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The new Sugar & Cloth studio!

April 23, 2014

the new Sugar & Cloth studio!

That’s something I didn’t think I’d ever say, but I am ridiculously excited! I know it kind of seems like it’s out of no where but the new Sugar & Cloth studio is something that’s been in the works for the past few months, I’ve just been too scared to really say it out loud. Somehow it just seals the slightly scary deal whenever you announce things to thousands of people on the Internet… unless that’s how you roll on Facebook on a regular basis, in which case you’re braver than me.

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I work at Smilebooth quite a bit and that includes a decent amount of traveling and events. Since I starting writing and creating here two and half years ago, I’ve only ever done it on the side of a full time job. Along with a lot of sleepless nights and many a coffee to go later, I grew to have a modestly successful little space on the internet with Sugar & Cloth but I never actually had any risk in it. Since I’ve always had a full time job to fall back on that also helped pay for the me to be able to keep S&C up and running, it also made it a lot easier to slack off when I was too tired to write a tutorial or if I’d rather go out for ice cream than plan out new projects.

All of this brings me to the new studio space. It was something I really had to do. As tiring as some moments have been along the last two years and even as uncomfortable as trying to play happy during rough times, I absolutely love getting to create new things to share with you. That seriously is the only reason that has made it all worth while. If I’m going to try my hardest to make Sugar & Cloth into the best it can be, I’ve got to add a little risk to it and a clean, inspiring slate for new DIY’s, workshops, and a place to host all of the pretty inspirations that you see here (that also won’t involve my cat’s little paws in everything).

I’ll be sharing the process of re-doing the space and all of the goodies I’ve got in the works for styling it little by little. If you’re familiar with Houston, the new space is in East Downtown, so be on the look out for local events in the future!

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Eats // Mini Lemon Cheesecake Tarts

April 22, 2014

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photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics

Hi everyone! Did you know it’s National Goat Cheese Month? In honor of this esteemed holiday (or something like that), I bring you mini lemon cheesecake pies with a twist, a goat-cheese twist! Also, I recently went to a dairy farm where I cuddled the most adorable baby goats, and now I’m obsessed…

Tart, creamy and tangy, these mini lemon cheesecake pies are the perfect summer treat and it requires minimal baking (just for the crust). This has to top my most favorite sweet treats, and I hope you’ll enjoy them just as much!

Ingredients:

  • frozen pre-made pie crust
  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 6 oz chevre (goat cheese)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • juice from 2 medium lemons
  • lemon zest

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Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking oil. Then, use a round cookie cutter to cut circles out of the pie crust that are big enough to cover the inside of one mini muffin cup. Bake according to the pie crust directions, or until the crust is golden brown.

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While the crusts are cooling, mix together the goat cheese and cream cheese until blended. Add in the condensed milk, lemon juice, and vanilla until everything it’s mixed together. Pour the cheesecake filling into the pie crusts, then refrigerate for about 4 hours.

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Top with lemon zest and try your best not to eat them all in one sitting! :)

mini lemon cheesecake pies | sugarandcloth.com

nanette wong
photos and recipe contributed by Nanette of Cultural Chromatics

 

DIY // Printable Dessert Coasters

April 21, 2014

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I’m a little sad to admit this, but I totally forgot to share one of the printables from my Easter dessert table. The saddest part is they were one of my favorite elements that Lisa and I worked on together! I guess that’s what I get for trying to cram two weeks into a one week schedule all of the time?

Either way, the DIY printable dessert coasters turned out even better than I had hoped! Lisa totally brought my vision for them to life, and I think they’re a really fun idea for holidays (i.e. Easter, dun dun dun…), birthdays, or even weddings! You can use the heavy card stock coasters to glue them onto to use as disposable dessert plates for cupcakes, cookies, light bites, you name it. Lisa designed three different versions with cake, macarons, and pie on them and the color scheme is subtle enough to fit just about any soiree.

Materials:

DIY printable dessert coasters | sugarandcloth.com

Cut out each one once you’ve saved and printed the coaster designs. Use rubber cement to or a glue stick to glue the printable onto the white coasters and let them dry.

They’re meant to be disposable so you don’t need to use any type of fancy paper, but if you want them to last, use a thick card stock and glossy spray finish to keep them longer.

DIY printable dessert coasters | sugarandcloth.com

If you like the little flags, you can also download those here! I loved using the combination of the too for our styled shoot.

DIY printable dessert coasters | sugarandcloth.com

I hope everyone had a lovely candy filled Easter! In case you follow along on Instagram, I’m still housing the cutest little kittens. Can I blame their cuteness for my lack of work ethic this week until I find them a home? Okay, great!

styling and DIY’s by Sugar & Cloth // photography by Kimberly Chau // desserts by Buttercup // illustrations by Lisa Chow // mint green and white cake stands and bunting c/o Minted // gold flatware and serving utensils West Elm 

DIY // Edible Golden Egg Place Settings

April 18, 2014

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So far this week I’ve learned a few things for sure. One being that coming back to work and real life after a mid-week rendezvous is worse than any Monday, and two, that I can only do pastel colors for so long before I need a little umph in my life and Easter eggs are no exception. As tough as learning those lessons might have been (not really), there are luckily such things as confetti and macarons to make things a bit easier to chew…

Remember my DIY for gold leaf macarons a few weeks ago? Well if you’re in Houston you should know that Sweet is selling special edition gold leaf macaron eggs for Easter! For those of you that aren’t local, you can follow my tutorial to recreate your own.

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