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Throw Pillow and Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes!

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Holy crap! Look at the pillow I just made. I can’t believe it mostly turned out. I even finished it early in class tonight. I only messed up one little part of my satin stitch — it got a little puckery. But just in one small spot. The rest looks nice.

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It was pieced together with ten pieces on the front and two pieces on the back. It even has a zipper back there. Hooray!

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If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, I also finished making the cupcakes to bring into a work party tomorrow. They are Strawberry Marscapone Cupcakes. I was very skeptical of using a box of mix in this recipe, but it really works. I was kind of a cake snob (okay, fine, I still am) but I cannot recommend this recipe enough if you need a bunch of tasty cupcakes relatively quickly. I was really impressed with the end result — so was jwa and he’s even more cake snobby than I am!

This makes around 20-ish cupcakes and they are very soft, delicate and delicious.

Sorry! No pictures of the making. Just the finished product…

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Crafty New Toy

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I have always wanted to learn how to sew on a machine and make stuff. So, I got myself a birthday present and got a great deal on this sewing machine. jwa and I found a used desk at a resale shop on Hawthorne for a very reasonable price and … voila! It’s my new crafty set-up. Look out Etsy, here I come.

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I’ve been taking a sewing class at a place by work (we use their machines — super nice and pricey Berninas) and so far I have a pillowcase.

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I even had extra material and was able to then use my machine and whip up a matching pillow case at home on Sunday! So far I really like my little sewing machine. It’s not too complicated and it seems to work well.

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The machine and desk fit super nicely in my office. I think next, I’ll try to do some pillows or something like that.

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I haven’t forgotten the food. Coming up next – Vietnamese salad rolls!

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But not before one more sewing . . . → Read More: Crafty New Toy