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How do you draw fluff? I don’t know these things.

This is for Cara, commissioned by Daunt!! Both are most fab ladies and I felt bad for taking so long and ended up going beyond a sketch, ah haha;; She asked for Derek and Stiles, or Stiles and a puppy. All dogs are puppies no matter what age or size okay. All dogs.

I have this dumb headcanon now about Derek and Stiles adopting a big ol’ Newfoundland (who I’ve been calling Herodotus in my head, eep). If the fact that both of them may be mildly aquaphobic now and Newfies are known for being good swimmers and are used for water rescue, no one brings it up (to their faces, at least)

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Help Offset Cara's Medical Bills

As many of us on Tumblr know Cara McGee (aka areyoutryingtodeduceme) was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. Cara is well known on tumblr for her fan art, delicious fandom tea blends, and hilarious shout-y recipes. 

In high school Cara was diagnosed with Chron’s Disease. Because she is uninsured she’s been unable to receive treatment for the past few years. After she was admitted in the ER it was discovered that Cara has a tear in her small intestines. She’s currently being treated with antibiotics and steroids in the hopes of avoiding surgery. Happily, as of the time of writing this, it looks like Cara will be able to go home tomorrow.

Unfortunately she will be going home with a pile of medical bills thanks to the healthcare system in the US. As someone who is chronically ill I know how fast the costs of treatment can pile up. Without insurance those costs can quickly become a mountain of debt.

I’m asking everyone, as both friends and fans of Cara and her work, to consider making a donation to help offset the cost of those medical bills. I’ve set the goal at $1,000 but every dollar really does make a difference. If we can meet that goal (or even exceed it) that would be amazing, but any money raised will make a difference.

Cara has spent a lot of time making art and yummy teas for various fandoms, from Sherlock to Teen Wolf to The Hobbit. She organizes free tea parties around the country for fans to meet up and discuss the shows and characters they love and travels to countless cons. It’d be amazing if we could give back to her, especially now.

Any questions? Feel free to drop me a line on tumblr.

Even if you can’t afford to donate please, please, reblog, tweet, anything to help spread the word!

I know some people have also wanted to send her get well cards and the like. Cara posted her P.O. Box information on her tumblr yesterday. It is:

Cara McGee

PO Box 13301 

Atlanta, GA 30324

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So my lovely sister convinced my parents to purchase the tea set used in The Reichenbach Fall as a REALLY NICE graduation present. I’m still crying. Apparently each tea set is hand made by the company when they get an order, it’s bone china and jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Inaugural brew was the Moriartea by Cara, and we were watching Belgravia (my sister managed to capture a really spectacular Bonkyhort face).

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Cara McGee is a graduate of SCAD where she spent many years learning how to draw comic books. She now puts that knowledge to use creating fandom based tea blends because why not, life is weird like that. She still enjoys comics and draws them frequently, and most of them concern food. You may have seen her crying over Sherlock and other fandoms and pushing tea on her tumblr.​

We are thrilled that Cara will be joining us as both a panelist and in the Artists Alley! She’ll be doing many art panels at the convention as well as a tea-making panel! Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, she’s also making the convention poster for this year. WOOT!

 

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Cara got her hospital bill today. Let's keep showing how amazing fandom can be!

Today Cara shared on tumblr that her final hospital bill comes to over $15,000 dollars. As far as I know that does not include yesterday’s hospital visit and is instead just for the original three day stay.

This website, with your incredible support, has managed to help raise over $3,000 dollars for Cara so far. Everyone from fellow fans, to friends, to other tumblr users suffering from chronic illnesses have come together to show support for one of our own.

Tomorrow, the 12th, is Cara’s birthday. Because she’s been so sick lately she’s unable to follow her original birthday plans to go to NYCC and attend a live recording of Night Vale.

Wouldn’t it be an amazing birthday gift if we could continue to donate and help her pay for her hospital bills? If you’ve donated the first time around, thank you so much. If you’re able to donate again, or donate now when you couldn’t before, that would be amazing. But even if you can’t donate please, please, please keep reblogging to help spread the word!

As with the first time if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

The wall had it coming.

Bored.

BORED!

Bored! Bored.

This cake is my tribute to BBC’s Sherlock, my absolute favorite show that I have ever had the pleasure to watch.

Six themed layers inspired by the first six episodes and my slow descent into obsession.

The damask wallpaper is all hand carved from chocolate, as are most of the decorations.

(The blood on the bloody apple, is of course Mark Gatiss’s own recipe)

This cake, which I lovingly call my “Sherlock monstrosity”, took 2 years of sketches and 3 days to make. It was utterly worth it.

Thank you, BBC, cast, crew, and actors. Thank you, Sherlock fans and fandom. You have truly been an enormous inspiration for me over the past three years, and I owe you so, so much.

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This summer my friend and I have been going to a pottery place to paint pottery.  The last time we went I saw this tea dispenser and just had to make a Tardis!  I just got it back today and am absolutely in love with it.  To make things even better I just bought a box of Doctor Who tea samples from Cara, and they fit perfectly!  

I can’t wait to have this in my dorm with me!

i made cupcakes and reichenbach recovery frosting

reichenbach recovery tea: x

vanilla cupcake recipe: x

reichenbach recovery buttercream:

2 2/3 cups powdered sugar
8 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons Reichenbach Recovery Tea + 3 tablespoons boiling water

directions:

allow tea to steep in boiling water for 10-20 minutes

whip together icing sugar and butter until light, pale and fluffy (3-4 minutes)

add tea to frosting. mix well.

Hey, I just made a cookie jar filled with heaven and that heaven is called “Daddy Never Loved Me Surprise”, or alternately, “Dean Tea Cookies”

Now personally I didn’t find them that great but I made 2 batches 2 days ago (about 70-something cookies) and I only have 1 cookie left, which  would be the cookie pictured above.

That’s how frigging great these cookies are.

Now I got this tea from Zoe, my fantabulous friend of many talents, and she purchased it in Cara McGee’s shop. I got it around January and I still had half a bag left so I didn’t quite know what to do with it since the warmer days are coming here, and then I thought, “Well damn, everyone loves cookies.”

And wa-la! Cookies were made

You’ll need these ingredients:

¾ cup granulated sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
1 cup softened butter (margarine can be substituted)
1 egg
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
Dean Tea

~*optional*~
1 cup coarsely chopped almonds

You’ll want to start steeping the tea about an hour before you start. I’d advise using 1 tablespoon with 75ml (¼ cup) of water or less, since potency helps the cookies keep the flavor and consistancy you want.

Once an hour has passed, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and mix the sugars, butter, and egg. Then stir in the flower, baking soda, and salt (the dough will be very stiff) and lastly, stir in the almonds and a splash of the tea (remember to not let the cookies get too sticky or they’ll flatten out too much in the oven!)

Drop the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet in tablespoon-sized balls about 2" apart from eachother. Bake about 8-10 minutes.

Soon, you’ll have cookies so delicious you’ll almost forget that Sam forgot to bring the pie!