Wednesday, February 29, 2012
This is what I wore on Saturday to a fundraiser benefiting my son’s school ( I work there too). I made a cake to auction off at the event and ended up working the entire night, but it was fun and raised a lot of money for our great little school. This photo session was pretty funny since the kids kept trying to get in on the action as you can see. I also took some time playing with a few actions on these for fun.
Dress, cardigan- Target
Boots- Nine West
Bracelet- vintage from my mom
We are linking up to the What I Wore Wednesday fun over at The Pleated Poppy.
Monday, February 27, 2012
I finally found a few minutes to sit down and get this pattern drawn up for you guys. This was my first foray into actual pattern making so hopefully it will be easy to follow Also a little warning this post is super heavy in pictures, but I think it’s pretty necessary in order to properly show you how to put this together. I’ve included a link to download the PDF pattern pieces, so you can print it out and make it as much as you want. Please do not sell the dolls you make from this free pattern or sell the pattern. Make all you like for family and friends and share the pattern, just make sure to link back and give us credit, ok?
1.First cut out your pattern pieces and then cut them out from fabric. I used an orange for the main body pieces and white for the lower face part, ear tips, tail tip, and bottom leg part.
2. Place the lower face part onto the face piece and using a zig zag stitch stitch all the way around. Do the same with the ear tip pieces.
3. Mark the facial features on your face. I used a fine line sharpie, but you could also use a washable quilting pen. If using doll eyes, carefully cut a tiny hole using the very tip of your scissors. It should really only be the size of a pin hole. Take a doll eye and carefully push the point through the hole, wiggling as you go to make the hole big enough.
4. On the back place the washer on the doll eye and evenly force it down to the base. Your eyes will now be secure. Be sure you have them where you want them, because it is near impossible to remove the washer.
5. Embroider the nose and mouth. I use a back stitch for the mouth and satin stitch for the nose.
6. Lay the face piece right sides together on top of the body piece, matching the neck areas. stitch across. Do this with both face pieces and body pieces. It will look like this:
7. Lay one top tail piece on top of one bottom tail piece, right sides together and stitch. Do the same with the other two pieces. It will look like this:
8. Place both stitched tail pieces right sides together and stitch around the sides leaving the bottom open. Flip right side out.
9. This is a little trick I do for finicky pieces like arms. I trace the pattern piece to the fabric and stitch around that before cutting it out. After I stitch it I cut it out close to the seams. This keeps me from missing any spots on small pieces. Do this for both arms. Flip the pieces right side out.
10. I don’t have a picture but sew the bottom part of the leg to the top part of the leg and then stitch the the front of the leg to the back right sides together and flip right side out. It’s the same way you did the tail.
11. Stuff all of your finished pieces. I like to stuff mine pretty firmly. You should have two legs, two arms and a tail.
12. Take the head and body that you stitched earlier and lay the raw edge of your arm pieces along the raw edge of your body right where the head and body meet. Pin and stitch.
13. On the back body/head piece cut a small slit about 1.5 inches up from the bottom, big enough to insert the tail.
14. Insert the tail through the slit and folding the body in half stitch over the tail. Like this:
15. Place the front of the fox body on top of the back pinning carefully and making sure that the arms and tail are inside. Stitch around the sides and top leaving the bottom open. I like to double stitch to make it safer and sturdier. Flip the whole thing right side out.
16. On the bottom insert the raw edges of the legs into the opening, turning the raw edge of the opening in as you do. Pin and stitch across.
17. Stitch the two pieces of the skirt pattern together along the short side, right sides together.
18. Hem one of the long sides, by folding a 1/4 inch up and stitching. Then fold up another 1/4 inch and stitch that. At this point you can either make a casing along the top for elastic or use lingerie elastic as I did and hem the edge first and then stitch your elastic to the top edge stretching it as you go to make it fit. Like so
19. Stitch the two short raw edges together leaving a 1 inch section in the center unstitched for the tail if you desire. Flip it right side out.
Now put your skirt on your finished fox doll and give it to a cute little friend to love. Please link back to us if you make this. We would love to see lots of cute Cookies floating around out there!
Download the PDF here
Sunday, February 26, 2012
This crazy warm weather we’re having is making me crave summer foods. Is this happening to anyone else?
This morning I whipped up a super thick peaches and cream smoothie and ate it while I browsed online for summer dresses and counted how many more days until our family heads south to the beach (and where fresh peaches are sold by the bushel at farmer’s stands on every corner – yum!).
