Saturday, January 30, 2010
1 box of chicken stock and 1 box of beef stock (I couldn’t decide which I wanted and the mix was great!)
10-20 leftover crab claws
1 lb. crab meat
1 bay leaf
3 crushed cloves of garlic
1 onion chopped
1/2 bag frozen corn (or 3 ears fresh)
1/2 bag of frozen green beans (most recipes call for lima beans too but I am protesting here)
2-3 chopped carrots
1 28oz can of diced tomatoes (with juice)
3 cups cubed potatoes
Add beef stock, chicken stock, bay leaf, garlic, old bay and crab claws to the pot and bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer with the lid on. Let this simmer for about 30 minutes then remove crab claws, bay leaf, garlic cloves and any foam from the pot. Now you are ready to add all of the vegetables, canned tomato and potatoes and return to a simmer. Put a lid on it for about an hour. Now add the crab meat and and check if you need more Old Bay. Be careful here, because it is better to add too little spice then to make it too salty. At this point, it is best let to soup rest on the stove for all of the flavors blend, then reheat at meal time. We ended up not having time for this step, and it was just fine. It is even better the next day!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Cakes, Cherry Pie and Cheesecake, OH MY! Who can resist baking up or should I say sewing up these sweet treats using a pattern from Little Crickets .
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Written by Linda of Linda's Paperie
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Erin's body product line from www.krugsecologic.etsy.com was also featured.
A: My name is Kendra Zvonik. I am 38 years old and a Sagittarius. I am an abstract painter and eco paper crafter on Etsy. I am also a Pacific Northwest native who has recently moved to St. Petersburg FL with my husband, Christian, who is a glassblower by trade and is presently working for a sailboat canvassing company. I also live with my dog, Herbie, who keeps me company during my solitary days.
Q: When/How did you start your business?
A: I have been painting full-time for about 10 years. I started selling paintings online in April 2008 after searching for a fellow artist friend whom I had lost contact with and discovered again on Etsy. She talked me into joining Etsy and I have been obsessed ever since.
Q: Apart from creating things, what do you do?
A: Much of my time is consumed with my work, especially since I started my eco paper business. But, I try very hard to maintain some kind of balance in my life. So, I enjoy walking on the beach with my husband and dog, hunting for good vintage finds, watching movies and, most especially, doing nothing. I also enjoy spending time with Christian's family who live about an hour south of here. Christian's grandmother, Betty, is one of my best friends. At age 87, she gives me a ton of perspective on life and she makes me feel at home.
Q: What first made you want to become an artist?
A: I have always had a strong desire to express my innermost self and I have always wanted freedom more than anything else. I equate being an artist with freedom. I don't think I chose to be this person, it was chosen for me by nature. I have simply allowed my nature to exist instead of repressing it. I have seen what happens to people when they repress their true nature and it is a real tragedy.
Q: What inspires you?
A: The changeable nature of things inspires me; impermanency and growth. I am also inspired by the characteristics of color. Context is everything.
Q: What's your favorite thing about your craft?
A: Currently, I am creating upcycled boat canvas collage paintings using the scraps that my husband brings home from work for me. I am very excited about adding this eco-friendly aspect to my paintings. I was inspired by my other work as a paper crafter to try to add this element to my art as well. I love making art and feel it needs to serve a higher purpose, not just act as decoration. Right now, I feel that protecting our environment is the highest purpose to serve and I want to do my part.
Q: Where would we most likely find you working?
A: I work at home. My studio has taken over the entire house- my life is my art.
Q: What's you favorite music to listen to while you work?
A: I often listen to Last.fm and choose Beirut as a radio station. So, I listen to music similar to Beirut(who I am crazy for!)- DevotchKa and Antony & The Johnsons are a couple of other top favorites. I also listen to movies while I work. Some movies have wonderful soundtracks and you don't need to watch them to enjoy them. Run Lola Run is one of my faves to listen to.
Q: What's your favorite thing right now?
Q: If you could have one wish granted for the craft community, what would it be?
A: I wish that Etsy would consider promoting abstract painter more. It feels like we get overlooked.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Much to my husband’s dismay, three years ago I set up a makeshift workspace in “The Man Cave” and for three years he threatened to move me back into an unfinished work area in the back of the basement. Cold, dark, dirty and lonely. About two weeks before Christmas he started construction on the back room finishing the walls and floors, adding lighting and installing storage and work surfaces. Then it arrived, my BEAUTIFUL Christmas gift, an actual jeweler’s bench. Oh how wonderful it is not to be working on an old table hunched over with absolutely no organization at all. Now I have everything at my fingertips, stored nice and neat with a place for everything and everything in it's place.
Since we were working with a clean slate and we share the space (he is a boy with wood working tools) I was able to work a few essentials into the space. We included a vent in the ceiling, a centrally located fire extinguisher and the most important of all, a partition so I can curtain off my space in an effort to keep it clean and saw dust to a minimum.
It won't be clean for long, I've got some creating to do!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Ceramics - Pink Kiss
Crafters - Green Star Studio
Affordable Art - Illegible Ink
Eco Artist - The Broken Plate
Also, I'm nominated for a Valentine contest on Etsy, please vote for my conversation heart brooch! The contest ends this Monday at noon, so vote soon!
