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Meet Eva

Posted on: January 26, 2011

Named after Lillian watched Wall-E for the 20th time.   It’s a good name though– one I actually considered for L herself.  She’s from the Wee Wonderful book, which is SO adorable just like the blog.

She’s Little Miss Storybook in the book, which is a combo of Goldilocks and Little Red Ridinghood.  Perfect for L, and well loved already.  I did switch the face with another doll in the book though.

She’s made from two Alexander Henry fabrics, and the cape fabric is by Tanya Whelan (which I’d never heard of before).  I found the fabrics at the newish store in Westport called Bon Bon Atelier (thanks to LivingSocial.com). 🙂

I’m looking forward to making more dolls now.  Pretty satisfying work, even if it takes a while (especially when you hang stitch the hole thing).  The only bad thing is that its kinda tempting to just sit her up on a shelf where she can’t get dirty and messed up. Maybe I’ll just have to make one for myself.

Some things worth remembering/mentioning about 2010.  In no particular order.

California– after wanting to go since I was probably 8 (when my Grandma started promising Disneyland), I finally went this summer.  Even better: I met one of my best friends there for some girl time!  First time west of Colorado!

I’ve tried out many new recipes this past year, but the one that stands out the most to me right now is the French Macaroons.  Probably because it’s something you see pretty pictures of all the time, and I’ve wanted to make for a while.  These were delicious!  Too bad I didn’t get any pics of the actual ones I made.  Borrowed this one from Martha. 🙂  As a side note– I’m now the proud owner of a signed copy of this year’s Holiday Cookie magazine thanks to my baby  brother Taylor and his girlfriend Dana (who’s sister is Martha’s assistant!).  These cookies are also a step forward in my quest to master the pastry (see my list of 100 things to do before I die).

Speaking of Baby Brother– he moved away to go to college in Macon, Georgia this past fall.  It’s sad to have him so far away, and that he’s sort of an adult now! 🙂

In the sewing department I’ve feel like I’ve made some fairly good headway this year.  Sewed many new things, including a few dresses for Lillian.  One of which caused me to tackle (and conquer!) my fear of sewing with Satin.  Now I’ll be all set for her prom dresses. lol.   Hopefully I’ll have some better pics to share of this soon!

Find out that Toney baby #3 was on his way was definitely a big deal!  We are eagerly awaiting his March 18 due date.  I’m hoping I can make it that long. 🙂

We had a rather exciting Christmas present this year!  My sweet new nephew, Jude!

Even though it didn’t change things much THIS year, it’s worth noting that my parents celebrated their 30th anniversary this year!  Not many people married when they are 18 make it so long, and I know it hasn’t always been easy.  What marriage is, really?  Congrats to them, and thanks for all your hard work! 🙂

Our family has grown in more ways than one this year!  In August we traveled to Wisconsin to see my brother, Nicholas, marry his beautiful wife, Staci.  Glad to have another female (and sister) in the Campbell family.  We need them. 🙂   She can also whip the guys butt in most games.

And on the Toney side we got a new brother when Chad’s sister Gretchen married her long-time boyfriend, Jeff.  It’s nice to have another “kid” at all the family functions.

This year we’ve been getting used to having an actual Kindergartner among us.  It was going a little better before we had to take a 3 week recess!

We started hard-core homeschooling this year, and I’m facing my fear of teaching Brendan how to read.  It’s actually going fairly smoothly… especially compared to teaching him to write neatly!!

Well, that’s a very quick look at the last year, but now it’s time to start looking ahead!  Next post, we’ll go for Goals for 2011!

I’ve been having a hard time getting any decent pictures of the stuff I’ve been making lately.  My little model is camera shy these days.  But, here are a couple things I’ve done lately anyway…

This is the Tea Party Sundress by Oliver + S made with Anna Maria Horner voile fabrics.    The pattern was a little more difficult than others I’ve made because of the tulip shape of the skirt (made out of several different pieces put together), and the buttons.  But, since I couldn’t get my machine to do a button hole to fit those big buttons I skipped that major step.  The buttons are sewn on the top, and the closure is actually velcro.  Which means Lillian takes it apart all the time… not good.  The fabrics:  I LOVE the voile fabric.  It’s light and airy, and beautiful.

This dress is half Simplicity and half Oliver + S.  A few months back I made the Bubble dress for my niece Libby (never got any pics of it unforunately).  So, when I bought this Simplicity pattern (2460), because of the look of the top part I realized that the way they did the bubble would just not work for what I want to do.  Which, ultimately, is to make a fancy flower girl dress for my sis-in-laws wedding.  This dress was mainly to make sure that I could use the skirt from Oliver and the top from Simplicity together.  A good excuse for another dress for Lillian.  Fabric: the main one is another Anna Maria– an old one that i don’t think is in print anymore.  The midriff part is Amy Butler.  Sort of makes for a busy dress (for me), but I was trying to use only fabrics I already had.  I didn’t have enough fabric to make the straps, so I just used ribbon.  Twice as much as the picture actually shows, unfortunately Lillian sabotaged this dress all along the way.  Turning all my sewing machine knobs TWO different times, plus taking scissors to the ribbon.  Yikes.

So, now I’m working on the flower girl dress.  Half way done!

Brendan started his first day of kindergarten on Monday!  Here he is eager to start with some of his new books.  He’s very excited to learn to read this year!

Lillian has been doing really well so far at playing by herself.  This is a relief, since she really hasn’t had much experience with it!  She’s also doing really well potty training with not much help from me!  Thank God for that.

Both the kids are really looking forward to the beginning of March when they will be welcoming a NEW baby brother or sister.  Brendan wants a new baby brother to help him clean up his toys. 😉

More Cakes

Posted on: June 1, 2010

I’ve done more cake baking than sewing lately.

Martha Stewart’s Graduation cake.  Yummy dutch chocolate cake, with tuiles on top to look like diplomats.  I couldn’t find candy ribbon easily, so I just used twizzlers.   Not exactly a big hit on a really hot day outside.  Something to remember.  The regular old chocolate chip cookies I made were all gone by the end of the day though (not that I don’t love them too).

The cheesecake I made for Chad’s birthday party/Memorial day celebration went over a little better.  I just finished off this last piece after taking the pic. 🙂  I got the recipe from a friend whose version was better in my opinion.  Maybe it was a substitution I made.  Maybe she’s just a better cook.  It has orange zest in the cheesecake,  orange marmalade on top, and chocolate shavings.  Yum.  The only cheesecake I might prefer over the traditional plain with fruit topping.

My uncle Brad also brought homemade strawberry icecream with fresh strawberries from his garden.  Too bad I didn’t have that to finish off this afternoon.  Mmmmm.

My baby boy turned 5 this year.  boohoo.  😉

Decided to keep the cake simple and delicious this year.  We did have bats hanging down over it, but it was too hard to get a good pic.   Obviously the theme was batman.   And dress-up.  We had a couple princesses, the super-mario brothers, and Tigger.  He got batman underwear, the Lego Batman game for xbox (along with a few other games), Lego batman t-shirt, etc.  Plus, The Chronicles of Narnia box set.  We have vision of reading them (as a family)  in the near future just like our Dads read them to us.  Such good memories.

We’re just wrapping up B’s pre-k work.  Looking forward to ordering his kindergarten books!  He’s learned so much this year!  And we’ve spent lots of time reading together, which is the best part.

I’m only about 3 months behind on the blog. hehe.  I haven’t been doing much creating to share.  Where did the time go anyway?

I think that the creativity might be making a come-back though.  We’ll see…

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