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Remember this?

trains for easter

It became this:

portrait of a bunny as a young bunny

Found inspiration from LollyChops‘ Big Time Bunny Week posts where she posted bunny crafts for a full week and even shared some free downloads – Easter labels and bunny templates!  LollyChops, you rock!

I saw LollyChops’ Binky Bunny template and knew instantly that I wanted to make some Easter bunny softies for Baby K and Baby E.  So I went off to find some boy-themed interlock fabric and found that too-perfect-to-be-true choo choo train fabric.  Seems like all the little boys I know love Thomas the Train… so, yes, it was perfect.

I enlarged the template to the size I wanted, printed it out then transferred it onto the fabric.

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I blanket stitched around the sides, left a little opening, stuffed it with hobby fill and a sprinkling of lavender (they smell really good), then continued with the blanket stitch to close.

3 easter bunny softies completed in an afternoon (made an extra for Sis):

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I then tied a navy ribbon to complete them… and babyhippo decided to make a new friend.

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Hippo-bunny HUG!

Do check out LollyChops for more awesome bunny crafts on Big Time Bunny Week.

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I made these chocolate-covered-lemon-cake cake pops for M’s Tea @ The Patio little party and for Yaya’s gathering at Ritz on Saturday.  I forgot about the styrofoam block for cake pop drying, hence all the cake pops were inverted.  But I think they still looked pretty.  Heehee.

I didn’t use a cake mix for my cake pops.  Instead, I made a lemon cake using the Lemon Drenched Lemon Cake recipe from Joy the Baker’s blog, adapted from Dorie Greenspan.

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It smelled so good while it was baking!   I’m a little sad I didn’t bake another loaf just to eat it as it is, cos it was SO good.  The lemon syrup drenching part of the recipe really brought it to another level.  Will and must try it again.

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So here it is all crumbled. I cut away most of the browned sides so the cake pops would look more… yellow. =P

I made a lemon cream cheese frosting and when they were all nicely rolled up into cake balls, they look like this:

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Then, covered with Valrhona’s 66% cocoa Feve Pur Caraibe chocolate:

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The tartness of the lemon cake was perfect complement to the dark chocolate’s bitter-sweetness.  BIG yums.

Eve helped me with cake pop decoration for the completed fun dessert you see in the first picture.  We used Wilton’s pink candy melts.

Check out Bakerella for more Cake Pop and Cupcake Pop ideas!  She’s got really cool Easter-themed ones up now.  Have fun!

And here’s Joy the Baker‘s recipe for the gorgeous lemon cake:

Lemon Drenched Lemon Cakes

For the Cakes:
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch of salt

2 1/3 cups sugar

1/2 plump, moist vanilla bean, split lengthwise, seeds scraped out and reserved, or 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

6 large eggs, preferably at room temperature

2/3 cups heavy cream

zest of two lemons, finely grated

1 stick, plus 7 Tablespoons (15 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

For the syrup:
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup sugar

juice of two lemons

Making the cakes:
Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 8 1/2-4 1/2-inch loaf pans, dust the insides with flour and tap out the excess. Even if the pans are nonstick, it’s a good idea to butter and flour them. Place the pans on an insulated baking sheet or on two regular sheets stacked one on top of the other.

Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt.
Put the sugar and the lemon zest in a large bowl, working with your fingers, rub them together until the sugar is moist and thoroughly imbued with the fragrance of lemon. Add the vanilla bean seeds and work them into the sugar. If you are using vanilla extract, add it later, after you have added the eggs.

Add the eggs and whisk them into the sugar, beating until they are thoroughly incorporated. Whisk in the extract (if using), then whisk in the cream. Continuing with the whisk, or switching to a large rubber spatula, gently stir in the dry ingredients in 3 or 4 additions; the batter will be smooth and thick. Finish by folding in the melted butter in 2 or 3 additions. Pour the batter into the pans, smoothing with a rubber spatula.
Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean.

As soon as the cake goes into the oven, make the syrup.
After about 30 minutes in the oven, check the cakes for color- if they are browning too quickly, cover them lightly with foil tents.

Making the syrup: Stir the water and sugar together in a medium saucepan over medium heat until the sugar melts, then bring to a boil. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Pour the syrup into a heatproof bowl and let cool.

When the cakes test done, transfer them to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes before unmolding them and turning them right side up on the rack. Place the rack over a baking sheet lined with wax paper and, using a thin skewer, cake tester or thin-bladed sharp knife, poke holes all over the cakes. Brush the cakes all over with the syrup, working slowly so that the cakes sop it up. Leave the cakes on the rack to cool to room temperature.

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Booked a slot on Etsy’s Wedding Showcase:

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My first marketing attempt.

Hopefully it’ll bring more traffic to my Etsy shop: http://cookiefleur.etsy.com

And make me a sale, or at least, some convos.

*fingers crossed*

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Daisypath Vacation Ticker

I can’t wait.  I really can’t. 2 weeks more.

The thought of being with Mr C again.  Just the 2 of us (ok, not quite, there’s Mr & Mrs T and R & C).  And really focusing on my Etsy shop.

I can’t wait to hit the craft and textile supplies stores in Melbourne. 

I just can’t wait.

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Desire to Inspire recently posted up some images which I really like and I kept going back to them.

I’ve realised that what I really like about the pictures are the wall colors.

While I think that the clean, white style is very pleasing and practical for small spaces, white walls aren’t really my kind of thing.

BUT, images like these can be very convincing:

Gimme a bright white kitchen ANYTIME.

Check out that mirrored wall!!!

A little sidetrack.  This isn’t a wall color. Well, not really. It’s a chalk wall.

I think a chalk wall is really cool.  You can write your grocery list, shopping list, to do lists, recipes, phone numbers, well, all kinds of things!

And kids can draw on the wall without any heartache. =)

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This is the fabric that I will be using for my Easter craft project:

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TRAINS???

What do trains have to do with Easter?  Well, we’ll find out this weekend, when I complete the project. Hee.

Here are other fabrics I got today.

red-jap-cotton beige-jap-cotton pink-jap-cotton blue-jap-cotton

Aren’t they the prettiest? =)

They’re Japanese cotton for some new stuff for my Etsy shop.

Just looking at them makes me happy.  Heehee.

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These are just too beautiful for words.

Flowers from SAIPUA, found through Happy Hour Bride.  The arrangements make me want to bring an entire garden into the house. Especially love the ranunculuses. 

SAIPUA also does beautifully packaged soaps, which are available in Singapore at Stranglets @ Amoy Street:

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