Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Fathers Day Gift

I decided to make something special for someone in time for Fathers Day. He lost one of his daughters last year and I thought it would be great to make this gift for him.
 I decided to use a bunch of yard sticks that I got on sale at Ace hardware here in Culpeper.  They were selling out everything to remodel their store, I can't tell you how much fun I had in there stocking up on stuff.

I started out with a 10x10 mirror from Ikea, I found this one at a yard sale for a dollar it was still in the wrapper. I needed something really flat with a large surface to glue my yard sticks to. 

These are some of the supplies that I used. 

I wanted the yardsticks to look old so I painted them with really watery paint for color and then stain to make them look old. Some of them I stained with walnut and oak stain. After they all dried I started laying out how I wanted them to go on the frame and cutting them to fit. I used a chop saw but they cut really easy even with a little hand saw. 

 I like things to be random and not any special pattern so I cut and fitted all around the whole frame. I numbered the back of the pieces and the number on the frame so I would not get confused when I took them off to glue. 

 I love how old the yard sticks look and I love the different size numbers on them. I gave this about 10 coats of polycrylic after I glued them on. I like it to feel smooth. I did sand very lightly with fine grit paper between several of the coats. 

I think he will like this, he is a wonderful potter and he knows how special hand made items are.  I hope this makes Brian's Fathers Day a little happier I know it is going to be a hard one. 
I need to get busy and make something for Fathers Day for that special someone in my life. 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Ombre Cakes

I decided to try my hand at making some little cakes that I can keep in the freezer and just pull out when we want a quick dessert with dinner. I got out my tin cans again and decided to try ombre cakes. I used a yellow cake mix and split the batter into three bowls.

 I think they look so cute on these cupcake plates that I made out of candlesticks and saucers. I wanted pink, but the yellow cake mix makes it look orange. I used about 6 drops of red food coloring in the first bowl, 4 in the next bowl and 2 in the last bowl. Each can was greased and I put each color into a separate can. I filled them only half way and baked them at 350. for about 30 minutes. 

After they cooled I got them out of the cans and sliced them. I made butter cream frosting, and alternated the dark color then frosting the lighter color then frosting and then the lightest on top. 

They turned out cute and very yummy. I wrapped the rest and put them in the freezer.
 I think next time I might make each layer a little bit different in color so that you can see it better. 
We had one from out of the freezer last night for a late night snack and it was really good and tasted really fresh.