Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Cake Creativity!!!

My son's 8th birthday cake, Patrick Star, Spongebob's Best Friend.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Baby Burp Cloth Creativity

I thought I'd post some photos of some fun I had with a few of the students in my son's 2nd grade class. Last November, we (the parents) had a surprise baby shower for my son's teacher, Mrs. Pigott. I helped the students paint a piece of art cloth (in colors to coordinate with her nursery bedding) that I then sewed onto some nice cloth diapers. I received some similar pieces from some good friends for my second baby, Maggie. I thought they were the perfect gift. Very useful, but completely unique and personal.

So, here they are. I'm not posting photos of the actual kids giving the burp cloths because I don't post photos of my own kids and would be uncomfortable posting photos of other's kids. But, needless to say, she was very surprised and loved them (I think).

Here they are:

I also sewed a diaper clutch, bip and burp cloth myself. I really liked the way they turned out, especially the clutch. It looks like a clutch purse but opens up to hold a diaper and wipes and becomes a changing pad.

Friday, January 09, 2009

It's been too long since I posted...

I got caught up in the craziness of the holidays and birthdays, but life is starting to feel a bit more like normal.

I haven't made much art lately. I did make several different kinds of ornaments for gifts, my favorite being the ones I made with photos of my Dad on silk that I then stitched onto wool felt. I forgot to take photos before I gave them to my sisters, but I still need to make one for myself and I'll take a photo when it is finished. It was a very easy project, probably 30 minutes or so start to finish. When I post the photo, I will post the instructions as well.

I also baked stollen and almond tarts. Made body scrubs and bath fizzies. Both very easy and fun. The bath fizzies were a lot of fun to make with the kids. They look like little cupcakes. I found the recipes online somewhere. Again, forgot to take photos. I don't know what it is with me and cameras. If you look at our photos from the last several years you would think I died. My husband is in every photo with the kids. And, I'm just nowhere to be found. I'm afraid my kids will think I was never around, which isn't true. I'm just not good at remembering to take photos.

Oh, and I just remembered where a lot of my creative juices went in December! My daughter's 4 year fairy princess birthday party! We had so much making fairy wands, fairy princess tiaras and of course, the fairy princess castle cake. That I do have a photo of! My daughter, son and niece had great fun sticking all of the candies on.

Right now I'm busy FINALLY finishing the stole I was commissioned for last May and working on my third Art at the Mill event for my son's school. It's coming up in just a few weeks and it's been much easier this year as I've had a great committee handling just about everything! I just get to do the fun part of finding the artists. This year we will have a basket weaver, watercolor batik artist, tapestry weaver, manga artist, dance group, guitarist, pianist (she worked with the piano teacher actress for the new Brad Pitt movie!), cake decorator, felter (myself), puppeteer, glass bead artist, balloon sculptor, junk metal sculptor, bookmaker/graphic designer and there are a few more but i"m drawing a blank at the moment. And, the kids will love the main performing group, Ritmo Blu. I spent a day watching local performing groups at a Showcase back in September and this group was by far the best and the most booked group. They are a percussion trio and they are simply amazing. I can't wait to see the kids faces as they watch them perform.

Well, back to my day. I'm finishing the stole, taking my daughter to ballet class and then home to start working on son's birthday cake for his Monster Mini Golf party (indoor, glow in the dark, mini-golf, who thinks of this stuff?) this Sunday. He wants a three dimensional Patrick cake (Spongebob's best friend).

Have a great weekend!