Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thursday's Thoughts - Birthday Cake, Birthday Cards, and My Mom's Birthday

Red Velvet Cake - Photo from Wikipedia
Update on my Mom:  First thanks for all the emails with such kind thoughts and prayers.  My Mom is getting better everyday.  I will go to her hometown on Friday morning and have lunch with her at the Sub Acute part of the hospital. After lunch, I will help with her transition home and I will stay the weekend.

Mom's birthday is Saturday.  She will be 77!  We will have a small family celebration at her home.  We all love Red Velvet Cake, so I suggested we have that! It has a butter cream frosting!  My Mom would always make it for my brother's birthdays in April.  It was really a special treat, as it was quite a process to make it.  It is not your basic cake. I am not going to make one.  We have found a place to buy it.  Remember I quilt and sew --- I don't bake or cook!  But I do like to eat!

This is a Birthday card I made several years ago for a friend.  I used my embroidery machine to make the words for the card and then tore the edges, so it would look frayed.  Then I stitched them onto the card with a zig zag stitch.  I placed a small piece of double stick tape behind each one to hold it in place when I was stitching.

More Birthday cards...

I shared these today, because you can go to a store and buy a card for someone, but when you make something ... you give away your heart...

My Mom and I would spend hours making these fabric cards on our weekends together.  It was always fun to see how they would turn out.  Sometimes I would think they weren't perfect and my Mom would say they don't have to be perfect.  That's what makes them unique.
So save those little corners and scraps from your quilts and just stitch them onto a card stock.  You don't have to be an artist.  Just place them on and stitch.  You also don't have to have an embroidery machine to make the words.  Just write them!

On this card I used a feather stitch and another type of feathery zig zag.  I stitched around the edges and on the fabric pieces too.

This one, I used a leaf embroidery stitch and the feather stitch.

I really enjoy making the cards for family and friends.

I hope this inspires you to use all your little scraps and give your heart to your family and friends on their birthdays.

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Thanks!   Marcia


Mariliz said...

Red velvet cake is my favorite! I get one every year for my birthday, and I dream about it for months before.

Anonymous said...

Oh, that looks yummy! So glad to hear good news about your mom; that's a real answer to prayer! I just love your note cards....they are beautiful!
Jacque in SC

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Happy BIrthday MOM! Enjoy your cake and day. I like to make my own cards too - scraps and even little orphan blocks - so simple, but so special.

Pat said...

Hi Marcia, Wow Thanks. I have just emailed you I never win prizes. Wow!! Thanks. I hope your mum enjoyed the cake it looks really yummy. :) And I love your cards!!! Those are so cool.
Thanks!!! Patxx

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Love all the cute cards. BTW, you can buy Red Velvet cake mix at the store. It's easy and yummy! I love it, too!

Tonya said...

I hope that you are having a great birthday celebration right now as I type!! Happy birthday Mom!