· comments  · 03-22-2011 · categories:links · the home ·
Playing with macro focus and aperture priority on my little-er camera.
· comments  · 03-21-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·
· comments  · 03-21-2011 · categories:craft · links ·
Malt balls, an impulse purchase because they were so pretty. They taste horrible.
· comments  · 03-20-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·
After a long time of not knitting I’ve restarted a red hat. I’ve knit this one before but have been meaning to make another and keep notes to create a pattern, and to not make quite as many glaring mistakes this time. The original red hat has become my favorite, my earlobes stay warm and somehow it manages to be cute, or at least Scott insists it’s cute and you cannot trust him since insisting I’m cute is sort of his job.
· comments  · 03-19-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·
I’ve been baking more sizes and shapes of rainbow cakes to see if I can recreate the nice rainbow arch in different pans. So far the answer is a very big no. Perhaps picking the right shape of cake pan on my first try was the luck of the Irish? I’ll update the original how-to with my findings.
Above is my attempt at Tiffany blue frosting which turned out far too pastel.
· comments  · 03-19-2011 · categories:uncategorized ·
I completely forgot to put up a daily photo on Thursday. Blame St. Patrick’s Day. Or rather, blame the O’Margaritas we drank that night. I went to grab my camera to take a photo, discovered that I had completely filled up the memory card and decided I’d rather drink it than make space on the card to photograph it. And then I drank it and let’s just say it was a potent green drink. Hope your evening was equally as fun.
Semi related: I recently got to the point where my memory card rolled over, if you will, back to numbering photos 0001. Yay for ten thousand photos.
· comments  · 03-19-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·
Help Japan by Rob Dobi, found at Design Crush.
Here are a bunch of ways you can help Japan right now. I’m encouraged to see how many people are making, organizing and creating ways to raise funds.
Ciao Samin is organizing a US-wide Bakesale for Japan on Apr. 2nd, and here in Seattle it looks like it will be happening at the Cakespy shop. If you can help or are able to give a corporate sponsorship get in touch at email@example.com, see all the details here. (Last year they raised $23K for Haiti, behold the power of a bakesale.)
At Design Crush there are two round ups: Help Japan and More Ways to Help Japan.
A Practical Wedding is giving all of today’s proceeds to the UJA Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.
Tea and Cookies, who lived in Japan for a number of years, lists all the organizations you can donate to, and she shares photographs of her time there.
Old Sweet Song talks about the day of silence on a bunch of blogs today and talks about the For Japan With Love disaster relief organization that they are raising awareness for.
Design Mom shows some simple and striking Help Japan prints.
Rakka Deer is donating all proceeds from selected items in her Etsy shop to aid for Japan. I dig the Atari controller card set.
Here in Seattle Frantic Foodie is holding a Pancake Breakfast tomorrow, Saturday March 19 between 8:30am and 2:30pm at Prune Kitchen. They will be raising funds for the American Red Cross and Peace Winds America.
two additions: Wise Craft and Posie Gets Cozy both have round ups of people and artists raising funds and ways you can contribute.
more: Shelterrific has a good list of fundraising done by familiar names.
· comments  · 03-18-2011 · categories:misc ·
May luck surround you today. And may you find a heap of gold.
Also a quick note, the how-to for the Leprechaun Trap Cake has been posted, you can see how the rainbow got inside (hint: magic).
· comments  · 03-17-2011 · categories:holidays ·
This is the vanilla which I completely forgot to add to the frosting for the Leprechaun Trap Cake.
· comments  · 03-16-2011 · categories:dailyphoto ·
This may look like a perfectly innocent cake meant to lure a leprechaun to the top but it has a few secrets.
Secret #1: Beneath the pile of gold coins are fragile bars, when the leprechaun approaches to grab the coins he’ll fall into the pit and be trapped.
Secret #2: There is a rainbow hiding inside the cake. The leprechaun will discover this as he eats his way to freedom.
Have you heard of Leprechaun traps? I hadn’t encountered these until this year, and I am completely charmed by them. Leprechaun traps are created by kids in order to lure and trap a leprechaun. They are often a craft or sort of science experiment, there are some amazing ones collected here at Geek Dad. You can see plans for some at Family Fun (including the one that inspired my cake), and a round up at How Does She.
I decided that my angel food cake pan, with the hole in the middles, would make an excellent shape for a leprechaun trap. As bored kids growing up in suburbs we used to make traps similar to this for each other by digging a hole in the ground then covering it with a few fragile branches, a layer of leaves and finally topped with some loose grass to hide it. I’m shocked nobody ever broke an ankle.
To read the complete how-to for this cake please click on MORE.
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· comments  · 03-16-2011 · categories:food · holidays ·
I’m up to something.
· comments  · 03-15-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · food ·
Orbis To Ray Flash: Ring Flashes Under $200 | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.
how to make your own inspiration board, at petite Elefant. People without Photoshop take note, she shows you how using Picasa.
Free Antivirus… That Doesn’t Suck | Apartment Therapy Unplggd.
Free or cheap fiction audiobooks or podcasts | Ask MetaFilter. Great suggestions for things I hadn’t heard of.
chookooloonks – occasionally technical tuesdays: on choosing a camera lens. Excellent guide to how lenses work. Via Tea Austen on Twitter.
Type-O-Phile at Ugly Green Chair, she offers a list of the best places to find both free and not-free fonts. This is great because every time I need a new font I end up emailing to ask her again where all the best font sites are!
· comments  · 03-15-2011 · categories:links · technology ·
Today my Here At Hogwarts comic arrived, it was drawn by Lucy Knisley and the cover was hand printed by Nora Renick-Rinehart. It was a small Christmas present to myself that I ordered early through their Horribly Heartbroken at Hogwarts project on Kickstarter, but now you can get one for yourself any time you’d like right here.
p.s. Whether or not you fell down the hole of reading the Twilight books the series of comics by Lucy Knisley titled My Lost Weekend In the Meyer is hilarious. Go read.
· comments  · 03-14-2011 · categories:dailyphoto · shopping ·
· comments  · 03-14-2011 · categories:links · the home ·