Archive | November, 2012

Sending Some Christmas Spirit

30 Nov

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Local Holiday Picks: HodgePodgeChic

25 Nov

Today is Small Business Saturday. Nothing speaks truer of the American spirit to me then the mom and pop stores now translated into out of the home shops. If you’re looking for one of a kind items or something more unique spend some time on Etsy.

If you love vintage items, I highly encourage you to go check out HodgePodge Chic. Started by a friend, she sells vintage finds, jewerly, and homemade art. Very cute and afforadable stuff. I recently bought a Dahiler Tea tin from her and it was adorable and in great condition.

Check her Etsy shop out here and like her on Facebook.

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale

23 Nov

Check out the shop the end of this week to mark off some Christmas gift items. Black Friday is always crazy so get out and shop, our sale will go on through the 30th.

Local Holiday Picks: Nature’s Love

21 Nov

 

It’s that time of year. With Black Friday only a few days away, I’m entering into gift list mode. I’ve always made it a tradition to make my gifts but sometimes you simply run out of ideas. I love to support my friends and local businesses. When you buy from a small business, you aren’t just purchasing a unique item, you’re also helping out your community. One friend of mine started a natural products company this year cause Nature’s Love.

Nature’s Love features homemade body scrubs, lotions, deodorants, and lip balms. I purchased an Oatmeal facial scrub several months ago and really like how soft it makes my skin feel. On top of everything being eco-friendly, affordable, and divine smelling, I take comfort in knowing that what I’m putting on my body isn’t loaded down with chemicals. She also makes a mean Chocolate Turtle.

Check out Nature’s Love Products on Etsy and Facebook. You can order from either and if you’re interested in a certain type of skin product, just message her. She’s super friendly and sweet.

Anthropologie Inspired Snow Globes

20 Nov


I know you’ve probably seen this floating around on Pinterest. Leave it to the genius of Anthropologie to create something so simple, yet magically beautiful. These snow globes are incredibly cheap, easy to make, and transform any space into a magical snowy wonderland. Plus they’re great for all winter long so you can decorate and leave it out through the cold winter months.

What you’ll need:

– Fake trees: I bought a pack of varied sizes at Hobby Lobby for about 3 bucks. They came with snow on them. I also had a friend tell me she found larger ones for a dollar at the Dollar Store.
– Fake snow: Also bought at Hobby Lobby, but I’m sure you can find it almost anywhere there is Christmas decor.
-Varied sizes of Mason jars or glass jars: Let you imagination run wild. I cleaned out my fridge and kept the glass jars. These look best in a grouping with different sizes. You can buy Mason jars, or you can paint the lids of salvaged glass wares or you can use an apothecary jar if you have some.
– Other woodland items: I personally didn’t do this but I have seen them with little foxes and such added. Real cute.
– Hot glue gun
– Paint: (only if you need to cover up a lid or want all the bases the same color)

Here’s the skinny:

Pre-step: If you’re going to paint the lids, do this first and let dry.

1. Decide which trees will go into which jars.

2. Put about a spoonful of fake snow into each jar, this will vary to size. The larger the jar the more the snow. Note: I put a very little amount in each one. It doesn’t take much but you can always add or take away.

3. Hot glue the trees to the inside base of the lid. Screw on lid and invert the jar.

4. Step back and admire. If you want more snow, add it. If you want less, take some out. If your trees are sitting sorta low in the jar you can hot glue them to a block or rock first to give them height and then glue that to the lid, just add more snow to cover up the riser.

Homemade Oreos + Free Printables

16 Nov

Photo Credit: My Kitchen Addiction

My boyfriend is addicted to Oreos. I admit they super tasty. But if you buy a package, you must completely consume them in one sitting right? Since tomorrow is his birthday, I decided to give this recipe for homemade oreos a try. My goal was to show you these adorable cookies packaged up with my free cookie topper printable. But…the cookie ended up a mess. Mostly because my patience gave out on me and I put the icing on way too soon and it melted everywhere in a sticky ooey goodness. They were tasty, but they weren’t quite pretty so I opted not to show that part. But here’s the recipe from My Kitchen Addiction plus free printable cookie bag toppers. I halved the recipe for a personal size amount.

Homemade Oreos*
(Makes approximately 3 dozen)

For the cookies:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, whisked to remove any lumps

 

Begin by preparing the cookies.  Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well incorporated.

Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on the lowest speed.  Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.

Divide the dough in half, and shape into two discs.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.  Set aside.

Taking only one portion of dough out of the refrigerator at a time, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough to 1/8 – 1/4-inch thickness.  Use a cookie cutter (approximately 2 inches in diameter) to cut out cookies and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the filling.  Combine the softened butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.  The mixture may be a bit lumpy, but will come together.  Add the powdered sugar gradually, approximately 1/2 cup at a time, until the filling comes together.  It will be slightly stiffer than a cupcake frosting.

Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  Pipe the filling onto half of the cookies, and top with the remaining cookies to form cookie sandwiches.

*Recipe and directions from My Kitchen Addiction.

To package up, place cookies in a sandwich ziplock bag. Print out cookie-topper and fold over top. Stable to bag.

Temple Holiday Market

15 Nov

Last Saturday I participated in a local craft fair at my home church. It was a long time coming but I think the whole event turned out wonderfully. I wore two hats for this event. I proposed the idea initially to the Women’s Group at Temple Assembly back in March. It had been on my heart to create a fun community event that gave back locally. I love craft fairs but to be a vendor about breaks the bank. The idea was to offer small vendors the opportunity to have a booth at an affordable price. The Women’s Group was all in so we spent the year planning, designing, and marketing the event. What appeared doubtful with 3 vendors the beginning of October blossomed to a full gym of unique and talented people. With the ball rolling, I through in my lot to be one of the vendors. Stress overload! But worth it.

Cozies and Calendars

My very sweet and talented boyfriend came out to help me. He also built that calendar display, which acquired more interest then anything else. I think I know who might have a booth next year. The cozies and calendars make wonderful gifts. The cozie makes a nice simple gift for coffee lovers. I slip a Starbucks gift card between the sleeve and it is the cutest bundle.

Art Prints and Owl Card

I found some old crates at a local flea mall. They were awesome to use for display to hold my prints and cards. Plus how cute will they be holding my magazines in my house when I’m not at a craft show?

I also had a very extensive Christmas selection. It’s my favorite time of year. That wrapping was inspired by Anthropologie wrapping that I posted as part of my So Doable Holiday ideas. It was so easy. I followed a pom pom tutorial, added a tag, and painted gold polka dots to simple packaging paper.

Other exciting news: My christmas card has made it’s third appearance this week. It was included on, Oh So Beautiful Paper this morning.