I think it will be lots of fun to have Melody participate in decorating a Gingerbread House this year. It will have to be something simple because I don't think she is up for making a Victorian Farmhouse yet. :-)
Little Cakes from the Whimsical Bakehouse has delicious looking recipes. I have my eye on the Blueberry Crumb Cakes and Plum Kuchens right now. The pictures of the baked goods are very good, so it further entices you to make some. I find that people really like miniature cakes. Maybe it tricks you into thinking that you are having a smaller portion or maybe they are just too darn cute to resist. From my own experience, I know that my friends really love the fact that I now make my cheesecakes in individual portions. Shhhh...don't tell them, but it's actually a little easier.
I noticed that the book has some recipes that require you to have specialty mini-cake pans in different shapes, but not all of them require that. The front of the book has a section just for using muffin pans. Towards the back of the book are the decorative cakes that require a lot more decorating. I think this book ranges from Easy to Advanced, but they are all certainly doable.
My friend, Jen, recently sent me Weekend Sewing and Material Obsession. Unless you have been living under a rock, I am sure you have seen Weekend Sewing. It's the new sewing book by Heather Ross that has taken over crafting blogs and Flickr. I seriously couldn't avoid seeing the book. Every blog I visited had pictures from the book or finished projects to show. I even had one person recommend it to me because of the cute children's clothes section. It's so true. I love that section. I have been wanting to sew garments and children's clothes would be a good baby step towards it. The Smocked Sundress and Flower Girl Dress would be adorable for Melody. I love the step by step illustrations (by the author) and the simple look of the projects. The hand drawn illustrations really adds a special touch to the book. You can tell how much love and care the author put into the making of the book. The projects, especially, the garments (adult and children) have simple clean lines. It really makes the garment projects look approachable, even for a newbie like me.
If you like making quilts, this one is a winner. Isn't the name, Material Obsession fantastic? Not only is it the name of the book, but it is the name of the authors store in Sydney, Australia. The two ladies really have an eye for color and fabrics. The way they combine prints and color really makes the quilts look so beautiful. Their most simple pattern, which is called Avalon, uses rich bold colors that are combined perfectly. Even though it is a pattern that uses only 12 squares of fabric, the fabric choices is what makes it unique.
I was very inspired by the book and decided to use one of the block patterns for Lynn's month of our virtual quilting bee, Common Threads. She sent an impressive selection of fabrics. I chose the 4 biggest pieces to make this block for her. The block is from the pattern, Cowboy Baby, in the book. I took one set of the block and blew it up. The block ended up being 14 inches, so she could trim it down if she wants to. The picture below is the picture of the quilt, Cowboy Baby, from the book.
I haven't talked about the other blocks I made for the virtual quilting bee since the last update.
This 15 inch block is for Jacquie. The light blue is a linen and was a little tricky to work with because it frays very easily. The finished quilt is for her son, Jon. Jon asked for something minimal, modern and masculine.
These two are for Jenny. I had extra fabric, so I tried to make another one.The second one is smaller because I ran out of fabric. But I had fun experimenting with the striped fabric she sent.
The next day, Easter Sunday, was bright and sunny, so we took Melody and the Koala to the park. She never let go of him and dragged him around the whole afternoon. DH took her on the slide and all 3 of them slid down together.
Here is Koala resting on the park bench. We decided to give him a break from the jungle gym and the (dirty) ground. He might need a bath now after all that playing.
Thank you, Sara. She really loves him. She loves holding him by his apron. I think that is my favorite part, too. So cute!