Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chocolate Cake

So this was my newly discovered go-to chocolate cake recipe. I made Reba a birthday cake over the weekend with this one.

However, last night, I found a different oil based recipe which is even better. And oil based means no butter. Yay. I'll put pictures of those up later once they're frosted.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Monday, February 27, 2012

Wishing I Understood Computer Language

I was really proud of myself that I figured out how to remove the border that automatically frames all of the photos on blogger. I'm not sure why but now it's doing it again on all of my pictures. I tried to fix it with this code thingy and it's still there. Somebody please teach me computer coding/html/language/css/random letters.

Greeting Cards: Sets 1 & 2

So I finally finished the first embossed set for Cafe Night and I also made a second set for occasions which includes birthdays and other sayings.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


I was asked to make some cards for Cafe Night this Saturday so I started yesterday on my first set. All the cards in this set are heat embossed. I don't have pictures of every single one but here's what I've been working on.

I think there's a total of 9 cards in this set so once I'm done, I'll have all of them up. But I'm liking how they came out :)

Oh and I also got my yarn so I can start knitting and/or crocheting my second blanket!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Let's Attempt a Quilt

Reba has gotten me into knitting now. This past week I knit like there was no tomorrow. I have two rows of a blanket/quilt/ish thing but I haven't worked on it during the last couple days because I'm already getting sick of it. But I would be really proud if I did finish it because I've never finished knitting anything in my life before. Not even a scarf. But I've already gotten through my first ball of yarn (ever) and now I'm on my third and fourth. I have a lot more yarn and new crochet hooks coming in the mail so I want to finish this within the next couple weeks so I can start a new blanket for Peter.





Friday, February 24, 2012

Project Life: Jan 17-29, 2012

Finally a project life update. After three weeks of traveling, I finally got to work on documenting my interviews and the cities that I got to see.









see other project life posts here.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

A (DIY) Valentine's Day Party

So I hosted my first real get together the day before Valentine's day. The best part of the night was probably when JJ brought Sarah a branch from a tree on his way over. 

So I don't have photoshop and I'm a scientist so all we use is powerpoint for everything. Don't laugh at me. I feel so terrible because I can't find the original invitation that I went off of to make mine. It had little flags instead of hearts. I think I found it on oh happy day but I went back and couldn't find it anymore. 

I heat embossed these in white with a stamp from party city. I used these as name tags for seating.

I also made a tassel garland that originally costs like $130 from Confetti System (although they are super beautiful) but I saw a DIY and made my own.

Thanks Reba for helping me!

And a photo backdrop to cover our hideous walls inspired by a beautiful mess.

Fondue for dessert. I got my fondue pot from here and it actually worked pretty well.

I only put this picture up to show the branch. Please don't be mad Sarah.

And thanks to Peter for my new camera :)