Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Happy Birthday Delia

My little girl is 2 today!

We invited family over on Sunday night for dinner and cake because that worked best for everyone's schedule but then mother nature had a different plan and dumped snow, wind, and freezing rain on us which made for less than favorable driving conditions. One of my brothers' kids were sick and the other brother couldn't see his road because there was so much snow! Dad and Ellen braved the storm to enjoy homemade pizzas and Delia's princess cake.
I saw a cake on Taylor's website that I thought would look so great as the skirt for the princess cake that Delia wanted. I was happy with how it turned out and Delia loved it!

Here's a picture of Delia in her tutu today. She wasn't thrilled when she opened the present but now she won't take it off!
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Make a Tutu

It's Delia's birthday next week and I wanted to get her a tutu, so I turned to etsy to find myself one to buy. And then I figured I am sure I could make one myself. So I did.

I went to the fabric store and got 4 yards of tulle, 2 yards of light pink and 2 yards of dark pink. I think it costs about $1.50 a yard and you could use way less than I did. I made a super puffy tutu! I bought a couple of yards of ribbon and some rhinestones to glue on.

I cut the tulle into strips, mine were about 2 and 1/2 inches wide and 14 inches long (decide how long you want your tutu to be, double that and that should be your length). Then I took my ribbon and tied it between two chairs to make it easier to tie the tulle onto it. I used a lark's head knot to tie the tulle onto the ribbon. And about 45 minutes later I was done.

I decided to use a ribbon because I wanted it to have a cute bow but I thought when I was finished that I should have used an elastic so that Delia could get it on and off by herself and then just tie a bow onto the elastic.

I found the instructions through flickr. If you google "flickr how to make tutu" you'll find it. I didn't want to link directly to the website because she has some, ahem, "artistic" pictures of herself in her tutu!

If Delia likes it, I'll post pictures of her wearing it next week! Happy tutu making.

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Why should you buy less for Christmas?

Watch this video. It's 20 minutes of your life, but it will give you a new perspective about why we consume so much.

The Story of Stuff.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Piston Cup

Joshua really likes Cars, the movie. A few weeks ago he had an activity at church where all the kids received a trophy. Well I guess the trophy reminded Joshua of the Piston Cup because this is what he came up with. Sorry the video is sideways, I didn't know how to rotate it.