I Did That| Remake

Years ago I painted these superheros for my son’s superhero bedroom. Well now that he’s older he wants to redecorate. Out with the superheroes, in with WWE and gaming. So Batman and Captain America had to go but instead of getting rid of them, I remade them. Not to shabby, huh?

Here are the two together. I’m very proud of myself. My 6th graders didn’t get the apple but my 7th and 8th graders that did parody art totally got it. I first spotted the superheros on the blog I Am Momma….Hear Me Roar. She had them in her son’s room and when I saw them I thought, I can do that so I did. The paintings are based on illustrations by Michael Myers (not the Austin Powers). I really love the upgrade.

My original inspiration

What do ya think?

She Tried It|The Coco Bag

Dog Glasses

DIY Pet Photo Bag

  • Materials:
    • camera with filters (black and white)
    • photo editing software ( I used Photoshop and Illustrator)
    • a canvas bag
    • iron on transfer paper
    • printer
    • iron

So I was on Zulily and I saw these fun pet photo bags and I said to myself I’ve got to try that. How else am I going to know if my girls can do it later. I broke out my old but still very reliable Canon Rebel T3 and took some black and white shots of our dog Coco.


After I got the shot that I wanted, I opened the photo up in Photoshop so that I could clean up the background. I use the Magic Wand tool and then enlarge the image and use the Eraser to clean up what the wand didn’t catch.


He’s a cute huh? We call him Wilfred Brimley or Diabeetus because of his whiskers. What do you think?


I see it. OK back on post. After I cleaned up the image, I opened it in Illustrator. Here’s where I gave Coco some fun glasses. Of course, I had to use pink. Although he’s not, he should be a girl and lots of girls like pink. I googled pink glasses png images and found some pretty good ones. I really liked the cat eye but I decided to go with the more square frames. Here the images that I found.



Awwww! Too cute!

All you have to do is position the glasses on your four legged friend and you’re done. Save the image and then export it as a JPEG. Print your image, cut it out, and iron it on your bag making sure to follow the instructions.


*The key is to press down firmly and let it cool before pulling off the paper.

Zoila! You have a super cute Pet Photo Bag showing love for man’s best friend.


Happy crafting!

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The Creative Call|Upcycled Mini Kitchen Hack

So often the creative call in my life involves projects I’ve done with or for my son. When he was about 3, he was particularly interested in play kitchens but I had no interest in buying him a kitchen that I didn’t think he’d use for long. So I decided to do a hack/makeover of an old nightstand from IKEA that I wasn’t using and I could see that it would make a perfect stove and oven.



First, I had to nail the drawer shut. He wouldn’t need that anyway. Then all the wood (not the back) was primed with white primer(I let the primer set overnight), I got a metallic spray paint and sprayed the whole nightstand and the piece of wood that I was using as the door. I did have to break out the power saw for the door, the back and the microwave oven (I’ll talk about that later). As long as you know the measurements you can have someone at the hardware store cut the wood for you.

The door was cut to fit inside the nightstand opening. I cut a 6 x 7 rectangle in the middle for the oven window and used a piece of plexiglass (from Lowes) and screwed it on the inside of the door over the rectangle.

BAM! Oven window.

Then I used another piece of wood larger than the opening and nailed it closed in the back.


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To attach the oven door, I used hinges at the bottom and strong magnets on the corners of the door and the edges of the opening. I found that the door slammed to the ground, so I added ribbons and stapled them on the inside of the door to keep it from slamming to the floor when he opened it up and then added a handle. Once I did that it really started looking like an oven.


Our oven is blue on the inside so I painted his oven blue inside as well. I didn’t do it but while it’s still wet you could sprinkle in some glitter to give it more of a real oven affect. The finishing touch inside was a cookie cooling rack that sat on two pieces of 1″ thick wood screwed on either sides of the oven.

While I was at Lowe’s, I picked up a set of 5 oven knobs. I drilled five holes in the drawer front and inserted dowel rods. Then I put the knobs on the dowel rods. *Don’t glue them in because you want your child to be able to turn them.

