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It smells like fall

Oh boy, oh boy.

I can’t wait to start baking with pumpkins and apples!

 

Happy dance

 

Also… I’ve decided to make a version of Ah, Caramels! I haven’t come across a recipe yet  but I feel I could figure it out.

 

 

I love cooking with fresh fruit and I never get around to it. 

Strawberries, blueberries and lemon I have tons of recipes to do but I don’t want to be stuck inside glued to the oven. 

Fall Fruit… I have that down. Apples and Pumpkins are my favourite! 

I had some peaches in the fridge that were going to go unless I made something so once again Brown Eyed Baker to the rescue. 

I’ve wanted to make these cupcakes all summer but I didn’t have that many peaches so I picked this yummy one.  

The only change I did was swap out the sour cream for greek yogurt  but next time I made it I would swap out some of the white flour for whole wheat and add in some ground flax seed. 

It is a perfect treat for this early September day before I get wrapped up in my mess of pumpkin treats to make! 

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Anyone coming over for coffee?  

I’m sure you know all about Cake Wrecks. Now I have my own, unfortunately I can’t submit it to the website because it was a cake I made for my youngest sister’s birthday.

This is what she asked for:  Back in February! So when her birthday rolled around two weeks ago I felt the pressure to actually produce it. Let me tell you that August has not been a good month for me, I had a minor procedure the Wednesday and I was leaving for Toronto 7 am Friday morning. I was unprepared. Thursday I decided to throw the cake together.

I know, I know.

Bad idea.

A good friend of mine baked the cake and when I got home from work late Thursday I went to work.

It was downhill from there… I mixed too much chocolate into the white fondant and ended up with what I would like to call the poo cake.
Here it is Internet– probably forever. My poor sister’s cake wreck.

 

Funny thing is, my other sister pointed out that I never made her a cake so I know what I’l be up to in early March. Maybe I should start  planning now, that way I won’t have an excuse.

 

Anyways… the actual cake tasted good. White cake with lemon curd and lemon buttercream (the buttercream was the best part).

 

 

I’ve been lacking motivation. It is beautiful outside and after my horrible time trying to make the clay bowls I wasn’t feeling optimistic about my to do list.

A girlfriend had requested a mobile for her new baby. The first space ship themed one was actually what started my love affair with felt. Primitive I know but hey… :p

I wanted to do something similar to this sheep mobile but her Evernote had a couple of ideas for mobiles  and none were that one. She had this one and tons of variations of this one . So I found this tutorial and thought… I liked the shape of her clouds 🙂 I printed the clouds on both landscape and portrait… I opted to use the smaller cloud cause I wanted to make several but I used raindrops in both sizes.

A couple of weekends ago I got started on some cutting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And boy did I cut. Apparently I was a little over eager on the amount of raindrops I would need cause I only ended up uses 18!

This is what I ended with:

Next time I wouldn’t  wrap the hoop with SMALL ribbon. I was cursing myself for only only thin and Christmas stuff. The only hoop I had that was the right size though was the bright pink one. I hope I pulled off the trying to make it look like this. lol

Things I did:

I used a machine to sew up the clouds but I left the rough edges, I thought it added to the cloud image. I also used 3 different types of white felt. I mixed and matched the fronts and backs. You can’t really tell on my iphone pics but it adds a bit in person.

I used similar coloured embroidery floss to attach the rain drops to the clouds.

I added a bit of fabric stiffner to each rain drop. Perhaps next time I would use two pieces and hand stitch them together with some stuffing.

Also, I had a horrible time keeping them untangled. wrapping it I just but each cloud in its own thing but untangling the six threads will be a little difficult.

I haven’t been able to give it to the mamma yet. Hopefully she likes it.

Etsy

So I’m not allowed to start an Esty shop until I finish my thesis but they do have some excellent resources on how to get started and how to improve your shop.

Mashable has a beginners guide here

 

Happy Sales

Is Pinterest taking up to much of your time?

Is your pile of craft supplies left to gather dust?

I’m having that problem and that nothing seems to be working out lately! It is frustrating. I have a baby shower this weekend where I have to drop off my gift Thursday. I’m working with a medium I love– felt! But I’m having a hard time getting it done and even piecing together how I want it to look!

Then I thought well I could work with some clay and do a couple small trinket dishes I had to do. And I got a couple baked but I’m just not happy with them. How do you get over this rut?

Maybe I need to try a new medium? Or just pretend I don’t have these looming deadlines?

Though… with that said I am very excited about other people’s crafts! I won a gift from Manusmade and I am so excited for it to come.

I also got my stamp from Hampton Art FINALLY… it is pretty plain and I just plan on using it to stamp mostly the baked goods I make. 

I had strep throat and that is my excuse for the late post.

So what do you get a dad who has everything? OR the things he needs, you can’t afford because you are an eternal grad student looking for work? Well my sister came up with this ideahttp://blog.bitsofeverything.com/2011/06/fathers-day-ideas.html

And we copied it here:

ta-da… definitely something different. It was actually a little hard finding some of the candies up here. If I was ever to do this again, I would sub out for some Canadian ones. Like SMARTIES instead of Airheads 🙂