Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Seersucker Bathing Suit

 The Sew Beautiful magazine has a fabulous toddler bathing suit in their May/June 2010 issue. It's a toddler two piece suit by Jackie Young. Plus the pattern and instructions was included in the magazine! I believe the pattern size ranged from 6 months - 4T. I thought it was adorable and it looked quick and easy. Of course by the time I saw it, the magazine had already been pulled off the shelf and the new issue was only available. Well, we were going to the beach and there was no time to buy the issue from Martha Pullen's site. There are some great pictures of the bathing suit on their Sew Beautiful blog. There are so many talented sewers out there. This one helped me the most because I could see the side view. I used one of lil' AC blouses to make a pattern for the top. I figured it didn't have to be perfect because there are ties to hold everything in place. Plus, I had purchased some inexpensive seersucker fabric at JoAnn's for $2 a yard. The bathing suits in Sew Beautiful magizine used really good quality seersucker but that can also be a little scratchy, in my opinion. From some of the photos on the blog, it seems clear that all the bathing suits were lined with a softer fabric (maybe cotton). Since my cheap seersucker was a bit thin and would only seem thinner when wet, I decided to just line the suit with the same seersucker. Seemed easier. For the bottoms, I just used a diaper cover pattern I already had. Here's the final product:
 For the ruffle, I used a print which had strawberries and watermelon. I honestly just used only things that I had at home because I was working on it late at night. (Typical, for me!) I only had enough of the mini rick-rack in red but I don't think I'd used the medium size for the bathing suit. The design is busy enough. I also did not have any matching blue thread, so I justed used red. I think it turned out fine. My mom even thought I did it that way on purpose. Nope... just used what I had on hand. Because I lined the suit, I probably used about total of 1 yard of fabric to make a 2T suit. That's about $4 for the suit. Not, bad! The monogram came from a free font website. I believe the font is called Baroque Script. I imported the font using my 4D software. Once the font was in 4D, it was easy to do the embrodiery on my Designer Diamond. I embroidered  the top part and then added the lining so nothing scratchy touched the skin. It was a fun and quick project.


Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Lorelei Apron and Simplicity 2492

Although I've made many aprons, I still having fun making aprons for friends and family. I think the book A Is for Aprons is great apron eye candy. I just wish the directions were better. A few weeks ago the Simplicity patterns were $1.99 at Joann's. As I was going through the pattern book, I found Simplicity 2492 which is a slight modification of the Lorelei apron from A Is for Aprons.
PLUS, the Simplicity pattern comes in adult and children's sizes. The book only has one size. Since the Lorelei was one of my favorites that I made as a Christmas gift, I wanted to make a matching set for me and lil' AC. I didn't mind spending $1.99 for the pattern and I hoped the Simplicity directions would fill in the gaps the book had. I'm looking for the right fabric to make those matching aprons. Even though I don't have the right fabric, that pattern was calling me! Turns out that my mom is the only one I hadn't made an apron for. (And she had actually asked for one for Christmas! I know. I know! Bad daughter!!) For mother's day, I decided to make her the Lorelei/Simplicity 2492. I used the pattern pieces from the book but used the Simplicity instructions. I took me about 2.5 hours to make the apron and I did not rip out one seam! The Simplicity instructions helped tremedously. Here's my mom's Mother's Day Apron.

The book instructions for adding the rick rack and bias tape where not clear to me. The Simplicity instructions were very straight forward to me. This is the portion I'm talking about

The neck area of the aprons are different from the book and the Simplicity pattern. I like the non-tie neck in the book.  Here's a close up of the back of the Simplicity pattern. You can see the pattern details a little better.

The Simplicity pattern also give you patterns for pot holders, sachet and some felt food (cookies).


