Monday, September 1, 2014

A NBEX Winning Ribbon for Jeannie Kaye's Wallet

Remember I showed you the completed wallets from my test class earlier this summer.  Well Jeannie Kaye entered her wallet into the Fredericton Exhibition.  It won a ribbon. I'm not surprised.  It was made with beautiful blue batiks and it was an elegant eye catcher.   I'm so pleased for her.  Who doesn't like to win a ribbon at the NBEX!!    Congratulations JK!

I'll be teaching this class at the Fredericton Quilters' Guild in November.  If you are local quilter and want to take this class, let me know.  If there are extra seats in the class, I'll put you in touch with the workshop coordinator.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Presenting the Bride and Groom

Its so hard waiting for professional pictures. But its nice she sent along this teaser photo.  Congrats Patience and Brian on your one week anniversary.

Wedding Cookies and toule

I loved making these cookies.  I have a favorite sugar cookie recipe called Signature Sugar Cookies.   I made two batches  Out of one batch, I made 12 wedding dresses.  Out of the other batch came 40 love cookies.   The love cookies were put on the desert table.  The bride dresses were put in cellophane bags and tied with a ribbon.  The kids took them home.

Then it came time to decorate.  The afternoon before the wedding, with advice and suggestions from my friend Willa, my sister and I hung toule, swagged pearls. Bunches of fresh Nova Scotia ivy dropped from the bows.  It was just perfect.    

Friday, August 29, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 3

Wedding Fans.  

One day last month the triplets helped me make wedding fans.  Between the four of us, we got all 40 of the fans cut out and scored for easy folding and finishing.   We used heavier weight scrapbook paper.

To finish the fans, a small elastic was used to hold the fan folded paper.  

Blue glue was used to join the two sides of the now accordion folded fan together.





After that glue dried,  coffee sticks were added to the bottom of each side of the fan with the same blue glue.



As you can see I'm using my nice clover clips to hold the sticks on the fan while the glue dries.

After the glue is all dried, I bring the two coffee sticks together and put an elastic on the handle to hold it in place.   I like to play with the elastic and make like ballerina ribbons.  So cute.  

The weather on the day of the wedding was beautiful and warm.  It was warm in the church and warm at our back yard garden party.  We loved that.  The fans were really appreciated and put to good use.  A good idea.

It's all about the Cake

For her cake, my daughter decided she wanted cupcakes.   But she also wanted to have a photo of her and her new husband cutting the cake.  So the solution was to make both.  A small cake for cutting and cupcakes for sharing.    She chose a nice ombre style of decoration using a coral color icing.    My husband assisted me in making the "Love" cake topper at the cottage earlier this summer.  Just the perfect accent to this frilly cake.

Notice the time.  Its 8am on the day of the wedding.
I was feeling rushed since I had a hair appointment
at 8:30.   My sister was preparing to take over all
duties.   What would I have done without her help!

My sister moves the cake to it's place of distinction.
The "Love" topper needs to be added yet.
A wire project we made at the cottage.
Got it right the first time!


Jessica, our oldest grand-daughter said these cupcakes were the BEST cupcakes she's ever eaten.   Well I thought I'd share the recipe that my sister gave me to use.   It's like an artisan cupcake.  Not light and fluffy like a cake mix cupcake.   They were a wonderful home-made cupcake.

Vanilla Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/4 cups milk

Directions:  Turn oven on to 375 degrees F.

Put butter in mixer and beat at medium speed until somewhat smooth. Pour in sugar and beat well. Add 2 eggs. Mix well. Add: vanilla.    Mix baking powder, salt, flour.  add alternately with milk beating in as you go along.  Scoop individual baking cups, until they are about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Makes 18


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 2

This little wedding bear is not new.  she was made when our middle daughter got married over 15 years ago.   We made bears for the wedding party and used them for a decoration for her guestbook.   Last week, when I was looking around for decorations for Patience's wedding, this white little bear was just perfect to sit on a table.   She did not have a veil until I quickly whipped one up out of toule.    At the end of the day, I was pleased to have a place to put my Mother of the Bride corsage.  I just love this.  







This fun little poem that goes with the traditional Jordan Almonds gift was fun to make with all my quilters tools.   Just so you know, a bag of Wilton Jordon Almonds has about 120 almonds in it.  This will make 24 little favors.

The poem goes like this.

Five sugared almonds 
  for each guest to eat 
To remind us that life 
  is both bitter and sweet. 
Five wishes for the new  
  husband and wife - 
Health, wealth, happiness, 
  children, and a long life!





