Friday, October 26, 2012

The Next Top Chef: Cakes

Late last night as I was working on making more bows and goodies for the craft fair I will participating in this weekend and ended up empting several spools of ribbon.  I had stacked them up and an idea popped into my head! I could make a stackable cake for Dominic with these!! Today while working on a few more craft fair projects I took a break by making my son that cake I thought of last night.  I gathered up a few sizes of empty ribbon spools and dipped into my scrap fabric stash and found some Camo, John Deere and Green (all Dominic's favorite things).
 After I covered the spools in fabric I thought, this cake needs a candle and with my craft brain on full charge an empty glue stick came to mind (another recycle bin goodie).  I then covered it in  green fabric,leaving extra at the top to tie up to look like a flame.  I also grabbed some 1/4 yellow ribbon and wrapped it around the fabric to look more like a candle.  Being a bling lover and someone who can't leave anything plain, I added a few jewels to make it look like the cake had been decorated, and Tada a stackable layered cake to add to Dominic's kitchen.
I actually really love this because not only did I make a cake to add to our fake food goodies but I also created a toy that Dominic can use to work on motor skills.  We had a great time learning to stack the cake in the correct ascending order by size.  As usual he learned so quickly and honestly figured it out right away (he is one smart cookie!) He really  liked "frosting" the cake pieces, blowing out the candle and serving Mommy with her very own piece of his hand made cake!

The Next Top Chef: The New Kitchen

My Son's grandmother came across a cute kitchen set a lady was giving away for free.  We picked it up and cleaned it up and brought it inside for him to "cook" while Mommy cooks lunch and dinner.  Dominic absolutely loves his new kitchen.  I looked around for some plates and goodies to let him play with and came up with a few mini pots and pans I honestly never use.  I then grabbed my box of felt and foam and starting making him up some foods to cook in his new kitchen.  I found tons of cute patterns online but nearly all of them were sewing projects and truth be told that is just not a possibility with an impatient 2 yr old and Mommy's limited free time.  I then set my craft mind to the task and starting making foods with the felt and hot glue!! I love my glue gun, of course as online boutique owner (check it out on facebook: I use my glue gun every single day so I was right at home with coming up with a non sew project.  We had just had breakfast for dinner the night before so I used that as my inspiration and created Dominic some fried eggs, bacon and pancakes.  I actually think they turned out great!
At this point I wanted to make everything I could possibly come up but due to time frame I didn't have that chance but I did make him some bread, jelly and peanut butter.  I also gave him a peanut butter jar, a little cookie jar, and empty ketchup bottle I had due our recycle bin really needing to be taken to the recycle center.  Dominic loved the peanut butter and jelly and made his Daddy a sandwich for when he gets home from work.  He is such a little sweetheart!

 A few days later while at the store I noticed the 1/2 dozen eggs cartons and had to get one for Dominic and his eggs(Easter Eggs).  It fits perfectly in his tiny little refrigerator.  Dominic also paid for his own set of 3 spatulas and spoons ($.88 what a buy).  I will be adding more foods as I get the chance.  My plan is for Dominic to be able to make the same thing we are having for dinner or lunch so he can help cook with Mommy!