Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Fabric Headboard by Me (oh yeah, and Jon...)

I finally did it. I said I was going to for three years now and I finally made my headboard. Best part, I concocted a way to make it where there was not a single stitch of sewing involved and Jon's phenomenal furniture engineering skills made it lightweight enough I could even carry it up the stairs myself if I needed to. I think it turned out pretty great and was just what our bedroom needed to give it more of a contemporary feel with out being even more masculine (feminine decor DOES NOT reign in my house, in fact it's practically non existent...)
Here's the final product...

When I was trying to figure out how to make it and looked online, all the patterns and directions said to use plywood as a base. I have a king size be and so I knew that the plywood was going to be ridiculously heavy and probably need to be secured directly into the wall. I didn't really want to do that. Nor did I want to have to sew any fabric for it at all. My sewing skills are horrible. So here's what we did...

Materials (for a standard king size bed)

1 king size duvet cover (I used a micro suede)
1 queen size 4 inch memory foam mattress topper
enough batting to cover a king size bed (76"x 80")
4- 2"x 3" boards all 8 ft long
4- metal "L" brackets
1 roll of screen gutter mesh or just some kind of metal mesh (yeah I know, just trust me)
staple gun (preferably one that hooks up to an air compressor)

The first thing we did was figure out exactly how tall we wanted the headboard to be on the wall and then cut 2 of the boards that height. For us it was 5 feet tall.
Next you need to measure the width of your mattress. After you measure the width, cut one of the remaining 2x3's to that size plus 4 inches. So, for example, we have a king mattress that measures 76" so we cut the 2x3 to 80."
With the final and remaining board, cut it to be 4 inches larger than the last board cut. For us that was 84." So, at this point, you should have 4 cut boards; two the height you want the final headboard and one cut two inches wider than the width of your mattress and last cut 4 inches wider than that.

Now you have to decide how long the actual fabric section of the headboard needs to be in order to come below your mattress. To do this, measure from the floor to the top of the mattress and subtract a good 3 or 4 inches. It will probably be somewhere around 25-28" before subraction. (FYI--The reason you want to subtract a few inches is so the fabric portion of your headboard end BELOW the top of the mattress. It will look better and be more comfortable.)
Take the measurement you have gotten above and mark it on the first two boards you cut. In my case the measurement was 23" and I marked 23" up on the two 5 foot boards I cut.

Now its time to assemble the frame. Here is a diagram below of what the frame should look like when assembled. Notice that the reason you cut the final board 4 inches bigger is so it can make up the top piece of the frame and be flush with the two side pieces.
Nail all the pieces together and then secure with L brackets and nails to make very sturdy.

With your frame in place, its time to create the backing for the foam. Here is where the mesh screen comes in. The mesh screen we used is sold near where they cut glass and chains in the hardware store (for me, that's aisle 4 at Lowe's.) It's original purpose is to cover gutters so that leaves and debris won't fall in, but we used it as a weaving material. Take the screen and cut enough pieces to cover the inside of the frame both widthwise and lengthwise and then weave the mesh together using your staple gun to secure it into place very tightly. I used a tight lattice weave pattern (like the kind on top of an apple pie.)

Once you have a your frame woven with the mesh, you inlay the memory foam into the frame with the mesh behind it. I used a queen size memory foam mattress topper (measuring 60x80) and turned it sideways and then trimmed off the excess. I also made sure to use a depth of memory foam thicker than my frame, so in my case that would be a 4" depth.
The last two steps are to wrap the ENTIRE frame in batting and your duvet cover (also turned sideways) and then staple tightly on the back. The result is the picture above. Not bad for my first attempt.
This is much more lightweight than you could make out of plywood and since it is on its own legs, we just stood it up and let the weight of the bed hold it into place. You can also secure it to the bed-frame which is what I am ultimately going to do. Also, since it has legs, you can stain or paint the legs to match your decor if you need to.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Repressed Anger

This is awesome! I found this on shoeboxblog today (I love that blog, by the way) I love this game, where was this game during my teen dating years filled with angst and drama? It's still pretty fun to play, just don't let your four year old catch you, then there's going to be all kind of unnecessary explaining....