With your applique mini-iron
heat set a glue backed crystal.
Print out and cut using
Rotary cutter

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wedding Crafts - Part 1

For Patience and Brian's wedding, I did do a few crafty things.    First and most important, I put together Patience's birdcage veil.  We made it together.  We did a mock up of the headpiece on my "ham".   
When we had it sorta perfect, I glue gunned it down to a felt base then trimmed.   It was just sweet.  We added a few crystals to give it a twinkle.  When we get the photographers pictures next week, I'll show you how perfect it looked on Patience for her big day.


Baby Phoebe was the youngest child.
Just 2 months old.
Since there was lots of kids coming to the wedding from the age of 2 months to 15 years, I thought I'd do a little something for the kids.  For the girls, these pencil case sized pouches were so girly and fun to make.  You have seen me use this same pencil case idea here and here and here.   I sketched out each of their names on the light muslin with my friXion pen.  Then free-motion machine stitched over the flower stems and drafted names.  Buttons from my collection for the flower heads were then machine sewn on.   The pouches were filled with fun treats and given to the kids before they went home.   I ran out of steam by the time it was time to make something for the little boys, so they got a nice cello bag with candy with dinky toys.
 
14 little pencil cases with cute bead zipper pulls






Sunday, August 24, 2014

I'm back!

We had a beautiful wedding here over the weekend.   It was really beautiful day is so many ways.   I have no bride and groom pictures to share today and the professional photographer will get them to the bride and groom in all good time.  

But I do have a couple of pictures of yours truly taken by our grandson Mitchell who was operating a photobooth.


The groom with all the kids
Caitlin and Grammie

Me and Scott... Great friend of the Bride

Me and Carli.  A sweet girl from Ontario

Friday, August 15, 2014

Almost Wedding time!

It's almost wedding time. Our youngest daughter is getting married on August 23rd.   We've been working on some crafty things for this little wedding for a while now, but now it's crunch time.  We are in the last 10 days and this week we'll be working on house decorations, food planning for our small at home reception.

So, no blogging for the next little while.  I'll be back after the wedding.

 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Making Dog Biscuit treats

 
Kiddos are here for a little visit.   We decided to bake up the rest of the dog biscuit dough that I made up on Canada Day.   The kids each took one third of the dough, rolled to about a quarter inch.  Then started cutting out the little circles with my large icing tip.  Then with the small round end of one of the icing tips, we made the little paw prints.   So cute.    Then bake...







We made up 4 packages to give to the dog friends of the kids.  After talking about what dogs like to eat, we worked up the nerve to taste them.   No sugar, butter or chocolate in them, so they were a little bland...  Good for Dogs though!!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

A tester Wallet Class

I've been preparing to deliver a "test" Wallet class and we had the class earlier this week.   The purpose of this test class was to figure out how long it takes to make the wallet in a class and what my traps as a teacher are.  Well , 8 people took the class of varying skill level.   We did it two mornings this week.  Just look at the wallets.   One person had to leave a bit early and didn't get it done, but I will help her finish soon.  Just look at the beautiful wallets below.

Jeannie Kaye's Wallet.   The first one in the class done!!
They are all so beautiful using batiks.    The metal finding and the extra top stitched piece on the flap give this a very professional look.   Click on the picture to see Jeannie Kaye's fine top-stitching.

Look below at the nice idea Myrna had by putting the red frame around her wallet cover.  Such a nice detail.    She used fabrics from her stash, and was short on the outer fabric.  How nice that she turned a bit of a problem into such a nice idea and option.
Judy, Joann, Myrna and Lucy's Wallets

JoAnn and Alta's Wallets
I'm pleased with how the wallets are very consistent.   I really want to thank my tester students who spent the two mornings sewing with me and helped by giving me constructive feedback as we went along the class.    This will make a smoother and more enjoyable class for my future students.

So, I'm officially putting this class on my "to Teach" list.   It is a class that has lots of fine detail but nothing too much.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Garden Flag or two

One of the activities we did last week at Grammie Camp was to paint Garden Flags.   This is a picture of mine.  I love sunflowers.  I've tried without success to grow them at the cottage.  So if you can't grow one.. draw one.     We used a blue glue technique to draw our design on the lightweight sheer fabric.  Then after the blue glue dried, we used water based acrylic paint to paint the different sections.  The fabric under the dried blue glue lines will remain white.  Then let it dry for a few hours and then wash to get all the glue and excess paint off.    I happened to be at the drug store today, and they had garden flag holders on 30% off, so yippee for me.    This little sunflower will hang in my little cottage garden for the rest of the summer.     
I had an extra blank flag prepared so I made it into a quilty style flag to hang at the church.  It will be used when the hand quilters are there doing their craft.  The first quilter in hangs out the flag.   That way, less mobile quilters will know somebody is in and they won't make the trip up the long staircase to a locked door, only having to turn around and take the long way in to unlock the door.    I think this is just darling.   See the cute "A" I drew for St. Anthony's Church.     
The garden flags drying on the line.