"Where there is creativity, there is hope." ~ Donna Karan

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Holidaying in The Sunshine State - Day 3

I'm still blogging about my holiday a year ago. If there was an award for the most unorganised blogger, I'd be in the running for sure.
Day three of our holiday was by far my favourite. We spent the entire day at Movie World- the theme park I love the most. The Scooby-Doo Spooky Coaster and the Superman Escape always feature on our must-ride-multiple-times-list, even if we have to line up for an hour.
Rockin' a roller coaster blown hair-do while showing off my muffin top to the world. I didn't have enough appropriate clothing to cater for my sudden drug induced weight gain. My self esteem is flying kite high, said no woman taking multiple drugs causing weight gain, EVER!
Superman Escape is my favourite roller coaster. It's the best one I've been on, and I've been on quite a few! It's obvious from the time that I am willing to wait in line. On one occasion during the day, I stood in the line for well over an hour (oh the soreness). The things I will put myself through for a thrilling few seconds. It was worth it though. Although, in bed that night, I would have told you otherwise.
This ride is definitely not for sissies. It takes off fast. And by fast, I mean superman fast. Seriously and shockingly fast. Swiftness that will render you breathless fast. I've never forgotten the first time I lined up with my Auntie to torture ourselves. We were terrifyingly excited. What makes this thrill ride so great is that before being propelled into the air with unexpected power, you are travelling through a dark tunnel while you sit there and scold yourself for getting on. As the coaster nears the end of the tunnel it stops for a few long seconds, letting you anticipate the height of the first dip. (I like that. The best rides are usually the ones where you are sitting there before takeoff looking at each other saying "Oh I'm not so sure about this one now. Oh no, no, no, nooooo! Ok, I don't want to do this anymore, can we get off. Oh crap, crap, CRAP!)
Then there's an a booming voice telling you that something is about to blow, followed by an explosion. Suddenly superman says "I'll get you out of here. Fast. Superman fast". And he does.
Let me tell you, he wasn't kidding about the fast part. Woah. 0-100km/h in 2 seconds is pretty darn swift. I tried to scream, but no noise escaped me. It was like I had been winded. Some of those dips are scaringly steep, too. That's why I love it so much. Although now I've been on it too many times that the thrill has waned a little for me, but that didn't stop me from lining up another five times this trip.
Aside from thrill rides, we ate and watched whatever shows were on. This was my third time watching the Hollywood Stunt Driver Show. I didn't really want to see it another time, but everyone else did, so I tagged along. The bonus was I knew when to take photos to give me something to blog about. Ha!
On previous trips we missed out on seeing the Star Parade, but not this time! I am such a big kid.
This is my favourite photo from the day. She did that just for me. True story.
My inner child wanted a photo with Daffy Duck.
The best food I ate that day was definitely at dinner. We went to a Thai restaurant to try something new, and boy was the food beautiful. I'd never had Thai before and now I want it all the time. I haven't found a place in Melbourne that compares yet. The food I ordered was beyond amazing- the quantity, quality and price were impressive. I shared a banquet with Papa Bear, and we really enjoyed it.
Entree was prawn soup. Despite my dislike of mushrooms, I quite liked it.
For main we had a beef massaman curry (best ever) and a chicken stir-fry. Two main dishes? Don't mind if I do! (I was taking Prednisolone back then, which had me stuffing my face in attempt to stop the pangs of hunger that would hit me every damn hour of the day.) And of course there was icecream for dessert. We ended up dining twice at this restaurant in the week- that's how much we loved it. I can't wait to go back.
So that was day three. Aside from feeling miserable due to the increase in pain and exhaustion I had stupidly inflicted on myself, I did enjoy myself and I had a really great day.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

2013 will be my year

For the last six weeks (and counting) I've been having a hard time coping with a constant headache. I've been given a new drug to add to the shopping list of pills I already have to swallow, so it really doesn't feel like this year will be my year either. However, just because I can't see this year being great yet, doesn't mean that I can't start believing that it will be great.
Things have to turn around at some point soon. 2013 will be my year. Yep. I know I say this every year, but I refuse to believe that things won't get better.
So I'm speaking out the things that I want for this year. Despite my present physical condition, I'm hoping that the things that do not exist in my life right now will come into existence. I'm determined to believe what I'm speaking out, and I have faith in that what I'm trusting God for will come to pass.
2013 will be...
- The year I feel better and have more energy
- The year I meet more people and make new friends
- The year I return to my studies (even if it's just part-time online)
- The year I get back to exercising for 30 minutes, 5 times a week
- The year I can get a brand spanking new car
- The year I meet my future husband
- The year I get more organised
- The year I am able to attend church more often
- The year I get my confidence and sparkle back
I have such expectation and excitement about my desires coming to fruition. Greater things and better days are coming. Greater things and better days are coming.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

