Monday, October 13, 2014

Working on my samples, updates, and my autumn cocktail dress

SAMPLE GARMENTS FOR MY WEBSITE...
I have been working on perfecting some sample garments for my website. As you know, the "cherry sprinkles dress" was a "franken-dress" and it was made of two previous projects that I re-fashioned, and there wasn't a pattern... I just sort of pieced things together as I went along.
I am happy to say that there is now a pattern, I have made a sample, and I changed it yet again! I have to make it mine after all. It looks a million times better now!
I also taught my husband and daughter to cut out a dress. Ciarra is so precise and good at it. John was having troubles with the scissors because they were so uncomfortable on his hand (his hands are big and the scissors handles are too small) They both did a good job. Now I just need to train them on how to use the serger.

Ciarra cutting out the dress. She not only models them, but she makes them now too!
My goal is to have these dresses up in time for holiday shopping. I will have a limited amount in the various prints I have picked out (yes there is more than one!) so get yours before they are gone!

I am also working on getting the rest of my line together. I have patterns for a few pieces, but I am always editing and adding more. It's a process for sure.

AUTUMN COCKTAIL DRESS...

On top of all the sample making, I whipped together my "autumn cocktail dress" that I will be wearing for our very first Thanksgiving in our new place. It's a cute 60's inspired flirty little dress. I have a couple of pairs of shoes that can go with...I just can't decide which ones to wear! LOL! decisions...decisions....
I am waiting for a touch more color to come into the trees before we shoot the pictures for it. I want a good pop of color in the background!

SPEAKING OF COLOR...

The fall color is really starting to come in now. Yesterday my family and I went for a bike ride on our local trail here. It rained lightly on us the whole time. It was actually chilly too! Here are a few pictures I snapped with my phone.
Remember pictures of the tall corn I posted in the past? Well this is what the corn fields look like now! You can see some color there in the distance in the trees.

A pond off the side of the bridge from the trail

The family taking a break while I quickly snap some pictures! I didn't want my phone to get wet.


My gear shifter broke as we were returning to the trail head! So I took a minute to take some pics...

Ciarra waiting for John to finish examining my bike shifter. We need a new one.

As you can see the larger trees have barely starting to change, while the smaller trees are pretty colorful...

Younger trees change color first.

All of these photos and more are located on my Instagram and Twitter Accounts.  I am just starting to get more into using my Twitter account, and I will be posting more updates and garment info there, as well as on Instagram.

I hope everyone out there is having a fabulous start to the week.
Until next post,
Amy



Wednesday, September 24, 2014

AUTUMN...my favorite time of year has arrived!




Happy Fall Y'all!!
I am so excited that autumn has arrived!! YAY!!! 
Interesting how the temperature dropped just as the season clicked into place. Right now I have a jacket and a robe on! I have been freezing all morning! LOL! I went from being to warm, to needing a jacket outdoors. 
I am super excited to wear all my sweaters...I was pulling them out earlier to look and see what I had. 
Some of my sweaters I brought out this morning to let them breathe...
Today we have rainy weather outside...it makes for a snuggly time indoors. I am thinking about starting up our fireplace later this evening. This morning my son went on an early morning jog, and we could smell that someone had a fire going in their fireplace. It was then it started to drizzle on us, but we didn't mind. It was just awesome to be outside in the cool weather.




I have been hard at work on my designs, and putting garments together. It is so time consuming and frustrating at times for sure. I have a shipment of fabric coming in tomorrow,  and once it does, I can finish getting together the rest of my selections. I have also picked the template for my online store. I like it a lot.
On Friday, everything gets put aside, so that my family can head to the mountains for some apple picking and an autumn picnic at a winery.  I can't wait!!! I need a break from everything for a day.

I hope everyone is having a nice start to their fall...Here are some images to get you in the mood! (from my "I Love Autumn" Pinterest Board)





My son when he was younger




Check out Sally's baking addiction for this yummy recipe!



Me a few years ago








Happy fall to all!!! Have a wonderful day!!
Until next post
Amy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts


Hello All!

This morning I decided to make my family a special treat. Baked Pumpkin Doughnuts. I had originally found the recipe for these on Pinterest, and I decided to make a couple of changes to suit my taste. 

My whole house smelled utterly amazing while I was baking these yummy little treats.  Here are some pictures of the whole process, plus my version of the recipe...
I had printed this recipe out from Pinterest (from Cooking Classy who also got the base recipe from King Arthur Flour) I added a few tweaks to the recipe (below)..

Blending the wet ingredients

Pre-mixing the dry to make sure they are nice and sifted

Adding dry to wet in my mixer

Into the oven they go!!


This recipe fills 3 donut pans, and I only have 2, so I used my pumpkin pan as the third pan.


Once the doughnuts come out of the oven, you let them cool a few minutes, and then you are supposed to shake them in a bag with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. If you want the sugar and cinnamon to actually stick, you are going to have to roll your warm doughnuts in melted butter first. I did not want to do this, so only the cinnamon really stuck to it. Which is why I decided to switch to the powdered sugar and cinnamon.

This is when Soren decided to sample one, with just the granulated sugar and cinnamon mixture first...

Here is when we added the powdered sugar/cinnamon mixture...

They look great with the powdered sugar

pumpkin goodness!!!!


yum

I enjoyed my doughnuts with some pumpkin spice creamer in my coffee. Normally during the week I drink tea, but today called for some good old all American coffee! :-)



Baked Powdered Sugar Pumpkin Doughnuts

Makes 18

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter doughnut pans.

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (I like mine more spicy!)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • Coating
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp of cinnamon-depending on your taste
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter your pans.
  • In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and your spices until nicely sifted/blended. set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and brown sugar until well combined (break up clumps of brown sugar with fingertips as necessary. You don't want any clumps). Add canola oil, eggs, pumpkin puree and vanilla & maple extracts and using an electric hand mixer, blend until mixture is well blended. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix with electric mixer until well combined. Spoon or pipe batter into doughnut wells, filling each about 3/4 full (for mine 2 heaping tablespoons worked)
  • Bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, 13 - 16 minutes. Cool doughnuts slightly. Meanwhile in a large resealable bag shake together the powdered sugar and cinnamon until well combined. Add one warm doughnut to bag at a time, seal and shake with sugar mixture to coat. Place on wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
NOTE***
You can make your own glazes or melted chocolate to coat these doughnuts. A maple glaze would be awesome! Also if you want a plain granulated sugar and cinnamon coating, please melt a stick of butter, and quickly dip your doughnuts into the melted butter, then shake in a bag of granulated sugar and cinnamon. This would also be tasty.




Enjoy the start of your autumn season with a yummy breakfast pumpkin treat!!!

Until next post,
Amy