Some Recent Cake Favorites

I haven’t really been into blogging for a while, but though I’d share some of my favorite cakes I made over the years.photo 1OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA DSCN6645 DSCN6693 230873_209155595774441_165696586787009_636931_3760778_n (2) 208394_200327226657278_165696586787009_576849_2631544_n (2) 199208_198995326790468_165696586787009_569310_26358_n (2) DSCN6521 DSCN5416 DSCN7690

January 25, 2014. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Teacher Gifts

My kids were blessed with some AMAZING preschool teachers this year. So, to thank them for such a great school year, I painted these pots with chalkboard paint, and added a ruler border. I saw the idea all over pintrest, though I’m not sure who actually came up with the idea.

Then, I filled them with tulip cake pops. The tulips are fake flowers I got at Michaels. Each stem was a green tube, which held the cake pops perfectly!

 

 

May 28, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Baseball Memories

This was my son’s first year playing T-ball.  I get such a kick seeing my little guy proudly dressed up in his baseball uniform. And I love that I have a great shot of him to remember his first year as a ball player.

My friend, Ashley, at {3:23} Photography, actually is the creative genius and came up with this idea. So I copied her:) I had a 16 x 20 picture printed, then I attached it to a canvas using mod podge. I also made one for a friend.

 

May 28, 2012. Tags: , . Fun for Kids. Leave a comment.

Hot Wheels Cake

My youngest turned 4 this month, and he chose a Hot Wheels birthday theme. Since the party was at a local tumbling place, there wasn’t much for me to do for this party, so I decided to go all out with the cake. Here’s what I came up with…

 

I’m pretty excited about the outcome. The bottom tier is a dummy Styrofoam round, that I covered with fondant. For the flames, I made two templates, then cut them out of fondant. I painted a red outline on all the yellow flames using vodka and red gel food color. The cake board is trimmed with checkered duct tape. Which also is very handy for decorating water bottles!! Check them out!

And the duct tape came in handy for my favors too. These are just plastic cups that I filled with candy, then placed a cupcake on top. Each cupcake is topped with a hot wheel. I tied a fork to each one so the kids could eat them right out of the cup…hopefully less mess!

The birthday boy loved his cake, and the party was a success (and SOOOO easy since it wasn’t at my house!!)

May 17, 2012. Tags: , , , . Cakes and other Treats. 3 comments.

Angry Angry Birds

Ok, so I know it’s just angry birds, and not angry angry birds, but it’s what my boys call it. I think it’s like hungry hungry hippo. Anyway, my youngest is celebrating his 4th birthday at school today, and he picked out some angry birds cake balls. I think he liked that there were 6 different characters. I should have made him pick one, but no, I made them all. They were a ton of work! Here’s the crew!

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I wasn’t too impressed with how black bird came out, so I left him off the cupcakes.

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Boy do I have one excited little guy! Hope the other moms don’t hate me for this!!!

May 3, 2012. Tags: , , . Cakes and other Treats, Fun for Kids. 1 comment.

Glider revamp

Glider revamp.

April 12, 2012. Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

Glider revamp

I’m kicking myself for not taking a before picture! But I did save a small pillow in the original fabric

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Pretty ugly. And not great for a boys room. But it was free, so, for the last 5 years, it’s been in my kids’ rooms. I had it covered with a red sheet, but I always wanted to reupholster it. I finally got the nerve, and I LOVE how it turned out!

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The original had no piping, but I think it’s a lot more fun with this print. The entire project took about 2.5 hours and cost $60!

April 12, 2012. Tags: , , , . Sewing and Crafts. Leave a comment.

Happy Easter!

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April 7, 2012. Tags: , , . Cakes and other Treats. Leave a comment.

Workout top

I ordered some fabric to make a sundress, but I got a knit with waaayyyy too much spandex!! So, I used an old exercise top for a pattern and came up with this!!

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I have a long torso, so I love that I could make it as long as I wanted.

April 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Sewing and Crafts. Leave a comment.

