How do you eat a burlap cake???

Well, that’s a silly title, isn’t it? But it’s a question I had to ask…to get your attention, of course. I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday, because I plan to! My sister, Deb, is here visiting and we worked on a project… a centerpiece for her daughter, Molly’s, upcoming baby shower. It’s actually called a diaper cake, but I had to call it a burlap cake so I didn’t give it away…and you’d be slightly surprised in my post.

The cake turned out SO adorable and I decided to share it with you. Deb wanted something simple so that’s what we made… It only involves a few items… diapers, (we used newborn size), small size rubber bands, a cake pan if you have one…about a 12″ one works great, the inside cardboard tube from a roll of paper towels, some ribbon, (we used 2 different burlap ribbons), some kind of stuffed animal, a needle and thread and a round piece of cardboard or a flat cake plate a little bigger than your diaper cake.

One of the hardest things we ran into was finding plain white diapers…without astronauts or zebras or robots on them… We finally found some newborn sized ones that had a very faint pattern on them.

We first took the diapers and rolled them all up, from the waist edge to the crotch area, like this…and used the rubber bands to hold them in place.

Then we took my 12″ cake pan and stood them in it, all along the outside edge, working our way to the middle…Try to keep the fattest edge to the outside in the pan. They will sort of fall over if you do it by yourself…that’s what’s nice about having a “sister!” :o)

When you get to the middle, with your pan all filled with standing up diapers, take your paper towel cardboard tube and wiggle it into the middle of the diapers. This is going to allow you to add a second layer… When you get the tube in the center, stuff one of your diapers down in it, for extra stability.

Then tie a piece of string or jute (it’s what we used), around the bottom diapers… and pull it tight enough to hold them. It will be just above the rim of the cake pan… Once you get it tied, you can tilt the cake pan its side and the diapers will easily come out in a big clump and you can set it all on a piece of cardboard, or a platter if you have one. (I’m sorry, but we were having so much fun, I forgot to take pictures in the “early stages.”)

So now you have the diapers all tied to a cardboard tube sticking up in the middle. Now you’ll want to take a diaper and hold it up to your cardboard tube and cut the tube off below where the diaper comes to. The tube is just for support…Stuff another diaper down in this upper section. Now take your other diapers and place them around the tube on the second row… it helps to have a person helping you on this part… (gotta love my sister again!) Then when you get it a few layers thick, take another piece of string or jute and tie these diapers in place… So now it should look something like this…

Isn’t it looking cute already?

Deb bought 2 different kinds of burlap…one with polka dots and one with lace. We put the wider polka dotted lace on the bottom and I used a needle and thread to stitch the ends together in the back…

I did the same with the narrower piece of burlap with the lace on it; stitched it in place.

So now it was really looking cute… we knew we had picked the right patterns on the burlap.

Originally, Deb was wanting to set a lamb on the top of the cake, for “decoration” but the one she bought was too big. So we took him back and got a bear..but when we brought him home, HE was too big… Fortunately my mom had bought a sweet little bear to send back for Molly, and we ended up using him. He had a “substantial” behind, and we had a dickens of a time trying to get him to sit on the top of the cake, so in the end, Deb finally found a cute way to place him on the cake… I tied him on with a piece of clear thread around his neck…

We tied a bow out of the polka dotted burlap and I stitched it to the top piece of burlap.

We were looking at Hobby Lobby for some kind of little burlap flowers to sprinkle around the bottom edge of the cake, and we happened upon these sweet flowers; some with musical notes on them… They were PERFECT and we decided they looked cutest sprinkled on the top of the cake…as little mister bear looks on curiously…

So this was our finished cake… We thought it was adorable, and hope you do too!

Deb is going to transport the cake home in a box…it’s actually pretty sturdy. Then she’ll find a doily or something pretty to cover the cardboard base it’s sitting on.

SO… HOW DO YOU EAT A BURLAP CAKE? You don’t, you just smile at it…and say “Awwww…”

Thanks everyone… Have a great weekend!
I’ll see you on Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Another Saturday of Show and Tell…

This is beginning to get ridiculous me not being able to get any sewing done… I sure hope I don’t forget how to make doll clothes. I had every intention to get in there today…but my hubby asked for a haircut… (can’t put doll sewing before that). Then he asked if I could mend his socks…he’s only been asking me for about the last 3 weeks… so I had to do it… (can’t put doll sewing before that).
I had to take care of a phone problem at my mom’s and had to do it at HER house… (can’t put doll sewing before that). I had to figure out what I was going to give as a gift for a bridal shower tomorrow… I’ll show you below what I decided on…
The man called about us getting flooring (HALLELUJAH) and he’s coming in the morning at 8:00, so we had to clear out some stuff in our living room sweep the floors, get down any cobwebs, wash the windows, etc. It’s just the first step but I’m so excited!! I’ve been waiting and walking on plywood floors for 13 years!

I have the floor man coming out at 8:00 Saturday morning, then I have the bridal shower at 12:00 and I’ll have to leave it a little before 2:00 as we’re meeting Sara’s mom (my Columbian friend) for her birthday lunch at 2:00. I have a full day so there probably won’t be any sewing tomorrow either. I think this just might be the busiest week I’ve had in a long time… then my sisters and brother are coming in next Tuesday. In the middle of all this I do have some wonderful news… I have something very special to share next week… at least I hope I do! Stay tuned…

Okay, so now on to today’s show and tell… Today, in the mail, I received the most beautiful and delicate lace I may have ever seen… It is a black lace and so sheer and lightweight it’s unreal. Look at these pictures…

I placed it on top of a few different fabrics… just to see the effect. Thank you SO much ___________! I just love it!!!!!

