Have you set any resolutions or goals for 2019? I love having specific goals and writing them down to help with making it a reality. This year I decided to pick a word of the year. If you’re unfamiliar, a word of the year is when you pick a single word to set an intention to ground yourself in as opposed to making a list of a bunch of things to check off. When you’re trying to make decisions or plans, you can refer back to your word of the year as a guide for how to move forward. I have chosen the word LESS as recovering workaholic I need to the remind to take on fewer projects and get myself involved in less unnecessary stress or obligation. I’ve realized my favorite days are the ones with no plans so the word LESS is a reminder to make that happen for myself more often.
In honor of our words of the year, I made banners for as a visual reminder of our intentions for 2019 and a DIY is now available over at the Bee Creative Swaps Patreon page! Patreon is a paid website, but this specific DIY is FREE! It's a simple one but I love how it turned out. You might have enough materials for in your stash without buying anything new and you could probably get away without a sewing machine and using fabric glue instead.
Go check it out on the Bee Creative Swap Patreon and have a great New Year!
I used to share food and recipes all the time on my old blog and I felt inspired to take another crack at sharing some delicious vegan goodies I made recently. My birthday was a few days ago and I made myself some Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake Bites! I can't say I made this up because it's very similar to a recipe from Isa Chandra Moskowitz for Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes. I liked the idea of the original recipe when I made it, buuuuuttttttt I don't like berries and chocolate so I wanted to switch it up. I was hoping this recipe could be transformed into something I was stoked about. I hope I inspire someone to try to make them too!
Step One: Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your muffin tin with your liners.
Step Two: Begin to make the crust by blending the cookies, flower, and sugar in a food processor until nice and crumbly. Drizzle in the melted coconut oil and non diary milk until well incorporated. Sometimes things in my food processor gets stuck in the corners and doesn't mix in so I give a quick mix with a spatula afterwards as well.
Step Three: Evenly distribute the cookie mixture into your muffin tin. The mixture will be pressed firm down into the bottom of each liner to make a nice firm crust. When I made these last time, the original recipe called for so much crust mixture that my cheesecakes were half crust and I did not like it! With the amount of ingredients listed, your cheesecakes should be about 1/4 crust in proportion when finished.
Step Four: Bake the crusts for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, set to the side to cool, but leave the oven on. While crusts are cooling, begin your filling.
Step Five: Rinse out your food processor unless you decide to blend your filling another way. Add all the filling ingredients to the food processor and blend until smooth. It should more or less look like your standard pumpkin pie filling when blended.
Step Six: Spoon the filling over your now cooled crusts leaving about 1/4 inch to the top of the liner. I will admit this recipe makes more filling than you need and I've even scaled it back from the original! I really dislike food waste so one of these days I'll get it just right.
Step Seven: Place back into the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes. Check them after about 20 minutes and bake longer if needed. Surface should look firm and almost bread-like but the filling should still have some wiggle and bounce.
Step Eight: Set the cheesecakes to the side to cool. Once cheesecakes are cool enough to touch, begin prepping chocolate drizzle by melting the chocolate and coconut oil together. You could get very fancy with a double boiler, but I'm a lazy chef and used the microwave.
Step Nine: Use a spoon or other utensil to drizzle the melted chocolate over the top of the pan. It doesn't have to be beautiful because it's going to taste delicious no matter what!
Step Ten: Place in the fridge for 2-3 to completely cool and set before serving. And that's it!
I think these dudes are pretty dang delicious. I love making these mini because it's easy to just have one and not suddenly realized I've eaten a whole pie. I also love the chewiness of the ginger snap crunch with the silkiness of the pumpkin filling. I've never quite found a pumpkin pie recipe that I liked, but this one might be it! If you make them, I would love to hear how they turned out!
This week for Frida Fridays, I'm doing something a little different! Frida's step-daughter Guadalupe Rivera came out with a cookbook based on Frida's personal recipes called Frida's Fiesta's: Recipes and Reminisces of Life With Frida Kahlo. You can check it out HERE on Amazon. Of course I had to check it out immediately! I'm a vegan and, as a shock to no one, very little in the book is vegan. Challenge Accepted! I thought trying out some vegan versions of a few recipes would be an awesome way to do something completely different for Frida Fridays!
