The Great Yearly Bake Off!

I’ve been very busy with schoolwork (man, that sentence is getting old…) and have neglected the blog, but I come with news!

Baking decadent desserts from Pinterest recipes has long been a refuge of mine in days of stress. Looking for a new way to challenge ourselves in a fun and not stressful way, my friend Rony and I came up with a Bake Off 2016 challenge, which we’re going to document over in our new blog: The Great Yearly Bake Off!

We chose 12 themes and each of us chose 12 surprise recipes for the other. Each month is going to begin with unveiling and then we’ll each blog about our experience.

Come over, I think it’s going to be fun!

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Iris Van Herpen rocks my world

We went to see an Iris Van Herpen exhibit today in the Holon Design Museum, a very fine little museum that also looks pretty awesome itself:

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And.. well.. She is amazing and has been one of my favorite designers for a long time now (my current knitting project is inspired by one of her designs actually), so it was amazing as expected. Incredible details, materials, shapes.. basically just one work of art after another. I went photo-happy and all the close ups are just so pretty I have to share the results.

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And this was probably the best one. It’s just amazing up close.

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I have a portfolio!

So I’ve been neglecting this blog, sadly, having no time to stop and document things I’ve been doing. But this weekend with the help of my photographer friend I took photos of my recent projects and uploaded them all to a brand new shiny portfolio online, which I can now share here!

It’s over at http://nogasapir.portfoliobox.me/

Do let me know what you think!

It’s got some knitting stuff, some screen printing, and a few other things.

P.S: The service I’m using, portfoliobox, is AWESOME and highly recommended. I made this really nice and aesthetic site in no time, with ease, for free, and they are nice enough to let you use all the Premium Pro-user-only templates for free for a month! If you’re thinking about uploading any type of creative effort online you should definitely check them out. AND if you set up your account through this invitation from me, you and I will both get 10 more images to our upload limit ;)

Eek!

Holy crap guys, I haven’t posted anything this entire semester! Second year is busy!

I’m going to recap it once the semester ends and I get a bit of time. I have stuff to share! Mostly machine knitting swatches and stuff from the beautiful paper folding class we have, which I’m completely in love with. I promise to come back and share everything. If you feel like it you can catch up with me on the 365 blog, which I still upload photos to daily (well, almost daily..), it’s mostly homework and school photos I end up taking at 23:59 at home these days.

Also, the Etsy shop is doing well!

I’ve had quite a few sales already in the past few months since I opened. I love it, it makes me happy to share geeky love. I just hope I don’t get too swamped with schoolwork to be able to maintain it, I might have to take a break for a few weeks soon. And I plan to restock during break and possibly add some designs. If you have any geeky quote ideas to embroider gimme a shout :)

Picture Heavy Weekend: Skirt Sewing and yummy food making!

A short time after she got back from her honeymoon, Daphna and I got together for a well-planned-ahead weekend of crafting and fooding. She’s recently received an awesome gift for her wedding – a shiny new sewing machine, and ever since I got her hooked on Pinterest we’ve both been drooling over glorious recipes we want to try. And so I drove up to her boyfriend husband’s and hers lovely apartment in Jerusalem for 3 packed days.

On the menu:

Four onions quiche (In Hebrew, sorry. Google Translate is your somewhat illiterate friend)

– Amazing Tabouli salad (Daphna’s family’s recipe. Gotta ask her for that one)

Giant chocolate chip cookie baked in a skillet for dessert

Lemon Ricotta pancakes with black currant sauce for saturday morning breakfast (We couldn’t find blueberries, so – black currants.)

We started Friday morning with fabric shopping downtown and brunch in this cafe:

Jerusalem brunch Tmol Shilshom

Then we went to the market to buy groceries for all the upcoming cooking. It’s crazy busy on Fridays but I got a few good shots (Not around any of the veggies or greens we bought because then we were busy trying to purchase, but of market noms that were everywhere):

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When we got home we rested a bit and then started preparing dinner.

Four onions quiche Bazek Alim

The quiche was awesome and the salad was just so so good. I cannot explain to you how good the salad was for me, who usually doesn’t like too much green stuff. It was just light and lemony and yum, and it offset the heaviness of everything else and made us feel less guilty about all the butter.

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We’ve been fantasizing about the giant chocolate chip cookie all week, and it was amazing. We “accidentally” used too much chocolate and it was melty and crazy and so good with ice cream. We broke down after about a third of it.

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Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

Skillet baked giant chocolate chip cookie

After all this we just had to crash on the sofa for a while, look at beautiful wedding photos (ahem) and watch my favorite brothers living Tuesday over and over:

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(isn’t Daphna’s apartment lovely? look! mini succulents!)

On Saturday morning we made this, and it was as yummy as it looks:

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And then after all the food it was time to get to work!

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We made skirts! We used this tutorial from iCandy Handmade, which adapts MADE‘s tutorial for jersey fabric. Still, the fabric was sort of medium weight and we ended up with a larger opening than we wanted because of its weight, so we shaved off a few inches more from the waistband and gathered the skirt. I really like how it turned out!

