Crafts and Sweets

My future remains uncertain and it is driving me bonkers. But I got some crafts made last night, and today I baked pastries.

I am slowly finishing up all the embroidery I meant to do for my friends for Christmas. Whoops. This is the final one, and it took a long time to decide what to do for this friend. She’s really important to me, so I wanted it to be awesome. But also, she doesn’t really have a single ‘thing’ I can easily pick. I have one friend really loves chemistry, and another who loves dinosaurs, and another who loves books. But this friend loves many things and it’s not like a single ‘thing’ really stands out. So I finally decided on a copper dragon, based on her current DnD character.  The dragon was pretty difficult to draw out actually, and I am really proud of it.  I did end up just embroidering it onto a random hemmed piece of fabric, so not sure if this can be framed or maybe just as a modern doilie-type item for decoration.

And then I randomly felt like making a necklace. I will have to think hard to recall if I have anything that would really match light blue and bronze jewelry, but I wanted to do something with my hands and was tired of embroidery.  I forgot that I have a bunch of charms that I bought to make pearl chains with.  Unfortunately, the eye pins I have are longer than what I really need, so a lot of them ended up uneven.  I suppose that doesn’t matter too much, since I won’t sell this particular piece. I wish I could find a place that sold bulk eye pins.

Then today, I made some chocolate chip pastries.  One of the coms is having a Newbie Welcome event tomorrow, so I figured I would go since it is actually really close to where I live.  Earlier this week, I decided to make chocolate chip crescent rolls, since they are easy and delicious, and do not need to be refrigerated.  Very simply, make crescent rolls but add chocolate chips to the dough before rolling them up.  This could probably be adapted to anything- dried fruit, pie filling (this is confirmed delicious by the way), nutella, jam, cream cheese, etc etc.

When I bake pastries, I usually do an egg wash on top.  An egg wash is an egg mixed with some water, and then brushed on the top of the pastry so it has a nice sheen and browns a little.  This is actually a vital step.  Last weekend when I visited my boyfriend, I made homemade poptarts using crescent roll dough and strawberry pie filling, but no egg wash because he does not keep eggs on hand (he doesn’t cook, nor does he like eating eggs anyway). They were okay, but if I had added the egg wash, they would have gone above and beyond okay to delicious (he still scarfed them down though ♡).  So this time, I definitely made sure to remember an egg wash.

But then I remembered that some people in the com are vegan, which means no eggs.  I don’t want to leave them out, so I looked online for a vegan alternative.  Many involve using non-dairy milks or agave syrup, which I don’t have on hand. One comment online mentioned that most commercial bakeries use a mixture of corn syrup with water, as actual eggs for egg washes are too expensive. Heh, of course.  So I mixed some Karo syrup with water and brushed some of the pastries with that, and the rest of the pastries with egg wash. It worked out really well! I was careful to keep them separated, and taste tested the Karo syrup pastries. They taste just fine, and aren’t significantly sweeter than the others.

…And I just learned the picnic is cancelled in place of just touring the museum. ( ̄ω ̄;)  Of course this happens right after I finish baking. Oh well. They will certainly not go to waste.

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Spring Embroidery

I have a friend who was really sweet and sent me a Christmas gift, but I was awful and never sent her a gift or anything. o__o Time just slipped away and I kept forgetting. But today I made her a gift because her birthday is this month. I will mail it off tomorrow.

I haven’t really felt like doing embroidery since before Christmas because I felt burnt out from all the gifts I did make for Christmas. I blame being depressed about my job situation, and also deciding to play a ton of video games instead. But I managed to do this today and I think it turned out nicely.

A nice spring bunny and some flowers. I kind of copied the bunny design from a how to draw animals video by ChristineMyLinh, because it is super adorable.

Popin’ Cookin’ Tanoshii Donuts

These kits have been around forever and are easy enough to find in the US if you have a local Asian market.  The Kracie Popin’ Cookin’ kits! I got one to do for Valentine’s Day, but then was lazy. So I did the kit today.

I actually tried one of these kits a few years back, when the instructions were all in Japanese. I know these are super easy to find now because the instructions on the box were all English. Heh.

Cut up the plastic piece to separate the parts out and follow instructions.

