Archive | March 2013

Let Us Eat Cake!

The well known syndicated columnist Dave Barry was quoted as saying “My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”

Our version of that may be cake, cake and more cake! It’s the season of springtime celebrations and while planning our Easter dinner for Sunday, we discovered a few divine delights that are sure to help you “achieve true inner peace” – ha! And of course, we’ll create the perfect custom tablecloth in the fabric you love to go under the perfect cake! The choices are all yours!

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We found a couple of really great recipes to try. You know how we love color at Chrysalis and when we saw this fabulous RAINBOW CAKE at Love & Olive Oil’s blog,  we knew that had to be on the list of possibilities. Then, the new Southern Living arrived with a beautiful arrangement of hydrangea topped POUND CAKE CUPCAKES. Need I say more – sounds delish!

Then, our friends at Au Peche’ Mignon posted a couple of tempting little morsels and the deal was sealed! These “little sins” were just the temptation we had been craving! Thanks Joey!

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Au Peche` Mignon translated into English, the name means “a little sin,” and for more than twenty years this tiny gem of a pastry shop has been creating the most sinfully delicious confections around! Located at 1415 Timberlane Road in The Market District, this little storefront sells chocolates, cakes, cookies, pies…and even breads.

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Pound Cake Cupcakes

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  • Yield: Makes 30 cupcakes
  • Hands-on:30 Minutes
  • Total:1 Hour, 55 Minutes

     Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6  large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1  (8-oz.) container mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
  • 30  paper baking cups
  • 9  (2-oz.) vanilla candy coating squares, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  •   Sky blue food coloring paste
  • Hydrangea Blossoms (we think they’d be prettier topped with our signature Chrysalis butterfly! just sayin’
Preparation Instructions at MyRecipes.com (via Southern Living)

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Rainbow Cake

From the blog Love & Olive Oilrainbow cake

Rainbow Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream

This recipe is a bit uneven. I used 6″ pans, and the layers were too thick and and I had way too much frosting. I think it’d be better suited to a 7″ or even 8″ cake, so adjust as necessary depending on the size of your cake pans.

Cake recipe from Cooks Illustrated. Frosting recipe from Martha Stewart.

Ingredients:

For Cake: 2 1/4 cups cake flour (9 ounces) 1 cup whole milk, at room temperature 6 large egg whites (3/4 cup), at room temperature 2 teaspoons almond extract 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar (12 1/4 ounces) 4 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon table salt 12 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened but still cool Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple gel food coloring

For Frosting/Filling: 2 1/2 cups granulated sugar 10 large egg whites 2 pounds (8 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons, softened 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 pound best-quality white chocolate, melted and cooled

Directions can be found at Love & Olive Oil:>

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New Season – New Look!

The calendar says it’s spring, so we’ve folded up those heavy throws and packed them away in the closet for fall. We de-cluttered and deep cleaned at our houses and the shop, and are eager to share a new designer project! With all the Pinspiration we’ve been enjoying throughout the winter, we have recognized our own personal style, and want to blend that with the new and vibrant colors of Spring 2013!  All this and more, without spending a fortune.

Sometimes we find treasures right in our own homes, or those of relatives abandoning chairs that are comfortable, have great lines and remain current, but they may just lack the fabric covering they need. We discovered two such chairs on a recent outing and decided to share a project with you worth embracing. These low back arm chairs in good and comfortable condition were transformed into perfect reading chairs for a bedroom or corner of the family room. New fabric and a professional upholsterer and these little treasures are dressed and ready to go.

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Notice the coordinating fabric in the custom bedroom makeover. We used cotton upholstery fabrics on these smaller chairs; one is a small green and white cheetah print and the other one in a pink and green suzani pattern. The circle motif, has a rather ethnic or global look.green chair-

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The smaller winged chair is simply slip covered! The cover is easily removable for cleaning and a perfect choice for those with pets or small children.

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Our third chair had a previous life at Aunt Caroline’s. It’s a wonderful old Williamsburg that we dressed in a linen fabric with a gorgeous  vase pattern that was very popular back then. With the new upholstery, the chair has become a true eye-catcher in the shop and our customer’s just love it. Susan designed and created the charming embroidered pillow to compliment the colors and voila! A divine design, indeed!

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If you’re considering a furniture redo, take a couple of pictures and head on over the shop. Our staff is talented and creative and can put together the fabrics in colors and textures that blend perfectly with your existing décor.

Call ahead if you’d like 850-224-2924 and set up a time to work with our staff to define your dream.; or stop by anytime and let’s get started. We’ll help you turn that vision into a beautiful reality.

See you soon,
CUSTOM REUPHOLSTERY is specially designed for the individual client. The custom coverings often feature designs and combinations of material that are a typically different than the mass produced furniture. Use beautiful designer fabric on furniture that has great bones!
CUSTOM SLIPCOVERS are just pretty dresses for your furniture; custom made to fit perfectly. The advantage of slipcovers is that they can be removed for cleaning.

Easter Delight

Every holiday brings yet another opportunity to showcase creativity and experience the possibilities of using fabric, especially in ways that involve us with our children (or maybe the child in us). Those who LOVE fabric, I mean really LOVE fabric, have stacks of it in closets and on project tables and even in baskets by our favorite chair….. For us, visiting a fully stocked, well staffed decorative fabric shop is, well like going to a candy store. So much to touch and so little time to list all the possibilities. Patterns, colors, textures, color ways that evoke the designer in each of us- every color and combination that a mind can conceive.

With Easter only a couple of weeks away, we thought we’d better get moving on spring decorations. Today’s blog feature is all about EGGS and showcasing blog masters that bring the tutorials to us! We pinned a few of our favs on Pinterest  and then wanted to share the ones we thought were the top three –  the “winners” so to speak – the ones we love.

Counting backwards; beginning with #3, and mostly because of the name “EGGS OVER EASY”, is a cute little collection of fabric eggs from the blog ARMOMMY. If you want to try your hand at these babies, check out her tutorial link below. 

 

Coming in at #2 is a vintagesque little batch of eggs from RETRO MAMA. You’ve probably heard it said, “it’s all in the presentation” and displaying these tiny oval designs on that fabulous cake stand, just caught our attention and took us back a bit to the 1950’s kitchens of our grandmothers.

 

Our most favorite for many reasons is the FABRIC TASTIC EGGS from SEWING DAISIES. Look at the photography! Amazing!  There is something about using the element of crochet spools to perch the tiny wonders upon. Just Beautiful!

 

 Other lovelies are pinned on our PINTEREST page, so follow us and check them out.  You’ll even find our  EGGSTRA SPECIAL SALE and our CONTEST (LIKE & SHARE of FB). We hope to see you soon at our shop in The Market District. Look for the blue pavilion awnings at 1410 Market St. We’re in the corner near Momo’s Pizza and Abraham George Outdoor.

Please visit the blogs above and let the eggstraordinary designers know how much you like what they have done  and wish them, as we do you, a very Happy Easter.