Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Beets on the Mind

Valentine's on the weekend. Yay, less daunting, right?  It's not every day you make a beet velvet cake.  Weeks ago, I made up my mind on a natural velvet cake and the hours spent in the kitchen was worth it.  I doubled this recipe for the two layers with a slight change, 3 steamed beets instead of 2 cans of beets.  I had to bake it longer, about 5 to 10 minutes more. The best part was the boiled flour frosting, no words just eat. The earthy taste of beets is noticeable, however it wasn't overpowering.  I think the beet flavor mellows with time.

Stains were unavoidable, and so was trying out the beetroot on my face.  I can't remember the last time I wore makeup, but I really like this look, so renaissance.  Curiouser and curiouser,  I've to try this tutorial.  If not, get it on Etsy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


3 drops of vitamin D (supplementing the sun).  I'm cooped up for the Winter and anticipating warmer days and plenty of sunshine.  Even with the busy holidays behind me, my mind is racing with plans for this year.  Things are coming together.
Soon enough, bunny rabbits will be in baskets full of sweets.  And, since it's already February, I made a small batch of pocket-sized bunnies that I'll be adding to my shop. This fluffiness has brought a bit of that Spring feeling into our home.

My eager helper with her pockets full.  I needed an example of their size for the shop.  With a handful of silly poses to choose from, this one is my favorite.

Lucky girl got her package in the mail, too.  Fairy window stickers from Nouvelles Images.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Spring Collection 2014

1st photo:  bunny rabbits
2nd photo:  radish teether with a rattle inside
3rd photo:  carrot rattles in felt basket

Friday, August 2, 2013

Under this Roof

Where thread and fabric is in abundance, my fingers are busy as bees.  My animal kingdom collection is growing with every snip and stitch.  

For a little boy living in Brooklyn, a polar bear was made from creamy whites and cashmere soles.

For the far, in Alberta, a half a dozen yellow ducks were made to decorate the Rocky Mountain Soap Company storefront display.

Grateful for the near and the far!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Floppy Ear Goat to the Market

Nubian Goat from the farm

 Way back, Lynne, from the Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, asked me to make her a goat toy.  VoilĂ !

gentle carrying service from Anya

 This floppy-eared goat was on its way to a new home with Will and Lynne Reid at the West Reading Farmers’ Market

Saturday, July 6, 2013

..it's been awhile..

Today is exactly a year since my last post, totally unplanned.  With that said, I'm back and improving on my presence on the web.  How about I start off with some finds.  Etsy is overflowing with talent.

influenced by warm summer weather

enjoy and wonder!

"Now I see the secret of the making of the best persons.  It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth. "  Walt Whitman

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Mini Upcycled Rug

Pattern here. I made fabric strips from used clothing, instead of yarn, and jute rope.  I found a place to display my rug and it's looking lovely.