Part 2 : 25+ Craft Projects for $1 or less from the ReStore

Welcome to Part 2 of my series on great finds at the ReStore, and the possible Pinterest projects you can make with all this cool stuff!  

What I love about the ReStore is that they have so much stuff and you are quaranteed to find all these items every single time you enter a ReStore.  I always find these great blog posts where someone has found an awesome item for basically nothing at either a garage sale or Goodwill. But I never seem to have that same luck.  But at the ReStore you can always find these items, and for next to nothing.

Here are some additional fun finds at the ReStore that didn’t make it into Part 1: 25+ Craft Projects for $1 or less at the ReStore.

So this one doesn’t really have “Possible Pinterest Projects” to go along with it.  But I just had to share. Who knew that the ReStore sold trees and shrubs? And I mean lots of them!  All for only $5!  Even the 8 ft trees were $5, you would pay at least $100 for the same tree at a nursery.

This would be a great option for creating a privacy wall in your garden or for cheap landscaping when getting ready to sell a house.

Now this is one category that the supply does vary.  But here are some examples of furniture makeovers you are likely to find at the ReStore.

If you haven’t checked out Part 1 of my ReStore series head over to 25 + Craft Projects for $1 or less at the ReStore.

I hope I have given you some inspiration!  

Be sure to join 2 Little Superheroes Facebook Page to check out future ReStore Makeovers!

Happy Crafting!

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Kids Personalized Birthday Photo

Birthday Photos!

Kids Personalized birthday photo

Picmonkey tutorial

This may look a bit intimidating but it really is easy once you have completed your first one.  It’s more a matter of patience.  

For this I used the free PicMonkey photo editing service.  Love, love, love PicMonkey I think I may love it even more than Picnic!

The hardest part is finding a picture you want to use.  Don’t worry about what’s in the background because we are about to delete all that anyways.

So here we go…


First step go to PicMonkey and select “Edit a photo”


Click “Upload” and bring up your photo (from your desktop, website, file or wherever you have saved it).



Click on “Textures” it’s the button on the very bottom left of the screen with hatch marks (the one that is to the left of “metal”).  Now click on “Your Own” up at the top.


We are going to open up a second window now.  Open PicMonkey in another window and click “Edit a Photo” just like you did above.  Now upload the same picture again (just like above). I know this sounds weird.


Now pick “Overlays” which is the button on the left side of the screen with the heart, bubble, and comic bubble.  It will open up the Overlays screen.  Select “Geometric”.  Select the “rectangle” and now drag the rectangle to cover the entire picture. At this point you can change the colour to anything you want to use as the background.  I ended up changing mine from black to white because when I looked at the picture I had picked I realized his black cape wouldn’t show up next to the black background.  So keep that in mind.


Hit “Save”.  Save as blankblue or whatever colour you choose (I ended up changing to white so don’t be confused by this blue).  Now go back to your other PicMonkey screen (the one we started with).



Under Textures select “Your Own”  select your “blankblue.jpg” file or whatever it was that you named your background.  Keep the “Blend Mode” at Normal.  Change the “Fade” to roughly 30% (just enough so you can still see the image).


Now for the fun part.  Click on the small paintbrush icon, and it will bring up this Paint box.  With the brush you will “uncover” your photo again.  Play around with “Brush size” and “brush hardness” to see what’s easiest for your photo.  And don’t worry if you uncover some of the background you can go back and forth between “effect” and “original” and repaint the background if you need to.  I would increase the “brush hardness” to 50 or so, it makes your lines clearer.


Once you have the picture uncovered.  Slide “fade” all the way back to 0%.  This will completely white out the background (or whatever colour you chose).  Hit “Apply”.  Now “Save” your picture.

Click “Upload” and upload your blank background colour again (I know this is the 3rd time).  


With your background colour up, select the “Overlays” button again (yellow arrow pointing to this).  Select “Your Own”  and select the photo of your child that you just saved.


Now increase the size of your photo and place it where you want. (I guess I didn’t make my blankwhite page quite white enough because it looks a little blue, oh well).


Now for the super fun part!  Click on the “P” on the left hand side and start adding text.  If you want all the different fonts, colours and sizes like I did you have to do every word individually.  So for each word I selected the text I wanted then hit “add text” this brought up the box to select colour and size.  I typed the word.  And then moved onto the next word.  At the end you can play around with the positioning of all the words.

Now Save it, and you’re done!  That wasn’t that bad was it?!

I plan on printing these off and putting them in the kids 20 Question Birthday Interview Binders, found this awesome birthday interview idea at Reaves Party of Three.blogspot.com. 

I will update you once I have printed these off to let you know what the easiest way was and the cost.

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Kids Quotable Book

My most viewed blog posts has been the Kids Say the Darndest Things post.  We all know how different kids are from one another, but one thing all kids have in common is that they are all funny.  I’ve never met a kid who wasn’t funny.  Right?


I found this deal over at Paper Coterie for $12 (on until 9/02/2012).  It’s similar to my idea, but just takes a bit more upfront work.  You upload 12 pictures to the book and it leaves spots for you to later write in your favourite kid quotes.  How easy is that!

Gotta go make my Quotable Book.

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Time Out Chair

Couldn’t resist this cute little child’s chair.  For $5 how could I not buy it?  Unfortunately I bought it pre-blog and I didn’t take a before photo of it, but it was pretty beat up.  Imagine a chair with paint splatter all over it.

kids time out chair

I gave it a coat of spray primer and 4 coats of red spray paint to clean it up.  Of course my kids picked red.  They want everything painted red.  My oldest even asked if we could sell our house and move into a red house.  Sure, that seems like a reasonable reason to move, right?

