After the rain…

21 06 2013

spring flowers4
It had finished raining by the time I got home from work today, and the flowers loved it. I guess with the Florida heat, they’re always a little water-starved.
spring flowers4
spring flowers2
spring flowers1

wild geranium

wild geranium


The wild geranium, above, is a current favorite of mine. I recently tried using them with my resin jewelry to great results. The color preserves well, and they dry very easily in silica gel.
Speaking of resin…
Speaking of geraniums...here are a couple in-process, plus the inards of that daisy-like purple flower above in the post.

Speaking of geraniums…here are a couple in-process, plus the inards of that daisy-like purple flower above in the post.


some pieces further along...

some pieces further along…


Great tools for resin jewelry - my tiny wire cutter and (on the left) the thing that opens and closes jump rings...oh, and in the back is a clamp which is perfect for propping up pieces when letting an eye wire insert dry (the thing that lets you string a pendant).

Great tools for resin jewelry – my tiny wire cutter and (on the left) the thing that opens and closes jump rings…oh, and in the back is a clamp which is perfect for propping up pieces when letting an eye wire insert dry (the thing that lets you string a pendant).


great little thing for holding light items - a good mini dust cover. Seriously, that's the trickiest thing about resin, not letting dust fall in the piece while drying.

great little thing for holding light items – a good mini dust cover. Seriously, that’s the trickiest thing about resin, not letting dust fall in the piece while drying.


Oh, and here’s a resin tip: never leave your stirring stick inside the mixing cup when you’re done; always place it on top (when dry, you can just pry it off). If you leave it inside the cup…
..then this is what happens. 1 ruined stirring stick. :(

..then this is what happens. 1 ruined stirring stick. 😦


Hopefully will be having some new Etsy jewelry pieces soon, and then… my first stuffed animal!

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Projects! (or A Cupcakes and Sewing Adventure)

11 06 2013

Nutella yumminess

Nutella yumminess


Oh yes. After buying nutella to make holiday crepes with a friend, I had a ton of the stuff left over. What to do? Make nutella cupcakes, of course!
These are a chocolate cupcake with nutella buttercream frosting.
mini cupcakes, no chocolate drizzle

mini cupcakes, no chocolate drizzle


I’m not posting the recipe – after all, it’s not mine anyway, just a cobbling together of recipes I found on Pinterest – but will share some tips.
For one: for the cake itself I used a standard chocolate cake mix (Betty Crocker chocolate fudge, I think). Why not? It will save you time.
Two: the buttercream frosting I did do from scratch. A little too sugary for my taste, so don’t be afraid to add/reduce as you see fit.
Three: since Nutella is part hazelnut, most recipes suggested topping with a hazelnut candy, like Ferrero Rocher. Well turns out Ferrero Rocher is hella expensive. I used a giant Hershey bar with almonds and toffee pieces that I broke up (after putting in the freezer for a bit. Everyone loved it!
Hershey topping makes them look more gourmet...

Hershey topping makes them look more gourmet…


…and of course, Four: chocolate drizzles (if you’re lazy like me) are not the easiest. For example, say you try melting some chocolate chips in the microwave. So you do 10 seconds, check it – not melty yet. 10 more seconds, and it’s so hot it’s practically frying and turing into some hard lump. Bleh. But, I find that if you let that lump cool a bit while stirring in some veggie oil, you can get a sort-of drizzle.
chocolate upon chocolate

chocolate upon chocolate


So that was last week’s cooking experiment. I also did a sewing experiment.

I have loved circle skirts since forever (what little girl growing up on Disney didn’t like the princess dresses? – which are essentially really long circle skirts), and especially since I grew up and sprouted pear shaped hips. Circle skirts look awesome on any shape I think. So, knowing nothing about sewing, I gave it a try:

Ta-da!

Ta-da!


This was a rather horrible adventure.
Firstly, swishy fabric was a lot pricier than I expected, even with a 40% coupon at JoAnn’s. I ended up with this mint green polyester “linen-like” fabric from the suiting section. It does have a nice swish.
The bigger problem: of course I choose the one DIY tutorial that had terribly written instructions, and didn’t find this out until after. For example, it advised me to fold the fabric into quarters and measure and cut a radius and a length curve (thereby making 2 cuts and ending up, when unfolded, with the full circle with a hole cut out for the waist). That is good advice. The problem was that it said the radius should be the waist measurement divided by 4. Apparently you’re really supposed to do waist plus 1 or 2 inches and divide by 6.28. Geez, math. Anyway I divided by 4 and got a waist that could have fit 2 of me. So I had to chop a huge section out, then sew that together, ending up with an extra ugly seam.
Looks pretty good here. Can't tell how horrible I was at this!

Looks pretty good here. Can’t tell how horrible I was at this!


That was just the start…. I also didn’t know how to sew a hem, how to sew a zipper, how to adhere the waistband, how to close off the thing with a fish hook or button, or how to do anything really. So I just completely guessed. I actually like it! Except there is 1 thing that looks really, really bad:
the horrid zipper

the horrid zipper


That damned zipper. I will have to resign myself to reading up on this, because my guess work did not pull through. I think I sewed it in okay except for that bottom which is just a slap dash mess.
Still has nice swish!

Still has nice swish!


Oh well! I think the waist ended up being 26 inches with a length around 28. Hard to say because whatever I measured at the beginning is not what I finished with. Oye!
Also, maybe a good idea to build in a lining, because you can totally see my shirt tucked in.

Also, maybe a good idea to build in a lining, because you can totally see my shirt tucked in.


But please don’t let that scare you from making one. If I, being utterly clueless, can do this, think of what you can do if you actually read directions!
the best for twirling

the best for twirling








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