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cupcake fun

Ever since I got these cute cupcake books for Christmas a few years ago I've been OBSESSED with adorably designed cupcakes.

The only problem is...I haven't even attempted to ever make any. What's my problem? For my sister in laws baby shower, I offered to make cupcakes and told myself I was going to try some sort of design (no matter how small and simple).

So here's what I did:
I made 2 different cupcakes
I made 2 different icings
Decorated them (semi-adorably but not book worthy)
Made doily cupcake wrappers for them
Then...I ate one of each (they were good!)

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out.
Everyone said they were delicious and pretty!

Here is the cupcake breakdown and a little step by step on how I made the doily wrappers:

Cupcake #1: 
Chocolate Fudge Cupcake with "Cloud" Frosting


rope bowl

This project was one of those "I've got to make this right now" type of things. I saw it really excited...bought the supplies...and made a bunch of them. These rope bowls are fun, easy (I did it while watching tv) and they make great gifts!


Here's what you'll need to make your own:

Hot glue gun
flat work surface
rope (I used 1/4" Manilla & Sisal)


dino art

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend my cousins wife's baby shower this past Saturday. I hated to miss it, but knew I wanted to make them a special gift. When I found out they were planning a dinosaur theme for the nursery I decided to make them some wall art.

I'm absolutely thrilled with how they turned out [and I hope Mikie & Patrick like them too].

Here is what you'll need to make your own:

Wood frame
fun paper
Mod Podge
foam brush
computer/printer OR hand drawn design
small foam roller



tic tac toe

I loved tic tac toe as a kid. When I saw a similar idea to this one online, I knew I could make these for practically free. I thought they would be cute to have on a coffee table or up at our family's cabin. I "borrowed" a few duplicate tile samples from work and whipped up two boards. I love how they turned out.


Here is what you'll need to make your own:

6x6 tile (or other base)
10 round stones
painters tape
small paint brush
exacto knife
paint (I used leftover paint samples and acrylic)



baby leggings

Today I'm home from work watching my little niece Sadie while my sister and brother-in-law are at work. For the record: Sadie is MUCH cuter than looking at tile all day.

Last night I decided that I wanted to make something to bring along with me today. This quick and easy project was the perfect thing... Sadie and I got to place dress up:

Isn't she the cutest?

The fun thing about these is......... they started out as a pair of socks!


Here is what you'll need to make your own:

A pair of socks
A small piece of elastic (enough for the waist band)

note: Vary the size of socks to achieve the legging size you want.


paint swatch notebooks

I have a lot of paint swatches around (from numerous projects) and I decided that I either needed to 1) throw them away or 2) do something with them. So of course... I found a something to do with them. I saw these little paint swatch note books and thought they were a fun, functional idea.


Here is what you'll need to make your own:

paint swatches
exacto knife
cutting mat
scissors and/or paper cutter
paper for the insides (I used plain and graph)



diy flower picture ::guest blogger::

Dana from Lets Meet For Lunch is here today to share a fun and creative DIY project. I'm already itching to make one for myself. Enjoy [and check out my Apple Dumpling recipe on Dana's blog here]. There's nothing wrong with eating and crafting at the same time!

DIY Flower Picture

Hey Sewing Barefoot readers! I am so excited to be here today with a little DIY project of mine. I’ve always loved crafts and DIY stuff of all kinds. I was even an Arts & Crafts Counselor at a summer camp for 4 years running in college (Listen, it was that, or being an Athletics Counselor... which was completely and TOTALLY out of the question). I’m not always the best at them, and my stuff hardly looks professional... no judging! I’m sure you could do far cooler things than I did with this little project, but the thing I like about it is that anyone can do this. The hardest part is cutting out the petals and deciding where you want to place them. If you used a template, they would look even more consistent, but I kind of liked the idea of free-form petals. You can do whatever you want to get the effect you are going for!  

I normally take a picture of all materials needed, but for some reason I became a cutting fiend and totally forgot that part. So imagine that you have a picture here of some scrapbook paper in varying colors/patterns that you want, and scissors. A little further on I’ll show you what else you need.

Cut some strips of the paper, about the size that you want the petals to be. I made mine around 2 inches. Then stack the sheets on top of each other, to make quick work of cutting them (I have 6 stacked up in the picture).

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