Wednesday, April 24, 2013

handmade birthday

Since my husband made me my birthday present, I felt the need to reciprocate. I decided that I would make him a Summer-y shirt because I found some fun plaid at Joann's. I've made him two other short sleeved button up shirts, so I already had a pattern to use... little did I know that the other shirts are now a tad big on him. I had told him a few days prior that I was making him a birthday shirt and so he asked if I could tweak the sizing.

Of course matching up the plaid wasn't the most fun thing, but I think I did a pretty good job.

For his birthday, I made homemade spinach tortelini. You may have seen my other posts with handmade pasta. It is a little time consuming, but totally worth it! To shape the pasta: fold the circle in half and pinch it to seal, then bring the two corners of the semi circle together and pinch to seal.

I made this tortelini last Summer and I really wanted to have it again. His birthday dinner was the perfect occasion. I love tortelini and don't have it that often. It was a delicious treat.
April is a wonderful month. <3

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Princess Penny

One of my very good friends is having a baby! I have been very fortunate to be able to drive back to NY for the baby shower, and spend the weekend with friends and family who I haven't seen since Christmas. I've had a bit of time to work on presents for the baby, or Princess Penny as I like to call her, (no, the baby's name will not be Penny, just go with it,) and since the shower is today, I wanted to show and tell what I've been up to!

the dress
I had never sewn baby clothes, and I've always said that when I have a baby I want to make all his/her clothes, well, this was my first crack at it. The pattern I borrowed from my Mother-in-law and the fabric used to be a Martha Stewart pillow sham (thanks again, Irene!) I made the fabric flower from leftover scraps and used baby tights to make the headband. I thought it turned out really well for my first attempt and I'll definitely be making more of these little dresses! The dress size is for 1-3 months, perfect for this Summer.

the toy
Some of you may remember this giraffe from a previous post. This is Georgia the Giraffe. She is a Lion Brand pattern. There is no nursery theme, but on the baby registry there were two giraffe things, so I thought, I'll make a giraffe to give. I hope Georgia gets a lot of love.

the winter wear
I crocheted the pink hat with the bow from Linda Permann's Little Crochet book and the sweater and hat set was knit by my sister, Sarah. She is known for her baby sweaters and I knew that I wanted to give one of Sarah's sweaters to Princess Penny. 

Last, but not least, I needed something to put all these goodies in, so I got the idea from the Purl Bee I made a tote bag similar to their "Inside Out Bag," which uses bias tape tape to hold the bag together. I found this beautiful fabric in a trunk at my parents' house. 

the gift bag
...And Georgia fits perfectly in the front pocket!
I can't wait to meet Princess Penny and cuddle her up! 
Congratulations Wendy and John! <3

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

coconut cupcakes & a cold frame

coconut cupcakes
I love coconut, so of course to commemorate my birth, I had to bake Ina Garten's Coconut Cake. (I like to make them into cupcakes.) They are extremely rich and delicious; totally worth every calorie... and yes, that's cream cheese frosting.


a cold frame
The past few weeks my husband would go up to the barn before chores and "work on something." Forgetting that my birthday was approaching and with my nagging, he finally told me it was a surprise for my birthday. The wait is over and the surprise has been revealed; he built me a cold frame!!
If you are unfamiliar with what a cold frame is, it's like a mini greenhouse for your seedlings. Someday I would love a greenhouse or a hoop house, but this will work very nicely for the time being.
He is so handy <3