Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Baby Tees

It's a baby tee bonanza at our house!

I have become so tired of seeing the same butterflies, flowers, and trucks on all the baby clothes in the world. I cannot bring myself to understand why babies always have to wear pastels. And I refuse to admit that there are only 5 colors acceptable for the under 1 crowd.

I've been working on baby tees all morning and thought I would share some pics and a pattern with you. I LOVE the veggie tees in the pic. They are bold, energetic, and fun!

The pattern is for a mushroom tee. Ours will feature red mushrooms with white spots, but you could use any fun color combo you like. The pattern includes a pic of the complete design as well as all the pieces you need to create it.

These tees are made using the same process that was posted earlier (see the skull and crossbones), so if you're in the mood...give it a shot, and please share some pics of your finished products!

Rainbow Cupcakes

So, I know this is a craft/sewing blog, but I couldn't resist sharing this little piece of art that Belle and I created today in honor of St. Patricks Day.

We found the idea for rainbow cucpakes in Family Fun magazine (if you have kids and don't have a subscription, you are really missing out!). I did make one simple adjustment to their version. The directions for the ones I made are below. Make, eat, ENJOY!

Make one box white or yellow cake mix according to package directions.

Divide the batter evenly into 6 small ziplock bags. I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the bags. I put about 3 scoops in each bag.

Add food coloring to each bag to make red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple batters. Seal the bags and SQUISH to combine. (This was my variation, Family Fun suggests using 6 small bowls and stirring...but Belle thought this was way more fun!)

Snip the corner of the purple bag and squeeze a little batter into each cupcake wrapper. Repeat with blue, green, yellow, orange, and red.

Bake according to package directions.

We didn't even need icing on these:) Next time we are planning to squeeze the batters into a bundt pan for a swirly cake creation!

Oh, and one tip...don't let your two year old eat them on the carpet...bad idea!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Success - Pillowcase Dresses are EASY!

After reading several versions of pillowcase dresses online, I combined directions from a few different patterns and set to work. I started the first one with an actual pillowcase. An adorable navy blue dress with aqua ribbons resulted (the matching bow also found its way into my market inventory).

After determining that these dresses were not only easy, but also fun to make I made my way to the fabric store. Nine yards of seersucker later, I was ready to tackle a stack of dresses.

This little yellow number is for Bee for this summer. I can guarantee that in the humid NC summer I will be jealous when she is enjoying what little breeze there is in this cutie:)

Look for my own version of the pattern, complete with step-by-step pics coming soon!