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likes: clever tools, snazzy colors, working for justice, kid wrangling, Meyer lemons

dislikes: inefficiency, civil discovery, most shades of purple, Tori Amos

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Strawberries and Cream Crumble: Dessert Three Ways

  © 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage IndustrialistQuick recap: last Sunday was a casserole of fail* on the cooking and crafting front. You may remember that I burned dessert. When you see how easy this dessert is, you will know just how off my game I was.

It's strawberry season here in South Carolina, and this week my son got to go to one of my favorite local farms with his class to pick strawberries. He came home with two pints of lovely, freshly picked, and minimally-smushed-by-and-eager-four-year-old strawberries. And so I set about to redeem myself from last week.

Will our heroine stage a comeback? Will she share the recipe? You'll never know unless you keep reading . . .

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First we take the shoes, then we take a nap*

*with sincerest apologies to Leonard Cohen.

© 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist

So. I now own a pair of sneakers adorned with my own patterns. Now, back in middle school, I would've gotten whomped for drawing all over my Keds. But now that I'm all grown up, the look is totally en vogue. I uploaded my designs to Zazzle.com and had them made into some sweet lo-top Pro Keds—can you believe this is possible?! Anyone can upload a design for their own shoes, so long as the copyright isn't held by someone else, and you have total control over every element of the design. Beyond cool.

But wait! Want some nifty kicks but don't know a pixel from a pica? I went on a shoe-designing kick this weekend—my insomnia and carpal tunnel is your gain: I give you the Cottage Industrialist Zazzle shop. Clever name, no? Yeah, well. Anyhoo, go have a look-see, just for fun!

My nifty new shoes arrived last Friday evening, thanks to an incredibly dogged Fed Ex man who actually called me on my cell phone (!) to find out where he should leave my shoes since I wasn't home and he'd already attempted delivery earlier in the day. I should have come home, put on my new kicks, and quit while I was ahead for the weekend.

Wherein I ignore the gentle whisper of the universe . . .

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Look, Ma, I sewed!

© 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist
For someone as fabric-obsessed as I am, I don't do nearly as much sewing as I'd like. Halloween costumes, the occasional pillow, and that's about it.

But I've had two yards of my sakura red fabric staring at me for months now. The time had come. My husband and son were handling Mother's Day breakfast, and I had the house to myself for three (!) hours. Thanks, boys!

I knew I wanted to make an apron, but I couldn't find a pattern online that suited what I had in mind--something a little old-fashioned, sort-of pinafore-y, but NOT a halter. I was not built for halters, folks.

Continue reading for more fabric-y goodness, lessons learned, and a confession . . .

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Aaargh! Pirate Birthday Party & Free Printables

Updated on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 8:19AM by Registered CommenterCameron Blazer

Pirate Ship Cupcakes © 2010 Cameron Blazer // Cottage Industrialist 

Pirates are kind of a big thing with my son, and he's lucky—he lives in a town by the water where real pirates once docked.

A few weeks ago, when my son had spring break, I took the day off from work, and he and I spent the morning at Charles Towne Landing, which has a working replica of a 17th century cargo vessel docked in the marshy edges of the Ashley River. At first, fearful that real pirates might be aboard, my son was hesitant to climb aboard, but after assurances that there were no Blackbeards or Captain Hooks in sight, he had a blast, steering the ship, pumping the bilge, and ordering me to "up anchor!" I had a great time, too, and I took a boatload of pictures. The beautiful ship against the brilliant blue spring sky planted the seed for a pirate birthday party.

Continue reading if you dare, matey...loads of free pirate printable booty await!

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Earth Day Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Earth Day Giveaway. Your reaction overwhelmed all of us who participated, and your kind comments* mean the world to me.

The random number generator has spoken, and the winner is Shannon, of Anodyne Design, who wrote: 

Your fabric designs are gorgeous! I think I might use the fabric to make pillows, so I can enjoy the print every day. :)

Shannon chose to receive 1 yard of the Tiles fabric and 1 yard of the Salon fabric, both in the Rainbow Sherbet colorway from my Ice Cream Social collection. I can't wait to see what you'll do with the fabric, Shannon!

* I read every single comment, and I checked out every single blog or website y'all listed--what a lovely way to meet so many lovely people!

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