Saturday, May 8, 2010

Flower Ribbon Corsage - quick Mother's Day gift

When I saw this at V and Co, I thought they were adorable. Plus, one would be perfect for my mom's new handbag. They are simple and quick to make. The 1st one took me about 15 minutes to complete. I thought they were pretty cute and took almost no time at all to put together. Good combination for me! So, I decided to make one for every mom I will be seeing on Mother's Day. The added bonus is that I had all the stuff on hand. V and Co, has excellent directions here. I only had satin wired ribbon on hand. Have you ever bought wired ribbon from Costco? You get a lot of yardage (50 yards, to be exact) for some where around 8 bucks. I have all kinds of Costco ribbon and that's what I used for all my flowers. The Costco ribbon I used were all 1.5" wide. I think I like the wired ribbon because I could shape the flower petal so that they curved up more and the petals held their shape fairly easily due to the wire. Here's a sample of how mine turned out:

I already had some pin backs and glued those on.

My favorite is probably the poka dot ribbon. I can see this not only as a corsage but since it has a pin back, I can put it on one of lil' ACs hair bands to dress it up. V and Co, had some great photos of different things you can do with your ribbon corsage. Be sure to check out her website here.


Friday, May 7, 2010

Simple method to hoop your fabric

I do love to use my embroidery feature on my Designer Diamond. My least favorite part is hooping the fabric and getting it perfectly aligned. Well... that was until I learned a hoop-less technique from a class I took from Michelle Griffith. Michelle taught us how to hoop using sticky stabilizer. Personally, I use Floriani Perfect Stick which has one sticky/adhesive side and I have always had good results. Here's how I "hoop" my fabric. Choose the hoop you want to use and take the inner ring out. Trace the inner ring onto the Perfect Stick stablilizer and then cut out. Remove a portion of the sticky back and place the hoop over the exposed adhesive so that the stabilizer adheres to the inner hoop. Once you are happy with the positioning, remove the rest of the stabilizer and adhere to the rest of the hoop. I like to adhere the top edge and 2 corners first. Once that's smooth, I will then remove the rest of the liner exposing the remaining adhesive and lightly stretch the stabilizer to cover the remaining hoop. Here's what the back of the hoop looks like:
The above photo shows the inner hoop already placed in the outter hoop. You can see that the Perfect Stick stabilizer does not cover every inch of the inner hoop. The other/front side has the sticky portion exposed. This allows the fabric to be placed onto the hoop and makes for aligning the fabric very easily. In fact, you can move the fabric around quite a bit without losing the tackiness on the stabilizer. Here's a "hooped" piece of fabric.

From the photo, you can see that my fabric doesn't even touch the sides of the inner hoop. It's just "floating" in the center of the sticky back adhesive. There is no sandwiching of fabric between the inner and out hoop. With fabric that is larger than the hoop, I just drape the fabric over the edges. Additionally, depending on the fabric, I have also slide another piece of tear away stabilizer under the hoop for added stability. I hope you find this hoop-less technique helpful. It would be great for velour or velvets where hoop burn maybe a concern. It's the only way I hoop these days.


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Trinket bags

Amazing Mae, made these awesome trinket bags for her boys. What young boy does not have a need to tote his treasures around in a special little trinket bag??  I remember big AC was always carting around his little collections in ziplock bags. Well, Traci did such a fabulous job on these little bags, I had to make some too. The tutorial was very clear and easy to follow. These bags are pretty addicting. I ended up making 5 when I was only going to make 3. They're that easy to put together! Of course, I didn't do any stenciling. Instead, I HAD to use my Designer Diamond to stritch out some personalization for those little bags. Here are what mine look like.

Sorry, looks like I forgot to take pictures of them AFTER I put the grommets in. Since these bags were gifts, it won't be easy to get a picture of the true finished product. But I hope you'll get the idea from these pictures...


