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Monogram Cookie

It has been such a long and crazy week! I was feeling so drained and mentally exhausted and sometimes when that happens, you just need a little pick-me-up. So I got out all my supplies and made a cookie that was just meant for me. I had been wanting to practice making ‘toothpick roses’ anyways. A toothpick rose is a small rose piped with a Wilton 101 tip and made just on the end of a toothpick. They come out nice and small that is perfect to add onto a cookie.

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You need to have very thick royal icing for the rose to take form without turning into just a blob. I did have to empty my piping bag and make it a little stiffer. After that, it is just practice, practice, practice. Or go until you have a hand cramp and can’t function properly anymore. I piped about 60 roses while I was waiting for the flood layer of my cookie to dry and I maybe got 9 roses that looked good enough that could go on a product.

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I started to pipe a deer silhouette on one of the cookies but it turned out looking like something from a horror film, thus a simple monogram sufficed.

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It was pretty, filled my evening and was delicious. I hope everyone is having a fantastic week! I will be baking cookies all weekend so that they are ready to be decorated throughout the month and hopefully have them in time for Christmas. In between that and my other projects it is going to be a tight scheduled month!

 

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Cold Buster Soap

Hello friends,

Today I am introducing you to our Cold Buster soap. This soap contains Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Vanilla.

Lavender is a natural disinfectant to rid of those germs without the use of any harsh chemicals. It is also helpful to relieve tension and muscle aches in the body.

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Eucalyptus is a natural sinus decongestant. So if you are using this in the tub or the shower, the eucalyptus oil aroma will build up in the steam to help clear you up and help to reduce your cough. Much like lavender, it also has disinfectant properties. Lastly, it is also known to help stimulate your immune system to get you back to feeling your good ol’ self.

Vanilla is attributed to being a relaxing agent and a natural anti-depressant.

It is swirled with bright green and purple to get you excited about hand washing!

The Lavender and Vanilla add a luxurious aroma to this blend, because when you’re not feeling your best, you deserve to be treated like royalty. And though and can’t offer you a hottie with a body to give you a foot rub, this is really the next best thing.

You don’t have to wait until you are knee deep in a butt kicking cold to use these products either, stock up and use once a week in your routine to help ward off those pesky germs.

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Other ‘Cold Buster’ products available are the Cold Buster Bath Bomb and Cold Buster Bath Soak.

If you do happen to be sick, go take a hot bath with a Cold Buster product, drink lots of fluids, and get well soon.

Much Love,

 

Hudson Blake

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Stepping Texture Hat

Hello everyone!

Quick reminder that there is only 31 sleeps to Christmas, it’s go-time to get those gift projects done! ….Or else you will have to purchase them, or perhaps win them, from me 😉

I am the type of person who cannot sit through a movie, unless I am doing something else at the same time, I fall asleep. So this is my ‘movie hat’ because it can be completed in the same amount of time as watching a movie. It will seem like it is going slow because of the ribbing, it is worked in a single crochet using the back loops so it doesn’t feel like you are making much progress. I have made about 20 of this pattern because it is easy and it looks good. I like that it starts from the ribbing and works its way up to the top so that you keep that nice shape. For some reason when I try to make a hat starting from the top and working in a round with the magic circle, it just becomes a rather large circle. It never turns out for me the way I want it to.

Thanks to Christmas with the Kranks for getting me through this one.

The pattern is posted at the bottom of the page!

I opted out of the pom-pom.

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I am in love with the warm colors of this yarn!

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Without a pom-pom, it felt a little unfinished, So I added a little metal emblem that I found in the jewellery making section of Michaels.

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Adorable! The little extra touch pulled it together. It’s harder to see the texture when it isn’t a solid color.

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One skein of yarn is all that was needed but as you can see, there wasn’t much left over. This hat fits me but if you need to make one for a larger noggin, be sure to purchase 2 skeins. I always buy 2 of each when I am yarn shopping just in case.

I splurged and got a size 5.25mm hook with the fancy handle because it is the one that I use the most, it wasn’t worth it though as I hold the hook closer to the top anyways. It just makes me look like a serious hooker…. 😉

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Stepping Texture Hat Pattern from Yarnspirations

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Minimalist Christmas Cookies

Did anyone else get their Christmas tree up this past weekend?

I had my first weekend home to myself, just me and the dogs, in over a month. Both days dedicated to housework, baking and naps. No human interaction at all. It was heavenly. I cleaned and reorganized my craft room, which I am sure most of you know the woes of that. Put up my Christmas tree and tried to get a nice picture of my dogs in front of it, Ellie doesn’t stay still for very long and Emmy was scared of it, needless to say I did not get my Christmas card photo. I baked some sugar cookies to be decorated and frozen for gifts later on.

