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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Peter Cottontail Golden Book Bird House on: March 17, 2011 05:30:04 PM
I've seen these easy little bird houses on a few crafting blogs & as well for sale over the years & I wanted a fast & easy craft. The instant gratification kind. I had to choose between Peter Cottontail or the Pokey Puppy. Peter won out.

you can see at the top i had to add another piece & thought i'd go with more text...which shows that it doesn't match. but it's not as noticible in person.

still have several coats of mod podge to go, but wanted to share it now.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / learning to sew, first time following a pattern *Emmeline Apron* on: March 10, 2011 01:22:13 PM
i wanted to make something for my best friend of over 25 years. she really is the epitome of a best friend and deserves a homemade gift from the heart.
this pattern was a bit out of my league, but i really learned a lot.
this was my first real sewing project. i've made a taggy, a pillow case & a few stuffies at this point in my sewing career. i really wish I had learned this when I was younger, but no shame in learning anything new even after 40. this was my first time following an actual pattern.
i sewed my first darts, did gathering & made bias binding. i'm very proud to have completed it. Well.almost completed it. My machine died as I was topstitching the halter straps, but really wanted to post it anyway. I will have to hand stitch the rest so I can mail it off.

a big thanks to my 8 yo Asher for taking the pictures  Grin

3  COOKING / Dessert / Valentine Cookies on: February 13, 2011 12:16:15 PM
sugar cookies covered in marshmallow fondant & royal icing.

thanks for looking!
4  COOKING / Dessert / Red Velvet Cupcakes for V Day! on: February 12, 2011 02:40:37 PM
nothing fancy, but wanted to do some baking for my neighbors & family today. these are from Martha Stewart's cupcake book.

they are much more red in person. i'm really happy with them, soft crumb & not too sweet.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / the "real" version of baby toy giraffe & a taggy on: November 13, 2010 08:29:10 PM
here is the flannel version of the toy giraffe that I created the other day as well as a taggy toy. they were happily received at the little one's shower today. I found out that it's easier for me to sew around curves then a simple straight sewing stitch. but it could have been the darn slippery/stretchy minky fabric.

I'm def hooked on sewing. I found it quite zen cutting & pinning fabric ( I just lost my Dad this week, so these projects were awesome therapy). I also made a little bib out of the same fabric, but forgot to take a pic. I have now created 4 items and will be making more stuff!
thanks for taking a peek!

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / giraffe toy for baby-my very first sewing anything on: November 12, 2010 11:02:20 AM
this is actually my practice giraffe (used some plain fabric that I found) and I will be creating this again in a pretty flannel print, but I was pretty thrilled that it wasn't a failure so thought I'd post it  Cheesy
I just inherited this little babylock from my husband's grandmother. our fishing business partners are having a baby & tomorrow is the shower.
nothing like learning to sew something 24hours before an event, but I tend to do better under severe time lines.

7  COOKING / Dessert / Death Star/Star Wars cake on: August 23, 2010 11:02:38 AM
my youngest turned 8 this weekend. he originally wanted a Goddard bday cake (Jimmy Neutron) but last minute wanted something that had Darth Vader in it. I chose the Death Star.
the cake itself is a store bought cake that I covered in fondant. the death star is made out of rice krispy treat then covered in fondant. more time would have been best as I did this the night before his party, so not tons of details on the death star, but Asher was thrilled. said it was his best cake ever. that's all that really matters.
thanks for looking!

8  COOKING / Dessert / Pretty Pink Birthday Cake on: May 02, 2010 02:40:37 PM
My daughter turned 21 on Friday, so I set out to make her a pretty pink cake. I made a strawberry 4 layer cake with a swiss buttercream frosting. both recipes I found at smittenkitchen.com. I filled the layers with fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries & bananas, her faves) and whipped cream.

I added pink gel food coloring to make it Super pink

in it's naked 4 layer beauty (excuse messy kitchen background)

crumb coated (next time I won't crumb coat with the precious swiss buttercream, I had to make 3 batches

it's been about 3 or four years since I tried a basket weave and it shows. the decorations are in homemade marshmallow fondant.

this is my little birthday girl (she doesn't mind that I call her my little girl or baby. she's a total mommy's girl)

the feedback I got from her & her friends, and I'm quoting here "this cake is kill-tacular!". I couldn't ask for more =)
Thanks for looking & comments welcome!

*updated with pic of cake slice
9  COOKING / Dessert / my daughter's 20th bday cookies (image heavy) on: February 03, 2010 11:59:05 AM
loooong time lurker, finally doing my first post

my little girl (they are always our little girls no matter the age, right) is not a fan of cake, so I made her these shortbread cookies to hand out as party favors to her friends on her 20th birthday.
I wanted them to be nummy & pretty so I made the fondant myself using marshmallows.
I used the same round cookie cutter to cut out the cookies & the topping of fondant, which is glued on with corn syrup.
the butterfly wings are fondant (I used a heart shape cookie cutter for the wings) and the bodies are royal icing. the antenna are fake flower stamens. all the piping & flowers are royal icing as well.
Thanks for looking!

I didn't remember to take many pictures before putting them in cello bags  Tongue , sorry about the glare.

I did 20 cookies for her 20th
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