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New Products, New Style

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It’s well known in my circle of friends and family that I love to crochet. And this means that whenever someone sees an item in a store that is knit or crocheted, they immediately send me a picture in excitement, saying “can you make this!?!”. Invariably I can work something out similar, which is probably just as exciting to me as it is to the person I make it for!  Smile 

Well, this recently happened with my friend going on about an adorable ribbed neckwarmer that closes with ruffled buttonholes. It seemed quite simple, but once I made the item I realized it was an area lacking in my store. I love circle cowls, but haven’t made any open neckwarmers with buttons. Or ruffles!

So I’ve been busting my butt perfecting the pattern and whipping these bad boys up for the store! I’m still searching for just the right buttons, then I’ll take better pics and list the items. But first, here’s a sneak peek at my new products!


I’m focusing on my basic, rich colors. Here are a few Christmas-inspired ones:

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A closeup – see the pretty sparkle in the white/silver? LOVE!

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And I’m busy making more deep winter colors to go with anything!

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I aim to have them in the shop by this weekend!

*Also – keep an eye out for an upcoming announcement regarding this weekend’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales!!

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Homemade Chalkboard Paint

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When we moved into our new duplex, the first thing I loved about it was the HUGE kitchen! Then I noticed the all open cupboards, which was exciting yet terrifying. I don’t have pretty matching glassware for all my cooking and baking supplies, so what was I going to do? Of course, the crafty girl in me had a plan! Smile 

I saved all the mason and glass jars we had to fill with our bulk dry cooking and baking goods.  I could envision creating an eclectic cohesion of these assorted jars by painting the tops black and adding a chalkboard design to the side to label! I could see it already..

In the mean time, this is what my jars looked like: (warning – not pretty!)

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So I took all the lids off (grouped in order so I could put them back on easily) and spread them out on newspaper. After wiping with a damp cloth, they were ready.

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To make the homemade chalkboard paint (which I decided to do on the lids too), you simply mix 1 cup flat latex paint with 2 TBSP of non-sanded grout (which you can find at home depot). Simply mix it all together until mostly smooth. This stuff does slowly get thicker over time, so I would recommend only doing smaller amounts at a time, then making more as you need to for further coats.

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I used a small sponge brush and did a thin coat on the top and sides of the lids. The key is multiple thin layers. Allow the paint to completely dry, then lightly sand with fine grit sandpaper (I used 320) before adding another coat.

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I found my lids to be good after 3 coats. I had some paint left over, so I added a couple vases and did a practice rectangle on a wine jug.

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Lightly sand the finished products and give each piece a quick rub with some white chalk to prime to chalkboard. Wipe with a damp cloth and you are ready to draw!

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Here’s their exposed hideout – doesn’t that look better together already?!

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Just imagine how good they’ll look once they have the sides done up pretty as well.

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For now we just labeled them with chalk on the top, but eventually we’ll label on the side with chalk paints, which won’t wipe off as easily.

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The first couple lids I painted were too thick of layers, which is obvious when trying to write on them. See the difference between my spout seeds (“Sprout Me”) and the wheat berries? Much smoother surface. I have extra lids that I painted so I can switch those out.

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While I was at it, I also painted the lids to my spice rack. Again, these will be much easier to write small and look prettier with the chalk paint pens that we are ordering.

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I tell ya – once you start with the chalkboard paint, it gets addicting! You’ll want to cover everything you own in a chalkboard! Open-mouthed smile  I’ll post a picture when I finish the sides for the overall effect, simply ran out of time today!

Feel free to ask any questions or to share what fun things you chalkboard up!

Funny Dog Video: Living with an English Mastiff

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If you have or like dogs, you must watch this video.. 😀 So cute!

Not Your Usual Christmas decorations..

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Decorate your home with a unique flair this year, all for $25 or less!

Guaranteed to be the talk of your friends and family! 🙂


Christmas Elf. Unusual art b…

$25.00

Funny Christmas Card, Quirky…

$3.00

Dark Green Monster Foot Holi…

$15.00

The Boxer – Mustache Christm…

$6.00

Santa Clauctopus Christmas O…

$15.00

Desperate for Presents – Chr…

$3.50

Christmas Kitsch Santa Cross…

$5.00

Large Gold and Red Beaded Sp…

$11.00

Green Toy Brick Christmas Ba…

$10.00

Nutcracker – GingerDead Goth…

$2.75

BREAKFASTmen Ornament

$12.00

Santa Okra Ornaments

$12.50

Recycled LightBULB Snowman S…

$5.00

MATURE… Christmas Fetish ….

$12.00

kewpie doll head gold glitte…

$13.99

Great White Shark with Chris…

$10.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

Amazing Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti

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Its getting to be that chilly season again, where a cup of coffee is good anytime of the day, and the only thing I can think to make that better (besides adding Bailey’s to that coffee!) is to serve it with homemade biscotti! And boy-oh-boy have I found a delicious recipe for you!

I love switching recipes up, and this one would be so easy mix-and-match ingredients to make your very own yummy biscotti combinations. (My favorite so far is a lemon & white chocolate biscotti.. YUM!)

I found this recipe off Pinterest (oh how I love you), and it is just too good not to share. Its from a website called SkinnyTaste and, though you won’t believe it when  you taste the final product, they are low fat! *She does have a full-fat version for those of you  who don’t think things can taste good without butter.. Smile


 

Double Chocolate Chip Biscotti

  • 1-2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup good quality unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar (you can put sugar in food processor)
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large egg white

Preheat oven to 375°. Line two baking sheet with parchment paper.

Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add chocolate chips and mix. Gradually add eggs and egg whites to the mixture and combine to make a dough. (If dough is too dry add one more egg white)

Divide the dough into two, place on the lined baking sheets and spread in two thin rectangles about 4 inches wide, 1/2 inch tall. Bake 20 minutes.

When cool enough to handle (after about 10 minutes), gently cut the loaves on the angle into 1/2 inch slices (a serrated bread knife works good for this).

Return to the baking sheets fitting as many as you can on their side. You may need to do this in batches. Bake the biscotti for another 3-4 minutes on each side. (less time for if you like it softer)

Makes around 24

 


I made two batches of these, one as described and another minus the cocoa powder. I did have to add an extra egg white to the one with the cocoa powder to get it to stick, but they both turned out amazing! I can’t wait to try more variations of this in the next couple weeks, & I encourage you to do the same! Enjoy!

Someone Else Thinks I’m Cool Too!

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Hello all! I have exciting news – my Etsy store has been featured on a wonderful blog today! It’s a blog I recently started following, but Marissa has fun posts and enjoys sharing the love of new artists (like me!) Smile  Her blog is Sea Flower Studios, and I’d love for you to swing by there and check her out!

 

She also has her own Etsy shop, making seriously gorgeous jewelry! It’s all very elegant and perfect for a Christmas gift (hint..hint!). So feel free to stop by her blog and shop, to share the love she’s shown me!

Elegant Christmas Decor

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I’ve been very into simple, elegant Christmas décor this year. So I gathered a collection that will add a classy Christmas feel to your home.


 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking!

*For the rest of the collection, click here. Enjoy!