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The Heirloom Project

May 31, 2012

Phew… it is DONE!!!

About 2 years ago, I decided that I wanted to make a granny square blanket for my daughter. I have always cherished the very few handmade heirloom items I have and felt it was important to create something from my generation to pass down. This seems like something that it lost in today’s society especially since you can go into Target and buy something similar for $24.99. What is missing from those items is the memories for the blanket being pieced together. My daughter clearly knows that this blanket is hers and I can only hope that she will remember me working on it when she is older.

Stars aligning. Right about the time I had decided that I wanted to take on a big project, two things happened. First, I discovered a new and beautiful yarn shop just up the street from me and second, I found and purchased the Ethel pattern from Sarah London.

Deadline. And so it started. I worked on it is dribs and drabs. I brought it in the car with me. Bits and pieces of it were in the UK, Italy, Switzerland, France, Germany and of course, Belgium. The project stalled and started more times that I can count and then the deadline came. My husband’s company let us know that we would need to move back to the US sometime over the summer. Great, but I needed to finish it up once and for all. I didn’t want to put myself over 3000 miles away from my beloved yarn shop, so I finally did it and it feels so good to be done!!!

The Result (and details). Because of the intensity and weight of this project, I decided to apply flowers of every other square. The trim is from Le monde de Sucrette called ole ole. I used 100% wool and the total measurements are 79″ x 48″ (200cm x 122cm).

 

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Happenings

May 31, 2012

Wow. It has been quite a while since I last posted. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been up to anything, because I have.

Below is a sampling of some of the cookies I have made over the past year or so. It is still a challenge making Royal Icing cookies that never seems to get easier.

1-Bowling for Colin’s 7th birthday. 2-Belgian Flag for completion of my Dutch class. 3-Palm Trees for a summer picnic. 4-Stars for my Dutch classmates. 5-Statue of Liberty for 4th of July. 6-Liberty Bell for 4th of July. 7-C’s and flowers for Chloe’s 4th Birthday. 8-NJ because we will be moving back there this summer. 9 – Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day

My daughter has been having many tea parties lately for the family and for many of her stuffed animals. We thought it would be the perfect way to celebrate her 4th birthday. I set up a large table for the gathering with tea sandwiches, fruit and cheese curls, of course. As party favors, each girl received a hat, a tea-pot purse that I made. Each purse was stocked with a fan and other goodies and a felt tea-cup pin, that I stitched. I was a success and it was nice to see several of the girls at school the next day still wearing their hats and carrying their bags!                   

Hats, Purses and Badge for the Birthday Girl.

                                                         

The Tea Table.

 In addition, I have opened my Etsy shop again. I really enjoy making Birthday Badges for my children’s birthdays and have made up several to be sold. Each badge is one of a kind and I will gladly customize for you with the age he or she is turning. You will also find a few felt pins for sale. Once I am back in NJ over the summer, I will start making and selling ironing board covers again. I am already on the search for new fabric.

From my Etsy Shop

Stroller Redo

January 6, 2012
 
I feel like I am constantly living with stroller drama. We live in the city and many of the streets and sidewalks are cobblestone. I have always been a Maclaren person because I like my strollers to be small and compact. The problem is that Maclaren and tough terrain just don’t mix. I just had a second set of wheels put on my Quest and they are already showing wear. I decided to spruce up my Volo with the hopes that I will like it more, therefore use it more and preserve my Quest. Vain, I know. I am not even sure if that makes sense, but for some reason, it does in my head. Here it is with a new pad made from Ikea Gunilla fabric.

Front of Pad

Back of Pad

Featured on Instructables

June 30, 2011

I was just notified that my ironing board tutorial is being featured in the Living section of the Instructables website. AND, right now, it is one of the most popular links!!! If you are not familiar with Instructables, check it out.

http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/category-living/

Here is the direct link:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Fabulous-Ironing-Board-Cover/

Birthdays, Cupcakes and Cookies.

April 11, 2011

Both of my kids birthdays are in April. I find the process of party planning and execution completely exhilarating and exhausting. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to convince my now 3-year-old to sway from a princess theme so I went to work on my 6-year-old. What kind of party do you want to have? Spiderman, Batman, Ben10. I heard them all. I went over to Etsy and did some searching and came up with this adorable PDF of various monster faces. He was sold. I avoided another year of run of the mill super heros. I was also able to pick up this cute princess cupcake topper for my daughter. I printed them, punched them out and glued them to popsicle sticks for the cupcakes and also to the gift bags and thank you cards. So easy and professional looking.

Cupcakes

As usual, I took terrible pictures.

Monsters!!

Monster cookies to match the cupcakes.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

March 21, 2011

OK, I know I am a few days late. What happens when you and your friends start having children is that you are no longer able to celebrate holidays on the actual day and schedule parties for a time that is more convenient for everyone (i.e on the weekend after nap time). So, we celebrated yesterday.

I had been dying to use Disco Dust and thought the shamrock cookies would be the perfect place. If you can’t tell, I loaded it on and used almost the whole container. Oh well, I think they turned out great and it makes me happy when I come home with an empty plate.
St. Patrick's Cookies

Next up, cookies for my kid’s birthday parties.

New Pets

March 16, 2011

We have been busy lately so I decided to work on some short and sweet projects that would also entertain the kids.

I was able to knock out some homemade play dough pretty quickly and I was pleasantly surprised with the result. I made a  single batch. It took the food coloring fairly well and made enough to last quite a while.
Homemade Play Dough

Play dough was followed up with 2 great tutorials that I found on Bethsco blog. First I started with the Crochet Kitty. It was so cute, my son wanted one too. A perfect alterative to the real thing since my daughter is allergic. I followed it up with Carrot the Bunny. So cute. Again, my son wanted one, so I made him a super hero version. These tutorial are easy and well written and do not use much yarn. The perfect stash buster.
Our new pets