Hi, I’m Jamie

A vintage loving maker with a total sweet tooth. I wear lipstick, patterns, costumes and a whole lotta hats. I like to do one too many things at all times, and share the results right here. Stay, and you’ll see recipes, personal style, DIYs, and more. Sound good? Hooray! I’m so happy you’re here!

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Yosemite Weekend

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

We’re back from Yosemite! Did I forget to mention we were leaving? It was just a quickie weekend getaway to one of the most beautiful places on earth. We stayed in a gorgeous Chalet inside the park with forest views all around us. Every morning we sipped our coffee on our balcony and let the caffeine and crisp mountain air wake us. After a big pancake breakfast, we’d head out to the valley floor to hike the day away. Title

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

Saturday was our longest hiking day and possibly hardest workout of my life. We had read about the most beautiful hike in the Sierras in Sunset Magazine and decided to do it. If it’s in Sunset, how hard could it be? Hard. Very very hard. Sunset magazine led us astray. Either that or we got lost. We totaled 13 miles that day and my muscles have yet to recover. I feel like I’m back at soccer camp where we all tied bags of ice to our calves and couldn’t get out of bed in the morning without falling over. All the Tiger’s Balm in the world couldn’t save me. On the plus side, it feels like we were hiking for a week, so we definitely got the most out of our limited time in Yosemite.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

These are some of my favorite photos from the park. I got to see changing leaves, giant pinecones and the coolest lime moss ever. Though we hiked to some of the big bad waterfalls, I was already losing steam at that point and didn’t snap any awe-inspiring photos. Plus there were dozens of tourists. You can't see it, but to take that one shot of Vernal Falls Nick and I held up a huge line of angry, tired people. Thankfully most of our hike was off the beaten path- just us and the forest. It was lovely! Here’s hoping you had an equally exciting weekend. Now please excuse me while I plop my limbs in a bucket of ice.

Yosemite Weekend- Paint the Gown Red

So This Happened...

So This Happened... -Paint the Gown Red

A few weeks ago Kelly asked if I’d be interested in modeling a Halloween costume for an upcoming shoot for Balloon Time. Um, YES! Do you even have to ask? No you do not. So a few days later I headed out to Studio DIY HQ for the best day EVER! I got my hair and makeup done (that hasn’t happened since prom) ate a cupcake, and pranced around making faces of confusion to accompany my Huh? thought bubble balloon. This right here is a classic Jamie face…and it really gets me. If you only knew how often I make this face in style shoots. It’s shocking. Well I guess the secret’s out now! And guess what? There’s more where that came from! Kelly created 9 different DIY balloon costumes and they’re all awesome. So head to Balloon Time to see the full tutorials… and find out what other neat faces I can make.

So This Happened... -Paint the Gown Red

Photos: Mary Costa Photography for Studio DIY

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

So an apple pie and a cinnamon roll had a baby… and we’re all in trouble. With four separate components, filling, frosting, sauce and dough, they are so not your average buns. These caramel apple cinnamon rolls are the real deal. And one of the most decadent desserts I’ve ever made. I urge you to make these with serious intention. Take them to a party or bring them to the office, but whatever you do, do not keep them in your fridge and eat them for breakfast all week! Are you listening?! Cinnamon rolling is a deliciously real and dangerous thing. Of course, I speak from experience. Ok, now that you’ve been warned, lets do this thing!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast {use the fast acting kind!}
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 4 1/2-5 cups all purpose unbleached flour

For the Filling:

  • 4 medium granny smith apples
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup prepared caramel sauce (I used this recipe)

For the Fosting:

  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup prepared caramel sauce + more for drizzling

Directions

In a large bowl, pour in water, yeast and 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. Stir and proof 5 minutes. Once mixture looks bubbly and frothy, pour in remaining sugar and salt. Stir on low for 15-20 seconds. In a small bowl, measure buttermilk, oil and egg and whisk together. Pour egg mixture into water and yeast mixture. Stir another 20 seconds in the mixer. Pour 2 cups of flour into mixer and stir on low until incorporated. Sprinkle flour in by 1/4 cup increments until dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Dough should be sticky but not sticky enough to stick to your hands when touched. Once it has reached this stage, turn mixer on and knead for 5 minutes. Remove dough from bowl, grease and replace back into same mixing bow. Cover with plastic wrap and a dish towel. Rise 1-2 hours or until dough has doubled in size. Once dough has doubled in size, punch down and roll out to be 24x16 rectangle. Spread caramel sauce over entire surface of dough. Spread cooked apples over the caramel sauce evenly. Roll up lengthwise and cut into 12 even rolls. Place rolls into a greased baking pan. Cover gently with plastic wrap and rise another hour or two to double in size. Bake rolls at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until they have browned and are cooked thoroughly.

For the Filling: peel, core and dice apples. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Melt butter, then add in apples, sugar and cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until apples are tender, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.

For the Frosting: While rolls are baking, make the frosting. Simply whip all ingredients together until light and fluffy. Once rolls come out of oven, cool 5 minutes, then smother generously with frosting, than drizzle with caramel sauce. Serve warm and enjoy! (Original)

Hey Punkin

Hey Punkin- Paint the Gown Red

Howdy friends! Was everyone able to catch my guest post on The Flying Clubhouse Monday? If so, today’s post might look a little familiar…but it’s not the same! Though this is the same pumpkin patch photoshoot, these are different photos then the ones I posted Monday. (mostly) So if you wanna see the whole entire pumpkin enchilada, pop on over to The Flying Clubhouse!

Hey Punkin- Paint the Gown Red

It was very sunny when I took these photos, which is half of the reason why I spent most of the shoot hiding under my floppy hat. The other half is the simple fact that hiding under a floppy hat is a really fun thing to do. It’s a bit like when you’re a kid and theorize that if you can’t see anyone, they can’t see you. Floppy hats are invisible capes for stylish grownups. If you don’t already own a hat of floppy proportions, you probably should.

Hey Punkin- Paint the Gown Red

Dress ModCloth, Boots DV, Purse Vintage, Hat Arden B.

DIY Eyeball Jawbreakers

Potions are a’ brewing. Zombies are awakening. Ghosts are washing their sheets. It’s almost time! And today eye have a spooky DIY that will make your jaw drop. Say hello to my little friends- jawbreaker eyeballs! Put a bowl of these out at your Halloween gathering and wait for the swarm. Seriously. When was the last time you had a jawbreaker? I think I was 10. With a quick brush of an edible pen, turn this nostalgic treat into the best, creepiest thing on your Halloween table... of terror. Mwahaha! Wanna see how it's done? Come on Eyeleen!

Materials

  • Jawbreakers
  • Edible Markers

Directions

Begin by drawing a black pupil in the center of your jawbreaker. Outline the pupil in red. Finally add red veins on the sides of the eyeball to make it even more realistic and terrifying. Repeat this process with each jawbreaker. Place eyeballs in glass jar for all to see!