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121  Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes in Dessert by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 08, 2011 08:03:02 PM
So my fiance asked me to bake something for him to share at work during a tediously long (3-hour) group meeting tomorrow. Usually I prefer making cookies and brownies, but lately I have been drawn towards making cupcakes. I don't really like eating cake or cupcakes... they are just fun to make and share Smiley

I decide since he is feeding a bunch of engineers and scientists, the meeting is really long, and some of them (including my boy) have to work night shift, that a coffee laced cupcake would be fitting. We also had a bag of unground coffee beans that appeared in our fridge after moving in (he doesn't know where they came from, so my guess is his mom left them Tongue) and I just got a nifty "seasoning/spice" from Trader Joe's that I wanted to use as a topping. The spices are actually rock sugar, coffee beans and chocolate in a grinder.

I also got to dig out our Italian coffee maker from my fiance's grandfather! Fun stuff. (Strong stuff.)

The recipe I used for the cupcakes is here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cupcakerecipes/r/r90328i.htm

And again I just made my own cream cheese frosting from a pack of cream cheese, some butter, and powdered sugar. I added a little milk this time because I didn't want it to be too sweet or too thick... I don't know if that was the best choice, but it worked.

Fresh from the oven:

The nifty sprinkles in spice grinder form:

Adding the sprinkles after topping:

And the grand finale, coffee bean on top Cheesy:

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122  Re: Fall wedding color questions in Weddings and Bridal Showers by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 08, 2011 08:57:34 AM
I'm having a fall wedding next year and I am planning to do sunflowers too. I might accent them with blue bonnets, but plain sunflower bouquets look great too. I really like your second image. The purple goes great.

I have been trying to convince myself to not let the season control my theme and color selections... 

Here are the ones I am considering:
Blue and Yellow

Sunflower only

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123  Lemon curd filled mini-cupcakes with lemon cream cheese topping in Dessert by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 07, 2011 11:49:42 PM

During my summer holiday I have been staying with my fiance in North Carolina. I've been baking about every other day because he is working full time and I like to spoil him Smiley

I didn't document the peanut butter cup cookies or the white chip brownies with a mixed nut topping. I decided that mini-cupcakes are too cute not to document, however.

I followed the recipe here for the cake but I reduced the cooking time to 10 minutes for the miniatures: http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/LemonCupcakes.html

I just used store bought lemon curd for the inner filling. and I sort of made up the topping recipe after reading a few others and not being happy.

Mix 8 oz softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter...
Gradually combine up to 1/2 lb of powdered sugar...
Add the juice from one small lemon...
Add more powdered sugar if necessary to thicken (I used a little less than half a pound total)

Pretty, fresh-from-the-oven cupcakes:

Filling the cupcakes with lemon curd (I used a butter knife to cut triangle holes and used a sandwich bag with a snipped corner for filliing):

The first bunch filled up:

The frosting (using a sandwich bag again); I kept bumping the ones I had already frosted, so some of them have extra spikes on their sides, whoops! Tongue:

All 37 frosted mini-cupcakes taking over my counter (some space was also consumed from the previous night's mead production):

And the final line up with sprinkles for luck is shown at the top of the page! Smiley

Thanks for reading! Tuesday morning I am making cappuccino cupcakes, so another post is to come! Cheesy

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124  Re: Chocolate Zoo Diaper Bag (Lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 07, 2011 11:00:47 PM
Too bad I'm a little late to put some input in, I love the diaper bag, I'd suggest a clutch to go with it, for wallet, make-up, chapstick, extra girly things.

I have a two year old son and he STILL gets plushies, and it drives me bonkers because at this point, he has NO interest in them! LOL I tend to give his stuffed animals all away, unless it's really special.

I really like the design, I'm thinking I need to make one very similar myself! I would love to see a tutorial, or just a basic outline. Even dimensions would be cool! XD

Unfortunately, it got down to the last minute, and for me stuffed animals were the quick and easy thing to do (Pictures of those are in another post). She really appreciated them. Perhaps I can make the clutch as a gift when her baby is born. Right now I am sorta homeless and traveling while I wait for my new apartment to be available (which was part of the reason I had to get it done Sad ).

Below is an image of my planning board. I just used a cutting mat and rotary cutter for measuring the cuts. A lot of it I just planned in my head, but feel free to ask more questions! I know some of what I did isn't on the board... like the zipper flaps (approx. 20"x3.5" of accent and inside fabrics with stiff interfacing...) and order of assembly...

That was just for the outside. I didn't write anything down for the inside because I used the same dimensions.... I decided pocket widths by putting wipes and toys in them and pinning them down Tongue
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125  Scrappy Alligator and Giraffe Plushes in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 22, 2011 09:18:02 PM
I just finished a diaper bag for my cousin last night, and I wanted a few more coordinating things to go with it. I asked a bunch of people and stuffed animals to be more popular than diaper clutches.

