…so I went a little nuts making stuffed toys over the last month. Seriously. I started sewing right after Thanksgiving and, in that 30 day span, I’ve made eight elephants, a narwhal, and an angry eyepatch penguin.
Angry eyepatch penguin is angry.
Yes, an angry eyepatch penguin. I made a blue penguin for my husband, who has a self-professed soft spot for penguins, and he wanted detachable angry eyebrows, which are easy to do with fleece or felt. They eyepatch was a gag gift from his coworker. Now that I think about it, this could be called a “pirate penguin,” but eyepatch penguin has stuck. And hey, eyepatches aren’t exclusive to pirates. A lot of goth lolis wear eyepatches too. (Eyepatch is also a very odd looking word that WordPress spellcheck doesn’t recognize. In fact, “WordPress” and “spellcheck” aren’t recognized either.)
Macarons I made for the “Bake for Japan” bake sale back in March.
I had my first French macaron back in 2008 when visiting Croatian scientists brought them to our lab meeting. I think they were talking about P13kinase activity and detecting lipid phosphorylation by HPLC, but I vividly remember thinking how to sneak more of these delicious cookies onto my plate without looking like a glutton.
Being informed that they were purchased from Le Panier, I made a weekend excursion down to Pike Place Market. “$1.50 per macaron?!?! For a cookie a size of a half-dollar?” I still purchased 6 of them, which I proceeded to eat in rapid succession. Yes, I ate $9 of cookies in an hour and I still wanted more. That’s when I decided to learn how to make macarons. Because I was going to destroy my budget with French cookies.
Back in 2008, the first images released from Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” were from the closing scene with Mia Wasikowska in an incredible blue coat, of which pictures can be found on Maggie’s costuming research site. People instantly recognized it as a Colleen Atwood design. I recognized it as a coat that I would like to wear.