Sunday, October 25, 2009

Holiday Shopping

The holidays are just around the corner, really they are. Katie, of Chelle Paperie and I will be participating in the Holiday Shop-n-Stroll in Silver Spring, MD on Saturday December 5th from 10am to 3pm. There will be over 50 vendors and lots of goodies for all the gift worthy people in your life. We have big plans for our booth so mark it on your calendar now! Here is a sneak peak at one of the items I will be bringing.

Friday, June 26, 2009

K. Flick Studio & Paper Satchel

Melissa and I participated in our first art show at the end of May. I am horribly tardy posting about it.

We had a fantastic time, the weather could not have been better and our booth was overlooking the Delaware River, and of course New Jersey. Our items ended up working together better than we could have planned, and the weekend was hugely successful. Melissa created soft sculpture, no die, terrariums which were breathtaking, and the hit of the show. All of them were sold my noon on the second day, much to my dismay. {I hope she is hard at working making one for me!} There were also meat grinder lamps, amazing. Gorgeous plaster sculpture lights which she cast and lit, and other found object light sculptures.

Melissa also created the best signs ever for the booth. Making chalk board flags that can be used for almost any event she successfully caught the attention of many passers by. Below are some other shots of the booth.

My jewelry did really well. I made a few custom pieces on the spot, and picked up another wholesale account. It was so nice to share the booth with another artist and have our items compliment the others so well. We hope to apply to more shows next spring and will keep you posted.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Fancy Feet

As I was wondering around my Target the other day I decided to check out the shoe section. In general I am not a Target shoe buyer simply because the ones that I think are acceptable to wear are always sold out in my size, or are exceptionally uncomfortable. But this week was different. While my size was sold out, I miraculously fit into one of the three pairs that they had left. I am definitely not going to be wearing these shoes everyday, but they are a great addition to my summer wardrobe. And at $19.95 even if they are a one season wonder I'm sure I will have gotten my money's worth. Much better than spending a few hundred on a pair that are not a go to shoe!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Quick Brunch

Last weekend we had a small dinner party and two of our guest were in from out of town. The next morning was Easter and we were all off to family functions in the early afternoon. I rose early and made a quick brunch, well breakfast, that was filling and exceptionally easy. The menu was simple, coffee, tea, orange juice, rosemary wrapped bacon, and three cheese frittata. Both recipes were from Donna Hay. If you are not familiar with her, you should be. She is a fantastic food editor and cookbook author from Australia. Her recipes are simple, easy to follow, and fresh. I absolutely adore her and these recipes are small reason why.

{Donna Hay, Three Cheese Frittata}

three cheese fritatta
  • 8 eggs
  • ¾ cup (185ml) milk
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 30g butter
  • ¼ cup shredded basil leaves
  • 1¼ cups (250g) ricotta, drained
  • 1 cup (120g) grated aged chedder
  • ½ cup (60g) grated Gruyère
  • buttered toast, to serve

Heat a non-stick frying pan with an ovenproof handle over medium heat. Whisk together the eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Place the butter in the pan and melt. Pour in the egg mixture and sprinkle over the basil, ricotta, cheddar and Gruyère. Cook for 3–4 minutes or until the frittata is starting to set around the edges. Place the pan under a preheated hot grill (broiler) and cook for 8–10 minutes or until the frittata is set. Serve warm or cold, cut into wedges. Serves 4.

{Donna Hay, Crispy Bacon and Rosemary Ties}

crispy bacon and rosemary ties

  • 8 rashers smoked bacon, rind removed
  • 8 sprigs rosemary
Preheat oven to 180°C (355°F). Wrap each bacon rasher around a sprig of rosemary and place in a baking dish. Bake for 20 minutes or until the bacon is crisp. Serves 4.

Happy eating!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Woo Hoo!

