A piece a Week – Skirts to dance in for Diwali

Thank goodness last week is over – it was crazy busy with a mid week show at a local school in the Los Altos Hills. Starting off with a book club meeting and ending in a Diwali celebration with much more in between – I must say the weekend and time to breathe and just watch movies was heavenly. 
Continuing my circle skirt theme I experimented with some sari fabric and this amazing sewn striped fabric from a shower curtain – this skirt is a beauty! 
Made from a shower curtain this skirt will swing at all the holiday parties
This is the best dancing skirt as I tried it out at the Diwali celebration at school on Friday 
I had a show with my friend Savi from Recipe Sack at Gardner Bullis Charter School up in the Los Altos Hills. Certainly a very “special” crowd lives up there I was very happy to come back down to Mountain View that evening when it was all over. It was an experience in cultural differentiation that I will live and learn by. 
My booth at the show of about 8 vendors
Thursday I taught the Arts Focus class and the kids enjoyed learning about quilting and some even made a fleece pillow to take home with yarn tassels. I came home and could not get into my house as the lock was jammed and what a drama that was – keep calm and carry on as my son would say…
Friday was the Diwali celebration at our school hosted by the South Asian Families including myself as I have Sri Lankan roots! I helped out with the Rangoli with a friend and saw beautiful designs & color created by the kids. 
Creating a base design (pic by A. Son)

My friend Lavanya made this outside the principals office – I love it! 

Saturday was Caturday for us with a cat party for two of our little friends who turned 1 year old and 5 years old. There were cosplay cat ears and cat tails for the kids to wear and Hello Kitty made an appearance to play with the little ones.

Missy the cat

To end the weekend with some rain Jonathan (from FabMo) and I made a trip to Barnes and Noble for their Mini Maker Faire at their store in Eastridge, San Jose. Jonathan the co-founder of FabMo, 2 other makers and myself presented the FabMo story to the customers and inspired them to make with fabric – all it takes is a needle and thread! It was a interesting concept and people were interested in coming to visit FabMo at their next distribution event – yay!

Be inspired with these amazing fabrics!

A Piece a Week – A 6th Birthday – A Cat Tea Party

This week I have many pieces to the major piece I orchestrated on Sunday! It was my daughters 6th birthday party and the theme for the day was a cat birthday tea party. So I gathered lots of afternoon tea goodies such as madeleines, ginger snaps, chips, crackers and cheese, salsa and chips (as we are in California after all!) and an apple juice substitute for the tea. I did not think that actual tea would go down too well with 6 year olds.

The week started with baking the 4 cakes I used for the cat cake. It was a whole wheat chocolate, cherry pound cake. I have used it many times for birthdays from the King Arthur Flour Whole Wheat Baking book. And for the center of the double layer cake, I made a white chocolate ganache and I iced the cake with vienna cream. While the cake was baking I made yarn balloons as Holly had wanted these as decorations. I read a couple of tutorials on them and the best one was this. I made 9 of them and only 3 were a success, to me that is a craft fail – they take a long time to make and they are really messy this is all fine but the consistency of the glue and the water and the strength of the balloons plus the yarn all make a difference to the final product. I don’t think I will be doing that one again – yikes I put them on the tree outside and they are out hanging in the rain at the moment, not good at all (they are now piles of hanging yarn!) I really think they will make great centerpiece decos if I plan to use my yarn that way again?!?

The Cat Cake from my favorite cake book – The Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book
Yarn balls in theme with a cat tea party but a complete craft fail, boo hoo!

Then it was onto getting the planning done for the crafts and Missy wanted crowns and masks. The idea was to wear them while we are having tea and cake. The crowns were a stained glass crown design from the Artful Parent and we die cut hearts out of magazines with a heart punch and had metallic markers for the stained glass with jewels for added decoration. The masks were easy though I had to thread the elastic on each of them and it was up to the kids to use the metallic pens to decorate them how they liked. All the girls and my son had a fun time with the masks on running around the park and being super heroes and such! Here is my pinterest board of the ideas we had for the cat party!

The Superhero – Mr Ash!

Coloring in action!

Mask in progress 

The story of the teacups was a last minute decision and I was hoping for the hunt for lovely china cups but then I thought well they may break on a concrete floor with a bunch of 6 year olds mucking about at the park. In the end I found these mid century melamine tea cups on ebay and thought just perfect – they will also come in handy for picnics and are fancy for drinking wine over the summer!

The table and teacups ready for crafting and some tea and cake 
And here is the birthday girl and her cat cake with her candles already blown out by her friend – hey we can blame it on the wind! I love the look of the crown with the picture through the ‘glass’. A very sweet end to the afternoon with some very tasty chocolate cake and a lovely glass of Australian Shiraz! And lot of fun with the girls and friends 🙂

The birthday girl blows out her candles – or tries to!