Monday, October 31, 2011

Birthday Cake and Cupcakes - part 2

Happy Birthday Cake and Cupcakes!
Here are the finished cake and cupcakes that I made the other day for a birthday party.

Hidden behind the fluffy white icing are 7 bright rainbow layers!


Pretty cupcakes waiting to be eaten...



If you are curious on how I made the bunting and flags check out my previous post here.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Making a Birthday Cake Bunting - part 1

The last rainbow cake I made was a big hit so I offered to make another for a little girl's 6th birthday.  I am looking forward to the birthday party as there will be a Fairy Queen of Flowers who does fabulous face painting, fairy wand crafts, fun party games and dress up costumes.   

I thought a personalized paper bunting would be perfect to top the cake.  So simple and they look wonderful on cakes.
   
The final party count included 19 children and 12 adults so I decided to make some rainbow cupcakes to accompany the cake.

To make the bunting I gathered my supplies.



I made the paper flags for my bunting using a simple triangle shape but I thought if I had a butterfly punch.... Well.... can't you imagine how adorable little butterflies would be floating above the cake.

So after cutting out my flags, I found using a glue stick was much easier than messing around with a hot glue gun for assembling the flags to the string. 

To personalize the bunting, I printed out letters using the computer and cut them out using a circular paper punch.

The only time I used the hot glue gun was when I affixed the string to the bamboo skewers.


I also made some matching flags on toothpicks for cupcake toppers.


Check in again later to see the 6 rainbow cake layers and the lovely little cupcakes decorated and ready to party!  Click here!


Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

A Quick Look at a Project from One-Yard Wonders

For my birthday this year, I purchased the book One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Fabric Projects by Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins.  This book caught my eye as it has lots of projects and you only need one yard of fabric for each one.
Most of my sewing skills were acquired in junior high school.  I took sewing classes for three years as part of my curriculum.  I did a lot of sewing when I was younger but have not really made anything until recently.  Maybe a lack of a sewing machine might have have been a factor.  


For my first (and so far only) project from One-Yard Wonders, I decided to tackle the hanging laundry bag. The fabric I used was purchased at Ikea

The laundry bag was easy to make and very functional for our household. It hangs in our bathroom and now contains the loose laundry that used to be strewn all over the floor.  




If you decide to try some of the projects in this book, check out a great blog by Pink Chalk Studio. They are doing a One Yard Wonder Sew along.  

NOTE:  There are some errors in the book and Storey Publishing have posted the corrections here.

My next project from the book will be the festive flag banner.  I have been wanting to make a personalized bunting for each of my daughters' rooms. 


I found One Yard Wonders a great resource and inspiration for sewing projects.   The idea to write about a book review originated from a terrific e-course I am taking though Blogging your Way.


Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Pumpkins

Hi,  I thought I would share some pictures of our family outing to the local pumpkin patch.  It was a beautiful day.  The kids were excited looking for the perfect pumpkin.  We visited the farm animals, took a tractor ride, walked the corn maze, panned for "gold" and found the two best pumpkins to carve for Halloween. 


Here is one of our favorite pumpkin rhymes:

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
The first one said, "Oh, my it's getting late!"
The second one said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said, "But we don't care."
The fourth one said, "Let's run, and run and run!"
The fifth one said, "Time for Halloween fun."
  Then Woooooo went the wind
And OUT went the lights.
  And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!



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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Halloween Stamping Fun

The weather is starting to get cooler, the leaves are changing colour and all signs point that autumn is finally here.  It must mean one thing... Halloween is approaching.

The kids are really excited about Halloween this year and I thought it is time to start some Halloween crafts.

Inspired by a DIY homemade stamp I spotted on Pinterest, we decided to try and make some ourselves.
All you need are some recycled lids and caps, foam stickers and ink pads.   It is super easy and fun.  The kids loved making the stamps.

This is a great project that can adapted for any occasion, holiday or season to create homemade gift wrap, tags, invitations and cards.