I used a little bit of the scraps from the diaper bag project (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=386550.msg4572277#msg4572277)... And bits of fleece that I had left over from other things. I intentionally under-filled them so they will be easier for little hands to grip Smiley

Mr. Gator:

Mr. Giraffe:

Together in their diaper bag:

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126  Re: Scrappy Craft Storage Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 22, 2011 02:04:31 PM
Thanks everyone!

Did you draft the pattern?

Yes! Well, kinda. I didn't make an actual pattern... I just planned the dimensions on a piece of paper and started cutting with my rotary tool on a cutting mat to measure Smiley I guess that is still a pattern. The toughest part was figuring out the top. I wound up doing it a different way for the diaper bag, and I think I was happier with the second method.

Here's a picture of my planning board for the diaper bag if you'd like to try, but it is only dimensions. (I changed them a tad for the diaper bag)
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127  Chocolate Zoo Diaper Bag (Lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 22, 2011 01:57:07 PM
This summer my cousin was admiring all of the purses I made and hinted towards wanting a diaper bag. She was having problem finding a diaper bag she liked, and she wanted it to match her stroller (chocolate and burnt orange), so I went to work on the project! I am going to miss her baby shower in mid-August because of a trip, so she will be getting it this weekend Smiley

(No pattern, just picked some dimensions and started cutting; my previous post was the scrappy prototype that became my craft bag)

The front:

The side which has little stroller straps for hanging the bag: (they are really reinforced even though they are super skinny)

The top with a double sliding zipper: (ignore my toes...)

The inside: (One side has two elastic loops for bottles, the other has a pocket)

There is also one of those nifty key chain clips (It can go on the inside or outside):

And now it is full of goodies!:

Including a changing blanket that I included some scraps in:

I'm thinking about making a diaper clutch like a lot of other people do... or two small stuffies, an alligator and a giraffe. Any advice?


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128  Scrappy Craft Storage Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 17, 2011 08:29:14 AM
The purpose of this bag was actually to master a pattern to make a diaper bag for a cousin that is due soon. I wasn't sure how big I wanted it to be, so I decided to make myself a bag for storing my growing stash of craft supplies.

There are 18 different fabrics salvaged from the leftovers of several projects and bits of donations from people that slimmed down their own sewing stashes. And there are three colors of thread because the cute lavender-ish thread I used on most of the outside ran out... Then the light blue that I used for an Alice in Wonderland costume ran out... and then I wound up with a strange turquoise thread of whose origin I am unsure.

I'm really happy with how the outer shell turned out. I used fleece to make the pocket layers thick and a thick interfacing on the taller wall parts. (I think I will use fleece on the outer wall of the diaper bag because I don't like how flat it wound up on the top...

I also ran out of interfacing and just wanted to get it done so I could move on, so the inside is really floppy Sad

Aaand half filled with craft goodies:

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129  Cupcake Pincushions in Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 07, 2011 01:23:53 PM
I decided to make a pincushion for my friend's birthday gift because last time we were sewing together, she had all her pins in one of those plastic boxes you can buy them in... and I kicked it and the pins went all over the place. She gets rather excited about eating cupcakes, so I decided her gift will be a cupcake pincushion and a gift card to the cupcakery near her apartment Smiley

My own pincushion was getting a little flat from age (it was also the first thing I made when I got my sewing machine so many years ago, so it kinda sucked...), so I decided to make a prototype to keep for myself... And then another friend called to invite me over for her birthday, and although she doesn't sew, I decided she will get one too. So tah-dah! Cupcakes!

The pink and white one is for the first friend:

The ugly green and white one is mine:

And the green and pink one is for the second friend:

On the gift cupcakes, I sewed wedges in the circles for the top instead of gathering them... I decided it looks nicer that way... I have pictures of how I made the third (green and pink) one if anyone is interested in making their own.

Thanks for looking!
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130  Peace Out Drawstring Bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 21, 2011 06:14:06 PM
I needed a new bag for hitting up the theme parks and taking to the gym and beach... I had a really awesome canvas drawstring bag from way back, but it is falling apart and I have dozens of times, but I think its life is almost up Sad

So I played copy-cat, and made my own Smiley No pattern, just measured the old bag and started cutting rectangles Cheesy (I also forgot my bed time and was extremely tired at work today, whoops!)

The bag, full and drawn:

Empty and undrawn:

Obnoxious blue lining and a pocket with a zipper (the pocket hangs loose from the top and the zipper is from a stash from my grandma's stash):

I also did this weird thing on the straps which I didn't finish. I wanted them to be adjustable, but with buttons. So far there is only buttonhole per side and one button per side, which I plan to fix so they don't pop off. I also have a pair of backup safety pins inside in case I use the bag before fixing that Tongue

Thanks for looking!

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