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11  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Purple and White Stroller Blanket on: March 22, 2010 09:00:30 PM

I made this stroller blanket for my friend who had a baby in October.  She lives in San Francisco and takes the baby in the stroller a lot, so I thought this would be useful.  I got the idea from this tutorial, though I didn't quilt this blanket, and my measurements were a little different.

It has ties at the top made from twill tape.  I had to go to two fabric stores to find white twill tape.

Here's a picture showing where the twill tape is sewn into the binding.

The blanket has 3 buttons on the bottom of each side to make a little pocket for baby's feet.  It took me a little while to figure out how this worked in the tutorial, but I got it eventually.

Here's a picture showing the pretty purple flower buttons and the button holes above it.

This picture shows my main mistake with this project; I somehow measured the button holes on one side (bottom in picture) closer to the buttons than on the other side.  They are still spaced the right distance apart from each other, so they still work and you can't tell when the blanket is buttoned, so I'm still reasonably satisfied with it.

This is a picture of the front side of the blanket.  The purple fabric is cotton, the white fabric is super soft minky, and the binding is just light purple satin blanket binding.

Close-up of the fabric.
12  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sesame Street Sugar Cookie Extravaganza! (lots of pics) on: June 02, 2009 08:04:29 PM
No, they were not vegan.  Here's the cookie recipe if anyone wants it:

2 cups sugar
1 cup shortening
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
6 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Cream sugar and shortening together until you have a smooth and fluffy consistency.  Add eggs and beat well.  Add the baking soda to the buttermilk in separate container.  Add the rest of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.  Alternate adding dry ingredients and buttermilk to creamed ingredients.  Add vanilla after all other ingredients are mixed together.  Roll on floured flat surface.  Roll to about 1/8 inch thickness.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 

If you are using a hand mixer, be sure to use the dough beaters instead of the regular ones.  I almost burned up my mixer. 
13  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Sesame Street Sugar Cookie Extravaganza! (lots of pics) on: May 29, 2009 11:39:16 AM
Thanks for all the Sesame Street cookie love!!!
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / All-Star Baby Blanket on: May 18, 2009 08:50:00 PM
I made this for a friend who just had a baby boy.  The theme in their nursery was All-Star/sports, so I thought the fabric I found was fitting. 

The All-Star fabric is usually for children's sleepwear.

Close-up to see the print.

The back is blue minky.

I put red satin blanket binding around the edges.  This was my second time using blanket binding and I am much happier with the results this time around.  Only one side looked kind of bunchy and I didn't have any ugly corners.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Appliqued Birthday Shirt on: May 18, 2009 08:41:51 PM
I appliqued a number 2 onto a t-shirt for my son's second birthday.  The fabric I used to make the 2 has letters of the alphabet on it since he loves the ABCs. 

This is the best picture I got of the shirt.  Two-year-olds just don't sit still.  Smiley
16  COOKING / Dessert / Sesame Street Sugar Cookie Extravaganza! (lots of pics) on: May 17, 2009 10:26:18 PM
For my son's second birthday party this weekend, he had a Sesame Street theme.  I made him an Elmo cake using a Wilton shaped pan, but I also made sugar cookies!  I had seen a website where someone had made cupcakes using Sesame Street character faces, but I wanted to do sugar cookies since I didn't want to have too much cake left over.   Anyway, on to pictures. 

Bert, Grover, and Cookie Monster.

Oscar, Big Bird, Ernie, and Zoe.

Abby and Elmo.

On to the close-ups.

Elmo was decorated using a star tip with red icing, then given two eyes using one jumbo marshmallow, his nose was a pumpkin flavored candy that I bought at the candy place in the mall because it was big.  His mouth is half of an Oreo.

I'm most proud of Abby.  Her fur was made using a star tip with pink icing.  Her eyes are white M&Ms bought at a candy store.  Her nose and mouth are made using a cherry Starburst.  Her pigtails are made using one jumbo marshmallow cut in half and purple icing with a hair tip.  Freckles are purple icing with a round tip.

Oscar was green icing using the hair tip.  His mouth is half an Oreo.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his eyebrows are black icing.

Zoe 's fur is orange icing with a star tip.  Her eyes are white M&Ms .  Her nose is part of a strawberry Starburst.  Her mouth is half an Oreo with red icing on top.  I did her hair with the hair tip and the bows with a round tip.

