Saturday, April 25, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I also made the seat cushions. The fabric is from Henry Glass designed by Barbara Jones. It's her Bubblegum Basics line and it is very cute! I actually ordered it from her. She lives in Bountiful, Utah.
To make an easy seat cushions:
Trace the seat of your chair onto a piece of paper. Calculate seam allowance and thickness of your foam pad. I used a 1 inch pad and a 1/2 inch seam allowance so I drew my pattern 1 inch wider all around the original seat shape. Also, make where you want the ribbon to come out to tie onto the chair back. Cut out the pattern. Lay out and pin onto your fabric (which should be folded wrong sides together). Mark fabric where ties should be. Cut out. Baste ties/ribbon onto marking. Pin right sides together making sure the ribbon is on the inside. Begin sewing on a normal stitch. Leave an opening at the back to put foam. Clip curves for a better shape. Turn right side out. Push out curves and corners as best as you can. Cut out a piece of foam with the original sized seat cover pattern. Put foam inside seat cover. Slip stich opening closed.
I still need to finish that tablecloth and then we're done!
Add sugar gradually, allowing butter and sugar to cream together before adding more.
If you want your frosting a little creamier, add a teaspoon of milk at a time and beat on high until you get the right texture.
Then, just use icing colors to tint the frosting the color of your choice.
This is usually just enough for a 2-layer cake, so I would recommend doubling this for a three-layer. But, I like a lot of frosting.
Originally I wanted to have a tea party but many of her friends are boys, so a Tee Time seemed to work better. I called it Lucy's Par 2 Golf Course. There were 6 holes:
1. water hole: knock your ball to the pool, scoop up the letters that spell lucy’s name, then throw them back into the water. get your ball into the hole for a bonus point.
2. sand trap: smack your ball to the sand trap, dig up two number 2’s, then bury them again for the next player to find.
3. silly putting: work on your putting skills. get your ball into the hole 2 times.
4. driving school: practice your swing. hit the ball as far as you can at least 2 times. make sure everyone is done swinging when you retrieve your golf ball(s).
5. sitting pretty: feeling tired? pull up a chair and rest a while then hit your ball through the row of chairs and into the hole.
6. two for one: take your pick. get your ball into one of the two holes to end the game.
Bonus - hide ‘n’ golf seek: find 2 golf ball (circles or spheres)shaped objects hidden around the
playground/house for 2 bonus points. finders keepers.
Before the kids started golfing, they received a bag with a score card and stickers, a pencil, and a bottle of water. Then they picked up a golf club and a ball and set off for an afternoon on the links.
All that golfing made everyone hungry so we took a break to enjoy Club Sandwiches (your choice: PB & J Club or Turkey & Cheese Club).
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
I've wanted to do a post on this since I started reading it. The Creative Family by Amanda Blake Soule is a fun and inspiring book in which she shares a variety of ideas that she has used to bring creativity into her home. The best thing is that they are all simple. Many of the activities she has done remind me of things I did when I was younger. It was refreshing to read and got my creative juices flowing for things to begin doing in our home.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Best Ever Sugar Cookies
2 C butter (I do half margarine half butter)
2 C granulated sugar
2 t vanilla
4-5 C flour (I add this at the end just until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl...too much flour = dry cookies)
1/2 t mace (optional...I don't always add this)
1/2 t salt
2 t baking powder
Preheat oven to 350. Cream together butter, sugar, & eggs. Mix in dry ingredients until dough just pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Let chill for at least an hour. Roll to about 1/4 inch thickness on a lightly floured surface, cut out and bake for 10-12 minutes. Bottoms will be light golden brown. Cook longer for a crispier cookie.
Monday, April 6, 2009
-Cover each square with a candy (we used jelly beans)
-Have one person leave the room
-Pick one square (we picked two to avoid a 2 year old getting every bean on the card).
-Have the person come back
-Person begins eating candy off squares
-When they take the candy from the chosen square(s), yell "Don't Eat Pete!"
That ends their turn and someone else leaves the room and the game begins again until all the candy is gone.