Tuesday, August 31, 2010

A kind of ugly quilt

I started this quilt top about 2 years ago. I got the pattern out of a magazine and when I finished piecing the top, I was underwhelmed. I was not motivated to quilt it because I didn't really like it. But after having it taking up space in my sewing room for a coule of years, I finally decided to finish it. I'm still not in love, but at least its done. Now I just need to figure out what to do with it.
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Friday, August 27, 2010

Another baby gift

I have another friend who had another boy so I had another excuse to make some cute baby stuff. I just can't get enough of it! I used my cricut to cut out all the shapes and letters for applique. My husband wanted to know why I did a star on the little sweater instead of the monogram like I did on the onesie and burp cloth. I was planning on it originally, but then the thought of Laverne's sweater (from Laverne and Shirley) popped into my head and I just couldn't do it, especially for a boy.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dora the Explorer Cake

Everything except Dora and Tico is edible. I made the house out of Rice Krispy Treats and fondant, the bridge is made from gumpaste that I put over a small can and allowed to dry, and the trees are sugar cones with royal icing piped on them. My favorite are the crocodiles in the river.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Twins' dresses

After I made the two year old her dress, the four year olds instantly asked, "Where's mine?" Unfortunately I didn't have a pattern for their size and so I just had to wing it, using the knowledge I had gained from making the one with the pattern. The girls like them because they got to pick out their own fabric from my stash, but I wish they fit a little better. I might be re-doing the straps to get a better fit.
I know I am totally biased, but I don't think they get any cuter than this!
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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Spanish World Cup Soccer/Biking Cake

This cake is for a girl who loves Spanish World Cup soccer (their colors are red and yellow) and enjoys biking.  When my 2 year old saw it, her reaction was, "It's a corn dog!" I love the associations kids make at that age. I was nervous about doing the bikes, but they were actually pretty simple and I love the way they turned out.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Sunflower Cake

It's a good thing this wasn't for anyone in my house because I would eat the whole thing myself. It's chocolate cake with dulce de leche filling and dulce de leche flavored buttercream icing. I have never made dulce de leche before, but it was super easy. You just boil a can of sweetened condensed milk for a couple of hours making sure the keep the can completely covered with water and you end up with the yummiest treat EVER!

I have received several requests for this so I am adding some basic how to's for this cake.

For the dulce de leche: For time's sake, I made it a few days in advance. Take a can of sweetened condensed milk. Put the can, unopened, in a pot and cover it completely with water. Bring the water to a boil then reduce heat so the water is at a simmer. Simmer the can for 2 hours, making sure that you add water every so often so the can is always completely submerged in water. After 2 hours of simmering, use tongs to remove the can and let it cool completely, either on the counter or in the fridge. If you make it in advance, make sure to refrigerate the dulce de leche until you are ready to use it.

For the sunflowers: These need to be made a few days in advance so they have time to dry before putting them on the cake. I colored some gumpaste a golden yellow. rolled it out to about 1/8" thick, then used this cutter (I used the 3" one) to cut the flowers. I then took the flowers, put them on a thin foam mat and used a ball tool to curve and shape the petals. I made the centers made from royal icing, tinted dark brown, that I piped into pointy dots. For the leaves, I just cut a basic leaf out of thinly rolled green gumpaste and shaped them with my hands.

For the cake: Make your favorite chocolate cake recipe and bake in two 8" round pans. Allow the cake to cool completely, then level both rounds.

For the dulce de leche buttercream: Use your favorite buttercream icing recipe and add 1/4 cup of dulce for every 1cup of buttercream. Mix until well blended, making sure there are no lumps.

To assemble: Fill the cake with strait dulce de leche, but first pipe a dam of icing so it doesn't ooze out the sides. Frost the cake with the dulce buttercream. Use some buttercream, tinted the same color green as the leaves, to pipe the stems. Add the sunflowers, using extra icing if needed to get them to stick to the side of the cake, and the leaves. I did mine at slightly varying heights around the cake. To finish, I piped a simple bead border around the bottom of the cake and piped the message on the top with buttercream.

Because the most time consuming part of making the cake is done in advance, it goes together really quickly the day of. I would love to see pictures if you try it!

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Gift Set

I made the zipper pouch and checkbook cover and added a coopdinating notebook and pen for a friend's birthday.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Kennady's New Dress

I've been getting bored with her old church dresses so I made this one for Kennady this afternoon from a cheap pattern I bought a long time ago but never used and some fabric I had in my stash.
She likes it!

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Back to School Pencil Pouch

According to Hailey's back to school supply list, she needs a 5x8" pencil bag or pouch. I asked her if she wanted to me to buy one or if she wanted to pick out some fabrics from my stash and have me make one. She opted to have me make it and chose some fun owl fabric. Here is her one-of-a-kind pencil pouch that she is excited to take back to school with her.

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

More baby gifts

This one is for a friend I've known since Jr. High. "J" is for Jack, which is one of my favorite baby boy names of all time.
This one turned out so cute, it almost makes me want to have another baby.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Speed Racer Cake

I had to do a little research for this one. I really had no idea what speed racer even was. Luckily, Cameron saw the movie while waiting in the ER a couple of months ago and was able to give me some insight.

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Etched Glass Jar

A few weeks ago when I had the baby shower, I asked around to find a punch bowl. A friend of mine told me I could use hers. I was thrilled when I went to pick it up and saw that it wasn't your granny's punch bowl. She used a large glass cookie jar with a ladle for a more modern looking punch bowl. I tied a big bow around in and was instantly in love. It follows, of course, that I had to go buy myself one. I found a big 2 gallon glass jar with lid at Wal-Mart for just under $10.

I have been wanting to try etching glass for some time now and decided this great big jar was the perfect opportunity to try it. I got out my Cricut and cut out an "S" for our last name and some leafy decorations on vinyl. I applied the vinyl to the glass and followed the instructions on the etching cream bottle.
After rinsing off the etching cream and removing the vinyl, I added a ribbon and there you have it...
My very own personalized punch bowl/cookie jar.

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