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2013/12/21

Inspiration On How To Wear Faux Fur Vest

Did you ever had I-forgot-I-have-it moment while browsing in your closet? I bet you did!


I got this faux fur black vest as Christmas present from my mumsy a few years ago. She had so much hope in me that I could pull through a wardrobe like this. I don't want to appear too flashy. I have tried the mix and match game with it but to no avail, I wasn't very successful. I found it again sadly hanging in the closet waiting to be worn. I wanted to figure out how to wear it with a little subtlety

I browsed the trusty Google engine and found this photo for inspiration. Casual but sophisticated get-up with a touch of brown leather bag and flats.



...still playing with it and trying on some more ideas.




2013/12/10

Christmas Birdhouse Project


It's not to be up decorating and crafting again. It is one of my relaxing moments on my days off from a tiring work at the restaurant.




I am doing a few sorts of new decor lately. It's funny how my taste in decoration differ from the last year. Although, I have been recycling and re-using some stuff that I had last year to make new ones.



I had this wooden bird house since last year. I got it from Goodwill for a $1 or less. This is going to be my blank canvas for this project. One of my problems is I over think things too much. I was too excited to do something with it a while a ago but I just ended up not doing anything with it so it just sat around, collecting dust at the storage room, until one night while watching TV with hubby, I jumped right off the couch like a spaz chihuahua and gathered...


 a piece of scrapbook I got as a present from my Aunt Carol 2 years ago, some transparent glitters, modge podge, geeso paint and artificial snow grains that bought last year at the end of year Christmas clearance.


Covering the bird house's front was quite tricky. After I managed to finally do it, I had to paint some blue parts of the house with white Gesso. Embellished it with glitters for frost effect and artificial snow for snow effect


You could either hang it...



or display as it is.



I hope you like my little project! Have a wonderful day!


Time to Sparkle Link Party

2013/12/05

French Yule Log





Getting tired of fruitcake for dessert on Christmas? How about try a classic French yule log or " Buche de Noel". Of course you can be all Pinterest- y with your dessert such as crafting an intricate cute snowman melts and reindeer cupcakes if you have all the time in the world. However, I find this recipe as easy as making snowball cake.

As promised, I am sharing this recipe I got from an old book entitled Southern Heritage Cakes Cookbook.

What you need

4 eggs
3/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
2 cups of sweetened whipped cream
1 tbsp of instant coffee granules
3 (1 ounces) of unsweetened chocolate
1/4 cup butter or margarine
dash of salt
About 2 1/2 cups  sifted  powdered sugar
Candied cherries

Instructions:

Grease 15x10 x 1 inch jellyroll pan: line with wax paper and grease lightly.

Combine first three ingredients; beat at medium speed of electric mixer. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until thick and light colored. Fold in flour, cocoa and vanilla.

Spread mixture evenly into prepared pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 13 minutes or until surface springs back when gently pressed.

Sift 2 to 3  tablespoons powdered sugar in 15 x 10 inch rectangle linen towel. Turn cake out onto sugar; remove wax paper from the cake. Trim crisp edges if necessary. Starting with the short end, carefully roll cake and towel, jellyroll fashion. Cool thoroughly  on wire rack. Unroll and remove the towel; spread with whipped cream, re-roll and chill.

Dissolve coffee granules in boiling water; stir well and set aside.

Melt chocolate in top of a double broiler; add butter, coffee mixture and salt, stirring until smooth. Cool to lukewarm. Stir in about 2 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar to make a spreading consistency.

Spread frosting  evenly over cake. Mark with spatula to resemble a bark of a tree. Garnish with candied cherries. Refrigerate until serving time. Yields 8 to 10 servings.

Thank you for your time! All the blessing to you and remember... never stop creating!