Here we go again… remember a while back Rebecca said, “Mom, why can’t we just buy a gift instead of making something…?” Well, it happened again… I found myself looking at gift cards in Kroger and then my mind flashed to something that I thought would be more creative… Brownies in a Jar for my gift to the bride… They could be saved for some night when they both were craving chocolate and think how fun it would be to make them together! So I stopped looking at gift cards and went to the baking aisle… picked up some pecans and chocolate chips and that was all I needed…oops, I did buy her a new 8×8 pan to bake them in… I thought that might be nice… Two jars will be for the bridal shower and one will be for the birthday girl…

I’ve made them so often it’s pretty quick for me! Decorate the hang tags and then decorate them with some coordinating flowers…that’s the fun part… Here’s a peek at them…

…a side view so you can see the layers…

I did a post one time on making them, so if you’d like to see it, you can click “Brownies in a Jar.”

Marilyn wanted to know if I had any more vacation pictures from down at Deb’s… just 2 from an antique shop we went to…It was HUGE!

Well, I still have to get a few things done, so I’m sorry about nothing to show you on Nora… I’ll keep trying… :o/

See you Monday,
Blessings, Jeanne

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“Southern Charm” is looking charming and a sleeve tutorial…

I was able to spend a fair amount of time on Addy’s dress today and it’s starting to look like something seen in the 1860’s! Addy is liking it very much and loves it each time there is a fitting! We had PLENTY of them today…

The sleeve underarm seam was stitched up… the skirt was attached to the bodice and there’s a nice softly rounded point in front, the snaps are sewn on the back and the handwork on the inside is finished!

As I said before, the short lacy sleeves can be worn pulled down or pushed up, almost under the ruffle.

It’s not stitched on yet, but I’m considering the tiny tatted lace trim going around the neckline area…

Here’s one more look with the sleeves pushed up…

Susette asked a few days ago about the construction of the sleeves. I’ve taken a few pictures and hope I can explain it to you so you’ll understand. It’s really quite simple and I probably should have done a sleeve from scratch, so you could see every single step.

When the sleeve has been cut out, finish the bottom edge with a rolled hem on a serger or a tiny zig zag. I pulled up the lace so you could see the edge.

Lay a piece of lace across the bottom of the sleeve about 1/8th of an inch from the serged edge and stitch with a very tiny zig zag or a straight stitch… make sure you stay on the lace or you’ll have gaps in it when it’s pulled up.

Now you are going to flip the sleeve over to the wrong side and using a piece of 1/8″ elastic, (longer than your sleeve’s bottom edge) you want to lay it down so it’s about 3/8″ away from the edge of the lace you just stitched on. Stitch the end of the elastic in place to hold it. Using your largest zig zag stitch, shorten your stitch length and hold the elastic between the zig zagging making sure not to catch it on the sides. It won’t pull up right if you catch it. The zig zag stitches just make a sort of thread casing instead of adding bulk with an enclosed casing. When you get to the end, just run your stitches off the fabric. Don’t pull up your elastic yet! (If you forget and pull up your elastic, try to work out the gathers before you add the second piece of lace. You can still add that second row of lace but it’s much easier if the elastic isn’t gathered up.)

Here’s what it looks like on the top side.

Now it’s time to take the second piece of lace and let it overlap the first piece by just a little bit. It needs to be stitched on so your stitching doesn’t get in the way of the elastic.

I hope you’ll stay tuned to the end of this dress…it’s been a very time consuming one… and there’s still lots to do! :o)

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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Chocolate No Bakes… my most often made cookie recipe

You’ll have to be satisfied with a recipe today. I never made it into my sewing room, but think this post will be just as sweet as some of my doll dresses… for as long as I’ve been married; almost 36 years, I’ve been making these cookies. Wonder how many dozens of them I have made over the years? I can’t even begin to imagine. My hubby’s student workers, got at least one batch of them a week, for 18 years! That’s a lot of cookies!

I made them this year for Easter, except I added Jelly Beans to the middle of them, making them look like little birds nests.

Kathie, one of my readers, asked if I’d share the recipe. Yes, Kathie, so here we go!

It might be the most common cookie recipe out there and I’ve seen it called Mini Cow Pies, Fudgy No Bakes, Fudge cookies, and probably other names. I’ll give you the recipe and then give you a few tips for when you make them.

1 stick butter
2 cups sugar (You could probably use less if they are too sweet for you)
3 TBSP cocoa
1/2 cup evaporated milk (if you don’t have evaporated milk, you can just use regular milk)
3 cups quick oats
1/2 cup peanut butter (they don’t set up right if you use an all natural peanut butter, it has to be a regular peanut butter, like Jif, or Skippy, or even Great Value)
1 tsp vanilla

They are made completely in a sauce pan and only take about 10 minutes to put together.

In a medium saucepan, melt butter, add sugar, cocoa and the milk. (just use a medium heat) Stir it every few minutes.

It will melt and when it does bring it to a boil for 1 minute, stirring it every 15 seconds or so.

Remove from the heat and add the peanut butter. Stir until it’s all melted.

Pour the oatmeal into the pan along with the vanilla. Stir until it’s well mixed.

Spread a piece of wax paper on your counter and drop spoonfuls of the cookie mix in rows. I like to use a medium size cookie scoop so my cookies are somewhat the same size… not that it really matters…

They start to harden fairly quickly and will get flat on the bottom side like this…You can put them in the frig if you need them to hurry up!!!

Let the cookies set until cool… YEAH…right…not at my house!

Kristoffer was the cookie thief and he got CAUGHT!

I told you there were popular at my house! :o) (Actually, some of them were put in a baggie for Kristoffer to take home!)

I hope you’ll give them a try.

See you tomorrow,
Blessings, Jeanne

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