Thursday, September 30, 2010

Second hat

Hello!  I made another cute hat!  Wanna see?



















It started out as a hat for my friend's baby Bella, who turns 2 this December.  However, it came out way tiny.  And, since that same friend is expecting another girl, this can be for her!  I will make Bella one as well, but I'll use different colors.

The ears were hard at first, but when I picked up how to do them, they're super easy.  Yes, they're a little crooked, but I think it kinda gives the hat character!  I can't wait to do more of these!  I want to make them for everyone!  YAY!!

Oh, and here's another small embroidery! 















I'll be putting it up for sale at Moxie tomorrow.  In fact, I REALLY need to restock there! 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Kniftyyyyyy Knitterrrrrrrrrr!!!

Hi.  I am here to tout the amazingness of the Knifty Knitter knitting looms.

I cannot knit.  I just can't keep up with what I'm doing.  And I don't have a lot of patience.  So, I started looking at these last year.  I had a look, and then looked at the instructions, and, for some reason, decided it was way too complicated for me. 















Recently, while at Joann Fabrics, I saw a single loom for a baby hat.  I picked it up, deciding that if I couldn't do it, it was cheap, and just one, and I could give it to someone.  I brought it home, and waited a couple of days.  It was intimidating me from its new home in my cute little avocado green vintage Samsonite vanity case.  I finally took it out, grabbed some yarn, took a deep breath, and dove in.

It's actually incredibly easy to use a round loom.  I can't speak for the longer ones, but I'd like to try them.  I decided to make a hat, and make a tiny hat, I did.  Yes, admittedly, after starting over, seriously, three times.  But, I just tried to look at it as practice, and not failure, and I finally came up with this cute little thing!



















The ONLY thing I'm worried about now is, will it fit the baby for which I made it????  I just don't know, and that's what scares me.  I may dampen it and stretch it.  But I used the loom for baby hats, so maybe it will work.  Or maybe the yarn isn't stretchy enough.  I dunno.  I'm gonna give it to the Mommy tomorrow, and tell her if it doesn't fit, I'm sorry.  :(  boo.  So, let's hope it fits!

I am now working on a bright blue beret type hat for someone, but I dunno who yet.  I highly recommend these looms, especially if you can't seem to pick up knitting!

I also have a really cool cross stitch that I am DYING to show, but can't just yet...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Wow, a post without mini embroideries!  AMAZING ;) 

I made some Snickerdoodle cupcakes.  I follow this blog called A Beautiful Mess.  It's Elsie Flannagan's blog.  She's awesome, and she and her sister are in business together with a vintage/handmade store and bakery.  Her sister is a cupcake genius.  So, I've been reading up on the different cupcakes she's trying out for their grand opening.  When I read she did Snickerdoodle cupcakes, I had to try for myself.  I took the recipe for plain white cake from allrecipes.com and added a bunch of cinnamon and extra vanilla. 



















Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
1.5 cups flour
1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into cupcake tins  Bake for 15 minutes or until a toothpick stuck in comes out clean.  


I topped the cupcakes with vanilla icing and sprinkled some cinnamon on.  They are AMAZING.  Yummmm.









Friday, September 24, 2010

Embroidery, zombies, and GOMA!

I promise this post will be more than just more mini embroideries.  I just love them so much.  They're so much fun!  Quick and easy and so cute.  I dunno what I'm gonna do with all of them, though!! 

Sublime Stitching Brain from the Vital Organs pattern set

Mixer from the Sublime Stitching Crazy Kitchen pattern set.



Camper inspired by Red Velvet Art

Okay.  So, I got in my books, the Zombie Cross Stitch and the Nautical Pattern ones, yesterday.  I scanned in all the zombie patterns, because they're TINY!!  So, I scanned them in and increased the size by 150%, and it's much better.  The patterns, I guess are for smaller cross stitch pieces, because the specifications for finished pieces are like 2 inches by 3 or in that area, and the largest is like 4 inches by 7.  I picked out one to do and started last night.  I can't post it, because it's a surprise for someone, but it's turning out well.  I did lose my place in one area, and it's a little off, but you can't even tell, so I didn't bother going back and redoing it.  It's a zombie, for cryin out loud! 

Anyhow, the patterns, for a beginner, anyway, are a tad more difficult to follow than the ones in the Subversive Cross Stitch book.  But, once you get going, it's okay.  I think it's going to turn out really well, and, of course, you can count on pictures when it's done!!  I haven't tried any of the patterns in the Nautical book, but they look pretty easy, although, some look VERY involved.  I always love a challenge, though. 

OH!  I'm off today, and I was watching Cats 101 on Animal Planet, when they featured this ADORABLE blog!!

http://mycatgoma.com/

A girl named Sachie is responsible for this cavalcade of ridiculous cute.  She's just as cute as Goma!  She moved here from Japan, and wanted a cat to keep her company, so she found Goma, and fell in love with Goma.  She's a woman OBSESSED!  And her blog is just the cutest thing ever.  You should totally check it out.  And you can become a fan on Facebook- Friends of Goma.  DO IT!

