March 26, 2010

Spring or Easter Decorated Cookies

My kids had the day off today, so we spent the day baking and decorating cookies.  It is always fun at the beginning but then by the end, I'm usually sick of it.  The boys didn't last quite as long as I did.  That's the way it usually goes.  They are all gung-ho and then they make two cookies and they are then done.  The sure love eating the dough though!

So, here are the cookies we made.  We traced the cookie cutter and the boys designed their cookies before they decorated them.  This gave them an idea of what to make before they started trying to make things with the icing.  Icing isn't quite as forgiving as colored pencils.  You can see below both the drawings and the cookies.  So cute!

These are my 9-year-old's eggs.  He did a pretty good job!  Of course, how Meta Knight and Warrior Skeletons have anything to do with Spring or Easter, I don't know!

These are my 7-year-old's eggs.  He was bored more quickly.  Cute though!
If you would like the recipe for the icing, it is on my Food Art Party blog ... HERE.

Have fun!

Two-tiered Cake Pin Cushions

My previous post shows the cake pin cushion that I made for myself and now I've made one for a friend in her favorite color, purple. I also made her some special pins to go with it using Fimo. I wanted to do the Shrinky Dink thing, but I don't have any of that material right now. The dark purple and bright yellow flowers are Fimo.  If you'd like to learn how to make one, go to and watch their first video.

March 24, 2010

A Good Way To Use Scraps of Fabric

I don't usually write two posts in one day, but I had to share this....

A few weeks ago the new DIY Dish girls, showed everyone how to make Two-Tiered Cake Pincushions.  Very cute!  I have a million-gazillion cake stands, so I've been itching to create one of these little prickly confections of my own.  Well, you know I've been working on my first quilting projects, a table runner and placemats. I'm almost done.  The last one is cut out and I just need to finish it up.  I have LOTS of scraps lying around, so I made a cake that matches my pretty table linens!

Check it out!  SOOOO easy to make and truly no-sew (unless you want to).   If you want to see how to do it, the first episode is over at DIY Dish.  Also, on the second episode, they show you how to make custom pins for your cute cake.  I have to buy some special stuff to do that, but I'm going to eventually play with that idea.

Have a great day!

Doin' a Happy Dance!

I won a blog give-away today and I'm dancin'!  Check it out.  I get to pick out a yard of free fabric from Sew,Mama,Sew!   Decisions, decisions!

I am done with 4 of 6 quilted placemats which will match my table runner I made.  The backs match the "stripes" on the table runner.  Each placemat is a different color/pattern.

March 21, 2010

I Didn't Know How To Quilt Before This Weekend!

I truly believe the following:  If you have the internet, you can learn ANYTHING!  It is true!  I had no idea how to quilt before this weekend.  I've been thinking about doing it and I've been reading blogs which explain how to do it but I never really thought I'd try it.  Well, I needed a table runner for my Easter table, so I went to my scrap fabric supply and pulled out some that went nicely with this paisley fabric I bought the other day.  I didn't really have anything in mind when I bought the paisley, but I picked the EXACT amount I needed! 

So, I went to Heather Bailey's site and found some instructions on how to bind a quilt and printed them out.  Then I went to YouTube and found a video of a lady who quilts with a regular old sewing machine and watched how she magically moved the fabric around to quilt designs in the fabric.  That's all it took.  I went to my machine and started playing with some practice fabric and it turned out just fine, so I started cutting pretty calico strips to go with the paisley and in two days, I was done with it.  And that isn't even two days straight.  I traveled this weekend (to Clinton, NY where I had awesome Indian food) and worked on the quilting about 2 hours per day.  Not bad!  I love the way it turned out!

Here it is on my table....
I just followed the fabric's paisley design.  It was a bit tedious for me.  I like instant gratification, but once I got the binding on, I was very happy I took the time to do it.  Below are pictures up close and of the other side of the quilt.  I don't love it on this table on the striped side, but I took pictures to show you anyway.

If you don't know how and want to know how, I would seriously do some research on-line and play around with it.  It was much easier than I thought it would be!

"Hey!  Don't eat the decorations!"

Another thing we did this weekend... V's artwork was on display in the Kid's Art Gallery in the Earlville Opera House, so we went there to see it.  Awe... Proud Mommy!

Happy Sunday!

March 18, 2010

Easter Plates and Snot-Nosed Kids

It has been a whole week of kids with colds, coughs and sneezes. It has been a whole week of the same with me.  I think they caught it from me.  Stinks....  Blech!

So, tell me, did you ever see this look on the face of your child when you serve them a meal?  I haven't...  Not my child!  Not my meal! 

Ok, but it was St. Patrick's Day, so I thought I'd get clever and make some mashed potatoes with GREEN gravy.  Of course, I only had NEON GREEN food coloring in my drawer, so I used it.  But come on... How cute is it that it matches the plate???  Too bad he thought it looked like NUCLEAR WASTE!

I made it up to him with Lucky Charm cupcakes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.  {Oh yeah, forget that we are not Irish}  We celebrate it anyway!

So, I found these Easter paper plates at my dollar store the other day and thought they were so cute, so I added them to the plates to make my table Easter-y.  I have done more to the table, but I am making something for it {I think!}, so I will show you when I'm done.  Sorry... you'll just have to wait.  I can tell you are waiting with bated breath!
These napkin holders are actually real vases that hold water and these are real flowers.  So pretty!

Oh... and one more thing.... on my pretty Easter table, is this.....
You see that correctly.... camoflauge napkins. Ya....  My boys picked them out.  Lovely, don't you think?  Ha! 

March 16, 2010

Cupcakes (Again!)

I made cupcake wrappers today so I HAD to make cupcakes to go with them, right??? If you would like to have these cupcake wrappers for yourself {free!}, go over to my food blog and grab them up. You can print them right out. Of course, you may want to be a little more careful cutting those circles out than I was!



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