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i've been getting quite a few questions from you kind readers, and i love them and i have wanted to get back to all of you. but there are two things you should know about me: 1. i am crazy forgetful and, 2. i'm sometimes kind of a slacker. so, if you are one of the people who have sent a question my way without a response, this post is for you.. and for me, because i like looking at these pictures of my little boy wonder and his sisters on his very first birthday.


six inch single layer ice cream cake with whipped cream frosting. charlie is not a fan of the cake-y texture, but is a huge proponent of strawberry ice cream. and whipped cream. and blueberries. after freezing cake, frosted, i made a stencil, placed on cake, filled stencil with new layer of fresh whipped cream, put sprinkles all over that, removed stencil and had a perfect c for the boy. 

QUESTION: "what pattern did you use?" 

ANSWER: unless i have noted otherwise in the post, the pattern i am using is my own. 


QUESTION: "do you sell your patterns? where can i get them?"

ANSWER: i do not produce or sell them.. yet! but plans are in the works, my friends. if all goes well, or well enough, i am hopeful to have a small line of patterns available in the fall. i will certainly keep you updated and maybe take a poll or two along the way. 


QUESTION: "how do you do freezer paper transfers?"

ANSWER: first off, let me say how impressed i am with many of you scouring the archives and tolerating the slightly wonky photo formatting that was a result of importing from my old blog space. freezer paper transfers were all the rage when i was first introduced to this craft blog world, and they are good fun. i have sent a tutorial to many of you, but am too lazy to take decent pictures to post here when there are several tutorials out there that do a lovely job. like this one. 


QUESTION: "how do you get such vibrant play dough colors?"

ANSWER: i use a no-cook playdough recipe using powdered alum and boiling water, which usually results in less bold colors.. enter: gel food coloring. i was not stingy with the stuff and when used in combination with some regular liquid drops, i got some really atomic colors (i will add this information to the "kids zone" post shortly). i bet the paste food coloring that you can get at cake decorating/ candy making stores would be awesome too.  


ruth is always fancy. and a little crazy. the funny, good-natured kind of crazy.


QUESTION: "where do you find your fabric?"

ANSWER: all over the place, but consistently: purl and recently, denver fabrics. a beast of a collection to get through but i have been really happy with what i've bought- and at pretty decent prices. there are also a few places in the garment district i visit, but rarely since i've got the kids to tote around and trying to keep track of them among all the rows of giant bolts is no fun. lastly, i haunt all the really run down thrift shops when i visit family in oregon each summer and usually score some pretty sweet stuff.. the smell goes away after a few washes.. 


QUESTION: "how do you like squarespace?"

ANSWER: love it. really love it. took some adjusting to, but that was quick and i can't imagine going back now. the support people are amazing and so friendly when dealing with my idiot questions. 


she's asleep here. and no matter how many times you close them all the way, eve's eyes always go back to being open just enough to make everyone uncomfortable. 


QUESTION: "do you bleach your daughters' hair?

ANSWER: no! who do you think i am? ok, fine, this was never asked by a reader here, but somebody on the street asked me recently.. and despite the craziness that would have to be deep inside me to consistently bleach my three-year-old's hair, i liked the question. it made me feel like my mom. i have clear memories people asking my mother if she bleached my hair when i was little. i don't know why, exactly.. maybe they thought it the only possibility when compared to my two sisters- one brunette, the other red-head?.. i didn't pay much attention to that when little. instead i spent all my emotional energy being outraged and frustrated by the fact that i was, on several occasions, mistaken for a boy.. once while wearing my favorite dress..  


did i forget any? probably. if so, ask again. if it is a popular question, i'll post the answer here. otherwise i'll do my best to get back to you as soon as i can. of course, if there is anymore crazy sickness in our house like the last couple days, all promises go out the window.. hooray for the (not swine) flu!


