It’s not all about sweet – you need cute things, too
I noticed that way more, at least more than 60%, of my blog is baking… I didn’t do it on purpose, but it’s been the lead-up to this weekend. This very weekend. The one where I will make 100 cupcakes! Exciting! To some, this might not seem like a big deal, but for me it’s my first “job” in a field I’ve only imagined working in. Of course, some may know, that my primary career goal is to be a librarian. I’m on my way there, but I can’t shut-out my love for baking; baking the sweet and savoury for others to enjoy. All this to say that this weekend I’m making 100 cupcakes for an event and I needed practice. I’ve spent the last month, every weekend of it at least, baking cupcakes. I tried many recipes, liked some, hated others, but more importantly I’ve learned what a huge process baking for an event can be. There’s much more involved than one might imagine. Ingredients alone can really add up, making it sometimes difficult to get in what practice may be needed. Nonetheless, it’s been a great experience and I’m really excited for Saturday. While I’ll be doing a post this weekend to talk about the final product of the event, this post is actually intended for the crafty side of me and the blog.
This past summer, I participated in Ottawa’s Ravenswing Fair. I think my unconscious need to try everything propelled me to this, but I’m glad I did it. These are some of the things I made (in photo)… fabric belts, button necklaces, feather earrings and headbands, and (to throw in something that has no real purpose)… OWL pillows! Hurray! I finally made use of all the buttons I had lying around (although my grandmother was happy to donate some, too) and gathered fabrics from family and friends. I really am a proponent of the DIY spirit… If you can’t find what you’re looking for, why not make it yourself? I do, of course, understand some of the hurdles to this – you need tools, supplies and space to get many things done and these, particularly for urban-apartment-dwellers, are often in short supply. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t try! I’m getting new ideas for crafts and accessories all the time, scarves and skirts being on the horizon. I never really thought I was a creative person, but I guess my willingness to try these things on a whim is my vent. More than making things, for eats of for wear, for myself, I really enjoy making them for others. Hopefully I can keep this trend going as spring approaches (I hope it’s approaching… sometimes it seems a LONG way away), as I’ve taken a season’s hiatus from sewing and building. More will come on this soon!