Okay, I'm off to clean the bathroom, finish laundry, and go try a new Chinese place for lunch that Allen's work does labels for.  Byeeee!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

In Homage to Flo...

"Kiss my grits!"



















Pattern from Subversive Cross Stitch by Julie Jackson.


Cross Stitch Madness!

So, my friend's bday is coming up, and his sister wanted to do a book for him, with everyone doing a special page.  I thought about it, and wanted to do a cross stitch page.

Well, this is no ordinary friend.  Well, maybe for me he's ordinary, but he's quite eccentric.  And he loves horror movies and Japanese cartoons and zombies.  So, I was sort of looking around online, trying to get some inspiration, when I came across a book called Nautical Charted Designs. 














It's a cross stitch book full of nautical designs!  I love it.  So, I went to BarnesandNoble.com to find it.  I found it, and added it to my cart.  Then I decided to see what other sorts of cross stitch books they have, since I'm really getting into cross stitch and enjoying it.  Then...











I HAD to order it.  I even paid the extra for expedited shipping, so it should arrive by Thursday at the latest.  I can't wait!! 

Right now, I'm working on this from Subversive Cross Stitch:



















I can't wait to finish it!  Sorry for the crappy iPhone pic. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Custom Piece

My friend Patrick thinks he's a werewolf.

So, he drew himself as a werewolf, and when he found out I do embroidery, asked me, over a year ago, to embroider a version of his werewolf self-portrait.

I FINALLY got off my booty and did it.  It was something I was dreading, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to do his drawing justice.










But I think I did an alright job.  I think he will be pleased.



















I'm thinking of filling in the eyes, but I'm not sure if I will.  I think he'll like it, though.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mini embroideries and tom-bakery, as promised

Sooo, first, I will talk about my delicious banana bread bites.  During my shopping excursion this weekend, I purchased a Wilton brownie bite pan.














With this, I shall make tasty treats for all!!

Okay, so I decided to try some little banana bread bites and drizzle them in chocolate.  Bananas and chocolate are a good combination right?





























HELL YES.

And here's my recipe. 

2 ripe mashed bananas
1/3 cup melted butter (I actually used margarine because I didn't have butter!)
1 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup soy milk (or regular milk, soy is just all we had)
nuts of your choice (or not- but I used walnuts)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I found myself sans vanilla extract, and instead, chanced it and used rum extract.  It works.)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1.5 cups flour (I used unbleached, but whatever)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 
Mix salt, baking soda, and flour.  Set aside.
In a separate bowl, stir the sugar and melted butter.  Add the vanilla and mix well. 
Combine the dry ingredients with the wet.  Stir well.  Add the egg, milk, and anything else, and mix it all up. 

Pour into cupcake cups, or brownie bite pan, or whatever.  Sprinkle with a little sugar and bake, checking every 10 minutes if you're doing cupcakes. My little brownie bites took about 10 minutes to bake. 

I then just melted some chocolate bark and drizzled it on the bites.  THEN, I put them in the cupcake cups, just to keep them from getting dry and sticking together if you're putting them in a carrier or something to take elsewhere. 

Okay, and now, here are some more small embroideries!































Weekend Goodness

I know I said I'd take photos of the weekend, but we were sooo busy, that I did not.  I'm sorry about that.  But I can tell you about it! 

I got to Coldspring about 3 in the afternoon.  I visited with my grandparents and mom until my dad came home.  Then he mowed the yard (because that's how he unwinds from a hard day at work- more work) and we got ready to go to dinner and karaoke.  Now, I WISH I had gotten a photo of my super cute outfit and hair, but I did not.  Just suffice it to say that it was really cute.  We had dinner at Pueblo Viejo.  I had two of the best strawberry margaritas and one of the best cheese enchiladas ever!  Then we went to karaoke, where I had two more margaritas.  They were pretty tasty as well.  We all sang, I danced with my dad and with an older gentleman, and a great time was had by all! 

Saturday, we went shopping.  I got some super cute stuff, as well as some of these babies!
















They're measuring cups!  How cute is that??? We had dinner on Saturday and then Sunday, we just chilled out and Mom made really good chili dogs.  Yummmm.  I came home Sunday.  I always really love visiting my family, but it's always nice to come home.  Plus, Allen didn't go this time, and I really missed him. 

Next up- more mini embroideries (maybe I need an intervention?) and tom-bakery.  HAHA!!  See what I did there?  A Dr. Who reference AND a baking reference IN THE SAME SENTENCE.  You know you're impressed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Weekend Plans

Today, I'm leaving for East Texas for the weekend.  I'm going to visit my amazing family, shop till I drop, karaoke, eat food, and probably have adventures, led by my Dad.  He takes us on such fun adventures, and there are always shennanigans.  He has a thing about pretending to throw us in the nearest body of water, each time we're near water.  If I do not go into the drink,   I'll take tons of pictures.
































