Friday, November 28, 2008
So in keeping the spirit of the award,
I have nominated the following fabulous blogs:
Daydream Art Studios
2) Place a link to the person from whom you received the award
3) nominate 7 exceptional blogs to receive the award
4) put the links to those blogs on your blog
5) leave a message on their blogs to tell them they are the chosen ones!
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
and the deals they will have!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I just love saying that name, Skwigga-zine, it's fun. And so is the site. I ran across it one day after a fellow etsyblogger said they had an article there. I started looking around and decided to stay. It was my first non-etsy, non-craftster group I joined. If you are an entrecard user, there is a great list of users for regular dropping. They have all sorts of groups, like the blog and entrecard group I became a part of. You can post your own blog posts, take part in discussions and there is even a marketplace to go shopping.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
(3 stone design)
1 cup onion, chopped (about 1 large)
1 pound chicken breast halves without skin, cooked & shredded (about 2 cups)
1 cup granny Smith apple, peeled & chopped (1 medium)
1 cup stewed tomatoes, or 1 can
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons raisins
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chipotle chiles canned in adobo, minced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1. In a medium nonsticket skillet over medium heat, saute the onions until lightly browned.
130 Calories; 1g Fat (7.3% calories from fat); trace Sat fat; 18g Protein; 12g Carbohydrate; 2g Dietary Fiber; 42mg Cholesterol; 91mg Sodium.
Friday, November 21, 2008
My real notepad is not large enough for my to-do list. So I'm doing it here :)
I am not even sure where to begin - so prioritizing will come later...feel free to throw in your 2 cents on what should go first.
Correction...what comes after the more obvious firsts: fix dryer so it does not almost catch fire again (like I said, obvious first) and complete custom purse order (going out for remaining supplies later today so i can finish it this weekend...unless dryer does catch fire next time)
- finish already cut purses
- organize sewing supplies
- rearragne sewing area into ex-dining room
- buy and set up wireless internet so computer can be used in new sewing area, since that is where the computer is now
- find new location for computer (perhaps swap with current sewing area in family room...the teen could never look at something inappropriate then :)
- update bookwork in excel
- update Quicken and find money for Xmas
- clean and unclutter basement to make way for winter playroom pnt (post new toys)
- blog daily (okay, that one is reoccuring, so can't be voted on)
- fix broken kitchen cupboard
- fix both (and only) light to upstairs/bedroom ... table lamp works - woo hoo!
- purge hubby's clothes that are too sad to survive
- find new location for fabric...someplace I can easily go through it
- breathe & sleep
- get artisans to interview for blog
- come up with at least 10 treasury ideas for other blog
- clean teen's room enough to fit new hamster in there somewhere
Ok, that's everything. Well, all but the daily house stuff.
One word: UGH!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Pink Paisley Half Moon. This one started of larger...then I pleated it more...and it is now little girl sized. But after my last show - I think I will keep them this way - the little girls loved them! But is a pain in the...well, it's not easy to sew small things.
And the second bag made with the frame...I still have one left to make.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Fancy Jasper Cabochon
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, plus,
1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour, divided
1 dash pepper
7 ounces chicken breast half without skin, sliced
2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
1/2 ounce pignolia (pine nuts)
1 cup fennel bulb, sliced
1 cup onion, sliced
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry white wine
6 medium plum tomato, seeded and sliced
fennel sprigs, for garnish
1. On sheet of wax paper combine 1T flour & pepper. Dredge chicken in mixture.
2. In 9-inch nonstick skillet heat 1 1/2t oil. Add chicken & cook over med-hi heat, turning occasionally, until browned, about 1 minute. Transfer to plate; set aside.
3. In same skillet heat remaining oil. Add fennel & onions - cook over med-hi heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are translucent, about 2 minutes.
4. Sprinkle with remaining flour and stir to combine. Continue stirring & gradually add broth & wine - cook until mixture boils.
5. Reduce heat to low. Return chicken & pignolias to skillet. Let simmer until mixture thickens & flavors blend, about 4 minutes.
6. Stir in tomato, cook 1 minute longer. Garnish with fennel sprigs.
Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 282 Calories; 9g Fat (30.4% calories from fat); 1g Sat fat; 24g Protein; 24g Carbohydrate; 5g Dietary Fiber; 46mg Cholesterol; 285mg Sodium.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
> Where can we find you on the web?
Etsy - shop name: omshanti, Creative Cafe Salesrooms and DaWanda
> How did you get started in this line of crafting?/How long have you been doing this?
I've been making my products since 2007, but the tale's longer than that. Round about 2005 I had a friend open an herb business, so of course I bought things from her. Only right to support a friend and an independent business, right? And I'd been buying beads for years. Somehow it took me until last summer to actually do anything with the stuff. I whipped up a batch of bath salts and tried them -- heaven! After that it's just been figuring out new things to do, and playing with recipes.
Ease Your Nerves Tea ... I think many of us could you this right about now
I worked for a while last summer at a friend's shop as well. Pretty quiet most days, so I found things to do -- and she just happened to have beading equipment. I brought in beads and started playing, and found I was having too much fun to stop.
1) Running out of friends to give what I was making (and room to storewhat I hadn't given away).
2) Running out of money to buy more supplies with.
3) Working at Walmart. As you can imagine, working at Walmart can drive a person to a lot of things. I consider opening my own business to be a fairly sane response to the applied stress. I could, after all, have chosen highexplosives. And so, Om Shanti Handcrafts.
> What inspires you?
