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Make It Monday – Martha’s American Made Awards

If you look to the right of this post, below the photo of me looking very colorful, you’ll see a new button that looks like this:

Martha Stewart - American Made 2013 - Nominee Badge

Yesterday, a friend from our local Etsy team, Etsy Fort Worth, shared the link for our team members to nominate themselves for Martha Stewart’s Made In America Awards. The finalists from the six categories will receive an AM gift basket, and will be featured on the site and on Sirius radio. The first prize winner receives $10,000 to use toward their business, and a trip to NYC!

All you have to do to enter is click the green button on the right (or the picture below,) check out our profile, of course, and click the “nominate  yourself” button at the top right of the page. You’ll select your category, add any photos, videos, and links you’d like to share, then write a short bio about yourself/your business, and answer a couple of questions. You can save a copy of your profile before publishing it, and once you publish, you can edit your profile if you notice any mistakes or something you may have left out.

A sneak peek of our profile!

A sneak peek of our profile!

 

Voting starts August 26, so be sure to add our profile to your favorites list for later! Mom is looking for a house right now, and we’ve been planning out our studio space (who cares about the rest of the house, right?) So, if we win the grand prize, part of the money will go toward renovating one or two of the rooms to create a space where we can make and market together, and where we can invite customers to talk about custom orders, and host fittings for models. We are in serious need of a collective, designated space for our work, so that we can collaborate on projects, and store our supplies in one space. I’m especially excited to designate an area for taking photos, with different backdrops and a light box, without having to take it all down and reassemble it to save space in our current, small apartments.  

Of course, if we don’t win, we’re just excited about the opportunity for free exposure. By creating our profile, we’ll reach potential customers that haven’t heard of us before, who’ll visit our Etsy shops and other links, and get to know us better. If you or anyone you know has a handmade business, take the opportunity to put yourself out there! It could be craft, design, food, gardening, or style related. Nominate yourself (or make them nominate themselves,) because you never know who’ll fall in love with your product.

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Weird Wednesday – Morticia & More

This Halloween may be the first one in years that I won’t have an excuse to dress in costume. Will that stop me? The answer is a resounding NO, my friends.

I will, at the very least, work on my costume for next year – Morticia Addams:

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I tend to go old school with the Addamses, as in the original comic strip or TV show, and I fully intend to craft Morticia’s man-eating plant, Cleopatra (pictured,) to wear around my neck like a boa. The basic costume is simple, though – v-neck black dress (I found a velvet one at a thrift store,) which you may or may not want to add “tentacles” to, or extra fabric to the sleeves, a black wig (or your actual hair, if you’re lucky!) and a few minimal accessories. Add some winged black eyeliner and a dark red lip, and you’re Tish! You just need to find a pinstriped suit and a mustache for your Gomez.

This year, Tom is running a race on the day of our church’s Trunk or Treat, so we’ll miss our chance to deck out ourselves and our trunk. Then Halloween day will be full of a family-friendly-but-creepy movie marathon at the Tri C, complete with popcorn and candy, and scary movies and dinner with my best friend and her boyfriend that night. I can’t wait to decorate her house this Saturday! We’re going with a zombie crime scene theme which will include us outlining each other in chalk and splattering fake blood, and real crime scene tape from the police station where she works.

If you’re getting in the Halloween spirit, take a look at my Every Day Is Halloween pinterest board! It’s filled with lots of unique costume ideas, props and decorations, freaky food, and other bits of spooky inspiration I’ve found. Don’t forget our weird shop, JuJu Eyeball, for fun accessories and decor. Hurry – it’s not too late to put in a custom order for your costume accessories!

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Whatever Weekend – I Turned Into A Fairy (Who’s Scandalously In Love With A Pirate)

Tom and I went to the ren faire yesterday and made lots of friends! Who doesn’t want to be friends with a fairy and a handsome pirate?

Here’s how my wings turned out:

My little wings! I took off some of the greenery, and replaced the elastic arm bands with wide brown satin ribbon. Much more comfy.

The final costumes:

Not to get too country on you, but is this what "buttin' a stump" means?

A coveted picture with Twig the fairy:

Her wings and costume are magnificent! I tried cellophane on mine, but couldn't get it to work. I'll definitely have to try again.

We ate renaissance pizza and baklava, and Tom drank all the rum.

I bought a sweet mini-parasol with scalloped edges and a hand-painted cherry blossom design. If anyone knows a way to water proof rice paper, let me know! I also bought a walking stick made of cedar from a man named Cedar (I’m not kidding. He lives totally off the grid in Oregon.) You can see both of them in the picture with Twig.

Tom and I both got henna designs this time – it’s usually something I do to relax while he walks around. For those of you who don’t know what henna is, it’s a natural plant-based dye used in Asia and the middle East. The paste is greenish, applied through a small tip, which dries on your skin. When you remove it, the stain of the design is left behind in a rich, terra cotta color. Mendhi is the art of henna, creating intricate designs on the hands and feet for everyday, but especially big events like weddings. It looks like this:

Tom's mandala design. I got a lotus design on my foot.

The designs have been Americanized, and henna is now an alternative to temporary tattoos, since the stain usually lasts one to three weeks.

We walked our butts off and watched the joust, the royal court dance, and acts like bellydancing, whip crackers, pub singers, and joked with the roving faire characters. When we just couldn’t walk anymore (plus, the faire was closing) we took the long trek out to the car and made the long ride back home, where we soaked our feet and watched an episode of ye olde Bones.

I hope you all had a great weekend!

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Weird Wednesday – Shake It Up

Somewhere, far far away, there’s a magical world of weird little salt and pepper shakers. They’re one of the most collectible collectibles, you can find them in any style, and a whole bunch of them can coexist peacefully on one shelf. Plus, they help you inconspicuously play with your food!