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Ignore my lack of baseboards, they’ve been missing since I installed the floor 2 years ago…I guess it needs to go on the ‘honey-do list’. Eliie is the happiest and most playful puppy I have ever had. This is just her permanent expression.

They are very minimalist cookies as I slowly get back at it, haven’t done any in a while so I am out of practice. They just aren’t something that I overly enjoy spending my time on during the summer. Our nice weather is so short and is when I work the most.

These are simply filled and painted cookies.

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup + 1 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp almond extract

2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  4. Combine dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add to wet ingredients and mix until well combined. Dough will be very thick. You might need to use a spatula or your hands to help it all come together.
  5. On a lightly floured surface and using smaller amounts of dough at a time, roll out dough to about 1/8 to a 1/4 inch. If dough sticks to rolling pin, lightly sprinkle the top of the dough with flour.
  6. Use cookie cutters to cut out cookies, then transfer to cookie sheet.
  7. Bake cookies 8-12 minutes, my sweet spot is 11 minutes. Remove from oven just before they start to brown on the edges.
  8. Allow cookies to cool for 4-5 minutes, then move to cooling rack to finish cooling.

 

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This is the easiest cookie recipe that is fool proof, if it feels too crumbly just add another tablespoon of butter until you get that smooth, but thick, texture.

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This is Wilton Gel colorant in Cornflower Blue in a flood consistency royal icing

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I leave them to cool for a few hours before flooding and then let them dry for at least 6 hours before detailing or the flood will crack and cave in.

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The trees are just painted using liquid food coloring and sprinkled with tiny colored balls. The deer is a stamp from my scrapbooking days brushed with white coloring and carefully pressed on. You seriously cannot get easier than that. Perfect for getting back in the swing of things.

Now everyone please come over and eat them before I do!

Happy Monday,

Hudson Blake

 

 

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Gift Crates

Orders are being filled and shipped off! Check out these little gift crates!

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I picked these up at my local craft store for less than $2 each. You could paint them or stain them and they make super cute little gifts. They perfectly hold 4 bars to make a nice little treat for &25

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Bee Thankful

Canadian Thanksgiving was just upon us this past weekend. I am so fortunate to have been around friends and family. Standing in a room surrounded by loved ones having a good time with each other, children playing and laughing, the men watching the Blue Jay’s game and the women drinking wine in the kitchen telling stories, really makes you realize how much you have to be thankful for. It’s not the things in life that make you tear up because you love them so much, it’s the people. It shouldn’t take a holiday to make us remember to show gratitude but sometimes it is a good reminder to do it every day. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with the people most special to you.

Today I am going to share with you these adorable beehive cookies. I got into cookie decorating last Christmas just for another thing to keep busy during the winter and I really love it. I hope that you see these and realize really how simple they are to do. For these cookies I used my favourite cookie recipe but replaced the sugar with honey, delicious!

Materials used:

– Yellow ‘honey’ consistency royal icing
– Black ‘honey’ consistency royal icing
– White ‘honey’ consistency royal icing
– Brown, yellow and pearl petal dust
– Brush
– Black edible marker
– Beehive and bee cookie cutter

For these I used a 4” beehive cutter and 2 7/8” bee cookie cutter. These were both purchased from Flour Confections which is located in Pickering, Ontario. I get super excited to find places that I can purchase items online that are located in Canada. Here’s the link to these cutters if you wish to purchase them yourself. I highly recommend shopping here, they are super friendly to deal with and fast shipping. http://www.flourconfections.com/beehive-cookie-cutter-p-6108.html

First I flooded the beehive with a deep yellow using a ‘honey’ consistency. I prefer to use that consistency so I don’t have to bother with having an outline, a flood and a medium, it’s just too much hassle and is unnecessary most of the time.

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Not bad, but kind of plain and boring, it needs something more. Using petal dust, also purchased from flour confections, I brushed a brown color in the creases and along the edges to give it a bit of depth, and a brush of a lighter yellow for a highlight. There’s no extract added to the petal dust it is just dry brushed.

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Ahhh, that’s more like it

On to the bees. Using the same yellow and the same honey consistency, fill the yellow stripes and let them dry completely, and then fill the black stripes. I also used the brown petal dust and brushed the edges of the yellow part on the bees to give them a rounded appearance. Flood the wings just with a white icing. Use a silver pearl dust and go over the wings.

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I attached the bee to the front of the beehive just by adding a dab of icing to the back of the bee to secure it in place. Take a black edible marker and leave a special message.

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Such an adorable little cookie! Very simple and easy to do. Leave some feedback! What would you do differently? To make the Bee more interesting, I should have painted little veins in the wings. Oh well there is always next time!

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What’s in the box? $35 Soap Gift

If you kill a spider, it rains. If you put up a Christmas tree, it snows. I woke up this morning to a blanket of white outside covering everything which the dogs brought in after being out. We have been very fortunate to have had such gorgeous weather in November so I guess it had to come to an end at some point. I still never got all my leaves picked up, now it’s a spring cleaning project. I don’t mind pushing it off until then anyways, but at the same time, would have been nice to just have it done. Procrastination got the best of me again!

