Friday, April 27, 2012

Knitted Lace Dishcloth

I just love knitting. It is one of the things that I love to do when I come home and want to relax. I love it so much that I even knit on my lunch break at work as well as with my fried Bethany at Panera. One of the first things I learned to knit, besides the first scarf I ever made, were dish clothes. Knitting dish clothes taught me different stitches such as purl and yarn overs. Well since I started knitting and since I went to a knitting convention with my mom back in February I have accumulated a big yarn stash. Therefore, I decided that I should make some dishcloths for a while so I can get my stash down. Plus another good thing about making dish clothes right now is that they make great gifts, which is exactly what I did when I babysat my friends kids yesterday. I knew that she liked knitted dishcloths so I made her a few. This pattern is very easy for anyone to do. Unfortunately, I don't know who the designer is. I got the pattern from my mom and it said that the designer was unknown. It is so basic that anyone could have wrote or came up with it themselves. Well if you are a knitter I hope you enjoy making these lace knit dishcloths.

Lace Dishcloth

Dishcloth yarn
Size 6 or 7 needles (US)

Cast on 4 stitches
Row 1: knit 4 
Row 2: Knit 2, yarn over, knit across the row
Repeat Row 2 until you have 44 stitches on the needle
Row 3: Knit 1, Knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together,  knit ti the end of the row.
Repeat Row 3 until you have four stitches on the needle
Bind off and sew in loose ends.

For a nice gift, stack a few folded dishcloths and tie with a bow with some scrap yarn.  :)

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Skittles Vodka

Yesterday I shared the cake I made for my sister's 21st birthday, well today I want to share the gift I made for her. When I first started getting into Pinterest, I came across this cool picture of what looked liked Skittles vodka. So I clicked the pin and it took me to a blog called Holly's Helpings and there it was, a recipe for Skittles vodka. I thought this would be a perfect gift to give to my sister. Now the recipe on her blog is for a big batch that you can do for party favors, I just needed one of each color. Therefore if you plan on making a bunch follow the link to her blog for the instructions.

Skittles Vodka
1 bag of Skittles
5 mini bottles of vodka, your choice

What I did for my small batch of Skittles vodka was I got out five glasses and poured each bottle of vodka into each glass. Next I put about 6 skittles, of the same color, into each glass. Stir occasionally, cover and let sit for about 24 hours until dissolved (it may text less than 24 hours so just check back often). When done strain the vodka through some coffee filters into another glass, repeat if necessary. Using a funnel pour the vodka back into their original containers and enjoy :)

This is the gift I put together for my sister. I used a jumbo margarita glass as the basket and I filled it with a bunch of drinking things.

Here is a close up of the shot glasses I made her with her name in rhinestones.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Ariel's Mushroom Cake with Gnomes

My little sister turned 21 this year back in February. So for her birthday my parents brought her to Fresno so we can take her out and celebrate. My sister loves gnomes, so one of the things my parents got her were Gnomeo and Juliet Statues. My Mom and I thought it would be cute if I made her a mushroom cake and place the gnomes next to the cake. I set up the cake with the gnomes on my table that way when she came through the door she would see the gnomes with the cake. I also placed her present from me and some balloons on the table and we sang Happy Birthday for her when she came through the door. She was excited. :)

To make the cake I used the Nordic Ware 3D Cupcake Pan and baked the cake according to direction. One thing I would recommend is to bake the top separately from the bottom that way the top does not burn. After the cakes have cooled, place the bottom half upside down and then spread some frosting on top. Then place the top of the cupcake on top to create the mushroom shape. Frost the cake with whatever colors you want. You can make little mushrooms to by just making regular cupcakes. If you want some green grass for decoration just dye some coconut with green food coloring. Place gnomes on side of cake if you want or you don't have too. :) Enjoy:)

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jillian's Princess Cupcakes

Once again I was given the chance to make Jillian's (the girl I used to babysit) birthday cake. She was turning 5 and she wanted to have a princess tea party. So her mom decided cupcakes would be the best thing for a tea party, so I made her princess cupcakes with her favorite colors. I decided to make tiaras and wands out of chocolate. I even decorated the tiaras with edible pearl sprinkles. After placing the chocolates on each cupcake I then topped it off by sprinkling pink shimmer sugar on top. I was lucky when it came to the wrappers (which I found at Hobby Lobby) because they were pink with purple borders (they even said princess on the bottom too). They came out very cute and they looked even better on the cupcake stand.

To make the chocolate tiaras and wands I melted some candy melts in a bowl according to package directions. I then transferred the melted chocolate into Ziploc bags and snipped a small corner of the bag off. Next place a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet and begin drawing your designs. If you can't draw then print an image off you computer first and place that image under the was paper and trace it with the chocolate. Before the chocolate dries place the pearls on the chocolate tiaras. When dry remove from wax paper carefully and gently place on cupcake.
Enjoy :)
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