Monday, July 22, 2013

Lavender vanilla macarons


I used vegetable coloring to make these a soft purple. I stuffed them with vanilla butter-cream, then rolled them in dried lavender flowers.

On an interesting note, that day I made four batches. One of them completely failed in the oven. I have no idea why! It is so weird to make the same recipe, using the same method, and have one batch out of four completely messed up.

Sometimes I wish I could run a part-time bakery. No, no- a coffee shop! Now that would be amazing. That has actually been a dream of mine for about ten years. Maybe one day!

Monday, July 1, 2013

Dress to skirt in a jiffy



Since it is finally summer, I decided to convert some old dresses into skirts. I thought I would share the process with you to show how easy it is. You can score these at garage sales or thrift shops.



1. Procure a dress that you wish to make into a skirt. Why would you want to do that? I generally find myself getting more uses out of skirts than dresses. I have been in the need of longer skirts to wear around the monastery, rather than shorter dresses. Also, it is a great way to turn an immodest dress into something that you would be comfortable wearing.


2. Cut off the bodice evenly.



3. Sew an elastic waistband together that is 2-3 inches smaller than your waist. Use an elastic or zig-zag stitch. If your dress has elastic ruching, you won't have to gather and baste. If not, then simply baste around the top and pull the thread to gather until it matches the size of the waistband.



5. Sew the waistband to the skirt using an elastic or zig-zag stitch.




Tada!


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