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Bunny Cake

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“Did you just say, bunny cake? As in a cake in the shape of a bunny?”  I sure did!  Making a cake in the shape of an Easter-themed animal is a family tradition as far as I can remember.  My grandma began with a lamb cake and my mom took over with the bunny.  Here is he in all his glory:

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Waking up on Easter morning, I remember dying to eat Bunny Cake.  It had been sitting so perfectly on our table for days and despite constant begging, mom made us wait until Easter.  Thankfully, some Easters she let us eat it for breakfast!  I always wanted to eat the “bunny butt” first because it had the most icing.  Mr. Bunny did not always come out perfectly though and on occasion, we’d wake up to Mr. Bunny laying on his side.  😦  My family often made bets on how long he would last before he fell.  There was one time, when Grandma was at our house babysitting before Easter and we decided to make the Bunny Cake together.  After all of the work of making and molding, we slid the cookie sheet out of the oven and the mold shot right off, on to the floor!  Well I’ll tell you that floor Bunny Cake is just as good!

I can’t tell you where the original recipe came from or what it’s real name is… we just call it Bunny Cake and it is the most moist, best tasting cake I’ve ever made!  It can’t be made in a regular pan but you can use a bundt pan if you don’t have the mold.

Bunny Cake

1 c butter softened

1 1/2 c sugar

3 eggs

1 3/4 c flour

1/3 c milk

1 t vanilla

Mix well.  Combine 2 T Crisco and 1 T flour.  Grease mold (I usually put a baggie on my hand to mix the Crisco & flour and spread it on the mold.  Then you can just turn it inside out and throw it away).  Pour batter into the bottom piece. Put on top. Place mold on top of a cookie sheet or inside a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.  Cool 10 mins.  Carefully wiggle off the top piece.  Cool 10 mins.  Replace top and flip.  Cool 10 mins.  Remove bottom piece.  Cool 10 mins.  Flip onto plate and stand him up.  Place large glasses or jars on either side to keep straight up.  Let stand overnight.  Ice & decorate with jelly beans.

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And if you didn’t think my family is crazy enough… they even make butter into lamb form!  As seen below, this is my grandma’s creation! Unbelievably, she just freehands with a toothpick!  Happy Easter!

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Bridal Shower on a Budget!

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When my friend Carissa told me instead of a shower she wanted a very laid back, simple lunch with a little bridal twist, I thought hard about how to connect it to her wedding without screaming BRIDAL SHOWER! Most important… location, location, location!  We chose a Key West/island themed cafe in downtown Stuart, called Key Lime Cafe.  Outdoor with tropical decor and amazing fresh drinks and food, its one of our favorite local places.

Now to decorate…

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showerSmall bubble vase from Michael’s $1

Gray ribbon: $2 with 40% off coupon from Michael’s

Silver frame: $1 from Dollar Tree

Printed photo from Walgreens & a little yellow scrapbook paper: $0.19

Yellow mums: $4 for a bunch from Publix

I made three little vases and 2 frames to spread along the table.

Favors…

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I taught myself how to fold these cute little ring boxes out of scrapbook paper from this video on You Tube.  I cut a small slit in the bottom of the box and popped in a Ring Pop! (4 for $1 at Dollar Tree)

Finished product…

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Tree Skirt

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Inspired by Done Over Decor‘s burlap ruffled tree skirt and motivated by the fact that for the past few years, we have been using my husband’s Florida State blanket as a tree skirt, I decided I could make one! First, I cut a full sized red sheet into 3 inch strips.  Fabric scissors were definitely a must and folding the blanket twice helped keep my cut lines straight and about the same size. 

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Next, i used a Dollar Tree felt tree skirt as a base and heated up the ole glue gun!  The process was pretty simple.  A dot of glue near the top edge of the strip to keep the strip to the skirt.  Then, a dot of glue on the same spot on the strip and fold over a bit of fabric to create a ruffle. 

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The process was repeated to go all the way around the edge.  I noticed that I was making my folds too close together (and using ALOT of glue in the process) so in my next strips, I made them further apart (about an inch).

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Continue around the skirt, gluing and folding, folding and gluing.  I just made sure there was no white showing in between the layers.

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Overall, it only took about an hour total and only sacrificed a few fingertips with hot glue gun burns.  Well worth it! Especially the cost!  $1.00 for the felt skirt, an old sheet, and 1 package of mini glue sticks = about $2.50 total! Yeah, I made that! (PS. Looks much more festive then a FSU fleece blanket with a Seminole head staring out from under my 7 foot Frasier! Camera decided to die, so picture coming soon..)

A darling dresser

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I couldn’t pass this little dresser at Goodwill. It was a little beat up and the bottom drawer bottom was missing.  It was solid, real wood, I fell in love when I noticed it had a little pullout writing table. I thought maybe it was vintage and only $10!

