Monday, February 28, 2011
Marleys lullaby from amber thrane on Vimeo.
This isnt the "Marleys lullaby" that ive been working on, that one is just piano... but this is a little lullaby that i made up the other day that put her right to sleep!!!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
I love Turin Brakes, they aren't mainstream, and have a unique sound... whats not to like about that!!
My hubby and i are on the lookout for recycled wood to do a few cute things in our house:
1. make cool industrial looking coffee table kinda like this one from restoration hardware
2. shelves to hold my new vintage typewriter, and other miscellaneous stuff (old magnifying glasses, skeleton keys, old singer sewing machine that i want, old globes, and other vintage thing-a-ma-bobs)
3. make a sign with my favorite quote kind of like the headboard above.
We found a place in Rainbow (which is close to our house) that selles salvaged vintage wood... so im excited to see what comes of it!
Marleys song is "Beautiful World" by Adam Crossley... but this song is good by him too. I love his soft, clear voice. Enjoy!
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
devant vos yeux from amber thrane on Vimeo.
i mostly improvise when i play the piano... which makes it hard to remember what i write... so i started recording what i play. Here is a song that i made up on the fly called devant vos yeux (open your eyes)... its pretty rough still and im sure ill change it a billion times but here it is so far. Im still working on "Marley's Lullaby" but once im done ill post it to see what you think! :)
yes everyone... i am blogging about justin beiber's new haircut. Does this mean i have nothing else of interest to blog about at the moment?? yes. it absolutely does.
"The teenage heartthrob decided to make the cut in order to switch things up a bit and choose a, “ kind of a mature look” (TMZ.com). SO EXCITING! haha.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Ahhh these are soo cute!! im going to make marley some (not for her room because they wouldnt match in the slightest)... for her next birthday party?? Or maybe ill have to have another kid so that i could do a woodland, gnome and toadstool nursery theme... ok yes... i love these enough to birth another child for. best part?? I can make them myself!
- Wood Stool
- 1/4-1/2 Yard Yard Red Wool Felt (depending on size of your stool)
- 1/8 Yard White Wool Felt
- Brown Craft Paint and Brush
- Staple Gun
- Wool or Poly Batting
Flip the stool over and measure the fabric. my stool is 10" in diameter so my fabric is 22' in diameter.I added 12" but you can also add more to be safe and trim away the extra.
Next, Cut out the white circles
Sew them onto the red round. I used a blanket stitch on my machine.
This can also be hand sewn for a more handmade look.
Now it is time to assemble! Flip the stool over and with the red round evenly placed, tuck in one side and staple the fabric close to the legs.
Flip the stool back over and begin to stuff the mushroom with the batting.
Next, I stapled the fabric directly across from where I did my first set of staples as to keep the round evenly distributed on the stool.
Continue stapling and stuffing making nice pleats as you go.
When you have done this all of the way around the mushroom it is time to paint the legs.
Now it is time to make some tea and you are ready for your party!
Monday, February 14, 2011
The H&M By Night 2011 collection lines up a selection of stylish attire ideas to sport for the special events as well as semi-formal occasions. Choose from the body-conscious or classy looks depending on your personality and let these models charm you with their charisma to breathe life into the unique fashion creations. :)
Happy Valentines Day! Hope your day is as sweet as these!!
For these Chocolate Buttermilk Cupcakes:
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
3 large eggs
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sour cream
1 1/2 cup milk
1 vanilla bean, seeds only
Raspberry Cheesecake Buttercream:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, room temperature
1/2 cup (4 ounces) cream cheese, room temperature
3 - 4 1/2 cups powdered sugar, or until desired consistency is reached
6 ounces frozen (or fresh) raspberries, thawed and divided
1 vanilla bean (seeds only)
Directions:For the Chocolate Cupcakes:
Preheat oven to 350F. Line muffin tins with cupcake cups or grease using nonstick cooking spray.
Melt the chocolate in the microwave, in 15 second intervals, making sure to stir in between. Set aside to cool down for a bit. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs and sugar for 5 minutes, until it is pale and thick. Add in the butter. Mix until combined. Add in the melted chocolate. Now, add in the sour cream and vanilla. Beat until well incorporated.
Add the flour mixture and milk in alternating increments and beat until smooth. Divide batter into the cupcake tins. This batter made about 30 cupcakes for me.
Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool.
For the Raspberry Cheesecake Buttercream:
Cream butter and cream cheese in electric mixer for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Slowly add 1 cup sugar and beat until smooth. Add half of the raspberries and mix until combined. Add remaining powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, and beat until well incorporated.
Add vanilla seeds and the remaining half of the raspberries and mix at medium-high speed until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes).
If needed, add more sugar as necessary to achieve proper consistency. Pipe or spread onto cooled cupcakes.
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Here is a diagram to show you where to open the paperclip to create this triangular shape.
You are basically unbending the clip at all three of the curves. Does that make sense?
Hot glue the ends together with a dab of hot glue. Next you can start winding your cotton thread around the wire. I started out using hot glue, then I tried Liquid Stitch and liked it way more. It’s a permanent, clear drying adhesive that didn’t cause any bumps of dried hot glue along the way.
Fig 1: Winding the string around // Fig 2: Starting to wrap the string around the earring, secured with Liquid Stitch
Once you’ve wound all the way round and secured with glue, you can then take another length of string and wind around the width of the “earring” creating horizontal stripes or you can create a more messy look by creating a “net” design (see below).
Then just clamp on a pair of earring hooks.
found on evies blog
Saturday, February 12, 2011
These are funky... and i like them. Find them here!
Although this really is a bread bin, it occurred to me that i can use any cool vintage looking container to keep my bread in... ooh sweet the search begins:)
This industrial looking unit is cool.. 1,500 dollars cool?? im not sure. but heres the link if you like it that much! link