Friday, July 30, 2010

It's six a. m.

Why the heck am I still UP???

Well, it can be condensed into a nutshell: I'm an idiot. Oh yes, I will readily admit it. I mean, who else but an honest to goodness idiot would wait until almost midnight to start making cupcakes for an order due the next day at noon?

I rest my case. In my defense though, they did come out cute:

I made these same cupcakes last year for a baby shower, and now that baby is turning one. The ones in the back are just buttercream and the ones in the front are fondant, which is why there is a slight variation in color. I was at the cake store last week but didn't buy fondant because I knew I had some - um, yeah, only it was all tinted already! Talk about panic this afternoon when I realized it was after five and I had no source to buy fondant except for that nasty Wilton stuff. Luckily I remembered that you can make fondant from marshmallows. It was messy, but it was cheaper and tastes better to boot.

So what was I doing while procrastinating so hard all day? I kind of got it in my head that I needed to make some felt food for the boy. I had made some for him at Christmas last year, but I wanted to add to that since he has been playing with his kitchen more lately. It's fun to see him start delving into the world of imaginative play and I want to encourage it as much as possible!

First, I took an idea that I started playing with a few weeks ago when I figured out my machine could appliqué. I had made three potato chips then, and the sorriest chip bag you ever did see. Today, I redid the bag and added a few more chips. I love how the stitching makes them curve like real potato chips.

Next up, I made some pasta. I really wanted to make ravioli or bow ties, but I don't own pinking shears. They're one of those things I keep meaning to get, but I don't want to just buy any old cheap ones. I'd like a pair of really nice ones. This means that I keep putting it off because there are other things higher up on the priority list and I forget about it until I need them.

Either way, no pinking shears meant no ravioli or bow ties. I thought about it and it hit me - tortellini! The boy loves them and they're an easy shape to make. I was going to sew them but didn't like how the stitching looked. I ended up using a hot glue gun instead. Seriously, these were the easiest thing ever and they look so cute. I took photos and plan on putting up a tutorial.

After I made a bunch of those, I wanted to make more stuff. I wandered around on the Internet for a bit and came across this awesome blog with lots of felt food ideas. She even made tortellini almost exactly how I had figured out how to do it! The first thing I made from her list was felt pizza.

I didn't put the wire in the crust because I was worried about it poking through the felt and hurting the baby. It was tricky sewing the sauce without a freemotion foot, but I managed. I kept the toppings simple, opting to only have pepperoni.

I also used her directions to make peanut butter and jelly to go with the sandwich set I made at Christmas.

The tomato was made using Martha's tomato pincushion directions.

Then it was back to Helping Little hands for a peel-able banana...

and her link to the cutest felt strawberries you have ever seen. I still have five more of these started that I will work on this weekend. After those, I'm thinking corn on the cob and maybe some muffins!

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Blogger Hooptee said...

You seriously come up with the cutest stuff. I love these!! And the cupcakes look really yummie too.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

The cupcakes look awesome!! You, as always, did a great job. That's crazy that you were up 'til 6AM, finishing things up. You are so funny. :) But hey, it works for you and that's what matters most. Your felt food creations are amazing!!! WOW. I am so impressed. That looks like a lot of work. You are so damn talented, Sara.

8:10 AM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

p.s. Oh, and not that it matters at all, but just so you know -- The baby who is turning one this weekend is Gavin. You made the onesie cookies for his/Barb's baby shower. The baseball cupcakes you made a year ago were for Jenny's baby shower. Her little boy, Achille, also just turned one about two weeks ago. Too many babies to keep track of!

8:13 AM  
Blogger kingsqueen said...

Wow! Too cute!
Maybe you could put some teeny tiny velcro dots on the banana peel to open and close it. Just a thought I had when I was looking at it. But, seriously, you are so talented.

9:56 AM  
Blogger Polly said...

Your cupcakes look cute and your felt food is AMAZING!! I haven't been brave enough to try a tomato yet. Thanks for linking!

Polly @ Helping Little Hands

11:56 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Thought I'd peek in on your blog from Jenna's, and boy, was I blessed! I love the cupcakes. And the felt food? Outrageously cute!!! Thanks for letting me spy on your life.

12:19 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Enjoyed your blog . . . you are so talented! That felt food is sooooo cute :)

7:23 PM  

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