Sunday, May 31, 2009
I just love this part of her shop announcement "I love writing. I love the swirl and swing of words as they tangle with human emotions."
You can find journals, cards, purses, magnet, frames, prints, and many more items in her shop! You can even request personalized items .
Here are some of my faves:
More places to find her:
Saturday, May 30, 2009
The Blue Cat is the blog of a great artist and fellow Creative Blogger. Her blog is full of great artisan features and lots of her wonderful works. If you are a lover of cats, you will love her paintings. You can find her all over the place...just check out all the links below. Below some of my fave Blue Cat works of art...
Friday, May 29, 2009
So this is not exactly a traditional recipe. But I just love this simple salad & have been eating it so much lately that I thought I'd share. And to be honest, the biggest reason for eating it so much lately is, well, laziness. I just have not felt like cooking this past week or so. The youngest is done with preschool and already bored. The constant rain has not helped. Time to sew has not been easy to find...I guess even cooking is getting the short straw to make time for me...me me me. Yup - that whole 2 hours spread through out the day of just me...ahhh, kids - gotta love 'em.
Anyway - the salad:
- Lettuce - anything but Iceburg
- Dried cranberries (or apples - green/Granny Smith)
- Crumbled blue cheese
- Walnuts - no sugary or salty crud added
- Dressing - just a teeny bit - I found a great Blue Cheese by Walden Farms...calorie free, sugar free, carb free, gluten free, cholesterol free & no preservatives - and yes, it actually tastes great!
...note: I have used a mild vinagrette sometimes too.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
And remember I said artisan? This is one of my faves:
Then come join us over at Creative Bloggers.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Welcome to the May 25, 2009 edition of etsybloggers.
Heather presents EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival: Summer Shop Show & Tell posted at Winemakerssister.
kuartzo presents kuartzo | shop: | Etsy Bloggers Team | 22 May Blog Carnival posted at kuartzo | shop.
agoodwitchtoo presents The Copper Cauldron Soaps: Summer Time Show and Tell posted at The Copper Cauldron.
Syrena Edmonds presents Etsy Bloggers, Blogging Carnival-Summer Show & Tell posted at Scrapbooking by Syrena
Now let's go visit our teammates blogs and read this edition of the EtsyBloggers Blog Carnival!
Friday, May 22, 2009
The choices I gave were to show your summer line or talk about a birthday memory. If you are a regular reader here, you can probably guess why I picked these. My boys had their birthdays recently - April 25 & May 15. And I am changing around my shop a little - thus the summer line.
I am going with the summer line since, well, it's only my kids birthdays I like...could care less about my own. That tends to be the way with kids though huh?
Summer line: Calling it a new "line" may be a bit of a stretch since most of the bags I will be making have been made by me before. What makes it new to me is the organization aspect. When I first opened shop it was full of a mish mash of different bags. Having every bag made from different fabric was, and is, one of the things I like most. And the new stuff will keep that one-of-a-kind aspect. But I am narrowing down the style choices.
I have set aside fabric to make 5 bags of each style - to start. I am hoping to introduce them all at once...well, over a period of a week or two. So in the meantime, I am having a clearance sale of all items not following the new line. These pics show the fabrics I have set aside. Whether or not this changes as I sew is yet to be determined :)
I have also started embroidering panels for messenger bags. My Serenity bag was going to be the first in my shop - but it sold. Which is a good thing, but when I went to sketch out a replacement...I made about 10 more. Opps. This is what I have completed so far:
And the styles? Here's the list: Messenger bag, Pleated tote & duffle (yoga mat length) with handpainting & embroidery, Venus, Ribbon & Ann handbags with handles, Mollie clutch, wristlet with bracelets and the Taffy purse (only smaller)....plus zip pouches. I will do custom ones for those who want the bags in a different size or fabric...or "bulk" orders like the bridal party ones I have done recently. Here's a mosaic of examples:
Thursday, May 21, 2009
...because...well, it's a cool tie & aren't dads supposed to get ties?
...because he has gargoyles protecting his garden...
...because he likes beer...
...because he loved George Carlin...
..because he should paint again...
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
And since that day... even my credit adverts dried up. There were ZERO new ones. So is that related to being bumped down to the bottom of the category after not accepting adverts? Probably. I have still been dropping because I want to visit my faves. And now I think I will be hopping on the Drop-EC-bandwagon. But not before I use up my credits to advertise.
So to anyone that follows me through EC & wants to keep track - I've got my Follower box over on my sidebar. Hope to keep seeing you here :)
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
I know "business support" sounds all stuffy...but she's an artisan, so you know it'll be on the creative side. Just take a peek at what she makes:
You can find here goodies here:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Here are a few of her works to tease you :) Pop over to her Flickr for more.
and now you can go here to get some for yourself...
If you are a jewelry artisan...be sure to stop by her Gems shop for some wonderful supplies.
Monday, May 11, 2009
I will be sticking to a handful of styles and sizes. They will still be done in a wide variety of fabrics & no one will be exactly like the other...unless custom ordered otherwise. There will be a casual and more "dressed up" line, each with a small, medium & large size...but not one style in different sizes. There will be lots of embroidery, some button fun and some hand painting. It will take some time to load up the shop.
In the meantime - BIG SALE! I am taking everything that does not fit with the new redo and pricing them to go go go! Yes, I just want them cleared out to make room ...not so much for in the shop as for my storage area :) I will be repricing everything over the next couple days...it takes a long time with a 4 year old around. I'll let you know when the clearance sections are up & ready to be shopped!
Which reminds me...this is an area that the shops could use some changes in. It would be so helpful to be able to change listings while in vacation mode so when you can come back, everything is changed at once. Poof! Magic. Ok, so you can put all items as "inactive" with a vacation mode sounding shop welcome...but it'd be easier my way :)
She is french-malian artist Living in Brooklyn. She had a company,"Le monde de namate", which was a gallery, and an artist management company. Plus, she worked as a freelance personal coach in Paris. Her blog reflects on her life's journey - philosphical, artistic, spiritual, cultural & scientific. You can read her blog, Angel's Hair, here.
And don't forget about her artistic side. You can find her profile on Trunkt and her works for sale on Dawanda and Etsy. Here are just a couple of my faves:
Sunday, May 3, 2009
I fell in love with her shop...she has a great mix of crafts - all of which I love (or plan to love) myself. These are just a few of my faves:
Friday, May 1, 2009
2 cups egg noodles, yolk-free, medium-wide, dry
1 pound pork tenderloin
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, sprinkles
1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper, coarsely ground
1. Cook noodles according to package directions, omitting salt & oil. Drain.
2. Trim fat from pork & cut cross-wise into 8 pieces. Place each piece between 2 sheets of heavy duty plastic wrap & flatten to 1/4-inch thick using rolling pin or meat mallet.
3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over med-hi heat. Add pork & saute 2-3 minutes per side. Remove from pan & keep warm.
4. Add mushrooms & garlic - saute 1 minute.
5. Add broth & remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
6. Return pork to skillet, reduce heat & simmer 2 minutes.
7. Serve over noodles.
Per Serving : 377 Calories; 8g Fat (19.1% calories from fat); 44g Protein; 32g Carbohydrate; 3g Dietary Fiber; 98mg Cholesterol; 908mg Sodium.
Exchanges: 1 1/2 Grain(Starch); 5 Lean Meat; 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.
Weight Watchers Points: 8