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Valentine: My Heart Bleeds for You Cheesecake & Giveaway

5 Feb

I have a weakness for kitsch, and a weakness for bakeware, and a serious weakness for kitschy bakeware. It’s problematic. But when I saw these tiny heart-shaped springform pans I couldn’t stop myself. I mean, look at them!

Who could resist, right? I tried, but there was no hope. Reader, I bought them.

And I made this adorable little cheesecake.

I want to share my heart with you.

Because I want you to be my Valentine.




My bloody Valentine.

Well, I want you to be my cheesecake and raspberry sauce Valentine, at least. I was really hoping that the bloody ooze would be more dramatic, but oh well. It’s still delicious! I used this recipe from Not So Humble Pie, and half of the recipe for a normal 9inch springform pan fit nicely into my three mini pans.

Want mini heart springform pans of your own? You can find them at Target OR, if you are too busy doing other awesome things to go to Target, you can win a set from me!

To enter, post a link to this blog on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, your own blog, Twitter, etc., and leave a comment here with a link so that I can see where you posted (each link will be a separate chance to win)–make sure that your comment has an email address! That’s how I’ll contact the winner. You’ve got one week!

The winner will be selected on Sunday, February 12th

all entries must be posted here by noon on Sunday.

Got it?


Happy Valentine’s Day!


Craft Challenge 2011: This is for Melody!

30 Jun

Thank you so much to everyone to came to my Mad Tea Party! I’ll be posting Wonderland party tutorials soon, but before I do I have some unfinished business. From last month.

Remember my craft challenge project? Remember that May was for Melody? …Remember that May was over, um, a month ago?

Well, I made something for Melody!  And it’s thematically appropriate for the current run of posts!

Melody loves Alice in Wonderland, and collects different editions of the book as well as memorabilia–a few years ago I made her this doll, and last year I threw a Mad Tea Graduation Party for her–so naturally my first thought was to make something Alice for Melody.

So I painted an Alice kokeshi. I got the blank kokeshi doll from Temple7e on Etsy.

In one pocket Alice has a little bottle with a tag…

…and in the other she has a little slice of strawberry cake.
What do you think of her? I intentionally left her face blank…now I wonder if I should have given her features. What do you think?

May was for Melody!

18 Jun

So, I am the worst blog mom ever. I am far behind on this project, and despite my good intentions I do not have much in the way of posts for you, but in the meantime meet Melody!  It’s a month late, but better than never, right?

What is your name? Melody

Do you have a blog or website? Yes! and my less interesting photo-a-day:

What is your quest? To be the world’s youngest crazy cat lady and a bibliophibian (

What is your favorite color? Overall? Blue. I have never seen an ugly shade of blue. There are blues that I like less than others, but none that are ugly. I can’t think of a single other colour that has no ugly shades. My very favourite specific colour? There is one very particular shade of green that I love.

What is your life like at the moment? What do you do in a day? The semester is over so I am no longer in student mode. Now I’m sleeping in until I feel like getting up. Then I go in circles in the kitchen looking in the refrigerator and then the freezer and then the pantry and back to the refrigerator because food may have magically appeared while I was looking in the pantry. Eventually I find something to eat. Then I spend the day on the computer, reading, or watching TV. Sometimes I make up excuses to leave the house. Hopefully I will soon have a summer job (I applied at plenty of places). And on some evenings and Saturdays I have rehearsal for Anne of Green Gables at a local community theatre. It’s a very small part, but it feels great to be back in the theatre.

What is your creative outlet? Theatre. It’s so much fun to pretend to be other people. Plus the people (at least in my experience) are really awesome and fun times are had by all. Improv is definitely my favourite.

What have you been reading and/or watching lately? What is your current favorite thing to read or watch? I’ve been re-reading Anne of Green Gables to refresh it in my mind for the show and because going over the script reminded me of how much I love Anne and I wanted to spend more time with her. I also just started reading Good Omens. Right now my favourite thing to watch is the current season of Doctor Who, even though every episode makes me want to shake my fist at Steven “The Troll” Moffat.

What inspires you at the moment? I don’t know. I guess I don’t stop to think about what inspires me to do something. I just do things. Even I don’t know why I do half of the things that I do.