3 cups plain flour - not self rising
3 sticks salted butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup whipping cream
6 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and lightly flour a tube pan. Sift flour 3 times. (sifting the flour is important) Cream butter with sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time. Beat only until each disappears. Blend in 1 cup flour, then 1/2 cup cream. Repeat. Add remaining flour. Fold in vanilla.
Add batter to pan, level it and drop on counter a couple of times to knock out any air bubbles. Place in center of oven and bake for one hour and 15 minutes. Cake will be nice and brown on top and begin to pull away from the sides of pan. Remove from oven to cool and wait ten minutes before inverting on a cake plate. Do not cover until completely cool.
Ready to go in the oven.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
I found a couple of 100% wool sweaters, in good shape, for just one dollar each. I will use those for felting. I picked up a big jar full and a zip-lock bag each full of vintage buttons. And a nice, soft vintage suede jacket that I will also use for crafting.
The best part is that finding some new supplies inspired me to reorganize my craft closet. The felted sweaters, and my other fabrics, are all folded neatly so that I can see everything at a glance. The drawers are full of zippers, beads, embroidery floss and interfacing. If only it would stay that way!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
This is a very simple craft project, so if you can thread a needle, you, too, can make some simple plush mice for your feline friends!
Scraps of fabric, about 5 inches square (I used scraps of felted wool from wool sweaters, but fleece, corduroy, craft felt, or any textured fabric that your cat can grab with her claws would work.)
ribbon, yarn or twine for the mouse tail
catnip, dried and crumbled from your garden or purchased from the pet store
sewing notions, sewing machine optional
First, I made a paper pattern for the mouse body. You can adjust the size to fit how your cat likes to play. I have small Burmese cats and they like to carry their toys around the house, so these mice are fairly small. My pattern is about 4 inches in diameter, with one end slightly flat. The flat end will be the "rear end" of the mouse when you fold the fabric in half to sew. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out one layer. I also cut out some little red ears from another piece of felted wool and used a small piece of ribbon for a tail. I folded each ear in half and basted the ears and tail in place.
Then you will fold the fabric in half, with the ears and tail inside, and stitch by hand, or use your sewing machine, around the perimeter taking a small (about 1/8") seam allowance. You can see my red stitching line in the photo above. Stitch from the nose of the mouse to the back of the mouse, leaving an opening for turning and stuffing.
Once stitched, turn right side out and stuff the mouse. I added a little fiberfill stuffing mixed with the catnip.
Jasper was ready to play with the mouse before I finished stitching it closed.
Tuck the back edges of the mouse inside and take some small stitches to close. And you're done!
Now it's time to play!
Friday, May 1, 2009
A pretty red patterned Bella style handbag,