Monday, May 31, 2010

A Princess Cake

For Iris's 3rd birthday, she wanted pink and princesses so I decided to do a princess cake and some cupcakes with princessy stuff on them. So for the cupcakes I made strawberry cupcakes (pink) with cream cheese frosting. For the toppers I melted white chocolate and piped them into shapes like crowns hearts and stars. Then put sprinkles all over them. Pretty simple, but yummy too. Iris sure liked them.

For the cake I kept trying to figure out how I was going to bake it without buying one of those special princess cake pans. Then I woke up one morning with this idea in my head. Why not just use Rice Krispie Treats? Then I could shape it however I want and frost it just like a cake. Brilliant! And then I kept going back and forth with if I wanted to use fondant or not. All the cakes that I saw online used fondant and looked really good, so I decided to go for it. Of course I didn't want to use regular fondant because, well let's face it, it's disgusting and completely inedible. So I made the decision to try out the marshmallow fondant I've been hearing so much about. Looked up a couple different recipes which actually all turned out to be the same. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. I didn't follow the directions exactly as it said to add the coloring after it's all made. I added it to the melted marshmallows before I mixed it into the powdered sugar. I didn't want pink hands and I didn't have any gloves to use. It worked great that way. The color was perfect.

I used a little of the cream cheese frosting to make the front triangle shapes and to pipe to words and around the edge. The dots are Cupcake Gems Pearls. I just squished them into the fondant. I cut some hearts out of the rolled fondant and used those to put the candle in, since there isn't really a place for candles on the cake.

I was really pleased with the results. There are a lot of mistakes, but not too bad for my first time. Now that I know how easy it is I will probably be using fondant a lot more. And it does taste really good. So it's not all just gonna get thrown away.

 Iris loved it and was so excited the whole time I was making it. She was just so excited for everything to do with her birthday and party. So much fun! Can't wait for the next opportunity to make another cake!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

The Dress

This is an adorable photo of the beautiful little girl, Gabbie, that I made the blessing dress for. She is so cute!


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Another Award

I receieved this award from Angela at Comfy Country Crafts - THANK YOU !  That makes me feel so special!!
Wednesday May 19, 2010

1. Accept and thank the person who sent it to you.

2. List 10 things about yourself.

3. List 5 additional things you don't like.

4. Pass the award on to 10 other bloggers.

Here are some things you might not know about me:

1.  I love pickles!
2.  I hate to cook, but LOVE to bake!
3.  I love volleyball but haven't played for a long time. Anyone wanna play??
4.  I have a huge sweet tooth.
5.  I LOVE to craft and am always looking for new crafts to try. I get that from my mom and grandma.
6.  I grew up with 3 sisters and a brother.
7.  I own a photography business with my husband.
8.  I taught myself to crochet by reading some books that my grandma had. I think I was 10 or 11.
9.  I have 1 cat, 2 dogs, 2 goats, 2 ducks, 2 roosters, and 13 chickens.
10.  I love my family more than anything.

5 things I don't like:

1. Mushrooms.
2. Tuna fish.
3. Arrogant people or people who think they are better than you.
4. Being cold.
5. When I try really hard to make something and it doesn't turn out the way I invision it.

Now here are the blogs I am giving this award to:

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Baby Shower Gifts

I went to a baby shower this morning. I usually like to make the gifts that I give. Booties are my favorite thing to give. So I made a pair of nice white booties. This is not a picture of the exact booties I gave but it is the same pattern. I could not find my camera before the shower so this is what you get. They did look like this though.

I also made a Pod Swaddler. No picture of that either. (What kind of blogger am I?) But I have to say it turned out really cute. You can go HERE to see what a Pod Swaddler is. Thanks to my cousin Hannah who designed it. I did change it a little this time however. I rounded out the bottom a little more instead of coming to a point like the original pattern that I have calls for. But I used a cute neutral color farm scene fabric since they don't know the gender. And the inside was white knit. The mom-to-be was excited saying that she loves to swaddle and can't wait to try it. 

I still have a bunch more pictures to get on here of other projects but this will have to do for now. I admire you people who find the time to post pictures and updates every day. Maybe someday, but until then...enjoy.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Without Further Ado...

I finally finished the blessing dress for Lexy. I love it. She picked such a cute pattern. It turned out perfect. I couldn't be more pleased. So here are the much anticipated photos of the finished product. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

This is the back. I scored with some vintage buttons that I stole from my mom's stash. Finished it off beautifully.

I made a slip to go under it. Just a simple tricot slip with snaps at the top. The lace at the bottom went with the crochet. (Another snag from my mom. Thanks mom.)

This is the bow right in the front.

I decided as a little gift for my good friend I would make the bonnet and booties that came with the pattern. They were just so cute I couldn't resist.

The back of the bonnet. Lovely swirl pattern.

I put it on one of Iris' dolls that I figured to be around 2-3 months size to make sure it fit. So this is kind of what it looks like on a child. Until Lexy sends me some pics of it on her precious one, these will have to do. 

And the booties. Front view.

Front/side view.

Another front view.

Well let me know what you think. I am so glad Lexy asked me to make it. It was nice to be a part of that special day even though I couldn't be there for the actual blessing. I'm sure she was a beautiful baby and that it was special for all there.

Anyone that is looking for a special blessing dress, as long as I have 3 months to make it, I would love to make it for you. We can discuss price.

Thanks again Lex!

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