1 cup frozen peaches
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1 splash orange juice (any liquid can be used, my preference would be coconut or almond milk)
1-2 drops flax seed oil (optional)
Blend, and voila! Summer deliciousness in the middle of winter.
I like my smoothies to be nice and thick and eaten with a spoon. This smoothie came out more like a creamy sherbet. The frozen peaches don’t pack the same flavor-punch as fresh, but they are good in a pinch and satisfied my craving. My husband said it was too yogurty and not peachy enough for him.
What are your favorite smoothies recipes? I would love to try some new flavor combos. Leave us a comment and maybe we’ll use your recipe on an upcoming Healthy Sundae segment.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
If you’re not following along with us over on Facebook (you totally should be, by the way), then you are missing out on all kinds of fun stuff we don’t post here on the blog. If you do follow along (thank you, and don’t forget to leave a comment or hit that LIKE button every once in a while), then you know that I took a trip down to Louisiana last weekend to celebrate Mardi Gras.
Our weekend was filled with beautiful friends, King Cake, muffalettas (veggie for me), frozen daiquiris, and the soggiest Mardi Gras parade I’ve ever attended. Luckily we had some crazy hats and stylish ponchos on hand to offer some rain reprieve while we scrambled for
cheap cool beads. Laissez les bons temps rouler! (<-----I totally had to google that, I’m so not hip.)
I’m linking us up with the Insta-Friday fun over at Life Rearranged.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
If you’re a Louisville bride-to-be, you definitely do not want to miss the chance to have a cake tasting with Sara’s Cakes on March 24, 2012.
Check out the interview below to learn more about Sara’s Cakes and then go “like” her Facebook page so you can keep up-to-date on all of the Sara’s Cakes news.
Who is this “Sara” person anyway?
I’m a Louisville native and Jill of many trades – writer, ballroom dance fanatic, reader, chef, crafty person, ferret herder. I’ve written a novel and started on a second. Sara’s Cakes came from having a long time interest in cake design and creating beautiful edible works of art. Also, I love cake so…there’s that.
Pretty much anything – cake pops, cupcakes, special occasion cakes. I use butter, sugar and love to make everything. I DIY my own fondant which actually tastes good – my clients aren’t paying for yucky plastic-tasting fondant no one will eat.
Also, I’m working on developing my own version of temari cakes which are round balls of cake, iced and filled – like a giant cake ball. They are growing in popularity in England and a few places in the US as unique wedding cakes. Temari cakes are based on the Japanese tradition of creating colorful balls of thread and scraps of kimono silk. The balls were given to children and now are considered works of craft art. You can see temari examples here. (http://www.temari.com/)
Wedding season is coming up and the Derby is right around the corner. What’s the scoop?
I still have lots of dates open for 2012! I am hosting a wedding cake tasting party for brides on Saturday March 24th. Brides can email me at sarathompsonbakes AT gmail.com for details.
Can I see pictures?I have a few snaps up on my Facebook page and more to come.
What’s your favorite thing about doing cakes?
I’m a big foodie and I’ve always loved baking. Creating something delicious is my top priority and making it look pretty is the icing on the cake, so to speak. I love talking to brides about their special day and hearing the stories of the folks who will enjoy my cakes. I love new challenges – sculpting a cartoon penguin or making gum paste flowers are always fun.
How does your business affect Louisville?
There’s always room for cake at any event! Why not support a local baker? Yes, it’s more expensive than picking up a $9.99 Marty-Mart cake, but we local bakers are here to offer you fresh, homemade, special products with a personal experience. There is an art to baking and some of us have a knack for it and it shows in our work.
Monday, February 20, 2012
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This is what I spent the past few days working on. I drafted a pattern and then made this little cutie up for a special little girl’s birthday. I have seen a few other fox doll patterns available for purchase, and while cute they seemed to be either very un-foxy or missing something crucial like a tail. I was kind of inspired by watching a few minutes of “The Fox and the Hound” the other day, as far as how I wanted it to look. I took pictures as I went along and hopefully in the next week or two I’ll get the pattern all sorted out and have it available to you guys.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
We're linking up with The Pleated Poppy this week.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
ring/headband- handmade by me
nail polish- Essie, Sole Mate
We're linking up with The Pleated Poppy!