Monthly Archives: February 2011

Drat! I missed some good ones!

Drat! I missed some good ones!
Drat! I missed some good ones!

This parrot for example: I could use the butterflies from this one:

and of course, the hearts from this one:



You can earn points by posting photos of work you’ve done from the club’s graphs, and I’ll have to look into that. This one is still available for free, so I’ll definitely download it for the shelves of cakes and goodies:

and this one for the alphabet:

Cake, Anybody?

Cake, Anybody?
Cake, Anybody?

My favorite food in this world has got to be cake, especially a good birthday cake, iced with thick, swirly buttercream and decorated with fancy, frothy dangerously colored fru-fru. And don’t talk to me about, “Oh, thank goodness, it wasn’t too sweet.” I want that full of confectioner’s sugar, feel-it-rot-your -teeth-sweet frosting. Yum!

I’d like to learn to decorate cakes, too, so much so that a couple of years back, I set out to collect all the Wilton Yearbooks from as far back as they were published. Of course, it starves me to death to look at them, and I usually head out for the Lowe’s Foods Bakery/Deli, the one over at Winkler Mill Road that has the lady that does beautiful work and piles that icing high, high, high! I’d buy one of those little “cakes for four” and eat a good 7/8ths of it myself.
I had to stop that because together with watching every cake special on the food network, I put on a great deal of weight. I resorted to keeping a container of Betty Crocker Frosting in the fridge and just grabbing a couple of spoonfuls during a cake wars commercial.

Lucky for me, I’m just not good at cake decorating. I get nervous, and my hands get all warm and sweaty and it melts the frosting and makes it too runny. I don’t like spooning the icing into those bags either. I wind up with multi-colored sleeves. Otherwise, I’d be broader than I am tall, and probably suffer from adult onset type 2 diabetes.

I do, however, appreciate a cake that looks and tastes good:


My daughter ordered this one from Elizabethan Delights (Charlotte, NC.)

She very wisely requested a small “smash cake” for PJ. This is what he did to it:

That’s MY grandson for sure! He certainly takes the cake!

Just in Time!

Just in Time!
Just in Time!

I finished PJ’s Winnie the Pooh quilt just in time for his Winnie the Pooh party! The outside border is quilted with hand embroidery following the stamped design. The center area has hand embroidered details here and there. I decided to hand tie this area and hope that the little ties looked like more bees swarming around the “hunny” pots.


I found this label at Hancock Fabrics. I’d wanted to print my own label to co-ordinate with the quilt design, but this will suffice for now.

Big Doings This Week!

Big Doings This Week!
Big Doings This Week!

PJ’s first birthday party is coming up! ‘Wish I could say I designed the invitation, but my daughter did it! She used an online website that I’ll have to find out about. I scanned it and opened it in “Paint” so I could cover up the personal information.

I’ve got to get his “Pooh” quilt finished!!!!! I’m also considering composing a “PJ Dictionary” so folks attending can understand all his precious first words! “Pooh Buh!” is Pooh Bear by the way!
He loves the Winnie the Pooh theme song and will always stop fussing if you sing it–a very useful tool, indeed!

AND DO NOT LET ME FORGET TO TRACE HIS LITTLE HAND! I’d like to do that every birthday, transfer them to fabric, and make a quilt someday.