Monday, December 14, 2015

I love cookies

Today is very different than yesterday-it is cold, clammy and dreary-that is not to say it is a BAD day just different-I actually like this kind of day-makes me want to curl up with a good book, a cup of tea, the fireplace on and OH YES COOKIES-I loooove cookies but of course I would have to make some so here is what I will  make today:

Cranberry Orange Almond Shortbread Cookies
makes 4 dozen(I will be doubling that)
Cook for 20minutes at 325 degrees

1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioner's sugar(powdered)
3/4 t almond extract
1/2 t salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 T orange zest
2/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted
1/3 cup dried cranberries chopped
Place butter, powdered sugar, almond extract and salt in a bowl of a stand mixer and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes. Turn mixer to low and gradually add flour and orange zest. Mix until dough forms. Stir in the almonds and cranberries with a spatula. Pat dough into a ball and then form into a log shape about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze until firm about 2 hours. Remove the dough from the freezer and slice into 1/4 inch rounds. Place on a cookie sheet-1 inch apart- lined with parchment paper. Bake 20 minutes just until the edges start to turn golden. Let cool for about 5 minutes before removing cookies from the cookie sheet or they will crumble. These are delicate until they are completely cool.

Ok so have fun if you decide to make them and be sure to take some ME time with tea and freshly made cookies-toodles until whenever ---Cynthia

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Beautiful Sunday

It's Sunday-It's beautiful-Warm and Sunny-Did I say December-I wish I could find a place where it was like this all year round-about 57 degrees-no humidity-whow would that be a crowded place- Anyway just thought I'd give another peak at what's to come in 2016-have to make a decision on which show to apply to for Spring and Fall-then on to Zapp to send in the applications --so here is a picture or two-don't forget to comment and let me know what you like (or don't)check out etsy and shophandmade--all good!!

This is a beautiful nuno felted silk scarf -light pink with hot pink dogwood flowers and yellow centers. Light green leaves. They are done with merino wool and the scarf is so light and measures 9 x 65. The cost is $125 and can be purchased from the etsy store--Cynthiaandcolimited/etsy/.com or send me a message on my web

Saturday, December 12, 2015

New Work

Ok-so I know it's been a long time since I last wrote and I don't have a good excuse except that life has gotten in the way so many times-I think I have a little of the s.... worked out and I promise to make regular posts from now on. That said I am excited that a new year is upon us-2016-did I say 2016-I can't believe how fast time goes-I have been working hard to get my new work ready for the craft shows-Spring of 2016 will be an awesome time-I have designed new felt jackets, sinamay hats, beautiful scarves, beaded bracelets and some  beautiful copper necklaces done in repousse and embellished with crystals and beads. Each time I post I will try to give you a peak at something new-When I get my show schedule together I will post it so you can come and visit in person-If you can't come I will have items on my etsy store(www.cynthiaandcolimited/etsy/.com) and on a new site which is Here is the first posts:
Lavender felt earring with purple beads $22
Lemon yellow felt earrings with orange tips and yellow beads $22
Lime green felt earrings with seafoam and dark green beads $22

Rust colored felt earrings with turquoise beads $22