Sunday, October 17, 2010
- 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice (marinade from apples)
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 egg yolk
1. For the Caramel Sauce, in a small saucepan combine the brown sugar and 1 tablespoon cornstarch. Add 1/4 cup apple cider or apple juice and butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat. In a small bowl beat 1 egg yolk; gradually stir in 1/2 cup of the hot brown sugar mixture. Add the egg mixture to the saucepan. Cook and stir until bubbly; reduce heat. Cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Remove from heat; cover and cool. Use 1/2 cup of the Caramel Sauce for the Caramel Cream Filling. If necessary, thin the remaining Caramel Sauce with 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider or apple juice to make a topping of drizzling consistency. Makes 3/4 cup.
2. For Caramel Cream Filling, in a bowl beat 1, 8-ounce cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in 1/2 cup of the Caramel Sauce.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Sunday, September 19, 2010
- What color: people are going to put their feet on this, it can't be cream or white... I found the same fabric I made my pillows out of for $6.99/ yard at Hobby Lobby. It was 3 years later and I didn't think I would be lucky and find the same fabric again.
- How padded should it be? The upholstering padding is super expensive-- $39/ yard. No way!! I'm using mattress pads from Walmart and my MIL's basement.
- How was I going to attach it? Luckily the coffee table has a small lip on the edges and I was able to staple underneath and hid the staples.
- I didn't want it to look like a big pillow, so how can I make it tufted? This was a great time... my husband got frustrated and thank goodness my BIL was over. He helped me find just the right length of screw and attach it to the table through the fabric. It was a sight. I was holding the fabric and padding down so it wouldn't tear while he was drilling.
- What type of buttons should I use for tufting? I found the type you can customize with your own fabric. I think this was the only full price item I purchased at $4/ pack of three.
Monday, May 31, 2010
- Measure your window - take into account how high you want to hang your rod and how thick you want your bottom hem
- Cut your fabric into two identical lengths. If you have patterned fabric, make sure the pattern is going the same direction.
- Pin the lining inside the back of the fabric- this way you finish the edges of the curtains and line them at the same time.
- Only sew the top and sides of the fabric. Allow the bottom to stay unfinished.
- Hang the drapes on the rod and hem them to the exact height you want them from the floor. I think this is the easiest because I hate measuring. Seeing it exactly the want I want it confirms the last bit of sewing will be the last bit of sewing. I don't like resewing something to make it longer or shorter.
- Hang the FINISHED drapes.
- Get your white lamp shade
- Cut the fabric
- Use iron-on hemming tape at the edges
- Take a complementary color of bias tape and use the hemming tape again on the top and bottom edges
- Don't worry about melting the lamp shade... I thought I ruined it a few times, but it just cools down again and molds back the way it was.
Since this was my first shade I made a few mistakes... I forgot to put the original lamp shade seam in the back with the fabric seam. I also should have thought about how dark the fabric was - blocking the light much. I guess it gives the room more ambiance. You'll see where the rest of this fabric is from in a minute...