Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I was able sew for hours yesterday and managed to finish a whole outfit in a day. This never happens for me! This one is Patty Young's Ava pattern using Tanya Whelan's Ava Rose fabric and Barbara Jones' Bubblegum Basics. The two Avas made quite a pair. Patty's patterns are always well written, so the top came together easily. I paired it with a simple Simplicity pattern for the shorts. I liked the idea of the stylish halter with some comfy playtime shorts instead of the skirt that comes with the pattern.
I found these sweet birdie buttons at the last Warrenton antique show. I think they really completed this top.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
While searching for strawberry favors, I came across the template for the strawberry boxes at Oriental Trading Company. I filled each box with two pieces of strawberry taffy.
I wanted something for the kiddos that wasn't edible, so I pulled together some glitter playdough from this great tutorial. I asked Mary Jo to print up some stickers for me when she did the invitations. She did not disappoint!
Monday, June 21, 2010
The cupcakes still make me smile. The decorations are made out of fondant, and the cute cups came from Bake it Pretty. I used this Sprinkles strawberry cupcake recipe and my own icing recipe. These cupcakes baked up with the perfect dome; I just love it when that happens.
I found the strawberry marshmallow recipe at MarthaStewart.com. This was a fun experiment for me, but it turned out quite messy to make.
Sunday, June 20, 2010
I found some great free printables during my planning phase including the lemonade tags you can download here.
I had a great time putting together some fun foods for the kiddos including kid's meals in strawberry baskets and strawberry milk. You can purchase the strawberry baskets and the cute straws in the previous photo at Bake it Pretty.
I'm saving the desserts for another post, so I think I'll take a break and eat a cupcake.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Unfortunately for Todd, most of my preparation activities revolve around Avery's birthday. This year's theme is a berry sweet birthday. I recently finished up this dress for Avery using the Farbenmix Vida pattern. The fabrics are quite an assortment of Michael Miller, Jennifer Paganelli, Robert Kaufman, Tanya Whelan, and Barbara Jones. It has actually been a while since I've sewn anything for Avery given the numerous other gifts, etc. I've been working on. This one was so much fun to put together.
I love all of the extra ruffles and trims.
I'll have tons more to show you after the party, but I wanted to give a hint of a preview with the dress. I may be tempted to show more, but we'll see if I get around to it. Boy, do I love party prep!