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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cath Kidson Inspired Nail Art

I'm a HUGE fan of Cath Kidson prints. I particularly like their vintage roses. They remind me of old oil cloth fabric. For some strange reason they always make me feel like baking. I'm sure there's a connection. Maybe clean fresh oilcloth covered kitchen tables for rolling pastry? 

These will be fun Easter time nails too. They're a wee bit Easter Egg like.
I coated my ring fingers and my thumbs with a medium blue base and the rest of my nails got a coat of pink. I added blue dots to the pink nails using the tip of a bobby pin. The blue nails got a splotch of dark pink and then I swirled medium and light pink over the dark pink splotches. I added leaves by dipping my bobby pin into two greens at once and dotting beside the rose swirls. I let them dry and then gave them two coats of clear top coat. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ridiculously Teensy Cupcakes for Absolutley No Reason

This is really a tutorial on how I made my mini cupcake liners. There are a billion and eight cupcake tutorials out there and most of them are pretty spectacular. I think it might be helpful to show how I make the thin translucent STAEDTLER Fimo Effect cupcake liner, so here goes......

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Icing Made Without Icing Sugar Recap

In April 2011 I posted this recipe I found on YaHoo Answers. I've gotten a HUGE amount of feedback from this post and was recently asked if I thought the icing could hold up when piped. Here are the results of what happened when we tested it's pipe-ability. This time I added yellow and green paste food colouring to the batch and cooled it off in the fridge for a few hours before I tried to pipe it onto the cake. It did pipe........ but it wasn't fun. I'm by no means a cake decorating expert. We just really enjoy making cakes for each other at home. I have some experience piping butter cream and this was nothing like that. It's very sticky and held onto the piping tip instead of dropping off like butter cream does. It's worth all the extra work though. Man this is some delicious icing.

This is an image from the first time we made this icing. You can see it's quite soft. It firms up a bit with some chilling though. Hope you try it too!
It really is delicious!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Mini Croissants and a Mini Mold

I've been playing with mold making lately and loving every second of it. Here's one of the first of many tutorials on making your own home made molds.

Don't they look delicious? I love buttery croissants all warm and flaky. Now I can make as many mini pastries as I want in no time at all. 

Things you'll need to create these mini croissants and their mold:
Eye pins

Tools needed to make these:
soft round paintbrush #2 - 4
Craft knife
Parchment paper

The first thing to do is to sculpt your shape. I made a flat sheet of clay about 1/8th inch thick and then cut a triangle out of it that was close to one inch by 3/4 inch. Then I rolled up the triangle and smoothed out the seams with the tip of a toothpick. I turned the ends in a bit to make a slight horseshoe shape. I tried to keep in mind how a real croissant was rolled while I was making my shape. When I was completely happy with the shape I baked it in a preheated 230 degree oven on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 minutes and then let the piece cool before the next step.

Next I mixed equal parts of the easy mold until there was no more marbling and placing my shape face up on the work surface, I covered the clay shape with the mold making blob. I made sure not to just push the mold making medium down but also in to the piece from all sides. I turned the piece over and checked to make sure I was leaving an opening to remove the piece. After the easy mold has cured  (About 25 minutes) you can use your craft blade to trim away any of the mold that is covering the bottom of your piece.

Here are a few of the different pieces I made. There is a tea cup shape, my croissant and the bottom of a cupcake. When you remove the original from the mold, you'll see that it's quite flexible and you can bend the mold to remove the clay piece easily.

I made little conditioned balls of STAEDTLER fimo soft #70 sahara and pushed them into the mold. I cut away any clay that was extra and then bent the mold to carefully un-mold the pieces. There was no need for any release agents. You can also bake the piece right in the mold to reduce deformation while un-molding. Mine came out pretty clean unbaked so I made a heap of them right away. I used my STAEDTLER Karat soft pastel chalks and a soft brush to add colour to the bready curls. I started with an ecru colour and worked my way to the darker colours.

I must admit that I'm pretty chuffed with these little guys. They really do look toasty and delicious. I added my head pins to the end of each croissant and then I baked them in a preheated 230 degree oven, on a parchment lined baking sheet for 20 minutes and allowed them to cool before adorning them with toppings.

