Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patty's Day Shirt

Once again, I was surfing a very super cute blog, icandy handmade and found the Shamrock Chic shirt. The little ones in the pictures are so cute. And of course, I wanted my own Shamrock Chic shirt. So I got out an old white T-shirt, I had lying around, the 2 green scrap fabrics I had, and got to work.

I will say, that instead of using the fusible tape, I used Liquid Stitch, which worked just as well. I also hand stitched the outlines of my hearts and stems, because I'm just not talented enough to trace them (especially the curves) with my sewing machine. And I happen to like the imperfection that comes with the hand stitching. Also, I like to hand stitch things.

Here is the shirt on the hanger.

And on me!
Also, notice the dogs creeping into the photo. :-)
Finally, here are some closeups of the shamrocks with the hand stitching. Unfortunately, the patterned fabric is a bit see through, so you can see the glue underneath it. From far away, you can't see it though.
Thanks for stopping by! :-)

Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake Surprise

That's right, you heard me. Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake Surprise. It's as delicious as it sounds. A friend was house-sitting for some of his friends a while ago, and they left these cupcakes for him to consume. All he could talk about for a week was how great these cupcakes were. So I got the recipe and for his birthday I made the cupcakes with some key changes.

First I made the eggless cookie dough exactly as described. FYI: it is delicious, perfect for that night you want to eat cookie dough, but minus the salmonella. :-) It would also be great for dipping in chocolate, which I may have to do in the very near future.

After making the cookie dough, I rolled it into balls, and placed in the freezer.

Moving on, I made the delicious butter cream icing. I followed the recipe exactly. In the future, I would scoop out the part for the icing, before adding the Chocolate Chips, they made it hard when icing the cupcakes, but that is for later. This was my first attempt at butter cream icing, anything, and it was surprisingly simple.

For the cupcake batter, I'm not afraid to admit that I cheated, a little. Ok, alot. I do have a delicious chocolate cake recipe that I'll probably use in the future.

After making the cupcake batter, I put a little dollop of batter in the bottom, then added the frozen chocolate chip balls.
Please ignore the drips and gross stuff on the cupcake pan, I'm not a very good batter scooper.
I then covered the dough balls, and baked. I'm not going to lie, the smell of them baking had me drooling. Once I pulled them from the oven, and let them cool, I frosted them. So delicious. The Birthday Boy, is going to love them.

And finally I iced them. As mentioned before, having the chocolate chips in the icing, made it a big difficult to get out of my decorative icing tip. In the future I'll scoop out the cookie dough, before adding the chips. Then after icing the cakes, you can sprinkle the chocolate chips on top.

So I'm calling them my Double Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcake Surprise, because you have chocolate cupcakes filled with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

Again, thanks for reading! :-)

My attempt at the T-Shirt Dress

So I was over at Elle Apparel browsing and I fell head over heels in love with the T-Shirt Dress that she makes. So of course I had to give it a go. I didn't do everything exactly as in the tutorial, and I neglected to take pictures throughout the process, because hers are so detailed.

Here is my attempt, and I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of it. It's not perfect, but it looks pretty darn cute on.

I'm smirking weirdly because the dog is sneaking into the picture.
In this picture you not only get both dogs, but you can see where I had some issues with the waistband on the right side.  I also didn't do the gathering on the skirt, because I CRASHED and BURNED my first time.  In stead I pleated the skirt all the way around, which worked better for me.  And one last final picture. It's dog free, thankfully.

I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty proud of myself for finally getting something crafty posted up here. And if your by chance reading this, I know the name is cheesy, and I know the posts are most likely annoying, but thanks for stopping by. :-)