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Fourth of July Cake

Mr. Chemist and I went to his office for Fourth of July. I wouldn’t want to go into work on my day off, but his company is on the top floor of a 33-story skyscraper with a perfect view of the river where they light the fireworks. So in we went, bringing a cake I baked to commemorate the occasion. The frosting is this previously mentioned magnificent recipe, and the cake is from a box, but it’s swirled with food coloring for an extra surprise once you cut yourself a slice. You can see a picture of the cake before frosting here.

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Happy Independence Day!

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These are strawberries with homemade whipped cream holding on the blueberries. They’re a treat I made last year for Fourth of July. This year I’m making a cake, but it might be another year before you get to see pictures!

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Handmade Christmas

Finally, my post of handmade Christmas presents! Inside, you will find links to larger pictures and descriptions, as well as who the lucky recipients were.

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Christmas Cards

Thus beginneth the posts of my handmade Christmas. They will mostly be about the gifts I created, but I’m starting off with the Christmas cards I sent.

Even if you’re not a scrapbooker, you can’t help but notice the scrapbooking section every time you browse through a craft store. The stickers, in particular, seem to get more elaborate every few months. I try my best not to buy things I don’t have an immediate use for, so I usually just admire the detail and complication. This time, however, I decided to pick up a few packages of themed stickers to quickly decorate Christmas cards. As you can see, they’re simple, but still pretty. My only regret is getting a value pack of red and green cards, which wound up being flimsy and having an odd shade of red that didn’t quite match everything else.

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Christmas and New Year’s

Martha Stewart magazine went on an astronomy kick this year for Christmas decorations. I think stars are more appropriate for New Year’s, but I think that’s just because almost all of the suggestions involved mass amounts of glitter. I don’t have many non-tree Christmas decorations, so I thought I’d make the extra simple “Astronomical Accent”, with extra bonus points for being able to leave it up through the new year. The full tutorial for the star is listed on Martha Stewart’s website, and can be viewed here. I used 12″ by 12″ sheets of pre-glittered scrapbook paper instead of breaking out glue and craft herpes (a.k.a. glitter). The scrapbook paper was harder to fold, and you had to be careful that it didn’t tear away the top glitter coating on the creases, but I think it was worth it to avoid finding glitter all over the apartment for the next year. I made two big stars that used two sheets each, and two little stars, that used just one sheet for both of them. It was a quick, cheap way to create some large decorations, so I highly recommend it for anyone who needs to festively cover some wall space.

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My true love watchéd me, as I iced a trove (of cooookieees).

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Christmas Photos


Just a few of my favorites I took over Christmas. The first snow of the season (and our first snow in Boston!) was the day after Christmas.

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