Sunday, April 19, 2009

Dish Towel Handbag

I made this nifty handbag using two coordinating dish towels. The bag is reversible and can carry all your necessities, plus more! It was relatively easy to make; the hardest part for me was sewing around the handles. It turned out cuter than expected and I was very pleased with the end result as was Esme who received it as a birthday gift.


Polka dots

or squiggles!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Whimsical Teacup Wristlets

I found this teacup wristlet pattern in a book called, Pretty Little Purses and Pouches, and fell in love with it. Given that I'm not a quilter, the pattern was difficult for me, even with help from my mom who's a wonderful seamstress. Needless to say, I was determined to figure it out -- I really wanted to make this wristlet for my friend's birthday gift. It took two days to make my first one but the end result was well worth the time! And by the time I finished with the fifth one, I could sew without referring back to the pattern.

One of my favorite things about sewing these, is creating fun color pallets with the fabrics. A few of my friends have been recipients of these and although I haven't made one for myself yet, it is on my to do list.
These are not only whimsical but practical too!
Fits on your wrist
and has a zipper and lining

Wednesday's Surprise

Wow! Esme and Steph left me speechless this afternoon when they presented me with this patchwork tablecloth and napkin set, a collaborative effort from the both of them. I don't really know exactly what I did to deserve such a generous, beautiful gift (it's not even close to my birthday) and words can hardly express my gratitude for this true labor of love.
My friends know me well; well enough to know that I really wanted to make a blue patchwork tablecloth for my table but that I probably would never get around to making one. They also know me well enough to know that blue is may favorite color and this tablecloth is filled with wonderful blue tones that look lovely in my dinning room.

I'm so honored that they would take time out of their very busy schedules to make such a beautiful and thoughtful gift for me. I will treasure it forever.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Sugar Flowers

Here's my first attempt at making sugared flowers. I wanted to use violets because they are edible and they were right size for my mini Easter cupcakes. I used pesticide-free violets that I bought from the farmer's market.

To sugar the flowers, I combined 2 teaspoons of egg white powder with 2 teaspoons of water. I used a small paint brush to brush the entire flower, front and back with the egg white; it is important to coat the entire flower with egg white, any part that's not coated will decompose. After coated with the egg white, I then sprinkled super fine sugar over them. I didn't have super-fine sugar on hand but it can easily be made by putting regular sugar in the food processor for 60 seconds.

After the flowers are sugared they need to be set out to dry. It's best to dry them on a mesh screen so the air can get around the entire flower allowing them to dry faster. If you don't have a mesh screen you can place them on parchment paper, occasionally turning them so that they dry completely. Once dry, they can be stored for weeks in an air-tight container. Finished carrot cupcakes with cream cheese icing and sugared violets.