I got crafty for Josie's second birthday. She is obsessed with Sesame Street, so I told Charity to pick up a cake pan and I would bake her birthday cake. She got this Abby Cadabby pan and Abby cupcake liners and I baked them up!
I have to say I am not that great at baking character cakes. Well, the baking is OK, but the decorating. It is really hard to recreate something specific in buttercream. Abby looks like she had an industrial accident; her mouth is kind of weird and she looks like she has caterpillars crawling on her eyes. It is lucky two year olds are so forgiving!
The women I knit with are really creative and inspiring. One night, they were all talking about the freezer paper stencils they had made and the cute shirts that resulted. I finally tried it, making this shirt for Josie. It was really fun to make! I was going for a dachshund, since Josie's dog Oliver is a dachsie, but I couldn't find the exact-o knife so I had to use scissors, which meant no details. So the doggie looks sort of like a seal, since I couldn't make an ear. I love the metallic paint though. Very cute. To spice things up, I sewed 3/8" ribbon along the bottom hem. It has polka dots in pink, turquoise, and other coordinating colors. Hopefully the whole works will hold up in the laundry. I can hardly wait to make these with Nora and Dana-they are so easy that the girls can paint their own, no problem.