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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

My Second Course Cake

It has been a crazy busy week.  I'm beginning to wonder if life will slow down from here on out!  I do have a two week break before I start my third Wilton Cake Decorating Course.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Cake Decorating Class and my new toy

For the month of August, I have been taking my second cake decorating class.  I love learning all these new flowers and how to make them.

Last Monday, I made my last batch of royal icing for class.  It must be beat using a mixer for 7-10 minutes.  This was my second batch of the day and boom, sparks flew and a weird smell came out of my mixer.  Oh no, not again!  Yes, I have burned up yet another hand mixer.  Confession time:  This is my fifth mixer that I have burned up.  I must bake too much or make heavy duty items that don't go well with a hand mixer.  After the demise of #5, I knew it was time to shell out the big bucks and get a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Newsboy Hat

My sister wanted a cute newsboy hat for my nephew this past winter.  I love trying out new patterns.  I jumped on board to try the newsboy hat.  I had plans to make Evan one as well, but we had a warm winter and time didn't allow for me to make another.  He might get one for this winter though.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Initial Earflap Hat

Awhile back, a friend of mine asked me to make an initial flower on an earflap hat for a baby gift.  She sent me some examples of what she liked from different hats but she wanted to use a variegated yarn.  She also wanted me to make a flower for the side with the baby's first initial sewn inside. I thought this was a really cute idea.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jill's Shop has reopened!

It has been a long summer getting settled here in Ohio.  I have felt very out of sorts as we try to figure out family life in a new environment.  I picked up my crochet hook again about two weeks ago and I didn't realize how much I missed it.

I figured with the boys starting school next week that I could reopen my shop for all the fun fall hats and such.

I am always open to suggestions of products you would like to see in my shop.  Remember every item is custom made to your specifications.  If you would like changes in color or type of yarn, just message me and I will happy to make you a personalized item.

I will be adding new items and featuring them here first over the next couple of weeks.  Be on the lookout for many new products!

All my products (even those not listed in my Etsy shop) can be found on my shop's Facebook site.  Visit it at https://www.facebook.com/jillysboutique11  Please browse my shop and leave me any suggestions Jillysboutique.etsy.com.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Rosette Cake

My sweet Anna turned 2 on Friday.  For two weeks she talked about having a princess cake and being a princess.  I guess it starts early.

I figured that since we would be having a small party I would forego our normal Sam's Club cake and I would put my new cake decorating skills to work.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Stromboli Recipe

One of our family's favorite meals is Stromboli.  It is easy and quick and you can add any pizza toppings to make it your own.  I hope you enjoy this simple recipe as much as we do!

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Friday, August 3, 2012

Cowboy Hat & Cowboy Boots

Back in the spring my friend Lauren was pregnant with her first child.  I asked her to look through my patterns and pick out some things for me to make for her soon to be little man, Walker.  She knew she was going to have professional pictures taken so she picked out a Cowboy hat.  Well, I couldn't let any cowboy have just a hat.  He needed some cute boots to match.

Lauren had her little boy in late June and has already had the professional pictures taken.  I was so happy when she shared the link and download with me.  Now I get to share them with you!

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Roadside Find #2

Two weeks ago, I found two wingback chairs on the curb in my neighborhood.  In case you missed those, you can see them here.

Well, last Sunday, I got blessed with another great roadside find.  My husband laughingly said, "We aren't picking that up too, are we?"

After closer inspection, I said, "Why not?"

My husband immediately turned around and headed back the church where we had left his SUV.  It was nice to have my husband's help this time.

Are you ready to see my big score?

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