Saturday, July 26, 2008

Free Bake Shop Printable

As moms, we know getting kids to practice their handwriting isn't always easy. Many of our favorite kid's web sites have printables that feature characters and make learning fun. So we thought, kids love treats and it could be fun for them to learn words like - cupcake, cake, ice cream and cookie!

Treat them with this sweet lesson today - print our Bake Shop Fun worksheet. Spend a few minutes coloring and have fun writing out some favorite words.
TIP: As you go through the sheet you can also ask questions about their favorite flavors or ask them count the chocolate chips.

Get your free printable now, just click on the image to open in new tab, then print. Visit us every month for a new and different type of challenge.

Have fun!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Summer Fun Birthday Party

Saturday might have been the hottest day this summer!! It was also my daughter's fifth birthday party. When we can, we have our parties at home because it's easier to incorporate a theme. Last year was a fairy party and this year was a good old fashioned summer fun party. We based the party around the cutest plaid kiddie pool we found at Target. All the colors were bright - pink, orange, green, yellow and turquoise. We found room in the yard for the pool, a slip and slide, and a bounce house. The kids kept cool and had a blast- we think they especially enjoyed the water balloons.

Katherine and I always help each other out in business and in our personal life. We both love throwing parties and often joke that we have enough party supplies to start our own rental place. She and her husband brought over their bounce house, extra tables, chairs and market umbrellas. My family was there too, helping in every way they could.

Every year I try to get the perfect theme cake made but it never comes out quite right. So this year we just made cupcakes. I'm great at sewing, but I can't bake (my husband's the baker in our family). For this party, we had two sets of cupcakes ours were simple with pink icing. Katherine made the fabulous cupcakes shown in the photo, inspired by some she had seen on THANKS Katherine!!

We've been having fun with our business and watching that take off. We're planning our first event - the Packanack Lake Craft Show - November 1st. It should be a great venue - inside the clubhouse right nearby the lake. We already have lots of super cute ideas for how we'll stage our display. For us, an event to showcase our work will be a little like planning a theme party!! It should be lots fun and hope that those of you in northern New Jersey will stop by. Please stay tuned for more on that.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cupcake Night at Etsy, July 2008

Thanks to everyone who participated in Etsy's Cupcake Night. It was a great night of crafting and of course everyone loved cupcakes (thanks to Nichelle, Rachel and Allison for providing the yummy treats

We met so many wonderful people tonight and were so impressed by their enthusiasm and creativity. In the Etsy Labs we provided the instructions for our cupcake ornament, then gave attendees a variety of felt and yarn to choose from. While many followed our model, there were so many funky and unique designs. We took a bunch of photos which you can view in our photostream on Flickr. Towards the end of the night we popped on the webcast and gave the virtual attendees a step-by-step demo. Thanks to all who hung in there to see us online and for your kind words.

Thanks again - Jill and Katherine

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Evolution of our Felt Cupcake!

We tossed around lots of business ideas, and then we discovered felt play food. We were immediately hooked on the idea felt food and set off to try our hand at creating our own versions. Our goal was to keep our product original so we decided to create our own patterns. Not as easy to do as we thought. My first cupcake was too large, Katherine's was smaller and more along the lines of what we had in mind. My second cupcake was cute, but looked more like those great mini chocolate mouse cakes. The third attempt was too small and a bit boring.

We really wanted a realistic size and shape - easy for kids to hold. Although kids love icing the best (and that's usually all they eat), we thought a detailed cupcake wrapper was important. So we experimented a bit, and then found a process that worked for us and makes our cupcake look authentic. Our end result is fun for kids - soft, squishy, and a replica of one of their favorite foods. Plus we think it looks gorgeous with lots of ruffled felt layers of icing on top.

We used acrylic felt and fleece for our prototypes - we now have a great supply of heirloom quailty, wool blend felt that's resists pilling and will better hold up to years of fun.

This is just the beginning for us - we look to real desserts as the inspiration for our felt play food. The ideas are limitless and we hope you check us out again to see what we're baking up next!