Friday, September 26, 2008


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've closed my etsy shop for the time being. I'm having surgery in a few weeks (hopefully, maybe 3-4 weeks, not sure exactly when). My life has been completely consumed with researching... and planning Kaytlin's birthday party. I finished the pettiskirt. It looks awesome! It's no Kaiya Eve, but I think it turned out well. I'll post pics soon, I want to finish the little top first so we can have a little modeling session.

I made another test cake for K's party. This one looks pretty crappy but I was more less just trying to figure out a good way to stack the two tiers, and I wanted to practice doing the little stars on wires and getting the stars to stick to the sides. Her real cake will look much better, and will have lots more stars and something else on the top, plus some cute pink and white sparkler candles. The flash gives a funky shadow on the cake from the wires. Sorry about that. Again, I am aware that this is not cute so don't laugh.

For the googlers.... I was told by a Michael's employee (who had taken all of the cake classes) that she didn't think fondant could be dyed, and she didn't know what should be used to do it either. Here's how it's done- I used the little jar looking wilton dyes from the craft section of Michaels. I dabbed a bit onto the fondant (about 4 dabs). I kneaded and kneaded for like 15 minutes. Finally everything was all one color. Voila. So... use the Wilton jars of color and knead until it's all one color. It takes a while, and you may have to add more to achieve the color you want, but it can be done. I made marshmallow fondant, just in case anyone is interested. It's easy (except for the kneading part, which is still pretty easy but messy and a little time consuming) and it tastes SOOO much better than traditional fondant. Click the link above for the recipe. It's a lot cheaper to make than buy pre-made fondant or the stuff to make it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

An apple a day....

We went to the most beautiful place in Georgia again this weekend. This time we had a mission - picking apples. I'll be making caramel apples for Kaytlin's 5th birthday bash, and what better source for a mass amount of apples than the North Georgia mountains. It's so beautiful there. I could take a thousand pictures. I just love going to my moms house. There are so many things to do that you just can't get "in the city".
I went with intentions of getting about 30 apples, and was sent home with this.......>>>>> (minus the tractor)

There were probably 12 apple trees scattered about, all slap full of apples, just waiting to be gobbled up.
The best part about apples? If you keep them in the crisper, they'll last for months!

K absolutely loved it. Nanna was cleaning apples for her right there in the orchard. K got to ride my stepdads tractor. That was cute. I spent the entire afternoon cleaning apples. Did you know that grocery store apples don't come off the tree looking all shiny and absolutely flawless? For some reason I imagined they were just naturally shiny and bright red. I was informed that they go through a serious cleaning process, then they were coated with a WAX to make them shine! My stepdad has been known to jack with me from time to time, but it turns out he was telling the truth this time lol.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Go big or go home

That's my personal mantra. Too bad I can't apply this principal to Kaytiebugs! Unfortunately that gets put toward the bottom of the 'to do' list, when it should be close to the top.

So why is this the title for this entry?

K was stuck between a girly skull theme and Hannah Montana for her birthday party... so I let her choose both. Mainly because I'll be able to mix the two together well. I'll buy mostly for the punk theme, solid colors and skulls adorned with pink hairbows. Here's the image I'm kindof going on for the party...

Here's where the whole 'go big' thing comes into play. I'm one of those moms. The over-achiever mom. When you're a "young mom," ya kinda have to be... being a "normal mom"+being young= less than good enough in most peoples eyes. I've learned over the years that you really have to PUSH and prove yourself. This applies to family too, unfortunately. Totally not going in that direction.... PS- I'm not that young, but 5 years ago I was :-)

So this is the big one for K.... the big FIVE!

I'm going to design her cake. I want this cake, but it'd cost a fortune to buy, so I'm making it.

Here's the practice round... I made my own fondant using a marshmallow fondant recipe. It actually tastes pretty good, as opposed to traditional fondant which people peel off before eating the cake. Now remember, this is only the test round. The real thing will look more like the above cake. I didn't buy the right food coloring and I was just tinkering with excess fondant when I cut those strips and layed them on. Trust me, the real cake will be waaay cuter than this! I think I'm only going to do two tiers though, instead of three like pictured above. And I'm still debating on just buying the skulls premade because I wasn't so good at that.

On to favors.... Instead of the usual little baggie of sugar and Made in China toys, the kiddos will receive something a bit more personal. I'm for sure going to make custom bottlecap necklaces for each child, two bottlecaps each and one necklace (girls will get the organza ribbon kind, boys will get the ball chain kind). Each kid will receive a necklace with there name on it (girls will have crowns on theirs, boys will get something equally masculine), and skulls.

Entertainment.... If it were up to me, we'd have a totally punked out girl come paint faces and do balloon animals, but I don't think fellow parents would be too impressed lol.

More to come...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I received an 'I Love Your Blog' Award!

Angie Vinez of "Angie's Fifth" honored me today with this award!

Now it's my turn to pass the award on to 7 of my favorite blogs! It's going to be a tough decision!

Here are the rules:

1. The winner of this award can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link to the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a comment on the blogs of the people you have nominated as well as the persons blog who nominated you.
6. If the blogger you nominate has already received this award, they don't need to pass it on.

