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Dala horse obsession

I don’t know when I first started to like dala horses, but there is something very charming about the simple shape, and the colours used to decorate them. They are a traditional Swedish symbol or emblem, which (according to Wikipedia) started as a simple wooden carved horse made for children to play with.

I like the simple horse shape, which lends itself well to various craft techniques. Which leads me to a problem – which do I choose to make first? A beaded dala horse is probably beyond my skills (probably – ha!). Felt was an obvious choice, but it has also been done (rather well):

Felt dala horse wall hanging by lovahandmade
I am tempted to give embroidery another bash (it’s more of a colder season craft to me), so I might give this pattern a try:
Or maybe something like this:

Then there are tutorials about making block prints, which look fantastic, but I fear require more skills than are at my disposal:
These are also available to buy though:

So now I’m thinking either dala horse biscuits – maybe gingerbread, with icing decorations….oh.

Maybe I’ll make something with shrink plastic instead then…

A moderately successful baking session

I got it into my head that I needed to make some cupcake toppers – I have some ideas in mind. And of course, I needed cupcakes to try them out on, so I searched for some recipes and found this one. I love lemony cakes, so they sounded ideal. We went shopping this morning, and of course, there were no poppy seeds. Apparently they’re not a regular baking ingredient. Oh well. So, I went ahead and baked the cakes without them. And it was only once the cakes were in the oven that I realised I hadn’t even started making the toppers. So, let’s just consider these as a trial run, shall we?

I am slightly impressed with my icing skills, especially as I made the icing too early, and then was too impatient to wait until the cakes were completely cool which meant that the icing was very soft. The cakes taste goooood though. More baking next weekend, as the Husbinator wants some chocolate cakes.

Until then, here are a few cupcake finds to tide us over.