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galaxy cupcakes.

My friend (Laura!) and I made cupcakes and they turned out not bad! 🙂 Which was good because we were sharing these at the Galaxy Grandma shower we threw.

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We made a batch of chocolate and a batch of vanilla. To make the cupcakes galaxy themed we made purply-blue buttercream and topped them off with a sprinkle assortment.

We painted our makeshift piping bags with food gel, filled with buttercream, and piped on.

It was our first time using food gels, but we followed tips from Sweet and Savory Meals which made it super easy and less stressful. The gels were relatively simple to use, just a bit messy. It helped to cover our work area with parchment before opening any of the food gels.

Our test cupcake above. 🙂 We got sprinkles from Fancy Sprinkles. OMG they are so fancy. I’m obsessed and excited to make more sparkly treats after the way these cupcakes turned out!

After our taste test, we decided on adding less buttercream for the ‘real’ cupcakes. We ended up smoothing out the buttercream with a spoon after piping since we weren’t using as much to get that swirly buttercream look. To finish off, we topped each cupcake with an iridescent star topper.

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Tahdah! Off to plan the next food gel project! Share any suggestions below.

stroll.

I strolled along Solano Avenue last weekend for the Solano Stroll! This annual festival is held every September and this year was it’s 44th year! It’s part street fair, part handmade craft fair, and part community block party. There are food vendors, local bands and dance troupes, raffles, and carnival rides all along one mile of street.

Hubby and I started on the West end with breakfast at La Crema, then made our way East.

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It was a perfect day for a stroll. We stopped every time we saw or heard something that sparked our attention, like these tennis ball gumballs and photo op at Flowerland.

Or this 50th High School Reunion booth. Adorbs.

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We visited with some maker friends, too – An Li of Slow Moon Rise, Min of Bottle of Clouds, and Amanda of Shimmer Jewels.

There was Balinese dance, jazz bands…

Bubbles, rides and games, food…

So much!

And we only walked maybe halfway in. So imagine all of this times two!
Give a shoutout to your favorite neighborhood festival below. 🙂

galaxy grandma.

My friends and I threw a grandma shower for our soon-to-be-grandma friend Sahskkia! The theme: Galaxy Grandma (because her grandson’s name was inspired by a constellation).

We reserved a table at Riggers Loft in Richmond. They have a large space next to the water.

The table we reserved was already beautiful (solid wood!) so we only decorated with a few additions – golden faux candles and twinkle lights, some fun signs that my friend printed out, gold star table scatter, and a plate of cupcakes for the centerpiece (more on the cupcakes in a later post!).

We had wine for the table, but some also tried other beverages. Plus, there was a taco truck.

Instead of typical party games, we had our own watercolor paint night. The idea was to create galaxy cacti, inspired by Aima Kessy of Dainty Rebel, to continue with the galaxy grandma theme. Clearly, I was most excited for the crafty portion of the evening (so many photos!). Beautiful!

What a fun place to host a celebration! In addition to awesome staff, there are also games on site and live music on select nights. Thanks to Riggers Loft for the hospitality, and to my friend Sahskkia for having a grandbaby so we could throw a party! 🙂

disney glam.

I went to a Mickey Mouse themed baby shower and it was all the cute. Sharing all the Disney magic…er, crafty magic!

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As soon as we walked in the sea of red, black, and gold decorations caught your eye.

The tables were covered in red tablecloths, place settings set with black plates and gold-ware. The centerpieces were Mickey heads made of red and black roses, and bedazzled table signs. Gold Mickey heads adorned each chair (I made the template 🙃) and Mickey head confetti adorned the tables.

Handpainted letters by the mom-to-be spelled out the baby’s name and served as the foreground for the ‘parent table.’ The background: a glam-loveseat, perfect for photo-taking.

The food was a mix of catered and homemade goodies, and included cream-filled churros (reminded me of Disneyland)!

And the creme de la creme: a dessert table filled with gum balls, chocolate-dipped pretzels, Mickey rice treats, assorted candies…I ate so many sweets that day.

Kudos to the party planning and decorating committee aka baby’s paternal grandma, cousins, and aunties! 🙂 Super profesh!

will stop for farmer’s markets.

While we were in Alameda over the weekend, a farmer’s market caught my eye. So we swung by and drooled over all the fresh fruits and veggies.

This market is relatively small, with maybe 20-ish booths, including some pre-made food booths, but was filled with lots of fresh produce. September meant lots of kale, peppers, cucumbers, peaches, plums, and berries…and so much more.

We snagged some Indian and Thai eggplants and Thai basil. Mmm, the basil made the car smell so good.

Generally speaking, if I see a place that catches my eye while driving I will stop if there’s an easy parking space near by. Who else stops for farmer’s markets (side-of-the-road markets count!), too? Share below.

shop feature: apricot.

On my last work trip we stopped at a cafe en route to the airport and I stumbled upon a yarn store across the way. 🙌🏼 What a fun stumble!

Apricot Yarn & Supply is tucked away in Loma Portal at Liberty Station. They carry lots of colorful yarns in different weights and textures, a handful of reference books, and knitting and crochet accessories.

Look, so pretty! I found some Loome goodies, too!

I chose three hanks of yarn to take home – I loved the textures and colors. The multicolored one is a locally hand-dyed yarn. Yay! These are going to be so perfect for some weavings I have planned.

We didn’t get to see other parts of Liberty Station since we had to head to the airport, but I did get to snack on a cinnamon bun from Con Pane Rustic Breads & Cafe before heading out. Mmm. Looking forward to coming back to the area some time to explore more!

Yarn update: I totes tangled two of the three hanks while trying to wind them up into balls. Send help!

studio sew.

Aw yea, Hello Stitch studio day all up in this biz! My zipper workshop came with a free studio day and I was all over it. I wanted to practice sewing more zipper pouches.

I prepped all of my fabric before heading into the studio so I could maximize sewing time. I wasn’t sure how long it would all take but I had prepped for seven pouches. I ended up sewing four pouches in four hours. The first pouch took the longest and it got easier to follow all the steps the more I made.

I used fabric and zippers from Joann and Black Squirrel. Dreamy! I am loving mixing and matching fabric designs. And I’m learning more about what fabrics work best for this type of project.

What’s great about a studio pass is you get access to all the space and to sewing pros. It was so convenient to have areas set up for all aspects of sewing – the ironing area, the cutting area, and the sewing area. There’s also a lounge area, beverages, and a small market space if you need a break. And, you can also become a monthly member for added perks, too.

There were a few classes happening while I was hanging out; it was fun to see what people were working on. Here are my finished pouches:

I met two of the owners – they were super helpful when I got stumped. I learned a few tips to troubleshoot missteps and to try for next time. Until we meet again, Hello Stitch!