Thursday, March 26, 2015

Frozen Cupcakes

My niece Emma had a Frozen themed fifth birthday party.  She wanted an Elsa Princess Cake.  I had made her a princess cake before, but I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull off an Elsa cake.  I wanted to do something for her, so I did some searching on Pinterest.  I found some fabulous cupcakes at Erica's Sweet Tooth that I knew that I could make. 




They  turned out great and were pretty easy to  make.  I think they were a pretty good substitute for a princess cake:)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Year of Holiday Outfits

Last year I decided that I would make some type of shirt/outfit for Bug for all of the holidays.  It started with New Years because I didn't have anything for him to wear.  Some were more involved than others, but he got something for all of the major holidays that we celebrate (including his birthday). 










I've shared most of them on my personal Instagram or Facebook, but it's fun to see them all together.  It's also amazing to see how much he grew and changed in a year. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Patchwork and Minky Baby Blanket and Burp Cloths

A friend of mine is having a baby boy in May.  I knew that I wanted to make a patchwork blanket for the little guy, but wasn't sure of the colors I wanted to use at first.  When I got the invitation to her shower with cute blue and gray elephants I headed straight to Etsy.  I found a great bundle of Michael Miller fabrics.   I loved the colors and designs.  I was so excited when it arrived in the mail...I couldn't wait to get started. 

This is the second patchwork blanket that I've made with minky as the backing.  I love how soft they are.  I wasn't sure I wanted to use minky, since he is a May baby and summers are pretty warm here.  Even with the minky it is lightweight.  Perfect for our cool evenings. 
I added a contrasting fabric for a border.  I love how it looks and is a great finishing touch. 
These burp cloths are my signature gift.  I first made them for my sister when my niece E was born.  She said they were great.  Great size and super soft. I've made them for all of my friends and some for me and the Bug (I still use them even though we're past the spit up phase.  They're great for his teething drool).
I love how they turned out.  This fabric bundle is one of my favorites that I've purchased.  I might have to order some more for any future baby boys that are on their way.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

A Bug Birthday Party


Our little bug turned 1 in November and we celebrated with a Bug Bash. I wanted to do something small and simple with just family, but nothing is small with the Davis'.  There are too many of them.  I had a lot of fun planning and making things for the party.  After all of the princess parties I've helped with over the last few years, bugs were definitely a change.  

At first I was just going to do an Evite for the invitation.  As I was talking about it with someone at work, she reminded me that he only gets one first birthday.  She said I should do an invitation so that I'll have something to save.  Of course, this made me think that I had to make something buggy and cute.  

I did a back drop for the food table with "bug netting" and plastic bugs.  Some of the bugs looked so real it was creepy.  It was a good thing none of them fell in the food.
For his cake I made it baby friendly.  I was worried that having all that sugar when he had never had any would make him sick.  I found a recipe that was mostly bananas.  I decorated it to look like dirt.  The bugs are m&m's with chocolate legs. 

For everyone else, I made some chocolate cupcakes to match, along with some vanilla cupcakes. 


I kept the bug theme going with the silverware and food. 
spider napkin rings
snail sandwiches
fruit fly salad
butterfly salad
sweet nectar
I found some great bug fabric that I used to make his outfit and high chair decorations. 
He wasn't so sure about the cake at first...

But he definitely enjoyed the chocolate frosting and cake once he figured it out. 

It was a great party and it was nice to have the whole family there to celebrate with us. 






Sunday, January 11, 2015

I'm Back...

...I hope.  It's been over a year since my last post and it's been a pretty busy year.  I haven't had as much time for baking, sewing, and crafting.  It's all because of this guy.


Although he's not that little any more.  My little bug was born November 20, 2013. 


Here he is one year later.  I've spent this past year playing with him, figuring out how to be a mommy and squeezing in as much crafting time as I can. 

My new years resolution is to get back to blogging.  I hope I can find the time in for blogging around everything else.  Wish me luck!!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Pump It Up Tea Party: Ruby's Fifth Birthday

I haven't done a lot of blogging lately, because I haven't done a lot of baking and sewing.  One of my last big projects was my niece Ruby's fifth birthday party.
She had been talking about wanting a tea party for months.  My sister and I went into planning mode and had a ton of great ideas.  Then Ruby went to a party at Pump It Up and started talking about having her next party there. Always thinking ahead:)

My sister then decided to partner up with another mom to do a joint birthday party.  It was one of Ruby's good friends from school, their birthday's are days apart, and most of the same kids would be invited to both.  The final decision was to do a Pump It Up tea party. 

For the party favors I made tutus for the girls and appliqued tie t-shirts for the boys.



Since I always make Ruby a birthday shirt, I made the birthday girls t-shirts with teacups on them (somehow I didn't get a picture of them).  I made a matching outfit for her American Girl Doll.


The party guests got their shirts and tutus after the jumping part of the party, but the birthday girls wanted to wear theirs the whole time.  Tutus didn't stop them from doing the climbing wall.


For dessert I made cupcakes with cookie toppers.  I like cookie toppers better than fondant because they taste a lot better.

My sister thought it would be cute to serve the girls theirs in tea cups.  We were going to buy some, when my mom reminded me I had a whole set from my dad in my garage.  I then used the matching plates to serve the rest of the cupcakes.





The girls loved them and wanted to keep their tea cups.  I guess I'll just have to have another tea party for Ruby so she can use them again.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Beach Bag

Last summer we had two beach trips planned.  I wanted a new beach bag to take with us.  I found a great tutorial at Elle Apparel.
It was an easy tutorial to follow.  I even copied her and got my fabric from Ikea.  It was my first time buying there, but it was cheap and perfect for this project.

It's a large bag which is great.  It holds everything that my husband and I need for a day at the beach.  I have even used it for road trips to keep computer, Ipad, magazines, etc. handy while in the car.

I made one little change to her tutorial.  She only had an outside pocket, but I added an inside pocket too.
The pocket is perfect for my phone, chap stick, keys, etc.  Having two pockets also means that I get a pocket and my husband gets his own.
I love this bag.  It has now made one trip to Mexico, two trips to Hawaii, and many trips to my mom's pool.  I see many more vacations in this bags future.