Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sugar, Baby

Painting Easter Eggs

That's what I sound like after I've spent a long weekend doing nothing but indulging.  There's so much chocolate in the house that just looking at it all has given me a toothache and made me diabetic.  I swear, after this week is over (ahem...that chocolate isn't going to eat itself, right??) I'm going to dedicate the next few months guzzling nothing but water and eating vegetables!  Really, I promise!!  This past weekend was spent drinking way too much coffee and eating way too much chocolate, sweets, and rich meals.  I don't think my body can handle any more!

As per usual my weekend started off perfectly with my Friday knit night with some lovely ladies.  On Saturday the little family and I spent some time dyeing and painting Easter eggs.  This is the first year that we've done this with the Munchkin (which was quite evident when the Munchkin threw down an egg into one of the dye baths...luckily the eggs were already hard boiled!), and would you believe that this was also Brett's first time painting eggs?  He's dyed eggs the traditional way, but never took a paint and brush to them.  For some reason I found that to be so interesting. 

I managed to squeeze in some baking time on Saturday too.  Remember how I mentioned I got a box full of goodies from Joy the Baker's Enjoy program in this post?  Well, I was finally able to put those things to good use after constantly reminding myself all week to pick up some buttermilk.  I was quite surprised as to how easy peasy Joy's recipe was and how quick everything came together.  I didn't even have to bring out the mixer or even the hand held mixer!  Everything came together with just a few strokes of a whisk!  So what did I bake?  These:

Deep dark mocha cupcakes pre-frosting

Ok, that's pre-frosting.  But they are still perfectly yummy naked like that too!  And by the way, those liners?  Pure amaze-balls.

Deep Dark Mocha Cupcakes

There we go.  Those, my dear friends, are Deep Dark Mocha Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream frosting (sorry, this recipe isn't on Joy the Baker's blog).  Seriously, they are ridiculously delicious.  I'm not kidding.  Sometimes when I bake cupcakes Brett will eat them because he feels obligated to (he'll tell you he actually does want to eat them, but then why do I have to shove them down his throat?), but this time Brett was more than willing to wolf a few of these bad boys down.  Without being threatened to do so!  He even had visitors chowing down on them.  I'll definitely be baking these again, only next time I'll have to remember to not put in the full amount of icing sugar called for in the frosting recipe.  Mine came out not so smooth and spreadable.  Instead it was thick and a little crumbly...but still very tasty.

Egg Hunt Finds

Sunday was a pretty laid back day.  The morning consisted of an egg hunt...although there are a few eggs still missing and neither Brett or I can remember where the Easter Bunny had told us where he had put them.  I'm sure I'll find them on some random hot day this summer.  Can't wait for that day...

Fabric Business Card Holders

In between all the fun and eating I managed to sneak in some sewing.  I took a little break from sewing project bags and whipped up a few business card holders using this tutorial.  I really like how they turned out and was über happy that I was able to use scraps for both.  I hate it when I can picture what I want the end product to look like, then realize that the fabric or the notions (or both!) don't exist.  I was pretty darn tired when I made the black one and really had no game plan about what I was doing.  All I knew was that I wanted black fabric with hot pink abstract "scratches".  One thing I realized after making these: I need to make new business cards.  Not only are these ones old and don't have the updated info on them, but they just don't give any overall feel or say much about me or Miso Crafty Knits in general.  No real impression.  At least not to me.

I also made an iPad case prototype.  

iPad Case Proto

Can't you tell I'm in a houndstooth kind of mood?  It's my all-time favourite print, what can I say?  I didn't finish this case though, hence why I didn't bother to sew on buttons for the closure and why there are pins in place of the buttons.  When I was figuring out the dimensions and such I had totally forgotten to add seam allowances (I'm shaking my head too).  The iPad fits, but it's really tight and I don't like how I can't really access the front pocket when the iPad is inside.  I would also have to take the leather magnetic cover off the iPad if I wanted to use this case.  Boo erns.  I wish my spurts of inspiration and creative urges didn't come to me at three in the morning!  Oh well, that's why this is a proto.  I'm going to have to re-think the pocket and maybe add some more padding on the next one.

SGY Minis

I also did a fair amount of knitting and "mini-fying" little skeins for the last rounds of my minis swaps.  Cause I know someone will ask, the above is SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock in the new Hummingbirds colourway.  This was actually a club colourway from a few years ago and last year I made a pair of plain vanilla socks using a skein of this.  You can read the post and see photos of the socks here.  

Phew!  What a busy weekend!  It was so busy that I didn't really get to go onto Ravlery or check my email that much.  I credit smartphones and tablets for even keeping me connected to Facebook and Twitter.  I think I'll be using this week to catch up on the mountains of laundry and chores that have piled up, and trying to somewhat detox my body from the constant sugar high it was on all weekend long.  But I do have some FOs to show you later on this week.  Yay!

Ok...is anyone else as sugared out as I am?  I think I need to go lie down now...

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