What I've been up to lately...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Making a Rainbow

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Intersection Tee Guest Post at Twin Dragonfly Designs

Come visit me today at Twin Dragonfly Designs.  It's One for the Boys T-shirt Week and I'm sharing a tutorial to make this cool tee (using something a little unusual!)...
see ya over there!

Monday, May 20, 2013

The Twin to Twin T-shirt Exchange

I like to dress my twin toddlers in coordinating outfits, but not matching...matching makes it too hard to tell them apart!  I had a brainstorm for the simplest way ever to make coordinating T-shirts.  Well, not really make...more like refashion in a cut and paste sort of way.

I started with two T-shirts in different colors.
I cut them both off at the same point below the arms.
 Pinning them together helped me lazily quickly cut both shirts at once.
Then stitched the bottom of one to the top of the other and vice versa.
I finished them off by top stitching using a double needle.
From start to finish the swap took about 15 minutes...
but the cuteness will last all season!
Hooray for fast and easy!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

School Spirit Sugar Cookie Pops

This past weekend was the school fair at my children's elementary school.
I made these cookies for the bake sale booth and they were a huge hit!  They are easy and fun to make - like playing with play dough!  I found the idea and a great tutorial at The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle.
To make these cookie lollipops...
Start with a great sugar cookie recipe.  
My Favorite Sugar Cookie Recipe:
1 1/2 c unsalted butter
2 c sugar
2 tsp pure almond flavoring
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
5 c flour
gel food coloring

cream butter and sugar together.
mix in almond flavoring and eggs.
slowly add flour, salt and baking powder. mix until well combined.
divide dough and mix in coloring.
refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling or shaping cookies.

When the dough is ready to work with, make a small ball of each color.
Roll each ball into a 2 inch snake and place the two snakes next to each other.
Roll the two snakes together into one longer skinnier snake 12- 13 inches long.  Not too skinny, you don't want it to break when you coil it up.
Create the spiral pattern by rolling the snake from horizontal to vertical (This step amazes me every time!)
Start at one end of the snake and coil it into a lollipop shape.
Transfer the cookie to a nonstick foil or parchment lined pan and place in the freezer for 5 minutes.
Remove from the freezer and push the lollipop sticks into the cookies (I went a little past the middle of the cookie with the sticks).
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 6-8 minutes (depending on the size and thickness of your cookies).
Sell or Enjoy!
P.S.  The fair was a lot of fun too!

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Thursday, May 9, 2013

Disco Fever - Toddler Style

Check out my little groovers and their cousin Danny Terrio --- er, I mean Derek.
The boys had a blast at their first party with a live DJ.
Get down...
Drop it like it's hot!

Shake your groove thing,
They thought the party was all for them...
but there was a real guest of honor...
my niece Danielle turned a very sweet {and a little bit sassy} 16!
Happy birthday Danielle!

The twins are wearing the Treasure Pocket Pants from Sewing for Boys.
I used a small welt grey corduroy with a grey and white chevron print for Zander's and a graphic turqouise, black and white print for Avery's.
I love the elasticized pockets!  Another great pattern from Sewing for Boys.
I am totally getting my money's worth out of that book!

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