February 21, 2014

Hats, Hats, and Hats

Truck on the Road Hat
You would think I was preparing for a snowstorm or something with all the hats I've made lately! Geez...

Sailor's Watch Cap
Finished three this week alone!

Wave Hat

It's been quite nice to have so many heads to cover though. *cheesy grin*

Boba Fet Hat

Is there anything to make like crazy in the colder months??

(Links to Ravelry in the captions of each photo.)

February 15, 2014

My First Shot at Fancy Sugar Cookies

Ta Da! I know, my photography is crazy good right?? ha ha ha

I'm not quite so happy with how they turned. I guess I shouldn't be that bummed, it was my first try.

Anywho, I used the basic cookie recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle and it was fantastic! I have tried to make sugar cookies before, like with a basic cookbook recipe and those easy mixes (none of them were very good). But this recipe is great even by itself. I think if I rolled them thicker they could even be a soft sugar cookie. And, I am definitely a softer cookie kind of girl.

I also used the royal icing recipe from Sweet Sugar Belle. This was fantastic. My dear husband is such a picky person with frosting, he never likes it. Not this one! He said these were the best cookies/frosting. Score one for me right?!

Needless to say, I am so so happy that 90% of the oh about 120 cookies I made are gone! The boys were so happy to pass them out to their friends for their Valentine's parties at school. (Best Part!)

A little notes for next time:

-Try using 20 second icing instead of piping & flood to put the base color on the cookie.

-Thin my piping frosting just a tad.

-Don't try cursive, for crying out loud just don't!

-Let cookies dry 6 hours, not overnight.

-Buy some more bottles so we can do more colors!

I'm thinking that this type of cookie extravaganza won't be happening in these parts again, there was too much making of the SAME COOKIE. Oh the repetitiveness almost killed me, that and the temporary loss of the ability to hold anything with my right hand. Lol, yea that was fun.

On to quilting!!

February 1, 2014

Tuileries Dress Pattern Review

Oh HOly Cuteness Batman!

I had the pleasure of sewing up a dress for my #4 cutie pie this last week. Oh, and what a dress it is!

The pattern is the brand new Tuileries Dress Pattern (edited to add link to pattern) by the ever inspiring Kelly at Sewing In No Mans Land.

I am so honored to test out this pattern!!

If you have a little person that is of the dress wearing nature, you need to make this dress.

I choose to add pockets, and I did lengthen the hem just a tad (all my kids are pretty tall).

Best part is: She loves it!

The pattern is great, and the pleats make is simply adorable. I would say it's at a beginner level, and the instructions are easy to follow. The pleats are easier because of where they are located. To whip one up you need to be able to copy a pattern, finish seams, hem, and install a zipper. Seriously, it is that easy.

I chose a very colorful & flow-y fabric for this dress, but definitely plan to make one in a linen, and maybe even a baby corduroy. There will be more of these made for sure!

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