Saturday, October 20, 2012

October Baking

Now that the weather's cooled off I've been doing a LOT of baking. All month I've tried to bring something sweet to work once a week. There are around 50 of us to feed, so I usually have to scale down the size of my cookies or double the batch. So far I've made:

Heath Bar Chocolate Chip Cookies
ButterFinger cookies (The recipe tasted good, but the cookies spread way too much and were as flat as can be)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (never fails to please)
Caramel Apple Bars (It got a bit soggy after taking it out of the fridge and leaving it out for an hour. There's a good chance it was my fault because I didn't follow the instructions exactly, so I'd be willing to give this recipe another shot)
Sugar Cookies (Good ol' America's Test Kitchen. Works perfectly every time)

And last night I made butter cookies because I wanted to try out my new GingerDeadman cutter. Maybe it was the fact that my dough wasn't chilled enough, or I didn't make thick enough cookies, but I couldn't get the skeleton part to show up well at all without completely mashing my cookie. It was faint and barely visible, which made me believe that during the baking process it would vanish altogether. So I used a good old fashioned metal leaf cutter instead.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

SpoonFlower: Print Custom Fabric

In this month's issue of Mollie Makes magazine they mention a website called Spoonflower which allows you to upload your own designs to print on fabric, wallpaper and wall decals. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm pretty excited about the option to sew something with fabric I designed. I'm particularly interested in making prints for fabric dolls, like this one, where you create a template directly in the print:
Prices look fairly affordable, (although my general self-imposed limit when buying fabric is usually $10 or less a yard). They start at $15.75/yd and $5 for swatches, eco-friendly textile printing and a range of 10 fabrics. Their help section explains pattern repeats, color guides for beginner designers. You also have the option to sell your fabric through them once you've uploaded it. 

Hopefully I'll be trying this sometime in the near future, but if anyone reading this has already used it and has any tips to offer, I'd love to hear them.