Tractor Birthday Cake

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Our 3 year old REALLY wanted a tractor birthday cake for his birthday … so after flipping through a number of examples on Pinterest he highlighted a few that he really liked (e.g.: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/306878162086295009/) … which opened the way for a huge number of options and great theme for a birthday party!

We had to hide the cake from our little guy – and all he wanted to do was run the tractors up and down the cake!   The cake did not turn out as I had envisioned it, but little boys didn’t care – they saw tractors and just got excited.

I’m not very experienced working in fondant – and that stuff gets sticky when it’s humid outside!  Not good when your little guys birthday is at the end of summer.  Anyway – struggled through it and did my best.  Not pleased with the out come … but it could have been worse.

It was fun to make and took a few hours, but was worth it.  Learned a lot in the process, like how to use the frosting tips to make grass and sprinkle crushed Oreos to make the dirt road. As long as I kept the cake a specific angle, the crazy lopsidedness of the cake layers looks like it added to the cake’s design (until you turned it around … then the truth came out!)   Besides the lopsided cake and the melting fondant – the little guys ate the whole thing and so did the parents … and every cake looks the same after it’s been hacked away at by the end of a party – a hot mess!

Materials:

$25.00  Square Cake Pans x3 (Amazon)

$25.00  Cake Mix, Fondant, food coloring, frosting & tips, Oreo cookies (dirt road)

$ 3.00  Construction Candles (Amazon)

$10.00  Construction Trucks (pack of 20) (Amazon)

$ 0.00  Road signs (printed off and glued to skewer sticks)

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$63.00  Total

 

 

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Baby Room Remodel with custom built-in window seat and shelves

Baby Room Remodel with custom built-in window seat and shelves

Baby Room Remodel

I was inspired to create a relaxing space for our newborn son when I saw the following post on Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/82894449364113087/).

We hired a contractor to build custom adjustable shelves with a window seats which extra storage below. They also continue the traditional wainscoting around the room, scrapped the pop-corn ceiling and put in crown molding which they trimmed around the custom built-in shelves.

We had custom cushions made for the window seat had plantation shutters installed which really helped insulate the room and helped block the light from the sun which is great during naptime and season changes when trying to get our little one down.

All we had to do in the end is add furniture and a few wall décor items to complete the room.

We did pick out a bedding set which came with a ton of matching accessories:
– bed spread
– dust ruffle
– crib bumper
– 2 curtain panels
– diaper holder
– toy swag
– 3 wall art bears

We also ordered matching:
– bear mobile
– bear border
– 2 bear lamp shades

$3k – Local Contractor
$99 – Ginny Bear Bedding (Amazon.com)
$60 – Matching accessories (bear border, lamp shade, mobile) (Amazon.com)
$650 – Storkcraft espresso baby furniture (4 in 1 crib, changing dresser, chest of drawers) (Amazon.com)
$300 – Rocking chair w/ ottoman (Amzon.com)
$500 – Plantation Shutters (Blinds.com)
$40 – Floating wall shelves (Hobby Lobby)
$25 – Wall letters and paint (Hobby Lobby)
$300 – custom window seat cushions (etsy.com)
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$4,975

By keeping with a traditional style, our son can grow into this room without having to change much other than the bedding and bear theme as he gets older! Shelves provide great storage as do the trunks under the window seats. It turned out to be a great tranquil space to rock him to sleep and for him to play in.