Favorite Braided Tee Tutorial

I had this great shirt. It was gray, loose fitting, but still flattering, an interesting neckline, in fact, it looked just like this one I found one day while browsing Pinterest:

Image from: http://hernewleaf.com/2011/07/21/diy-banana-republic-braided-neck-tee-shirt/

Except, mine had a single braid, and I got it at Nordstrom. I would  add a picture, but its looking kinda haggard these days! But I seriously LOVE this shirt, so when I saw others were creating a tutorial to make one, I wanted to see if I could too.  Except, I wanted to make the entire shirt (not modify an existing tee), since I love the fit so much and the look of the unfinished top. So, I used the shirt to draw out a pattern, and voila, here is my version of the braided tee!! I’m happy with the outcome, but next time I think I’ll make the sleeves shorter so the braided neckline can be longer. But overall, I’m really happy with the outcome.


I’m not so good at these tutorials, but  I will share what I did. I used one yard of cotton jersey fabric (this particular one is from the April Johnson for Project Runway line). I started by sketching a pattern, using my existing shirt. Here are the dimensions, but I traced mine on a few sheets of computer paper:

There are really just three parts: The back, the front (which is a mirror of the front, except, you leave a piece of fabric attached at the top), and the sleeves (cut on the fold). You will cut two of these, just make sure the diagonal length on the sleeve is the same as the diagonal length on the front/back pieces.  All the dimensions I used are listed. This makes about a size medium (I’m 5’7″ and wear a medium or size 6).

Next sew your side seams using a zig zag stitch (I didn’t have any seam allowances, since it was jersey but feel free to add them!) with right sides together.

Next, you are going to sew each sleeve together at the smallest part (I have a notion on my “pattern”). Then, pin to your shirt. The seam that was just sewn should line up with your side seams, and the diagonal part should line up with the diagonals on the shirt.Sew the sleeves on, but leave about 1″ unfinished at the parts that attach to the back shirt piece, at the top. Here you want about a 1/2″ seam allowance.

Next, create a long strip of fabric to make your own bias tape, about one inch thick and long enough to wrap around the back and sleeves of shirt. Pin this to your back neckline and sleeves, right sides together, then sew. Fold it back onto the wrong side of the shirt, and top-stitch (sorry, no pictures of this part, my kids were playing angry birds on my phone:). The ends of your bias tape can be sewn into the sleeve seams (where you left the 1″ unfinished).

Now its time to do your braid. Cut small slits, about 1″ apart on your shirt where I drew the dotted line (on the front pattern piece). My shirt had 10 slits

Don’t make the slits too big, they will stretch. Then cut a long piece of fabric, about 1″ wide. How long depends on how tight you want your braid, and how wide your neckline is. I actually sewed two pieces together, but just made sure the seam was positioned in the back of the shirt:)  Also notice that I didn’t cut slits in that extra piece of fabric at the top (you need this to hide the holes you just cut).

Now its time to braid. Of course, I didn’t take pictures, but I recreated the process with some scrap pieces of jersey I had lying around. Start by folding your long strip in half, then threat through your second cut, and out your first cut.

Next, loop your end pieces through the loop. Then feed the ends through the third loop, then out the second loop.

Then the ends go through the fourth loop and out the third.

And so on.

At your last slit, feed the ends through to the back, and stitch to close lengthwise, where I drew the black line.

You will also sew on top of the first loop, making sure to catch the first slit you cut (so it doesn’t end up getting any bigger on you!!).

Next fold the top flap down, behind your braid. Sew each side to the inside arm seam, so it stays down. I left my sleeves raw, since I had a hard time creating a hem I liked.

To finish, cut 2  4-5 inch wide strips of fabric, slightly smaller than your shirt width. I think I did mine about 16″. Fold in half then sew side seams together so you have a tube. Pin raw edges (not the folded side)  to the right side of the shirt, matching side seams. Stretch band as you sew to create an even gather. Or, you could sew on some elastic, but I prefer the banded method for comfort. And that is it. I can’t say it was easy, but I am very happy with the outcome!

April 5, 2012. Tags: , , , . Sewing and Crafts. Leave a comment.

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