Archive for January, 2011
Monday, January 31st, 2011
Blocks two and three for the Wonky Circle of Stars Baby Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Very Kerry Berry are finished! I really love how this is turning out; I can really see the circle start to form just from these two blocks! I took out some fabrics from the original pile, and added a few more blues and greens to balance all the pinks and yellows! I still need to find one more “sweets” print, I thought I had a few more in my stash but I can’t seem to locate them! Anytime I find cupcake, pastry, or cupcake fabric I buy at least half a yard, I *love* those fabrics! I’m now thinking about starting a second one in boyish colors and fabrics, for Little Mister.
Friday, January 28th, 2011
We are huge fans of the show Mad Men here, so it was only fitting to craft some of Little Mister’s onesies and shirts using images from the show’s opening! The first image is of Don Draper, I found a photo of him online, tweaked it in Photoshop and printed it out as a size that would fit the onesie. From there I put it on top of my lightbox and traced it onto freezer paper. After I had it traced I took an exacto knife and cut out all the parts that were going to be painted. I carved quite a few fake pumpkins last year out of foam and a hot knife, so this was something I was used to. But it took *forever* to cut the portrait out! After I was done I ironed it onto the onesie and using a brayer, sponge brush and black fabric paint I printed it on. I let them dry for a few days then ran an iron over them to heat set the paint. Unfortunately Little Mister didn’t even get a chance to wear them; he grew out of them before I was finished! I am making a Joan one now for soon-to-arrive Little Mademoiselle!
There are quite a few freezer paper stencils on the web, but I highly recommend the tutorial from Made. She did a great job putting it together and it was a great help!
To see the individual pictures, please check out my Flickr!
Please note that Mad Men is the property of AMC. These are fan created personal crafts inspired by the show and are in no way affiliated with AMC.
Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
I thought it would be a lot of fun to join in on Colette Patterns Spring Palette Challenge 2011, but with a maternity and baby twist! My last pregnancy I didn’t make any maternity clothes, and this time around I would love to try my hand at a few pieces. I’m hoping to finish two dresses, a swing coat, and an outfit for Little Mister and soon-to-arrive Little Mademoiselle. For Week One, we were asked to gather our inspiration, set our palette, and decide how many garments we wanted to make. I have always loved kelly green and navy blue, so I used those as my starter colors. A nice sunshine yellow fits in well, with white details and some navy and white stripes. A little nautical, a little vintage! I’m hoping to use Colette’s “Crepe” pattern with an alteration to fit my pregnant belly, and I am going to try and create the second look on my own. For Little Mister I was thinking of a toddler coat and Little Mademoiselle a jumper. I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete the swing coat, but it’s going to be fun to try! I’m really looking forward to this, it will be so nice to have a new, homemade spring maternity wardrobe!
Photo Credits; Colette Patterns “Crepe” pattern, French Connection yellow swing coat, Target yellow dress, Lulu’s stripe top dress, Simplicity Vintage pattern 3278 maternity outfit, Vintage McCall’s 6196 boy’s coat pattern, and Butterick 5076 Vintage pattern.
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
Here is my first block for the Wonky Circle of Stars Baby Quilt Quilt Along hosted by Very Kerry Berry. I spent last night pulling out all my fabric trying to decide on a theme, and somehow I picked my triangles/star points first! After I set about 10 fat quarters aside for that purpose, I dove back in and gravitated to my cupcake fabrics! This is a perfect quilt along for me since our Little Mademoiselle is due soon!
Monday, January 24th, 2011
This quilt was finished just in the nick of time, literally. I had started it a few weeks before Thanksgiving, hoping to have it in the hands of my parents a few days after Thanksgiving, and gleefully went along my way sewing. Well, things didn’t turn out that way! This was a huge project, the first time ever making half square triangles, stars, and actually quilting a top. I ran out of fabric, couldn’t find anymore (What is it with the Holiday lines for Moda that is soooo hard to find!) cut fabric in the wrong direction, took out stitches, and maybe shed a tear or two. Thankfully I have an amazing Husband who stepped in to help right before I threw the quilt out the window in a seam ripping fury. Then, finally, 2 days before Christmas Eve and 2 hours before the UPS store closed, it was finished, signed, and sent! It arrived Christmas Eve and I was very happy to find out it was used that very night!
