Broke Girl Bakery: My Life As Cupcake Baking Set and Snack Stand

One of my goals in doing the Broke Girl Bakery was to do it for less money than the $500 price tag that American Girl has on the French Bakery, so I am constantly on the look out for inexpensive accessories. As you can see from previous posts and several yet to come, there are lots of things that you can make yourself and lots of cute little accessories that you can buy to go with it. It wasn’t long after I started this project that I thought of one thing I had seen that I thought would be perfect for this, and another popped up on a blog that I thought would work as well. I also thought both of these would be good for someone who wants to do something in a bakery theme, but perhaps not in to crafting.  It was just a matter of finding them!  Neither of them were expensive either, very much in keeping with my original idea for all of this.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a big fan of the My Life As clothing line for 18″ dolls found at Walmart. I can’t say the same thing about their accessories though. I think that many of these items cannot be beat, especially for the price. Last summer I got the tent/camping set and I love it, well worth the price. I remembered seeing the Snack Stand before Christmas, but at that point I really didn’t have any use for it. As soon as I started this project, I was kicking myself for not buying it because as you can imagine, once Grace Thomas was introduced and the stock being depleted after the holiday, finding it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. I wasn’t about to give up though, and I did eventually run across it at a Walmart about 25 minutes away, luckily I had a stop there anyhow. At $27.95, it is well worth the price. It looks like this:

Photo from Walmart.com
Photo from Walmart.com

I’ve seen this in two different colors, the pink and white shown here and the purple and white which is what I got. The food accessories vary too, so don’t count on finding ones identical to these. Not sure why, but not a big deal. Here is mine with the purple and white covered with scrapbook paper to match the décor of MY shop:
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I think everything is really very cute in this set, I especially liked the beverages:
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I did get a chuckle out of the giant cookies though! Reminded me of those ones they used to sell in the shopping malls that you could use as a birthday cake. 🙂
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The cash register is cute, the drawer even opens.
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It also comes with various signs that can be hung on the back or wherever. They are made of cardboard, but not sure how well they will hold up over time with much play. Not sure what the square things are supposed to be: plates? Napkins? Hot Pads?
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Overall I think at just under $28, this is a great value and is especially nice for someone who wants to recreate a bakery without spending a lot of money or having to do a lot of crafting. The stand itself is well made and I think will hold up well, it’s not a fragile piece.

The other thing that I had been wanting for the bakery were some more accessories. I first saw the bakery/chef set that Target had online at $24.99 and thought it would be nice to have. Good luck finding it. I was very pleased to see My Life As release a similar set called the “Cupcake Baking Set”. It doesn’t have as many pieces, but get this–ONLY $5!!! It had the primary things that I wanted that I didn’t already have: a muffin pan, a mixing bowl, cookie cutters and measuring spoons. It took a bit of looking but I did eventually find it. (My Walmart stinks, I’m going to quit even looking there for specific things!)
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Here’s Marie-Grace doing her best Vanna imitation with everything displayed so you can see it better!
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First, the disappointing piece: the mixer.
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Yeah, the set was only $5, but seriously, they couldn’t put a bottom on this? I wanted to be sure that everyone saw that just in case it was a deal breaker. It wasn’t a huge issue for me since I do have the Grace Thomas Baking set with the stand mixer. I was just shocked at how this was finished.

The rest is really cute though!
MLA 4The cupcakes actually fit in the pan! Too bad they only included two. 😦
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The cupcake stand is really nice, and I was excited to discover that it came apart, I thought maybe I could change the layout on it, but no such luck. I still see this as a good thing though for storage purposes.
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I love the apron, I think it is very cute and fits well. The neck tie and waist tie attach in the back with Velcro.

And now for my favorite thing in the whole set:
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These measuring spoons are beyond adorable!!! They remind me of a set I had from Tupperware when I was first married. Very well done, and let’s be honest, if AG sold these by themselves, you know that these alone would be $5!