Throw Rocks at Boys

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Congratulations Devyn and Michael!

One of my very favorite people had their baby this weekend. Congratulations new mommy Devyn and daddy Michael (and congratulations to Auntie DeEtte, too!)

Here's a tribute to new baby:

Jane Elizabeth Mann

(sung to the tune of Welcome Welcome Sabbath Morning...)

Welcome Welcome Baby Jane,
You're now here and we're so glad!
Welcome Welcome to your family
With your awesome Mom and Dad.

Aunt DeEtte and little Lily have been waiting to meet you,
Now Connor will be happy that Devyn won't eat all the food!

Welcome Welcome Baby Jane
Now please, sleep through the night,
Welcome, Welcome, Baby Jane
You make this world alright!

Friday, April 25, 2008

Treat of the Week

The cupcake train is goin' full speed...

This week, I present:




1 box french vanilla cake mix
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
1/3 cup softened butter
3 eggs

Mix together above ingredients
Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes in cupcake liners COOL COMPLETELY!
Frost with frosting below
Will make 24 cupcakes


1 cup butter
1/2 cup cocoa powder
4 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 TBS sour cream
Milk or cream

Whip butter and vanilla together. Add cocoa and combine thoroughly. Alternate adding powdered sugar and sour cream until ingredients are completely combined. Thin with milk or cream if frosting seems "crumbly" or too thick to pipe or spread ( I usually need a tablespoon or two.) When it looks like right consistency, turn the mixer on high and let it whip for about 4-5 minutes. Allow to sit for a few minutes before you frost the cupcakes. Will frost 24 cupcakes.

Garnish with milk chocolate shavings (to make these, put a chocolate bar--your favorite kind--in the freezer for a few minutes, remove and grate with a micrplane or grater.)

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Underoos are awesome.

I wish I still had a pair. They were the best things ever. I have a picture of myself in Wonder Woman underoos when I was like, 5, but its fallen in to the black hole that is family pictures. I wish
I could find it.

Most underoos came in the superhero variety, but my favorite has to be Chewbacca Underoos. Nothin' says "hey it's the '80's" than a big hairy Chewbacca painted across your underclothing. Except for maybe A-Team underoos, or Dukes of Hazard, now THAT would be sweet.

Regardless, underoos are still awesome. I don't know why they don't make them in grown up sizes. I'm sure there enough of us dorks trying to reclaim the carefree irresponsibility of our youth.

If anyone out there is wondering what you get a Contessa for a gift, I want some Underoos...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Cupcake Cancellation

Sorry everyone, a last minute trip to Utah to help a friend recover from surgery has put the White Chocolate and Lemon Cupcakes for the auction to a "no-go" status. Instead I will be auctioning off a DOZEN cupcakes, your choice of flavor for whatever occasion YOU choose. So bid away tomorrow night!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Mom Personality Disorder

The girl and mom in me are always in confliction. The girl wants to still be the one who sleeps in, wears dry clean only outfits, eat delicious meals sitting down, go on vacations and actually relax; the mom knows it ain't gonna happen. I find my separate personalities in conflict alot more often. Could it be the girl within is giving her last hurrah, or do I have a case of a Mom personality disorder? The evidence is as follows:

There's a spider in the house. When the "mom" is home, she saves the day and squishes it right away. If the "girl" is home she runs away and squeals until Jon comes and squishes it for her.

It's time to get up for the day. When "mom" awakes, she gets up right away and begins to make complete nutritious breakfast for her family; when the "girl" awakes she pretends not to be, hoping Jon will eventually get up and find something for everyone to eat. If that's not possible, she lays in bed until children are literally jumping on top of her and then proceeds to feed her children leftover cupcakes for breakfast.

