Monday, November 30, 2009

Hen in December- part 2

Quick handmade gift idea for girls: sparkly dress-up accessories!

A friend gave me some ridiculously shiney fabric this fall. I tucked it away knowing that it would make something great for two of my nieces. They love super-girlie stuff.
I made each of them a little scarf and then had just enough fabric left over to make each of them a hair tie.
(Here comes the fun part.)
Instead of wrapping up their scarf sets as is... (I figured it wouldn't be too exciting to open a gift only to find what would seem like a clump of fabric inside)
I made some cutouts of the girls:

and then dressed them up!
Now then. These should be much more fun to open!

Hen in December- part 1

I LOVE this month!

White lights? Love 'em.
Hot beverages? Love 'em.
Scarves and hats? Love 'em.

So...let's spend some time talking about December-y things, shall we?

Quick handmade gift idea for women: artsy clutches from Amy Karol's Bend-The-Rules Sewing

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Featured items- November

Handmade for Christmas!
Trim your tree with an Africa ornament or mark your room with an Africa door hanger.
These are now in the shop.
More colors coming soon!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Feeling left out?





If you're not an adorable twin boy, there's not much coming your way these days.
Sorry to leave you out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Decorate with Starbursts!

Inspired by this photo, I made the cake for a recent baby shower. I chose one of Martha's lemon cake recipes, added a little lemon curd in between the layers, and iced with a lemon buttercream. On top- Starburst polkadots!


1. Microwave each candy square for about 20 seconds, depending on your oven. I worked with one square at a time because they "dry" fairly quickly.

2. Roll out the candy using a glass or bottle.

3. Cut out shapes. I used the top of my salt shaker and some glass bottles. The bottles didn't work as well because of the threaded tops. Next time, I'll spend more time looking for some more lids with a cookie cutter edge.

4. Cut different sizes from each color. (Do you see those scraps? Those are for you to eat.)

5. Arrange your dots by gently pressing them onto the icing. My icing was still wet, so they held on very well.

Photos by drew.
Tah dah! Fake fondant polkadot decor!