Sewing Bloggers United for a Meet-up!

On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend my very first sewing blogger’s meet-up in Toronto, ON in Canada.  I made Cake Pops for the first time, for everybody.  They were a lot of fun to make, and I’m going to include the recipe at the end of the post.Cake Pops

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow (who also made everybody colour coordinating name-tags!) and Adrienne from All Style and All Substance instigated (organized) this fantastic event for us, there were 18 of us in total, and I’ve linked to everybody in this post!  We all met up in the Fashion District, at Queen Street West and Spadina Avenue and carried on to visit fabric stores in the area.Sewists at the Blogging MeetupLeft to Right:  Andi from How Unseamly; Kristian from Victory Patterns; Dana from Wardrobe Dysfunction; Adrienne from All Style and All Substance; Sarah from Pattern Vault; Anastasia, sewist.Sewists on Queen StreetFrom Left to Right:  Vicki from Another Sewing Scientist; Sandra, JustSew; Chloe from Button and Needle;  Reethi from Weekend Crafting; Tracey, sewist; Debbie from Sew Debbie; Jagoda, FitNottoFit (in front).

Me, walkng alongside Queen W mural

Yours truly, walking alongside a mural on Queen St. W.

After this, we all met up at Tequila Bookworm, to eat, drink, exchange sewing stashes and be merry.  And we accomplished all of the above, with gusto!All of us around the tableFour people at the front, from left, Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow; Kay from Gently Down the Seam; Cathy from Seraphinalina and Kristin from K-Line.

Many of the attendees wore items that they had sewn themselves and it was such a thrill to see it all in person.

Everybody's Sewing Stashes on the Table

Everybody’s sewing stashes laid out on the table, waiting for the big exchange

Sewing Stuff I Brought

Sewing Stuff I Brought

Cake Pops

And Cake Pops

Vultures Sifting Through Stashes

Vultures Sifting Through Sewing Stashes.  Me, on the right, double-fisted with sewing loot! 🙂

Stuff I Got

Fabulous Stuff I Got

Thank you to everybody for coming out and making the day so successful.  I had a blast and enjoyed meeting and chatting with all of you!

Recipe for Cake Pops

Ingredients: (makes 20 pops)

  • Cake mix (either make your own cake or use your favourite mix)
  • 1 box instant pudding and pie filling mix
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk / almond milk / soy milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup Icing (make your own or use your favourite ready-to-use icing)
  • 1 packet flavoring for icing (I used strawberry)
  • 3 bags Candy Melts (cocoa, pink and white)
  • Cake decorating sprinkles (in a variety of coordinating colours)
  • 20 lollipop sticks

Instructions:

  1. In large bowl, combine cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, milk or milk substitute and oil.  Beat with mixer for 2 minutes and pour into a prepared 9 X 13 inch pan.
  2. Bake 30 – 35 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  3. Divide cake in half and use only half for cake pops.  Crumble cooled cake into crumbs with no large pieces remaining.
  4. Add flavour packet to icing, and add 1/2 cup icing slowly to crumbs, combining until mixture forms like a dough.  Form into tablespoon size balls, rolling in your hands until smooth.
  5. Refrigerate cake balls for 2 hours.
  6. IMG_3396Melt Candy Melts in separate small bowls until smooth.  Dip one end of lollipop sticks into candy melts and then insert into the cake balls.
  7. Wait until lollipop stick in cake pops have firmed, then dip cake pops into melted Candy Melts, varying the colours and layers.
  8. While Candy Melt mixture is still wet on cake pops, dip into cake decorating sprinkles.  Wait for Candy Melt mixture to dry on cake pops.
  9. Eat.Cake Pop