Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mr. Big Bot is in the House

It's always a great day when I get a Spoonflower package in the mailbox, and this was no exception. I hadn't ordered anything in awhile, so I had a lot of catching up to do proofing new designs. Amongst the goodies was my Cheater Quilt entry from last month's robot quilt contest on Spoonflower.

Here he is in all his glory...Mr. Big Bot. He's practically life-size and ready to give big robot hugs!

You can get your own loveable Big Bot here.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

"X's & O's" Quilt - Backyard Baby

Getting back in the swing of things, here's a mini tutorial / diagram of the Backyard Baby "X's and O's" baby quilt I gave you a preview of a few months ago... better late than never, right?

This is just to give you a rough idea of the dimensions I used and how the blocks/sashing goes together. It was lots of fun, and pretty quick and easy to make. If you have any questions or somethings not clear, please feel free to let me know!

Downloadable pdf here.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Sweets

Today was our Easter-themed dessert potluck day at work, and our resident cake genius, Lynda Che, made this amazing, funny bunny basket cake (inspired by this one in a barrel). I think it's cute how Lynda adapted it into a basket using ladyfingers instead of kit kats, and I love the marshmallow rope handle (see photo below).

I'm not exactly sure who originated the idea of the sunflower cake I made, but if you google it you'll find loads of images. Here's one on Taste of Home's website. Traditionally, it's an iced cake, but I made mine with a cheesecake and it's soo easy. All you need to decorate it are peeps and chocolate chips, minis for the center and regular chips for the outer. If you have the time, and the patience, and maybe an exceptionally tiny pair of tweezers, you could place each individual chip face up in concentric circles for a truly magnificent effect, but it still looks nice just quickly sprinkled on. And as an added bonus, I found the peeps were the perfect size to sit neatly atop each slice.

I had some left over peeps, so I made some quick bird nests out of candy melts for them to sit on and sprinkled some colored sugar on for added color. I just used a ziplock bag with a hole in the corner, but I imagine you could make them a bit more realistic with a decorator tip and a pastry bag. ooh, and wouldn't they be sweet with little twig leaves here and there?

Maybe next time!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

All Moved In, But Still a Mess

wow, I really need to get on the ball so I can stop prefacing my blog entries with apologies for how long it's been since I last posted!!

As the title suggests, we're finally all moved in, but everything's still a mess. I've only used my sewing machine once (and at the breakfast table at that), and still haven't unpacked about 95% of the stuff in my new studio. The internet's not hooked up to my mac yet and my big square fabric shelving unit is still at the other house because it wouldn't fit through the doorway. Looks like hubs will have to take it apart, move it, then put it all back together again here, what a saint.

Sooo, since I don't have any arty, crafty goodness to share, I thought I would post some spring-y pics from my new place. I've always wanted an orange tree and now we have two. They're along side the driveway, so every time I get in or out of my truck I get to smell their lovely blossoms.

There are lots of rose bushes around the front and side, and a little pond off the back. Just last weekend we saw a duck leading a group of little ducklings across our back yard, half of them brown and the other half bright yellow, I can see I'm going to have to keep my camera handy.

There's also a rather large conglomeration of mysterious bush/trees growing in the back yard against the garage. When we first looked at the house they were just bare branches, and we had no idea what they might be. We distributed the photo and heard everything from rhododendrons to chinese magnolias to fig trees.

Now, a mere 3 weeks later, they're fully clothed in green and I can officially tell my mom that she was right, they are fig trees. Can't wait to give fresh figs to one of my co-workers (Lynda, I hope you're reading this), the most fabulous baker I know, besides my mother, so she can whip up something amazing... and share with everyone at work, of course. :)

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