Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Valued Vintage: Christmas

I have been slacking. For those of you who don't know, I am currently pregnant with my third child, and there have been days when all I can do is maintain the status quo. :D I have here a gorgeous selection of vintage Christmas-y items I found on Etsy. Please, do enjoy, and visit the shops. They are well worth it.

Vintage metal molds, pastoria ; Vintage silver glass ornaments, msjeannieology ; Vintage brass bell, HoundDogDigs ; Vintage wooden trug, shavingkitsupplies

All of these are great shops with fabulous staging of their products. Enjoy!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Valued Vintage: Fall

Another set of gorgeous vintage items from Etsy - I want that coat.

Brown suede coat, shoprabbithole ; Hand carved fork and spoon, BlueMoonAttic ; Botanical print, HighStreetVintage ; Pumpkins created from vintage books, HiButterfly

These are all items found in my favorites in SouthernTwistedBags - I was fortunate enough to be featured on the front page with the gorgeous suede coat. Y'all enjoy!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Handmade Proud: Jewelry

From bottom left, clockwise: Sterling cuff, cgwhitfield ; Turquoise ring, PureDichotomy ; Silver Reliquary, khmetalwork ; Moonstone ring, lsueszabo ; Stacking rings, prox ; Handmade chain bracelet, SToNZ

I am a member of the Chatty Metalsmiths team on Etsy, and I have gotten to meet and pick the brains of some truly awesome and inspiring metalsmiths. Here is a small sampling of the awesome talent I get to hang out with every single day.

We are Handmade Proud!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Valued Vintage: Red

In relationship to my Handmade Proud post, I'm going to showcase some lovely vintage items - true vintage items - that can be found on Etsy. I happen to adore red with an unhealthy passion, and lo and behold, I had some lovely red vintage items in my faves in SouthernTwistedSoaps:

Vintage Wooden Stool, bellalulu ; Red Pomegranate Vase, DenizasDecor ; Magnetic Red Arrow, RueVertdegris ; Vintage Hendryx Bird Cage, marybethhale

Please go support these wonderful sellers - I know they would love to see you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Handmade Proud: Mustard

There has been a tremendous amount of uproar on Etsy lately about the move to allow manufacturing and designers on the site. I am going to attempt to pull myself together about blogging and start featuring people that I know or feel actually make the items in their stores.

It's fall, and mustard is a hugely popular color this time of year. I love it - I think it's warm and wonderful. All the items are pulled from my favorites in SouthernTwistedSoaps :

Knit Scarf by knitBranda ; Yellow leather iPod case by LunaBlueandCo ; Still life of pears by PrettyPetalStudio ; Rubber stamp by creatiate

Please remember to go out and support the fine handmakers and artisans on Etsy.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Easy Scalloped Potatoes Recipe

I'm totally slack. You will just have to forgive me for that - it's been crazy-busy around here lately.

I made something totally awesome last night for supper, and it was amazing how very easy it was. It was so easy and so good, I'm going to share it with you! I made roasted chicken with Tony Chachere's Creole seasoning on it. To complement the heat of the seasoning, I decided to make some scalloped potatoes to go with it (I also made asparagus as my green). Super yum, you guys. So, here it is:

Easy Scalloped Potatoes:

4 medium potatoes
1/2 cup heavy cream
shredded cheese
garlic salt
olive oil

I coated the bottom of my pan with olive oil and sliced the potatoes thin - about 1/8" thin. I added a single layer of potatoes to the bottom of the baking dish (there was some overlap, but not a ton). Then I salted and peppered and added cheese. I simply repeated this until I ran out of potatoes, which in my dish, ran to about five layers. I alternated garlic salt and regular salt, because honestly, everything tastes better to me with a little garlic salt. Then I poured the heavy cream over the whole thing - it may have been a bit more than a half cup, because I didn't actually measure any of this stuff out. I covered the baking dish with aluminum foil and put it in a pre-heated, 350 degree oven. The dish baked for about 45 minutes - I tested the potatoes with a fork. When they're fork tender, they're done.

This was an incredible dish. I wish I had thought to take pics yesterday, but I didn't. The whipping cream makes the whole thing rich without being overpowering.

Y'all enjoy!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

New Stuff!

I've been  a very busy girl lately, and it's been my favorite kind of busy! I've been working on new jewelry, new bags, and new lotions for the spring and summer seasons.

First up - stacking rings!

Made from hammered and patterned sterling silver, this trio of stacking rings is just gorgeous. The two hammered bands are 1 mm wide each and the patterned ring is 1.5 mm wide- I personally love this size, because they're not at all bulky or cumbersome to wear.

These are some progress pics of a bag I'm working on:

I found these great Sharpie markers at Wal-Mart that you can use on fabric. I think I've decided I'm not done drawing on this denim tote just yet. The pattern needs to be continued. I'll post more pics as I go, if I can remember to post them. :D

I'm also getting ready to add three new scents of lotion to SouthernTwistedSoaps - Baby Powder, Chocolate Mint, and Love Potion - this last is a fabulous blend of berries, vanilla musk, and chardonnay scent (yup, chardonnay!).


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