Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Plaster animals! I mixed up the powder with some water and poured it in these molds. After it started to dry I poked a magnet onto the back of each one. That's what the little black, round thing is. That one fell out. You're supposed to paint them but I kinda like them white. I love creating with plaster and am going to search for new ideas now! I'm going to spray a layer of vanish on them to keep them from crumbling and maybe frame them or gift them.
These. Are. So. Good.
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
- In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. I like to use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.
- Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.
They are easy to make and won't last long!
I created this little guy from a pattern I found at Hillary's wonderful blog. He'll probably end up being sent to my little niece and nephew in Texas, along with some other softies. So far, I've made a bunny, kitty and a squirrel. I'll have to do some tractors and horses next!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
A few months ago Amanda Soule from www.soulemama.typepad.com blogged about this.
I had a great time making the baby caps and can't wait to see what is next. The above is the aftermath of a sewing frenzy which turned out to be a perfect napping bed for someone:)
Friday, January 9, 2009
I love it when the sun is shining in the house. It's the perfect light for sewing I think. And taking photos of notions and finished projects. I love the triangle and perhaps that's why I love pinking shears so much. They are perfect in every way.
And so I made a foot stool cover to match the couch's cover. My favorite slightly rust/orangey/burnt kind of red. It really brightens up the place. And we need that around here with so few hours of daylight that are usually obscured by a wintry duvet of clouds.
And then it was on to make some new pillows. I love this fabric and would've bought the whole bolt if not for the price tag(30 bucks a meter). I settled with a fluffy white backing for both of them. The little brown ones were a couple of place mats I picked up at Hemtex. They begged me to turn them into pillows. With their cute little pom-poms who could resist?
I once knew a pet crow. He was incredibly curious and a bit too smart for his own good. He had a way of looking directly into your eyes. It's not often that one is given a chance to make eye contact with a wild creature and when it happens to me, my heart skips a beat. I can just imagine what these two lady crows are chattering on about I got them and this adorably funny brooch from here.
They make me smile each time I look at them. Go visit her shop and give a dancing bear or a chattering pair of crows a home:)
Oh and let's not forget the chocolate candies that were added to the package!