Ghostfaceknitter Etsy Shop COMING SOON!

I have been quite the crafting fool lately. I have had several custom orders from people through Instagram and now with that momentum I have decided to open an Etsy store as Ghostfaceknitter!

Huzzah! I’m guesstimating in the next two/three weeks I will go live with that store – and you all will be in the know when I do – have the confirmed timeline. Let’s take a look at some of the items I’ve been stock piling, custom making for you lovely lovely GFK supporters.

red velvet cake
“Mind you drink the cat is an asshole”
geisha cat toy.
geisha baby plush.

orange dreamsicle cake
toddler pocket Star Wars bib.

What do you think? I’m think about cowls, sunglasses cases, different skirts/shirts/dresses, and of course more cakes! ūüôā

toodles
xxx
GFK

Centered Self May 2014

Happy Monday. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Mine was very nice aside from my normal GMAT angst. I’m sadly just not doing well in the practice exams anymore. I excel and make huge progress in the practice questions every night when I study for 2-3 hours, but not on the exams I take Saturday. I think, and I know it may sound like I’m ‘opting-out’, but that I may just stop taking the full length practice exams now that there is 1 month till my test. They do not help me confidence wise nor do they help me focus on my ‘weaknesses’ I seem to do poorly/strongly in a new subject each week – making it so nothing is consistent. I’m gonna try for this approach since my 8 weeks of weekly CAT exams have not seemed to help me. I realize that I am rushing, because once I ‘get it over with’ I can actually enjoy my weekend. Honestly, it’s going to come down to that day of the test. All I can do is keep practicing out of my OG book 2-3 hours a day and pray to God and to all the underdog stories of all time that I will pull a decent score out of my ass on May 31. But, worst case scenario I take a formal course with Manhattan in the late summer.

le sigh. Aside from that I had a really nice reflective weekend. I have to marvel at how much I have grown in the past 9+ months mentally and physically. I am able to do things and experience emotions I would have never thought I would work through and make work for me. Mentally, I concurred my anxiety and overcame the insecurities that plagued me for most of my adult life. I am able to accept my faults and to gain strength from my successes. I’ve kicked the negativity to the curb along with all the people that facilitate negative thoughts and actions for me. Living a life without being brought down by others is marvelous. I have never been so free in losing myself in what I love. I finally have found what true security and self-love means.

Plus, I am so lucky to have a strong support group, that only wants to support me and see me succeed. Likewise, I have found immense happiness in inspiring others and trying to infuse a positive support system from myself to anyone I talk to. That doesn’t mean I still don’t have emo or bad days, but I sure as hell snap out of them more quickly and find myself engaging in more meaningful ways of coping with ‘the blues.’ I do have a hard time with expectations, but honestly my core group of friends and family always exceed any expectations that I would have. I’m truly blessed to have people that genuinely care for me and want to see me succeed and be happy. On the physical side of things, I have never been more strong and motivated. I can run like the wind! Well an 8-10 mile an hour breeze, but still that’s GREAT! I also have achieved my handstand goals and now can do unassisted handstands for 30seconds – 1 minute. I’m working on movement poses, but with a curious unnamed kitten – being upside down and trying to switch pose positions is quite difficult. I have to say I really enjoy knowing that I am strong from the inside – humble confidence radiates out of me these days.

I also made this ADORABLE geisha girl from Benartex Panel Prints. I got mine here and it actually took about 2-3 days to receive her! I had a blast putting her together at my friend’s house (duel sewing machines!) and then hand stitching at home (which I still need A LOT of work on).

Last weekend I decided to plant some kitchen herbs and I was so excited to see that 3/4 have already germinated! I’ll have Basil (pictured), Oregano (still waiting on it to germinate), Cilantro, and Rosemary in a few weeks! I also bought an organic Mint plant from Wal-Mart on Saturday and made virgin-zero calorie-full fun juleps/mockjitos with some lemon-lime soda water and stevia. ūüôā

I also will admit my favorite treat are those super cheap ice cream cups from Wal-Mart. They have a birthday cake one that is so so tasty. I have friends that help me eat it. *note I was done eating it – I am not that gross to share food with the cats.