Grover is decorated with blue icing using a star tip.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a pink gumball.  His mouth is half an Oreo placed at an angle with red icing piped on the outside. 

Big Bird was made using yellow icing and one of the tips used for flowers normally.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his beak was made using a lemon Starburst with red icing piped in the mouth.

Cookie Monster was decorated with blue icing and a hair tip.  His eyes are one jumbo marshmallow and his mouth is half an Oreo.

Ernie was frosted orange.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a red peanut M&M.  His mouth is half an Oreo and his hair is black icing.

Bert was frosted yellow.  His eyes are white M&Ms and his nose is a pumpkin malt ball.  His mouth, hair, and eyebrows are black frosting.

Elmo cake.  It was Funfetti cake mix and buttercream frosting.

Letter sugar cookies I made since my son is also obsessed with the alphabet.  The plates and stuff I found had Sesame Street characters in the middle and the alphabet going around the outside.  I just decorated these with the leftover frosting from the other cookies using a star tip.

The whole sweet spread.  We made Mexican food to eat before the cake and cookies.
17  COOKING / Dessert / Conversation Heart Cupcakes on: February 14, 2009 08:48:11 PM
I made 48 cupcakes for Valentine's Day.  Half were strawberry and half were red velvet cake.  I frosted them with pink and white buttercream.  The hearts were made out of royal icing in the six colors of actual Sweethearts, pink, white, yellow, green, purple, and orange.  I wrote the messages with a red food writer. 

All the cupcakes together with Sweethearts candy for size reference.

Sweethearts candy.

Close-up of cupcakes.

More cupcakes.

Another pic to see colors and messages.

One more.

The eight messages I used were I'm Yours, Yours Forever, I Love You, Kiss Me, Yes Dear, Be Mine, Hot Stuff, and Honey Bun.
18  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: 1/7/09 - Best of 2008 is here! on: January 19, 2009 07:39:17 PM
I love looking at all the great projects!  I'm just wondering where the cooking category is? 
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Turtle Bread! on: January 14, 2009 07:35:39 PM
I totally made this for a 4-H project when I was little.  I loved it.  Yours looks great.
20  COOKING / Dessert / Halloween Cupcakes on: November 03, 2008 12:26:08 PM
I made 48 cupcakes, 8 of each design.  Half of them were cherry chip and half were red velvet cake.

All of the cupcakes together.

Frankenstein's monster heads.  They are frosted with chocolate frosting.  The heads are made from jumbo marshmallows covered with green buttercream.  The hair is more chocolate frosting and the face is made from two M&Ms and black frosting.  The bolts on the sides of their heads are little candy-covered licorice.

Tentacled aliens.  They are frosted with green buttercream.  The tentacles are sour apple Laffy Taffy and the eye is a Dot gumdrop. 

Werewolves.  They are frosted with chocolate using a star tip.  The eyes are candy covered chocolate I found in the bulk candy and used because they were white.  The nose is a black jellybean.  The mouth/teeth are candy corn.  The ears are Tootsie Rolls.

Vampires.  These are frosted with buttercream.  The hair is made using a star tip again.  The teeth are candy corn.

Mummies.  The eyes are M&Ms and the mouth is a candy-covered licorice.  The bandages were done using a ribbon tip and buttercream.

Pumpkins.  These were originally the only design of cupcake I was going to make.  Then I couldn't find the small licorice lace things for the vines so I looked for other designs to make.  Then thanks to someone else who made these cupcakes from the Hello Cupcake book on Craftster, I found out where I might find some.  The pumpkins are frosted with orange buttercream and covered with orange sugar.  Then I piped on lines and added the licorice stem and vine.

I got the pumpkin design from Hello Cupcake as I said before.  The mummy and alien were from Martha Stewart's website.  The vampire and werewolf were from Wilton's website.  I found the Frankenstein's monster heads through Google.

If I did these again, I would probably not do the aliens since nobody knew that they were supposed to be aliens.  (They thought they were spiders, seven-legged, one-eyed green spiders.)  I would also not want to use the taffy or Tootsie Rolls unless those cupcakes were going to be eaten right away because they got gross and sticky.
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