Saturday, February 27, 2010

Apples and Pears

These fruity friends are in the shop.



I didn't have much luck with the apple lid, so this one is lid-less, which I kind of like. It was crocheted and then felted. I like how crochet looks once it's felted, it has a nice texture.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Coffee or Tea?

I almost always opt for coffee. I take mine with just a bit of cream, no sugar. I do enjoy a mug of hot tea from time to time, but my love for coffee is undeniable. I've recently acquired the equipment to roast my own coffee beans, I'll be sure to share the process as soon as it happens. I can just imagine how the house is going to smell! Yum!

I've just added these little cups of goodness to the shop. I'll be working on a few more and then it's on to something else. I have an idea for a little crocheted apple bowl with a lid perhaps.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Flock This

So I didn't realize that The Leader had a line of flocking powders. A few years ago, I was shopping in a funny little scrapbooking store in Vancouver, WA and mentioned something about flocked cards and one of the sweet owners said she had some flocking powders that I could buy if I wanted. So she brought out a box of vintage flocking in all different colors, I, of course, bought them all. I think they were like $1 each or something. The colors weren't quite as delicious as these lovelies I found in the Martha Stewart aisle of Michael's this morning.

Hooray! I can't wait to flock the crap out of some stuff. I wish I could flock fabric. I'll have to look into that.

I've added some more baby booties to the shop:


Saturday, February 06, 2010

Flowers

I love to have fresh flowers in the house. A friend recently commented on how after she bought her house, she had to really budget and couldn't splurge on wine and flowers. Flowers are definitely a luxury item, but they are so lovely. I especially love having them around this time of year when I do so look forward to Spring's arrival. I've already seen several cherry blossoms in bloom. It is a bit early even for here, but such a welcome sight.

After attending my friend Greg's memorial this morning, it seemed that we could use some cheering up. So we stopped and put together this little arrangement.

I love these little wax flowers. I would love to grow some this year. Wouldn't it be amazing to have a cutting garden full of your favorite flowers? I would grow hydrangeas and zinnias and mums and lilacs and lots of little flowers too.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

macarons!

Behold! My first attempt at macarons:

I started out simple with vanilla vanilla. Next, I'd like to try strawberry or maybe coconut.
I made a basic vanilla buttercream for the filling. If you are interested in making these, I highly recommend the book. The instructions couldn't be more clear and easy to follow. Plus, there are pictures of every step. This took the mystery out of macarons, hooray for that. The only issue I had was that I baked two sheets at once, which I would not do again. The top sheet baked up perfectly, but the bottom ones ended up with cracked tops. Delicious but not beautiful. I will photograph all the steps when I make them next. It will be soon, I'm sure.


I just noticed the ridiculous price on that book through Amazon. I'm not sure what's going on there, but I'm sure my copy wasn't that much.

eta: I see that Chronicle Books has it for $14.95 but it's back ordered.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Cupcakes!


Cupcakes for no particular reason.

The recipe is from the Hummingbird Bakery cookbook. These are the vanilla cupcakes. They were the quintessential white cupcake. I bought a ton of vanilla beans on eBay last month and have been adding them to everything. So the frosting just had vanilla beans and no extract. Yummy!
Excuse the crummy photo quality, it's been a dreary, wet past few weeks. I am beckoning Spring with pastel sprinkles, in spite of Punxsutawney Phil.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Potholders!

There are 4 new bear potholders in the shop.

These are so much fun to put together!