Thursday, October 24, 2013

Throwback Thrusday

When I was little my grandmother made me cute outfits to wear for holidays and special occasions. As she got older it became harder for her to sew and since my mom didn't sew there was fewer outfits that were homemade. I had one sewing course when I was in middle school but threading the bobbin gave me so much trouble that I never continued. Now that I'm older I hope I can overcome my fear of the bobbin problems and start creating my own garments that fit my new smaller body. Since losing weight I've found I want to sew more just so that I can alter clothes to show off my curves more. Both these reasons have lead me to decide that I want to sew my Halloween costume this year. So here are some pictures that lead to my decision on a costume.
Here I am in one of the outfits that my grandmother made for me with my dad. This Easter outfit was worn for a couple of years for different occasions. At this age I was all about flowers and frilly things.

Less frilly this time but here I am with my cousin in a sweatshirt dress decorated by my Grandmother at Christmas. I'm in blue while my cousin's in pink and behind us is my Grandma. I'm a little over a year older than my cousin so we've always been close especially because the boy grand kids always outnumbered us girls.

The final picture I have to share is myself in my Belle costume with my brothers. Now I'm pretty sure this picture was not taken on Halloween as our living room was not usually set up for a tea party and the other pictures with this one were from my birthday party (in March), but this was my Halloween costume a couple of years. Also aren't my brothers adorable!

The idea started here with a Belle after remembering the dress above but as I explored the Disneybound tumblr more I realized Rapunzel would be easier for me to accomplish on a limited budget because I knew my grandmother had a lavender dress that I could possibly use. Also I'm more likely to wear a purple dress instead of a gold one. Soon I should have a post on my attempts to alter the dress to fit me. Like I said I still haven't done much sewing so it will be an interesting challenge!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Brother's Birthday

For my brother's birthday (that was last Sunday) I made him a chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting. The cake was from a box but the frosting I whipped together from cream cheese, peanut butter and a little bit of powdered sugar. It turned out pretty well so late night I enjoyed a piece on a plate I decorated when I was about 2 1/2 years old. 
I should have a longer post tomorrow about my plans for my dream Halloween costume that I want to make if I have any extra money this month.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Apple Coffee Cake

Last night I made coffee cake, but not just any coffee cake. This one had apples in the filling. 
I basically made the recipe below minus the nuts and the glaze.
I love coffee cake which is why I had some for dessert last night and for breakfast this morning. The prep work was a little longer than I would like for this simple recipe, but it was worth it in the end.
 So good that it's already half gone!
 This morning while trying to work on a project, my cat insisted on sitting right next to me even though I told him there was no room. I guess he proved me wrong.

This is his "Really? How many photos are going to take of me? I'm trying to nap here" face.
 Seriously. There are about ten more photos besides these ones.
Happy Kitty sitting in the sunshine.