Sunday, January 26, 2020

EASY Butterfly Cake

Possibly my easiest cake ever? If you don't consider yourself a cake-decorator, even YOU can do this one.



Materials:



Once you've iced your cake, you'll want to roll out your fondant with a rolling pin. Next, take your Butterfly Plungers and cut out a variety of sizes and colors. To give your butterflies a 3D look, take a cereal box or other cardboard and fold it like an accordion. Take your butterflies and press them into the accordion crevices to let them dry. Allow plenty of time for the butterflies to dry and stiffen. Once dry, knock yourself out decorating.





Find the letter cutters here


If you're looking for party supplies to match, we used these:


Frozen Cake

With Frozen 2 hitting the theaters recently, I thought I'd post pics of the Frozen cake I made a few years ago. It was labor-intensive & pricey, but one of the coolest cakes I've done to date.




Decorating Supplies:
Isomalt
Food Coloring
Candy Thermometer
Snowflake Mold
Gem Mold
Silicone Mat
Cake Topper/Toy
Silicone Baking Mat (for Letters & Numbers)
Hexagon Cake Pans



Tutorials
Isomelt & Jewel Tutorial

Isomalt Shard Tutorial

Isomalt Letters Tutorial
To get custom letters and numbers out of Isomalt, I chose a font I liked and printed the name and numbers from my computer. After I cut out the letters and numbers from the paper, I used an x-acto knife and cut into a Silicone Baking Mat to create a custom mold.


Once I poured Isomalt into the molds and the letters cooled, I dropped a dot of Isomalt on the base of each letter and attached a toothpick.




"Some people are worth melting for" -Olaf


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Teaching your Child to Sew

My 6 year old daughter has spent many evenings perched on my craft room counter watching me piece, quilt and create. What she didn't know, is that I was slowly brainwashing her! All along, I've been using sewing terms, teaching her about the machine's parts and apparently inspiring her own creativity. Last year I asked her multiple times if she wanted to learn, and I always got a resounding "no!", I think she was scared. So I was ecstatic when she came to me a few weeks ago and asked me to teach her to sew! I immediately went online and found an AMAZING book to help guide the process and I went through my stash of sewing tools (and my old machine) that I had set aside for her over the years. So here is our adventure...


I had her bookmark her first 3 projects in My First Sewing Machine book so we could build her skills. Here's how it went...

Project #1 (pg.60) - Felt Garland

Project #2 (pg.80) - Fabric Basket to hold her sewing notions.

Project #3 (pg.28) - Child sized Apron

You can get the book here:


Friday, July 8, 2016

What's Cookin' Dolly?

Inspired by the fabric, I just had to do an apron for dolly. The pattern I used for the apron is from Simplicity Sewing Pattern 2761 .

As for the adorable retro baking fabric, I picked it up in a local fabric shop, it's Paddington's Party, "Baking Ingredients on light blue". The yellow and white dot fabric is part of "Isn't Christmas Jolly" by Mary Engelbreit.


I wonder what Kit will cook up in her new kitchen getup...

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Designing Quilt Blocks

Lately I've been inspired by basic 9-patch blocks and the endless possibilities they hold. Although I usually design my quilts in Adobe Illustrator, sometimes it's fun to be hands on. Thus, the creation of my quilt blocks... literal blocks.

Materials:
Sharpies
Wooden Cubes (they cost a whopping $2)


Design:
Nine patch blocks are comprised of nine units, laid out in three rows of three patches. Put together, you can make plenty of traditional block designs, or you can go with something more contemporary. Simply color the design with a Sharpie marker onto the sides of the wooden cubes.

There are plenty of other design options for your cube's sides besides the ones above, 
get creative and start designing your own quilt!



Happy Quilting!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

3...2...1...Mario Kart Cake

3...2...1... Happy Birthday!
My son loves Mario Kart, specifically Waluigi. So for his 7th birthday, we did a MK themed party where he dressed in his purple suspendered Waluigi costume. The kids and adults had a blast playing MK on the wii. Here's how the cake turned out...









Mario Kart Mini Karts
The inside of the cake was checkered like a racing flag,
find the very easy tutorial 
here. Mine didn't turn out perfect,
 but it was fun and pretty simple to do.



Icing Tip for grass



The #7 was done by cutting same size squares from black
and white fondant, assembling the check pattern and
then using a Wilton 
Number & Alphabet Cookie Cutter.
I applied it on top of white fondant 7 to give it more strength.






The "Happy Birthday" sign was made using this font.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Staying Sharp: 5 Ways to Sharpen Your Sewing Tools


1. I'm willing to bet most of you have this first item and don't even know its true potential! Did you know ever notice that silly little strawberry hanging off your tomato pin cushion? It isn't there just for looks (LOL), Mr. Strawberry is filled with something called "emery sand". I'm sure you have a few emery boards around the house or at the bottom of your purse to file your fingernails. Emery is also used to sharpen pins and needles and keep them free of burrs that will snag your fabric.


2. I'm going to be honest, my tomato pin cushion is hidden in the back of a drawer. Call me judgmental, but tomatoes are for my sandwich, not my sewing room. With a quick search of Pinterest you can find some amazingly cute ideas for diy pin cushions. Check out my pin cushion Pinterest board for a start. Most cushions call for Fiber Fill, which is great, but for a sharper solution...fill your custom cushions with emery to sharpen your pins and needles. You can purchase it by the pound and vwalla, you've got a cute and sharp solution.


3. Earlier this year, I was getting very frustrated while using my scissors, every snip I'd take, there was a thread that would be missed. I noticed a notch in my scissors, someone had used them for something other than fabric and took a chunk out of the metal. I'm SUUURE it wasn't me, I never get lazy and forget to grab my paper scissors. *clears throat*. I was ready to toss them and get a new pair, but quality scissors are expensive. That's when I found this Sharpener. My scissors are restored and this can be used with knives and other scissors for years to come. A very small investment, with a huge return!



4. One of the most important tools in your sewing room is your rotary cutter. You'll find yourself working way harder than necessary if you have a dull blade, and replacement blades can be pricey!! If you are like me, I have more than one size rotary cutter too. Instead of replacements, check out this handy Power Rotary Blade Sharpener. It is for use with 28m, 45mm, and 60mm blades! This is a great investment that will save you a lot down the line.



5. Keep your marking tools sharp. For accuracy reasons, your marking pencils need to have fine tips. Clover has an adorable solution, the Clover Pencil Sharpener made just for sewing. It will out-perform your dollar store plastic sharpener and additionally it's a decorative piece to beautify your space. It has an antique design that sharpens pencils to a suitable length for sewing and quilting.



P.S. I would suggest watching YouTube tutorials on these products before using them, technique is everything.

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