Let them eat more cake!

I haven’t updated cakes in a while and we have a lot of birthdays around here!  Oddly enough, the search term I get the most on this blog is “Diesel 10 cake.”  Who knew Diesel 10 is still popular?!  Well, there aren’t any trains in these cakes, but here you go…

IMG_5792First is Matilda’s 5th birthday cake.  Mo Willems is huge in this house.  We just can’t get enough of the Pigeon, Knuffle Bunny and the rest of the gang.  So I thought it would be fun to make and Elephant and Piggie cake with the Pigeon making an appearance of course!  I simply made a sheet cake then “drew” the picture on the white icing with a butter knife.  I then colored it in using various icing tips.

IMG_5999Next up is Grover.  Grover is Matthew’s absolute favorite!  The look on Matthew’s face was priceless when he saw this Grover cake.  This has to be one of the easiest cakes I’ve made so far with the exception of Hello Kitty cake.  The kids don’t even ask for gifts for their birthdays anymore…they just ask for cakes!  Win!

IMG_6045This isn’t a cake, but since we’re doing birthdays around here, our Athena just turned 1.  She weighs in at over 100lbs, but as you can see, she still thinks she’s a tiny puppy.  This was her pounce ready stance as she was trying to attack the water coming from the hose.

Be Mine

Yes, yes, I know I’m doing the same Valentine cards that we did last year, but they’re fun!  And I love seeing how much the kids grew in just one year.  Here are a few outtakes from this year…

IMG_5619She kept talking as usual, so it was hard to get a picture.

IMG_5627He was angry because he wanted to be in Matilda’s picture.

IMG_5633He kept making silly faces and both of his front teeth are about to come out.  The resulting picture made him look kinda scary!

IMG_5649I think  it’s impossible for Jack  to look at the camera and smile at the same time!

IMG_5675Final result!

IMG_5630Matthew’s sans sucker.

IMG_5670And finally, here’s our Valentine card to Daddy.  Heart footprints.  I wrote the name and age of each kid on the heart.

IMG_5673Happy Valentine’s Day!

Vintage meets geek


I love pairing old, vintage style crafting with something unconventional.  I had the perfect opportunity to do this when a friend of mine from high school met an awesome lady and they decided to get married.  I wanted to make them something they can use in the new home they are making together, but I also wanted it to shout “Jeremy and Stephanie!!”


Since Jeremy and Stephanie are huge Star Trek fans, I decided to make them some trekkie tea towels.  Since I’ve seen every single episode of The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, I knew exactly what I wanted the towels to say.  Above, I just had to use Jean Luc’s love of Early Grey.  I mean how could I not?!  It’s a tea towel!

IMG_5614For the other tea towel, I opted for a little Klingon drink (although I most often think of Jadzia Dax when I hear raktajino).

Wishing Jeremy and Stephanie many happy years! Qapla!

***Sorry for the abundance of wrinkles.  I’m not much for ironing. 🙂 ***Now let’s see how long until I actually mail the gift.  Hey, it’s all boxed up!  I’m just waiting for the new address!  And I won’t mention how long ago they actually got married.  Better late than never!!!


Camilla Babe

IMG_5609First up on my list to get the “let’s clear up all these projects!” treatment is the Camilla babe sweater from Quince & Co.  I used their Lark yarn.

IMG_5611I’m ok with the way it turned out, but I know I can do a bit better.  I think my main problem was knitting over such a long period of time.  I kept starting and stopping over the course of the year which caused uneven knitting.  But I guess I’m being a bit “knit” picky. haha

So I’m putting this one in the mail to go to a sweet little girl due any day now.  Yes, the sweater is for next winter, but at least she’ll be prepared!

Is it still time for a resolution?

January is coming to a close, and I’m not usually one to make New Year resolutions.  But this year I’d like to change that.  It took me almost the whole month of January to figure one out.  Are you ready?  I’m going to finish up all the projects I have going and *gasp* only work on one at a time after that, with the exception of knitting afghans of course since they take so darn long.

What a great idea!
What a great idea!

Why a light fixture?  That is one of the projects.  I updated almost all of the fixtures downstairs, but there is one that is still sitting in my garage in its box, waiting.  Waiting for either me to give it a go or to call and electrician.  Perhaps I’ll call this week…perhaps.

quilt sandwich
quilt sandwich

So here’s the tally of what I have going: 3 quilts in various stages (the one above is almost done; all quilted up waiting for binding), a knitted baby sweater, a knitted afghan that will take forever but be awesome, a wooden table and chair set for the kids that is built but needs to be painted, reupholster a couple of chairs, hang chandelier above breakfast table, refinish an end table, plant a garden, and build two sets of bunk beds.  OK, that last one is for the husband to do, but I may help him.

I firmly resolve to complete these all within the year!  Yes, I have to give myself a loooong time.  Remember I have 5 kids that I homeschool, so give me a break!  My “carrot” for finishing all of this?  Why, painting the Kitchen cabinets of course!  It’s ok if you don’t think I’m normal.  Neither does my husband.

**Quilt above is Anna Maria Horner’s Birdcage on a Chain pattern using Joel Dewberry’s Aviary 2 fabric.  The light fixture is the Star Ceiling Mount from Ballard Design.

Oliver + S Badminton Dress

A few months ago, I hit up the clearance section of fabric.com.  I found these great prints for a steal!  So I decided to try out the Oliver + S Badminton Dress for Matilda.

Even though the finished product may look a bit daunting for a beginning sewist, the dress was really easy to whip up.  And as usual with Oliver + S, the instructions in the pattern are so detailed, it’s almost impossible to make a mistake.  I’m sure it could be done in an afternoon of uninterrupted sewing.

I can’t decide what my favorite part about the dress is.  I love the ruffled shoulder caps, but I really, really love the scalloped bottom.

Next I’ll definitely try the top/skort version of the pattern.  That one is sure to be a winner for little girls who love to hand upside down on the monkey bars!

Cthulhu Blessings

Let me start out by saying I’m new to embroidery.  That means this is the second thing I’ve ever embroidered.  It’s the first one I’ve designed myself.  Well, less design and more like drew a picture on some linen then embroidered it.

A friend of mine got married.  On the wedding website, the groom’s gift suggestions were “he likes sci-fi.”  (At least that’s how I remember it.  They’re about to celebrate their 1st anniversary and I just completed their gift.  Don’t judge.) And what sci-fi geek doesn’t love Cthulhu?

I used “O Great One” because it seemed the proper name to call Cthulhu when asking him to bless your home.  Also, I didn’t want anyone to go mad while lying their head down on the pillow.  I got inspiration for the house from another embroidery pattern that I can’t remember the name of.

During the making of this embroidered pillow, I gave birth to kid #5, homeschooled kids #1 and #2, questioned my sanity in regards to having 5 kids, watched many Doctor Who, Star Trek TNG, and Battlestar Galactica episodes, and learned a lot more about embroidery!

Enjoy Charles and Carolyn!  The Jones family wishes you many years of happiness!