I’m still getting the hang of making an Etsy Treasury, but am absolutely loving the learning process. My Ingenuity Team always has a lot of amazing items and I’ve complimented them with a few others that have caught my eye and heart. Bright, quirky, and eye-catching home decor rounded up for your viewing pleasure. Click on the image for more information.
Like fingerless gloves? Need to whip something up with a chunky yarn because you “forgot” a gift?
I thought so.
I had a hank of lime green super bulky that wanted to be turned into something with a floral motif. Despite my love of color, I’m not actually brave or, you know, tan enough to wear lime green on my head. Or around my neck. Or anywhere close to my face really, so relegating this yarn to my hands felt bright and fun instead of making me feel like an albino.
These fingerless gloves give you the chance to practice a more advanced lotus knitting stitch that embeds itself into a smooth, clean background. This stitch would be gorgeous in a variegated yarn or something with some nice sheen. The mitts fit most hands well, but the knitting pattern also comes with small and large sizing.
I’ve already hit a couple of milestones in my little shop. I can’t tell you how exciting it is to have a few sales and some interest under my belt. However, I’m closing in on another milestone of mine : I have almost 50 items in my shop! In the next few days, I will probably be over that hurdle. I love experimenting and learning new things to make so it’s all been a lot of fun so far.
In honor of my next milestone, I’m having a summer sale. Get 15% off anything in the store with the coupon code BEACH15. There is no minimum purchase and it is good on both made to order and ready to order items. Hurry, sale ends August 31st, 2014. Click here or on the Etsy banner to the left.
As you doggedly brave the heat, bugs and sun, it sometimes helps to remember exactly why you do it. Namely, the heat, the sun and the supreme BBQ buffet stuffed with everything you’d prayed for over a long cold winter. I won’t presume to know how you feel about bugs.
Here are my top 9 quintessential BBQ Side Dishes that no outdoor spread should be without:
- Minted Watermelon and Feta Side Salad
- Cowboy Caviar Dip and Salsa Recipe
- Southern Baked Beans
- Cajun Cole Slaw
- Quick Broccoli Salad
- Panera Macaroni and Cheese
- Sweet Honey Cornbread
- Pioneer Chewies Blondie Recipe
- Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream – Instructions with and without an ice cream maker
And don’t forget keeping everything cool! My favorite idea is to fill a cheap kiddie pool with ice and setting your dishes on top. Don’t forget the pooch either. Fido needs to keep cool under his coat just as much as you do. Also, you can’t resist something this cute!
Once upon a time in California, when I was but a wee babe, my mom would sneak off to a little German bakery. Apparently, she “sneaked” often enough for them to not only remember her but swap recipes. They made these Pioneer Chewy bars that she adored and they offered her the recipe, presumably since they didn’t create it themselves. I grew up snacking on these every so often, coming to crave this perfect mix of vanilla and chocolate in a way that no other blondies recipe has ever come close.
These blondies are a little more cookie bar than brownie with a sweet deep flavor from the brown sugar. The chocolate chips add the right amount of cocoa but don’t overwhelm the flavor. Technically, you can cut these into about 30 bars. I might get a dozen because…. well, portion size is a very subjective thing when it tastes this good. I also strongly recommend that you use the dark brown sugar in the recipe. I’ve made them before with light brown and always regretted it after because it was just missing something.
This is also the first time I’ve gotten a chance to play with a Kitchenaid stand mixer. Let me tell you, it’s a life changing experience. It’s like riding the sexiest Harley for the first time. Or winning a very small lottery. I wants it, Precious!
Pioneer Chewies – The Ultimate Blondies Recipe
- 3/4 C butter, softened
- 1 2/3 C packed dark brown sugar (1 C + 5 T + 1 tsp Brown Sugar Splenda if you’re diabetic)
- 3 eggs, room temp
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 C flour
- 1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 C chopped walnuts, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 baking dish.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs and vanilla, and incorporate.
- Stir in the flour until mixed.
- Add the chocolate and walnuts. Mix until evenly distributed. Spread the mixture in the pan.
- Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and the top is golden brown.
- Cool completely, then cut into bars.
The same day that I made my second sale, I was also featured on Building Bridges Marketing blog! I felt like that was just a win all around. Building Bridges is a new blog featuring handmade small businesses and already has some great stories. I was lucky enough to be featured and I would love for you to check it out and show some love. Here’s a little sample:
Zylo Handmade – Simplicity Works
ZyloHandmade seems an obvious choice for a shop name, but it answered two important questions that I get a lot: Your name is what? and Where did you buy that? It’s Zylo and it’s handmade – sometimes simplicity works. The products that I’ve been making for my shop are usually things that I made for myself and have migrated into other things. I figure that if I love something enough, maybe other people will too. I recently had my first sale of a hand knit forest green cowl in a delicious chenille yarn that I loved playing with. It was exhilarating to see that email waiting in my inbox – I swear my coffee tasted richer and the birds sounded sweeter that day.
Read more here and check back to see who she’s featured next!
I wanted to title this, oh crap, it’s Father’s Day again, but restrained myself. I always get yelled at for missing holidays and birthdays. I’m nearly 30 so you’d think that people would be used to me only remembering Christmas at this point but nooo. Anyways, here are my favorite Father’s Day gift ideas if I had money to spend buying them for
myself my dad. So for those of you who are more prepared than just sending a quick email to your dad this Father’s Day, I salute you and offer you some of the coolest gifts for dad’s of all tastes.
- Industrial Watch Movement Cufflinks
- Roku connects your TV to your Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more without buying a fancy TV. I want one. For my dad.
- Vintage Flip-Up Sunglasses. Bonus if your dad looks anything like Michael J. Fox.
- Hand Printed Mini Notebook “My Secret Plans of World Domination”
- Red Samsung Galaxy S5, S4, S3 vintage rotary phone cover
- Poo-Pourri Master Crapsman Gift Set. I got this for my step-dad for Christmas and still think it’s hilarious.
- Reversible Scarf with Pockets and novelty faux-bois and mustache fabric. Keep his mustache warm in style.
- Samsung Gear 2 Neo Smartwatch. Can your computer and a team of mules do it? So can this watch.
- Lettuce Turnip The Beet Unisex Tank Top. Get the funk rolling.
Thought about getting dad another tie this year? How about not? Actually, how about helping dad clear out the last decade’s worth of last minute tie gifts and turn them into something he’ll actually use? How about these Cool Father’s Day Gifts Made with Dad’s Ugly Ties!