Join Maryland Lawyers for the Arts at School 33 (1427 Light St., Baltimore 21230) on Feb. 6 and 13 for Arts StartUP 101, covering the legal, financial, and regulatory basics of selling your art.
On Feb. 6, artist/attorney Tim Faith will cover business licenses, business forms, (LLC, partnership, or other), leases, zoning, and copyright and contract basics while Bill Richardson of Fidelity Financial covers business basics like financing and business plans.
On Feb. 13, MLA treasurer Stephen Oliner of Hertzbach & Co. will cover basic accounting for artists, including recordkeeping, spreadsheets, accounting software and taxes.
Sessions run from 1:30 to 3:30. They're free, but reservations are required, and can be made by emailing william.pace@promotionandarts.
When it's cold outside, nothing satisfies me like hearty warm winter soups. They fill your stomach, your house and your heart with comfort, and they start warming you the moment you pick up the bowl. I just love soups!
So check out these great soup bowls I found on Etsy. They are sure to give you visual pleasure and a special touch to your dinner table on these cold winter nights while that yummy soup warms your soul.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
In the midst of award season and with the growing anticipation of the Olympics, acknowledgement and praise is in the air, and the Handmade Community (never to be outdone) is finding more ways to join in on the fun!
Early in the year, the fabulous website PoppyTalk announced a new (hopefully annual) competition called "The Poppies". They describe The Poppies as "a virtual awards ceremony of sorts celebrating the Handmade Community!"
Nominations were made in several categories and BEST is happy to announce members up for the award in many of those categories. The second category up for voting is "CRAFTERS (Embroidery/Crochet/Knitting/Quilting) Artist/Designer/Shop)" and BEST's own greenstarstudio has been nominated for her Knitimals!
Anyone can vote, and everyone is allowed one vote per category, per computer, per day, so please take a minute to vote each day, if you can. The voting ends on January 26th at 11:59 pm.
You can vote here! and stay tuned for more nomination announcements.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
The Sprout has decided he is a many of man hats, and while this is great coverage for his noggin, his style choices aren't always shall we say- stylin'? Enter Born To Love Clothing! Stylish infant and toddler fedoras and skate visor beanies! What I love best is that the line was started by a stay at home Mom, with help from a creative Dad, and all inspired by their son! Resulting in a hip entrepreneurial family business! My favorites are the black fedora and tan argyle visor. You can check out the entire line at Urban Baby Runway which coincidentally is a locally owned online boutique started by another stay at home Mom!
Monday, January 18, 2010
The outfit is complete with a 14k gold necklace featuring a fortune cookie! Made by Lanyapi.
And what night of sushi would be complete, if you forgot to bring chopsticks?! Yeah, I know they have them at the restaurants, but these are just too cute to pass up! Made by WindAndRain. So off we go, for california rolls and some yummy vegetable tempura!
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
½ pound buttery vegan sticks
1 ½ cups sugar
1 tsp molasses
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp salt
1 ½ tsp baking soda
2 tblsp non-dairy milk
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups chocolate chips
1 cup cashews (optional)
Preheat oven 350F. Cream together with a mixer the buttery vegan sticks and sugar until fluffy and light. Toss in your vanilla, molasses & non-dairy milk and blend more. Add in salt and baking soda and blend a little more. Add in flour a little at a time (to prevent a poofing mess by the mixer). Fold in by hand the chocolate chips and nuts. Drop tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake 8-9 minutes, less for a softer finish, more time for crunchier. Let them cool for a few minutes before placing onto a cooling rack. Eat while warm for maximum deliciousness. Makes about 3 dozen.
Written by Kathy of The Garbologist’s Wife
Friday, January 15, 2010
10% of sales this week will go to the Red Cross International
Response Fund- yummyandcompany
25% of sales this week will go to the Red Cross International
Response Fund- jenmenkhaus
10% of each sale for one week to Doctors Without Borders/
Médecins Sans Frontières- AtelierAdornments
$5 from each sale this week will go to the Red Cross International Response Fund- thebrokenplate
10% of sales now through 1/20 to American Red
10% of sales now through 1/20 to American Red Cross- galla15
10% of all sales until the end of January will be donated to the
American Red Cross to support relief efforts in Haiti- lolamiren
10% of sales now through 1/20 to American Red Cross- dandelionblu
$5 from every sale through the end of January to Doctors Without Borders- tarabu
$5 of every sale till the end of January to Wyclef Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation- jennyjen42
10% of sales now through 1/20 to American Red Cross- Namoo
You can also give directly to the Red Cross on their website here or donate $10 to Haiti relief by texting “Haiti” to 90999. Thank you.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Anne is a local Baltimore photographer who's photographs, "convey a sense of entrapment, claustrophobia and mental confinement in imaginary self-made spaces". Ah, the worlds we can build with the average office supply.
Anne is relocating her studio which means it's time for a SALE! This is your chance to pick up limited edition prints, black and white photos, paintings and more. Stop by and check out her work!
School 33 Art Center
1427 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230
Saturday, JANUARY 16