Lesson Learned: Do not finish a quilt hours before the shipping store closes, two days before the busiest Holiday of the year. And when looking at price quotes be sure to check expedited shipping, so you don’t show up at the shipping store thinking it’s going to be $30….when it’s really $90.
Fruitcake by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics
Frosted Stars by Charlie Scott of Qubee Quilts for Moda Bakeshop
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Inspired by all the lovely pictures of nurseries we had seen on Ohdeehdoh, we decided to go with a woodland theme for our own little nursery! We found almost everything we needed (accessory wise) on ETSY. We had originally planned to paint trees and animals on the wall, but found vinyl decals to be much easier on a 7 month pregnant back! On a business trip we found out that Land of Nod had an outlet store in Naperville, IL. We were able to get the quilt, hampers, and a few pictures at almost half the store price!
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
I wanted to share some photos from Little Mister’s first birthday party. We went with a carnival theme, and for the invite we dressed him up as a strongman/lion tamer! This was my first time planning and hosting a party, and maybe my last! No, it was fun, but I feel I was a little in over my head at times.
The cupcake stand was purchased at a craft store and embellished with carnival themed scrapbook paper. Popcorn cupcakes made from vanilla batter and mini marshmallows snipped to look like popped corn (which I frantically picked off when it was time for him to eat one, choking hazard and all!). I found the carnival rubber ducks online, and used them as accent pieces on the table. At the party supply store we bought dozens of clear plastic cups, and applied the hairy mustache stickers to the front. The red and white paper straws were purchased from Etsy. I made the little straw banners in Photoshop, and put a little piece of double sided tape on the inside to hold them to the straw.
The snow cone cupcakes were baked from the same batch as the marshmallow ones, and frosted with different color icing and sugars. I put the cupcakes inside the snow cone cups, and tucked in a spoon-straw to give the full effect! Turns out it worked, lots of the little kids thought they were real snow cones! And the cone holder? A Krispy Kreme doughnut box covered in gift wrap! The gumball and candy stick tower in the back is part of the Dol Go Im, a traditional Korean decoration for first birthdays.
The food table was mostly sweets, but in the corner there are Saucisson en Brioche, which most people thought were rolls! Everyone got a bit of a surprise! There were two different types of chocolate chip cookies, one flavored with orange zest and the other with toasted almonds. The pretzels were homemade, and super tasty, hanging on my pasta drying rack! We had a section to win a goldfish, which were goldfish crackers in a snack bag! I molded up 3 dozen chocolate mustache lollipops, and set them up as a photo prop and tasty snack!
And finally, at the Doljanchi table, I made a faux carnival spinner to represent the different items Little Mister could choose from. A little background, at the first birthday, a table is set up in front of the child with different items on it. The child sits in front, and chooses one item. Each item has a different meaning, so if he chooses the money, he will be wealthy. The wisk, he will be a chef! We might have modified it a bit to reflect our family, hehe. At the end of the day, we forgot all about it! I kept telling myself we would do it at a later time, but we never did. I’m just secretly going to say to myself he would have chosen the whisk! I’ll have a mini tutorial up soon on how I made the carnival wheel!
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011
A Look Back: 3 weeks before Little Mister was born, I was hard at work making my first croquembouche. I had wanted to make one for the longest time, and had it set in my head that my “Baby Brunch” was the event to try it out. I had made the choux a few days before and froze them, and made the crème patissière the night before. The day of, I mixed sweetened whipping cream in with the pastry cream to lighten it, and give it an airy texture. The caramel was the most annoying part, trying to find the right consistency to hold the puffs together yet still be edible (i.e., not super solid rock hard!) Finally, I cooked the caramel to a hard ball stage and “spun” it around the mini tower.
The “Mocktini’s” were also a lot of fun, one made with pineapple and clementine juice, the other strawberry. Both purees were mixed with Italian Mineral Water for that sparkly effect! Superfine sugar was used as a rim topping.
The birds nest cupcakes were a coconut base, from a cupcake recipe I made years ago. I’ll post that recipe soon! The frosting was a butter, confectioners’ sugar, and heavy cream mixture, with toasted shredded coconut rolled around the edge to look like a nest. Jordan almonds were the little eggs. I did get a lot of statements “Are you having three babies?! Why are these pink and blue?! Oh my gosh!” Haha, although I looked like I was about to have 6 babies, I only had the one, my awesome Little Mister!
Monday, January 17th, 2011