Baby Hands Ceramic Salt and Pepper Shakers by modernfx

Vintage 1940s Art Pottery Dead Bug w/Sprayer S&P by thetoadhouse

Trilobite Salt and Pepper Shakers by potsdamelf

Vintage Plastic Cows Salt and Pepper Shaker Set by dirtybirdiesvintage

See? From baby hands to martian cows … well, I’m not even quite sure what to say, but they’re cute.

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Whatever Weekend – Ground Control To Major Tom

“Here am I sitting in a tin can/far above the world.”

I’ve been so spaced out today! It could be because Tom and I stayed up late watching youtube videos after a very fun date night of Chinese food, frozen yogurt, and “Bones.” My whole schedule has been off this week, anyway.

Tom did cook breakfast this morning, though, and I was happy he woke me up for it:

French toast on sesame seed bread with bananas and honey.

Then I cleaned part of the apartment today, because, you know, I live on the edge! The desire to decorate is great. Must … resist … online … shopping.

Mom’s broken toe still hurts very much. I went to the grocery store for her (and us) today, went to the post office for her and took the dog out. Hopefully, she’s sleeping the pain away right now. She’s either doing that, or watching “Ghost Hunters.” I definitely get my love for scares from you, Mom. I’m watching “Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

I got to talk to my two best girlfriends today, and will probably spend time with one today, and the other next week. I’ve had a bleak social life since we started interning (I think that’s a verb,) so it’ll be nice to have some girl time. Also, since Spring Break has started, Tom and I will have more free time … even though his will be used for catching up on studying. I can’t say I envy him. For those of you interested in seeing the place I’ve been rambling on about for the past few months, here’s the Tri C:

The entrance to Freebucks, our coffee shop.

 We’re working on getting a website made, but in the meantime, we have a Facebook page. If you’re a UT Arlington student, stop by and visit us! We’re open 7:30 a – 10:30 p M-F, and there’s always free coffee, tea, and food. Look for us across from the UC on the North side.

I think that about covers the whatevers of the day. I hope all of you have a great weekend, and a safe and happy Spring break!

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Whatever Weekend – A Sweet (Potato) Recipe

I’m having some much needed down time making Christmas gifts today. I’ve got the ladies all planned out, and getting ready to figure out the guys. Since I have a lot of family to buy for, it’s a lot easier coming up with similar items that I can purchase (or make) in one place for the women!

I’m also getting ready to venture to the grocery store to get food for the week, and for Thanksgiving! I’ve learned that I really enjoy making Thanskgiving dishes. It’s probably my undying love for pumpkin, cinnamon, and sweet potatoes/yams. It’s actually supposed to be in the 40’s (Farenheit) this year. I remember a few years ago when it snowed:

Okay, so it was more like slush, but it was fun!

 This year, we’re finally using our Honeybaked Ham gift certificate to get a turkey. The turkey has got to be the biggest pain in the butt as far as Thanskgiving cooking goes, so it will be nice to have a guaranteed moist and delicious bird we don’t have to heat. Instead, we’ll just make sides: cranberry relish, green beans, pineapple sweet potatoes (a new addition to the menu that started last year) and some kind of stuffing or rolls. Or both. Who doesn’t love a good bread product?

Want to make some of those odd but delicious-sounding sweet potatoes? Here’s the quick and easy recipe:

Ingredients:

5 medium sweet potatoes (or 4-5 large cans of sweet potatoes)

3 tablespoons melted butter

1/4 tsp. salt

1 8.5 oz can of crushed pineapple, undrained

Optional: 6 tbsp. chopped Brazil nuts, pecans, or walnuts

Recipe:

Boil potatoes until tender. Peel and mash, adding butter, salt and pineapple. Beat until smooth and light. Stir in 5 tbsp. nuts and turn into buttered casserole. Bake covered at 375 degrees for 20 minutes; remove cover, sprinkle with remaining nuts and continue baking for another 10 minutes, uncovered. Yield: 6 servings.

This is a nice substitution for the traditional marshmallow-y sweet potatoes. It’s a healther alternative, and a better choice for diabetics.

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Make It Monday – Applesauce!

Make It Monday, our final addition to the BML blogging schedule, will be chock-full of DIY goodness. Recipes, crafts, home projects – if you can make it, I’m gonna post it.

Today is a beautiful, sunny and cool fall day. I have the windows open, the fan on, and the AC off. I had to do some grocery shopping earlier, and got some yummy things: avocados, green beans, red potatoes, corn tortillas, and a gluten-free all natural brownie mix (never had them – I think I just might save it for the bake sale!) I bought our trusty fruit selection, including some shiny red apples. When I came home, I remembered an article I glimpsed briefly the other day about making applesauce, and thought, “What day could be more perfect to make the apartment smell yummy and to eat some applesauce?”

So, I looked up the very complicated recipe:

4 apples

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Then I got to peeling and chopping! Let me tell you, it did not take me long to wish for an apple peeler/corer. Use one if you have it.

Then I put my peeled, cored, chopped apples into a pan with the water, sugar, and cinnamon, and cooked them, covered, over medium heat for 25 minutes (until they were soft.)

doubles as an air freshener!

Then I got out my giant fork.

that’s a Wonder Woman shirt, in case you were wondering

However, the giant fork didn’t work, and I had to resort to a smaller one. Note to self: Self, you also need a potato masher. This will come in handy when you make cheesy, garlicy mashed potatoes, as well.

Then, I put it in the fridge to cool. Not before I took a bite, which tasted like heaven. We’ll probably have it for dessert tonight – I can’t wait!

yum!

This would be a great little gift to give your neighbors, or family members you’ll see in person, for the holidays, too! Just put in mason jars, tie with ribbon, and keep refrigerated.

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