Today my great friend Melissa and I were notified that we were accepted to be two of the 150 vendors at this springs Art Star Craft Bazaar in Philadelphia at the end of May. We are both thrilled and a bit giddy! This will be the first show for both of us and it is a bit overwhelming, at least for me. Fortunately we are sharing a booth so there will be lots of moral support and laughter! I have oodles of work to do over the next month so wish me luck! Some of my favorite crafters from Baltimore will also be at the show, so if you are in the area, or are looking for an inspirational day trip make sure to pop it on your calendar!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stair Runner

When we moved into our house at the beginning of January our poor dog had a rough time. The previous owner has recently refinished the floors and they were, and still are very slippery. Porter, our dog, is small, fuzzy and has hair between his toes. The poor guy does not have traction anywhere in our house. He has done alright navigating on the first and second floor but getting between the two has been a doozy! In the beginning we would have to carry his toys up and down because he could not manage both, and in that dark, he would sit at the top of the stairs and cry because he was scared to go down. So sad...

Immediately my husband and I decided that we were going to have to install stair runners a bit sooner than planned. Fortunately I knew exactly what I wanted. For years I have been looking at Dash and Albert rugs. I first came to know them at In Watermelon Sugar in the Hampden area of Baltimore. And last year I was working on a small design project and the client had fallen in love with one of their rugs. So here is the rug that she loved, and now I love and hope to install in our house.

{Dash & Albert Rug, Plain Tin Wool}

The wonderful thing about this company is that most rugs come in a variety of sizes so if you like a pattern in most cases there is going to be a piece that works for you. Also, I find that their prices are extremely reasonable, which is nice because rugs seem to be so expensive! Who knows when we will get around to ordering and installing it, but at lease we are done with the search!

Also, if you have not been and are in the area, I highly recommend visiting In Watermelon Sugar located at 3555 Chestnut Ave. in Hampden. It is one of my favorite stores in Baltimore, Leslie, the owner does a wonderful job with buying and display. Everything in the store makes sense and is always inspirational. This Friday is the First Friday event in Hampden and would be a wonderful time to stop by. Most stores are open late, until about 8-9pm. Many have food and libations and a few might have live music. Just a thought!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A New Home

Recently, my husband and I purchased our first home. After years of living in small apartments, and being separated from many items due to lack of space we are beginning to unearth treasures that we have long since forgotten about. But that is not really what I am writing about today.

For a long time, a really long time, I have been tearing inspirational images out of anything that I could tear them out of. All for the one day when I would own my own home and I could reference these images to create my dream. So now I have all these images, semi organized, depending on when they were collected, and I have started a laundry list of "things I need for my new home". {need being the important word here, I do not really need any of them at this point, need is a word that I freely interchange with want, this is important to know about me} So on my list I have many things from paint colors, and stair runners, to fancy kitchen ranges, and walk in showers.

However there is one very small item, one that I have been excited to purchase from the time that my husband and I became engaged and were becoming a family. It is really very simple, but seems to mean a lot to me for no apparent reason. At the top of my list right now is an address stamp. So I have been on the hunt. I think that I have found some really good choices on etsy and I can't wait to make a decision and order one.

Here is what I have so far...

{from sweetpaperie}

{from rubberstampress}

I still have to weigh in with my significant other on his preference. I think that I am going to continue to look around, just to keep my options open, but hope to make a decision soon.

To be continued...

Monday, March 16, 2009

Open for Business

After many years of talking about it I have re-launched my etsy store. Please come and visit me at For the time being I have listed a small sampling of the jewelry that I have been making, and selling, for about 6 months. In the future I hope to post more goods such as vintage fabric buttons, tea towels, perhaps a clutch or two, and some floral brooches. And, if you are in the Baltimore area, stop by Red Tree in Hampden to see the jewels first hand.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Woodland Creature

{deer head from johnnyandstacieon on etsy, and can be yours for $25}

I have a small love of woodland creatures. This love mainly centers around mounted deer heads and antlers. I am not certain where I picked up this fascination, and sometimes I do question it. Sadly, at the present time I do not own any deer 'parts', and leave my obsession to figuring out the best 'parts' to acquire. But please do not dismay, there is a glimmer of hope in the future. There is a coat rack, wall mounted with hooks, that has mounted antlers as its decorative feature and it is headed my way. I have been waiting a while for it, and the wait is not quite over, but I am sure it will be worth it. At any rate, I came across this cute little flocked guy on etsy and think that he will make a great addition to someones home.