I promised you cake and cake you shall have! Sewing will also follow later in this post.
My nephew Harvey has his first birthday in September 2018 and I was asked to help with food. I offered to make the cake because I had an idea and if I’m helping with something it should at least be fun for me too.
(I’m sure if I didn’t mention it you wouldn’t even notice but please ignore the lack of splash back in my kitchen. I finally chose tiles the following month but of course they had to come from far far away and didn’t arrive until late December. They’re actually being installed as you read this!)
I began the night before the party with Sally’s Baking Addiction Easy Homemade Funfetti Cake (a new recipe for me that turned out to be delicious) and some sketches…
I didn’t really have enough hands to take progress pictures but here it is crumb coated the morning of the party.
I used the Chelsea Basic Butter Cream Icing recipe for the crumb coat and the final icing.
Some blue food colouring, smarties and pink wafer biscuits later…
And here it is at the party with all the other food:
The one year old babies didn’t seem impressed but I was really happy and the adults loved it.
For Christmas 2018 I added to my nephews Christmas decoration collection. To follow on from the cake success I decided a festive dinosaur would be appropriate.
Anything can become festive with the addition of a Santa hat.
My sister said when they opened it on Christmas day H tried to eat it which apparently is a good sign.
Nerdy Husband also liked the festive stegosaurus so our tree got one too.
I made one other decoration for 2018, inspired by this Etsy listing.
Except for the stitching on the dial I think this one is mostly glued together. It felt a bit weird to use glue for a sewing machine ornament so I kind of did my own thing…
Oh and when I said “one more”, I actually meant three…
One for me and one each for two fabulous ladies I know.
I’ve had these tiny wooden cotton reels in my “I don’t know what I’m going to do them but I have to buy them” pile for a while. They were the perfect size.
I did tack the paperclip “needles” and bamboo kebab skewer “thread spools” in place with some glue.
I formed the flywheel around a bit of cardboard and stitched the sides. A large bead helped me attach it with thread.
I didn’t think about the weight of the thread spool so the hangers ended up needing to be under them for the machines to hang level.
Pretty cute, huh?
They look good on our Christmas trees too!
- Festive Stegosaurus inspired by Dinosaur Ornament Set.
- Festive Sewing Machine inspired by Ho Ho Sew! Sewing Machine Ornament
Fabric – Felt from my stash
Other notions – DMC Stranded Cotton, ribbon, miniature wooden thread spool, bamboo kebab skewer, paperclip, beads