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Drawstring Backpack

I really liked these functional but fun backpacks created by Ana over at Noodlehead. I love the zippered compartment in the front, the simplitcity of a drawstring bag and that she used an old pair of cargo pants to put it together! Love the recycle part. I wanted to make one of Ana's bags for an older boy. So, I choose not to use any kiddish fabric on the front. In fact, I couldn't decide what to use in the front. In the end, I just stuck w/the denim I purchased on clearance for $2 a yard and some football fabric for the linning (also on clearance for $2 a yard). I also made the bag slightly bigger, 15" wide by 18" tall (instead of 13"x16"). I also used bigger cording for the drawstring. I picked up 9/32" cable cording by the yard for $0.99/yard. I purchased 3 yards, as Ana suggested. Since my cording was bigger, I had to make my hole for the cording bigger and my casing a lot wider for the wide cording to run through it. I ended up having a casing that was probably an 1.25" wide. The larger casing made threading the cording much easier. Ana also suggests an 8" zipper but all I had was a 7" zipper and that worked just fine. Ana's tutorial was easy to follow and I hope you give it a try. Here's my bag.

When the bag was finished, I didn't like the lose ends of the cording. I thought they looked messy. To addres this, I cut a 2x4" piece of denim and made tabs for the end of the cording to encase those lose ends.

I was much happier with the encased cording ends. Looked better, to me.


Monday, May 3, 2010

A Rosary made out of Legos?

I was searching for something to make for my godson's 1st Holy Communion. He's been crazy about Lego's for quite some time but I had a feeling he's kind of growing out of the Lego stage. I decided to search the net and see what other creative people had done w/Legos. I found some great Lego bracelets and very cool cufflinks but I was smitten with this fabulous Rosary made out of Legos. I really liked the concept of snapping the Legos together to help keep track of where you are when praying the Rosary. I also like the fact that Legos are appealing to younger kids and if that encourages them to pray the Rosary, I'm all for it! Since there was no time to purchase one of these beauties, I had to make one myself. Luckily, my teenage son still has 2 huge tubs filled to the brim with Legos. I made mine slightly different based on the Legos I found and I used only one Lego to separate the Mysteries as I thought this would be more in keeping with traditional Catholic Rosaries. Here's my take on the Lego Rosary.

To keep the cross pieces together I used Gorilla Glue.

I also used 1mm imitation leather cording to string the Rosary together.
Since the Legos I chose to use were the round ones, there was no need for lots of drilling. I only had to drill holes in 2 Legos. I drilled the "4-pegged" grey Lego and the 1-pegged Lego which was the top of the cross.

The very best part was my godson's comment when he saw the Lego Rosary... "Wow! That's the coolest Rosary EVER!!" I think it was a hit! If you're in need of a Rosary, I do suggest getting one from Memento Moose. They are great!.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lost on the net and interfacing pattern pieces

Just a few days ago, I found a website that had a cute jean skirt made out of old jeans and a t-shirt. It was comprised of panels, had this cute shoe lace flower on the front, and sized for a 2 -3 toddler. That was perfect for my lil' AC. I was searching for a pair of old jeans big AC had worn holes through when I found an old denim shirt that belong to the Mr. It was perfect for repurposing. I gave the shirt another washing and set out to follow the instructions to make the skirt. Sounds good, so far, right? Well, in the mean time, my PC had rebooted itself and I lost the website. I've searched for 3 days and I still can't find it. I've got other projects waiting to be completed but I'm stuck! I'm obsessed with finding that website. So, if you happen to run across a website which tells you how to make a paneled jean skirt out of an old pair of jeans and a t-shirt and uses shoelaces as the stems of a flower on the front of the skirt, PLEASE let me know. I'm really wanting to make that skirt for lil' AC before she's too big to fit in it.

