After I made Little Adrian his quilt, I had quite a bit of the fabric from the binding left over. I decided that Hunter needed a nice blanket that would keep the coolness of the air conditioning off of him, but not be too hot for our climate here in Phoenix. Here is what I came up with.
I used flannel on the back and did a self edging. I just cut out the main fabric to the size that I wanted it. Then I cut the flannel a few inches wider all around. I cut the flannel so that the ends would have a deeper fold than the sides. I did it this way because baby Hunter loves feeling fuzzy fabric next to his face when he falls asleep. I layered the fabric with wrong sides together. Then, I basted and pinned the fabric in the lines that I wanted to "quilt" them together on my machine. I use the term "quilt" loosely since I didn't use batting in between the fabric. I wanted this little blanket to be light but cute for our Phoenix weather.
The third picture shows how the back looks. The flannel is soft and comfy. I have a picture of Hunter wrapped in the blanket, but my camera has died and I can't get it right now, so I will post it on the next blog! See you then. In the meantime, tell me what you think!
I hope you can see how I used the pattern as a guide to make straight verticle lines to sew on.
Next, I folded over the flannel edging twice to make a nice finished edge. I used a straight stitch on the sides for a clean look. On the ends with the wider hem, I used a decorative stitch.
My grandson, Connor, turned two a few days ago. I wanted him to have a little party, but everyone's schedules are so hectic that it was almost impossible to plan. Then I remembered the small group of moms and kids from our church who get together at the park once a week. It just so happened that the group was getting together right on Connor's birthday! I thought "easy party!" So, my daughter-in-law (Connor's mom who had to work that day) posted on facebook that I was going to bring cupcakes for Connor's birthday! So, lots of people showed up and we had tonsof fun! Connor loved it.
I made white cupcakes with green frosting, and I just happened to have some little owl picks and cupcake holders to make them special!
I know that the owls are pink, but 2 year old Connor didn't mind.
Well, that night was going to be the family party, so the real cake had to be made. Older sister Jayda, Connor and I looked at the internet to decide what kind of cake he would like. We saw some rocketships and that is what got Connor excited, so that is what we did.
I just made a regular 9 x 13 sheet cake and cut off the top cornors to make the point, and cut out two rectangle sections to leave the place where the fire comes out to propell the rocket into the sky. (What is that called?)
I used my homemade frosting, and homemade fondant to do the decorating. Here is the fondant recipe that I have posted before. http://threewinksdesign.weebly.com/3-winks-writes/finally-dipped-chocolates-in-time-for-easter.
Just make sure it is nice and thick so you can roll it. Add food coloring in the colors that you want.
Here is how it turned out. As you can see, I used red, blue and yellow colored fondant. The green is frosting. The extra cupcakes have fondant stars. It was hot in the house, so my frosting got a little soft, but Connor loved it. I frosted the entire cake with a thin coat of frosting, then applied the fondant. It tasted pretty good.
He wasnt sure what to do with the candles, so his siblings had to help him blow them out.
Anyway, I got to thinking, if you wanted to do a full blown outer space birthday party in the winter time, You could use Hot Cocoa Bombs (http://threewinksdesign.weebly.com/3-winks-writes/do-you-want-to-build-a-cocoa-bomb-the-3-winks-way) and add fins and turn them into little rockets that you could splash down into your hot milk! Hmmm, I may try that and let you see the results later.
It is too hot in Phoenix for Hot Cocoa Bombs right now, but you can be sure that they will make an appearance here again!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!