You can use CDs painted black or anything round or you could paint the circles directly on the nightstand but I used black furniture movers to make the burners. Sorry about the front two burners but my son put stickers on the burners.

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After I finished the oven, it looked a little lonely and I wanted to add a microwave. I found the perfect one at IKEA but it was too wide for the nightstand, so my husband cut down the wood and re-screwed it together. Perfect fit.  I used wood glue to attach it to the nightstand, let dry over night and we had an oven/microwave kitchen set.

Up-cycle hack complete!

Below is a breakdown of materials.

Items Needed:

IKEA DUKTIG top section for mini kitchen
IKEA LANSA Handle 9 5/8″
3 Cans White Primer
2 Cabinet Hinges
3 Cans of Krylon’s Stainless Steel Spray Paint (The stainless steel paint gave it a modern kitchen look)
5 Oven Control Knobs



Cooling Rack

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Instead of buying plastic pans and pots, I actually found mini pots and pans from Marshalls and bought food from Amazon. For a good while he LOVED it but as I suspected he grew disinterested. I couldn’t bear to part with this awesome creation so I’ve stowed it up in the attic for now. We’d like to adopt and maybe soon it will find a new life and be a new love for another child.

Who knows?

Stay classy!

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She Tried It|Extreme Makeover Doll Edition Part 2

Of course, I wanted to try to make my own upcycled doll so I made a trip to the local thrift shop and found an unloved doll to transform. Sonia provides instructions on her website for those of us that want to become part of the movement. And she has several videos on YouTube to help you with your transformation.

I found a doll at the local thrift store for about .05.

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Even though I planned to paint over her, I tried to rub off the eyes like Sonia does. That was a fail.

Scary huh?
Scary huh?

I wanted a brown doll so I got matte spray paint from the craft store to use on the doll. I used a variety of acrylic paints that I have for the face.


After I spray painted her and let her dry, I decided to color her hair. I found a great video on YouTube that showed me how to change the color of her hair. Unfortunately that was a fail. As soon as I started to rinse it out like she said the color began to come out. You can see it was black but came out a kinda brown with golden highlights. I got off as much of the paint residue as I could and then I blow dried it. After that I styled her hair.

I thought about adding more curls but instead I decided to go with pigtail braids. Good thing I didn’t try because dipping her hair in water would have taken off all the color.

After that I was redressed her and got busy working on her face. This part was the most difficult and the reason why I won’t be trying this for a living. You really need a steady hand for this job. Not that I was going to do that anyway. I looked at Sonia’s video and one of her brown dolls to get the colors. Her eyes are not symmetrical but then again neither are mine. Hey I tried. Most of Sonia’s dolls have no eyelashes that I can see but I wanted her to have some, so I used a paint pin and gave her just a few.

Face Painting

Almost Done

IMAG3458How did I do?

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Sexy to sweet.

This project was fun and challenging but I’m going to tip my hat to Sonia Singh of Tree Change Dolls.

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Stay classy!




She Tried It|Extreme Makeover Doll Edition Part 1


These dolls are just precious. I grew up with Barbie, Strawberry Shortcake and Cabbage Patch Kids. It seems that in the pursuit of modernizing dolls they had to make them bustier, give them shorter skirts and huge eyes, garish makeup and lips that look like they just received Botox treatments. IMO too sexualized for my taste. Seems most things for kids these days are either pushing the boundaries or just don’t care about the boundaries. Kids really need to be kids. Here’s a mom that understands.

Sonia Singh followed her creative calling after finding discarded Bratz dolls at a thrift shop and she transformed them into a line of upcycled dolls. Sonia posted photos of her first completed dolls online — and immediately, her dolls became a viral sensation.

See for yourself and check out Sonia’s Etsy shop for her dolls and more of her products.


Check out Part 2 for my attempt to become part of the recycled doll movement.

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Stay classy!