Chocolate pie

Yesterday I did a chocolate pie, with a little twist: I added a fey chocolate chips. Results: freaking-delicious! Nom-nom!

Super simple recipe, and really fast to cook!

1 dough, 20cl of cream, 8cl of milk, 1 egg and 200g of chocolate + a few grams of chocolate chips. Cooked at 180 celcius degrees for 10 min and letting it in the oven for another 5 min when cooling down.

The results, a super strong chocolat taste. Some chips melted as expected, but some didn’t and that’s probably what did give to the pie a very strong chocolate  taste. 

 
Personally next time, I’ll add either a few pieces of pear … or… a small touch of sea salt! Yup! I bet it will be even better 🙂 but anyway, this was super good, I recommend it to any chocolate lover 😀

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Congrats baby card

My ex had a baby recently and I did a few baby items for him (baby blue jacket and hat). I wanted to send a customized card to go with it. Finally yesterday, the inspiration struck me (after a crazy shopping frenzy where I bought many new stamps from My Paper World) and other things to toy around with my cards).

I went for a navy style as they live by the sea in south of France, which is very convenient for a baby boy theme 🙂

I had finished the background when I started to glue around the elements, and was happy with it.

  
I figured out that my stamping block was too small for some of the stamps, so instead of running back to the shop and spend more there. I got creative. I used the box from the stamps which is transparent… Worked ok. I wouldn’t over use that technique, but it’s good enough when you need a quick fix 🙂

  
I cut many items (I printed them and cut them with the Cricut machine, instead of doing the smaller cut version where I would have needed to glue tons of tiny layers).

I decided to do a large batch so I could reuse them for other occasions in the future.

  
But when I started to assemble everything, I didn’t count on touching by accident an ink pad with the side of the card… In a different color… So I figured I better add a few stamps from that color, which luckily was still matching the theme, but I couldn’t do a proper background anymore :/

  
Erhh! I was so frustrated! But I showed it around and people said it was ok. What do you think?

   
 

Lily bday bash, party decoration

Yesterday was Lily’s first bday, so I gave a hand to Big Mama to decorate the flat and top it up with a few muffins. She did a good job with the ballons decorations, check it out, it’s beautiful. I forgot to take a picture of the big one she did as well.

  
I overused my cricut so bad that my mat cracked wide opened. I managed to fix it though, so it did finish the job, but I’ll need to get some replacement (Errhhh! Again some expensive shipping, custom fees and lengthy delivery!) but look at what it can cut! Crazy intricate!

   
I used it even for the drawings:

 

I did two banners, reusing the negative from the first one. I simply designed some rounds and got the letters cut inside.

  
  
Mama working on the color pick:   

And getting excited about the bags:

 

She wanted some favors bags and tags. I used a template, just removed some pieces which were not needed and added the text on the banner. I got some help from a friend the day before to assemble these, and luckily as this took for eeevvveerr!

  
 

Big Mama bought some plushes, so we packed them in a way that their noses were popping out: 
Some magical muffin wands with the home made muffins…

  
And finally a few photo booth props to add some fun 🙂

   
 I made this card, still with the cricut. I doubled the birthday cut so it was really standing out (about six layers stacked on each others). I then tried my new stamp and did this enveloppe. I tried also my new Ranger markers. Quite liked the results 🙂

    

Red headband

I met my friend during the weekend and gave her her new owl pouch. Ended-up with a new challenge: build a headband in red for the same day. Challenge accepted 🙂  
My first reaction was, I don’t have any red wool! Wrong! I did have some red Big Merino from Drops, from the last red and black scarf … Ah! And actually I had just exactly enough for the headband… If one more row was needed then I was thinking of doing a black one (a little cheat, or call it decoration ;)) but not needed, so all good!

I went for the broomstick stitch wich needed both needle and crochet. First time I tried this. I almost gave up on row one as all the instructions I found were quite tedious until it finally ticked… I thought I would be able to do it in an hour. Challenge failed… Took me rather 3!  
 
but at least challenge completed, I did complete a red headband that day and my friend is happy with it 🙂 Yes, I know that wasn’t on the to-do list for this month, but shhhh… 😉

Peter’s red and black scarf finished after scarf transplantation

Finally after so many days of bureaucratie, I was finally able to touch again my needles! So I used that time to finish the scarf for Peter AND to do some crazy twist with it… I was feeling like a heart surgeon doing a heart transplantation… Except it was 2 pieces of scarves and no life saving behind that.