I used some vinyl numbers cut from my cricut machine to add the numbers “1234” and “sit”.  I just thought the lettering made it look cute.  But a friend was visiting and asked if it was our time out chair. No, but that’s brilliant!  So now the boys have a time-out chair.  

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Asiago Risotto


Risotto is one of my favorite food indulgence.  If you haven’t had it before you must. It’s cheesy, creamy and rich all in one delicious mouthful.  I have used just about every recipe out there.  The used to use Barefoot Contessa’s recipe or The Pioneer Woman’s recipe, how could you go wrong with anything by these 2 women.  


But after years of making risotto I have come up with my own secret ingredient risotto.  And it’s just as good as the Barefoot Contessa’s or Pioneer Woman’s, if I do say so myself.


Arborio rice, chicken stock, garlic, shallots, butter, cream, olive oil, salt, pepper, asiago cheese.  How can you go wrong?


Bring 5 cups of chicken stock to a boil.  Once it has reached a boil turn down and keep warm.


Add 2 TBsp of butter and 2 TBsp olive oil to large skillet.  


Finely chop 1 large shallot.  Add to skillet and cook on medium for 3-4 minutes.


Chop 2 garlic cloves and add to skillet cook for 1 minute.



Add 1 cup of Arborio rice to skillet.  Stir.  Add salt and pepper.  


Cover pan with risotto and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  With risotto you can every grain of rice to cook before adding liquid.  Stir once to make sure every grain has a chance to cook.


Add 1 ladle of the chicken stock and let the rice absorb all the liquid. About 3 minutes.


Once the liquid is absorbed it should look like this.  Now continue to add chicken stock 1 ladle at a time.  Each time letting the liquid absorb before adding the next ladle of stock.


Once all the stock has been used the risotto should look like this.


Grate 1/2 cup of asiago cheese and add to risotto.


Now for the awesome part.  Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream.  If you’re feeling good and have been to the gym already that day, add a little more!


Continue to cook until most of the liquid has been absorbed.  Should look like this.


Enjoy!  


Asiago Risotto

Ingredients:

5 cups chicken stock
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
1 shallot 
2 cloves garlic
1 cup arborio rice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup asiago cheese
1.  Boil 5 cups of chicken stock in a large pot.  Bring to boil and then reduce heat.
2. Add 2 tbsp butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil to skillet on medium heat.  Chop 1 large
shallot and add to pan.  Cook for 3-5 minutes or until browned.  Chop 2 cloves of garlic
 and add to skillet.  Cook for 1 minute.
3. Add 1 cup of arborio rice to skillet.  Use wooden spoon to push rice around and cover
bottom of skillet.  Cook rice for 3 minutes.  Stir rice trying to make sure every grain has a
chance to toast. Cook and additional minute.  Add salt and pepper.
4. Add 1 large ladle of chicken stock.  Stir.  Let rice absorb all the liquid.  About 3 minutes.
Add chicken stock 1 ladle at a time, and allow liquid to absorb before adding the next ladle.
Takes about 20 minutes.  
5. Once all chicken stock is absorbed add 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream.  Cook for 2-3
minutes.  
6.  Grate 1/2 cup of asiago cheese and add to risotto.  Stir.   Once cheese has melted and
most of the liquid is absorbed let sit for 2-3 minutes.  Serve hot.
Enjoy!

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A Little Pink In My Life


I picked up a little wire file basket at the ReStore for $1 last week.  Thought it was cute, but didn’t have a clue where I was going to put it in the house.  I really have to stop doing that!


I gave it one coat of spray primer.


And 2 coats of pink spray paint.

Living with 3 boys means that there is NO pink in my house.  So I take every opportunity I get to add a little pink into my life. 


And now I have a cute little pink basket to hold my fabric.

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Chocolate Wedding Cake

I found this recipe a few years ago in a Canadian Living Magazine and immediately knew I had found The Cake Recipe.  This is the cake that we make for all special occasions, birth of babies, birthdays, graduations, holidays, entertaining, I even made this for our wedding cake.  Yes I made my own wedding cake, but you have to understand we only had 4 guests.  But that’s a whole other post.

Basically we look for any excuse to make this cake.  It’s that good, I promise.


best chocolate cake in the world

Chocolate Wedding Cake

Cake:

2 cups granulated sugar
2 cups water
6 oz unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup butter softened
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour
2tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt


Icing:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/3 cups whipping cream
4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/3 cup butter
1 tsp vanilla

Instructions:
1. Grease two 8″round metal cake pans, set aside.

2. In saucepan, bring sugar and water to boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. 
Place chocolate and butter in large bowl, whisk in sugar mixture until melted 
and smooth. Stir in vanilla. Let cool slightly. Beat in eggs.

3. In separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and
salt, add to chocolate mixture all at once. Using electric mixer, beat until 
smooth . Divide between prepared pans. Bake in centre of 350F  oven for 
about 35 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in 
pans on racks for 30 min. Remove from pans, let cool completely on racks.

4. Icing: In saucepan, heat sugar with cream just until boiling. Remove from 
heat, whisk in chocolate, butter and vanilla until melted and smooth. Transfer
 to bowl, refrigerate 2 hours or until cold. Using electric mixer, beat for about 
5 min. or until thick and glossy.

5. Slice each cake in half horizontally. Place 1 layer on cake plate. Slide strips 
of waxed paper between cake and plate. Spread top with heaping cupful of the 
icing, level icing. Top with another cake layer and icing, level icing. Top with 
another cake layer and icing, Top with 3rd layer of cake, level icing. Top with 
4th layer of cake, spread top and sides with remaining icing.

This cake is much better the next day.  I know weird.  But refrigerate overnight 
and you won’t regret it.  

Enjoy!

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