I have actually been able to do a bit of crafting....... and I love it! One of the things that attracted me to Etsy were the handmade clay pendants. I can spend hours looking through them all and I love so many! I've always been one to try and make something I've seen. I don't know whether it's the challenge or the fact that I'm always dead ass broke. I'm pretty sure it's both. So, with my last JoAnn's coupon I bought myself a pasta machine, 3 packs of clay and some stamps. And I made these:
and these with MOM and CKA.... my kid's initials:
It was really easy. Here's how I did it....... I took my sculpy clay out of the package..... so far so good! Then I flattened it just a bit and ran it through my machine...... totally bypassing the directions to pass a handi-wipe through it first to rid it of grease and stuff, so dummy me ended up having bits of black specky things on my piece of clay. Anyhoo, I only ran it through the largest setting because I found that if I made it any thinner...... it wouldn't be very sturdy. I stamped it with my stamps and then cut it with a knife. I used a bamboo shish-ka-bob stick thingy to make the hole. I placed them on a cookie sheet and baked it as the package directed. After letting them cool I sanded them down and tried to get as much crooked-ness out of them as I could. Although, looking at them now in a new light and fresh brain..... I think I sorta like the wompiness of them.
Here are few more:
I truly could have done this all day long, it was so much fun! I still plan on brushing it with a bit of black or brown acrylic paint and then wiping it off, just to antique it up a bit. I also bought some sealer that I'll brush on to finish it up. I'll try to grab a picture of it on my chain and around my neck when they're completed!
I signed up for Weight Watchers Friday night, online. I'll make my first weigh in on Monday night. I've just gotten so huge...... I only have few pairs of pants with zippers that I can fit into anymore. So, in celebration of this crucial event I made this:
I'm taking today to eat like I'm on Death Row and every piece of food is my last meal. I've had some of the fudgy frosting from the pan, I made some Ramen Noodles with a couple of hot dogs in it, a piece of cake, and an ice cream sandwich. I still have supper and dessert to go. For those who start their meetings tomorrow this recipe is for you:
- 1 cup hot brewed coffee
- 1 cup butter
- 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 cups white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 eggs
- 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup butter
- 6 tablespoons milk
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour a 12x18 inch sheet pan. In a saucepan, combine coffee, 1 cup butter and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine flour, white sugar, baking soda and salt. Make a well in the center and pour in eggs, sour cream and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix well, then beat in cocoa mixture. Spread into prepared pan.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Frost while still warm.
- To make the Frosting: In a saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, milk and 6 tablespoons cocoa. Bring to a boil, reduce temperature and stir until smooth. Remove from heat and blend in the confectioners' sugar. Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla and chopped pecans. Spread on cake while still warm.
I'd add the calories and fat count and crap but it would ruin the taste! It's very rich, moist and chocolatey....... you just can't beat it for a sweet craving........ especially if you have the PMS like me! Bluck!
This is a kitty I made years ago. It's painted and then antiqued with goopy stuff and dressed in a dress I made from a vintage pillowcase. I don't usually keep things I've made which is a shame. I've decided to stop doing that, 'bout time.