Saturday, September 27, 2008

Play Money

My son is really into pretend play now- he especially loves playing "store" with his fake food and cash register. I made some play bills on the computer and then laminated them with packing tape. The coins are wooden disks from the craft store painted with metallic paint and decorated with a Sharpie.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pumpkin Cake

I saw this pumpkin cake in the latest Williams-Sonoma catalogue... doesn't it look cute AND delicious? Having eaten a lot of Williams-Sonoma products (that's what happens when you work there) I know it would taste amazing.

SO I was inspired to make my own little chocolate pumpkin cakes using my mini bundt pan. It was a total disaster! I promptly ate my not-so-cute pumpkin so no one would have to look at it. Then I made Bronco cupcakes with all the left over orange frosting.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Polkadot dress

Yet again Project Runway is inspiring me to sew, so I whipped up this dress for D. I'm really surprised how well it turned out. This is left over fabric from the valances I made for her room. I didn't do the best job cutting fabric (as usual) and ended up with a seam across the front, so I added the pink ribbon. I was hoping it would be big and she could grow into it, but it ended up fitting just right. I think I'll keep it.

Birthday Banner

A birthday banner for D's first birthday- pink and brown of course. I glued pretty paper onto 3 1/2" paper coasters (I got mine from Blockhead Paper Arts), punched holes on the edges with a hole punch, threaded 1 1/2" satin ribbon through each circle, and added chipboard scrapbook letters to spell out the sentiment. I was going to add more embellishments, but I kind of lost steam and the paper was pattern enough I think.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Felt pepperoni pizza

A little more felt food- this pepperoni pizza didn't really turn out exactly like I had envisioned it. It also took a LOT longer than I thought it would, so in the end I just finished it off instead of playing with it make it look better. The kids are still have fun with it.

I've been looking for a tutorial on how to make felt food to post instead of writing about my process (since I'm not really great at explaining my haphazard crafting), but I can't find one! So when I have more time I'll try to write something up.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Ballerina tutu

I decided that D will be a ballerina for Halloween this year. I have been searching for the perfect tutu on etsy to buy for her birthday coming up, but then decided to try and make one myself after spying some tulle on sale at Hobby Lobby. It came together faster than I thought it would. I sewed a length of fairly wide elastic to fit her waist, then tied lengths of tulle and satin ribbon around. I thought about sewing the tulle instead of tying it, but I'm lazy and wanted to sit in front of the TV to do it. It seems pretty sturdy for playing dress up for awhile, but we'll see how it holds up.
**** I just found a tutorial on how to make a tutu that is pretty much exactly how I did it. I guess I wasn't too crazy when I was making this up. You can see the tutorial here

Baseball backpack

The backpack I was going to buy for I's first day of school was sold out so I threw together this little baseball backpack for him. I've been meaning to use this fabric for valances in his room, but who knows when I'll get around to that project. I meant to put the seam in the back, but then the drawstring wouldn't have worked right. He didn't seem to mind.

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