Even with the shortcomings on the mixer, I’m very pleased with this whole set.  I think both of these sets are terrific additions to any bakery collection as they offer such a nice variety of pieces at an extremely affordable price.  The hardest part is finding them. :/

Broke Girl Bakery Project Totals to date:

Total spent as of March 16– $24.89

Money spent on the Snack Stand –$27.97

Money spent on Cupcake Baking Set–$5.00

Total spent as of April 16, 2015:  $57.86

Apologies for taking so long on the next installment on this, as I mentioned before I injured my back and as a result, not only was I having difficulties in doing certain things but everything (blogs, house, etc) all got behind.  I’m recovering and finally getting caught up!  I was just thankful that I had some posts already photographed and/or written before I got hurt or you guys would have had nothing to read, eeek! LOL

 

One Broke Girl-Bakery Display Case, Part 3

Here we are: the last installment of the display case. I have to say that other than the issue with the grain raising when I painted it, overall this turned out well and pretty much as I expected. I hope that if you are making one of these, you are happy when you are done too. Without further ado!

Right now you have some decisions to make. How you want to arrange things. I would recommend you read this last section of the tutorial and then make your decisions after reading it because you may see things you want to do differently than I did. That’s the best part of this project, lots of options.

I decided that mine would be one large drawer turned sideways on one side and the two smaller sized drawers stacked on the other. That left me with an unused drawer, but there is also another option which I’ll mention later on in this post. I also wanted an additional shelf in the large drawer, so I had to make my own out of foamcore. You can also use balsa wood, but it is a bit more difficult to cut down. You need to cut a shelf and then three supports for it like this:
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Once you have those cut, you need to decide where you want the shelf. Once you do, draw a reference line to make placement easier:
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Then you want to glue those supports in place using that line as a guide.  Once you have them glued, leave it sit for a while so they set up.

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Once that has had some time to set up, you can glue your shelf in on top of that. Dummy me didn’t take a photo of it after I did that, duh!!!!! But, you will be able to see what it looks like here in a minute. I can’t believe I did that.

After you’ve done this with however many shelves, you are ready to start decorating! I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do, then all of a sudden I remembered a booklet of scrapbook papers I had, so I went digging around in my stuff. They were perfect!!!
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There were so many choices within this booklet of paper, but I chose the last two for my display case.  First off, I measured the shelves in the large section of the case and cut my cupcake paper to fit.

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If you look closely, you can see that the top and middle shelf don’t go all the way to the back.  Just using cardstock is not going to be strong enough to set anything on, so I needed something to firm that up a bit more.  Doll food isn’t heavy, but I wanted to reduce the risk of bending or ripping, so I took the pieces I’d cut for those two shelves and attached them to some poster board:

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Then I cut them down to size so I could attach them to those two shelves. I also used a sheet of the blue cupcake background paper to cover the top, cutting it 1/4 inch smaller than the top surface so it had a border around it.  I am not going to give you the dimensions because you really should measure it yourself.  I’m not being a smart aleck, the simple fact is that these are individually manufactured pieces and they may vary slightly.  Remember:  measure twice, cut once!
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In case you are wondering, I used scrapbooking adhesive for this part.  You could also use a tacky type glue in clear or white for this part.  One thing I will tell you NOT to use:  glue stick.  Glue stick is fine for temporary situations like card making or crafts that you are going to probably throw out after using.  DO NOT use glue stick for anything you want to keep for an extended time as it tends to dry out and then your project FALLS APART!  I know this from experience!!!

Now that you’ve got the large part finished, you can do your smaller sections:

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Here you can see the shelf I added. Still can’t believe I forgot to take a pic of that!!!

