Month: July 2014
So, apparently the Pinning Summer fan base has been waiting on pins (ha ha!) and needles for this one. It is the bookshelf desk as seen here.
As with other projects, we re-purposed parts of old furniture to complete this pin. I had an old computer workstation desk that I had taken apart years ago, but kept the wood. It was one of those build-it-yourself desks that came in a flat cardboard box, so the wood is all particle board, but pretty sturdy since it was a desk. It matched almost perfectly with the bookshelf that we would be using to create this desk combo.
I started out by removing the center shelf, which is one of the “fixed position” support shelves. If you have ever built one of these bookshelves, you know the cam-style screws that these systems use… very nice for putting back together or moving to a new piece altogether.
I measured the width of the shelf and drew my cut lines on the bottom of the desktop. Then, I carefully measured where the holes needed to go for the cam-screw thingies. Using my newly acquired 1-inch forstner bit and my drill depth guide, I made 4 holes that would fit the little plastic pieces.
Then, it was off to the table saw (ok, I simply turned around and there it was).
It may look like I cut the side of the holes off. I did because as you can see, the cam-screw thing fits it just right and the screw will come out the side and into the bookshelf’s uprights.
Now that the desktop is prepared, I needed to support the front of the desk, as it sticks out of the case by 10-12 inches. If 007 put his books or laptop on it, there was the strong probability that it would flip up in the back and there would be no more desk. So, we needed legs. I did not have any good leg material, so I went to Home Depot and, for $4.00 I got two spindles that would normally go into a railing. I cut them to the height of the desk, minus 3/4-inch for adjustable feet (our house isn’t, shall we say, level). I found the center of the legs by drawing diagonals and drilled holes to fit the feet.
I wanted to match the color of the shelf, so I mixed some poly-stain with a darker stain until I got the desired color and stained the legs. Pretty darned close to the same color!!! I let them hang to dry overnight.
When it dried, I did a light sanding.
I next pulled out one of my favorite tools: the pocket-hole jig. It makes really strong joints.
I attached the legs to the bottom with 2 screws each. It may not stop a truck, but will do very nicely to support the weight of a 7-yr old and his school supplies.
I placed the cam-screw thingies in the appropriate holes, screwed them into the side walls and Mama put the remaining shelves in. She then unloaded the school supplies that we have for 007 next year onto his brand new desk. It’s going to be a great school year!
But there are still 29 pins to go for the summer.
AKA Why we’re going back to baking and leaving
this candy business for the Oompa Loompas.
There are many different recipes
for rock candy on Pinterest.
We picked one and gave it a go.
Here’s my sweet boy with the wooden sticks.
Don’t you love his “apron”?
We seasoned the sticks with sugar.
Water and sugar.
and more sugar.
We colored and flavored each one.
We suspended the sticks with clothes pins.
And he waited.
Even though I told him that it would take a long time.
Not even I knew that it would take two weeks
near a sunny window
to even resemble rock candy.
Skinny, little rock candy.
It stuck more to the bottom of the jar than the sticks.
But I think I know where we went wrong.
We needed more sugar.
I don’t think we quite got to the satiation point. If we put a bit more sugar it it and waited for the mixture to cool just a bit more, I think the sugar would have taken to the stick a bit better and we would have fewer stalagmites on the bottom.
Even though Willy Wonka may
never call us to give him candy ideas,
we still had fun trying.
That’s the whole point, isn’t it?
🙂 30 new things to try.
Full disclosure: this was pretty much a pintrocity. I’m not going to give the website, because it didn’t really go as easily as it was displayed, even though I followed the directions exactly. 😦 Still, I promised that I would show you whatever we made, even if it went terribly awry…
Let’s make some taffy.
Sugar and corn starch.
Not high fructose corn syrup.
I’m not promoting the health-value of either,
I just wanted you to know. 😉
Butter, water, sugar and salt.
‘Cause it’s salt water taffy, right?
Then, you let the temp. rise.
Here’s where I think this went amiss.
The directions said to get t up to 250,
but after we had issue with the mixture,
we researched a bit and learned that
the taffy should have been hotter.
But, hind-sight is 20/20…
I added the koolaid and vanilla and then,
poured it onto a greased pan.
Let it sit (and set) for about 20 minutes.
We buttered our hands and started to pull.
It was a huge mess.
Poor 007 could not get it to stay in a glob
and it was sticking to his buttery little hands.
He gave up, so I took over and tried to pull it.
It just would not hold shape.
After many attempts, I put it on some wax paper.
We put our ectoplasm in the fridge to congeal a bit.
It never grew up to be what we know taffy to look like,
It sure did taste like taffy.
Maybe, we’ll try again,
or maybe we’ll just buy some from the Jersey Shore…
31 pins to go.
Tune in next time to see our rock candy fail. 😉
Maybe we should avoid candy making…
I was intrigued when I saw this pin.
Soft serve ice cream in an instant using frozen fruit?
I had a bag of frozen mangoes.
I added 3/4 cup of condensed milk,
a little vanilla and a small pinch of salt.
And it turned into mango ice cream.
Really good mango ice cream!!
We could have eaten it just like that,
but we didn’t have time, so
I put it in the freezer for later.
This was so good.
I will absolutely be making this again.
Next time, I think I may leave out the salt entirely.
Try it. You’ll like it.
35 pins to go!!