Sunday, November 22, 2009


Shhhhhh... everyone's asleep... except me, but this is when I do some of my best work. I'm almost ready to show you what I've been creating for the upcoming Christmas season. Here's a hint... Très Jolie.


Wednesday, November 11, 2009


No school today. Went to Target. Came home with two things. Teacup Fur Real puppy - cute. Raspberry Beret - cuter still.


Monday, November 9, 2009


Over the last couple of weeks, I feel as if I have been doing nothing but baking red velvet cupcakes. Between all the recent school functions - Brownies, tag sale, Halloween party, Halloween dance and finally ending with the annual Election Day bake sale, it's been nothing but, bake, bake, bake around here! Okay, I do this every year, but this year was different - somehow (and I don't even know how it happened) I was elected co-chair (with another mother) to be in charge of the Election Day bake sale at school. It was a lot of work, but worth it. All of the money goes to the children for special events. We did very well. Frannie was a real trooper - she made all the table tents and worked the bake sale just as long as I did (it ran from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM) - we did have a break in the afternoon - but Frannie is a great sales person! All the baked goods were pre-wrapped because we wanted everything to look appetizing and sanitary. I even placed each cupcake into a clear plastic tumbler and covered the top with plastic wrap - this not only keeps the food safe from germs, but it also makes it easier to transport the cupcakes home. I did bake other items for the sale as well (some chocolate chip muffins and also fresh banana muffins with a cream cheese filling and a drizzle of chocolate ganache on top), but for some reason, people keep coming back for those RV's! One gentleman came over to us about 6:30 in the evening. He said that his wife had sent him back to purchase some more red velvet cupcakes - she purchased some earlier in the day - and she wanted more - but he was too late - they were all gone (I think I had baked about 60 of them for this event). And, yes, they did have cream cheese frosting. :)~


Saturday, November 7, 2009


Frannie stuck in her thumb and pulled out a plum and said, "it's Sharon - Sharon won!" Good guesses from all and thank you for entering.

This book, "Barbie Mariposa", was the inspiration.

How did we do?

Very Poofy!

Layers and layers of pink tulle in two different colors - 9 yards total.

Very Sparkly!

Oodles and oodles of glitter - 3 different shades of pink. Not to mention all the pink sequins that outlined the wings on both sides.

Getting Ready To Take Flight!

The wings were made out of black foam core - they actually had movement. I made hinges out of paper and tape. Frannie has worn them four times and they are still in one piece. I also made shoulder straps out of very wide black elastic and attached them to the foam core with long pearlized pins.

Here's a close-up of the headpiece modeled by Mr. Pumpkin.

Frannie said Mariposa needed a wand, so I made one to match her headpiece.

I started with a styrofoam ball and a dowel painted green. Hot glued on some of my crepe paper roses along with other floral petals and leaves, attached some butterflies and then tied on some pink glittered ribbon streamers. Voila!