And here we are with our finished piece:
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A couple of things that I just want to mention here. I did not glue the side pieces to the main piece, nor did I glue the two small drawers together, I simply stacked them. I didn’t glue it so that not only will it be easier for me to store but it also gives me a bit of variety. If I only want to use parts of it, this way I can. It is entirely your decision on if you glue it together or not. Some of that may depend on who is going to be playing with it. Since mine is entirely a display piece, I’m not too worried about it not staying together.  Plus I have a lot of versatility in what I can do with it.

Also, if this piece is going to get heavy play or use, you might want to consider coating the entire thing with a layer of ModPodge. Especially if you are going to use paper to cover the shelves. You could also paint the shelves instead, but with so many cute scrapbooking papers out there, it would be a shame. 😦

I have a drawer left after finishing mine. I’ll figure out something I can do with it. An option you could do if you chose to is not to put shelf paper on that bottom section and put the drawer in. It would make a nice little place to store bags, boxes, etc. Once again, entirely up to you. And in case you are wondering why I left the knobs on the drawers–a great place to hang bags, oven mitts, etc. Remember: think outside of the “box”!

Drumroll please:
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Here’s the AG Version:

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Whaddaya think? I actually thought about putting the clear section on the top like they had done, but then I realized that it would actually make mine way too tall for putting the cake stand on top. So I eliminated that part. Theirs is open on the back too, minor difference.  I think mine has every bit as much storage space in it though and it was a whole lot cheaper.  Let’s add it up:

Cabinet:  $4.79

Furniture buttons:  $1.07 (and I have lots left for another project!)

Just to be fair, I’ll throw in “miscellaneous expenses” of $3 to cover paint, glue and scrapbook paper, even though I already had it.

Grand total:  $8.86!  Not too shabby, eh?

Broke Girl Bakery Project Totals to date:

Total spent as of February 23– $16.03

Money spent on the bakery display cabinet–$8.86

Total spent as of March  $24.89

 

The 1st part of this tutorial can be found here:

https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/one-broke-girl-bakery-display-case-part-1/

and the 2nd part here:
https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/one-broke-girl-bakery-display-case-part-2/

One Broke Girl-Bakery Display Case, Part 2

Sorry it took me so long to get to the next installment in this, I had some things that I had to take care of. Luckily I am mostly caught up on them, and we can get back to business.

In the last post I was upset about the raised grain on this piece after I painted it. My friend Sherri Leonard had posted that I could sand it and then paint again. My sister (Evil Twin) also suggested the same, and I’ll be honest, the thought had crossed my mind as well, so I decided to give it a try on all the spots where they would be exposed. It didn’t get rid of all of it but at least it helped some. Good suggestion!

On to our project! By now you should have all the pieces painted white. You need to take one big drawer and one little drawer and set them beside each other with the knobs facing the opposite direction (outward) like this:
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I apologize for the excessive pictures, but I just want to make sure that everyone has everything facing in the right direction because if you get this wrong, you can’t really fix it! We are going to glue 4 of these to the top (which is actually the bottom) of each of these drawers:
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They are called furniture buttons in case you need to know what you are looking for. Where I bought them they cost $1.07 for the whole package of 18 and it worked out great because I needed several for another project I was working on as well. This is what it looks like:
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Set them aside for several hours so they dry thoroughly before proceeding on to the next step. Overnight would be even better!

For the next part, you will need some blue painters tape, the kind used to keep from getting paint where you don’t want it. Tape around the bottom first, then using small pieces you can tape around the knobs. Do this to both drawers that you glued the furniture buttons to as well as the main part. (Are you starting to see where this is all going???)
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Now you can paint everything BELOW the tape black as well as the knobs.  You will also need to tape off the knob on the two remaining drawers and paint that black as well.

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After allowing sufficient time for the paint to dry, you can remove the tape. I can see where the tape lifted a little bit on one spot that I’m going to have to touch up, but otherwise, looking good.

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Till the next installment!

For the first part of this tutorial:
https://sayhellotomylittlefriends.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/one-broke-girl-bakery-display-case-part-1/