Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day

The past few days, the Pioneer Woman has been posting pictures from her latest photography challenge titled "Coming Home." Some have been happy, others sad, but all very touching. It really made me think about the sacrifice that our troops and their families make on our behalf. I can't imagine what it's like to put your life in danger every day or to constantly worry about your loved one and whether they'll come home alive. How awful must it be to go months at a time without seeing your children? your family? God bless them. Thank you to those who serve our country!

And because I couldn't possibly let this holiday pass by without a special outfit, here are a some pictures of K looking adorable and patriotic.

Happy Memorial Day!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hubby's Birthday


I made a video of K singing "Happy Birthday" to send to my husband at work on his birthday. He proclaimed it his best birthday present ever :)

I also made him a cake replica of Mjolnir, Thor's hammer. I made it out of two 9x13 chocolate cakes and a homemade peanut butter frosting

I cut one cake in half and stacked and carved it to make the head of the hammer. For the handle, I just cut a single strip from the other cake. I laid the two together and covered the whole thing with gray-colored fondant (marshmallow fondant with a little bit of black food coloring). I used a fondant marker for the writing. 

I cut pre-made brown fondant (leftover from the pack we bought for the Ghostbusters Cake) into strips to "wrap" around the handle. I used a long strip to fashion a "wrist strap" or whatever it's called. Wrist strap sounds kind of girly...I'm sure there's a more appropriate name for it. Feel free to enlighten me.

Happy Birthday, Hun!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Impromptu Bath

*This outfit may look ruined, but BioKleen, Charlie's Soap, and the sun work well together at removing stains :)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Baby Pants Refashion

My mother-in-law found these adorable pants for K at a yard sale.

But she didn't really need pants since it's hot outside now (insert my excitement over an excuse to make something new with them). Using a pair of K's shorts as a guide, I turned the cute red pants into shorts...

and used the leftover fabric to make a Minnie Mouse shirt!

My child is such a ham. Can you tell she likes modeling new clothes?

Monday, May 24, 2010

8 Months

K turned 8 months old yesterday. It's so hard to believe how fast 8 months has gone by.

This past month, she has learned how to:
- Say "Mama" (her first word!!) and "Dada"
- Go from sitting to laying on her belly without busting her head
- Turn in circles on her belly
- Clap her hands...the most adorable thing ever!
- Eat solids! A couple of weeks ago, I tried them again on a whim and she's been eating like a champ ever since, especially if pears are involved.
- Give hugs and kisses. Baby hugs and kisses are the absolute best.

I love how excited she gets when my husband comes home from work every day. Her arm-waving, leg-kicking, laughing, and smiling is priceless. She can't wipe the ear-to-ear grin off her face for at least 10 minutes (neither can he). I can't get over how much she's grown and changed lately. She's at such a fun age and I'm so thankful that I'm able to stay home with her and soak up every wonderful moment.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Overalls

Baby overalls are so stinkin' cute! The baby is even cuter :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

No-Sew Fleece Blanket and Ghostbusters Cake

My baby sister turned 16 yesterday.  Someone please tell me how in the world she's 16 already?!

I made her this easy, no-sew fleece blanket to take along with her on her church trips this summer. Since she'll mostly be using as a lap blanket in the church van, I only used 1.5 yards and it ended up almost square. K helped, of course.

She asked for a Ghostbusters cake, so hubby and I teamed up to make her an awesome cake. This was my first experience decorating a cake with fondant. It was really, really messy. At one point, I was afraid moving was going to be the only solution to ever having a clean kitchen again.

My husband drew the Ghostbusters symbol with icing markers/writers. I have zero artistic ability, so needless to say this would not have turned out nearly as good if it wasn't for him.

 Meanwhile, I cut rectangles out of premade black fondant to create a skyline around the sides of the cake.

Who ya gonna call?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Laundry Helper

Helping Mama take cloth diapers off the clothesline

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

What I've Been Working On

Here are a few of my projects from last week.

The first is a Batgirl bib, since K is already outgrowing the Batman onesie I made. I bought a snap fastener tool (yay!) and used a snap instead of velcro. I have really grown to hate velcro bibs, as they always come undone in the washing machine and stick to my other laundry.

Second, my Granny gave me a ton of fabric that she didn't want/need anymore. Some of it was some awful 80s/early 90s stuff that I'm not sure I'll ever use, but there were some cute prints as well. And then there was this:

This is a very silky fabric. Perfect for a baby evening gown, according to my dad. But I thought it'd be perfect for a fun fish applique shirt.

Third, a reusable swiffer duster cloth, thanks to an awesome tutorial over at Sew Much Ado. I made one with flannel, like she suggests, and one out of an old t-shirt, just to see if it would work. The knit one didn't really pick up anything, so flannel is definitely the way to go. Just be sure that when you're tracing the duster (making your sewing lines), that you trace really close to it. I traced mine too far away and the duster cloth slips off the handle occasionally.

I skipped dusting a couple of weeks so I could really put this baby to the test (all in the name of research, of course) and was pleasantly surprised at how well it worked. I don't think it works quite as well as the disposable ones, but it gets the job done and is a great money saver.

And lastly, K's first art project. Mother's Day cards. I bought blank cards at JoAnns and put her sweet little hand prints on the front using a stamp ink pad. I just love how they turned out!

I'm finishing up some baby and birthday gifts this week and I'll share pictures when I'm done. My sister's 16th birthday is this weekend and she has asked me to make a Ghostbusters cake. I've decorated several cakes in the past few years, but this will be my first attempt at using fondant. I'm a little nervous, but very excited for the challenge.

Oh, and I just had a fabulous idea for my husband's birthday cake later this month. I'd tell you, but he reads my blog. Or at least, he says he does. The funny thing is, every year I spend hours working on an awesome cake for his birthday and he never eats it. He doesn't really like cake. But he always asks for one and they're fun to make, so I do it anyway. Love makes you do crazy things.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

I'm so thankful for this gorgeous girl and her beautiful smile. I'm so blessed to be her Mama.

 And for my Mama, who's fierce, undying love for me I never truly understood until I became a mother myself. She is my best friend and my biggest fan and I love her dearly.

I had a great day celebrating my first Mother's Day. K let me sleep til 8, I got to spend time with my Mama (and the rest of my family), and my husband cooked me dinner! Maybe Mother's Day should come more than once a year...

Happy Mother's Day to all you Mamas out there. I hope you had a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Girl

I like this Happy shirt picture much better than the last one!

On a side note, my husband moved a lot of stuff into his new "man cave" in the basement, so I've been reorganizing our laundry room and turning it mainly into my sewing room! I'm a total geek and love organizing, so this has been a long, but fun, process. I've also been working on a few small projects and plan to post some pictures soon. Lately, I've been really overwhelmed with ideas and inspiration...I just need my house to stay clean (and my family to stay well) so I can sew more.

Happy Wednesday!

-- Sent from my Palm Pre