Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vintage Wreath Goodness


I really wanted to write about how I got a new baking book, Baking by Dorie Greenspan, and how I made some awesome cookies out of it and how I am now the queen of the universe, at least by baking standards. I mean, I am a pretty good baker. I do bake a lot. Usually things turn out delicious. However, for the last two weeks, I have been cursed by the totally flat, crisp cookies (not like good crisp, but weird, greasy crisp). I so wanted to join Tuesdays with Dorie, but alas, I suck. My cookies are a wreck, and I decided I better hope I get invited to a cookie exchange where I just get to take the cookies and don't actually have to give any.

BUT, I did accomplish the patching of a few pairs tiny pants and finishing of a wreath I started last holiday season all in a night. See, when these things start to pile up in (what once was) my neat and tidy sewing room, I get anxious. So I get a few things crossed off the list and moved to other piles and I breathe a small sigh of relief.

This wreath has a kind of funny story behind it. Well, okay not really, but I have to write about something, right? Well, I saw so many awesome wreaths on Flickr that I wanted to make my own. Like this one from Alicia Paulson, or this one by SweetImaginations or this one wrapped in yarn by KatieRunnels or this cute quilted style one. So last year I wrapped my styrofoam wreath in a nice, felted sweater and there it sat. Then over the summer my hubby, whilst stay-at-home-dadding around town, stopped by a granny's garage sale and bought the "mystery bag" of craft supplies for me. It was mostly a bag of total junk, but I did manage to store the little santa head, wreath with bell, gold leaves and weird flower thingie that I incorporated into this wreath. Not bad for a buck, I think.

Can you believe it's December 10th? Shit, only like 10 more days to figure out why I suddenly suck at baking!

7 comments:

trophiogrande said...

Kristen is having the same problems with her cookies. We got an oven temp gauge to check the actual heat of our oven and she has changed the amount of flour/baking powder to see what would happen. Tell us if you figure it out!

KristenMary said...

It's true, I suddenly totally suck at cookies! I hope your curse doesn't last as long as mine has. :-( I still bake a mean brownie though. :-D

Jen said...

So weird - I've been suffering the same way. That's why I am making candy for my cookie exchange.

trophiogrande said...

altitude in Minneapolis was changed and we weren't notified!

Laura said...

Yeah, dont feel badly...I AM a baker, and the Tuesdays with Dorie scared the shit out of me!!!!

I have a NO FAIL cookie recipe for you...they are AMAZING...I plan on posting it as soon as I make two cakes and a batch of cupcakes!!!!

Keep your eye out for it...I wont let you down!

DK said...

I sure hope I don't catch what you've got. K8 and I are going to be attempting a dinosaur red velvet cake for Q's birthday in a few weeks. If it turns out anything like what is in my head right now it will be the awesomest birthday cake evah!

...and she lived... said...

my word verification is "uncope" lol....

anyways...that wreath is super cute! That's so cool that your sweetie picked up a crafty grab bag for you. Never in a million years would mine do that. He'd more likely throw things out when I'm not looking!