Right now, I'm trying to get the laundry done and put away, and then I'm going to take a shower, get dressed, pay rent at Moxie, and eat a delicious sandwich!  Then, it's a 3.5 hour drive.  I think my parents want to go to Karaoke tonight, so I'll be joining them, and eating some amazing Tex-Mex, and maybe indulging in a margarita or two.  Mmmmm I'm hungry just thinking about it!  And in between all the fun, if there's time, I will be working on my quilt!  No, I have still not finished it!

Anyhow, I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I DID IT!

I made some salted caramel cupcakes, and made the caramel myself from scratch!  And I'm so proud.  And it's SO good.  Wanna know how?

Welll... I cheated on the cupcake part, just because I didn't have time to do the cake from scratch.  But, it's super easy from scratch, too.  I used a boxed cake mix- Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate.  I prepared the cupcakes according to the directions on the box, and then let them cool.  After they cooled, I used a paring knife to cut a cone shape out of the top.  Then, you make the caramel sauce.  Here's how:

2.5 cups sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2/3 cup water
3/4 cup heavy cream
2.5 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract

Heat sugar, water, and corn syrup.  Stir it until it's pretty clear.  Boil it until the temperature reaches 360 F.  It will take a while, but you have to get it to that temperature, or it won't caramelize.  Meanwhile, mix the cream and the vanilla.  Just stir it for a few seconds, and put it in the refrigerator. 

When the sugar mixture reaches 360 F, SLOWLY pour in the cream and vanilla.  I say SLOWLY, because it will go BUCK WILD and pop and splatter all up in your face.  And let out a bunch of steam.  I poured it slowly, and it still went all crazy (but not in my face, thankfully) and steamed up like mad.  Anyhow, when you get it all stirred up, it will totally look like caramel, and your face is going to be SO happy.  I promise. 

Let it cool a minute or so, until it starts to thicken a little, and then spoon or carefully pour the caramel into the holes you cut out.  It may start to seep into the cupcake, but that's okay.  It will mostly set and be a caramelly consistency.



















Here they are before I frosted them.  Sorry for the bad iPhone picture. 

Here they are all frosted.  I suppose you could do this many ways, but I just put the frosting in a plastic sandwich bag and squeezed a dollop on the top of each cupcake.  I will warn you- one can of frosting only frosted 21 cupcakes, and I made 24.  So, next time, I will be a little more stingy with the frosting.















YAY!  I am so, so happy.  I will take them to work tomorrow where they will be devoured by 20 people and I will be the popularest girl on our team. 

Even MORE minis!!

I am obsessed with making these little guys!





























Monday, September 6, 2010

Cupcake thoughts and more minis

I'm thinking a lot about making cupcakes today.  I used to bake a lot, but sort of got out of it when I moved out of the house I shared with my roommate.  I could always count on him and his girlfriend to eat whatever I baked, but my boyfriend really isn't so much into sweets, so I cut down on baking.  I just didn't want goodies sitting around the house tempting us.  But today, I decided that there are many, many things that I want to get better at, and making cupcakes, not just regular ones, but crazy  flavors, is one of those many things.

My dream, like if I came in to a gigantic sum of money, is to move my friend Brandi down here and start a shop.  She loves to bake, cook, and make art, and I do, too.  We have talked and dreamed for hours about this.  We wanted sell handmade items and have a bakery as well.  And I added that we could have a bar, too, where we only sold sweet drinks and sweet beer.  We'd also have vegan stuff so that the vegans could partake in our fun.  That would be the ultimate job for me!  Brandi is so much fun, and I really think it would be a successful shop here in Austin, especially the cupcake/girly bar part.  I know it's unrealistic- she's still in school and lives in NY, and I don't even know where I'd come up with the money to even think about starting this up-but it's always fun to dream!

In the meantime,  in addition to dreaming of a fun business and making any kind of cupcake you can imagine, I've been working on embroideries.  I don't know why I love doing these small ones, I just do.  They're so cute.  I may sell them at Moxie, or maybe on Etsy, or maybe I'll finally get motivated to make my own website to sell from.  WHO KNOWS??  ;)









































































































Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sooooo I finally got around to finishing some pillows!!!















These are from Cate Anevski illustrations.  I did them for a friend.  I hope she likes them!  I really wanted to put some blue and purple pompom trim on them, but I couldn't find any!  Boooo!

Also, I made these cozies for a friend of mine from high school  It's our sports team mascot in our school colors- Red, white, and black!  I just have to sew them so that they will fit around a cup!















I'm also working on some more mini embroideries!

Middle of the Road

I need to blog more.  However, it is time for me to go to work, so I leave you with this.  It's been in my head all morning.   Stick with it for about 15 second for the magic to begin.