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Reader Comments (62)

Aw, Eve! Many people have told me that I do that when I sleep too.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

wow - how cute is charlie, and what a great cake! my charlie will be turning one on july 7. hooray for charlies (and ice cream cakes)!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkim

Yep. And my daughters have got perms... like myself when I was little ;-)

I really love your style!

n u s, from Germany

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenternyman und svensson

The birthday photos are adorable. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for all the answers. I am so excited about the prospect of being able to buy your patterns in the fall. I think your kids' clothes are just awesome.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTonya

Yay yay yay I can't wait for your patterns to be mass produced. You have a gift and I am so glad you are willing to share. The less gifted me thanks you!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterfelicia pollard

Great Answers.. I can't believe someone thought you bleached your daughters hair! crazy! Your kids are so adorable! good luck with putting your patterns together.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJennie

love the pictures! the simple C on the cake is great :)

I would be really excited to see some of your patterns! I hope your plans work out

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCasey

i am giddy with the thought that i could create on own katiedid clothes!! woohoo!
good luck with the process. i hope it goes smoothly for you!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Your kids are adorable. My question is, will you ever consider making adult size versions of your patterns? I can't sew to save myself but I'd find someone to do it for me, the clothes you make for your girls are gorgeous!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

many thanks for the links and answers... maybe the person who asked if you bleached her hair was from LA where the under-10 crowd wear make-up, drink red bull, bleach their hair and walk red carpets in retro '50s swimwear for the cameras. Sorry, I'm still mortified by the pics of miley cyrus' little sister and friend i saw today...

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbelinda

thanks for all the answers and I'm very excited about your pattern line!!

I think I may have to borrow your giant letter on the cake idea for my daughter's upcoming birthday. Love it!!!


June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLori Danelle

you. are. awesome.

thanks for all the Q&A's!!!!

i'm stinkin' excited for you to possibly produce patterns :) ---

can i offer a suggestion to keep in mind when/if you do put patterns out there? make bigger sizes!!!! I have a 9 year old girl that would look just as cute in your designs - and it is getting harder and harder to find fun, vintage, unique patterns for that size. lots and lots for the tots --

someone suggested adult sizes too --- ya know we'd eat that one up too :)

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKim

looking forward to your patterns! have a great day.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjamie

oh that charlie is a looker! I love the last picture. I need to ask you about your camera, but I will ask you when I see you again, that way you don't have to remember to answer my ridiculous question.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershiloh donkin

what great news katie! i have a few more questions though, that i don't know if anyone has asked: how did you learn how to pattern? did your mom make any of your clothes when you were little? and are you visiting utah anytime soon?

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPam

1. I am so excited to hear you are working on patterns. I cant wait for the fall.
2. I have been asked countless times if I highlight my boys' hair. Would anyone really highlight a toddler or babies' hair?!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

The picture of Charlie and his 1 big birthday candle is a classic! I feel like my parents have similar pictures of my brother and I in the family photo album.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKara

your children are precious!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Thanks for answering my question about patterns. I'm excited to see how you do it all.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMadelyn

Would you mind providing the exact recipe for the homemade play dough? Love your blog, by the way. Very inspiring!

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershelley

oh happy day! so excited to hear that patterns may be on the horizon this fall. thanks for sharing! ;)

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterlyn

When Katie was little, I was asked if I bleached her hair, not because her sisters were a red-head and a brunette, but because she had this white-blond hair with DARK eyebrows and beautiful long dark eyelashes! It was a beautiful, but different look I admit. Very striking! I thought it was funny when they asked.

June 5, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermom

Hey, our one-year-olds have matching hats. Thanks for the Q/A. I've just discovered your blog - very inspiring sewing and pattern making!

June 6, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

i recently came across your blog . . . and have fallen in love with all of the clothes you make your adorable children!!! i was going to email and ask about the patterns . . . but now i know and would definitely love it if you created a pattern line!!!

June 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteremily

what you said about her eyes is the funniest thing i've ever read.

June 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercaroline

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