Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Saturday, May 29, 2010
1 c. Frozen Blueberries
¼ c. Unsweetened 100% Cranberry Juice
¾ c. Cold Water
1 Scoop Whey Protein Powder
1 Tbsp. Organic Flax Oil
1 Tbsp. Organic Flax Seed (ground)
1 Packet Truvia or other Stevia sweetener
Sprinkle of Cinnamon
- Grind 1 Tbsp. of flax seed in coffee or spice grinder for about 10-20 seconds.
- Put all ingredients into blender (I have found blueberries on the bottom blends best, add liquids last).
- Blend on medium for about 1 minute and pour into a pretty glass to enjoy.
Written by Fuzzy Mug
Friday, May 28, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Bay Rum Soap by I’naru’ Bath & Body
Lime and Pepper Earrings by Airport Love Story
Written by Design by Night
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
So with the dual goal of rekindling my own love affair with the kitchen and in making an effort to be more economical, I have been making my own homemade granola and fresh baked bread. I'll also decided that I must to learn to can my own fruits and vegetables. So imagine my delight when I heard about Baugher's Farm in Westminster. You can pick your own fruits and vegetables, take a tour of the farm, pop into the little fruit market, and finish your day with a home cooked meal at their restaurant. Strawberries are in season, so why not go pick your own this weekend and whip up a homemade pie while you're at it!
Written by sugarpaperie.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
My dear friend also enjoys her bourbon and I was very excited to find this flask from our very own ManEatingFlower.
My friend loved her gifts, and I had a lot of fun shopping.
Written by DesignsByLeslieBrown
Monday, May 24, 2010
My color sense comes from these carefree childhood memories. I still love rainbows and striped grosgrain ribbons. Occasionally I buy stickers, and I have a box full of sparkly glitter.
Written by sugarpaperie
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
1. The Cast of Characters:
2 boneless chicken breasts, about 4 ounces each
1 teaspoon good olive oil
1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 ounces creamy white goat cheese
2 teaspoons coarse "country style" mustard
1/4 cup 2% milk
1/4 tsp dried tarragon (or use about 1 tsp fresh if available)
2. The Recipe:
This recipe has about 270 calories per serving.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Oh, and did I mention there'd be fresh, made-to-order crepes?!
-ElisaShere and The Broken Plate are two eco-minded BEST members who create unique, delicately feminine jewelry. Elisa’s silver is recycled, and Juliet’s broken plate jewelry is constructed with found pottery shards as well as new or vintage plates.Little Stackers by Elisa Shere Jewelry
-The Garbologist’s Wife, Econica, and SweetPepita are three terrific Etsy shops which sell clothing and accessories created or reconstructed with vintage, reused, or organic fabrics. Stop by the Garbologist’s Wife for a charming skirt, visit Econica for a soft bamboo wrap, and find adorable kids clothing at Sweetpepita.
Soft bamboo wrap by Econica
-Green Star Studio and Earth Cadets include some repurposed fabrics in their wares for home and child. Green Star Studios has a collection of adorable plush creatures and accessories, and Earth Cadets features screen printed designs on recycled canvas, like this nifty telephone pillow.
Telephone pillow by Earth Cadets
-Repaper and Labudde have cute stationary and office accessories. Repaper practices “hackbooking. . . guerilla bookbinding, using found objects and fine papers to create mixed-media books, albums, and folding frames,” while Labudde can whip you up a sleeve for your Macbook sewn from an upcycled coffee bag.
-Carambatack and Foundstudio both incorporate found papers and objects into their artwork in subtle, elegant ways. Carambatack draws and paints on beautiful vintage book pages, while Kacey of Foundstudio collages with vintage sewing patterns, letters, and book pages.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
the great old radio station WHFS and Weasel the DJ. Weasel had a daily
feature called "My Three Songs"; in this game, he would present three
songs that had a common thread, theme, or leitmotif, and the object
was for the listeners to guess what it was.
Here are three items by Etsy artists. What do they have in common?
Give your answer in the comments below!
Vintage red echolac train case with hand painted city by Roundtrip
Traveler Passport Case - Leather in Orange and Antique Tan by Moxie & Oliver
Luggage tag by Annapassalaqua
Written by AtelierAdornments
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Grilled cheese. Yum! Inspired by childhood memories of grilled cheese, Matt Lancelotta and Vic Corbi set out to create a fast casual concept offering premium grilled cheese sandwiches. At the Catonsville restaurant, Grilled Cheese & Co., one can revive their own childhood fondness of the comfort food. Who says grilled cheese can't be for grownups? Gourmet, even creative?
Imagine a 'BCT' grilled cheese....delicious layers of aged cheddar, crumbled smoked bacon & freshly diced tomatoes. Have a sweet tooth? Try the 'Sweetest Thing', a foodie's delight including brie cheese, raspberry flavored marscapone & chocolate chips. For the purists out there, indulge in the 'Original', mom's famous recipe made with American cheese & grilled to perfection. Catonsville is delighted to have the Grilled Cheese & Co join the neighborhood!
