Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part III

I had so much fun on the last day of the project. Maybe because I knew the end was so close and I could envision what the lemonade stand was going to look like. I woke up earlier than usual so I could bake cookies, finish painting the sign and add all the finishing touches. To my excitement, the project was completed by two o'clock in the afternoon and we were selling by two-thirty. Thanks for sharing in my journey in making this lemonade stand and I hope you join me in my next crafting adventure!

I first stenciled the letters and then painted it with hot pink paint. The limes were added after. 
I found  this "Beach" sign and napkin holder at The Christmas Tree Shop.  It fits perfectly with the decor. 

Custom made sign courtesy of I.D. Me Labels

First day of work and Sophie is already counting the moolah!

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part II

On the second day, I was able to finish painting, sew the curtains, add a collapsible shelf, and start making the sign for the lemonade stand.  Here are a few pictures demonstrating the process.

How To Make A Lemonade Stand Part II

Sewing the curtains to the lemonade stand. Don't you love the green, blue and yellow?

Voila! Finished curtain. 

Doesn't the curtains just add charm to the stand?  

Close up of the collapsible shelf.  

This part was so much fun. Make sure to use outdoor paint and not craft paint. This will ensure your sign will last longer and hold up in hot and humid conditions. Taking off the sign prior to painting is much easier than painting directly onto the stand. Once the sign dries, you can re-screw the sign onto the lemonade stand. 

Lemonade Stand In The Making Part I

Here are pictures of the Lemonade Stand in the making. I really enjoyed every step of this process from brainstorming, shopping trips to the hardware store, painting, sewing, drilling, and sawing. The best part besides seeing your kid's reactions is also the huge sense of accomplishment you receive from completing such a fun and challenging project. I hope you enjoy these pictures and will get inspired to make your own lemonade stand or other woodworking projects.

Lemonade Stand Part I

Rounding Up Supplies At Home Depot

Putting Together The Cut Pieces

Screwing In The Brackets

Back Side Of The Stand
Drilling The Screws In Place

Starting To Look More Like A Lemonade Stand

Side View Of The Stand

Cheap Labor. Girls Priming The Wood. 

First Coat Of Primer

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lemonade Stand For Kids

I made this cute kid's lemonade stand from scratch using a few tools I had in the garage, some colorful paint, my handy Janome 4120, and a lot of creativity in under three days. In the upcoming weeks, I will show you how you can build your very own stand, just in time for summer. This adorable stand will definitely add curb appeal while being the envy of your kid's friends and neighbors.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Kid's Lemonade Stand

This past Tuesday, the girls and I decided to operate a lemonade stand down the street from our house. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and I thought the girls would have a lot of fun selling lemonade and home baked cookies on our local bike path. We had many people stop by and the girls had a blast. Here is a snapshot of our afternoon. In a later post, I will let you know how you can make your own lemonade stand with a little bit of wood, hand tools, paint and creativity!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Janome 4120 Update

After working with the Janome 4120 for a few months, I'd like to share my pros and cons based upon the completion of a few projects—a tote, a felted envelope, and the repair of a broken shoulder strap.

On my initial "test drive" of the Janome at the dealer, I noticed that the motor was relatively quiet compared with competing models. This was important to me because I tend to sew late at night, post bedtime for the kids. Another point of reference was a vintage White sewing machine I previously owned that mimicked the penetrating sound and vibration of a jack-hammer. I was always afraid to wake up the kids at night when I used this machine. So, if noise is an issue, the Janome earns high marks here. Another great feature of the 4120 is that it boasts over a hundred decorative stitches, something I find very useful in card making, sewing kid's projects, and other applications. I used several of the decorative stitches for a felted envelope and the stitching was beautiful. Best of all, a button on the machine allows you to stop at the end of each decorative stitch to eliminate any guesswork in knowing when to stop. Other command buttons include the automatic thread cutter, reverse, up-and-down, and start-and-stop in addition to the traditional foot pedal.  In fact, transitioning to the start-and-stop button required only about 10 minutes, after which I was hooked! Now my five-year-old sews with me and I don't have to worry about teaching her how to work the foot control. I only wish they had these wonderful features twenty years ago when I first started sewing. Overall, I found the control panel very user-friendly and appreciate the instructional cd that came along with the machine. The thirty minute video clearly demonstrates how to operate and use many of the applications on the 4120 from threading, changing the bobbin, cleaning, changing the foot petal, to using the touch screen pad. Nothing is more annoying than buying a new toy and then not knowing how to use it. With the Janome, it is highly unlikely you will have that problem after watching the video.

A few areas I think the Janome 4120 could improve are: stronger lighting in the sewing area, better stitching quality in the letters, and increasing the space between the sewing foot and platform. On several occasions while I was sewing, I never felt that the light on the Janome was bright enough. This might be a simple solution as changing the bulb to a higher wattage, but right now the brightness is less than satisfactory in my opinion. Another area where the Janome receives low marks is in the stitching quality of the letters. A few weeks ago, I tried sewing my daughters name on a piece of felted material and the letters were hard to read. The maximum size that the machine will allow is 1/4 inch. Unless you have super-hero vision, the letters are rather difficult to read and the stitching quality is so-so. I did not have this problem, however with the rest of the decorative stitches. It seems this problem only happens with the letters. Last, if you plan on sewing really thick material or many layers of fabric, you might encounter a few problems with the 4120.  While I was sewing my felted purse (4 layers), I had a real tough time sliding the material through the feed dogs. I was afraid I was putting too much pressure on the foot and was nervous something might break. Ultimately, the fabric glided through but it took much tugging on my end. So if you plan on sewing really thick material or many layers of fabric, you might want to bring your heaviest material to the dealer to see if it will go through effortlessly.

All in all, I give the Janome 4120 a seven out of ten at this point. Maybe with more mileage and completed projects, I can give you a better testimonial, but so far this has been my experience with the machine. If you own a Janome 4120 and want to leave your opinion, I would love to hear about it.

Janome 4120 Demo Part I
Janome 4120 Demo Part II

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cross Stitching

Oh my word, I had to show you this stunning piece of cross-stitching I found at the local flea market today. I just know that whoever created this must have devoted a WHOLE lot of time and energy in making this gorgeous piece, which depicts Psalm twenty-three of the Bible. Although, I am not religious in any form, I thought this piece would add charm and color to my daughter's room. Best of all, it only cost me seven-teen dollars! You just gotta love flea markets.

This stunning cross-stich was found at my local flea market. It measures about 16 in wide by 20 inches high.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Photo Booth Session

I thought I would share these funny pictures with you of the girls. They were taken in a photo booth this afternoon at our local mall for only three dollars! Mr. Daddy took them for the afternoon to give me a much needed break. Looks like they had fun without me, don't you think? Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.