Sunday, August 15, 2010

cupcake time

I made some cupcakes.

Orange pineapple cupcake with orange pineapple cream cheese icing, topped with some crushed Lifesavers.

orange pineapple cupcake with orange pineapple cream cheese frosting

I didn't have enough eggs so I ended up winging it, adding this and that (including pudding mix and pineapple puree) and they turned out surprisingly tasty despite this.

Friday, August 13, 2010

new Denyse Schmidt fabric line=rad

I don't know why this hasn't popped up elsewhere in my blogroll yet, but here are some pictures of Denyse Schmidt's newest line of fabric that I found on her website.

The collection is called Greenfield Hill.

According to her website, the fabric line is:
Inspired by Ladies' League luncheons and Preservation Society socials, Greenfield Hill evokes afternoon teas, polite gossip, the faded wallpaper in Mrs. So-and-so's drawing room, the slightly musty library on the green, and motoring on a perfect, crisp and sunny day.

It will be available in three colorways:




Scheduled to be available in November in both cotton and voile.


Thursday, August 12, 2010


I decided I needed to make whoopie pies.

Hungry eyes the whoopie pie

The cake is boxed chocolate cake mix, prepared according to directions except with only half of a cup of water. Dropped on cookie sheets and baked for 5.5 minutes at 400 degrees.

The filling is a nutritious cup and a half of shortening, a small jar of marshmallow fluff, 1 t vanilla and 0.25 t almond extract, and about three cups of powdered sugar, mixed together with enough milk or cream to make a spreadable consistency. Put some raspberry jam on one, should have added it to some of the others too.

whoopie pie

I also made Brown Sugar Cookies from the King Arthur cookie book. They are basically a shortbread with a chocolate frosting. I don't know if it is the altitude or user error but whenever I make shortbread it is always unmanageably dry. Added a second egg yolk and a few sloshes of half and half to make the dough have a workable consistency. Didn't care for the cookies on first tasting but liked them more the next day,

brown sugar cookie

Saturday, August 07, 2010


I made a big-footed bunny for a two year old who's celebrating his birthday today.

big footed bunny in pants

I've made one before in pink, not sure I like this color scheme quite as well but it's fine. It's from this pattern. It's a great pattern too, super cute and easy to put together.

big footed bunny in pants

C is for Cookie

I made some devil's food cupcakes with chocolate chips and buttercream icing.

Oh, and I decorated them to look like Cookie Monster.

cookie monster cupcakes

They are slightly crazy looking but cute enough.

some new old fabrics

I am a fan of black fabrics lately...picked up this piece at an antique mall recently for a buck.

vintage black and aqua fabric - hats, boots, parasols

when I was visiting my folks, I bought this curious fabric at a craft/clutter store. It looks like a rice sack but it's actually yardage with a selvedge and such. I suspect it is old but don't know much about it. I think it could be fun used in a quilt back or use some of the text in a pieced quilt.

weird faux rice sack fabric

here's a fabulous piece of vintage fabric I don't think I've ever posted before - I think I bought it on Etsy. the colors are rad and so is the illustration style.

vintage fabric - bears, rabbits, pigs, dogs, in mustard, baby blue, pink, and green