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Cupcake Bib/Dishcloth

One day while shopping for yarn at Michaels, I came across this free adorable “Cupcake Dishcloth" pattern designed by Twinkie Chan.  Twinkie Chan is the queen of yummy and deliciously cute crochet (check out her site here), and I had seen her mention this project before on her social media.  I excitedly took a copy of the pattern home and began working on it right away with some Bernat cotton yarn that I already had in my stash!

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I was very impressed with this pattern and how this cupcake was designed.  The pink frosting part involves using a magic ring, but rather than working continuously around the circle, you turn your work in order to achieve this semi-circle shape.  The pink edging hanging over the green cake liner adds a pretty and whimsical touch.  My favourite part though was achieving the cabled effect on the green cake liner by working front post half triple crochets (FPhtr) around stitches found in rows below.  I thought this technique was brilliant and I love how it turned out- I’ll have to keep this in mind for future projects!

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The original project includes the pattern for a circular cherry with a loop on the top so that you can easily hang your dishcloth.  I wanted to make this dishcloth convertible into a bib as I wanted to gift it to a newborn baby girl!  Thus, I did not include the loop on the cherry- instead, I crocheted a little stem.

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After following the pattern for the cherry, I did not fasten off.  I did the folllowing:

Ch 6.  Sc 1 in 2nd chain from hook.  Sl st in next 4 chains.  Sl st in next 2 stitches of circle.  Fasten off and leave end to attach cherry to cupcake.

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In order to make this cupcake convertible into a bib, I added these two straps to the back of the pink frosting so that I could run a long neck strap through them:

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To crochet these:

Ch 7.  Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each chain across (6 sc).  Fasten off and leave ends to attach straps to frosting.

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Next I crocheted the long neck strap consisting of double crochets with a button on the end.  By using double crochets, this made the strap adjustable since the button can fit between any of the stitches!

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To crochet the neck strap:

Chain 70.  Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each chain across (68 dc).  Fasten off and weave in ends.  Sew button firmly onto one end.  (My strap measured approximately 17 inches).

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After feeding the neck strap through the pink straps, this is what my cupcake bib looked like!  I thought that the family could use it at first as a bib, and when their baby daughter no longer needed to use a bib, they could remove the neck strap and continue using it as a cute dishcloth in their kitchen!

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Cupcakes are so pretty and whimsical- I’m sure a Cupcake Dischcloth or Bib would be a welcome addition into many homes and kitchens, especially for those with a sweet tooth!

Myla absolutely detests wearing bibs now, but we managed to get her to wear this Cupcake Bib for a split second to capture this photo before she ripped it off, haha!  Isn’t the bib adorable?

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To make your own Cupcake Bib or Dishcloth, check out Twinkie Chan’s free pattern HERE!  Her post also includes a very informative YouTube video in which she shows you how to crochet the entire project as well :)  Have fun, and happy crocheting!

I wanted to share about this birthday cake that Ryan and I made for my sister recently!  My sister loves home cooking and my baked goods, so it was our pleasure baking a cake to help her celebrate!  I love trying out new recipes and I turned to one of my favourite baking sites, Bakerella, to see what cake recipes she had.  When I stumbled upon her “Red Velvet Cake”, I knew I had to give it a try since it seemed quick and easy to make!  Indeed it was, and it turned out really well as it was very moist and delicious combined with the cream cheese frosting.  As a last minute touch, we quickly went out to Michaels and bought some pink sugar pearls and icing flowers to decorate the cake and make it look more elegant!  My sister loved how it turned out :)  You can find Bakerella’s Red Velvet Cake recipe HERE!  Just adding a few decorations can really transform a cake from plain to pretty!

Myla’s “Cute As A Button” 1st Birthday Party

This past weekend our little girl turned one!  It still amazes me how quickly time has passed by.  Those first few weeks were quite rough as I slowly recovered from labour and my body adapted to the sleepless nights.  However, then within a blink of an eye Myla was smiling, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing and now on the verge of walking!  It is truly amazing to see her development and what a miracle life is.  It’s hard to imagine our life before Myla now, and she has brightened up each and every day!  

I wanted to share some photos from Myla’s first birthday party that we held earlier when Ryan’s relatives were in town!  We were so excited to celebrate Myla’s very first birthday, and we wanted to make it special.  I searched for 1st birthday party ideas on Pinterest to get some inspiration, and one of the themes that came up was “Cute As A Button”!  It’s always nice having a theme for a party so everything is a bit more cohesive as you can cater the decorations and food around it.  I thought the button theme was adorable, particularly since we love crafts!

Ryan’s sister Sharon is an expert at making cakes and has plenty of experience making amazing cakes for her own children!  We told her our theme and showed her some pictures of cakes we liked, and she spent hours the night before making this beautiful cake!  It was a triple layered chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream, and there was even a surprise pink layer!  It was both beautiful and delicious!

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I helped make some of the fondant buttons!  We were going for kind of an ombre effect with the buttons as there were different shades of pink.  The grey and white buttons matched beautifully as well.  

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It was so special that Myla’s very first birthday cake was baked from scratch with so much love by her dear auntie!

