I am so thankful to my friend Kellie, who said she knew I could do it when I asked her how to decorate an Elmo cake. Her encouragement (and willingness to lend me some of her decorating stuff, led to this:
I couldn't be more excited about how it turned out. And it was easier than I anticipated! Now, I'm no Duff Goldman, but I now have more confidence in my cake decorating abilities.
Then, there's the dress. My friends Jennifer and Kellie both got their daughters adorable birthday jumpers with appliqued cakes on them. Every year, they add another candle. Jennifer's daughter was able to wear it through her 5th birthday (by that time, it was just a top). I knew I had to get one for Jillian.
So I went to the store and bought this. For $69.
I got home feeling major buyer's remorse. Especially after Kellie told me they charge $30 to applique on a new candle every year! I knew I could make the jumper. I didn't think I could do the applique. Another friend, Melissa, encouraged me to call a friend of hers to do the applique for me. Time was running out, and I thought maybe I could do it myself.
With more encouragement from my friends Paula and Gretchen (both of whom have done applique for their daughters) I went to Hancock fabrics, bought my materials, and got started. Had a friend embroider Jillian's name, and luckily, had my mom to finish hemming the lining and do the button holes for me the morning of Jillian's party when I had no patience left.
I am very pleased with the outcome:
The lesson? With patience, hard work, and lots of good friends, you can do anything you put your mind to!