Monday, March 28, 2011

Penguin Party!

My sewing post from the other day reminded me of some hand-sewing that I had meant to share with you. At the end of January I hosted a Penguin Party taught by Becca Jo of Duckie Uglings. She makes the most wonderful creations out of repurposed sweaters, including these adorable party penguins:

She came over to teach a group of six of us how to make our own! Originally, we were going to have this be part of my birthday party, but we ended up postponing it. But Becca Jo was so sweet, and brought me this adorable owl as a birthday present anyway:

(The little guy even matched my skirt perfectly!)

I went a little penguin-crazy for the party, including making a centerpiece for the table with some of Becca Jo's penguins that I already had.

I even put out my penguin humidifier!

I made some edible penguins, as well:

These are so much fun! And very easy to make. You need two sizes of black olives, cream cheese, a carrot, and toothpicks. Slice one side of the larger olives and fill it with cream cheese. Put a tiny hole in the smaller olive, and put a mini slice of carrot in. Hold the two olives together with a toothpick, and just set two more small slices of carrot under the cream cheese for the feet.

But be warned! Each little penguin has its own personality, and it can be hard to eat them. :)

My guests got in to the spirit of the penguin party, too! My friend C brought some delicious bread on a cute penguin plate.

There was also penguin poetry for each guest:

The table was all set up with a workspace for each of us:

Becca Jo brought all the supplies we needed.

She showed us each step in creating our own party penguins.

We all made new friends at the party:

And it was so much fun to see everyone's penguin at the end:

They all had similarities, but I love how each turned out completely unique. The beauty of handmade!

Here's a close-up of my penguin:

Definitely a successful penguin party!

Becca Jo and I have talked about a spring-themed party coming up. In the meantime, check out the Duckie Ugling website and blog!


  1. Love it! The penguin olive skewers are precious. How could you eat such a thing?

  2. what a super cute idea! I love the penguin theme, it's just so original.

  3. The penguin party looks so much fun! I like how all the penguins have turned out differently. The olive penguins are fantastic too!

  4. Now, you do know that Penguins are by far my favourite creature ever!! Toooo cute!!!!

  5. Oh, I was smitten by the party penguins and then I saw the edible ones. Would it be possible to love a foodstuff more?
    What a fantastic party.

  6. ALL of your penguins are adorable. I don't know which ones I like better: the ones made from olives, or wool.

    Looking forward to the spring theme!

  7. I love the olive pinguins!! Thank you
    we will try that one for sure
    They are on my board of pinterest.


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