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The new sewing machine was lovely and I’m sure Daphna’s going to make beautiful things with it. It was so different from mine – my grandma’s old Singer from the 70’s. The weekend got me itching to go back to sewing so I pulled it out and started working on a blouse using the awesome fabric I got in Jerusalem. It will be ready soon and I’ll be able to show it off here :)

So that was that, it was amazing and fun and a bit tiring. Many thanks to Daphna and Yuval for hosting and keeping me around for so long and putting up with the mess :D It was a great way to celebrate the end of summer break! and we’ll definitely have to do this again, there are many more outrageously fattening recipes on Pinterest.

Daphna’s Wedding Shawl

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I promised photos and here they are! The beautiful bride (I feel like a proud momma) and the white shawl I knit for her wedding day. One of my favorite knitting projects ever, probably. The knitting was fun by itself (I love lace!) but gifting it for Daphna’s special occasion was the best part.

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The pattern is the Swallowtail Lace Shawl (it’s free!), knit in fingering with 4mm needles.

100 followers!

An exciting thing happened just the other day. Upon the Waves got its 100th follower! (Interestingly, my 365 photography blog is just behind with 99!)

To my followers and viewers I’d just like to say, from the bottom of my heart and with a hug –

Upon the waves 100 followers!When I started out, I didn’t dream anyone would actually be interested in my ramblings. I hope you guys are enjoying them, as I have a blast with each post I make. Blogging here has got me excited about things I make, and has given me motivation to work on new ideas. During the school year I post mostly about school and homework, and posting allows me to pause and appreciate how cool this new direction I’ve taken really is.

Thank you so much for sticking with me!

Love,

Noga

DIY pearl bobby pins

Pearl Bobby Pins DIY ~ Upon The Waves

I love this Chanel inspired DIY! I’ve seen this done around the web, with pearl beads and wires, and I believe I’ve found an even faster and easier way. Seriously, this takes 30 seconds to make. A minute and 30 seconds, if you count the time it takes the glue gun to warm up.

You just need flatback half pearl embellishments, found in every craft store, bobby pins and a hot glue gun.

pearl bobby pins DIY ~ Upon The Waves

I discovered there’s an age-old debate on the internet regarding which side of the bobby pin faces down – the wavy one or the flat. I had the glue gun in hand when I paused, “wait a minute, which side faces outward?”. I tested both options on myself and came to the conclusion I wear them with the flat side facing down, and so I glued the pearl on the wavy side. I don’t want to tell you how to wear your bobby pins, that’s between you and your head (ha!), and apparently there are pros and cons for each method (I know, right?) so it’s up to you. Just grab your half pearl, and glue it to the edge of the pin with a drop of hot glue at its base. Let it dry and that’s it! So simple yet so beautiful and elegant.

DIY Pearl Bobby Pins ~ Upon The Waves

I also made some golden ones! I bought a gold nail polish and got a bit excited so I used it to color a few pearls, once I was done with this nails experiment with gold and mint:

Mint and Gold nail polish ~ Upon The Waves

Now that the shop stuff is all done and ready, I’m beginning to get my crafting groove back. I hope to accomplish a few more ideas before the new school year begins and I’ll only be posting about classes again. Watch this space and feel free to follow me on Pinterest or sign up for blog updates via email! All the links are down here at the bottom of the page.

Have a lovely day!

Etsy shop is live!

You guys! How exciting is this? Upon The Waves is officially live on Etsy:

Upon the Waves on Etsy

hours upon hours of crafting and hours upon hours of tv watching and geeking out have finally combined to one hobby to be shared with fellow lovers of geek culture!

Let me know what you think and if you have any quote suggestions!

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

I made these last night for Rosh Hashana dinner, and they turned out too good not to share. It’s a mishmash of recipes adapted into one, since I couldn’t find any apple cupcakes/frosting recipe that wasn’t all about caramel (I’m not a fan).

Apple cupcakes with brown sugar cream cheese frosting (24 cupcakes)

For the Cupcakes:

1 cup sugar

100 gr butter, melted

2 eggs

1/2 cup yogurt

1/2 cup orange juice

2 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

2 large apples, peeled and cut into small cubes

For the Frosting:

170 gr butter, room temperature

350 gr cream cheese

1.5 cups brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

(Butter conversion calculator can found here, gr to oz converter here)

Cupcakes: Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 F). Whip sugar and butter, add eggs and stir until smooth. Add yogurt and orange juice. In a separate bowl mix flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add dry ingredients and apple cubes to the creamed mixture and stir until just combined. Fill cups in an oiled cupcake pan to 3/4 height and bake 12-15 minutes until lightly golden or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes completely cool over a rack before frosting.

Frosting: Mix all ingredients. I put the bowl and the mixer whips in the freezer for a few minutes first. The ready frosting sat in the fridge overnight (although not mandatory, I just hadn’t had any time).

I used a closed flower tip (similar to the 2D Wilton tip) for the rose shape. This was the first time my frosting looked almost pro (and not like a messy heap). All my frosting fears disappeared when I watched this 20 seconds video on how to do it. It really is that easy!

Apple Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting ~ Upon the Waves

Shana Tova!