I seem to know quite a few people born in September. Which has prompted me to make a few things to celebrate their special day! First, I made this little embroidered piece for my dear friend as a happy 21st/thanks for being a great hostess gift. Now that your looking at it, your thinking hmm...I'd like to stitch up that too! Well your in luck because I've included the design (so you can print it out and trace it!) in this post. Here you can Download Sewstitchlove.
I think the back of an embroidery is always quite fascinating...
Next up, I baked a little something for my big brother's birthday. His request was a family favorite--chocolate kahlua cake. Now your reading this and thinking hmm...I'd like to bake a yummy cake like that too! Well you're especially lucky because you'll find the recipe below.
Kahlua Chocolate Fudge Cake
Cake: 3/4 Cup cocoa powder 1 Cup Boiling Water 1/2 Cup Kahlua 1-2/3 Cups sifted flour 1/2 tsp. Baking Powder 1 tsp. Baking Soda 1/2 tsp. salt 3/4 Cup Butter 1-1/2 Cup Sugar 3 large eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix cocoa and boiling water. Cool. Add kahlua. Sift together next four ingredients. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs. Add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, alternating with cocoa mixture. Pour into 2 greased 8 inch cake pans. Bake at 325 for 30 minutes.
Filling: Raspberry Jam
Frosting: 6 oz. Chocolate chips 1/2 Cup Butter 1 tsp. instant coffee granules, stir into kahlua until dissolved 1/4 cup Kahlua
Melt chocolate chips over warm water. Cool slightly. Gradually beat in butter and instant coffee mixed with kahlua. Beat until smooth. Chill until spreadable. Put raspberry jam between cooled layers of cake and frost. Store in fridge until ready to serve. Take out of fridge at least 30 minutes ahead.
I recently made a this simple card for a sweeter than sweet and dear friend of mine for her birthday! It is so easy peasy so here is a little how-to.
1. cut card out of kraft paper (mine was the same weight as cardstock) but don't fold it in half yet!
2. punch holes for sewing the letters with a pin, I free-handed it but you could draw them out on a seperate piece of paper, lay it on top and punch through drawing & card at the same time if that helps.
3. using a thick thread (the button & craft variety) and needle sew through the card, using a back stitch to spell out your message! fold it and it is ready to go!
happy crafting! xoxo CBB
p.s. I hope you have already received this and I haven't spoiled the surprise J. Gates!
Well really I love all THREE of my jobs. Yesterday was my first class at the Shelburne Art Center. I'm teaching "Printed Surfaces" and we started out by making some simple stamps to give my students their first introduction to printmaking. I gave them a little lesson on how to design repeat patterns and then how to make a stamp and they were off. Regrettably, I didn't bring my camera so I will show you my example that I did in class for them! (Next class I'lll bring it so I can share some student work too!)
If you didn't know already, my grandmother's attic is a treasure trove. Over the summer it was a little project of mine to get this antique Wheeler & Wilson treadle sewing machine all cleaned up. I am still working on getting it to sew nicely (the perfect tension/threading is still eluding me!) but it looks nice in my apartment which is what I care about more and it is pretty neat that it has stayed in the family so long(more than 100 years!!!) So here are some pretty portraits of this little beauty...
I am glad that sewing machine technology has advanced since the 1890's since this won't be replaceing my Husqvarna Viking that is my baby.
These two elephants were actually made prior to my trip down south but I am finally getting around to photographing them now! I used the same pattern that I developed for my final project for the weaving class I took a year ago (time sure flies!) But instead of going through the trouble of making the fabric for them I used wool felt instead. I will list them in my shop, SOON.
The folks at my local Starbucks now know me quite well. Ever since I got back from Savannah my wireless internet hasn't been working at my aprtment so instead I've been taking a daily trip to get coffee+wifi. The good news is that it has prompted me to be more productive without the internet as a distraction at home. I got another sample done for a class proposal--this time a hand quilting class for kids! Thankfully I do have an iPhone so I was able to stitch this up while listening to Mumford & Sons on Pandora. It was a pretty nice way to spend my Thursday night.
I made this ENTIRELY by hand. It felt nice to know that my ten little fingers did it all by themselves--no sewing machine required!
(Obviously the fact that I have to purchase a drink to use the internet has prompted me to be a better blogger since I want my trip to be worth its while.)
Well this post certainly took me long enough to write. You may already know that I went to Scotland at the beginning of September and did quite a bit of shopping while there! So many cute things!
I found some new crafting supplies (no surprise there) including lovely wool felt and some interesting cotton tapestry floss.
I also discovered a Cath Kidston store in Edinburgh. Believe me it was really hard not to break the bank in that store, and although I purchased quite a few things this was exercising some self control. Everything is just so darling!
I also bought a dress in Scotland to wear to the wedding I just went to last weekend. I did not however get a picture of myself in it so that will have to wait until I can get my hands on some photos from the wedding photographers who also happen to be friends of mine!
In addition to crafting away on my little business I also work as a teacher in not one but TWO places. I work at a small independent school with kids age 10-17, teaching French and art (we are doing calligraphy and bookbinding at the moment!) I also teach at the Shelburne Art Center, so if you are in Vermont you can come take a class with yours truly whether you are a child or adult! you can check out/register for my classes here.
Right now I'm working on some class proposals for winter, so I'm making some samples of things that I want to teach. Im thinking of offering an embroidery sampler workshop so I made this little deal for that!
So I have been an AWFUL blogger as of late but that is partially due to the fact that I've been traveling here and there! I just got back from a trip down south to see a dear sweet friend get married! Now I'm back and I promise that I will update you with all the craftiness and good things happening in my life. In the meantime here is a nice little photo of me with friends from this past weekend.