Moroccan Wedding Cake

Good Monday Morning!  For this week’s Memorable Monday I would like to share my daughter, Tassy’s, wedding cake. Isn’t it fun?!

Tassy, is a bright, happy, colorful person:). She is a shiny, sparkly  spot in our family.  Her wedding very much reflected her out going smiley personality.   Her wonderful husband is used to her love of bright colors.  It’s a good thing because color is who she is, from her gorgeous red hair to her love of abstract art.

Her wedding was  a colorful event filled with the bold bright colors of the color wheel.  Her cake was a four layered Moroccan styled cake with layers of red velvet with a cheese cake layer, chocolate with chocolate ganache, and lemon for the groom.


I hand painted the fondant and pressed and painted the paisley decorations.  My husband made the colorful stand. There were tea lights under the stand and under the middle stand as well.

They really loved the cake.  And it was a joy to make it for them.  I made so many things  for their wedding, but when I started the cake, I said ,”Ah, now I am in my comfort zone!:)”

I hope you had a SWEET weekend. I am on my way for a road trip.  I can’t wait to see my kids:)!

–Tracy

Another Niece- Another Wedding- Another Quilt:)

This is my beautiful niece and her very handsome fiancé.  Aren’t they just beautiful?  When she announced they were getting married, I immediately knew that I was going to make a blue and green quilt because she is a swimmer and loves water.

I used a large scale print, stacked it and cut it with a kaliedescope ruler to make these fun spinners throughout.   I had to make up my own  pattern based on a picture of a quilt designed by the amazing Linda Miller on Flickr.  She doesn’t have a book or patterns, so I figured I would make it up.  I couldn’t be happier with the result!

I wrapped it up with a fun blue bow and took it to the shower in Albuquerque.  Oh the things we do for family, right?

They both LOVED it!  (I’m not surprised). A fun part of the quilt was the royal blue knit I used for the backing.  It was a piece of fabric from my mother, my niece’s grandma, that I have had it around for years.  I figured that now was the perfect time to use it:)


I am very happy with how this quilt turned out.  It is totally SWEET!

Thank you for dropping by,

–Tracy:)

Weslie’s Wedding Cake –Ruffles and Pearls

Good Monday Morning!!  This weekend was my niece’s wedding.  Yea!  I was happy to make her cake:).

The top tier was a coconut cake with a coconut cream filling.  The bottom tier was a lemon cake with a peach mango glaze and a lemon curd filling.  Yum!


The beads on the sides were silver sixlet candies that I gently pushed into the butter cream frosting underneath.  Let me tell you what, that took patience!  One- little -candy at a time….


And then the ruffles were added one-little-fondant-ruffle at a time.  It wasn’t hard, it just took longer than I expected.  When I finished late at night, I had been looking at it so long that I really thought it was ugly.  But as a little sleep always changes things, in the morning it was gorgeous again:)!



Small Miracles—We had a little tender mercy miracle for the reception.  As we were setting up outside, the wind started to really blow.  The tablecloths and boxes were blowing away.  We had to place chairs over the tables and just go inside and hope it would calm down. We waited a few hours.   
About an hour before the reception it calmed down and we went out to hurry and decorate.  Then it started to rain. Ugh!   In Arizona you don’t pray for rain to stop.  It is a blessing for every little drop.  But I must admit that we all said a little prayer of gratitude for the rain, but please temper the weather just around the reception.

We went out and continued with faith to set up in the rain.  15 minutes before the reception started, the rain quit and a rainbow appeared in the sky!  

We scrambled to finish decorating and bring out the food, decorations, and cake while the guests were arriving.  They all understood though.   The weather was cool and perfect the rest of the night.  It was a small miracle!  Our prayers were heard and answered:)


I  hope you had a SWEET weekend as well.  Thank you for dropping by.
–Tracy:)

Wedding Dress Magic

I have the best nieces in the world.  They think I am magic and can do anything. In their eyes, maybe I can.  But you and I know different!  I just do the best I can and try to hide any mistakes which are sure to be there:)

My beautiful niece ordered a wedding dress from China.   And as is always a case with a mail order dress, it needed some alteration.  You guessed it– Wonder Tracy to the rescue!!


