Wednesday, March 30, 2011

hoop art swap!

{photo: Mel Larson}

Tonight I am finishing up my embroidery hoop to send off as part of this swap.
How fun is this idea?!

My obsession with these only grew during the Kansas trip. It was one of our CRAFTS!
My hoop wall is in progress... many aren't done yet, and I have a few to add.

I can't wait to see what my partner has in mind for me!
I'm swapping with her, so I think I'm pretty darn safe.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cookie Monday: iced sugar cookie tips

I love making iced sugar cookies- although the mess I make in the process is at the top of Kevin's pet peeve list- and recently got to create some sparkly glass slippers and some cute owls for two good friends...

(Kate's Party)

(Gianna's Party)

Rolled & cut sugar cookies may seem evil,
but here are a few simple tricks:

1. I use Ina Garten's shortbread (lack of leavener prevents much rise) and
this royal icing recipe (calls for meringue powder, not egg whites- easy peasy).

2. Try rolling pin bands (consistent thickness is helpful!), and roll between layers of plastic wrap, so you avoid adding lots of extra flour.

3. Dough should be well-chilled throughout the whole process. I like to stick my rolled out dough in the freezer for 15 minutes right before baking.

4. To get even crisper edges, dip the cookie cutter in warm water and cut again immediately AFTER removing baked dough from the oven. You have to work fast!

5. I use gel colors to tint my icing. It's potent! You only need a dab.

6. Plastic squeeze bottles are so much easier than piping bags. Use a fine tip for outlining and a slightly wider one for filling in ("flooding").

7. Work assembly line style, and don't rush! It takes lots of time & practice. Allow drying time in between layers/colors.

8. And finally: Clean the kitchen as you go, so your husband won't ban you from future baking for friends.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cookie Monday: Camden's Cookies & Milk Party

photos: Mel Larson... Thank you!!
invitations: sarah + abraham
cupcake liners, baker's twine, paper straws: Bake It Pretty
paper hats, mini rolling pins: Growing Cooks
baking cup garland & hat ideas: One Charming Party
most apron fabric: Hawthorne Threads
vintage creamer flower bottles: Milk Glass Rentals
cute party girls: Chloe & Camden, Leila & Gianna, Kate & Claire, Camryn & Addison

*Linking up to this week's edition of Blessed Little Nest's Life Made Lovely Monday!
I hope Camden always remembers how lovely this day was for her.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

she's four.

happy, happy birthday, stinky!