I am happy to say that I did force myself to start tracing the pattern pieces to a little summer seersucker outfit I want to make for lil' AC. It's McCalls 5568. I no longer cut any of my patterns. For several years now, I use inexpensive interfacing to trace out the pattern pieces. This leaves the original pattern in tack, and allows me to get full use out of ALL the different size. (When a pattern has multiple sizes printed on the sheet and you cut one size, you loose the other sizes.) I usually buy the interfacing by the bolt and when it's on sale. It last a good long time. Also, the pattern pieces are much more durable. I simply lay the interfacing over the pattern and use a highlighter to trace the lines and copy all the markings. The interfacing is thin enough to see the pattern lines right through it. I roughly cut the interfacing pieces and then lay them on the fabric where I do a much more accurate cut. On a few occassions, I have not even pinned the interface pattern piece to the fabric because the pattern piece can stick fairly well to some types of fabric. Using interfacing to cut out pattern pieces works great for me.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tulle Hair Band

To go along with the Simple Sash Sundress, lil' AC needed something for her hair. Originally, I thought I would make the hair band out of the yellow cotton dress fabric but I thought the outfit needed more white to make the rest of it stand out more. I had some plain white cotton but it just seemed like too much white and that's when tulle came to mind. I had measured where the headband would go on my daughter's head. Then subtracted 4". I used the 6" wide tulle that comes on a spool. Love that stuff. I use it as ribbon when wrapping gifts or to decorate a plain basket. I think tulle on a spool is a staple for all crafters. So, I cut the 6" wide tulle the length of her head minus 4". I then cut a piece of 3/8" black elastic 5" long. I chose black elastic because lil' AC has dark brown hair and it blends well. I then scrunched up one tulle end and placed it over the elastic. The tulle covered approximately 1" of elastic. I then stitched the tulle to the elastic about an 1/2 from the edge of the elastic. I did this to the other side and then trimmed both ends of the hair band close to the stitch line. I took a piece of white ribbon and then wrapped it around the tulle/elastic seam stitching. I wrapped about 2" worth of white satin ribbon and then tacked it in place, by hand. It looked like this...

To add a fabric flower, I cut a circle out of the yellow cotton dress fabric. I then cut 2 pieces of white tulle slightly smaller. The tulle circles were approximately the same size, about 2.5" in diameter. To make the ends curl, I burnt the ends with a lighter like this.
I burnt the inner petal more than the outter to make it smaller. I then layered the circles. The cotton was at the bottom followed by the tulle from largest to smallest. I then pinched the center with my fingers until I was happy with the way it looked and then used thread and needle to keep it's shape. I then added the extra button I made for the dress to the center. I just attached it with needle and thread.

Here's the finished product...


Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Simple Sash Sundress

A couple of weeks ago I made lil AC a dress from Kari Mecca's Sewing With Whimsy.

The dress I chose was the Simple Sash Dress. This is the 1st dress pattern that I used from her book. I found the instructions to be well written and easy to follow. The only problem I had was putting in the bias bound placket. However, since this was my 1st time doing one, I think it turned out okay. The instructions for French seams were very clear and this was also the 1st time I did an entire dress with French seams. I think it makes a world of difference and I really like how clean (lack of stray threads) the inside looks.

Here's how lil AC's dress turned out...

The front
Close up of the trim on the bodice and hemline:

The back of the dress:

Close up of the back and buttons

I was pleased with the way the trim lined up on the back. I started to look for vintage type buttons but I couldn't find anything I was really happy with. So, I just decided to purchase on of those button cover kits. I used the yellow cotton fabric and to separate the flowers from the trim, I just cut the thread between the 2 flowers. Using my sewing machine, I stitched the flowers onto the yellow cotton fabric and then followed the instructions for creating a button. It suggests that light or thin fabric can be doubled. I tried that but the fabric was really too thick to snap in that button cover.  Here's a close up of one of the extra buttons I made and ended up using it in a hair band for lil' AC.

It was a good little sewing project and I'm glad I got the book!


Monday, April 12, 2010

Bunny Hair Pin

My SIL made this cute little bunny hair pin for lil' AC for Easter. She sold quite a few of these to the mom's at her kids school. She's crafty and enjoyed making them. Certainly a win/win!

