Still enjoying a writing hiatus and catching up with some crafting ideas… Rather consumed with Steampunk right now, and wanted a steampunk bauble for the Christmas tree, but couldn’t find one, so made my own:
1. Find (or buy) a single Christmas Bauble. Mine was 49p for 3 at my local garden centre. Stick with gold, silver, chrome, brown or neutral colours.
My daughters and I are currently collecting Steampunk…for a project. Our fashion sense is pretty Steampunk to begin with, so we’re already halfway there with skirts, military jackets, corsets, jewellery etc, but one thing we didn’t have was a Top Hat.
Pinterest came up with one… Duct Tape Steampunk Top Hat by cutoutandkeep.net and I had a go using this tutorial.
This is my attempt:
Easy recipe: 8oz of butter, 8oz caster sugar, creamed. Add 4 eggs, one by one, and a tsp of vanilla essence then stir in 8oz self-raising flour and 1 tbsp of cold water. Place in cases and cook at 160 degrees C for 20 mins or so. Makes 24.
Decorated with raspberry jam, Dream Topping (or whipped cream) and blueberries…
Red, white and blue…
I’m really pleased with the new colours: ‘Soft Stone’ on the walls and an accent wall of ‘Intense Truffle’, but our main aim was to add the ‘Family Photo Wall’ as below:
I knew what I wanted and got further ideas (see above montage) from Pinterest and off we went, scouring the house and shops…mainly TKMaxx ( I love that store and can barely pass it by without going in and coming back out with something wonderful!) for frames…
We fixed up a huge sheet of paper (wallpaper lining) across the wall and pinpointed the nails that were already on the wall (it was a bit annoying for the layout to be constrained by nails in the walls from previous occupiers, but needs must), then laid it on the floor and placed our frames in the desired locations.
Then I hunted through our family photographs to chose pictures to get reprinted and decided which frames would suit them best. Once they arrived we laid them out again, photos in frames, to be sure the layout worked.
Daughter has a bit of a cupcake fetish…don’t we all? After a few mishaps (some recipes just don’t work, do they?) Success!
We’ve just redecorated our lounge, choosing ‘Soft Stone’ walls with ‘Intense Truffle’, brightened up the skirting and woodwork, and bought sofa covers (believe me you don’t want to see them uncovered…), cushions, plants and knick knacks in my chosen accent colour of green…
The room is now de-cluttered and I decided to match covered shoe-boxes in the room’s colours. Hence the boxes below. I keep my sewing kit in my book page box, and family history photos in the small box covered with aged maps from my home town. The other boxes are waiting to be filled, but look so much better than stuff and papers piling up everywhere!
The plant pot seemed a natural addition to fit in with the new décor.
Authentically authory (I know that’s not a real word…), but this wordy, page covered Keepsake or Memory box is gorgeous and made by daughter! Now I want one too!
|My homemade cookies with the Neiman Marcus recipe…|
I have no idea of the authenticity of this story, snopes.com does say that it’s all an urban legend and that Neiman Marcus has developed a cookie since in response to the rumour, so don’t feel badly about the shop…but hey, this is how I got it, the name it’s known under and the recipe is great! So I’ll give it to you, just as it came to me…with an added testimony of my own: I made these cookies, to the recipe below…and they are good! They keep really well, which is just as well, because as the recipe says it makes about 112 cookies! NB use a big mixing bowl!