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May 26, 2016

Ice Cream Cakes

I made two ice cream cakes this week to celebrate the May birthdays at work and they were a hit!

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The first was a cherry pie inspired cake with a red colored cake for the base, lots of vanilla ice cream, cherry pie filling, and streusel topping. The second ice cream cake was inspired by creamsicles; it has a white cake with orange gelatin base, a thin layer of vanilla ice cream, then orange sorbet and white chocolate chips to top.

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May 24, 2016

Carousel Horse

Over the weekend I painted the carousel horse for my Craft Book Club project for The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. I'm a little obsessed with the rambling yellow roses that grow by the side of a canal near my work (they are blooming now) and was inspired by them when I picked out the yellow enamel paint. Here is the horse now:

Carousel Horse

Carousel Horse

So, I like it, but is there too much yellow? Should I paint the saddle, bridle, and harness and if so which colors? Should I repaint the stars blue or the flowers pink? Or leave everything just as it is? I'm very indecisive right now.

Carousel Horse

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The next book for Craft Book Club is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. I've finished reading it already and I'm planning on making a parrot. Hopefully it turns out as well as I am imagining it.

May 19, 2016

DIY Rope Sandals WIP

Our latest crafternoon project is rope sandals and so far I have soles for one and a half pairs of sandals.

DIY Rope Sandals WIP

These soles are made from heavy duty polyester rope and stitched together. We tried melting the rope to form the sandals, but it didn't work very well. I've got a bit of work to do on my sandals, but hope to finish within the week so I can share them with you next Thursday and give one pair to my sister when I see her next.

May 17, 2016

Weekend Pics

Here are some pictures I took over the last few days.

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chicks. new sneakers and sprinkles. plant pattern. cold sore selfie.

May 12, 2016

Ready for Transplanting

I've been spending a lot of weekends away from home lately so I feel behind on my gardening and yard projects. My seedlings have been growing pretty well even though I did not replant them in larger containers. Some of the squash plants even have flowers; once I get them in the ground I expect they'll spread out quickly!

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mostly tomatoes. squash and melons. squash flower. peppers.

One of the big projects that I have been working on is making new beds for strawberries. This project is practically done, I just need to add a bit more mulch on one side for the walkway. It turns out that I had six strawberry plants survive the winter in their temporary home, I was pleasantly surprised that so many lived so only bought two plants to fill in one of my four new strawberry beds.

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new strawberry beds. older strawberry plant. new strawberry plant.

Another exciting development in my garden is the sunflower seeds I planted along the fence in the alley are sprouting! It is so nice to see the little guys pop up out of the leaves, I'm really looking forward to them blooming later this summer!

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tiny sunflower seedlings.

You can check out more photos of my garden in my flickr album. This weekend I'll be home and will spend a bit of time planting my seedlings! I'm hoping everything will be alive and growing strong in the next garden update.