           Later discovered…   Regular price: $699.00  from Bombay & Co.  (Really?)

I knew I wanted to put it in my mint-chocolate chip ice cream green guest bedroom.  Inspired by the lace painted dressers I found on Pinterest, I thought I’d try something similar! First, I painted the it white and taped off the drawers.

 

 

While looking for something lace at Michael’s,  I found lace cardstock instead.  I found three strewn among the clearance leftovers for 99 cents and when they ran up a penny a piece, I thought I’d hit the jackpot again! This was going to be better than spray painting lace, especially since they do not make spray paint in any cute colors.  I immediately went home, cut it to it the drawer front and sponge painted with a sample sized container of Tropical Coral (Glidden @ Home Depot $2.99).

And that’s where my luck ended.  After leaving it overnight to dry, I began to peel the stencil only to discover most of the paint had acted liked glue and large chunks of stencil were pasted to drawer.  Thankfully with a little soap and hot water and A LOT of scrubbing, most of the coral paint came off.  Back to square 1.

I painted the drawer fronts solid coral, hoping it would cover up the leftover marks and purchased a new (plastic) stencil from Michael’s ($5.99– paid about $3 after my 40% coupon and teacher discount). I left the coral color a little streaky for an antique effect and to make my mess up marks look more natural. Crossing my fingers I used a sponge brush on the stencil and a little sandpaper to antique it up some more…

The finished product:

I made that and I love it! It looks great with the coral pillows and warm colored curtains I previously made. Final price: about $16.00

BTS Projects

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“Back to School” can sometimes be the most dreaded phrase in a teacher’s life.  End of summer, no more lazy pool days, basically not getting what you want to do whenever you want to do it.  Boo.  On the bright side, it means a new year to add and update the classroom.  Seems like everyone’s classroom has been Pinterest-ed to the max this year.  I realized I had to up the cuteness level!

Clearance corkboard tiles from Walgreens ($1.29 for 4), paint samples left over from painting the new house, and some blue tape! Going to hang some pictures and leave plenty of room for student artwork.

So excited to find this at Goodwill for $2.99!! I’ve been wanting one FOR-EVER and they are so very expensive in teacher catalogs.  Repainted the wood from the 70’s orange that can be seen on the inside.

My Pinterest contribution and the discovery that our school has its very own poster maker! So cute! Find this poster and more at Technology Rocks Seriously.  

Finally, my Twitter wall!! Everyone teacher knows the power of a good exit slip after a lesson.  Now, I have a super-trendy reusable one.  I can pose a question in the form of a tweet and students an respond on the blue laminated cards using dry erase makers and post them on the wall.  (I laminated the black construction paper then poked holes with scissors and slid a paper clip through to hold them) They can be taken down before the lesson then posted on their way to line up or during transitions.  Thanks to Art for 1170

Making these projects are helping me cure my BTS-itis! Here’s to another school year!

 

Simple Sewing

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For Christmas, Mom got me a beautiful Singer sewing machine, which, unfortunately due to a ongoing battle with the bobbin hasn’t gotten much use. Any tips for threading/winding/not knotting the bobbin would be appreciated!  There were a few failed attempts at headbands and just attempting to sew in a straight line.  After moving into our first home, though, I wanted to decorate with style… and a very small budget.  So, here are my first (decently successful) simple sewing projects.

Table runner -> a valence

I’m sure I’m not the only one who navigates Target by walking through the back of the aisles because that is where the clearance sections are housed.  (I swear I’m not lurking, I’m just bargain shopping!)  On one trip, I discovered the mother of all mega-clearance, where almost every end cap had 30-50-0r 75% off of summer selections!  I found this table runner for $9.08

And decided it would make a perfect valence for our guest room, newly painted in mint ice cream green.  Since there was already a backing, I just had to rip the seams on each of the short sides to slide the curtain rod into and tada! Total cost: $10.57

Napkins ->Pillows

Also found at Target mega summer clearance 18 x 18′ two-sided cloth napkins…. perfect for pillows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These did actually require some sewing! I ripped the seam on one side and stuffed with with pillow form from Joann Fabrics, then re-sewed it closed. Cost:  $1.98 per napkin + $5 per pillow form = $13.96 for 2 pillows!

Fabric Remnant -> Valence #2

While at Joann, I saw the fabric remnants were an extra 50% off.  Score! Found this cute patterned fabric for our yellow office.  This was my biggest sewing effort. I cut it using my table runner curtain as a pattern because its the same size window.  Then I folded the top and bottom over to create a tab for the curtain rod.   I tried really really hard to make the edges straight and sew so so so straight and I’m pretty happy with the results!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost: Fabric $3.14 + Curtain rod $1.49 = $4.63

These projects have helped me gain some sewing confidence and save some major $$$! Sew happy!