It's time to do the laundry. The "mom" carefully sorts the colors, pretreats every stain, and of course line dries almost everything. The "girl" decides to ignore that the laundry needs to be done and rummages through all the piles of clothes until she finds something suitable to put her children in for the day. The "girl" has often been known to actually purchase more clothing rather than face the pile of laundry waiting for her at home.

It's time for an activity. The "mom" has carefully planned out a series of crafts and puzzles for her preschooler to do and follows it up by a brisk walk around the neighborhood and tot lot for some much needed exercise and sunshine. The "girl" bribes her preschooler into playing 'beauty shop' which entails her getting her hair brushed for about 45 minutes while she watches the food network or some other worthless daytime TV.

Dinnertime. The "mom" isn't stressed, she started dinner hours ago (you know, in between the laundry and the brisk walk) It's a complete meal that every family member loves and she cleans it up with a smile on her face. The "girl" calls Jon and begs for him to pickup take out yet one more time while she simultaneously microwaves dino nuggets for the littlest members of the household.

Everyone in the house is sick. The "mom" rises to the occasion. She gets up from bed and takes care of everyone else, nursing them back to health and forgetting about her own. The "girl" whines and calls her mommy.

What's the verdict? Am I lost for good, is there no hope to conjoining my separate personalities? Which one will rule out in the end? Only time will tell.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Happy Spring Break!!

To all my Oceanside Friends:

Have a Happy Spring Break, and remember, if the week starts feeling a little long, you know what to do...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Treat of the Week

Little pieces of heaven in a cupcake wrapper.

There is no other way to describe my latest cupcake creation, but if you need a more DESCRIPTIVE name then they are...


Sorry everyone, but I'm not posting the recipe. For all of my local readers, I'm going to be auctioning off half a dozen of these bad boys at the youth auction-- and I'll include the recipe exclusively for you if you're the highest bidder (let's raise some money for camp!)


This has to be one of the funniest things I have ever seen...

Trust me.

Things That Never Should Have Been (part 5)

Thank you Debbie for this awesome discovery and therefore continuing all things that never should have been.
Matching his and hers ANYTHING (but particularly if its all this tight.) My favorite has to be the swimsuits.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Things That Never Should Have Been (part four)

This ad...

Does that really say STOUT?! That is so wrong.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Things That Never Should Have Been (part three)

This hair...

Monday, April 7, 2008

Things That Never Should Have Been (part two)

Corned Beef Jello Salad
Look, I like jello as much as the next gal, but seriously!! Meat jello?! I think I just threw up a little...

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Things That Never Should Have Been (part one)

I don't care if it was the '70's, these were NEVER a good idea...

Friday, April 4, 2008

Nephi's off the Hizzle

You may have already seen this, its had a pretty wide circulation, but I couldn't help myself.
A CNN report earlier this week let the world know of rapper Snoop Dogg's conversion to Mormonism. Snoop Dogg a Mormon?! I could think of worse things...

The article was actually an April Fool's joke. Too bad, I was banking the first calling being Primary Chorister-- now THAT would be a great Sacrament Primary Program.

To see the original 'article' click here, it's quite funny.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Treat of the Week #7

I skipped a week on the treats, but this one will make up for it. Last week I went to my bookclub meeting and our host, Sara, made this terrific chocolaty concoction. This makes the best hot chocolate I have had in a LONG time. Try it out (especially all my Utahites, I heard it snowed for you this last weekend.)

Chocolate Mousse for Hot Chocolate

Recipe for: Chocolate Mousse for Hot Chocolate
From the Kitchen of: Sara Walker

6 oz. of semi-sweet chocolate chips (1/2 of a regular bag)
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whipping cream

Hot Milk

Recipe instructions:

Combine the chocolate chips, sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently until chocolate is melted. Cool. Add the vanilla. Whip cream until stiff peaks form; gradually whip in cooled chocolate mixture. Store, covered in fridge for up to a week. Put spoonfuls into hot milk, stir, and enjoy!!!