Thursday, April 16, 2009

Baby Booties

After a short hiatus from baby stuff, I came back to make these really cute and easy kimono booties from homespun threads. They're made in 2 pieces each and they fold over one another like a kimono. I accidentally made the sole upside down on the one on the far left and I think it's even cuter that way, though one on the right is a better example of how they're put together. I'll give these pairs to Danny and Sarah for their little one due in July and if they use them (do babies ever wear shoes?), I'll add these to my repertoire.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

New Dress

This dress is one of the many projects I fell in love with in Midwest Modern. And of course I had to get Amy Butler fabric to make it. I bought the fabric ages ago and thought I could get it done by Easter, but didn't start cutting out pieces until last Monday! Luckily it was an easy dress to sew and I got to test out my sewing machine's zipper foot and hem foot. If it warms up a little bit, I'll wear it to church tomorrow morning. Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Easter Treats

I adapted a Christmas cookie recipe for Easter, and though I would include the recipe here. The original recipe is for Christmas wreath cookies, which are green, and have red hots on them to represent holly berries. I had the idea that, without the green food coloring, they might look like bird nests, and jelly beans would look like eggs. I think they came out cute, and they taste good, and are somewhat healthy, too.
Here's the recipe:

30 large marshmallows
1 stick margarine
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. food coloring (for Christmas wreaths)
4 1/2 cups corn flakes

Melt marshmallows and butter over low heat. Add vanilla and food coloring (if desired.) Stir in corn flakes until coated. Shape into wreaths (or bird nests) and add red hots (or jelly beans.) (It helps if you butter your hands before trying to shape the cookies, because they are sticky.) Let cool on waxed paper for 24 hours.

Lauren's New Old Chair

Lauren took an old couch and chair with her when she moved to Cincinnati. They originally belonged to John's great uncle Bob, and I think are made of mahogany. The cushions were all ripped and stained, and Lauren chose some fabric and had them recovered. The upholsterer also refinished all of the wood. She just got the chair back while we were visiting last weekend, and it is beautiful! Now I want it back!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

More Stuffed Animal Attempts

Found a very cute pattern for this chicken on here and had to try it. I like that most of these are purposely-funky animals. I felt no pressure to try to make this look like a real chicken. Hence, the teal legs! Plus, babies won't know the difference. Izzy has already given all of the stuffed animals her seal of approval. She's tried to play with all of them and seems to like the donkeys the best.

Another Donkey

My second donkey is blonde and somewhat less Eyeore-like than the first. Do blonde donkeys even exist?

Friday, April 3, 2009

Stuffed Animals

After my glorious success (ha!) with the kitty pillow, I found a pattern for this Donkey on Etsy's Storque here. I think it's totally adorable and want to make an entire stable full of donkeys to distribute to kids or Donkey-lovers everywhere. However, it's hard to make something that small and harder to stuff it and make it actually stand up. I'll keep you posted about any new Donkeys that may show up.