She started off by covering the hair clip in with 3/8th light pink ribbon.

The body is done next. The body consists of 2 bottom body loops which are just like the loops for the ears and then the full body loop which includes the face. One bottom body loop is done in the light pink, approximately 3" in length. The 2nd body bottom loop is done in white and is slightly longer in length (maybe 3.25"). The the last loop makes up the face and the body. Essentially, you make a figure 8 with your white ribbon, making sure to make the top of the 8 smaller then the bottom of the 8. Then you will use your glue gun to glue down the top of the 8 to form the face. The length of the body ribbon is approximately 6" long. Next you can add the ear loops which are made from a two 3" pieces of ribbon. The inner ear loop is pink and the outter is white. You finish up with the wiggle eye and the 1/8" blue ribbon for the bow.

She also made this really adorable duck hair clip!


It's been a while...

Time... it just slips by too fast. Although I have been absent from my blog, I have been busy (working, being a mom, sewing, etc.). It seems that I have been doing a lot of blog surfing too. I am amazed at all of the talented women out there who seem to do all the things I do but still manage to blog regularly and create such beautiful works of art. I have great respect and admiration for your talents and drive. I have so much learning to do.

   So, what have I learned lately? Well, the day before my MIL's 90th bday party I decided that little AC's dress needed a slip to go underneath it. Luckily, I had purchased a pattern from Martha Pullen, Fancy Slip and Panties, which would work. Plus, at my last MP event I had purchased some extra fabric and I had won some free lace that would work perfect for the slip. The slip was easy to put together but I didn't do it exactly as the instructions suggested. Because the dress I made, had a wide arm hole and lower neckline, I was afraid that the lace at the neck and arms would peak through. That's not what I wanted. I needed to finish off the neck and arm seams a bit differently. I decided to set my serger, Pfaff  788, to a flat rolled hem. This is where the learning started. I'd never done this before on my serger. In fact, I think I'm like most people who have a serger... I'm terrified to move any of the setting for fear it will not work again. I'm slightly comfortable with changing the thread but remove one of them or even remove a needle??? Are you kidding me? On any normal day, I'd say "No, way! Stay the heck away from my serger." Who knows what possessed me but I did give it a whirl. I 1st tried the 3-thread rolled hem and I thought it was too bulky. Then I tried the 2-thread rolled hem. Just perfect! I followed the manuals instructions and had no problems. Of course, I must admit that I have yet to put it back to a regular 4-thread serger stitch but that's beside the point! When I serged the 2-thread rolled hem on both the neck and arm seams, I did not shave off any of the fabric. I just serged the edges and then took it over to my Viking Designer Diamond. (Before I forget, I also used the 2-thread rolled hem to attach the lace to the ruffled trim at the bottom of the slip.)

I turned the serged hem over about 1/4" and then used the shell edging stitch (#26) to finish the edges.

I was happy with my 1st attempted at using the shell edging stitch. Here's what the slip looks like:

I also decided to use French seams for the side and shoulder seams. The Fancy Slip pattern had instructions on how to do French seams but I had just tried them with the dress and was happy with the results. I decided to stick to those instructions (Kari Mecca's Sewing with Whimsy) because I had been successful the 1st time I tried it. I did briefly look at slip instructions for french seams and they did seem easy to follow.

