i really did have much better intentions for my blog this month, but life just... took over.
a lot of ups and downs- my grama in the ER, rehab and finally HOME!, penelope is growing in leaps and bounds, but is officially a "teenager," christmas crafting (still half finished, typical!)...
an amazing thing happened.
we got buried in snow.
and it was lovely.
but, just as quickly... we drove to the cape, shoveled ourselves in, loaded up a uhual (with INSANELY heavy furniture), drove it back to providence, got stood up by some craigslist movers, the locks froze, unloaded... yeah... and in retrospect, probably would CANCEL such plans during the next blizzard.
a brunch is such a perfect type of part of a baby shower... a fresh new day, guests happy and energized, yummy food. but there is always the question of forbidden sweets in the early pat of the day. enter the perfect applesauce "cakes."
i was introduced to this recipe (which I've since adapted) but my mother-in-law, as it was the "family" birthday cake.
when i was invited to my dear friend Deb's recent baby shower brunch, i was quick to beg to lend a hand. these cupcakes were requested.
guilt-free for morning time, but wonderfully sweet and delicious, they are perfect any time of day, but extra- wonderful for showers, baby birthdays and the like... a minimal amount of sugar, whole wheat and organic... kid tested, mom approved!
for this batch, i wasn't sure of a party theme, so a simple pale blue and green was perfect. with white non-peril sprinkles and toppers made from martha stewart paper seals stuck double-sided on a toothpick. SO easy and chic.
my dear friend deb is expecting her second child, a boy, next month after a very stressful pregnancy. i've been pulling images together for her for months wanting to get this board up for her before they moved... better late than never, i suppose. at least it's here before the baby!
at long last, my ideas for baby boy b.'s nursery...
i started teaching kids sewing classes in my studio here in providence last spring. after a fall of the flu, the girls were ready and rearing to start up again earlier this month. i wanted to do a project that required pretty basic sewing skills to get them going again, but also something that would get their creative juices flowing. with just a two meetings before thanksgiving day, the girls pulled out some pretty unbelievable table runners (and managed to keep them a surprise from their moms!)...
i pulled a bunch of festive, fall-like fabrics from good ol' jo-ann's and had the girls start by sketching. they assigned each fabric a colored pencil and went to work designing their own patterns for the runner, which was put together like a quilt-top.
we made a team effort of cutting the pieces, they arranged them according to their diagrams and got busy sewing. and ironing. and sewing. and ironing. ironing. ironing...
once the top pieces all came together, they pressed it all again, sewed on a backing n their favorite fabric (the one with sparkles, of course!), turned them inside out, pressed again and stitched the bottoms closed.
the girls were THRILLED with their results, moms almost in tears, and, i have to say, i was blown away as well. they were GORGEOUS.