I attempted to ‘sun-proof’ and thus heat-proof my living room this weekend also. I used some of those emergency thermal blankets, as I read a HOW TO HERE. Boris was the foreman for this job and inspected my work. I don’t know if this is gonna last/work. The crinkly noise is kind of annoying. TBD. If this <$5 experiment does not work I may splurge and get these real thermal black out drapes. Or I’ll buy those car window black-out foam things and suspend them… God things are getting weird at my house.

This might explain what’s up.

xxx
GFK

Fun Weekend 2.0

Well my weekends have really been great these past two weeks.  Last week obviously I was in Durango Рwhich was a blast and this weekend I had a great time here in Denver. 

It all started off with making some amazing Pina Colada cupcakes – sadly I didn’t take a finished photo of mine for some weird reason I spaced out getting one. ¬†But I have the recipe from Your Cup of Cake – an amazing blog for fun unique cupcakes. ¬†

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This recipe needed a few special items, but none of them were expensive. ¬†I used jam for the ‘strawberry puree’ because I wasn’t going to do that step. ¬†I did however love the coconut milk brand I used.

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While I was shopping I saw this monstrosity though… Marketing/Materialism/Capital proof that the whole ‘baking thing’ has gone over-board. ¬†Shake and pour? :-/

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I also made great leeway on my thesis – I re-outlined the 30ish pages I have and now it’s going to flow so much better. ¬†Still a ways to go, but I have my deadlines in mind and am ready to rock it out!!! ¬†Here is what my workspace looks like daily.

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I managed to get to Target as well and saw these amazing buys…. I wish I was a little kid so the shirt would fit. ¬†I’m still debating if I should just start collecting the monster high girls… I probably should.¬†

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Then Saturday I attended the Evil Soul’s Car Club ‘Carnage’ Car show. ¬†It was great. ¬†There are always so many great vintage, collectible, and unique cars. ¬†There was a Scion with Lambo doors – I guess I’m really lacking with my stock-edition of my xB.¬†

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Me and my partner in crime for the day. ¬†I’m not sure why my top muffin-topped my arm but it was a cute vintage inspired outfit for the day.¬†

Then today I met up with a fabulous friend for some ‘suburbs-fun.’ ¬†Went shopping at quite a few places – I picked up a new denim dress, a HK bento box (photos later), and the BEST a geisha costume for Leopold. ¬†He posed for the picture perfectly!

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A great weekend to prepare me for an entire week of thesis work (with a short break for a tattoo on tuesday!!!). 

 

Last Minute Mini Apple Pies

My other half is finally coming home after a long trip so I thought I’d welcome him with some mini apple pies. ¬†Mini because I got a stellar Chicago pan for Christmas and it makes gifting pies so adorable.

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I rolled out the dough – I used my favorite pate brisee recipe from of course Martha Stewart. ¬†(She has made my pastry adventures so fun.) ¬†I shouldn’t leave out my food processor here either – that ole gal makes a mean dough too.¬†

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I used the shape cutter that comes with the Chicago mini tart pan and my Kuhn pastry cutter to cut the dough for the top in half. ¬†I decided with this batch, I would half cover them and embellish the open side with dough cut-outs. ¬†Also sometimes I think there is too much dough with these little pies (don’t get me wrong the dough is beyond delicious, but you can even have too much of a good thing I guess). ¬†Notice my helper pug Leopold at the bottom of the picture waiting for pieces of granny smith’s and dough to fall off the counter.¬†

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I used my mini Bento cutters to cut out cherry blossoms and these birds – which looked suspiciously more like Batman once I got them into the dough…. After I assembled them I popped them in the oven for about 30 minutes (until the crust is golden brown and the juices are bubbling). ¬†The greatest thing about that Chicago mini pie pan is that it has removable bottoms so the pies/tarts always slide out with absolutely no issue. ¬†

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I’m really excited about a little purchase I made yesterday too.¬†

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Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Set. Look how adorable she is! I can’t wait to start packing my lunches in here. ¬†I guess I’m gonna get sucked into the Bento world after all. ¬†