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Sharon also made these adorable button cookies with her children earlier and even hand carried them on the airplane to bring them safely here!  She is an amazing baker!

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We decorated this wall so it could be the backdrop of some of our photos!  We cut out triangles and strung them along hemp to make our own pennant banners, filled balloons with helium and made these pom poms out of tissue paper (following the same instructions we used to make the ones from our baby shower HERE).

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For our party favours, we bought some white chocolate and mint Kit Kat bars and rewrapped them with scrapbook paper.  Then we glued a coral button on each bar to help tie them in with the “Cute As A Button” theme!

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We held them in the small chunky crocheted basket that I made last year (see blog post HERE).  Baskets are so handy to have around the house!

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I had seen chalkboard ideas on Pinterest and I asked Ryan if he could make one for Myla!  We went to several stores to look for a chalkboard, but we soon found out there was something called chalkboard spray that we didn’t even know existed!  And so, we purchased a picture frame that we liked and then simply sprayed the glass with the special chalkboard spray- then voila, we had our own chalkboard!  Ryan spent a lot of time figuring out the layout of the words and writing everything in pencil first.  Then, he used chalk maker to go over the pencil…he didn’t make a single mistake!  He kept it a surprise from me until he was done everything, and I was sooo impressed with how it turned out!  Ryan is VERY artistic and has such nice writing….just look at all the different fonts he wrote!

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Here is Myla standing proudly beside her board as if to say, “These are all the things I can do”!  She is growing so quickly….since we made this board, she actually now has 12 teeth and is 29” tall!  I’m sure she’ll be walking very soon as well!  

I also wanted to extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Kay of Mikaylove for gifting Myla’s beautiful dress to her!  We were actually on the hunt for a dress for Myla to wear at her party when we received a surprise package from Kay.  Along with some beautiful arm candy, we were so touched and delighted to see a birthday card, a little bracelet and this dress for Myla!  Kay started Mikaylove around when Myla was born, so she just celebrated 1 year for her shop too!  Thank you for being so thoughtful, Kay, and as you can see, the dress fit Myla perfectly!  It matched so well with the colours of her party too :)

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We have been taking monthly family photos with Myla, so to show her development, we strung many of the photos along some hemp with clothespins!  We glued a button on each clothespin too :)  She looks sooo different when she was first born!  I of course don’t notice the change since I see her everyday, and it’s not until I look at old photos that I realize how much she has grown.  I am so thankful for photos that help capture these special moments and help us remember!

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Here we are singing happy birthday and about to blow out the candle!

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I got kind of sentimental as we were blowing out her candle as it suddenly hit me that this is the smallest and youngest she’ll ever be….our little girl is growing up right before our eyes!

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Here is a video from my Instagram showing some of the birthday singing :)  I’m glad we can share these special moments with you all!

We are truly blessed to have Myla in our lives and we thank God each and every day for her.  ”Myla Brielle" means "Merciful" and "God is my strength”, and we have been seeking and relying on God’s strength and wisdom in learning how to be parents and how to raise her.  Thank you for supporting and loving our family, and we hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse into her very 1st birthday party and perhaps got some inspiration for your own parties as well!  Stay tuned for some new amigurumi projects that I am currently putting the finishing touches on!  Much love 

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[Note: The people over at “1st Wishes” awarded us this badge since they loved the details of Myla’s birthday party so much!  Thanks for the acknowledgment!]

Crochet Desserts

We feasted on so many beautiful and scrumptious desserts while we were in Paris.  I hope you enjoyed my tweets as we traveled, and we can’t wait to share more photos with you soon!  In the meantime, I thought I’d share a project I worked on before Christmas with you.  I have a good friend who is a wonderful baker and cook, so when I saw this adorable crocheted dessert trio in Ana Paula Rimoli's “Amigurumi Toy Box”, I knew I had to make these for her!

I first started on the dainty little cake by alternating between white and tan for the layers.

We made some modifications to our little cake.  To make the layers more flat and solid, we cut out pieces of cardboard and glued them onto the white parts so they would not be as puffy when filled with stuffing.  I only recommend doing this if you are making these pieces for an adult who will be putting the amigurumi on display rather than for a child who will be playing with them and probably getting them dirty.  The cardboard will not fare so well if you will be washing the amigurumi!  As you can see in the pictures below, we cut out a circular piece of cardboard as well as a doughnut-shaped piece.  We also put some stuffing between the layers of cardboard.

The layers are much more flat and defined now, just like a real cake :)  We then added the eyes and the dainty little smile!

Next I crocheted a pretty pink cherry adorned with a green leaf to sit atop the cake!

Here is the finished little cake!  The pink cherry adds such a cute touch :)

The flan was very easy to make as I switched from brown to yellow and added the face.  I love how these desserts have such big eyes and how minimal sewing is required!

This little flan gets a red cherry…

Here is the finished flan!  We got these beautiful dessert plates as a gift, and I love their vibrant colours and wise quotes.

To finish up our dessert trio, I then worked on the hot cocoa.  We once again added a circular piece of cardboard so that his base would be flatter.  Then we added the eyes, smile and rosy cheeks!

