Saturday, May 14, 2011

Baking Experiment #2 - Cakes!

I decided to help the 2011 Newton Prom by baking a cake for the cake walk. The theme was Jungle Allure so I decided to make a cake I saw on Amanda's blog. I love Amanda's blog, she is very creative when it comes to baking and is kind enough to explain how to decorate. I highly recommend everyone follow her blog!

So here is the finished product. I decided to make my cake all one color and I was very pleased with the results. With more practice the ribbons will look a lot better. Lots of sugar and lots of work but it was soooo worth it!

Newton Prom Cake #2

Michelle also made a cake for the prom, but didn't have time to decorate so I offered to help. This monkey cake made with a specific pan and required instructions for decorating. It was intense but so so cute.

The wilton's instructions were very helpful and made the whole process easier. I only have 4 hours to decorate and would love to try it again when I have more time to spend on it. But for a beginner it turned out pretty good!

Baking Experiment - Cookie Bouquets

My lovely mother bought me a little book on cookie bouquets for Christmas and I decided to test it out with a few birthday cookie bouquets. They actually turned out really well!

This one is just sugar cookies that you turn into pin wheels. Such a good idea and so easy to make.

I baked the cookies with sticks coming out the bottom. Then took a vase and put floral styrofoam with tissue paper inside the vase. I arranged the pin wheels and stuck the sticks into the foam.

That's about it. But the cookies were really good and the red hots in the middle are both decorative and delicious!

This cookie bouquet is actually made with cake balls covered in almond bark. So I made the cake balls and stuck wooden skewers in the middle.

The flowers are just paper cut-outs I made by outlining flower and star cookie cutters. If you layer numerous cut out of different sizes and color it's makes the flowers look very cool.

I used the same technique for the vase but used brown paper instead of tissue paper. Arranged skewers how you want and stick them in the styrofoam.

Like the sugar cookies, the cake balls are amazing and easy to make.

So cookie bouquets are easy to make and don't take very long to assemble. I'm a big fan and will definitely make more in the future.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

My First Hand Bag

I am visiting my friend Lindsey in Seattle and I wanted to bring her a little gift that would be fun and useful. I decided upon a tote bag from the S.E.W. Everything Workshop book.

I altered the design a bit, Save My Pants style, and used a pair of damaged Dickies Work Pants (courtesy of G&L) to make the shell. The best part about using old work pants...they have a button closure pocket that is perfect for holding a cell phone, ipod, etc. etc. so I put that on the outside for easy access. The inside seams of the pant were sewn with contrasting white thread, which looks awesome against the Charcoal color of the pant, so I used that little detail on the handles.

The inside liner is just simple and subtle yellow and while floral pattern on cotton fabric you can buy at any fabric store. I added an inside pocket on the liner too for organization. The same fabric is used on the underside of the handles for a little color in the shell.

I was pleasantly surprised at how easy this bag was to make and I know I will be making more. Next project on the list: to make a matching wallet to fill that handy inside pocket.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Coming soon...the Internet

I have been without internet access since November of it has been a little tough updating the blog. But my house remodel project is done, I have a yellow sewing room and will be ready to "re-open" save my pants soon. The Internet is coming Tuesday, then I need to hook up the phone jacks so we'll see how that goes, may require some assistance. Either way, next week we'll be back!

Friday, January 29, 2010


Hi all,

As you may have noticed, the blog has been absent lately and it's because I am remodeling my house and do not have a sewing room to work in. It will be done soon enough and we'll be back in business.Hooray! Until then if you have pants that need saved or anything, hold off for a bit or Email me and we can talk.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I know, I know almost a year since my last post

Yes, I have a bad habit going, not posting to my blog, but I can change. Haha. Here is a brand new blog post with pictures and everything! I just finished saving a pair of pants from a very dear friend. There was a large tear down the back pocket leaving nothing to the imagination, so I fixed it up with a dark brown patch (as suggested) and now they are as good as new. Check it out

Step 1: examine the damage, this tear is pretty nasty and if it's not fixed it will only spread

Step 2: place patch on tear and pin in place

Step 3: sew and done. Now these pants are ready to be worn again

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

from pants to dresses

I have added a new branch of, I've started to make dresses out of old over-sized T-shirts. So far it has gone very well. Here are a few of the styles I have been working on, hopefully I will add some more soon.

This is a cool little strapless dress that ties at the side for adjustment.

This is a dress with the neck collar as the straps, added material at bottom for length.

This top can be worn as a halter top or a strapless tube top

This is a skirt with three adjustable ties on the side.