just 10 more days until christmas?

this year i made a little advent calendar for my nieces and nephew. i should have made one for myself because i just realized how fast december has gone by.

if you are looking for christmas gifts or some gift wrapping extras from letter C design it’s not too late. most items ship the day after the order is placed (if possible the same day). the exception for this is address labels and other personalized items requiring a proof.

priority mail delivery (2-3 days) is always an option. on shoplettercdesign.com you can choose priority mail when checking out. if you prefer to shop on etsy you can let me know when ordering that you want priority mail and I will send you a link from paypal for the additional cost.

i am happy to send gifts directly to the recipients gift wrapped and with a note from you — just make a note that it is a gift and what you would like the note from you to say.

if you have questions feel free to email me at cindy {at} lettercdesign . com or send a text to 860 966 6831.

pillows …

Last week was the official start of fall, but you can’t tell from the weather. It was warm and sunny this afternoon so I left my office early to take photos of some pillows. These pillows are a little collaboration between my mom and I. I designed the fabric and had it printed – my mom then sewed them up. I think that she made more test pillows with scrap fabric than final pillows with my fabric, but I love how they came out. There are only 5 pillows left after selling them at a fair this summer. I plan on listing the ones I still have in my etsy shop some time this week.

Since it was so nice out today I ended up working outside here for a little while (until the mosquitos came out).

in a pickle …

for the past couple of years the cucumbers in my parents garden have been coming in like crazy … so i learned how to pickle. last year it was just bread & butter pickles, but this year i am expanding my pickle horizons. so far along with bread & butter pickles i have made dill pickles and jars and jars of relish.

to keep everything organized i have been using stickers. the mix&match and simply drawn stickers in my shop are the perfect fit for regular canning lids and the large stickers work great with the wide mouth jars.

making ganache …

inspired by the tv show, dc cupcakes my niece wanted to make some cupcakes and top them with ganache. it is the first time i made it. turns out it is super easy to make and only uses two ingredients – chocolate and cream.

here’s how we made it:
• 6 ounces chocolate – chopped up (we used dark chocolate)
• 1 cup heavy cream

in a pan on the stove bring heavy cream to a boil. as soon as it starts to boil take the pan off the heat and stir the chocolate in. keep stirring until all of the chocolate is melted. now you have ganache. we let it sit for a bit to cool off until it was the perfect consistency for dipping the cupcakes.

once the ganache was ready to use, i was shown the proper way to frost cupcakes with the ganache. you simply dip the cupcakes in the frosting, twist a bit and the pull them out. the perfect frosted cupcakes. after letting the cupcakes sit for a bit the ganache firmed up and left a shiny coating.

my little niece stopped by and helped add blue chocolate buttons (and do a little taste testing). she gave the cupcakes the thumbs up.

teacher’s gifts …

with summer around the corner it is time to start thinking about end of the year gifts for teachers. the starter gift set has been a favorite for years – with personalized note cards and notepads any teacher would appreciate a set. i’m sure a set of stickers or a notebook designed just for them would also be happily accepted.

saving the yellow countertops …

Yellow used to be my favorite color. Growing up I had yellow walls. But the yellow countertops in my kitchen looked dated and out of place. Turns out the wallpaper was the problem. It was dark blue and had little baskets full of flowers all over it. White paint was the answer (I think it always is).

Underneath the blue wallpaper there was another layer of wallpaper – an orange and gold diamond pattern – and that wallpaper was not going anywhere. On the walls above the counters there was a laminate that had specs of orange and yellow in it. Since the laminate didn’t hold paint and the orange wallpaper was not coming down, new wallpaper seemed like the only option.

Wallpaper is not my favorite thing. It is a hassle to take down and I think allover pattern is a bit too busy, but I found this beadboard wallpaper that works perfectly. It adds texture to cover up the uneven walls and is paintable so if I ever want to change the white it won’t be a problem. To make the yellow countertops look like part of a plan I bought these photos. The countertops now look fresh and brighten up the dark kitchen.

Now if I can just find a way to save the beat up floor.