She wanted sleeves, the top drooped a bit, and it was way too low for her comfort.  So I pulled the shoulder seams up and stitched them down.  Of course I matched the edges while sewing. -Easy!  Now it fits great:)


Then we played with sleeve design and decided on this pretty layered idea.  I had to cut about 5″ off of the bottom of the dress to make it shorter (that first cut into the dress made me take a few deep breaths!  Scary!!).  I used the extra fabric for the sleeves.


I hand sewed them in so that there would not be a stitching line on the top.  That was an adventure!


Now for the low bodice.  We tried a few ideas and decided on a pretty bow.   It is absolutely perfect with the dress.


She absolutely loved how the dress turned out.   I will be taking their pictures on Monday.  I will post a picture or two so you can see how beautifully  it fits her.


I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family.  It has just been a SWEET experience to help with this wedding dress for one of my favorite people!

–Tracy:)

Here are a few pictures I took of the beautiful bride and happy couple at the Latter-day Saint Gila Valley Temple.  She is glowing:)!

Quilted and Ready for the Bridal Shower

Yea!  I finished this quilt just in time for my niece’s bridal shower tomorrow.  Nothing like last minute quilting, right?

I absolutely love how this speedy quilt turned out.  It is called “Sunshine Makes Me Happy Quilt” from the book Strip Happy. And I am definitely happy with the finished quilt. If you want to see how I made this quilt in a morning, you can read about it here.

img_1232img_1233I used Aqua minky  on the back so it would be snuggly and cozy.  And since binding is one of my favorite parts of quilting, I couldn’t resist showing the binding and corners. They are so square and pretty!I folded it up  neatly and just added a ribbon around it for wrapping.  I like the look of quilts with ribbon. I hate to cover all of that colorful goodness with a bag or a box.img_1231 I know she is going to just love this gift. I can picture many warm years snuggled up on the couch watching Netflix together under this quilt. It will be SWEET!

Thanks for dropping by–Tracy:)

Vintage Sheet Napkins

My daughter’s best friend is getting married soon.  She volunteered to host her bridal shower at our house.   I am always happy to have a party so I was excited to help:)

As we were setting everything up for the brunch, it was obvious that we were going to need napkins.  Since the wedding colors are yellow and blue, we wanted to keep everything bright and happy.   I remembered an old sheet I have with beautiful yellow daisies and roses on it that I have been wanting to do something with for some time now.  This was its day:)

I ripped the sheet into 16″ squares.  From a twin sheet I got 25 napkins with a few extra odd sized pieces for covering platters or whatever.  Yea!  I headed over to my Babylock serger, changed to a yellow 3 thread rolled stitch and finished all 25 in less than an hour!

 
They look so fresh and vintage happy.  They were absolutely perfect for the party.   They really set the table apart.  I am sure that I will use these napkins again and again.  That SWEET print just makes me smile:)

Thanks for stopping by! -Tracy

Speed Quilting

There are some quilts that take years and lots of thinking and creative juices to complete.  They are masterpieces.  This quilt is not one of them.  I started this quilt in the morning and was finished before lunch.  SWEET!  It is going to be a gift for yet another niece. (I have a very large extended family). She gets married in August.   I am going on vacation in July so I figured I had better get it done.

This is the “Sunshine Makes Me Happy Quilt” from the book Strip Happy.   It is EASY.   It would be a great project for a new to quilting sewer.  The next person who asks me to help them learn to quilt is going to start with this one for sure:)

It only needs one jelly roll and some accent fabric.  Don’t you just love jelly rolls?  All of that coordinating fabric that I didn’t have to round up just makes me happy:). For this quilt I used ModCentury by Jenn Ski.  It is perfect for a cute, sassy girl and her husband.

I went on a sew-fest and speedily sewed the strips together in sets of three, reserving some out for the border.  I sub cut the strips in rectangle shapes

I added an accent strip to the bottom of each rectangle and then arranged them in opposite directions.  I sewed them all together,added a solid border,  joined the extra strips on the short ends making one long strip that I sewed as the 2nd border, and finally finished with one more border.  DONE!

