Saturday, June 11, 2016

Scenery Saturday - Mount Falcon

It was a beautiful day for a hike with a wonderful friend. Mount falcon is one of my favorite places to take people when they visit. There are beautiful views and ruins of a grand house. 

If you're if you're willing to hike a little further, you can also see where the people of Colorado wanted to build the Summer White House for the US Presidents. Unfortunately for the Presidants, and fortunately for those of us able to hike here, they only got as far as starting the foundation and lena cornerstone. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Fancy Cut Off Shorts

It's snowing outside, but summer will be here soon!  Time to work on shorts!  Jeans with holes in the knees make great shorts. These are kicked up a notch by adding cute fabric for my fancy girl. 

These were pretty simple to make. 

Cut shorts to the desired length. 

Cut 2 strips of fabric 4 inches wide and an inch and a half longer than the length around each leg opening. 

The leg openings for these shorts were approximately 12 inches, so I cut strips 13 1/2 inches long.

Take one strip, fold it in half, putting long ends together. Press with iron to crease down the middle. 

Open up the strip fold each long side to the middle and press. 

Open up the strip, at one end, fold over 1/2 inch. Press. 

Fold a triangle one fourth of the way down. 

Refold all the way and press entire strip. This should give you a strip an inch wide with one finished end. 

Pin the strip around the open leg of the shorts. The raw/cut edge of the jeans should go along the fold of the strip. 

Try to line up the end of the strip with one of the seams on the shorts. Tuck the unfinished end inside of the finished end of the strip under the folded triangle. 

Repeat with the other short leg. 

Sew around the upper edge of the fabric using coordinating thread. Sew down the fabric where the strip overlap.  Repeat on the second leg. 

You're done! Enjoy the cute shorts!

These shorts were my inspiration, but I wanted more fabric at the bottom of the shorts. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Finn Mcmissile Cake

In honor of my husband's recent birthday, I wanted to share a little about the first cake he requested.

If you make fun cakes for your children, your husband will want one for his birthday too.
If you agree to make him one, your husband will want to choose what he gets.  
If you let him choose, he will pick something hard and talk about it for months.
If he talks about the "Finn McMissile cake" for months, you will do your best to make it.
If you make it, even though it isn't perfect, your husband and kids will love it.
If your husband and kids love it, they will keep asking for challenging cakes.

This cake was a 9x13 for the main body of the car and a round cake for the part that sticks up with the eyes - I trimmed both significantly.  You can see the pile of cake scraps behind Finn.
The frosting is buttercream with blue and a little black food coloring.  I was (and am) still working on getting frosting with a consistency that I like as well as the taste we prefer.  I like to use real butter instead of crisco to make my frosting, but that results in a softer frosting.  In my opinion the taste is usually worth sacrificing a little of the crisp look.  Although, it has resulted in a few cake fails.

This cake was made in early 2012.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A Mountain of Cake

Happy Birthday to my Love!  He requested a mountain cake. 

This was a fun cake to make. The bottom is a 9x13 inch cake, with a couple smaller cakes stacked on top. If your cake is a mountain, it should be big! 

The mountain is brown because my husband likes chocolate frosting. It's snow capped, because our mountains are snow capped. The trees are modeling chocolate on toothpicks. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Frozen Party

Our little girl recently celebrated her 5th Birthday. She really wanted a Frozen party.  Of course, everything "Frozen" is sold out!  Thankfully, pinterest is full of Frozen ideas and it is a theme that is easy to run with.

 My cake inspiration came from Bubbly Nature Creations along with a recipe for the blue candy used to decorate it.  I used peppermint extract; it was delicious!  The recipe made significantly more candy than I needed.

The swirly blue candy around Elsa was what I saved from testing the candy temp in water.  I love how it turned out.

I did a chocolate layer, cookies-n-cream ice cream, and vanilla layer with blue sprinkles.  The frosting is vanilla ice cream.  I added a layer of buttercream frosting between the chocolate and ice cream layers, but this made the cake hard to slice, next time I won't use it.  

We played pin the nose on Olaf, "ice" bracelet toss, snowball (styrofoam ball) toss, and stacked ice cubes. I found these plastic sand buckets at Party City and used them for the games and activities.  When the party was over, each guest took home their "Snow Castle" bucket.

We also had a Frozen inspired photo booth.  I hung a blue sheet, snow flakes, and provided props - like these crowns (and the tiaras above), mustaches, quote bubbles (made in word), and such. Here is our "Anna" in her dress.

For decorations, I found this beautiful printable banner and hung heart ornaments from ribbon. I also cut out snowflakes, of course!

If you're interested, this is my Frozen Pinterest Board.
It has many other ideas as well as some links to coloring pages, snowflake designs, and places to purchase party supplies if they're available.

We enjoyed spending time with new friends and neighbors while celebrating our little girl.  Thank you to the friends and family who celebrated with us; and to those who love and celebrate with us from afar!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Pow Pants or How to make a simple patch for jeans.

Simple pants patching-
Cute/fun fabric plus double sided iron on fusible stuff plus jeans...

And the result is a repaired pair of pants!

My son goes through the knees on pants like crazy!  Hopefully, this quick fix will get us a few more wears out of theses pants. 
You could also use the fusable iron on adhesive stuff that can also be sewn down to have a more durable and secure patch. 

Iron fusable heat bond to fabric.
Cut out shape for patch
Remove paper backing from heat bond
Iron patch to pants

If you have the heat bond that requires sewing, stitch patch down around edges.