Saturday, May 22, 2010

Roosters abound

Kind of a random topic, I know. I've had several rooster themes pop up over the last few weeks, so I thought I'd put them together into one post. Here we go!

A little rooster I made for the Mexican Kitsch Swap. . . .

...a little wooden trinket box from the craft store, plus some paint, glitter (of course,) polymer clay, fabric, paper and a plastic toy rooster. (My kids will never miss it!)
This is one of a series of boxes I made for my lovely swap partner, who teaches high school Spanish. She wanted some art for her classroom, so I designed this to be handled, touched, opened and closed.

Inspiration can come from the oddest, most unexpected places. . . .

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Sugary sweet

We made a simple cherry pie the other day. . . it was amazing! We cheated and used 2 cans of cherry pie filling (gasp!) but made the pie crust from scratch. It's not as hard to make as you may think. . . .

I've always used the Joy of Cooking recipe for Basic Pie Crust, omitting the butter. If you don't have this cookbook, this recipe is pretty close to what I use. The secret to melt-in-your-mouth pie crust? Ice water. Seriously. And handling the dough as little as possible. Try it, and you'll be amazed at the difference these two tiny little details make!
For extra yummy-ness, just before baking the pie, brush the crust with milk, and sprinkle with sugar, or cinnamon sugar. The crust will crisp up just that much more, and it's sooooo good.

And more sugar. . . .

Saturday, May 15, 2010

More baby girl shirts

The Baby Onesie Swap is one of my favorite swaps on Craftster. (OK, OK. It IS my favorite swap.) I like how practical it is (my little one gets really cool, unique shirts.) I also like how satisfying it is to try new techniques, and make really neat shirts for someone else, with relatively little effort. Yes, some fabulous shirts are more involved than others, but really, the ones I make are pretty simple. I've included links to tutorials for these techniques, so I hope you'll jump in and try some embellishing! Don't have a little one? Embellish some shirts of your own, a tote, a pillow! The possibilities are endless.

Here, I used my ol' standby, the freezer paper stencil, with some tube beads sewn on (very, very well) for the sprinkles. . . .

A ruffled flower. (I winged this one, but here's a tutorial that's similar to how I did it.)

Friday, May 14, 2010

My littlest Monkey's newest shirts

A short post, just to let you all know that we're still here! All's well -- kids growing, chickens growing, veggies growing. Oh, and I received some fun mail last week. . . . embellished shirts!

Laurasaurus sent our littlest Monkey a sweet bundle of shirts for a Craftster swap. . . .

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