Monthly Archives: April 2011

Oh what a lovely weekend!

I had promised myself (and boyfriend) that I would do no work or sewing this long Easter weekend! But by Saturday I had my sewing machine out and was cutting out fabric! Oh well, if that’s how I want to spend my birthday then I can!
I sorted out some more cushions for my stock for my upcoming craft fair (omg 1 month left to get ready!) and also worked out what else I wanted to make for it. I also cut more fabric up for some more Rapunzel organiser towers (I still am crazy in love with them).
I then also made myself a birthday cake(s) because no one else would make one (and I don’t like the shop bought ones very much).

I know this is meant to be a sewing blog, but I also thought it nice to share this simple recipe so you can make butterfly cakes too!

Cake ingredients:

  • 150g Butter (softened)
  • 150g Caster Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 150g Self-raising Flour
Icing ingredients:
  • 75g Butter (softened)
  • 150g Icing Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Milk
  1. Preheat the oven to 190*C and put some paper cake cases into a cake tray.
  2. Put the sugar and butter into a mixing bowl and whisk together until they are fluffy and very pale coloured.
  3. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, adding a tablespoon of flour with each one.
  4. Add the rest of the flour into the mix and gently mix it all up, trying to keep it fluffy.
  5. Use a teaspoon to put the mixture into the paper cake cases (it makes around 15-18 cakes). Bake in the oven for 20-25 mins till golden brown. Then leave them to cool on a wire rack.
  6. Once the cakes have cooled slice off the top of each cake and cut the slice in half.
  7. To make the butter icing, use an electric mixer to beat the butter until soft.
  8. Sift half the icing sugar into the bowl and beat the mixture again until smooth.
  9. Add the rest of the icing sugar and 2 tablespoon of milk, plus any food colouring you may want. Beat the mixture until it is smooth and creamy.
  10. If the mixture is too thick add a little extra milk, if it is too runny add some more icing sugar.
  11. Place a little butter icing on top of each cake and gently push in the two half’s you cut off earlier to make little butterfly wings.
  12. Dust the top with more icing sugar and enjoy 🙂 yummmm

Cookies!

This weekend I felt like cooking! I wanted to make some cookies for 2 weeks now but my back pain meant I just could not stand in the kitchen long enough to make them! But this weekend everything was feeling better so I made cookies!!

Pretty bunnies since it is nearly Easter!
I thought I would share the recipe as it is a really simple one and easy to make.

Ingredients:

  • 100g Butter
  • 100g Caster Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • Splash of vanilla essence
  • 225g Plain flour
Put the butter into a bowl, (if like me you forgot to take it out of the fridge to soften zap it on a very low heat in the microwave so its soft but not melting). Add the sugar to the butter and mix together until it is light and fluffy.

Add the egg and vanilla essence and mix it up well again.

Slowly add the flour to the mixture, it works best to mix in with a spoon and not electric mixer I find.

Once the flour is mixed in, knead the mixture into a smooth dough. This bit is important for a nice texture and for rolling!

Wrap the dough in clingfilm and put in the fridge for 15-30 mins.

Preheat the oven to 180*C. While the oven is heating sprinkle a surface with some flour and a rolling pin and roll  out the dough to about 1cm thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your cookies and place them on a lightly greased baking tin. You can place them close together as the cookies will not grow in the oven.

Bake the cookies for 10 mins in the oven, until the edges are starting to turn golden brown. Leave them to cool on a wire rack before eating/decorating.

Princess pink Rapunzel tower

After making that adorable Rapunzel organiser tower in lemon yellow on the weekend, I managed to get out of the house and hobble down to my local fabric shop and buy some pretty pink fabric (the pain was worth it) and just finished this second Rapunzel organiser tower.

I love it even more now! And I finally also dug out my concept sketches for some fairytale themed dolls which I hope to make during next week.It is so nice when you find one of those ideas turn out so much better than you thought it would! I have made a lot of things over the last year, but there are always those few projects that just turn out so amazingly well and this is one of them. Next I also want to make a purple version, and a couple more ready for my upcoming craft fair.

Rapunzel pocket organiser tower

There is never enough time! I have a big folder full of design and concept sketch’s of toys and other creations that someday I want to make, but there just is not enough time to make them!! 

This weekend (as I was stuck in bed with my bad back) I went through this folder and tried to pick out a few things to make over the coming weeks. I picked out a few items that I felt would sell well in my Etsy store, and that I could post internationally cheaply (so they had to be flat).
My first project was a pocket organiser for little girls. I love storage and I love princesses. A few weeks ago we rented the new Dinsey movie “Rapunzel/Tangled” and I watched it 4 times before we had to take it back (we only had it 1 night!!). So I combined all these ideas and made this!
I am just in love with it!! I want to almost keep it for myself (and if I had a little girl I so would!!). Hopefully when my back is better I can go to the fabric shop and get some pink and lilac fabric to make a couple more like this. But for now this one is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Pattern writing

This weekend I sat down and thought about writing some of my creations into patterns. I have had a couple of questions about if I would do this and think it could be a nice idea.
I have several items that I have designed but decided not to list in my etsy shop simply because they are too big to post (TNT have very high prices for parcels). It is sad to see them sitting on my shelf, never to be loved, never to have any brothers or sisters.

So soon I hope to be finishing my first pattern which will be for my strawberry tote bag (this is the one people have asked about). But I am not sure my pattern will be clear enough for others to follow so I would like to know if someone would like to test my pattern for me? You will get a free copy of the pattern and will need to give me feedback within 1-2 weeks. And once the finished pattern is done you will get a copy of that too. You will need a sewing machine to make the bag and have to buy the fabric to make it.
So if you are interested in testing my pattern please send me an email at stephanie@toastiestudio.nl.
Thank you to Angela for testing the pattern for me! It is now available in my Etsy shop.