Trash to Treasure: Stacked Serving Trays

Happy Tuesday! Things are so cheerful at my house today. The sun is shining, the babies are happy, and we made my favorite chocolate chips cookies last night for Family Night so they’ve been around to snack on today. A day with chocolate chips cookies just can’t be a bad day, can it?!
I am totally consumed by my first major project to sell in an Etsy shop. I am creating a PDF pattern for some adorable stuffed animal baby toys I created. I know that I can do this, but the learning curve is still so steep. Doing things the first time around always takes so much effort and time. If anyone has some good advice on making sewing patterns I’d love any help I can get. Sometimes I feel like I’m reinventing the wheel…
I did make some time to work on this project today:

I bought this strange stand at a thrift store for $5 a week or so ago. It spoke to me. It’s strangely heavy but I like it.

I’m no spray paint master, so I went with a medium-priced ultra-white satin Kyrlon spray paint for the make-over. I didn’t dare by the $1 spray paint, but I couldn’t fork over $6-7 either. It looks great. We’ll see how well it washes up in the future. My only beef was the amount of spray paint in the can. I barely had enough paint for a second coat which surprised me.

I am in love with how it turned out. I plan to use it to serve things at a party or two. I envision cupcakes for a baby shower, and I’ve even thought of putting a spider at the top with cobwebs coming down for Halloween.

I think this would be really pretty left on the counter with fruit or even the bills stacked on it. One day I’ll spray paint it a bright fun color to match the dream kitchen. Not too shabby for $8.63.

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The 1 dollar spray paint still does the job! just needs another coat is my hubby’s cousin. i think she’s mentioned on her blog she’s done stuff like that with patterns. she made an e-book w/patterns, so I’m sure she has. you could ask her on there, or just look around at her patterns for some ideas.

So cute. Love the idea to keep it out for produce or bills. I need one of those stands!! I also need to enter the world of spray paint.

Draw the pattern on a piece (or pieces) of paper. Scan them into the computer. (If you don’t have a scanner, you can take a photo of the drawing). Import them into a drawing program, then use the scanned drawing as the template for the final draft. Step-by-step illustrations can be done the same way, or (if you are selling a PDF pattern) you can take detailed photos and use those with your instructions instead of illustrations.

Does that help?

I know, learning curve!

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.