Adding Color to a Dark Life

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It’s raining. Two days now. But I’m okay with that. Rain means the garden is getting watered and the soil will be easier to dig. What am I digging you ask? Well I’m not saying it’s a grave but I’m not saying it’s not a grave. Let that little mystery stew in your mind for a little while.

But for now let us move to another subject. Color. When doing most crafts, sewing, etc. I mainly deal in red and black but for the special people in my life I will venture beyond my two favorite colors.

 

A good friend and co-worker turned 21. Twenty-first birthdays MUST be celebrated. This young lady loves everything tye dyed. I saw on Pinterest a few weeks ago a tye dyed cake. So like flies on a dead body I was all over the cake challenge.

The frosting is white. The tye dye effect is in the cake mix itself. Very simple recipe with a BIG effect. I bought the stuff to make two cakes just incase things went bad I had a back up cake I could make. I couldn’t let my friend be cakeless on her birthday, the BIG 21!

Here is what you need:

A white cake mix and ingredients to make it. (eggs and oil, I use coconut oil)

Coloring for icing. Food coloring or concentrated frosting color gel.

Six bowls, one for each color.

Two round cake pans.

Frosting.

Mix the cake mix according to box. Or from scratch if that’s how you bake your cakes. Let me add here that I use coconut oil. If you have never baked with coconut oil let me tell you a bit about it. Coconut oil is solid like lard. But has a low melting point, 76 degrees I think. I spoon it into a microwavable measuring cup and put in microwave for 20 seconds. You may have to zap it a few extra seconds. Once it is in a liquid state measure out what you need. This is what it has done to my cake mixes: it gives it a whipped texture, light and fluffy. So it’s easy to control your batter more. (If it’s hot in your house you may not get that whipped batter texture, I found this out the day I made this cake. It was 86 that day and we hadn‘t put in the air window units yet so it was a tad toasty in house).

Divide mix in the six bowls. Mix a different color in each bowl. You are suppose to pour the mixes in a circle. First color big circle, next color smaller circle and so on till you have used the six colors. Do the next pan same but with the colors reversed. Yeah…for some reason I could not do that. My mix ended up, well I will let the pictures tell the story. I also had a tough time judging how much mix I was putting into each pan. The result one layer thicker than the other. The bottom layer broke into two pieces but a little icing between each layer fixed that right up. I did color the middle icing blue so it would blend it when the cake was cut.

The day before I baked the cake I told the birthday girl I was experimenting with her cake and that if it didn’t work out she would get a white plain Jane cake. I frosted it white and took it to work. I told the party girl the cake didn’t work out. Imagine her surprise later that day when she cut her cake. She was very happy. I told her not to drink to much that night or she made end up with some very colorful vomit.

I wanted the cake to be perfect, it wasn’t. It had a few flaws. But the day wasn’t about a perfect cake it was about celebrating the birth of a great person! So the party was a huge success.

And yes I am dragging my friends along, usually kicking and screaming, on this Pinteresting journey.

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Sewing for Sweet Little Demons

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It’s been a few weeks since my last post. A lot has happened. I became a Grim-maw! Little Miss K was born March 30th. An amazing experience for us all.

So since it’s baby time at my house of evil. I had to make some baby stuff. Goth style.

I saw some of these items on Pinterest. Each one had several different versions and tutorials. I did not really care for any of them. The designs were simple so I made up my own patterns.

The first thing I made was burp cloths. A burp cloth is a simple design, it is something you throw over your shoulder when you burp the baby, it will catch any spit up. Very simple project. Great for anyone just getting into sewing. You need 2 fabrics cut 9×19 inches. One fabric is your design piece so any lightweight cotton fabric will work. The other fabric should be an absorbent material. I used terry cloth for some burp cloths and cloth diapers for the others.

Lay out your two pieces right sides (printed sides) facing in. Pin together. Sew around leaving a 4 to 6 inch area not sewn. Turn right side out and iron. I used a zigzag stitch to sew around burp cloth. Done.

 burpNext project was a bib. I made two styles. Your basic and a bandana bib. You can find the patterns on Pinterest. They’re many to chose from. This is another beginner project. Cut out pieces, sew right sides together leaving a gap open to turn right side out. Iron than zigzag stitch around. I did not zigzag stitch around neck area, well I did the first one and to me it felt like it would be irritating to a newborn neck. Sew on some Velcro for closures and you are done.

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Third project was a bit more involved but still somewhat easy. I call it a diaper change station. It’s for on the go diaper changing, gives you a clean area to change your baby/evil spawn/mini me or whatever you call your offspring. Here is a picture of it completed. I will give more detailed instructions a few blogs down the road.

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I am in the process of making a baby kimono shirt with skulls! Pictures coming soon.

