Play Kitchen

I finally got around to re-taking some pictures of Finn’s new kitchen since all of my other pictures are in purgatory. (Still, keep your fingers crossed). So, this was Finn’s big present from Santa this year. I have seen quite a few play kitchens out there in the blogging world and there is even a Flickr group for them. There are a ton of ideas! I saw many people making them out of nightstands and entertainment centers. My mom had the perfect shaped nightstand that she didn’t need and thankfully she donated one to the cause. Bryan and his dad did all of the “woodworking” on it. I drew them a picture and after a few trips to home depot it started looking like a kitchen! Bryan and I then spent many nights adding to it. I even found a lot of good materials at Goodwill. Here is what we ended up with, I really like the way it turned out and Finn loves it! Bryan even said it was a bigger hit than he thought it would be.

I see that Finn is cooking up a chicken for dinner?

We used wooded plaques from Hobby Lobby for the burners. I painted them with metallic black paint and cut out the red swirl for the burners then applied 2 coats of Mod Podge. The dials are wooden car wheels painted and Mod Podged also. Bryan didn’t bolt them in all the way so they spin.

Bryan cut a hole in the back wall and I found that frame that fit perfectly at Goodwill. I just printed out a picture of that field on my computer for the window scene.

My Favorite part is the backsplash!! We just hot glued and caulked those tiles on the back. The sink is a bowl from Goodwill and we had trouble finding a used faucet so that was our most expensive purchase. It’s from Home Depot for $9.00 but it looks so perfect!

For the oven, Bryan added that shelf in between where the drawers were then just removed the bottom drawer for storage. He cut a hole in the top one and we added the Plexiglas and a hinge so it really opens and closes.

Final touches are some hooks on both sides for “utensils” and cookware. I’d say he loves it! Here he is on Christmas Morning. Maybe you will see him on Top Chef in 20 years?


I know the title of this post is VERY dramatic but I will get to that in a second. First of all, I would like to say we had an amazing Christmas and Finn was very spoiled! I think we own everything that has Buzz Lightyear on it! Not to mention the amazing play kitchen that “Mr. and Mrs. Claus” have been hard at work on. (Post soon to come). I got my first good nights sleep in a long time thanks to my new maternity pillow and I have so many new crafts to get to work on. I also got the Bamboo Craft which I haven’t hooked up yet but you will all see it in action very soon! I can’t wait for next year when Finn really understands the whole concept a little more.

Now to the sad part, when I went to upload pictures on Christmas day, that’s when it happened, I discovered my computer crashed!!!! We really needed a new one and I am so lucky we were able to find an amazing deal but I am so upset at the thought of loosing my pictures and videos. I have about 90% of my pictures saved to an online server but I’m worried about my videos. Hopefully they will be saved but I will have to wait and see on that. Bare with me for a few days because the next few posts I had planned were on the old computer. Cross your fingers for me!

Taylor Made on Etsy

I launched my shop on Etsy!! I have my first line “Flower Stud Earrings” up right now, just in time for Christmas. I have always had a hard time finding cute costume jewelry because I have very sensitive ears and I am allergic most jewelry. I decided, I should make myself some earrings and after finding out many people are also allergic to “cheapy” jewelry, I thought maybe other people have the same problem I do? So, the Taylor Made Etsy Shop was born and all of my hardware is Sterling Silver and hypoallergenic. I was so excited/nervous because within the first hour I already had a few sales! Ahhh! I added a button to the right of my blog so you can always access the store. Be on the lookout in January for the second phase!

Yo Gabba Gabba… Yoooooooo

Finn loves Yo Gabba Gabba, at first I thought it was a little creepy, but I have to admit I kind of like it too. The other day we were playing a game online at Nick and I saw a little section called crafts. So, of course, I had to interrupt the game and see what it was all about. My eye was suddenly drawn to… a Brobee Snuggle Pillow! Are you serious, Finn would love that. The Nick Jr website even has a template for all of the parts of the face and has all of the characters. Brobee is Finn’s favorite so I made him but I might make the others soon. Their version is a “No Sew” version, but sewing it will make it last so much longer. I also used a thin fleece for the back instead of felt so it will be even softer. 

You can print the template right from the website HERE! Hi Brobee.

Finn is going to be so excited… I hope I cant wait until Christmas, only 14 days!
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