One Broke Girl-Bakery Display Dome

We are going to sidestep a little bit on our display case project (gives you more time to paint it all white if you are working along with me!) because I found something that was just TOOOO cute, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I was at my local craft store (I’m sure if you are a regular reader, you’ve noticed I spend WAY too much time there!) to pick up some parts for a couple of other projects I have going. As I was surfing the aisles, I stumbled upon this:

dome 1

At $2.39 I couldn’t pass it up! I wasn’t sure exactly how I was going to incorporate it in the bakery, but I knew if I sat on it a little while, I’d figure out something.

It’s actually intended to be a snow globe, here it is unwrapped and you can see that there is a little plug and cover for the bottom, and that there is a hole in the base:
dome 2     dome 3

It’s tall, it measures at 3 3/4 inches, I wasn’t sure exactly the best way to use it.  For about a week I had it sitting in my living room so I could look at it and hopefully something would come to me. And it did–pizza to the rescue! (Wait? HUH? Pizza?)

My husband loves pizza from a local place, so we buy the biggest one they sell because not only is it super cheap, but I discovered that it freezes well and is easy to reheat. However, with a pizza that large, you need something to keep the box off the cheese…
dome 4
I’d held on to this for the Broke Girl project from the last pizza a few weeks ago and it had been sitting in my kitchen since. I was doing some cleaning up and almost threw it away, when the idea popped in to my head!!! WELL DUH!!

dome 5

I glued the two plug pieces to the top using Tacky Glue to make a “handle” and I was done, no waste, and my total investment was $2.39. Only problem is because the white plug was more of a rubbery type substance, it didn’t stay on, but the black piece did.  That’s okay, I wasn’t that wild about it in the first place.  I may have to dig through my beads and glue something else there instead.  I had the little cupcake shaped erasers, I got those last year at Office Depot.  The nice part is it is all plastic, so it is lightweight and perfectly safe in a toy room.

Total spent as of January 19–$13.64

Items bought through February 23–$2.39

Total spent as of February 23–$16.03*

If you are interested in looking for this item, it is Darice 1614-38 and measures 2.75 inches by 3.75 inches. I found a couple of places you could buy it online, but they all seem to sell it in lots of 12. I imagine if you did some serious poking around, you might find it elsewhere or at least find something very similar.

*I have not included anything from the bakery case in this total yet, we will add it all up when it’s finished and then include it, in case you were wondering!

One Broke Girl-Bakery Display Case, Part 1

Anyone else still shaking their head over the $500 price tag for the bakery?  I know I am.  I also got to thinking about what $500 would buy in this day and age.  A washing machine, 2 bathroom vanities, a set of 4 tires, a decent laptop, 2 iPad mini’s–I could go on and on.  Instead, I decided to put this in a different perspective.  If you went to Target and stood in the aisle with the Our Generation stuff, how much could you buy?

Retro Diner $110

4 x 4 Car $35

Gourmet Kitchen $65

RV Seeing You Camper $70

Retro Cruiser $90

Scooter $30

Bicycle $50

A horse $35

Tea Set $17

Total for all of these Our Generation items: $502.  Interesting!  And if you bought them around Christmas when they run their toy sales, you could make out even better, Our Generation frequently does a buy one/get one 50% off sale for Black Friday and runs sales throughout the holiday season.  You could also buy 14 – 17 full priced American Girl outfits, twice as many if you get them at the Cyber Monday sale.  Just some food for thought.

So, let’s get started!  I’m going to replicate as best as I can the pastry display case.  Remember, I’m trying to use things that I have or are easy to get.  After thinking a bit, I remembered that I had this chest of drawers that I picked up at Michael’s a while ago to use for a doll bedroom.  I’ve since found other things for that, so this was up for grabs.  Even though I did already have this, I am going to include it in my total expenses because it was essentially new, it just didn’t cost me anything additional to go out and buy it and it’s still available for purchase.  Regular price on this at Michael’s is $7.99, I had a 40% off coupon, so I only paid $4.79.  I know, I know, you’re thinking “that’s a chest of drawers! Has she lost it?”  Let me explain:

bakery shelves raw

Years ago I started scrapbooking, and I ended up going to a weekend long retreat where I met an interesting lady named Sherri Leonard.  Sherri LITERALLY wrote the book (actually several) on punch art and how to look at your paper punches in a different way, using basic shapes to create unbelievable stuff to use in your paper crafting.  It’s not only a great way to create adorable items for in your scrapbooks, but it helps reinforce the “outside of the box” way of thinking.  I’m dedicating this post to Sherri, if by chance you are reading this, thank you so much for your inspiration!