For the buttered croissants, I added a small square of STAEDTLER Fimo effect #204 translucent yellow to the top of each pastry and covered the butter pat with a drop of STAEDTLER Fimo liquid Deco gel. I re-baked the pieces for another 20 minutes and they were done!

For a little chocolate drizzle I mixed up some brown chalk dust with a bit of the Fimo liquid and drizzled it over some croissants. I re-baked the pieces for 20 more minutes.

I like these little guys too!
Maybe I'll make some delicious teeny pastry earrings with these.
Can't wait to share more.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Fun Easter Bunny Nail Art

I've been working on heaps of new projects and will share them very soon. In the meantime, it was my birthday this weekend past. So I indulged a bit and was spoiled by the family. 
I took the time to do my nails.

They're pretty and spring-ish. Very simple and quick to do. Took forever to dry though. I had to spend hours holding the couch down waiting for them to harden.

I got this little guy too. Isn't he sweet? He's from our local favorite shop. The antiques warehouse. I could spend days there browsing around the zillions of booths. We always find toys from when we were kids. Or a cup that was at the cottage that I didn't think I even remembered. It always makes me a bit teary. But they're all happy memories and happy tears, so it's a good place to go.

Maggs made me this beautiful birthday cake. It's dark chocolate cake with toasted coconut cream cheese icing. It was delicious.

Hope you all had a great weekend too!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

And so..... It Begins!

Super excited to get started on some projects that have been in the planning stage for EVER!
There are more than 40 different designs in the works.

It's an ambitious few projects and I'm completely stoked about getting things up and running.
I've spent the weekend conditioning heaps of STAEDTLER Fimo Puppen. It's my go to clay for doll and puppet making and I'm so happy to have it in my hot little hands again. 

Here's the tutorial I posted for making these eyes. If you're feeling like playing along with us, you might want to craft up a few of your own.

I'll be sharing more about what's happening over the next few months.
I can tell you that I've finally given in to those of you who have been at me to sell my actual work, not just the instruction. And I can't wait to introduce you to our creations!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daffodil Nails

I did a back fill on my silver nails from a few weeks ago and decided it was time to add a bit of spring to their icy colour scheme.

I used STAEDTLER karat soft pastel chalks to colour my acrylic powders. Here's a tutorial on the process in case anyone missed it. 

There are so many colour choices using this chalk method for adding colours to my acrylics that all I can think about is making a full spring flower garden on my nails. I think I need longer nails so I can have more room to decorate.... or maybe I should be using this technique with the super softened STAEDTLER Fimo and create some jewelry pieces. Whatever I decide to do, I'd better hurry up and do it! The real flowers will be up and poking their heads through the soil before I know it.

Hope you can sense the spring where you are too.
My goodness it's been a long winter.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Silver Stiletto Nails

I used 4 different sizes and shapes of iridescent glitter, some teeny silver glass beads and a bit of STAEDTLER's silver metal powder in these stiletto nails.

I't so hard to get the shimmer of the glitter in a photograph.I tried a few different light sources to see if I could catch some of it for you.

I dotted some silver polish onto the smile line for now. I'm planning some 3D flowers for these nails later.

You can see some of the holographic glitter in this shot but it still isn't even close to the real glitz.

They look all icy. I'm going to be adding a bit of spring to them soon enough.

Hope you're all keeping warm.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Simplicity 7048 With a Groovy Fabric

I really do enjoy a good retro or vintage pattern, and this one popped out of my pattern cupboard at me. I also remembered some 70's style cotton I had stashed away. I think the two are a perfect match.

I remember Mom wearing these dresses when I was little and I've been wanting to make a few of my own with handy pockets and a bit of a shorter hemline. 

I added a pocket to the left front bodice piece.

I also trimmed the generous 70's collar to a peter pan shape and removed some of the seam allowance  to thin it out a bit.

I'll probably wear the collar open but I think it will also be adorable closed with a pin.

I really love the shape of this dress. The waist and shoulder darts are perfectly placed. I did shorten the sleeves and may add a same fabric tie belt too. Not sure yet. I'm also still deciding on the button style. Might have to make some out of Fimo?

What's your favorite vintage/retro pattern?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Painting Pansies with Super Softened STAEDTLER Fimo

I've really been hooked on painting with thinned out STAEDTLER Fimo these past few weeks. I've also been loving the hearts. I wanted to share how these pansies were done (thanks for the request) as well as the base heart for the project. So here goes.....