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Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Baking corner {One Room Challenge} week three

We are already at the half way point of the One Room Challenge,
it is going way too fast, but I can see progress!
I am working on updating a part of the kitchen to make it into a baking corner,
you can see my inspiration board here.
Removing the previous countertop/shelf and trash can took mere minutes,
so right way I put the new base cabinet, tada! So much better.
OK still pretty rough, especially the side of the cabinet!
So I purchased a cover panel to hide the particle board
(even painted, it would still be ugly!)

Because I do not always work linearly,
I primed and painted the other side and front of the cabinet
as well as the drawer and the door.

Then I installed the side panel and started to install the molding
to match the island: the station wagon treatment!
Since the style of the door is different from the rest of the kitchen,
I want the side to be similar to the island.

I had to do this first, before attaching the cabinet to the wall
for proper placement.

(the green part will be covered by the base board!)

Now I need to calk, prime and paint the side,
I feel like we are on our way to a cute baking corner.

Next I need to come up with a way to attach the door
as a drawer so that we can have an easy access to the trash,
busy weekend ahead!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Baking corner {One Room Challenge} week two

Last week I wrote about my participation to the ORC
and the update I am planning on doing to the kitchen,
which I had already updating over the years.

Here is the plan for my baking corner for the One Room Challenge:
-a base cabinet painted white with a hidden trashcan 
as I will be removing the one we currently have
(a necessity in a kitchen, especially since we do not have a garage), 
-some countertops, probably butcher block 
(since it would be difficult to match the black granite of the kitchen,
 but we have some butcher block on a white cart near by) 
-some L shaped shelves to store and display
my many types of flour in cute jars, of course
-some baking art...
1)- baking corner from My Name Is Yeh,  2)- pie sign
3)- IKEA butcher block, 4)- unfinished cabinet
5)- pull-out trash can, 6)- IKEA glass jar.
Easy right?
I found an unfinished 18" base cabinet at Home depot, 
the door style is different from the current one,
but the doors are far apart, so it should not be too noticeable,
especially once it is painted white and has the same hardware.
For the shelves, I am not sure if I want them white or leave them natural.

What do you think?

Here are some eye candy,
my inspiration for this challenge.

baking corner from Kitty Cat Stevens

baking station from Decor Pad

baking place from Froken Knopp

baking corner from Design Sponge

baking station from Buckets of Burlap via Pottery Barn

I really like both versions of the shelves,
so I am really not sure which one to choose.
I guess I will decide while I am working on them.
Let me know which way you are leaning!
Happy day!

Monday, October 10, 2016

an updated version of the harvest cake, apple goodness

With all the apples we have been getting from the orchard,
I have been baking a lot of harvest cakes.
The kids are eating them like crazy,
the cakes barely last a day!
So I started making double batches in the hope
I would be able to have some, coming back home
after a long day at work...

Well when I changed the pan, it felt not quite right.
So I changed the recipe with less butter and apple cider instead of milk.
I think I like it even more than the original recipe!

4 eggs
200g of sugar (7 oz)
200g of flour (7 0z)
2 teaspoon of baking powder
1 stick of melted butter (salt)
3 Tablespoon of apple cider
3 large apples, thinly sliced.
Mix everything together in order, one at a time!
Bake at 375 for about 30-35 minutes, until golden-brown.

Eat warm or cool, depending on your preferences,
or if you want to make sure there is cake,
warm is definitively better!

It is a disappearing cake,
I see more baking in my future...

Happy baking!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Baking corner {One Room Challenge} week one

One Room Challenge? Yes, here we go again!
This time I am working indoor and on a small scale,
unlike my Spring ORC where I worked on my outdoor dining area,
it turned out great and we are still enjoying it!
This fall I would like to set up a baking corner in the kitchen, 
I love baking as you can see in my French patisserie classes!
A few years ago, I did a little improvement,
where it went from this to this:

which at the time was great,
but then I worked super hard on updating the cabinets:
making them taller and painting them white.

We completed the look by adding a marble back splash after losing our microwave
(all of this happened slowly, over many months,
even many years, far away from the concept of ORC!)

But that corner stayed the same,
and now it is time for change.
And with the schedule of the ORC,
it will/should be ready before Thanksgiving!
Nobody needs a messy kitchen at that time of the year...
Here is the results of this Spring One Room Challenge:

more details here.

Monday, October 3, 2016

a fox fall pillow

 Since I am over my jet lag from my short visit to Brittany,
I am ready to tackle fall here.
It is noticeably cooler now and the leaves are collecting everywhere
through the yards...time to change the decor in the house!
And what better way than through a new pillow?
and not any pillow, but a handmade fox pillow!

I found the pattern on the September issue of Bustle and Sew,
the same one that inspired me for the apple tote bag.

Super cute!
The fox is a mix of felt and boiled wool (from a old favorite jacket),
and the leaves are raw edge applique from various material:
tweed (like the rest of the pillow), linen, velvet, quilting cotton...

I installed a zipper in the back, it does not take much longer than just overlapping the fabric,
I did it in a similar way than this tutorial from S.O.T.A.K handmade ,
my zipper is just shorter, so it adds a few steps.
I like the clean finishes on the back,
even if the front is all raw edges!

There are also 2 little acorns embroidered in the lower corner,
perfect detail with the oak leaves.

But now it is time to relax on the couch with a nice cup of chai
and a piece of harvest cake.
The rain is forcing us to slow down....reading time!

Happy sewing!

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