The favors were in little wax bags with decorative tape closing them.
The seam ripper was important because my mother, Freda, always had a seam ripper handy and would make us unpick if we made a mistake. Of course I hated to unpick and would cry but I learned a really valuable lesson. If I'm not happy with what I have sewn it is worth the time and trouble to unpick. I embrace the seam ripper. I hate using a dull one. I found this one is my favorite, the Clover brand ripper. If you have a dull seam ripper throw it out and get a nice sharp one that fits well in your hand. My mother liked good tools and she took care of them and saved until she could afford what she needed.
The cupcakes, I told you before, came from mom's favorite cake recipe. I've had a few requests for the recipe so I thought I'd post it. Freda preferred black walnuts but they are kind of hard to find. Leslie, who baked these for us, had to make a special trip to find them. I think they make a big difference in taste. Thanks again, Leslie.
Banana Nut Cake
2 1/2 cups cake flower (may need more for elevation)
1 2/3 cups sugar
1 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
1/3 cup buttermilk
1 1/4 c mashed bananas
Beat for 2 minutes and add: 1/3 cup buttermilk and 2 eggs. Beat for 2 minutes. Fold in 2/3 cup chopped black walnuts. Pour into 2 9" cake pans. Bake 35-40 min at 350.