And yes, it looks like a chest of drawers, but when we are done, it will look totally different.  I promise!

sherri's book
One of Sherri’s Punch Art Books


First thing I did was paint everything white, inside and out:

This didn’t go as well as I’d hoped, I was very frustrated before it was over with. First off, it is winter and bitter cold here, so I couldn’t spray paint it. I decided to use acrylic craft paint. Not a good idea. I believe this chest is made of balsa wood and it didn’t react well to acrylic paint, I had a nice smooth surface when I started, but by the time I was done, it had raised the grain on the entire piece. I was so not happy. I had to remind myself though that this isn’t a piece of furniture, it’s a doll project. I was still unhappy though, and I had to set the project aside and collect my thoughts. That’s why it took me so long to finish this, I was busy trying to come up with a way to fix this. I even contemplated buying another one, and then finally said “No, this will just have to do.”  If I had it to do over again, I would wait until warmer weather to work on this project and I would spray paint it.  Oh well.

Anyhow, I put two coats over the entire thing so that I was sure it was well covered and looked good (even if it was rough, grrrr…).  I also chose not to cut the knobs off the drawers, you’ll see why further down the road.  You don’t need to paint the “shelves” that the drawers sit in completely, those will be covered with something else.  Just be sure to get the front and the sides really well.  (In this photo I did miss a little, but fixed it after I took the picture)

bakery shelves

That’s as far as we are going to go this week, pop back in later (give me 2 weeks, I have a lot of other stuff to post and taxes to finish!) for the next steps.  I decided that it would be easier to break this up in several posts and everyone can work on it as we go.

If you don’t have a Michael’s near you, this chest is also available online:

Don’t forget your coupon!

One Broke Girl–Timing is everything!

When I started this challenge, it was because I was outraged at the price of $500 for the bakery offered by American Girl in their new GOTY collection. Now it has taken on a new meaning. Last week, my husband found out that the company that he just started working for in 2013 had been sold. It was certainly a shock to us, and now we are faced with a lot of unknown factors at the moment. Until we know a little more about what is going to happen, I’ve put myself on a self-imposed spending reduction. No fun, I’ll admit, but in all honesty, it’s a good kick in the butt to work on some of these projects that I’ve been putting off, but have all the materials to make! I couldn’t help but laugh though and think to myself that I was glad I didn’t have my heart set on buying Grace, job uncertainty is the same reason I missed out on buying Saige 2 years ago. The other part that stinks is that we had to cancel our plans to go visit family in New York City in April. I was looking forward to seeing them as well as going to the AG store there and several other things we had planned. 😦 I may have to call my cousin and see if she will go pick me up Coconut’s Statue of Liberty outfit since I don’t know when we will get there.

This week I’m going to show you how I recreated one of the smaller things in the bakery: the rolling pin and dough. It really was quite simple.

American Girl version

First off, while I was at our area craft store (Pat Catan’s), I found not one, but two different sized mini rolling pins. I wasn’t sure which size would work best for this, so I ended up buying them both. Then I remembered back to my own childhood, my mom frequently had two different sized rolling pins that she used for different kinds of baking projects. They were cheap enough too, the smaller one was a whopping 83 cents and the large was all of 89 cents. Last of the big spenders!  I’ve heard they sell these at Hobby Lobby as well.

Now to recreate the dough.  Several months ago I watched a YouTube video created by Sharry, “mom” to Julie of Julie Newman’s 70’s Time Capsule on how to make Jiffy Pop for your 18 inch doll.  Very clever and informative video, but what intrigued me more was what she used to make it with.  A product called Model Magic.

dough 2

I’d never heard of this before, so I asked her some questions about it and then bought myself some.  I have a lot of problems buying different kinds of clays.  I’m not a fan of Sculpey because you have to bake it and when you do, the stench it puts off is not only terrible smelling, but I do question the safety of it as well.  I can’t use regular dough type clays like PlayDoh because most of them have wheat flour in them and I am highly allergic to it.  Model Magic was the answer to my prayers when it comes to clay, it requires no baking, just needs to sit to dry, can be mixed just like other clays to create custom colors and NO WHEAT!

dough 3

To make my “dough” for my bakery, I took a blob of Model Magic in a light shade, rolled it in a ball, then used one of the mini rolling pins to roll it out in the shape I wanted.  Then I took a toothpick to rough up the ends a bit so it looked more natural.  I think it turned out cute!

dough 4

I’ve been debating on painting the rolling pins or just leaving them as is.  I doubt that I can duplicate the ornate design like on the AG ones, so I may not bother.  We’ll see.  I may also make another dough blob in a different size, color and shape for variety.

This week my expenditures were a whopping $1.72 for the rolling pins.  I already had the Model Magic and I didn’t use much of it to begin with, so I’m not counting that.  If you don’t have Model Magic and wheat isn’t an issue, I think that PlayDoh would work just as well, you might need to paint it to be the color you want since it does tend to turn white when it dries. There are also a lot of recipes for making your own dough out of simple household ingredients on the internet, give one of those a try and save a trip to the store!

Total Spent as of January 13–  $11.92

Items bought through January 19– $1.72

Total Spent as of January 19–$13.64

See you next week with the next project!