As a refresher, Frida Fridays are something Lizette and I have done for a few years while the Viva La Frida Swap takes place in order to give inspiration and encouragement to those participating in the swap. For more info on our swaps, check out the swap website HERE!
On to the cookies! The original recipe calls for:
2 pound of flour
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard
1 cup superfine sugar
2 cups confectioners sugar
Vegan baking is tricky because you can't do a straight one for one replacement of a regular recipe. All baking is chemistry and something like cornstarch doesn't have quite the same properties as say lard. I did a bit of research other vegan shortbread recipes and had to do a little experimenting from there to get the right balance as I wanted to keep to Frida's recipe as close as possible.
The vegan recipe:
1 cup vegan margarine such as Earth Balance
2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons spiced rum
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
confectioners sugar for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
Blend together the margarine and the sugar for a few minutes until well mixed.
Add in 1/4 cup of rum and blend for few more minutes.
Sift the flour and cornstarch into a separate bowl and then add them in a little at a time. Blend until well incorporated.
At this point I removed the bowl from my mixer to do a final kneading with my hands. The dough seemed a bit too dry in some places so I added the extra 2 tablespoons of rum to help incorporate everything else.
Lay an additional sheet on parchment paper on the counter and place the dough in the center.
Roll the dough out to approximately 1/2 inch thick
Use a cookie cutter (or in my case, the rim of a pint glass) to cut out your cookies. Transfer them to a baking sheet.
Bake for 15-17 minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and then sprinkle confectioners sugar over the top.
They are delicious and I ate 4 of them just during the time I spent trying to get good photos of them! I love a nice simple sugar or shortbread cookie and these are maybe some of my favs. I'll be sharing more recipes with the Bee Creative Swaps Patreon subscribers this weekend so be sure to subscribe for more goodies there!
Another Frida Swap, another summer of Frida Fridays! Frida Fridays are something Lizette and I started doing a few years ago to give everyone some extra inspiration while working on the Viva La Frida Swaps we host every year. Even before that, we both have put out a bunch of Frida related content because she is our favorite artist. For this year's first of many Frida Fridays, I decided to do a little recap of some of favorite Frida posts from both Lizette and myself!
First up, two of my favs that Lizette and I made from previous year's swaps!
Looking for some fun extras to include in your swap package? Check out these free printables Lizette put together!
Working with your kiddos? Check out the most beautiful handprint tutorial from Lizette!
Need to get inspired? Check out these book reviews from Emily.
Bring more inspiration into your room with a Frida Kahlo "Celebration of Life" altar made by Lizette.
Having a Frida Kahlo party? Check out this DIY photo booth from Lizette.
The Frida mugs I made last year and still use everyday! If you don't do ceramics, but have a pottery painting place near you, they're most likely gonna have everything you need to replicate these mugs!
This was the final quilt I made for the 2017 holiday season! There was another half square triangle quilt I'm skipping over, but I didn't get great photos of it before sending it off. Next time I'm at my parent's house, I'll try and grab a few shots. I didn't share what I have over on Instagram so go check out @themorosebee to see it.
Anyways! The bookshelf quilt. I'd been planning to make this quilt since last spring, but I saved it for the last one. I made it all over the course of a week and, it was such a mad dash to get it done, I didn't take pictures of every step of the process.
I tried to discreetly ask my uncle what his favorite books were earlier in the year so I could utilize photo fabric for some of the book covers. They looked so lovely and bright when I first printed them out, but they didn't hold the color very well.
Other than needing more fabric for some of the border panels and the back side, I didn't buy any fabric for this quilt top. Using up a bunch of scraps was so great! I debated keeping a particular color scheme or pattern, but I liked the idea of keeping an almost vintage vibe to it.