I chose to put some embroidery on the slip to dress it up a bit more. I made this decision BEFORE I sewed the side seams. Basically, right after I cut it out. I chose white on white so that it makes the design more subtle. I used Martha Pullen's 2009 May Redwork design for the slip front. Since the design is approximately 3.5" tall, I knew that I wanted the design to start no farther down then 2" from the neckline. Since I still had to finish the neckline but I wasn't sure how much the seam was going to take, I just measured 2" down from the neck edge and marked it with a disappearing ink. To center the design, I folded the slip front in half (side seams together), marked where it reached the 2" neck mark and then came down another 1.75" to make the final CENTER mark. Since the design is 3.5 inches tall, I needed to find the center point (3.5/2= 1.75"). I used Floriani Perfect Stick because I don't have to "hoop" in the traditional sense. Perfect Stick has a sticky side which allows you to just place your fabric onto the hoop without having to stretch it into your hoop and get it perfectly aligned. I use Perfect Stick a lot! I take the appropriate hoop and trace the hoop size onto the back of the Perfect Stick and cut it out. I then remove the relief paper which exposed the sticky part. I place the stabilizer on a table with the sticky side up and then put my hoop on top of the sticky stabilizer in the shape of my hoop. I make sure that it's properly covering all corners of the hoop. I put my hoop onto my machine and then I can just drop my fabric onto my hoop and smooth it out. If I don't get it aligned right the 1st time, it's VERY easy to pick it up and readjust. Super simple and I love this technique! In fact, I started the embroidery design and then ran out of the house to go to the movies with the family. When I came back, it was all finished and looked like this...
I like the design because it's delicate and that's what I wanted for little AC's slip.

For this little sewing project, I learned how to use my rolled hem on my serger and that I love stitch #26 (shell edge) on my Designer Diamond.


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Chenille Jacket

Since I was pregnant with my baby girl, I've been obsessed with sweaters and jackets for her. For some reason, I've been convinced that this little desert baby was going to be cold even in August. As a result, she's got enough sweaters and jackets to keep all the babies in any Alaskan nursery warm. (Ok, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but I think you get the picture.) …When I ran across Pat Liu's jacket designs which included creating your own chenille fabric, I knew this was something my baby girl needed to have. I had never considered creating my own chenille fabric and was concerned that it would be quite time consuming. Perhaps because the jacket was small, sized to fit an 18month old, the chenille process was rather relaxing and did seem to go by relatively quickly. To create the chenille in this jacket, I used regular plaid fabric. However, gauze type fabrics work best, as they "chenille-up" quite nicely. Other fabrics that will work are Osnaburg and even denim. The trick to getting your fabric to chenille is sewing and cutting your fabric on the diagonal. In other words, your stitching will be done on the bias or using the plaid fabric as an example, your stitching would NEVER follow the vertical or horizontal lines of the plaid. For this jacket, I stacked 4 layers of green plaid, a ecru cotton which would be used as a base for the green plaid (chenille) fabric and the bottom layer was the lining fabric (purple pansy fabric). I chose ecru because it matched the purple pansy fabric I used. I could of used a green cotton but I would of had to work and searched a little harder to match the green in the plaid. And as always, I was in a hurry to get this project started and didn’t want to keep searching for the “right” green fabric. I was also having a hard time finding a matching green gauze fabric to match my lining fabric. (I had started with the pansy fabric because I really like it and I love the green and purple combo.) In the end, the green plaid was a good choice for the lining fabric. I basted around the edges to keep my layers together and then cut out my pattern pieces and sewed the jacket together. Any jacket pattern with raglan sleeves works nicely when creating your own chenilled garment. Once the main pieces of the jacket were stitched together, I stitched my diagonal lines ½ inch apart. Once my diagonals were stitched, I carefully cut through all layers of the plaid withOUT cutting the ecru cotton backing or lining fabric. Each cut was made in between each stitching line. I also quilted the pansy fabric and then added the purple bias tape trim. The last step was to wash the jacket to help the plaid fabric fray which gives the look of chenille.

Here's the back...

View of the lining fabric...

Close up photo of the chenilled fabric...

With each machine washing and drying of the jacket, the fabric continues to "chenille-up" very nicely. Please let me know if you've tried to chenille your own fabric. I'd love to see what you've created.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Christmas Ornament Tradition

 have always loved the idea of traditions. I think it gives people a sense of belonging and security.  Of course, not all traditions are fabulous. I had an uncle who always greeted me with the dreaded "pull my finger".  Good grief!!! I think we can all agree with getting rid of that tradition! Oh, brother!!!

