Saturday, April 30, 2011

Cupcake Day is Here!!

Lemon cupcakes with strawberry butter cream icing!   Delicious!

Here's a few pics from my time in the kitchen yesterday:
Sugar and butter...
Smooth and creamy.

Time to mix the final ingredients.  Lemony goodness.
And then I stopped taking pictures.  But they turned out really well.  Come down to The Green Man today and taste for yourself!  The cupcakes are on me!

Friday, April 29, 2011

First Ever Cupcake Day at The Green Man


Earlier today I got out my little blue recipe book inherited from my Grandma and got to work making  75 of the cutest little lemon cupcakes you have ever seen .  I'm waiting for them to cool so I can slather on the strawberry butter-cream frosting I made too.   I'll be giving them out to anyone who comes by the store tomorrow.  Better come early, take it from me it's impossible to eat just one, and I have a feeling that by the time I make it to the shop tomorrow there will no longer be 75 little cupcakes... 

I'll post more pictures tomorrow when the frosting has been added!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Quickest Ever DIY - no patience required

After spending the morning  (and the first two hours of the afternoon) cruising blogs full of inspiring DIY projects I was getting a little frustrated.  I wanted to MAKE something.  But I had little to nothing in the way of supplies on hand, and my free time was getting short(due to my excessive blog 'research').
I did however, have a large piece of stretch knit fabric in a nice soft cream color perfect for a Spring scarf.  A spring slasher scarf!  No word of a lie the entire project - including taking the photos - took less then 5 minutes!  Please be polite enough to ignore my horrible pics.  I have no patience today!  On to the DIY:

Step one: You need a rectangle of knit fabric - like  T-shirts are made of.  Actually the bottom of a large T-shirt would be perfect for this.  The width is entirely up to you.  Want a fat scarf?  Make your rectangle wide.  Want a skinny scarf?  Make your rectangle thin.  The length should be approximately the length you want the finished project to be.  You'll notice that my fabric was not cut with a great deal of care - it doesn't need to be.
My fabric rectangle was about 10 inches by a meter long(boy growing up metric in an imperial household really messes with a girl!).
Step two:  Fold fabric accordion style.  The size of the pleats is up to you.  The larger they are the longer you can make your slashes.
Even at this point accuracy is not absolutely needed.


When your long rectangle is all folded up into a little rectangle you are ready for the next step, the slashing!

Step three: Slashing.  Using scissors make cuts along one of the folded sides of your small rectangle.  Be sure to cut through all the layers.  Make your cuts to about the halfway mark.

Slashing through all the layers.

I made my cuts about an inch and half apart. 
After doing the length on one side, turn it around and do the other.

Step four: Unfold and stretch.


Unfolded.

let the stretching begin...
After you've stretched all the holes out your scarf will look something like this:



Step five: Wear it!

See, that was easy.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Chicest Way to Make a Political Statement

A dear and talented friend has asked me on a number of occasions(twice) to post about local happenings, causes etc.  And so far I have simply ignored her requests.  I don't consider my blog to be a 'local' blog - I'm much more international darlings - however, this cause is a good cause, and it's at least a national issue.  And I realized that though I have a specific idea in my mind of what this blog is, I have never stated it aloud or in print, so really I can write about whatever the hell I want.
We all know about the upcoming election, and most of you probably know about how terrible voter turn out has been in Canada for the last few elections.  So a mighty wave is brewing(sorry it's early, I'm tired, I'm writing about politics), with the intention to sweep over the land and wash voters right to the doors of their respective polling stations.   This Saturday April 16 at Province House in Charlottetown PE at 2:00 people will be gathering to express why they think voting is vital to our democracy.  Films will be made, songs will be sung, and clothing will be worn.

So what is appropriate to wear to such a rally you ask?  Well let's take a look at a few things from the New York Spring/Summer 2011 shows and discuss.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
The perfect look if you're trying to pull off the whole ' ...I didn't realize there was anything going on, I just happened by...' vibe.  In my opinion all three of these looks are perfectly acceptable for attending rallies to encourage voting, and for actual vote casting.

Chris Benz
Perfect!  A little 60's traditional inspiration!  Okay so maybe Benz work is a little more on the mod side then the hippie movement side, but let's face it, you show up at a rally dressed like a hippie in today's day and age and no one is going to take your 'Peace' placard seriously. 

Derek Lam
Okay, this is serious now.  These looks are amazing for a democracy rally.  But please, please, if you show up looking this put together, know your stuff.  The press will want to talk to you.  Really, everyone is going to want to talk to you.  So be prepared.  Know your cause and plan a few intelligent things to say.  Also, wear really big shades so you can get away with one or two comments straight to camera quickly followed by rushing off somewhere, apparently to get something important done.

DKNY
Hey hipster how you doing?  I'm glad that you look so pulled together while still maintaining that proper balance of " I didn't even try to put this look together.".  Good work.  Thanks for coming out.


Temperley London
And, this is what I'll be wearing.  Well, obviously not look number 3, totally not appropriate for the situation.  And the middle look seems a little  'I try too hard' for my tastes, so I'm going with look 1.  Though of course I'm not actually showing up at the rally, but I'll see you all at the after party.  There is an after party right?

For more info on the Charlottetown rally and/or info on how to organize your own rally  please check out this site:
http://voteeverythingmatters.wordpress.com/about/
And while you're there be sure and check out the Everything Matters video.  Because really, my dear insistent friend  is pretty talented.  And she makes a good point.  Vote.  Everything Matters.