A lot of my jewelry comes from music -- I'll be listening to a song and my fingers want beads. Sometimes I'll work directly from colour cues in the music, sometimes I'll be working from other words or just from the feel of it. 'Mixed with Honey' is a pretty good example of this. Sometimes I'll see two things together, usually contrasting colours, and get ideas from that.
I'll ask people for ideas -- friends or just random folks. I'll pick up two bottles of essential oils and smell them together*. I'll make up a small batch and just chuck things in. On a good day, I'll remember afterwards what I put into it. On a bad day...there's a lot ofwhining**.
* This can backfire wildly. Lavender and black pepper? DO NOT WANT.**
Due to a number of bad days, I write everything down. Bad days are now confined to cats stealing the notes. Alas, this has not made bad days happen significantly less often.
> What's the one bit of business advice you wish every artisan/biz owner/crafter/etsian knew?
Jump in a do it. DO IT. Will you be successful? Maybe. Maybe not. But unless you try, you won't know. And you want to give it a try. Believe me, you do. DO IT.
Saturday, November 15, 2008
and December 13th Fieldhouse Craft Show in Swartz Creek.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I have a fellow etsyblogger teammate, Roseworks Jewelry, who helped inspire & motivate me to get it together and manage my time and work/creative priorities in order. She is doing a blog series on time management right now, she's up to part4 :)
Friday, November 7, 2008
It was a Monday night. We won’t ever forget that because my husband was watching football when it all started. If you have ever been pregnant, you know how it can affect your digestive system. Well, without going into too much detail, I was in the bathroom and something just did not feel right. I yelled out to my husband, who bolted right on in. Apparently my voice gave it all away. I have been told I am never allowed to sound like that again. I asked him to check me because I thought I felt something. Something like a wet balloon. Turns out, that is pretty much what it was. The cervix had opened up and the embryonic sac started its way down the birth canal. By the time my husband came it, it had already migrated back up somewhat, so he felt nothing. I called the doctor, but could not explain it very well at the time. Not an hour later we were on the way to the hospital – I just went with my gut that something was not right.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I should be working on this:
And I am. But slowly, very, very slowly.
I have a home party/show next Friday the 14th, a multi-home show that Sunday sponsored by the Huntington Woods Women League (“Shop for a Cause”), Ladies Night Out show in Bad Axe on November 20th, and possibly two more in December. I need to get my rear in gear and sew!!!! Not that I am expecting to sell out – I’d be ecstatic just to sell something – but I really should make sure to have enough stock on hand. I have not worried about taking pictures of these for etsy. I figure I will wait until after the shows – just incase.
I have signed up for Propay so I can take credit cards, ordered & received my imprinter and have started researching where to buy merchandise bags (need to order by the end of the day today!). So at least I have done something. If only I could tear myself away from the computer more...
So how do you ensure profit? After all, that is your first concern. Just like in math class – double check your answers. If you priced an item at $25 but spent $5 on materials, $2 on overhead, and it took you 3 hours to make…you just lost about $12.
Overhead may be the biggest pain of all the pricing components. The Crafter’s Guide to Pricing by Dan Ramsey has a really good form for estimating this cost. Things to consider:
Rent – even if you work out of your own home, you can calculate the cost of the space you use
Tools – these can often be expensed or depreciated for tax purposes
Utilities – again, even in your home this can be calculated
Taxes – collection of sales tax can add to your overall costs
Keeping a pricing book (either written or spreadsheet) can help you keep track of all your costs associated with your work. Include a materials worksheet, labor and overhead worksheet and any rules of thumb you may have developed.
Next week: markup and profit
Monday, November 3, 2008
Michabella is actually two friends who bead and create their own jewelry. Michelle gets to stay home with her kids and has found that making jewelry gives her a way to express her creativity. Cindy started out making cancer bracelets for the Relay for Life. They are also very involved with their community. They have sold cancer awareness items and been able to donate to many charities such as the PA Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society, and the SPCA.
On their blog you can find loads of beautiful jewelry that they feature and some personal pieces from their lives. One of which is an adorable 3 year old daughter! So cute :)
You can find their pieces on their website. Rings, watches, bracelets, pearls, gemstones...
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Sunday, November 2, 2008
Your eyebrows took their color from the fevered leaves
that outside curled to cradles, their descents
rocking through a morning we couldn’t conceive.
Your face, the face of him who helped me rake the leaves
today beneath a pregnant, gray sky.
Too early you came--too soon--too soon to leave
us filled with all we’ll never get to say.
In our hearts you’ve set the world to stay:
your heart, each vault and arch tiny,
immaculate, silent. We’ll wander here an eternity
and run our fingers across the scrollwork and traceries,
carved as fine as a strand of your red hair.
We’ll wander, wonderfully alone, and ready for prayer.
12 ounces chicken breast halves without skin, butterflied, cut into strips/chunks
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter, divided
1 1/2 cups mushroom, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
1/2 cup Chardonnay, or other dry white wine
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 teaspoons dried parsley
1. Place chicken breast pieces between 2 sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap (or ziplock) & pound to 1/2"-thick using rolling pin or meat mallet. Sprinkle with flour & pepper.
2. Heat butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add chicken & cook 8 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan & keep warm.
3. Add mushrooms & shallots to pan & saute 5 minutes or until tender. Stir in wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add broth & bring to a boil.
4. Cook until reduced to 1 cup, about 10 minutes.
5. Return chicken to skillet, stir to coat & sprinkle with parsley
Per Serving: 314 Calories; 8g Fat (25.6% calories from fat); 4g Saturated fat; 39g Protein; 11g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary Fiber; 94mg Cholesterol; 449mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 1/2 Grain(Starch); 5 Lean Meat; 1 Vegetable; 1 Fat.