pastel coloured heart card

Although Valentine's Day has passed, I still intend on posting a few more projects I've been working on but didn't finish in time to share before the day thanks to a rip roaring headache. And besides, Valentine's crafts can be made and given at anytime of year.
Over the weekend just gone I decided to experiment with pretty pastel papers and have a play around with my nifty Cuttlebug machine.
Obviously, I wanted to use the heart as the centrepiece of the card. I cut out a heart from white cardstock and pasted down punched out hearts in pretty pastel colours. As you can see, I started from the outside of the card and worked my way in, overlapping until I filled all of the white cardstock.
It took two hours of patience, but I do believe the end result was totally worth it.
Once I had my punched out hearts pasted, I decided to emboss it to give it some texture, and I'm glad I did try it out (even though I was terrified of stuffing it up) because I really love the look of it. The colours just blend beautifully.
To finish off the heart I punched a hole in the top and added some purple organza ribbon- just to give it that something extra special.
It was another simple card to make that required more patience than it did brain-power.
Materials used:
Cardstock: Kaisercard in Buttercup (29cm x 14.7cm), Kaisercard in Candy (12.7cm x 13cm), Kaisercard in Spearmint (9.8cm x 9.8cm) Kaisercard in Coconut
Paper: pastel pink, purple, blue, yellow & green
Other: double sided tape, mounting squares, purple organza ribbon, hole punch, small heart paper punch, Mod Podge, Cuttlebug machine, Divine Swirls embossing folder.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Embossed With Love Valentine's Day Card

I sat down yesterday and enjoyed some Sunday afternoon crafting. It was bliss. I love it when ideas come together well and work easily. For my craft time I used the Miss Nelly Collection papers by Kaisercraft as my inspiration, and I made a sweet and pretty valentine's day card.
I was quite impressed that I actually produced something despite a pounding headache. I was able to use up some ribbon and chipboard letters that I've had in my stash for a couple of years which was pretty great, too.
As for cardstock I used Kaisercard in Bubblegum. It's such a pretty pink. I cut my card at 29.9cm x 20.5cm, scored at 15.4cm. The floral paper is of course the 'Her Eyes' in the Miss Nelly Collection. The size of this piece is 19.9cm x 14.5cm.
For the last piece of paper used, I chose to emboss it to give the card more detail while still keeping it simple. I cut this piece at 17.2cm x 11.7cm. I used a flower lattice embossing folder by Sizzix and rolled it through my Cuttlebug machine.
To finish off I used some pink heart ribbon from a Celebrate spool, paired with Amercian Crafts thickers and self adhesive red rhinestones.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Double Layer Cherry Ripe Cake

My father loves Cherry Ripe chocolate, which is why I always seem to be baking with it. Recently, I attempted having a go at my first double layer chocolate cake for his birthday. It turned out to be the best cake I have made so far. He shared it with his work colleagues who are crazy chocolate lovers. They must have been happy with it to consume a second helping!
Although my application of the chocolate ganache needs a bit of work, it was a success nonetheless. Though, I must warn you, this cake is not for the weak. It is sickly rich. Sinful, even. I should probably admit that I started struggling to finish my piece after I got half way through. You need to have a pretty strong sweet tooth for this one.
I sure had a lot of fun making it. I adapted the cake recipe from The Australian Women's Weekly Cakes & Slices Cookbook. At first I intended on joining my cakes with chocolate frosting, but when searching for inspiration, I came across a cherry coconut buttercream recipe from an amazing food blog, and thought it the perfect fit for this cake. My cake looks crap in comparison, but hey, it's my interpretation.
I swear I took photos of the inside of the cake but it looks like I forgot. Either that, or in my brain fogged state I accidentally deleted them.
You can grab the chocolate ganache and the cherry coconut buttercream recipe from Delicieux if you fancy giving this cake a go. For decorating the top of my cake I chose to sprinkle a grated cherry ripe bar. I also topped it with a chopped up cherry ripe bar, along with flake chocolate.
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It sure did make for a great surprise birthday cake, and I'm certain this cake would be appreciated by cherry chocolate lovers on Valentine's Day. It really is the cake of love.


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