Sunday, November 2, 2014

A Very Scary Cake

Hello friends! I hope everyone had great Halloween! I made a fun cake and wanted to share it with you. I saw the recipe on From A Whisper To A Scream Blog originally. Except I made the frosting from scratch, made it into a cake instead of cupcakes and changed the "Blood" a little bit. Other than that I followed the directions and it turned out Spooktacular!
The humidity was high the day I made the blood so I omitted the water. Also I only added 1 drop of blue instead of 3 drops of blue food coloring it called for as it would've made it way to dark. I don't have much experience in the "candy making department" but it turned out perfect. It took about 45 mins. to get the sugar mixture to reach 302 degrees (Hard Crack Stage) so make sure you have the time if you want to serve this scary bloody mess to friends and family! I prepared the glass the day before Halloween and let it sit in a cold oven over night to harden properly. This recipe is very inspiring to me to venture out of my baking and do a little more candy making this holiday season!

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Book Has Arrived!

Hi friends! These 2 images belong to Aimee Ray. I was so excited to see these pics in her flickr photostream I had to snag them lol. Last year Aimee asked me to be a contributor in her book The Holiday Motif Collection. It's available through Amazon now in case you're interested. See the little teapot cozy up there in the left hand corner? I designed and wrote the pattern for it. I haven't seen the book in person yet so I'm dying lol. Aimee's doing a giveaway on her blog this week. Head on over to Little Deer Tracks and enter in to win a FREE copy! Aimee, in case you're reading this post: Thanks so much for everything! I'm so thankful to be a part of your fun crafty book!
Here's a link to my flickr: Annie Kight of Pinks & Needles
Here's a link to Aimee's flickr: Aimee Ray aka Merwing

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Some Halloween Pin Toppers from the Haunted Crafty Cottage

Hands Down Halloween's my favorite holiday! Looking forward to creating some spooky pins this year! This little collection is from years past. If by chance you'd like to place an order in the month of September be prepared for a Scary Freebie Surprise Pin Topper with every purchase! Right now I'm working on a OOAK Pincushion Vignette which I hope to post very soon!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Flamingo Croquet Mallet & Hedgehog Ball Pin Toppers

I owed a friend of mine a favor and his mom just happens to like sewing and Alice in Wonderland! So I created her this trio of pins.

Do you remember the part in the movie where Alice plays croquet with a flamingo as a mallet and that poor little hedgehog is smacked around like a ball?
I have always loved the Queen of Hearts' garden in the movies. I designed the tree to represent her and also when she demands that the roses be painted red (hence the one little rose in the left hand corner with red edges.
I decided to make this set available in my shop. Each pin is a la carte too!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

LOVE Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Blurb

Hello Friends~
Well it's been a really long time since I've posted here on Blogger. It's quite embarrassing actually lol. Anyway, I'm trying to stay connected as of now let's see how it goes!
Tomorrow in the UK my little pins will be in issue #10 of LOVE Quilting & Patchwork! So excited to see it in person! Here's the proof page:
When I was contacted the gal asked if they could use pictures of my pins from Etsy since there wasn't enough time for me to make pins and then send them so I sent her a few pics to choose from. Whoever edited my original photo did an excellent job! This is a shot of my original here:

Kinda cool huh? I thought so too : )
Well friends I hope to post again very soon. I'm working on a Halloween pincushion already which I'm very excited about! Fingers crossed I can stay on track.
I bid you adieu,

Sunflower Sisters

A gal contacted me recently and asked if I could make her some special Sunflower pins for a quilting retreat she's attending up in Washington State next week. She and her friends call themselves The Sunflower Sisters! The seeds in the photo are Mammoth and I'm growing them in my yard this Summer. Some of them are reaching as high as 10 feet so far!

Triple Layer Vanilla Cake with Pink Icing and a Garden Rose Pin Topper

I love it when someone orders a pin from me and they say "Can you make me something special?"
My answer is always Yes! I've only made a triple layer cake slice one other time because it's a bit time consuming but I'm happy to say I'll kindly do it again.

I sculpted the rose in white and then painted it after it was baked so it ended up with a little more detail than usual.
The Mad Hatter Pincushion available too in many color combinations! I'm working on a dark gray schemed one for Fall. More pics coming soon.