December 27, 2011

Handmade Gifts 2011

Every Chirstmas I always try to come up with some handmade items to give, and I thought I'd share what I made this year!


Infused Tequilas: I made both Jalapeno & Thyme and Lemongrass & Ginger. The Jalapeno & Thyme came out powerful - knock your socks off spicy! Next time less seeds and only 1 day. The Lemongrass & Ginger came out very subtle, but tasty. I used the SLOM bottles from Ikea and typed the message on some old air mail labels I had saved. Infusing liquor is super easy - I have so many ideas I'd like to try! Cucumber, Sage, Coconut.......

The eat make read blog and this about.com article were helpful for recipes.


Embroidered Handkerchiefs: I thought I might try to use more hankies and less tissues this winter, and also thought they'd make nice gifts. Embroidery is bother harder and easier than I thought - making the stitches is fun and easy, but hiding your knots is not. I think I'll stick with it though.

Mary Corbet's Needle 'N Thread site was enormously helpful - awesome video tutorials.


Coconut Milk Caramels: My first foray into candy making! These came out great in the end, but the first batch was a disaster. Definitely test your thermometer first, because mine was way off and resulted in a horrible oily/leathery goo mess. Second round came out great though! - If you use the Food52 recipe, the only comment I have is on step #4 - add the creamy mixture SLOWLY, like a few tablespoons/quarter cup at a time and STIR like crazy. I learned that any radical change in temp will cause the mix to separate.

Find the recipe here: Food52.com



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December 22, 2011

Off for the Holiday!

Our tiny fake gold tree! (which I adore!)

I'm headed over to Albany today for Christmas, and will be back to blogging next week! I hope that everyone has a lovely holiday and here's looking to an awesome 2012!



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December 14, 2011

Score+Solder

So I've done nearly all of my xmas shopping online this year, which is great - but has me a bit internet fatigued. I have however, stumbled onto many amazing new places to spend my smackers.

Score+ Solder is Matthew Cleland's shop where he hand makes glass terrariums and planters. I know terrariums blew up last year, and yes, maybe we'e seen them everywhere, but these are SO beautiful!







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December 9, 2011

Russian Dolls: Hole in My Pocket

December always feels so busy and hectic that I have to work hard not to be crankypants 24/7. These amazing Russian Dolls sets by Hole in My Pocket are making me smile.

Visit the Etsy Shop or the Hole in My Pocket blog.

"Ship's Crew"

"Adam and Eve"

"Brass Band"




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December 5, 2011

New Arrows

I've just added seven new hardwood arrows to the shop, and have three more on the way. The next three will be the white/spiral hitched version with colorful  stitching.


I'm also thrilled to be part of the December Poppytalk Handmade Market, a curated online market showcasing the most amazing handmade goods! A great place for holiday shopping!!!!!







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