Friday, January 27, 2012


I saw these felt bird ornaments on the Purl Bee blog in late 2010, and kept them in mind over the past year via Pinterest. (of course!) I decided to make a bunch for friends and their kiddos this past Christmas. Since I already had most of the materials, I opted to 'wing it' (heh heh), instead of buying Purl's kit. It wasn't hard to figure out. For a little extra special-ness, I personalized the ornaments by stitching each recipient's name on the side of his/her bird.

I love following through with a project I've pinned on Pinterest. More projects to come...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

C is for Cookie

Back in September 2011, my adorable little cousin Charlotte turned 2. She requested a Cookie Monster cake, which I was very happy to make for her. It was a chocolate cake (the never fail recipe from the Hershey's cocoa canister), with vanilla icing. I opted to free-form it, instead of use the Wilton Cake pan. I think Charlotte was happy with the result.

(please pardon the not so great photo)

To make Cookie Monster's fur, I got myself this multi-opening decorating tip, aka a grass tip. Life changer!

As for her birthday gift, I made a little Cookie Monster backpack with some blue furry fabric I've had for years.

It's just a basic square shape, with a zipper closure. I appliqued CM's face with knit fabric, and attached ribbon straps.

I LOVE seeing Charlotte arrive at my place, or elsewhere, with her backpack chock full of toys. She can really cram a lot of stuff in there!

Such a cutie!