Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Inedible Desserts, the Un-Patchwork Dress, and TIB's Heroes Contest

Aloha all! I have been deep in the crafting mines yet again, which is why I've been away for a bit. However, I thought it was about time I resurfaced for a much needed break. I must often remind myself to smell the roses, make some human contact, and to basically stave off my inevitable future of being a crafting hermit for just a little bit longer.

So I've had cupcakes on my mind lately. Like really badly. I am not sure what it is exactly since I'm more of a muffin sort of gal then a cupcake one. It could very well be due to Linda and Molli's influence. All their talk of cupcakes with accompanying yummy-licious photos have planted a sugary sweet seed in my head. I've been wanting to make cupcakes ever since, but since I can't bake worth beans . . .

This is my first crack at making an amigurumi cupcake. It came out looking more like a bloated, frosted acorn. Back to the drawing board.
These are cupcakes Version. 2.0. They definitely look more cupcake-y, less acorn-y.

Here is a shot of their frosted tops.

I really enjoyed making these cupcakes. I did them free hand, which kept things interesting and novel because I never knew how they were going to turn out. Not only is it a really fun and cute project, but it's also a fabulous way to use up scrap yarn.

Keeping with the dessert theme, I also crocheted this nutty mocha sundae beret for our friends Sandy and Sarafina. Thank you Sandy!

As for Loovee's patchwork dress from last post, I'm afraid I got sidetracked. Sometimes you just have to go where inspiration takes you and this week inspiration arrived in the mail in the form of these kawaii linen fabrics from Sweet Flavor and Plum Tickled Fabrics.

I know I said I would have the patchwork dress from last post finished by now, but I just went mad over the circus elephant print fabric as soon as I saw it, and I just had to do something with it immediately. I decided to use the same pattern as Loovee's old apron dress because I wanted a simple style, where the kawaii print is easily visible. I gave it a bit of a twist with a wider contrasting border and some vintage rick-rack. I also made a head kerchief to match.
It looks very playful and summery to me. Like something Loovee could wear skipping on the beach.

I'm so sorry to everyone that was expecting to see the patchwork dress in this post. The word "willy-nilly" is not in my blog title by accident. It definitely describes how scatterbrained and impulsive I am, and how keeping a certain order is a difficult thing for me to do. I swear you will see the patchwork dress in the near future (barring any more sudden inspirations and cute distractions).

A Blythe project I'm very excited about is the Heroes Costume Contest hosted by TIB. Have you all heard about this? Gina Garan says, "The theme is 'Heroes' and the basic premise is to dress up to 3 of your girls as any notable figure, living or non. She can be anything from a popstar to a politician to a flying monkey (Dorothy's buddy)." Doesn't that sound like such fun? Deadline is May 15 so get started everyone! I have some ideas for Loovee's costume already! It will be thrilling to see what interesting and creative costumes everyone comes up with!

Well, it's been very good chatting with you all again, but it's now time for me to dive headlong into the bottomless depths of craftiness and cute once again!


Princess Skye said...

The Cupcakes are adorable ^_^ I love your amigurumi!

Leigh said...

The cupcakes and the dress set are wonderful! I keep meaning to crochet some cupcakes but just have never gotten around to it.

That fabric is wonderful! I need to try some different fabrics from plain cotton.

Marcia said...

The cupcakes are VERY cute. Lovee's dress and scarf are also wonderful. You are so creative.
Do you live on Oahu? My sister and my husband's brother both live there.

Pihcol said...

Those are the most adorable cupcakes I had ever seen. Loovee's dress is just as edible. Too cute. You really have a vision for cuteness. You seem to have a knack for creating "concentrated" cute where if you were to add two cups of water, shake it up, and mix it with a spoon, the diluted result would be "regular cute". Well done, once again.

Sonnja said...

Your cupcakes are lovely and the fabrics are beautiful.
Kind regards

Beertje Zonn

Milkberry said...

OMGOMGOMG I heart those cupcakes! Me wants!! It's so cute! All of them!!!

*takes all of the cupcakes and runs away*

Morgan said...

I like your new blog banner!

And of course I am uber-jealous of Loovee's new dress/kerchief set. Those circus animals are to die for!

Do you make your own bias tape? I don't think I've ever seen anything that thin at the store.

Thanks for sharing!!!


the enchanted pumpkin said...

omg! i love your cupcakes so much! even the bloated one! lol. and the dress set is beautiful! i still wanna swap sometime! i think i need one of those cupcakes! huggs!

Ms Dragonfly said...

i love the cupcakes!!

Tizzalicious said...

You should keep thsoe cupcakes on your mind, because they are SO cute!

I love the dress too, adorable!

mushroommeadows said...

I love your cupcake! :)

Oh, and I can't wait to see your "heroes" inspired outfit. :)

Sandy said...

OMG Rima your cupcakes are to die for!!!!!!!! My next mission is to dress up my Sarafina (or Cassi) in the delicious hat you made for her :). I am part of a swap where I have to make a Blythe costume and I have no clue what to do. Maybe TIBs hero contest will give mw some ideas!! Hugs!

Fliss said...

The cakes are gorgeous! Actually, my fave is the fat acorn cake because he's so chubby and cute! I adore Lovee's dress too, so I'll forgive you for not sharing the patchwork one (which, incidentally, I am dying to see!).

Constance Blythe said...

So many adorable things, love that dress, love those cute, cute cupcakes!

Gina2424 said...

OMG! Those cupcakes are so cute!!

Sam said...

Sweet cupcakes! Good enough to eat of they weren't made of yarn ;)

Loovee's dress is adorable! The kawaii fabric is so cute xD

The 'Heroes' competition is really exciting, and I can't wait to see everyone's costumes. For now though, it's all top-secret and hush hush :) Ooh, the drama!

Alisa said...

The dress is so lovely! I love the clean, crispness of it.

Zari said...

love those deserts...all so sweet and cute!!!!
-love the fabrics delicate

sorry for not passing by very often...i wish i could...hugs!
have a nice week!

LindaJ said...

Oh, Rima... You have such a wonderful eye and touch for cute! You make me smile with all your sweet creations.

I love that the girls and I have spread our love for cupcakes. If I'm ever in Hawaii, I'll be sure to bring you cupcakes AND muffins. :)

Loovee's apron dress is cute! Isn't it so much fun to get new craft supplies/fabric? I'm dying to go to the fabric store soon since August is right around the corner. Procrastinator me will surely pull everything together just a tad late as usual. Hee hee.

You inspire me everyday!

Cait said...

I LOVE the adorably yummy cupcakes.

TokyoBunnie said...

those cupcakes are so adorable!!

Emilie said...

i L O O O VE your blog !! <3

Erin said...

omg!!!! cuteness overload! wowowow. very inspiring - thanks for sharing your craft adventures!

<3 erin

The Patchwork Underground

*emilie* said...

i am looking around for an email adress to contact you but am not finding any... is there any way to make a special order of your PUUUURTY things ?