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Date Night

Since Mr McDorkins parents are in town, they’ve deemed that we need to go out on dates. Last night, I wanted to come up with a unique idea, since usually our date night consists of Epcot and gorging on anything we can grab. As Baby McDorkins played in the shower, with the pressure on low and a ton of cups, I sat on the toilet and looked up “orlando fl date night”. I actually found a few blogs where people write about their dates in the area and what they thought of them.

My interest meter went up when I saw there was a place to take a culinary lesson. $70. Each. To cook your own food. Ummmmm…The meal they described… you could make it for a fraction of the price. AND I’d much rather sit on my butt, pay half and have someone serve it to me.

The next thing I saw was SO perfect. Chocolate making. I have been craving chocolate with every cell of my body lately!! I called and made a reservation right away!  Since it the address included a suite number, I figured we could walk to a restaurant and back to the shop for dinner. Plus, I was sort of familiar with the area and I knew there was everything under the sun, concentrated.

The chocolate making is at a sort of weird time, 7pm to 9pm. So, we left the house early and since neither of us had a real lunch, we were pretty happy to get our eat on. It was pretty easy to locate and at first we drove along looking at the neighboring businesses and parked so we could look at menus and such.

After walking all the way passed where we began, we decided on Greek Flame Taverna. They had the music cranked up and it looked immaculate inside. We ordered some sparkling water and chose our meals.

The food was really yummy. My dish, the grouper, shrimp and scallops was a little less flavorful than I’d have liked, but it let me enjoy the flavors of each item.  The side dishes were also unbelievable.

We loitered, I drank a hot tea and then we walked over to the chocolate shop. We were a couple minutes early but the guy working there was very nice and showed me where the bathroom was(too much hot tea and seltzer!!) and told us we could sit where we would like. Then we waited a few minutes for the other couple that had a reservation.  They were still tardy so he went on with the demo.

I was wide-eyed and bushy-tailed, watching him. I marched in front of the ingredients like I wanted to be professional about this. Then, we got to work. Peanut butter cups, coconut, nutella, almonds, macadamia, truffles, cookies covered in chocolate and chocolate molds. So. Much. Fun.

It started at 7pm and we left shortly before 9pm.  It was only $29 per couple, 1lb of chocolate comes free and any additional that you make, they charge you a reduced price. We made about 2lbs of chocolate and the cost came to about $46 all together.

Now……PHOTOS!!

The website of this chocolate shop is http://www.farrisandfosters.com/

We went to the Dr Phillips location. I believe all of the locations are central to Orlando, Florida.

Erzulie

I’ve decided a little while back that I’d love to make embroidery wall art to sell in my Etsy shop, but I had no idea what to actually embroider. I am not the best artist, though I should probably just pick up a notebook and start sketching.

 

Anyways, I have been a total nerd and watching an anime, Fullmetal Alchemist lately. I kept thinking, how cool would it be to embroider the alchemy circle, but then I though again. It’s totally got to be trademarked and I don’t want my shop taken down!!  Then I struck gold.

I LOVE Voodoo. Ever since I was little, I thought it was just amazing. I love that movie, The Skeleton Key, even though it’s absolutely terrible. Just the lure of it is overwhelming to me. So I decided to start embroidering the veve of the iwa, spirits.

Erzulie

Each Iwa, or spirit, has a veve, symbol, that you use to call them forth. Usually they are made on a floor or the ground with corn meal and there is ceremony involved, all very secret. I find the veve to be absolutely beautiful. There are a lot of variations of each veve and perfection is not the key!!

I am just waiting for the marker to fade and then I will get the wrinkles out and place them back into the hoop, seal up the back and then I can post it up on my Etsy page!!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CasualFashionQueen

Hand Embroidery….

I’m a noob to hand embroidery…I have done it a handful of times and I haven’t touched my needles for almost a year…but I love to create and I wanted to do something that didn’t include yarn.

PLUS, when I do something, I need to super do it.

You’ve been warned….

Day 1

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day 3

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It is a work in progress and right now, this last photo is where I am. It started as a tracing of a beautiful image of a flamenco dancer I found using google and now it is turning into something much more. I have turned her dress into a rose and I may actually put two in there. I don’t know how it will turn out, since I’m free handing on and off.

It is nice to be so excited for a project and slowly creating something that is beautiful. I don’t think there is nothing better than creating something from nothing.