Thursday, April 24, 2014

Deep in thought and thank you

Hello friends! I hope you have had a lovely week. I am just writing a brief little post to say hello and check in. This blogging world is funny sometimes, because even if you step away from just a few days, you start to feel disconnected, as if you're missing out. 
I also wanted to talk to you about something that I have noticed lately. As I have had a couple of days to step back I have noticed several of my friends bring up the fact that there has been an influx of negativity in the blog world.  
Things such as nasty comments, criticizing comments, and overall opinionated comments. It saddens me to see that a community that was once so supportive of each other might be taking a turn towards the latter.  Yes, there has always been competition and even some jealousy but now with social media, people are able to hide behind their computers say whatever they want without a second thought.  It seems like gone are the days when if you had nothing nice to say it was best not to say it at all. 
But amongst all the negativity, I have also seen people stand up for people and give them a piece of their mind. The problem there, is that it becomes an us vs. them mentality and I think it takes away from what we are trying to accomplish and that is: to inspire others, to bring a little pretty to someone's ordinary day or an escape from everyday life. 

Which brings me to right now, I want to express my personal gratitude for those who visit this little place, those who take the time to comment and leave nothing but wonderful, encouraging words for me. 
I am still one of those blessed ones who day after day receives kindness and love. 
So for that I thank you.  

What do you think? have you seen an increase in negativity? or are we just overly sensitive to other's opinion? 

I hope to see you later on tonight at The Inspiration Gallery. 
with so much love,

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Mother's Day Rose Fondant Cupcake

Reflecting on my childhood, I will always be grateful for the warm and
loving home my parents provided my siblings and I.  We were encouraged
to be inquisitive, explore our creativity and not fear self expression.
Our dad – always the story-teller – used his vivid imagination to parlay stories that would transform our living room into magical forests with giant frogs and colourful birds, all of whom could talk in humorous ways. His stories always had an underlying moral, revealing a life lesson.
And our mom – not far removed from her teenage years – would spend countless hours at our side, teaching, loving and playing with us; letting us be children in the most caring way.
One of my fondest memories of my childhood is making mud cakes with my brother for tea time with mom.  We would decorate these culinary "masterpieces" with flowers, grass, sticks and just about anything else we could get our little muddy hands on.  We spent what seemed like hours ‘baking’ and then ‘selling’ these cakes to our mom, who would of  course invite us to enjoy the fruits of our labour with her during tea time.

Just the three of us, sitting there quietly and pretending to be most refined with
our little pinkies in the air as we ‘savored’ the most delectable ‘baked’ goods.
Ready to use fondant (ready to use white rolled fondant by Wilton)
Water or egg white
Food colouring (optional)
Foil paper
Fondant rolling pin (Wilton 9”)
Fondant mat or parchment paper
Scissors or leaf shape cookie cutter
Plastic wrap
Fondant shaping foam by Wilton or thick foam
Confectionary ball tool by Wilton
Decorator brush or small paint brush
Plastic spoons

Step 1 - Roll a ½” ball of fondant and form into a teardrop shape to use as the rose centre. Using foil paper, make a doughnut shape approx 3” wide.
Step 2 - Add desired food colouring to fondant rose centre and knead until thoroughly mixed. Roll fondant 1/16” thick on fondant mat or parchment paper.
Step 3 - Using scissors or a leaf shape cookie cutter, you are going to cut a total of 11 petals.
1st Set - 3 petals of approx 38mm high and 38mm wide
2nd Set - 3 petals of approx 35mm high and 40mm wide
3rd Set - 5 petals of approx 40mm high and 45mm wide
As you make each set of petals, cover them with plastic wrap to avoid drying out
Step 4 - Place 1st Set of petals on thick foam and use ball tool to soften the edges of the petals.
Step 5 - Using a brush, apply water or egg white to the first petal and wrap around cone horizontally. Continue to wrap the remaining two petals in the same manner.
Step 6 - Soften and shape 2nd Set of petals as described in step 4. 
Step 7 - Apply water or egg white to the 2nd Set of petals and stick vertically onto rose bud. Continue to add remaining petals around bud.
Step 8 - Prepare 3rd Set of petals and place onto plastic spoon, allowing them to set for 20 minutes.
Step 9 - Adhere the 5 petals (of 3rd Set) around the rose, slightly overlapping and shaping as you go.
Step 10 - Place rose into the foil shaped doughnut and allow to set.

What seems like a lifetime ago remains vivid in my memories and heart.  
And now I am the mom in the story as I re-enact those same precious
moments with my own daughter.  As she is getting older and the little
tea sets appear less and less with each passing year, I hope she too
will fondly remember having had tea with her mom.
I hope you have a beautiful day!
much love,

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Outdoor extravaganza

Hello friends! I hope you have had a great week. 
I was looking through some old photos from
 last Spring and came across these pretty Lilacs.
This particular image was published in Somerset Home magazine.
I can't wait to be able to bring some of these home again this year. 
I am not much of a gardener but I am able to keep my plants looking nice and green indoors, so I think there might be hope for me outside as well. 
I know it's  a lot more effort but I'm willing to give it a try. 

Speaking of gardening, this year, I have the honour
of joining some of my talented friends in the
Outdoor Extravaganza link parties.  
This is my first time joining them so I'm feeling some pressure.

Tiffany from Living Savvy
Angie from Echoes of Laughter
Lucy from Craftberry Bush
Shauna from Satori Design for Living (that’s me!)
Dawn from Inspired Living

At least it will give me a reason to pretty up our backyard. 
Hopefully you will help me with my gardening questions along the way.

So remember, we have about 1 month to get our planters
 pretty and ready for the first linky party. :)
I will of course remind you as the date gets closer.

In the mean time, don't forget to come back tonight and link up your current project at 
The Inspiration Gallery. 

see you in a bit...xo 

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