Gorgeous!  My SWEET niece and soon to be nephew  are going to love it! Here are a few pictures I took of them for their announcements.  Aren’t they just the cutest couple?


Thanks for stopping by–Tracy:)

DIY Dream Catchers

 

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Hello!  — when my daughter-in-law shared the idea of having dream catchers at her wedding, I was excited to see what she came up with. Well, she had a cute picture from Pinterest but that was about all.   She tried to buy already finished dream catchers, but to get them larger than 4″ in diameter was too pricey so..Momma Pursley was called to the rescue and I was happy to help out.

I bought the 4″ ones and then picked up my yarn and needle and crocheted some 8″  doilies.  They were so easy and fun! image I attached them to the hoops. Then my beautiful daughter, Tassy, put them together adding the pretty  lace and feathers making this fantastic arrangement! (She even got inspired and crocheted a few of the smaller ones herself!)image

If you know how to crochet at all, these really are not hard to make. Here is what you do:

  1.  Gather different sized embroidery hoops.  Mine ranged from 10-12″ in diameter.  Tassy used a 6″ one.
  2. Find a doily pattern that you like.  There are tons of free patterns online.  There were so many that I used a different pattern for each dream catcher, but you could make them all the same if you wanted to whip them out quickly. –another easy way is to buy them already made. They are really affordable on eBay and Amazon.
  3. The finished doily should be about 2″ smaller than the hoop you are using  because you want it to be tight when you attach it.
  4. cut a 4″ piece of thread and slip it around a point of the doily and then tie it to the hoop.  Repeat this on an opposite point all around the doily until it is tied all the way to the hoop.  There will be strings hanging out all around.
  5. Cut an arms length or 30″ or so piece of yarn to start wrapping the hoop with.  Lay about 3″ on the hoop with the end facing left if you are right handed.  Now start wrapping counter clockwise around the hoop covering all of the hanging threads and beginning yarn piece as you go.  It goes rather quickly and cleans up so pretty.  Cut more yarn as needed and repeat covering the ending and beginning threads as you go until the whole hoop is covered.
  6. At the end, leave a 6-8″ length of yarn to thread into a large eyed needle and sew  back under the previous stitches.  It should be very tight.
  7. Now all you have to do is tie them all together in a design that you like and add pretty ribbons and feathers to the bottom!

Yea!!   It turns out BEAUTIFUL!!image

 

 

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Good Luck and SWEET dreamzzzzz!

–Tracy:)

Coffee Staining Doilies

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Hi!  This is my first post and I am excited to start a catalog of my creations and adventures.  My son is getting married next Saturday and the creativity is going crazy around here in my little Arizona town.  On Monday late afternoon, I received these beautiful paper doilies from Amazon.com in the mail.  I was so excited to get started that about an before I left for our youth group family night, I had to dig through my craft supplies and find the small bottle of coffee that I have had for many years to do fabric staining.  I poured the last few granules, about 1/4cup in a large cake pan and added very very hot water from the tap.  I let it stew for a few minutes as I gathered all of the old newspapers I had to place the doilies on to dry.  They turned out so so pretty!  Here is what I learned:

  1. – Don’t put the doily in and let it “simmer”.  It gets too soft and breaks apart when you try to get it out.
  2.  – Separate the doilies before you get started.  If you don’t the others get soggy and then stick together. — Yep, I know from experience:)
  3.  – Just gently put the doily flat in the water and then gently turn it over to get the other side wet.
  4.  – Quickly place it on several layers of newspaper and let it dry. – Really, just let it dry.  Even with a few wrinkles (which, by the way, adds beautiful texture)
  5.  – You may want to wear gloves because coffee stains your hands as well. (I can just imagine what it would do to my teeth!)
  6.  -Iron the paper doily when it is dry to get it back into tip-top shape.

There you go!  Easy peasy and they look FANTASTIC!!  I did crochet doilies for some dream catchers that I will catalog soon, but these were just too beautiful not to write about.

Life is SWEET!- Tracy