I can't seem to stop making! My mom took me to this very quaint little quilt shop called Village Dry Goods and I picked up some beautiful fat quarters of cotton prints and some very lovely wool felt. After that, I was feeling inspired so I made the first little creature for my spring collection---a cutie cottontail rabbit!
This little guy is made from wool fabric and stuffed with wool and has accents of cotton: a hand embroidered face, a little bowtie, and a very fluffy organic cotton pom pom tail!
For Christmas my Nana decided that she wanted to give my little cousins some of the pop-up puppets that I make. She wanted two kitty cats to gift. I set to making them and I ended up with a slightly different design than the previous ones but I am quite pleased with the result!
A few days ago I was very excited to receive my copy of Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders in the mail! I love that it has different chapters for different types of fabric. I contributed my Pretend Sewing Machine pattern to the Wool section.
(c) Tara Donne
I made the very first pretend sewing machine in 2008 for a customer with a two-year-old daughter who was fascinated with her mom's sewing machine. She wanted to be just like mom and with a pretend sewing machine she could! Since then, I have made upwards of 30 of these softies.
I hope you enjoy making them for the children in your life!
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Making gingerbread houses is a Christmastime tradition in my family. This year I made gingerbread houses with my students in the baking class that I am teaching. The recipe comes from a video my mom checked out from the library many years ago called "Gingerbread Fun for Everyone".
Gingerbread Houses Yield: 6 houses
DRY INGREDIENTS 4-5 C. Flour 1 Tbsp Baking Soda 3/4Tbsp Ginger 3/4 Tbsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
WET INGREDIENTS 1 C. brown sugar 1C. shortening 1 C. molasses
1. In a pot, combine wet ingredients and heat on medium until well blended, 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally. Add dry ingredients, except for 1 C. flour set aside, and mix. When ball forms sprinkle extra flour on board and knead dough. Divide into 2-3 sections. Leftovers can be made into cookies.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough 1/8" thick. Place patterns on dough and cut with a sharp knife. Place on cookie sheet and flatten with fingers to remove air bubbles. Cut out windows and doors AFTER baking. Bake 7-8 minutes.
3. While still on tray, straighten edges, cut doors, windows, chimney. cool completely on rack after removing them from cookie sheet when cool.
Icing Recipe 4 C. powdered sugar 2 egg whites (made from powdered egg whites) 1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
4. Combine in bowl. Mix at low speed and then on high, cover w/ damp cloth to keep frosting from drying out.
my students hard at work assembling....
my quick little demo house for showing how to use a pastry bag...