Archive for the ‘Friday I'm in Love’ Category

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TH’s and my favorite cooking blog is Smitten Kitchen. Usually we will go to their recipe archives if we’ve got something particular in mind but I also follow their blog through Google Reader and some recipes just demand to made. And really what better sweet treat recipe for fall than apple cider donuts?

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You can find the recipe here

We made these with vegetable shortening and I should warn you it takes A LOT of vegetable shortening (as in a couple of the giant Costco containers!). And though TH was a skeptic after tasting them he was won over to using shortening instead of vegetable oil for frying donuts.

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The recipe is easy to follow and the results are amazing!

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TH cut some of the donuts out of dough less then 1/2 inch thick and they tasted just fine but I would recommend sticking to the directions as it made cooking them easier because they cook at a consistent rate. A couple of the thicker donuts didn’t end up cooked all the way through (we still ate them of course…)

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My favorites were the donut holes. The taste isn’t any different it is just a personal preference. Thankfully the donuts were almost as good the day after we made them since there is no way two people could eat all of them the first day. Even after eating them for two days we had to throw in the towel and TH gave the rest to some of his classmates.

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I have a slight obsession with license plates and I’m not really sure why. But I want one of these in the worst way (well not enough to pay thousand of dollars for one)


For awhile I was collecting license plates to make one of these but I lost interest when I realized I would have to start paying more then a couple dollars per plate. Many of the ones I found online cost $10-$20 and when you are trying to make a map of the US that adds up pretty quickly.

Of course it would also be neat to do this-

Mike Wilkins - Preamble

But I won’t be able to find those plates so that’s out… I have enough plates for this

Iowa Mailbox

but we live in an apartment so maybe I’ll make one of these


There is even a tutorial here :)

But what I’ve really alway wanted was a purse like one of these!

State License Plate Purse & CD Case

And if I really wanted to go overboard I could do something like this-

"House on Plates"

and a close up

All numbered up...

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If this wasn’t in black and white I would have bought a full set within minutes- I mean how gorgeous are these??? I’ve been cruising the internet looking for the perfect cake stand (if you know of a good one please send a link!) and came across these plates. I think I may have drooled on my computer…

You can find them available for sale on Rosanna, Inc where they are described as “ combining feminine victorian with dark gothic to create an eclectic urban aesthetic that is crisp, clean and undeniably fashion forward.”

In any other color but black it probably wouldn’t have the same impact but I’m not really into black and white dishware.

Oh well I can still admire them :)

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2010090901 094, originally uploaded by Make it Modern.

I’ve never participated in a quilt along before but I couldn’t resist this one over at Oh Fransson.

I originally fell in love with this mini quilt that Elizabeth created. My intention was to create a larger quilt based on the Boston subway system but she beat me to it! And I figured if you can’t beat them then join them :)

We are three blocks in and I have to say these little squares are addictive.

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I don’t have a very large stash and I had to buy 9-10 new prints in order to have enough variety but I still like it. The blocks are 8 two inch blocks by 8 two inch blocks so if you have at least 8 different prints in each colorway you can get a nice variety.

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I cut all of my squares first and quickly learned that my stash relies heavily on light blue and bright pink and is almost completely lacking dark green, dark blue and yellow. So I used this as an opportunity to try and round out my stash a bit more, I love color spectrum quilts so I know they will be put to use.

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The quilt along is moving pretty quickly, we got two blocks Wednesday and are supposed to get another two blocks today but I prefer it that way. It’s so much fun that I can’t wait to see the whole quilt together.

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I’ve already started planning the back, I think I’m going to try and do some sort of city scape but we’ll see.

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I spent a couple hours this week perusing Spoonflower and I fell in love more than once! Just out these beauties.

From Jumping_Monkeys

From troismiettes

From dorokitty

From laurie wisbrun

From maile

From milktooth

From natalie

From avelis

Do you have any Spoonflower favorites?

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friday love 017, originally uploaded by Make it Modern.

I don’t often find myself wandering around a department store but I had gone in search of a couple of kitchen gadgets. Coming up empty handed I decided to see what else the store had and ended up in the bedding section. I’d been wanting to get new bedding for a couple years and thought that I would make the quilts myself but I could never decide what fabric and pattern to use. I finally figured out that what I really wanted was a solid colored quilt with eleborate quilting but it would cost more than I could afford to have that done by a longarm quilter. So I was thrilled when I found this quilt at the store.

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It’s exactly what I wanted! We also bought new sheets, a duvet, a duvet cover and solid gray quilt with geometric quilting on it. I love the combination of the grays and purples. The sheets are heaven and I finally feel like the bedroom is coming together.

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Pimm, originally uploaded by Dolls for Friends.

I don’t know that I’ll ever outgrow my love for sweet stuffed animals. It doesn’t help that there are soo many handcrafted options out there! I could easily fill entire bookshelfs with these guys.

Pirate Owlie, originally uploaded by Vivika’s Felt Creatures.

baby dragon with blanket, originally uploaded by allysonmmurphy.

Cartney’s present again, originally uploaded by casscette.

Amigurumi Mama Owl, originally uploaded by Pepika.

Smirky, originally uploaded by herzensart.

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Robots in love, originally uploaded by jamesblonde85.

Can be found here.

Zak the Robot Quilt, originally uploaded by bumblev.

Made by bumblev.

robot cupcakes swapped around, originally uploaded by hello naomi.

Made by Hello Naomi.

Made by sewingoma.

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Like most people (or so I tell my husband) I love to peruse Etsy and find all sorts of eye candy that I may or may not be able to afford. I tagged one of Tickled Pink Knits shawls as a favorite two years ago and never fell out of love with it. For a couple seconds one day I toyed with the idea of purchasing the pattern from her pattern shop. After all $8 for the pattern seemed like a steal compared to the price of a ready made shawl but then reality set in. I don’t knit and I certainly can’t knit something this complicated.

Finally this year I decided to ask for a single present from my husband, this shawl. The design is the same although Elena made mine in a dark blue. I figured I should get something more versatile then the mustard yellow one I originally fell in love with. I ordered it in Septemeber to allow plenty of time for production before Christmas, the usual lead time is 6-8 weeks. Elena was the perfect seller, she was happy to customize the color for me, sent me a close up shot to approve before I committed to buy, she communicated frequently and was very responsive to any questions I had. The shawl when I ripped it open on Christmas was gorgeous! I’d highly recommend the shawl and Elena’s shop. The Rocco shawl seems to be what she is most known for but she does carry a vareity of shawls, scarves, cowls, fingerless gloves, shrugs and hats.

What are you loving right now?

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