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Anyway, this one is based on my own dog, Echo, who is a mix of Eskimo and Jack Russell Terrier. Normally, I work entirely freehand, but this time, I tried printing the image onto some copy paper first (I'm just using copy paper for experimenting. Most of my work is done with bristol board, but I'm planning on trying out some different paper types this spring.).
This is the original image:
This is the work in process:
Monday, May 17, 2010
As I get older I really try to make an effort to take care of my skin. I used to use liquid foundations, but I have large pores and the liquid would cake up in my pores and it was not a pretty sight. When mineral makeup was first introduced the addict inside just had to try it!!! Yes, I’ve used the drug store brands and then got bold and tried the big name brands and I have to admit I was really impressed with the way my skin looked and felt. Of course along with the big name brand there is a big price tag!!!
So, I decided to turn to Etsy and see if there were any crafty people out there making mineral makeup at an affordable price and I hit the jackpot!!! I discovered Allure By Jen. She has a fabulous product at a very reasonable price! I have the sugar plum lip gloss that I believe is the perfect shade. It’s not heavy or sticky, it goes on very nicely and it stays on really well! I also have the mineral foundation in N4 and the mineral veil in glow. Either one works really well alone on your skin, but combined it’s amazing! Your skin is silky soft with it on and you are positively glowing!!! Jen was also kind enough to gift me with a sample of her Sweet 16 blush and Sweet Kiss lipstick which are both wonderful and are on my list for my next order! The other thing that I really like about Jen’s shop is her item called Your Five Favorite Colors in Convenient Sample Size Pods. Yes, it’s a very big name, but what’s nice is it comes with a very small price tag!!! Just $5 and you can pick any five of your favorite colors of eyeshadows, foundations, blushes, or concealers (with the exception of her Constellation Collection Colors). A great way to sample several products at a very affordable price.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Philly is known as the city of brotherly love. So why don't you hop in the car this weekend and go visit your favorite urban big brother? The Art Star Craft Bazaar takes place this weekend! An outdoor retail art/craft show, it's juried by Philadelphia’s uber hip Art Star Gallery & Boutique. Over 100 local & national artists have been chosen to set up shop & sell their wares along the beautiful waterfront @ Penn’s Landing. Click here to see all of the talented artists who will be participating from our own little city of Baltimore.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
This too cute Bird Watching Television Print by barkingbirdart: This little bird enjoying a Power Time Workout Print by yellowcakecrafts:
This Birdies on my Head Card by happydaystudio:
I made this one easy so leave your answer in the comments below!
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I find that it's easier for me to work in stages- I'll start with the border, or the text- carve all that out roughly, and then go back with the small and extremely sharp Japanese carving tools. They're like samurai swords in sharpness. I always have a little fear of starting to carve the bird itself, but once I start I get lost in the carving and just GO. And, a few days later, it's ready to start printing!
Written by Bowerbox Press
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
For more information visit http://www.marylandfaeriefestival.org/.
Monday, May 10, 2010
Iktomi specializes in, "Adorable handmade clay sculpture, animal spirit guides, wedding cake toppers, gnomes and fairy tale inspired pottery and ceramic art." What caught my eye originally in this shop were these adorable Hedgehogs! Check them out:
I found the beautiful colors used, and the details given to these pieces to be really amazing.
Denise Ferragamo, the clay artist behind this shop has been an artist since she was 12! She would sell painted seashells from a card table on Main street in Wellfleet on Cape Cod. Then she started drawing t-shirt designs for a screen printer for almost a decade; and as a fine artist selling paintings in galleries and art shows on the Florida gulf coast. In the last 5 years she found a love for clay.
Denise credits her mom with getting her interested in clay. "My mother was the one who got me interested in clay. She moved from Cape Cod to New Mexico, and fell in with a rowdy bunch of pottery makers. Not really, but through friends, she discovered her love of clay. After about 10 years of hearing about how much she loved it, I was finally convinced to give it a try. She actually drove to Florida from Arizona with a second hand kiln she had bought for me, along with all the goodies like glazes, tools and clay. I guess you could say she ignited the spark."
Here is another example of her beautiful work, I thought with Spring coming this bird was pretty:
Denise finds inspiration in many ways, "Much of my work is influenced by my childhood love of folk and fairy tales. I remember the Walt Disney show on TV and loved every chance to see the next animated movie (they’re called classics now, so I guess I am getting old!) I loved them with a passion and was seriously contemplating a career as a Disney animator. You can see a lot of the Disney influence in my work; animals with soft features, a hint of anthropomorphism, a certain look in the eye, and personality.
I also am influenced by my visits to the southwest – New Mexico and Arizona. I love ancient ruins or the slightly alien landscape of the wide open desert. I make a lot of spirit animal guides which can be enjoyed as a piece of art, or as a symbol of the connection some people feel with a certain animal. I love getting ideas from people about new animal guides to try and I’ve had a lot of fun interacting with my customers this way."
One of my favorite items from this shop are the clay buttons! I am a fanatic about buttons, using them in a lot of my jewelry. So these buttons are unique, and an exciting addition coming to my jewelry soon.
Denise has an ever changing inventory of items, and a permanent sale section in her shop. So go check it out!
Written By: Janet from Trinkets N Whatnots.