Plaster animals! I mixed up the powder with some water and poured it in these molds. After it started to dry I poked a magnet onto the back of each one. That's what the little black, round thing is. That one fell out. You're supposed to paint them but I kinda like them white. I love creating with plaster and am going to search for new ideas now! I'm going to spray a layer of vanish on them to keep them from crumbling and maybe frame them or gift them.
In a medium bowl, mix together cocoa, white sugar, and vegetable oil. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; stir into the cocoa mixture. Cover dough, and chill for at least 4 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. Roll dough into one inch balls. I like to use a number 50 size scoop. Coat each ball in confectioners' sugar before placing onto prepared cookie sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Let stand on the cookie sheet for a minute before transferring to wire racks to cool.
I created this little guy from a pattern I found at Hillary's wonderful blog. He'll probably end up being sent to my little niece and nephew in Texas, along with some other softies. So far, I've made a bunny, kitty and a squirrel. I'll have to do some tractors and horses next!
Lots of dimly lit evenings around here. It's hard to get through such dark winters but the little things in my home keep my going. And soon, yes it has to be soon, spring will slowly show her face. I can't wait.
I love it when the sun is shining in the house. It's the perfect light for sewing I think. And taking photos of notions and finished projects. I love the triangle and perhaps that's why I love pinking shears so much. They are perfect in every way. And so I made a foot stool cover to match the couch's cover. My favorite slightly rust/orangey/burnt kind of red. It really brightens up the place. And we need that around here with so few hours of daylight that are usually obscured by a wintry duvet of clouds.
And then it was on to make some new pillows. I love this fabric and would've bought the whole bolt if not for the price tag(30 bucks a meter). I settled with a fluffy white backing for both of them. The little brown ones were a couple of place mats I picked up at Hemtex. They begged me to turn them into pillows. With their cute little pom-poms who could resist?
I once knew a pet crow. He was incredibly curious and a bit too smart for his own good. He had a way of looking directly into your eyes. It's not often that one is given a chance to make eye contact with a wild creature and when it happens to me, my heart skips a beat. I can just imagine what these two lady crows are chattering on about I got them and this adorably funny brooch from here. They make me smile each time I look at them. Go visit her shop and give a dancing bear or a chattering pair of crows a home:) Oh and let's not forget the chocolate candies that were added to the package!
I have a hard time with cutting up a book or even a magazine and have some weird issues with treatment of books but this little video is so fun to watch. You gotta see it, even if you do cringe at dog ears :)