Thursday, March 21, 2013

Felt food, Tea Party Time

Felt food is all over the internet and they were some of the first tutorials I bookmarked (so glad we don't have to do it that way anymore!) Thank you Pinterest!!  Anyway, prior to last month I'd never made more than just a couple of things.  But with Peyton's birthday last month I decided to try some again!  She loves to hold tea parties so when I saw an adorable tray at the dollar store I went off in search of tutorials.  I used a variety of tutorials. 

Peanut Butter Cookies, Chocolate Chip, Lemon Bars and Frosted Hearts: Made
Cinnamon Roll: Smashed Peas and Carrots
Doughnuts: Skip to My Lou and Craftster

For the cinnamon rolls I made no changes and they turned out SO cute!  I hadn't use puffy paint in ages before making these!  For the lemon bars I tried two ways, one is four layers of felt put together, light brown, 2 yellow and white on top with no stuffing.  For the other one I did 3 layers; one of each color and stuffed it a bit.  I like the four layer one without stuffing the best.  

All of the cookies are basically like the ones Dana made except that I added a layer of quilt batting between top and bottom.  I liked it that way, they are a bit more fluffy! :)  Those little chocolate chips made me crazy with all the start and stop sewing!!!

For the doughnuts I combined two tutorials.  I used the pattern from Craftster (I liked the thicker doughnuts) but used the directions from Skip to my Lou.  I always want to do as little hand sewing as possible!! :)  Every time I see the kids playing with these I want a doughnut!!
Finally for the pie slices I made the pumpkin pie with Smashed Peas and Carrots tutorial and it was good but I was still searching so I tried the other and made a slice of blueberry pie and I liked it too.  Basically what I decided was that I liked the pie shape from SPAC and the assembly directions from Sew Mama Sew.  Also I liked the whipped cream from Sew Mama Sew's tutorial better. (they are switched on the pie pieces though) Nothing like being ultra picky! Though that is what I liked about crafting, you can do it however you want!  I really want to make some more food now.  I am thinking healthy food this time.  I want to try these for sure.  Felt Salad, Snap Peas, and broccoli and cauliflower.

Have you made any felt food and if so do you have some good felt food tutorial to share?  I'd love to get some more ideas! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Guest Post for Calling All Kids

I'm over at Alida Makes today with her Calling All Kids series. I have a fun outfit for Carter so head over and check it out!  

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Calling All Kids!

Have you heard about Calling All Kids going on over at Alida Makes this month?  It is a great series with awesome big time bloggers and even a couple of little ones including myself!!  Alida is trying to get everyone to think beyond what our normal everyday view of children's clothes is.  I've had to think about this quite a bit as my daughter is a girly girl and Carter seems to be a typical boy, at least in the 19 months I've been getting to know him.  :)

As I've thought about this idea I figured out what I'll be making for my little guy and I'll be sharing that with you as a part of the series on the 19th.  Today though I wanted to show you what I created for Peyton.  I picked out this fabric awhile back because she loves dogs.  She has pretended to be a puppy since around one and hasn't grown out of it yet.  It isn't her normal colors of choice, but she really loves this dress!  She likes the dogs but I think why it keeps being worn is the fun shoulder ruffles.  The pattern here is no surprise if you've followed me at all.  I love the Go to Dress, it so so simple and she always likes them.

I hope to keep pushing her beyond pink and purple and over the top girly, but not too hard.  I've been told that the dress phase tends to disappear once they are in elementary school and dress are my favorite to make.  I'm going to try and keep expanding her colors and help her see that girly can mean much more than pink.

I never though I'd raise a jewelry, princess, and dress loving girl, but I am!  Thanks for visiting!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Party time!

I think our house has finally recovered from party mode.  Peyton turned 5 a couple weeks ago and we celebrated with 2 parties.  A family one and a friend party, we also took cupcakes to preschool.  Her theme this year was rainbows.  She gets very into picking a theme and generally starts thinking about it right after Halloween.  I had to nix a couple before we reached rainbows.  Barbie and the 3 Musketeers seemed a bit hard to work out! :)  I'll spare everyone the full birthday experience and just share the crafting and baking highlights!

For the family party I really wanted to make a cake incorporating these two ideas from pinterest.  (here and here)  It turned out well, I learned that cake balls are a bit more time consuming than I prefer, and if you cover a cake with sprinkles it is quite crunchy.   :)

She got lots of great gifts and had a fun day with her family.  My Mom made her this cool Dick and Jane quilt which is perfect as she is learning to read.  

I made her a veil to go with the Rapunzel wedding dress she got.  The veil is from this tutorial and it was really easy.  Much better than the piece of fabric she had been using.  

 Her cupcakes for preschool were these great ice cream cupcakes.  I remember taking these to school as a kid but had forgotten until I saw this reminder over at Make it and Love it!
A bit hard to transport but worth it!

  Finally for her friend party I wanted to make rainbow cupcakes, you know the ones where you layer all the dyed batter.  It is super time consuming and my husband thought I was nuts, but the final product was SO AWESOME!  Even better was how cool the kids thought it was.

Here are a few more shots of the cupcakes.  Let me also say that the rest of the pictures in the post were taken by my great friend Erica, I have lots to learn about photography from her!

Along with the cupcakes I made a fruit tray from an idea on Pinterest.  The little bowl is for the bananas I put them in last minute so they didn't get all brown and gross.   With 10 kids and 4 Mommas, there wasn't a single piece of fruit left over.

I wanted to make a craft with the kids, but wanted it to be pretty easy and not too messy.  I used this pin as my idea.  They had so much fun and created some great rainbow suns.  I just loved the variety in the final product.  

And what kind of party would it be without some games?  Peyton loves games but some of her friends don't share her level of competitiveness.  I decided to give a little prize to everyone when they were out of each game rather than having a winner each time.  The kids loved that and it made everything go smoothly.  We played hot potato using a rainbow pillow for the kids to pass, musical rugs (not enough chairs for 10 kids), and pin the pot of gold on the rainbow.

Parties are fun but I'm glad to be back to normal around here.  I don't know what I'd do without Pinterest for party ideas these days.  :)  So far 5 has been very fun.  She's changing fast!  She even has a loose tooth to prove it.  Guess I'll need to add a tooth pillow to my long list of sew projects!