Everyone seems to be in holiday mode. In Canada, everything is Christmas. I know that in the states people usually wait until after Thanksgiving. We just wait until after Remembrance Day. Christmas orders are flooding in and I didn’t feel up to it until my house was Christmas-ified.

I wanted to show you what typically goes into one of my $35-ish soap gift boxes. In this one are 4 soaps, 2 lip balms and a hand knit wash-cloth. Yes, yes I spend some evenings knitting.

This is girl targeted. It has the fruity and floral scents

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Lilac: With top notes of anise and orange, a base of jasmine and lilac, and encompassed by white amber and Egyptian musk accord, my Lilac fragrance is an exotic and romantic scent. This soap also contains poppy seeds as an exfoliator.

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Bay Rum: is a fascinating and appealing fragrance oil blend. This masculine aroma consists of intoxicating top notes of Ozone, Jasmine, Muguet and Lemon. Mid notes consist of a gorgeous mingling of Lilac, Rose, Carnation and Lavender florals. Bay Rum would not be complete without a handsome base note combination of Patchouli, Vanilla and Rum.

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Apple: This smells just like a wonderfully fresh, Macintosh Apple.

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Malibu Rum: The traditional Pina Colada notes of Pineapple & Coconut are melded with Crisp Apple and Ripe Pear, with an unexpected twist of Rosemary, Thyme and Green Leafy notes to create a fresh twist to a classic favourite.

 

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All in one little box.

 

 

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Golden Hour

Sometimes you just need a little pick me up. Something to make you feel special, beautiful, and brave. I love doing sessions like this. A girl who is feeling confident and like she can take on the world! We embraced her outer beauty, but it was her inner strength that really pulled through in these photos. The lighting was gorgeous, it was the ‘golden hour.’

The golden hour is simply the first hour of light after sunrise, and the last hour of light before sunset. These were taken around that time of day. It is also known as the magic hour. Why? Because that is when the sun is lower in the sky and it casts a beautiful soft and diffused glow. Those sharp shadows that you get when the sun is overhead, don’t exist in the magic hour. It also provides a warm golden glow which I usually add in processing so it also cuts down on editing time.

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Blog · Pets · Uncategorized

Who Wants Diamonds?

Who needs diamonds when you can have puppies?

It has been almost a year since losing my sweet Finley. She was a St Bernard cross and I got her a few months into moving into my house. I had never lived alone before and after the first month, I wasn’t a fan. It was nice to be able to leave all day and not worry about rushing home, but I am a home body anyways. I lost Finley beginning of December last year. It was hard. I cried for weeks. And for months after, I would wake up because I thought I could feel the weight of her jumping onto the bed. She knew I still needed her.

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A few months of healing later, I still felt that I couldn’t live alone. I just don’t like being home without a dog. I am a dog person. But I couldn’t bring myself to buy a puppy. I just couldn’t commit to one because, what if it wasn’t the right one for me? When I got Finley, I found an ad and there were only a few puppies left. There was a gorgeous all white one and that’s the one I was going for. When I got there, all the puppies were so excited to get out of their kennel and play with each other that they didn’t even notice that I was there. And then this shy little puppy walked from the blanket, over to me, and rolled over for a belly rub. And I took her home. I didn’t pick her, she picked me. So I have been very cautious about picking the right one.

Then I met Emily. She is actually a puppy to the family dog we had when I was in high school and she belonged to an aunt of mine. I went to see my auntie one night as she had fallen quite ill and when I was there I petted Emily, she was all matted up and desperately needed some tlc. I looked at her and we instantly bonded. I took her home with me. I had to shave her nearly to nothing to get all the mats and smoke smell out. She was given a regular bath and I rubbed coconut oil into her skin every day. She is never far from my side. You won’t find a sweeter dog than my Emmy.

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As I started working longer hours and with Emmy being quite anxious every time I leave the house, I thought again about getting another dog. I was always looking out for the ‘right one’. But again, would never commit to getting one.

It was last month and I was turning 24 in a few days, I had been terribly sick with a cold. I never take a sick day but this had me knocked down that I decided to take the next day off. That night, Mike said he would come over and take care of me since I was going to be home all of the next day. I was upstairs when he got there and I didn’t really want to leave my bed. But I managed to get downstairs and when I turned the corner, there he was, holding a box that contained a puppy. The same mix as what Finley was. I was in tears I was so happy.

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So I have been busier with puppy training than getting crafty for all of you so I thought I should explain why I might not have as many posts coming up.

Choosing a name is very important to me. After a day of bouncing off ideas with each other, we decided to name her Eleanor, after Eleanor Roosevelt. We call her Ellie.

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