18 March 2010

sew obsessed

A week ago today, I went over to Larri's house and she graciously showed me how to sew on her sewing machine. You see, I knit a purse last summer and it needed to be lined and given some handles so that it may be used. I was a little scared to use a sewing machine, because all my recollections of sewing from my childhood consist of me somehow tangling the thread and calling for my grandma to fix my mistakes.

I was adamant that I should sew the lining because, after all, I knit the purse. I was determined and with that attitude, I plunged forward despite my fear. I cannot take 100% of the credit for the purse, because Larri helped sew the lining I made to the bag. After hours of cutting, pressing and sewing, I was still a little scared of sewing my knitting on the machine. One step at a time!

A couple evenings later, I made this little cutie at my neighbor's house....

Bernadette, who is a dear friend and the most generous person I know, was going to give me one of her six (yes, SIX) sewing machines. As it turned out, however, all but one (the one she uses now) did not work. But never fear..

My new sewing machine should arrive tomorrow. I have a bit of an addiction to crafts and I won't apologize for it. I just love them. If I could do them for a living, I would. Who knows, maybe I will.

This little blue pouch makes my world a little brighter.

01 March 2010


I made cupcakes for my grandpa's funeral.
He always loved when I baked,
so in his memory I made some good stuff.

First up, spice cake with cream cheese icing.
The icing was quite a hit. I'll surely be making it again.

The next, white cake with pastry cream filling and buttercream icing.
This was the first time I made pastry cream and have to say it was delicious.
I think I'd like to make some Napoleons with it next. Perhaps over break.

I was really happy with how these turned out.
I can't wait to get home to do some more baking.