top and cover the chocolate center!

I added a little too much dough, so they kind of exploded over the top.
They were still delicious though!!

Let the cookies cool completely before removing from the pan.
Then you can take them out, and then eat them all before anyone notices!
Or....

Add some ice cream!!

Even better, add some hot fudge!

Recipe for Molten Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 18-20 unwrapped milk chocolates, I used Hershey Kisses
  1. Preheat oven to 350ยบ
  2. Spray your muffin top/whoopie pie pan* generously with cooking spray. Set aside.
  3. In your stand mixer, cream together butter and both sugars until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in your eggs, one at a time and vanilla. Mix on medium until combined.
  5. Turn mixer to low and add baking soda, salt and flour.
  6. Stir until just combined.
  7. Stir in your chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
  8. Press 1/4 cup dough into each cavity in the pan.
  9. Press 2 unwrapped chocolates in each cookie. Cover the chocolates completely with 1/8 cup more batter.
  10. Bake approx 12 minutes until edges are golden.
  11. Let cool in pan 11-13 minutes.
  12. Gently loosen sides with knife and twist out, or flip pan over onto cooling rack to remove cookies.
  13. Repeat with remaining dough.
Recipe makes between 9-12 deep-dish cookies. To reheat, place in microwave for 10-15 seconds.

*If you don't have a muffin top or whoopie pie pan - that's okay! Just roll dough around one of the chocolates and bake for 8-9 minutes.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

PrintRunner Business Cards Winner!


Congratulations to entry #53

Big thanks to everyone who entered!!

More awesome giveaways to come soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Pinteresting Features n' Shtuff #33


Washi Tape is all the rage right now! I just bought some myself to see what the hype was all about, but wasn't sure what to do with it... so then I found these amazing projects on Pinterest to give me some inspiration! Can't wait to make some awesome projects for myself now!

{Source: Pin via Tatertots & Jello}

{Source: Pin via Her New Leaf}

{Source: Pin via Bear Rabbit Bear}


{Source: Pin via Family Ever After}


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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Business Card Holder Tutorial


When I went to Breathing Space Blogger Retreat, I took along with me a bunch of business cards. I didn't want to just whip out a baggie or something to hand them out - I needed something a little more fun and useful! I found a great tutorial at The Crafty Cupboard and it was perfect for me! Even for a beginner sewer, this is a pretty fail-proof project.


What You'll Need:
2 Fabric Pieces cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
{One liner, one outside. You can use two different fabrics, but I just used the pink paisley for both.}
2 Fabric Pieces cut to 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
{Green damask pattern}
1 Piece Fusible Interfacing cut to 5 1/2" x 4 1/2"
Small Hair Elastic


Following the instructions on the packaging, iron on the piece of fusible interfacing onto the back side of one of the outside/lining pieces. Set aside.


Next, fold one of the long edges of the smaller pieces over about 1/8", then over again about 1/8" to create a double 1/4" hem. Sew along the bottom of the folded edge. Do this to both pieces.


This is how the front of the pieces should look. {without the messed up edge of sewing on the right...}


Place the hemmed pieces on top of the lined piece, lining up the raw edges. Pin in place. 


Place the other piece of fabric on top of the pinned lining piece, right sides together. I put the elastic on top so you can see, but place the elastic in between the outer fabric and the lining. The amount of elastic you put between the layers will determine the size of the loop you'll have once you turn the holder. I put in about 1/4 of the elastic. Pin securely!


Sew around the entire holder using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a space on one side {see the lines in the image above}, be sure to backstitch so it doesn't come undone. I also went over the elastic a few times to make sure it wasn't going to come out. Clip each of the corners so you end up with clean points when you turn the holder.


Carefully turn the holder and use a dull pencil or tool to push out the corners. Lay flat and iron. Fold the holder in half, pockets together. Run the iron over the holder to create a crease in the center of the holder.


Sew a line over the crease, then topstitch around the entire holder to finish.

To add a button: close the holder, and fold the elastic over. Mark the inside of the end of the elastic lightly with a pencil or a water-soluble marker. Carefully sew on your button, being careful not to sew the pocket closed!


Add in your business cards and show them off!!



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