Monday, August 31, 2009

Welcoming baby

In addition to the edible cakes I made for the baby shower, I also made a cute little diaper cake. I think it's pretty good for my first try. ;)

Here is the completed hat and booties together. The mother to be loved them.

I feel accomplished.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Easy Mini Cakes

These are the wonderful cakes I made for my daughter's first birthday. I had wanted to make cupcakes at first, but then decided I wanted something more along the lines of teacakes. I know it's not a totally original idea, but I wanted to share how I did it, so you can try it too. Plus they are sooooo yummy!! :)

I started with a frozen pound cake. I let it thaw in the refrigerator. The cutter I have is an antique that my mom gave to me. It's about 1.5 inches tall and about 1.25 inches across the wide part.

I then cut the cakes in half through the middle, being careful to make it an even cut.
Start cutting out the shapes and put them aside.

I got ten hearts out of each half. Yours may vary depending on the size of your cutter.

Look at all those scraps! What can I do with all those extra pieces.....

I know.... mmmmmm..... ;)

This is what I got from two frozen cakes, minus one that my daughter snatched.

I used canned icing, for ease, but you can make your own if you want.
I made a double boiler out of a bowl and small pot half filled with water.
Turn the heat up to about med. high and let the water get hot, then turn it down to low. You don't want the water to boil.

Stir occasionally until the icing melts. I like it to be a bit thinner than pancake batter.

Dip the bottom of the cake and place it on a fork, slotted spatula....or another of your favorite kitchen implements.

Then spoon the melted icing over the cake until it is completely covered. You can do this a few times if you want, but I would wait until the icing on the cake cools a bit.

Then I gently place the iced caked on to a cookie sheet with foil, wax paper or parchment.
(sorry I forgot to take a picture of that) At this point you can add sprinkles or other decor.
Then into the refrigerator it goes.
When the cakes are chilled I remove them from the cookie sheet and place them into some cupcake papers.

I recently made these for a baby shower and they were a huge hit!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Here's the adorable bootie and the beginnings of another one I made this week. I would have been done if I hadn't had other things to do this week, like laundry, cooking, dishes, oh and a two year old to run after. :)
I love this pattern. It's probably the easiest bootie I've ever made. I will definitely be making more. I got the pattern here. It's under the title "Oh My! Baby Booties" by ADHD Knitting.

Here's a horribly knitted hat I made for my son last year. I cannot begin to tell you all the things wrong with it. I do love the design, but it is supposed to be entrelac and I just couldn't get the stranding right. I tried twice before I decided to just embroider the design. I may try again this year. I need a better hat know besides just guessing at stitch count! :)

I'm throwing a baby shower this weekend which should be fun. It's been a long wait for this little girl to come along.

What are you doing this weekend?
Here's a great new giveaway from a great blog.....

I love reading other blogs. I get great inspiration from them.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

My foyer at sunset.
Wish I had a better camera.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Here's a couple of pictures of my latest creation. It's for my yet to be born neice. This is made from bamboo yarn and is sooooooo soft. I want a blanket made from it.
Hope it fits the baby.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Here's a shot of the quilt my Granny made with the "Blossom Beauties" pattern. She hand embroidered all of the squares. She'll tell you it's not the best quilt she's made and that she didn't follow directions, but I love it just the way it is.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Projects

Here's what's been on my work table.

I started these socks two weeks before my Granny's birthday party. If I had worked non stop I could have finished them both on time. I just ran out of time. Luckily, my Granny has a good sense of humor. She just told me she expects the other one for Christmas. Don't worry I won't let your other foot get cold!

By the way....I love self striping yarn!

While I was visiting my Granny, she let me go through her crafty patterns. She has so many cute ones. I just couldn't borrow them all! Here are the one's I borrowed. I can't wait to get started making something with these.......after the second sock of course! :)

Granny made the cutest quilt with the "Blossom Beauties" patterns. That's a lot of hand work! There are so many more of the lovely ladies. I couldn't post them all. Those are some of my favorites.
I may make some totes or pillows with these. I just haven't decided yet.

What would you make?