Speaking of babies. Saw this on Pinterest before Halloween and made this for a co-workers Halloween costume. Many people loved it but others said we went to far. Can you really go to far with Halloween? I don’t think so. On Pinterest there was only a picture with no link to instructions so I had to figure it out myself. Surprisingly it turned out right the first time. No magic or virgin sacrifice needed. Disappointing I know. I would have done it if need be though.

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Food for the Soulless

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Today I’m home sick with some tummy troubles. So I thought…why not blog about two recipes I discovered on Pinterest?

I tried these during the holidays. Several people in my family have a dessert they are known for, a dessert that is a must have at every get together. I decided this holiday I would find ‘my’ dessert. I began my search in October, I knew my dessert was going to be a cake and must be chocolate. So on Pinterest I went, I figured I would spend a few minutes find my dessert and BAM! The rest of my day would be free doing Halloweenie things.

Several hours later (no joke) I’m still on Pinterest. I did find my dessert in a matter of minutes but it’s Pinterest…once you start browsing you just can’t stop. I had to make myself sign off than spent the rest of the evening working on my Halloween costume and props. (One of the props I made will be in another blog soon).
During my Pinterest session not only did I find the cake I would bake but I also found something I would make for holiday candy gifts. My cake…SNICKERS! It looked so good and the recipe looked doable. The candy was double dipped marshmallows. Dipped in caramel than dipped in chocolate. (I have this marshmallow addiction, it will probably kill me one day but I’m good with that.)

So the cake adventure:
Got the recipe, read the blog linked to it thoroughly. Bought all the ingredients to make two cakes. One for testing the other for a work dinner. I had not committed to the cake for work yet just in case things went south during the first try.

A Saturday in October. I would bake and decorate the yard for Halloween. House decorations were covered, as you know my Halloween decorations stay up in my house year round. Making the cake took all day, mainly waiting for it to set up in fridge, mix frosting, frost, decorate and set up in fridge once again. But ohh the wait was worth it…happiness filled my old black heart at that first taste. It was a hit at work and at the family gathering that holiday season. I’m proud to report that the cake is now THE CAKE. It has been requested I make it for every gathering for the rest of my life.

Things I changed in the recipe: I did not use the chocolate chips and I lessened the amount of peanuts and snickers. I’m not a huge fan of the peanut. The recipe called for 2 cups of whipping cream but after measuring that out there was a little left in the carton, so I used it also. I’m a wild one like that.

Word of advice use a disposable pan. This is a messy cake and clean up is just easier if you can toss the pan when all is eaten.

Here are the pics:

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Here is the original link: http://www.plainchicken.com/2012/05/snickers-cake.html If you make this cake be sure to stop by and tell Plainchicken how awesome her recipe is!

Okay now the candy adventure…first in my defense when I saw it on Pinterest it was just a picture. No link was attached. But hell it was marshmallow dipped in caramel than dipped in chocolate, how hard could that be? That was my first mistake.
I could tell wax paper was used and also a lollipop stick. So I gathered all the items I would need. Melted my caramel. My first issue was the stick would not stay in the marshmallow and allow me to dip. So I had to hold the marshmallow by itself to dip in caramel. No biggie, I dipped put in on the wax paper, stuck in stick and waited for the caramel to harden, (a little warning, caramel is a messy creature it was all over my skeleton apron and somehow ended up in my hair.) Second issue, the caramel stuck to the wax paper! I peeled it off the best I could, one marshmallow I was able to pick off all the wax paper but the rest…no. They died a horrible death…later that evening. I still needed them for photo evidence.
I melted the chocolate and since the marshmallows were stuck to the paper I just drizzled the chocolate over them. I was able to dip the one but it did not survive long enough for pictures. I ate that bad boy as soon as the chocolate set. Trust me I earned that little treat.
The last mistake I made was the pictures, I choose one marshmallow as my focal point. I was snapping away only checking to see if the pictures were blurred. Later as I was looking at the photos on my laptop I noticed it. The one I chose as my focal…the chocolate had dripped in such a way that once it set it looked like a …..wait for it….it looked like a penis. Yes and here is the picture to prove it. I wish I could tell you I was ashamed at my chocolate penis marshmallow but I wasn’t. I giggled and made the husband look at it.

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Later I searched Pinterest until I found the pin that contained the link. What did I learn from it? The lady clearly said the caramel would stick so bad that she just abandoned the caramel all together and just dipped in chocolate.

So we have one good cake recipe one bad marshmallow experience and one shameful picture that now is part of the Pinteresting life of Gotha Stewart.

Come into my web….

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Welcome
My name is Gotha Stewart. Soon I will also be known as Grimma, once my evil offspring gives birth!
This blog is where I share things I’ve seen on Pinterest and tried. I will post the outcomes; the good, the bad, and the shameful. I also blog about the things I post on Pinterest.
I live mainly on the dark side of life, my favorite color is black. Parts of my house is decorated Halloween style year round. I always have a body in my trunk and a shovel at the ready. Okay the body is fake and the shovel I use for gardening.
Come join me in this pinteresting life I live!

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