Tuesday, April 22, 2008

I'm a knifty knitter :)

I saw the cutest cocoons that a few photographers were making for newborn shoots, so I just *had* to give it a try myself! I can kinda crochet, but have never knitted in my life! Thank goodness some genius invented the LOOM!! Now I too can knit! I stayed up till about 2 am in the morning finishing this one because I wanted to use it on my newborn shoot the next morning. It was fun to make and surprisingly easy too!

(don't mind my test subjet - it was all I could find in the middle of the night!!)

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Tu-tu cute

I have a photography session coming up for a little girl who is turning three and what little girl doesn't like tutus? I made this using tule-on-a-spool from Garden Ridge & elastic. The only sewing involved was stitching the ends of the elastic together! The shirt was a bit more difficult but only because my machine had an attitude with me. For some reason it's been difficult to applique lately - I think it's about time to take it in for an overhaul! I'll try to remember to post a pic of the little lady wearing her tutu!


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Another Nappy Bag

I just finished up my 10th AB Nappy Bag yesterday. Each one has been so different - haven't made 2 the same yet. I tried to get cutesy with the inside pockets on this one and trimmed them with the exterior fabric - really I did that to try to make the pockets easier to see! I also took away one bottle pocket and added elastic to the other. And of course, I made a matching diapee & wipee! I'm very pleased with the way it turned out and I hope the mama likes it too!!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another food creation

I was given a baby shower this past weekend by some ladies in our church - it was beautiful and I know that the little lady will feel special someday because she had a party too - even though she was our second child! I decided I wanted to give the Hostesses a gift since they went to so much troubl to make me feel special. I must admit, I didn't come up with the idea all by myself. I was a hostess for a bridal shower a few weeks ago and the bride gave all of us "Brownies in a Jar" I just took her gift and made a few changes!

The biggest change was the sugar - I spend FOREVER (actually about 2 hrs) coloring 14 cups of sugar pink. Had I used powder food coloring the process would have gone much quicker. But all I could find was liquid (event that was difficult - all you can buy at the grocery store is gel coloring!!) I loved the way the jars turned out - very neopolitian looking :)

Hobby Lobby had some super cute pink and brown fabric on the sale rack - I added the pink grosgrain ribbon and Kinkos printed the cards for me - super fast thank you gift!

Recipe Used:
1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

And printed on the attached card:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Pour brownie mix into large mixer bowl; stir. Add 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) melted butter or margarine, 2 large eggs, 2 tablespoons water and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract; stir well. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 2 dozen brownies.

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