Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Snowballs and Celebrations

I think I have lost all sence of time!

It's been a whole week since I blogged...
but on the other hand... it's only been a week.
But let me tell you... these weeks have been flying by for me...
with good reason.

I usually post about quilting...
but more and more...
there is so much family things going on.
Which is a good thing!

I will try to balance this post with a little of each.. or a lot of each!

First of all... I did some catching up with my Bees Knees Quilting Bee 
The one above is called Sunny Skies and it's actually a 
Missouri Star Quilt Company tutorial.

This one is a flowering snowball block...
and the fabrics were sent precut from one of the members of the B.K.Q.B.
who has an Accucut machine... and I have to say I loved
making this block! 

Which is kind of funny, because at the same time I was doing some pattern testing

for a giant sized flowering snowball quilt! 
It started like this...

and then went like this...

and finally became this size!
This pattern is now available from 
Whole Circle Studios!
I love her instructions... very clear and concise! 

Then there was the finish of the wedding quilt.
I ended up adding (at the very last minute... as in during my lunch hour before
handing this off to the quilter) a border to the quilt.
It made it more versital for either bed quilt or sofa.

Now, in the last month...  we had something like 7 birthdays and
a bridal shower... and a wedding.
This was a photo taken while  I was watching Evie and Elsea...
on my way to work while mom went to the Dr.

Elsea had a Farm Girl theme for her first birthday.

The kids had bandanas and cowboy hats to wear. 

I made an attempt at cookies for the occasion.

But let me share a little bit of the wedding with you.

I have been waiting for some photos to come in from the photographer...
but let me share what I do have.

This is a quick shot of the wedding cake... in progress.

It's a naked cake... so the intention is to not frost around the cake but
to just dust with a little powdered sugar.

It's really an action shot...
because while I was grabbing the fruit and flowers to add to the cake...
the weight on the bottom layer was just too much...
you can see it starting to give way... 
I didn't see it 
 until the last second as it started to fall over.
Yes, My worst nightmare is starting to come true!

I spent the next 3 hours dismantling the cake and rebuilding it...
but of course after losing one of the 3 bottom layers completely,
the dowels that were in it had to be re-cut..
one thing snowballed into another.

And even though I don't have a final photo of the cake...
this is what it more or less (uh-hum) looked like in the end.

Naked to chocolate, we take a look at the most popular wedding cake designs for this year: http://www.weddingsite.co.uk/articles/top-10-wedding-cake-trend-for-2015?utm_content=buffer3b90e&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer#.VUiUJPxVhBc:
Well, let me believe that anyway, won't you?

So, instead of 3 hours to get ready for the wedding...
I had 10 minutes. 
My phone and I were covered in frosting.
I had a sweatshirt on...

no shower.

I had my dress and shoes brought to me!
I threw them on and put on makeup in the car.

Somehow I made it in time!
The cake was still standing after the ceremony!

The bride and groom never knew until the next day that anything went 

Here is a photo of the sweet couple.

The next day we had something else to celebrate!
My oldest son had some news to share!

Looks like another grand baby will be 
here before the end of the year!

Here is a photo of me and my sister.
I look only a little worse for the wear!

(I'm taller... but she had shoes on)! 


Helen L said...

oh my!!! The nightmare of the cake!!! So glad you were able to save it!!! I'm so glad it wasn't me!! And I'm so glad you were able to rescue it!! And congrats on the new baby on it's way! Hugs, H in Healdsburg

Hildy said...

Glad you could save the cake and the wedding went smooth otherwise. And congrats to another grandchild ... I see a baby quilt in your future;-)

Patty D from NC said...

Wow! You have been busy! Sorry to hear about the cake issues but I'm sure it was delicious. congrats on the new grandchild news!

gailss said...

Great save on the cake and congrats on both the wedding and news of another grandbaby! Life sounds good...and guess they would say "let them eat cake" !!!!!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I really enjoyed reading this.
What a fun time with all family events.

Needled Mom said...

Your celebrations sound wonderful...birthdays, weddings, babies....how much better does it get? That cake must have been your worst nightmare, but glad it all worked out in the end.

That orange peel quilt is stunning!

Michelle said...

What a fun post!! Love seeing the pictures of family and hearing about all the celebrations! Congratulations!

Sue said...

I used to be a cake decorator and can feel your pain with the wedding cake. You have been busy but SO much fun and memories with your family. The wedding quilt is gorgeous !!!

Congratulations !!!

Kris said...

Oh Sinta, I can't believe i missed this post! I felt so badly for you when you said you had a problem with the cakes. First of all, it really did look fabulous! You did great work! Having done cakes, I can feel your pain, and anxiety! I have only done 2 wedding cakes, but I was so nervous! I realized that this was not for me! Do you have any idea how much that cake would cost to have a baker do it? A fortune!!!
Happy Birthday to your little grand baby! And the cookies were adorable!!! And congratulations to your son and daughter in law, on the new baby. Life is really changing, isn't it!!!
I will be up in Bass Lake the last week in July for a few days. I will be looking you up for sure!
xo Kris

Thimbleanna said...

OhMyGosh -- how are you still standing??? It sounds like you've been crazy busy -- I hope you've had time to enjoy the ride! The cookies and cake look amazing. And Congrats on another new baby!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I think your cake turned out lovely even with the problems. I love the wedding quilt and would like to know if it is a pattern that is for sale or if it's in a book. It is beautiful and I'd like to try to make one.
Patty Weis
paweis at yahoo dot com
I have to post anonymous because something isn't working right with my computer.