07 June 2013

Pedestal Cake Plates

I pinned these bad boys before Pinterest even existed.  What I mean to say is that I added them to my outrageously long list of bookmarks that I had before the glory of Pinterest.  
Aren't they so awesome?
Pedestal plates

Drool worthy fruit display
They, of course, were done with all sorts of skills by powder coating a cheap thrift store brass candle.  They also cost around $125... for thrift store brass candles... yeah.  I'm not going to pay that much.

2 words:  spray paint 
I don't have the facilities or the know - how to do something like powder coating cheap candle sticks.  Let alone the desire to go out and buy all the supplies.  I found that spray paint worked just as well, and actually turned out OK.  I wish now I had gone over them with a clear gloss coat.

I found the tops of the plates for 75ȼ at Tai Pan Trading.  The candle sticks were 25ȼ that we found a local thrift store, and we used Urethane Glue which cost around $6.  The spray paint was what I had left over from other projects.

Before the food

We used the cake plates at my sister's baby shower brunch where we had all different kinds of quiche.  It was such a nice way to display everything because not one pedestal matched in color or height.  And we used a couple of mugs for some of them.

02 June 2013

Macaron Purse: Making it Work for Me

OK, so I pinned these little Macaron Coin Purses a little while ago from Craft Passion, and I immediately fell in love.

When I started doing them I just had one little problem with the inside plate, because I am O.K. at stitching, but I couldn't for the life of me get the plate to go on the inside like they did in their tutorial.  Do you see how on the inside it's nice and flat?  Yeah, I couldn't get it to work.

Instead of using the inside plate that comes with the button I made a yo-yo out of the lining fabric for one.  (I did not have to cut a different size from what the original tutorial says.)  And a round piece of Felt (1 1/2 inch round) for the other.  I think either one work nicely as a lining.

OK, when you get to this point:

Unzip your little purse because after all we want to sew the lining on the inside of the thing.

Put your little yo-yo smooth side up on the bottom part of the shell.

And sew it in place

Here is what it should look like when you are done:

Now is when you sew the top part of the buttons on according to their instructions, but I have one other thing to say.  The first time I made this purse I didn't have any batting, so I just put some plain wool felt over the button, but I found that my purse was not very fluffy (duh.) and it was a little bit harder to sew and be able to hide my stitches.  Also, I hadn't drawn a line around where I was supposed to sew, just winging it, and my top ended up being very tight, and my stitches not so invisible.
The second time around I dug through all my stuff and found one tiny scrap of batting that was just enough, and decided to double up by using both felt and batting.  Like so:

I think the result was way better because my stitches are more hidden, and the top looks more like a cookie - which is our goal in the end.  The one on the right is just felt, where as the one on the left has both.  I would like the one on the right more, but maybe if my stitches were a little neater. 

These purses are such a cute Idea if you need or want a personalized gift.  They are just big enough to put earrings, rings, or other little trinkets in, and really add a nice touch to a simple gift.

P.S.  I found these stack-able chevron rings at Mindy's Minute Market