Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Thea!

Thea is one year old!

I'm still looking for a new platform.  The cake tutorial is here. 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Naturally Colored, Heart Shaped Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

Start with your favorite sugar cookie recipe.  I used the sugar cookie recipe from The Martha Stewart Living Christmas Cookbook.

We left these out for Bettina to find in the morning.  She was beyond excited.

Make the food coloring: Simmer in a covered saucepan two red beets that have been cut into small pieces) in about 2" of water for around 30 minutes.  Then to concentrate the dye, remove the lid, lower the heat, and let the water evaporate until there is about 1/2" of liquid left in the pot.

To make white frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 4 tsp water, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

For pink frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 3 1/2 tsp water, 1/2 tsp beet dye, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Don't worry, your red cookies won't be lumpy, that was my first batch of frosting and I upped the liquid for the recipe presented here.

For pinky-red frosting:
Mix 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 4 tsp beet dye, and 1 tsp vanilla extract

Hint: For the smoothest frosting, make one color of frosting and apply it before the beginning the next color.  I find smoothing the frosting over the cookie with the back of a spoon to be a good application method.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Tulle Rose Headbands, Thinking of Moving

These were made for the girls as Christmas gifts.

Odelia found the black headband in her stocking.

Bettina found the pink in hers.

These were made by hot-gluing fabric to a plastic headband and then gluing on tulle netting and roses.  I also ran matching ribbons down the side then lined the inside with non-slip slipper-type grip fabric so they wouldn't slide from their hair.


On another topic completely, I have been inactive here for so long in large part out of frustration with my Google accounts.  Quite a long while ago, I attempted to open a gmail account for our eldest daughter to use for accessing online classes.  Somehow, Google took that information and used it in my account.  So now all of my Blogger, Picasa, Gmail, etc.  is in a completely different name and linked to an eight year old's profile.  Inconvenient to say the least!  After attempting to locate answers/assistance, I have discovered that I am not the only one that this has happened to and that there is no real way to transfer it all back.  So, I am considering picking up my blogging momentum on a site that offers customer support.  Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Little Red Riding Hood

"Guatemalan girl"  Yes, I know it is a Puebla dress...

Ready for candy, but missing her barrette.

Thea's not so sure what this is all about.  Her pod had a sweet white flower sewn near the stem, but it didn't make it in the picture.

Hey, we did get a shot with her headband!

Little devil is making me dizzy.

Bettina and Odelia really loved Janeen's Halloween party.

Trick-or-treating is way more exciting than dinner.

Now dark, the accessories have all disappeared and the girls are ready to loot the neighbors.

As you may have guessed, I made Bettina's Little Red Riding Hood Costume and Odelia's "Guatemalan" (let's just go with Mayan, shall we?) costumes.  I only made slight changes to Thea's costume.  Her pea in the pod is from Odelia's first Halloween, purchased before I ever learned how to sew.  Hope your holiday (if you celebrate) was wonderful too!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

For You, Amy

*Updated* My goodness, I'm sure an explanation is in order here!   I put up this post for Amy of A Quilting Sheep because I am forever commenting on how we seem to have the exact same things hanging around our house.  So, below, I am showing her pictures of my same-fabric projects.  :)

Your Curtains & My Duvets:

In this photo the crib is on the other side.  Of course, with three girls now, the furniture has been completely rearranged!

Your Fabric and My Pajamas:

These pictures are pretty terrible.  I could only find random, poor-quality snapshots... I made these for Odelia's 3rd birthday (before I started photographing things).  I made seven sets: each with a pair for Odelia and a pair for her two birthday dolls (shown below) for a grand total of 21 pairs of pajamas.  I'm glad I made so many; Bettina wears them now and I'm sure we'll have some left for Thea.  Anyway, I don't have pictures of all of them, but I believe these were the fabrics we had in common.

I can't remember if there were more things that should be in this post...  I'm sure I'll end up adding something!

The Project Pages don't contain much, but here they are:
alphabet jammies
bunny pajamas
cherry mamajamas
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