I sewed my first In Stitches pattern yesterday. It was fairly simple and gave me the idea of perhaps sewing each of the patterns in this book and blogging the results. Anyone interested in doing this with me? Or even reading about it? It would be a challenge, but Amy Butler really does have some lovely ideas included in these pages.

Project #1: Placemats and napkins for my friend John

placemats Amy Butler style

The book’s example…

napkins and placemats

and my interpretation. His favorite color is “pool” and he loved these. I was happy with the way they came out. They are reversible too, so if he gets sick of the paisleys, there are stripes on the back in coordinating colors.

And to celebrate his birthday, he received double chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting. The boy loves chocolate cake. {Here is a photo of his cake from last year.}

double chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting

Double Chocolate Cupcakes
1 box of Devil’s Food chocolate cake mix (Lazy, I know.)
3 eggs
1 dash of cooking oil
1 dash of water
1 bag of dark chocolate chips
1 cup or more of sour cream

Mix thoroughly. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Let cool in pan at least 10 minutes.

cupcake delight

Buttercream frosting:
1 stick of butter at room temperature
Dash of vanilla
Dash of cardamom
1 cup of powdered sugar

Mix with handmixer. Frost cupcakes after they are cool to the touch. Voila — heaven in a cupcake liner.