I was recently over in Victoria for my god-son’s Hungry Caterpillar themed first birthday. It was such a fun day!
My fabulous and super talented friend Jessica (of Little Pickle Photography) did an AMAZING job putting the day together – she thought of everything! So much thought went in to the food, decor, party favours… everything really. Little thoughtful details that add to a theme always impress me most – they just add so much to an event don’t you think?
Anyways, it was a wonderful day and here are a few pictures I took with my phone – though I wholeheartedly suggest you check out the far superior pictures on the Little Pickle blog as well.
How cute are these candy-coloured bow rings?!?
They’re a new addition to my Little Wren lineup, and they’ve become a fast favourite of mine. I love that when you’re wearing one it looks like one of those double rings that seem to be so popular right now… but you can actually move your fingers properly, which is something I always enjoy ;)
Ok folks, so I know it’s a week late, but I promise that doesn’t make these cupcakes any less yummy… or patriotic.
This year I decided to make some Canadian inspired cupcakes for Canada Day. I couldn’t decide on just one type though, so I decided to make both Red Velvet (red and white!) cupcakes and vanilla cupcakes with maple icing. Yum!!
I’ve decided that I can now only make cupcakes and cakes from scratch – anything from a mix just tastes wrong. To dress up these vanilla cupcakes I used maple icing (recipe can be found here). I put it in the fridge overnight (I’m a late night baker and ran out of time) and it got really grainy, I’m guessing because it was mostly sugar with little butter. I actually kind of liked the grainy texture, however if you’re after a smoother icing (as seen in bottom picture) I recommend making the icing right before you put it on the cupcakes.
I’ve never made Red Velvet cupcakes before, so naturally I went to the best. These cupcakes are from Martha Stewarts website (recipe can be found here) and were pretty tasty. Although I was disappointed with their lack of actual redness, I have been told that this is par for the course when it comes to red velvet cupcakes. After seeing the first batch I took out of the oven was lacking in the ‘red’ part of their namesake, I added more (and even a bit more) food colouring and it seemed to help. Regardless, Martha didn’t steer me wrong and they were delicious.
(the picture below is the result of adding pretty much a bottle of food colouring to the batter)
Oh! And thank you to Jen for helping me ice many of these cupcakes!
Happy Canada Day!
Hmm perhaps I should have entitled this post ‘with glowing hearts’ embroidery…
I’ve been meaning to post about my very first embroidery attempt for quite a while now, but maybe I was just subconsciously waiting for the right time. And I personally can’t imagine a more fitting day to post about this embroidered map of Canada than on our nation’s birthday.
As I have mentioned before, this year I decided to only make presents for people. It’s turned out to be a lot tricker than I originally thought, but luckily I started this one in February before life got super hectic. I made this for a dear friend who was moving away to Australia for the year. Even though I’ve been cross-stitching for years, this was my first attempt at embroidering. I’m not sure if I chose the best thing to embroider for my first time – Canada is a very rugged (i.e. jagged and intricate) country! – nor the best method for something that required so many small stitches close together.
For this project I printed off a map outline I found online, I traced it on to transfer paper and then pinned the transfer to the fabric. I then just did a basic runner stitch along the traced outline. Then ripped away the transfer paper when I was done – using tweezers for the tiny spots.
I don’t think this method was perhaps the best choice. For the size I wanted it to be, it made everything really tiny and close together, so the transfer paper started to rip and made it really hard to continue – Nunavut nearly did me in. Needless to say, this is not a 100% geographically accurate representation of Canada… there’s probably a few bays and islands missing here and there.
Does anyone have any tips for methods that might be easier for future embroidery projects? Please?
Finally! I have been meaning to do a monthly recap with some of my favourite instagram pictures for ages! Unfortunately by the time I get around to doing the post it’s always a week or two in to the next month, which is just too late in my humble opinion.
Anyways, I’m happy that I managed to get my act together this month.
a misty day for my first grouse grind hike of the season — british bunting for the Queen’s jubilee
I had a great time with my fave girl(s) when Jess and Evie came to Vancouver for the weekend.
I also had a great time at the Brick & Mortar opening, where my Little Wren line is being carried!
Me and Piper went to an amazing vintage fashion show with Ivan Sayers at the Roedde House Museum, followed by tea, champagne and delicious treats. A proper blog post will be coming soon.
I went to Santa Monica for a jewelry and bead show at the end of June – luckily I managed to squeeze in some time for fun as well. There will also be a blog post on this soon.
ferris wheel on the Santa Monica pier
walked the seawall and hung out at Kits beach with Jen
I also bought some vintage alarm clocks, had a spot of tea, wore one of my four (yes four) new pairs of shorts – which is a lot for this girl who doesn’t wear shorts! – and took a break.