January 23, 2011
A few lessons I learned with this cake:
*Buttercream frosting made with real butter tastes good
*Shortening made with beef tallow will not produce frosting that holds together
*Don't attempt homemade frosting with less than 2 pounds of powdered sugar in the house
The two disappointing recurring themes that we've discovered while looking at these various items is that first, the items are not usually the greatest quality (I am very disappointed in Nordstrom's apparent lowering standards) and second, the items are nearly always ridiculously over-priced for what they are. An example: a really cute headband with ribbon was $18. It was a thin band with ribbon hot-glued on it and there were some sloppy glue drips on the back. Sad. So, naturally, the only thing to do other than whine is to change the problem, right? Craig's suggestion: start my own online store selling things that I want to my own quality standard.
Before anyone says it, I know there are a million and ten online stores, such as Etsy, that sell handmade items. The problem is, even those places sell things for too much. I'm sorry, but a pacifier clip is just not worth $12 and a plain, no-frills car seat cover just isn't worth $50 to me. So, the plan now is for me to just keep on making the things that I've been making for Sophie & friends and add the other little projects I do as I go. I will have an example picture of everything and then most items will be made-to-order. This will allow people to pick their fabrics, ribbons, clips etc. from a predetermined library of supplies.
In no particular order...
- Nursing covers
- Car seat covers
- Burp cloths
- Pacifier clips
- Baby blankets
- Baby blankets-velcro swaddlers
- Hair accessories
- Baby slings
- Felt activity books
- Baby ribbon/texture squares
- Fluffy tutus complete with wands (inspired by the neices!)
- Little aprons
- Vintage pattern baby clothes (probably just the dresses I want to make for Sophie)
- Baby shower "cupcake" essentials (like a diaper cake but totally different)
- Baby room accessories (name squares, sparkly monograms, jars, funky floral wreaths)
- Simple custom cards/announcements/cupcake toppers
Posted by Sarah at 9:40 AM
January 22, 2011
I know I've said it before, but I'll say it again. Having the right tools and (almost) enough time makes cake decorating more fun!
Can you believe it? It has been 6 weeks since miss Sophie Brooke joined our family! As of her 6 week check up, she is has grown from 7 pounds 12 ounces to 9 pounds 6 ounces and 22 inches long. (Basically she is tall and skinny. We'll see if this trend continues...) Sophie currently has strawberry blonde hair and when you take her out in the sunlight, it is a very pretty shade of red.
My sister, Erin, took these pictures of Sophie on Thursday afternoon. I asked her if she's planning on doing this professionally (or even semi-professionally) but she says not yet. If/when she decides to, I'll be sure to share her information with you. She took our engagement pictures and does fantastic work with babies & children- as you can see here! Erin- you need a website!
Here are a couple more of my favorites. There were SO many good ones it's hard to pick just a few to post!
P.S to answer a question already asked, yes, I made the headbands. When we were in Connecticut, I tried putting the flower one on Sophie to wear to church and dad kept telling me she didn't like it and it looked silly. I think they're cute for pictures. :)
I'm actually right in the middle of a rather involved cake project so naturally, I'm stopping to blog. No, I'm not going to go into detail about how I have now ruined not one but two complete batches of buttercream frosting (okay, mom calls it buttercrap- I make it with shortening so I can decorate with it but she's right-it's not very tasty.) Really, all I want to do on this little break is post a few pictures my sister took of Sophie yesterday. Trust me, many more to come!
January 19, 2011
In other news, while Sophie was resting on the bed next to me this morning, she had the biggest baby belly laugh followed by huge grins when she woke up. Yes, I think it's going to be a happy day :)
p.s one of these days I'll update the world on all of the goings-on of the last month. Lots of stories and even more pictures & projects to share!
January 1, 2011
Sophie all dressed up in her teddy bear outfit ready to go home from the hospital.
Sophie and daddy getting ready to leave the hospital.
Sophie meeting Great-grandma Peterson. Sophie's first social visit.
Sophie sitting with grandma and showing off her little sock mitts.
Sophie holding daddy's finger. Look how small her little hands are!