Assembling each shelf actually went pretty quickly! I've never done piecing quilt like this before, but it was simple enough. I did not use any kind of pattern or instructions and each shelf more or less came together somewhat organically. The leaning books were the hardest! I just kinda figured it out as I went. I probably could've looked something up, but I made it work.
The finished quilt just after finishing it! I was deliriously tired at the time of taking this photo! I pulled an all-nighter to get it done on time to give as a gift. I was also super worried in my exhaustion that I had messed something up, but upon review the next day the quilt still looked great to me!
In some of these close ups you can really see how the photo fabric faded. I followed all of the preparation instructions that came with the roll of fabric so I'm not sure if I did something wrong. They were still visible enough that he could tell which books I used so I hope it just contributes to the vintage-ness of it all.
I'm not gonna lie...I am pretty exhausted from all the quilt making! I will definitely be taking a break from quilting for a bit to work on some other projects. I'm so proud of my work, but excited for a change! I hope to have some quilts posted for sale by this summer after I take a short break!
I've been sharing photos of all the Christmas quilts I made on Instagram, but I still enjoy the process of sharing more in depth on ye olde blogge. Looking back, it seems so crazy that I made so many this year! This one was the second quilt (out of 5) that I made as gifts for people lately. This time around it was an 8-Bit Pokeball Quilt for my nephew. I knew I wanted to make a Pokemon something-or-other and when I found the 8-bit pokeball image I knew it was good place to start.
Making this quilt went SO QUICKLY! The Americana quilt was very very labor intensive and half square triangle quilts have a lot of steps involved so I think just doing squares caught me off guard at how fast it was to assemble. I debated doing 8-bit versions of actual Pokemon characters, but I was worried the quilt would get out-of-control huge.
I've stopped trying to make quilts to fit a certain size and have just started going with a design and seeing how big they end up being from there. I just add on elements based on how much bigger it needs to be to at least be cozy enough to curl up with on the couch. I could have done more on the border, but I like the simplicity of it. I almost bought Pokemon branded fabric to add to it, but I'm really glad I didn't! I feel like keeping it in limited colors makes it a bit more mature looking incase my nephew starts to outgrow the Pokemon thing.
I have 2 more quilt processes to share and then I'm done with all my handmade goodies for the 2017 Holiday Season. It's been such a learning experience and so much fun! I'm definitely QUILTED OUT and looking forward to making some other types of things next!
Hope every is having a happy New Year!
About a year ago, I was graciously given an entire car full of a friend's grandmother's quilting supplies. Her name was Charlotte and she passed away leaving a loving family with some beautiful quilts and SO. MUCH. FABRIC. A few family members took a few things like the nicer machines and I was given everything that was left. It filled my car from floor to ceiling everywhere except the drivers seat. It took several weeks to go through everything. There were patterns and partially finished blocks and lots of scraps and quilting catalogues from the 90s and so much other stuff.
In the pile I found a photo of this Texas quilt layout as well as some of fabric and a few partially completed blocks. I'm not sure if Charlotte made this quilt and took it apart or made some blocks inspired by someone else's quilt, but I knew I wanted to do something Americana and similar to it.
I spent a long time rearranging what was partially made, figuring out how to replicate more of what she has made to complete patterns and doing a lot of research on traditional quilts. It was super fun and definitely a huge learning experience. Also, because I was making it sort of freestyle, figuring out how to fit it altogether was a challenge.
I finished the quilt top in December of 2016, but ended up packing it up not long after because we were planning on moving to California. It was a little wonky and uneven in some parts where I tried to recreate certain blocks, but I still loved it. A few of the block were signed by what I'm assuming where Charlotte's friends who gave or swapped a few quilt blocks with her. It made me a little teary to hope that I was carrying on someone else's work!
Once we got settled in San Francisco, I started working on this quilt again in the hopes that I could get it done as a Christmas gift for it's intended recipient. I did the back using only scraps of fabric in a similar color scheme. This is about the time where this quilt started to be the bane of my existence! So many pieces and details and so much stress about how to quilt it and basting it was a workout in itself.
