Today I made some Nestle turtle chocolate cupcakes. Basically, you bake chocolate cupcakes half way then place a turtle chocolate on them, with more cupcake mixture, and put it back in for another 10 minutes. The recipe is below. If you look at the photo you can see that I left them in a little too long (we have a brand spankin’ new oven and all appliances.. thanks daddsy! ~and even though i put it on 15 degrees less than the recipe said- it cooked very quickly). So the photo at bottom is the halfway point. They were naughty and decent, not incredible. Husband review? “they would have been better heated up so they’d be gooey. (recipe actually says to do that) But they were cupcakes with turtles in them.. c’mooon!”
This was a very fun photo experiment. I held up my iphone every day to the nest and took photos or videos. Videos are on youtube & will be published here soon. The nest was discovered on my craftroom porch end of April and now we have baby robins! I posted then about info on bird eggs hatching as I knew nothing about it. I think it takes 14 days to hatch an egg and 14 days til they take flight after hatching!
Best part? screaming out loud when 3 little heads popped up to great my phone, one morning!
DISCLAIMER: no baby birds or nest were touched / harmed during this photo shoot.
We had a lovely Easter weekend. My sweetness was actually home for one day so we packed in our celebrations between much gardening, storm tree removal which lead to a 2 day bonfire & weeny roast. Day 2 included SUN! That’s what I said.. Sun! I worked on my record blog, made a few things I’ll post tomorrow & loved up our aged dog.
I created an annual easter egg hunt for my husband. I even wore the ears & tail but I was sworn to “no blog photos of this, okay?”. Easter treat for me (as I’m behaving with no sugar or dairy or flour) was a Costco score! A Japanese Banana tree for 19.99! She came with 5 extra shoots in the pot so I spent time this weekend repotting them to take to my 2 therapy offices. Sooo good to be outside, heh?
speaking of gardening (& me daydreaming of a city place with a garden space next…) isn’t this cool?
I hope the bunny brought you every bit of chocolate you deserve! Make Something Every Day
Well, last week I finished the last of my metal clay jewelery making art classes at the Campbell River Art Gallery. What class should I take next!?
Pretty fun, intimate, low key art class with really inspiring local folks. So awesome to talk to people that are as nerdy as I am and have more skills than me. I learned the art of using precious metal clay ~ that’s how you actually make silver, bronze and copper jewelery. As well, making molds was super fun ~ I have several ideas of other things to make! And I can reuse those molds with.. drum roll… RESIN!!
If you look back at the month of Feb on this blog ~ you will see the start of this class and the clay in raw form. Here’s what I ended up with after forming and firing and finishing:
moonsnail nipple pendent in bronze
copper pendents 2 inches long, from root inlays
copper earrings from plants leaf inlays, 1 inch long, silver wire will make ear wires
Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, or copper mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan in 1990, metal clay can be shaped just like any soft clay, by hand or using molds. After drying, the clay can be fired in a variety of ways such as in a kiln, with a handheld gas torch, or on a gas stove. The binder burns away, leaving the puresintered metal. PMC was developed in the early 1990s in Japan by metallurgist Masaki Morikawa. I would be a chemist / scientist now if I was taught about this stuff in highschool.
Xmas of 1991 I think (as I had it in photos when I flew to University in the fall of 1992) my parent’s gave me this guitar. I taught myself to play and used it religiously through my folk / grateful dead, john denver decade. Then it sat quiet for another long while. After moving it back and forth across canada a few times! ~ recently, my husband ~his guitar peaking through the back in the slideshow ~ and I picked them back up again. I took them in to be professionally cleaned and restrung. He’s a lefty so I’m having fun figuring out how to show him cords backwards. Yeah guitar! Blowing in the wind again.. D C G … chorus!
Well, as some of you amazing followers of my BLOG may recall.. last year and the year before at this time I joined the THINGADAY.COM website’s challenge to.. duh.. make a thing every day and post it on one website with thousands of other participants. It was pretty challenging and rewarding and really inspiring to see the variety of things people come up with. It’s motivating to make something every day – as my BLOG is intended to do but sometimes I get a little lazy or run out of time with work and travel etc. BUT the idea is to re-energize crafters and I’ll be there with bells on the entire month of Feb. I’ve got a pile of dog-eared craft books and jewelry magazines ready with ideas and tons in my
So.. you can either join me by signing up yourself thing a day dot com 2012 click hereor just checking in there to see what I’ve created ~likely under the name FIREYGODDESS. It was hosted through a site called Posterous last year which was a pain in the butt because I had to double post there & on my BLOG ~ but this year it’s on WORDPRESS (which is this blog’s site).