I didn’t like the original start of the scarf until the last red stripe so I decided to knit a new piece for the beginning which will be more matching the pattern of the scarf. 

 I tried it first by finishing the overall scarf, so when that end did turn out to look good I was on for some crazy scarf transplantation… 

I did a first trial on a small square of wool, didn’t turn so good, but I learnt a few things (such as I really need to memorize better what was my last stitch and not to be deconcentrated during this).

I inserted my needle all the way through.    

Then unravelled the bottom part.

 
Then tried a gartner stitch between my two needles. Epic fail! Ouch, bad start…

  
But I wasn’t gonna let this to put me down, so after really examining the result of the square I decided to move on to the scarf. Same process: entered the whole needle the whole way through, just above the red stripe. Then I removed gently the last red row.

  
And then I concentrated! A lot!

Btw notice the other side of the wrong “start” I did like the red stripes here much better, but anyway the overall was still not to my liking. 

 
So off I went with again the gartner stitch! And … Tada! It worked! Patience always paid me back 🙂 now I’m even doing the whole blocking for the first time since it keeps rolling on the sides. 

You can slightly s that the small columns are off, I don’t understand why when all the others line up perfectly. Oh well, you can’t go to surgery without a scare….  
Here is the whole scarf (folded in two, that’s why you can see some red on the right side going higher – it’s from the other side):  

To a new era

I got laid off. In less than 24 hours my life changed. Tuesday afternoon my boss anounced me that that same evening I’ll have to pack and that Wednesday  will be my last day at the office. My position was merged with another one, so they no longer needed me after almost 10 years of work.

I was gonna take my team out next week to celebrate my 10 years in the company… I had barely any chance to say goodbye to people I worked with. No chance to do a handover to my team and to make sure they won’t be in trouble. It just came out of the blue. Seems a few people got laid off that day without any warning. 

Luckily I had already discuss with my husband about future plans a few weeks before, and he was the one telling me I should leave the company. The idea was to save some money for the next 9-10 months and then start my own business. Well, I wasn’t able to save anything since that discussion only happen 2-3 weeks before the News.

So for now it’s a mess of paperwork and bureaucratie that I’m going through and it’s even more painful since I don’t speak fluent czech. I think I’m mainly upset for the short notice I was given because this didn’t allow me to prepare for anything, and mainly my health insurance. I have a doctor appointment today which was scheduled for almost 2 months already, now I’m not sure how this one is gonna go and I really need it. Errhhh enough of whining… It’s also very exciting to think that I will finally be able to work on something I love! I guess I’ll start with a website since it’s gonna be harder at the moment to find a shop to rent.

  
My last job was slowly killing me, even more since I had that old friend as my new boss for last 4 months who was just being a dick. Now it’s confirmed, he really doesn’t know what he is doing. The person who got my job is less qualified. Doesn’t know anything about knowledge management. After the announcement, my team was getting on a strike mood, most of them talking about leaving, stopping every projects they had, didn’t want to work for that new manager, told me she should have been the one fired since I also used to do her job in the past and not vice versa. They had a point. Except… she’s pregnant and will be on maternity leave soon. She’s already not coming to the office much because of morning sickness. Nothing makes sense in this company anymore. So it can only get better for me to get the hell out of there! Screw those managers who made that decision, I’m mainly sorry for my guys to leave them behind.

I also started to run more often. Maybe this is gonna help me to get back in shape! 🙂 I’m going back this afternoon. I’m surprised by the time now… Morning feels like there are 8 hours long! And afternoon like 1h! What the heck? Completely destabilizing…

Tonight we’re going for my farewell party. How awkward… Seeing all those people I trained and work with for last 10 years… Erhh….

So. To a new era! Let’s have some fun now! Let’s the creativity kick in! I’m gonna love being able to create much more, learn new things, learn how to run a business! So exciting! 🙂

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