So, here are the 7 from my blogroll that I'm going to pick, and why....

1) Like Flowers & Butterflies - Her work absolutely amazes me. She is incredibly talented and has a beautiful family. Her photography is awesome, she sews some of the most gorgeous handmades I've ever seen.
2) Grosgrain Fabulous - first off, who doesn't love a blog that has bi-weekly giveaways? lol. Aside from the free goodies, she sews some of the cutest clothes! Her daughter is so lucky. Her designs are wonderful mix of traditional+classic+mod. Absolutely awesome!
3) Cafemom Etsy Moms - This is the blog of a street team I am a member/admin of. It's a very talented group of young ladies. The blog hosts contests, has tons of tutorials, recipes, and featured artists.
4) Priddy Creations - Pretty pictures, wonderful designs... and an awesome studio.
5) Pumpkinhaus - This mommy is so awesome. I love her style. Her Earthlies are gorgeous and so unique. Seriously, she's a must see. Really unique creations.
6) Shais Creations - A fellow Cafemom Etsy Moms street team member... and a fellow Lollishops vendor! And her tutus? Tuu cute!!
7) MODKIDBOUTIQUE - Patty Young, A Custom Boutique clothing designer turned Michael Miller fabric designer. Her creations are absolutely gorgeous. Her photography is awesome. Her fabrics are super awesome.

Check out these blogs (and many more listed in the blogroll on the side). They're umm... awesome (I need to work on my vocabulary I guess, awesome is getting to be a little played out lol).

Thanks, Angie, for the award!!
And since I've noticed lots of other people using images as a siggy, here's one for ya!

Monday, September 8, 2008

~Accepted to Lollishops~ :~)

What is Lollishops? According to , "LolliShops is a juried, online selling venue for talented artists, collectors of vintage and art supply vendors. LolliShops will appeal to those who love... Elegant Whimsy, Romantic Inspirations, and Fanciful Creations... artists will enjoy setting up their own, customizable store fronts while LolliShops patrons enjoy feeling like a kid in a Candy Store!"

Why is this so exciting? Because I had to apply, and actually got accepted! When maaany fellow etsians were "rejected" (it sounds so terrible, but the denial email they send is nice). I wasn't sure if my pictures would be good enough, or that my items "fit the bill".

I'm excited!!
You can get more info at:

See pictures of what's in store!
So what's in store for Kaytiebugs? Well... being accepted gave me a little bit of a design-boost. It made me feel like my stuff really is good. I'm not trying to act big headed, I promise. It was just a little reassuring. It made me want to put more effort into accomplishing things via Kaytiebugs.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Table Cloth Skirt and Dinner Party Top GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Table Cloth Skirt and Dinner Party Top GIVEAWAY !!!!!!!

Grosgrain, one of my faves, is having a giveaway

I absolutely adore this set! It's my F-A-V-E of hers thus far... wait, maybe my fave is the white fancy field frock... or the Garden Party frock... oh wait it's totally the ice cream social frock. Wait, I'm confused. Oh I just love them all. She has such amazing style. I love it.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Adding to the collection...

There's something about an old sewing machine that just draws me. They tell a story... or I make one up lol. Each machine has it's own story to tell.

My Singer 600E Touch & Sew has a story... it was my grandmothers, she used it to make clothes for all 5 of her children as well as herself and many household projects all through the 1960's clear through the nineties until she was no longer able to sew.

I don't think I've mentioned this in a previous blog, but I also have a 1940's Sewmor Deluxe sewing machine. The model number slips my mind at the moment. My husband saw it at a customers house and they gave it to him. It is a beauty. It's blue and solid as a rock. It's electric and it only does two stitches. I'll have to post pictures after I get home, I just realized I've never mentioned it before. The story she tells... she was manufactured in Japan in the late 1940's, she's one of the first Sewmor models. I visualize her being owned by the mother in Mary Poppins... she shows very little sign of wear or use, yet the machine and cabinet are gorgeous. She may have used it a handful of times to hem up some new Women's Voting Rights sashes.

My sergers have a wonderful story. They were used in a high school for many many years, unfortunately the high school decided to do away with there Home Ec. program. I'm not even going to get into the importance of Home Ec and similar classes in middle and high school, that's a blog all unto itself.

And now the newest addition to my collection... a 1957 Singer 401A Slant-O-Matic. After a lot of research (aka a couple of good google searches lol) I've gathered that this machine is pretty well saught after, and is supposedly one of the best machines Singer manufactured "back in the day". The machine is not in great condition, though... it has been neglected. The cabinet looks to be falling apart (although structurally sound) with chunks of the wood missing. The machine itself needs some cleaning up and oiling, and the plug needs repair. Other than that it looks okay. One of my dad's neighbors was moving and he took it, apparently they were going to throw it away! Shame tsk tsk. My dad had no idea I was a bit of a collector, so he was shocked when he saw how thrilled I was to receive this treasure. Her story? My idea is that she was owned by a hippie mama and was used to make clothing and handbags for herself... and was never used to hem a thing lol.

I cherish all of my lovely machines, even my cheap-o Brother that I use for my regular day to day projects. And to think, I've paid a grand total of $85 for all 6 of my sewing machines :-).