As Easy as Pie Stand

Do you know where the phrase as easy as pie came from? Well I didn’t either until I googled it just now. I always doubt my phrases that come to mind, so I have to double check them before writing them down. Usually it works to my benefit though, since I learn a little something. I figured that “as easy as pie” referred to how easy it is to make pie, which I thought was a little strange since it is no easy or quick task. But, no. It was originated in the 19th century, referring to the ease of eating apple pie. I guess it’s easy to eat since it tastes so good? I still don’t fully understand it, but  there is your fun fact for the day.

Now onto my pie/cake/cookie stand post. I first got the inspiration for this when I was at Dartealing, a cute tea room in Soma. I first found the tea room while walking to lunch near my new office, and then decided to go for a girlfriend’s birthday a few weekends ago. It is my favorite tea room in the city yet, and is very similar to the tea room that I want to open one day. I will be sure to tell you more about my future tea and craft room in another post! Anyways, instead of only having 3 tiered stands like many tea shops, they had cute 1 tier cake stands. I examined them, and found out that all there was to it was a candle stick, glue, and a cute plate on top. The shopping started.

I went to the Alameda Point Antiques Fair recently, and I was at my first booth and found an awesome plate. It was the first booth of hundreds, so I put the plate down, walked around the whole booth to think about whether or not I wanted the plate. In the meantime, a lady picked up my plate and was looking very interested in it. I started hovering over her because I immediately realized how much I wanted the plate now that I couldn’t have it. Then, the terrible thing happened which made me learn a valuable lesson. She bought my plate. MY plate! But I had no claim on it since I wasn’t holding it or had paid for it. I will never do that again, that is for sure. Fast forward to last weekend at a consignment store called Leftovers off of Polk Street. I found another cute plate, carried it around the whole store with me until I was ready to purchase it. On the way out I found a candlestick holder too! Killed two birds with one stone. At that point, the only thing between me and making my stand was dinner plans and a glue gun.

I tried bargaining but the lady told me it was too cute to lower the price. Totally understandable.

Purchased the glue gun, and was on my way to put together the stand. I put the glue on the rim of the candle stand and placed the plate on top, centering it on the stamp/brand on the bottom of the plate. Little did I know that the stamp was not in the center. While I realized this, the glue stuck and was not moving. My perfectly cute stand was lopsided. I called over a helper who knew what he was doing. He turned on my hair blow dryer and took a knife to it and finally it undid (good to know you can’t get the glue too hot- no dishwashing!)

My lopsided stand 😦

Now back to square one. This time, I turned the plate upside down and put the candlestick with the glue on the rim to the real center of the plate. Muchhh better that time. And voila! A beautiful, colorful, dessert stand that only cost me $10. Luckily the repairman was free of charge.

See how the stamp throws you off?

Grab a cute plate and an old candlestick and you can make one too! Another idea is to paint the candlestick to go with the plate colors. I’ll keep you posted if I try that version too 🙂


Buster in a Bag

People go through great lengths to get free stuff. This stuff accumulates around the house, and its best value is the tax break from donating it during spring cleaning. I am just as guilty as the rest of them, but in this case, I came out the winner! Last summer, I had a long week at work and free tickets to the Friday night Giants game. Granted I am a whole-hearted Giant’s fan, I was in no mood to be anywhere but my couch. However, the tickets were free AND it was t-shirt giveaway night. Two things a girl can’t pass up. We waited in the long line to receive an XL Buster Posey bright orange Giant’s shirt. There were three things wrong with this scenario: a) Orange is not my color b) I do not wear an XL and c) I was grumpy and had to wait in a longer line than normal to get into the Giants game. None of this has anything to do with this DIY post, other than the fact that I dug up this shirt to re-purpose it for this project. I saw this DIY grocery bag post today as I was perusing Honestly WTF (one of my daily blog reads) and I rushed home from work with crafting on my mind.

The great thing about this project is that you won’t have to go buy anything. All you need is a big old t-shirt, scissors, and a safety pin. I went with my Buster Posey XL Giants free giveaway shirt, as you already know.

How to make your very own T-Shirt Re-usable Bag:

1. Pick a t-shirt, grab some scissors (fabric ones work well but aren’t necessary), and a safety pin.

2. Cut off the sleeves as if you were making a tank top

3. Cut the collar off in a U shape- again, as if you were making a tank top

4. Make 2-3 cuts in the bottom seam, depending on how small you want the bottom scrunched holes to be. Be sure to cut up to the seam, not through it. This will be used to string through the pieces of fabric.

5. Trim a strip of fabric off of the leftover sleeve you cut off.

6. Put the safety pin on the end of the strip and weave it through a section of the bottom seam.

7. Scrunch the fabric together to make a circle. Then tie together, leaving some strings if you want some danglies. Repeat until the bottom is tied together.

8. All done! Use as you please. Remember it is t-shirt material, so it’s not the most sturdy, but its seems like it will be a perfect farmer’s market bag.

I also added a strip of leftover fabric to the handle so I can bundle it up and tie it together to fit nicely into my purse. I am sure you can think of some of your own additions to spice it up and make it your own.

Well, I am happy that I found a use for that bright orange Giant’s shirt since it was just taking up space in the back of my closet. Plus, I can join the “buy everything you possibly can with a Giant’s logo on it since they won the world series” group without having to pay for it. I swear the only thing I have seen my father wear since October is orange & black, soon to be a tattoo he says. A story for another post.

This year I could just go to the re-usable Giants bag giveaway day, but where would the fun in that be?

Goooo Giantss!!