All of the pieces of the kit to mix things in. There is also a pink spatula to mix things with. All you need is some water!

Donuts are made, plus the tubs of icing and choco sauce, and crumbs and sprinkles, all ready.

They are pretty cute.

But what do they taste like? Imagine eating raw cookie dough or cake batter (I know you do this even if the instructions tell you not to!), but it is gummier and just unpleasant. That is what this is like. Unpleasant to eat. :< I ate one of the donuts just to remember how gross they are. Tried to eat a second donut but spit it out.

The frosting actually tastes okay. The pink strawberry frosting tastes like the stuff on strawberry pocky – that extra fake strawberry flavor. The little crumbs and sprinkles taste ok, but the doughnut dough is just gross. Especially the chocolate dough.

I really just wanted to decorate cute tiny donuts.  I think there are similar kits out there, only instead of it making food, it just makes decoden plastic pieces, or erasers.  So this is how I wasted $4 on some dumb nasty tiny donuts.  I did buy better chocolate to eat for Valentine’s Day too though, so it’s not like it was a total loss.

Holiday Embroidery Projects

As part of my quest to save money to move out soon, all of my Christmas gifts to people will be embroidered items.  While I was in DC visiting friends, I worked on a few items in my down time. Sometimes it is just really nice to sit and chit-chat and embroider at the same time.  I probably would have done it on the plane, except I imagine the TSA has something against sewing needles and scissors.

Since I am 1000% sure that my friends do not read this blog, I feel comfortable spoiling their embroidered gifts here.

I embroidered a dinosaur. I found a dinosaur pattern online and I copied it as best as I could, and then added the fancy bowtie. Who wouldn’t love a fancy dinosaur gentleman? I don’t know precisely what kind of dinosaur this is.

This one is actually for my brother and sister-in-law’s kitchen. They are very health conscious, and at a dinner recently, they said they would get a kick out of having an embroidered sign that says “Gains are made in the Kitchen”. After all, you cannot outrun a bad diet.

I still have 5 more things to embroider. My Mom and Boyfriend will not be getting embroidered things, so I need to find them something else.

Small Halloween Friends

Life, for the most part, has been awful this week.

But there is a Hallowen Party at school on Friday, so I made some felt decorations while relaxing and watching shows online.

I have a pumpkin, a black cat, a witch (with a removable hat!!!), a bat and a ghost. For the most part, all I did was cut out shapes, embroider details on, sew together 90%, stuff with leftover felt pieces or cotton balls, and then sew up. The bat and ghost need to hang on something, but the other little plushes can stand up on their own. For the witch and cat, I sewed a piece on the bottom so they are like little plush pyramids and can stand up.

A long day

Today, we drove to my Dad’s hometown to visit my Grandpa, and to finally bury his ashes. My Dad passed away 8 years and 17 days ago.  It is a complicated thing, but this is for the best.

On the drive, I worked on some embroidery, which I am proud of.

I went to a tea party yesterday too, and I intend to write it up at some point too. But I have been a bit distracted this weekend.

Weekend Crafting Activities

Yesterday, I made another tote bag, and then hemmed some other fabric for embroidery.

I used heavy interfacing for this one as well. So the first tote I made used heavy interfacing, and it was a pain to do the one step where you pull the correct side out, because the heavy interfacing makes the fabric thicker. But in the end, the bag is sturdier. The second tote bag only used medium interfacing, and while it was easier to perform that step, the bag itself is much weaker. So I think I will at some point remake that bag, maybe with a different pink fabric. This tote is also smaller than the other ones, because I wanted to do something different.

Something I should try is to make a tote and instead of using patterned fabric, but embroider something. I wonder if that would be a nice Christmas gift for people. ;__; I need to figure out gifts for people and if I am going to make something, I need to start working on it now.

No idea what to embroider on these handkerchiefs. They are cute and bright, so not really fitting of the ~elegant lolita aesthetic~, but then again, they are handkerchiefs and who really cares.

Doing a weekly theme on them would mean actually having to wash them every week.  I also feel a little weird about putting words on them. I’d worry that people would ask why my handkerchief says “whatever”, or why I put my name on it. Initials alone are kind of boring too. At least for now, they are ready so once I have a good idea, I can start immediately.