Next I sewed on the brown hot cocoa part and added the curved little handle.  He’s so dainty and tiny!

A melting marshmallow finishes off the look of this little hot cocoa!  Working on him reminded me of the two amigurumi cups I made when I first started making amigurumi!

And here is my dessert trio altogether, displayed on my three-tiered platter :)  I love using this platter when serving jello and other desserts at parties.  Wouldn’t you be happy if you walked into a potluck or party and saw these three cuties staring back at you?

I love how the flan, cake and hot cocoa each have something special to decorate them ontop.  These desserts would be the perfect gift for someone who has a sweet tooth or perhaps for someone who loves high tea (like me)!  These three were quick and easy to make, and my friend loved them!  They are proudly sitting atop her shelf in her office :)  It’s fun not only making amigurumi animals but amigurumi food too!  Adding faces to household objects and food make them look so cute (like my amigurumi Siu Mai)!

You can get the patterns to make the flan, cake and hot cocoa in “Amigurumi Toy Box”.  If you haven’t checked out Ana Paula Rimoli's three books yet, I highly recommend buying them or borrowing them from your local library.  I went through her patterns when I first started making amigurumi, and they are very easy to understand and follow.  Her patterns are always adorable!  Who is your favourite?  Do your friends have any favourite foods that you could perhaps amigurumi-fy?  Thank you for reading!

We’re back from our travels!  Can’t wait to share our stories and photos with you all in the coming weeks :)  For now, here’s a sneak peek of this week’s blog post: Flan, Cake and Hot Cocoa for the sweet tooth (pattern by Ana Paula Rimoli)

We’re back from our travels!  Can’t wait to share our stories and photos with you all in the coming weeks :)  For now, here’s a sneak peek of this week’s blog post: Flan, Cake and Hot Cocoa for the sweet tooth (pattern by Ana Paula Rimoli)

This is the cake that Ryan surprised me with for my birthday recently!  Doesn’t it look like a giant cupcake from the top?  The red velvet was super delicious and moist.  Mmm…I could definitely go for another piece right about now…

I’m a Pop Star!  Haha, well…sort of :)  Last August I had my “Pretty in Pink" bridal shower, which I briefly blogged about here.  Ryan and I made cake pops taking inspiration from Bakerella’s beautiful blog.  We made white ones sprinkled with pink sugar balls and pink ones drizzled in white chocolate.  I got to eat the half-white/half-pink one at the very top! 
I’m honoured to be featured on Bakerella's main page alongside many other pop stars who've made some pretty creative cake pops here.  Thanks, Bakerella! 

I’m a Pop Star!  Haha, well…sort of :)  Last August I had my “Pretty in Pink" bridal shower, which I briefly blogged about here.  Ryan and I made cake pops taking inspiration from Bakerella’s beautiful blog.  We made white ones sprinkled with pink sugar balls and pink ones drizzled in white chocolate.  I got to eat the half-white/half-pink one at the very top! 

I’m honoured to be featured on Bakerella's main page alongside many other pop stars who've made some pretty creative cake pops here.  Thanks, Bakerella

Sweet treat: Tres Leches Cake

It was my sister’s birthday recently, and she requested that I bake her a cake.  I had always wanted to try the “Tres Leches Cake”.  I came across this recipe in a beautiful scrapbook recipe binder that my sister-in-law and mother-in-law made for me as a bridal shower gift. They got this recipe from the Pioneer Woman's blog (found here).   Do check out her recipe and blog as her photos and descriptions are much better than mine!  I had never heard of this Latin American cake before, but basically it’s a light sponge cake soaked with three milks (hence the name): evaporated milk, condensed milk, and whipping (heavy) cream.  I thought this recipe looked really interesting and unlike anything I had ever baked before, so I was dying to try it.  Let me tell you, it was well worth it!

Interestingly, the five egg yolks and egg whites had to be beaten separately.

I’m so glad I had the Kitchen Aid mixer to help me beat the egg whites to form stiff peaks!

After mixing all the ingredients together and baking it in the oven for 45 minutes, this is how the cake turned out (after inverting it in to a dish):

Next came the fun part: I punctured the surface of the cake 40-50 times with a fork!

I loved doing the next part: I poured the mixture of the three milks over the cake.

Here is the cake drenched in the milk mixture (I used the whole thing although the Pioneer Woman did not use the last cup of the liquid- I didn’t want to waste anything!).

Would you believe this is what the cake looks like after only half an hour?  It absorbs the liquid so quickly!  I suppose it is, after all, a sponge cake :)  Mmmm…look how moist it is!

I then whipped some heavy cream.  This was my first time doing it as I would previously buy cool whip or whipped cream in a can!  It was pretty fun.

I then covered the cake with whipped cream.

And then added some chopped-up maraschino cherries ontop!

Here is what a slice of the tres leches cake looked like:

This cake was a hit at my sister’s birthday dinner.  It was incredibly moist, sweet, and delicious: it tasted so heavenly and divine.  I would make it again in a heartbeat.  And the great thing is that this cake does not get soggy!  Give this unique cake a try- you won’t regret it!  Thank you Pioneer Woman for posting such a great recipe!

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