I decided it was so big and heavy that I wasn't going to quilt the entire thing and that I would only do segments. Essentially any area that was blue, green, purple, or black was quilted with dark blue, a few red areas were quilted in red, and then a few white or beige areas were quilted with white. One can only do so much with no long arm machine! One of this days I'll pay for professional quilting services, but this was not that day!
I was so pleased when it was finished! The only thing that really bothers me is the one super crooked row of small flying geese, but this is the first quilt that I've done flying keeps so I guess I won't beat myself of too bad! All I could think about is that I hope Charlotte would be happy with what I've done with her work.
I actually made quite a few quilts this year for Chanukah and Christmas and will be sharing them slowly over the course of the next week or so. Man oh man did my post office bill start to rack up! I hope everyone had a lovely holiday and has a wonderful New Years!
Normally I photograph the whole process from start to finish, but this time I just enjoyed making something cute and colorful for a new babe. I made this before going out of town and the little guy was born while I was away. Now that Im home I can't wait to keep making new things!
Are you enjoying the first few days of fall?! With the first official day of fall being only a few days ago, I thought something extra special was in order. I feel like it's been a while since I assembled a DIY, but I'm pumped for this one! I made a Halloween Wreath a few years ago, but it wasn't anything exciting so I knew I wanted to make something better for this year's Spooky Saturdays. I purchased very little for this wreath and, because it's made with scrap fabric, could be edited for any occasion or color palette! I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest and after a different project ended up having a lot of leftover orange fabric I knew I had the perfect use for it.
1. Wire Wreath Frame. I ordered this one.
2. Scrap fabric in your colors of choice. The total quantity is probably close to almost a full yard.
2. Fabric scissors
3. Exacto knife
4. Craft glue
5. Hot glue gun (not pictured)
7. Writing utensils
8. Googly eyes.
First cut your fabric scraps into strips that are about 1/2" wide and 4" long. The size and condition of the strips is super flexible. I just sort of eyeballed it and didn't worry if some were longer, frayed, whatever. You can always trim it up later.
Once everything is cut, you start tying them on! When you first start it will seem silly looking, but the more you add, it will start to look more and more like you're on the right track. I didn't really have a "method," I just kept tying! It honestly took almost 2 hours of tying. It wasn't difficult, just tedious.
Once the wreath was to a thickness I was happy with, I trimmed up some of the longer pieces and set the wreath to the size temporarily.
Using your writing utensil and your scrap of cardboard, Sketch out the letters of your choice. I went with "BOO," but "EEK!" or a family name would work too! I also colored in the letters with the orange Sharpie so it blended a little better with the color palette.
Cut out your letters with your Exacto knife. Because I was working on an old box, it was elevated off the table. If you're just using a flat piece of cardboard, don't forget to put down a cutting mat!
Using craft glue, spread some around the letters and fill it with Googly eyes! This was my favorite part. I want to put Googly eyes on everything. Wait until craft glue has completely dried before moving on.
Use a hot glue gun to attach the letters to the wreath. And that's it! Depending on how you need to hang the wreath, you may want to add another step to put a ribbon or hook on the wreath. I was able to hang mine with just a nail already in my wall, but you may need to do something different.
I can't decide if I want to glue plastic spiders to it or something to make it extra kitschy, but I won't be pulling out ALL my Halloween stuff until next week. I have time to decide! I hope you're first few days of fall are lovely! Stay inspired, friends.
These are the ornaments I made this year! I always make a handful of ornaments for people around the holidays. It's a great way to make sure I can at least get a little something to everyone. Last year I took glass blowing class and made a bunch of blown glass ornaments and this year I definitely dialed it back a bit, but I still love these kitschy Texas inspired ornaments! The screen printed patterns were purchased from a local shop. I added some leftover batting and felt backing to make them a little more plush. Then I just kinda went crazy with glitter and sequins #noregrets
I made a matching Hanukkah headband and bow tie for my brother and sister in law! I gave them a few other things as well, but this was the only part I handmade.
I didn't get something to *everyone* to I'm still sewing and crafting away for a few folks who have some serious IOUs for 2017. Oh well! Just more to share here.
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