Of course, my vision of traditions is more on the lovely side of things... For instance, while we were dating, my husband and I picked up a personalized Christmas ornament. We weren't even engaged but I thought it was kinda cool and his tree needed some serious help. Little did I know that very same Christmas, he would ask me to be his wife.  Since that Christmas, we've purchased an ornament every year to put on our tree. As time progressed, we started picking an ornament which reflected something that happend during the year. Maybe an ornament from our summer vacation or a house ornament to signify the purchase of our home. As our family grew, I then started collecting a hubby and wife ornament, a family ornament, and an ornament for each child. The ornaments now had a story behind them and to save those stories I decided to create a scrapbook of my Christmas ornaments. It's a very quick and easy project. Who doesn't like that? Here's what I do... I take a photo of each ornament, add it to my Ornament Album, and then journal the story behind the ornament (the reason why I bought or made it). That's it! Task completed. Yippee!

My Ornament Album contains only photos and stories of our family ornaments. Here's what mine looks like:
The album is an 8x10 Creative Memories album which is no longer available. The size suits me just fine and I've got enough pages and page protectors to last me for another 60 years! I can usually fit each year's ornaments on one page with enough room for journaling.

Here's the cover page. I did this page many, MANY, MANY years ago. It's interesting to see how my scrapbooking style has evolved over the years. In scrapbooking, I'm a firm believer in once it's done, it's DONE! I would never redo a page because there are so many pages yet to be completed for the 1st time.

Here's a sample of what some of my pages look like. The pages were never meant to be fancy but to focus in on the story behind each oranment.

I've also decided that when each child finally marries, I will hand over all their ornaments so that they can grace their own tree. My hope is that they will carry on this tradition with their family too.


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Cricut Cake

I attended the Craft and Hobby Association's Craft SuperShow at the Anaheim Convention Center yesterday. This is the 1st time I've ever attended and I was just thrilled with the number of vendors, product being offered, the Make N Takes, and the quality of the show. There were well known sponsors with some great Free Make N Takes such as Cricut, Jo-Ann, and Michaels. Hobby Lobby even had a large both and the closest store is in Redlands which is at least 50 miles away!

Seems like the big buzz of the show was Cricut with the introduction of their NEWEST product, the Cricut Cake. All bakers are going to love this new product. The Cricut Cake appears to work and look like their signature Cricut but this model cuts fondant or frosting sheets or gum paste, etc. Imagine the precise and intricate designs your can create quickly with the Cricut Cake. Of course, the Cricut Cake mechanical parts are food and dishwasher safe and all Cricut cartridges are suppose to work with the Cricut Cake. The possibilities for cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc. are so very exciting!

At the Cricut booth, the Make N Take with the Cricut Cake was a cute cupcake. We were given material to create a box to hold our cupcake which was cut by a Cricut. Then we were given a cupcake and our choice of cut frosting. I choose the scalloped chocolate circle. On top of the scalloped circle, I placed a smaller and thin scalloped white circle and then decorated with confetti shapes cut from the Cricut Cake. It was a very darling ensemble. For more information, check out the Cricut website here.

Sadly, my little Cricut Cake ensemble did get a bit mashed in my bag. Sorry! Here's the cupcake in the box I made.

Here's the complete package.

The Cricut booth also had another free Make N Take which focused on using their dies with the art of quilling. The emphasis was on making the 3 flowers centered on the plaque below. The plaque was already painted with the filigree work. Using precut vinyl letters we added "Always & Forever" and then glued the leaves and flowers to create this plaque. This Make N Take was quite time consuming but fun.

Close up of the flowers. And I seriously need to learn how to take better pictures!

The cost of the show was $15 and a $3 coupon was available. The show ran for 2 days, Friday and Saturday. To learn more about CHA, check out their website.