It’s Official

Fall is on the way!  The weather here in Dekalb can’t decide if it’s ready to be cold yet or not, but the trees are changing. The air is getting dryer and if thats not enough to convince you then this should!

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My first mini pumpkin of the season! It’s adorable and I love it 🙂

I picked this little fellow up last week at the farmers market. This thursday is the last market of the season. Wah. I will buck myself up and try not to be to sad a sport. It hurts though. Good bye awesome fresh fruit and veggies! You will be missed.

On the etsy shop front I’ve slowly been adding all of the new Halloween Banners I’d made for Renegade 

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So many pictures, titles, and descriptions! I’m really proud of these little guys though! All the handwriting practices are starting to payoff.  It’s always exciting to see visual progress!

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Some new cake toppers..

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More to come!

So here’s my modest start to the Halloween season! Hoping to get more made soon!

I have to say I do love my little chalk board Halloween cake topper banner 🙂

Happy Tuesday!

Weekend In Chicago through Instagram

Hello All!

It’s been quite a while since my last post. Things have been a bit cRRAAzy around here.

Schools started and my semester is getting well under way.  I’ve been working like a mad person trying to get summer loose ends tied, school schedules into routines and last but not least things together for Renegade Craft Fair. Which brings me to said weekend in Chicago.

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About two weekends ago I participated in my very first craft show at Renegade Chicago. This fair is quite an experience! Especially as a new vendor not to mention new attendee!

Here are a few pictures of my booth – Which are terrible (!) but there we are.

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Do you see that cup cake in the lower right corner? That poor fellow got prodded SOOO many times. In case you were wondering: YES it’s real!

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I was pretty proud of my little banner garlands -Notebooks- 🙂

 

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Some new Halloween Banners that I’m in the process of adding to my shop.

Renegade was huge and tons of fun!  I learned a TON of things and while I’m not sure fairs will be a big part of my business – at least while I’m in school, I think I’d like to do more!

After little to no sleep the last week leading up to the fair sunday night when it was all over, I crashed!

The next morning my two kind souled friends (who stuck through the fair chaos with me) and I went to Ann Sathers Restaurant off of Belmont!

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I finally got to try their famous cinnamon rolls 🙂 They were delicious! and since I was too busy Instagraming these beauties I only had time to get through one before the main meal came…
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Heaven! These eggs benidict and smoked salmon were ahhmazing. I faired much better than the other two. I got to eat all of my breakfast and had a cinnamon roll left over ^__^
After breakfast my friend who was visiting from Arizona and I went split off from the “local” and went art seeing.
We stopped at the Chicago Cultural Center first.
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If you’ve never been, going to see the largest Tiffany dome in the world is worth the Visit! Sooo pretty!
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The main art exhibit was about Happiness by Stefan Sagmeister. We chose #6 ( #9 was broken) though I’d say I’m more of an 8 person myself.

After the Cultural Center we went to the The Art Institute of Chicago. They have a really nice show up about French Style and French Imperssionism.

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After trying to see the whole museum my friend finally gave up and his last request was to see the Tomaki Suzuki statues. Now if you’ve been to the institute and tried to find these little guys before you know it can be an adventure. We finally found the right elevator and made our way up.

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She was our favorite 🙂

Cinnamon Rolls & Best In Show

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  I did it! I made my very own homemade cinnamon rolls! All by myself! … You know minus the recipe 😉 I’ve been wanting to try my hand a cinnamon rolls for a looooonnnngg time. BUT cinnamon rolls always … Continue reading

Summer Morning Evening Beets

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Today seems like a quiet sort of day. I woke up early (for me) despite going to bed late after working on shop things^^^ The sun light  hazy and soft hitting all the cake toppers I’d worked on in the night that seem so peaceful. After I finish a batch it always seems like their waiting to go out into the world, ready for a party, ready to make a special little splash.

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There isn’t much human noise. I can hear the birds chattering loudly away, the insects rattling and the train. It’s a nice moment before the day really gets going and my little area of my little town wakes up.

The other night I experienced a big first for me…

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I’ve never made or even had beets before! To tell the truth I’ve always been a tinsy tiny little bit afraid of them. I’m a pretty adventurous eater. I will usually try things at least once and I’m not so sure why I’ve dragged my feets on the beets for so long 😉 BUT I finally worked up the courage to buy a bushel at the farmer’s market with a little encouragement from one of the regular venders.

I’ve been eyeing them for weeks. Even tough I was afraid to eat them, I’ve always thought they are beautiful! I found a recipe on pintrest from Angie Cooks in Portland. I think I went with this recipe not only because it sounded great but because this was also this bloggers first time with beets as well!

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As I started working with them

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My experience was the similar to hers. Seeing my hands turn red. Loving their beautiful color and earthy smell

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And looking at all the beautiful rings!

As it turns out I really like beets! They’re earthy and sweet! I ended up putting some on my turkey burger and that was a good idea!

 

Happy monday!

Blueberries Are Raspberries

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Have you seen Thoroughly Modern Millie with Julie Andrews? If you can handle musicals or love Julie Andrews it’s a must! I love the character Muzzy. It seems her favorite phrase is “raspberries”! Maybe she’s rubbing off  on me after the hundreds of views I’ve sat through…

On to the blueberries!

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My second post in two days! Can you believe it? Neither can I! Last week at the farmers market I impulsed purchased a lovely crate of blueberries, much like the lemon I thought get now figure things out later. Do you see a pattern in my shopping?

Armed with my blueberries I set out to find a recipe. I’d been eyeing scones and thought why not? I came across this recipe from latabledenana and got started.

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This recipe was simple and easy peasy. Now I don’t know that much about scones. Weather there are scone faux pas or not, but I deviated from the recipe a little bit. I added almonds,^^^ a 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract and a little more sugar than the recipe called for. (The extra sugar and extracts are where I think the faux pas may come in…)

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The thing I really liked about this recipe is that you pretty much just throw everything into the bowl and mix it up!

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Dough all patted out and ready to be cut. Do NOT be fooled my this innocent picture, the dough is a bit sticky my hands were not so neat 🙂

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All cut and ready for the oven.

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All done!

*A note on the questionable extra sugar. If you like to eat your scones with jam or something of the like I think these are perfect the way they are. If you are going to eat them on their lonesome I would add just a bit more sugar. Even with the extra sugar I added they seemed a touch on the savory side to me but were still great!

The day I made these scones a lovely baker’s twine (named blueberry!) I’d ordered arrived! I think I’ve caught the Navy (color) bug and with all this blue around I ended up making some lovely little watercolor gift tags ^__^

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What do think? They came out so moody (in a good way!). I think I’m smitten

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A lovely blue tag to accompany and lovely blue treat!

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I also made some sweet pale pink tags among other projects. They’re all up in the shop 🙂

Happy Sunday!

Making Popsicles

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It’s been a whole three weeks since my last post! Time flies sometimes, especially when you’re busy! I promised my self I’d blog more often but then I just think thats not interesting enough to share. Do you ever feel that way?

Well any who today I wanted to share to my adventures in popsicle making!

I’ve been obsessed the last week with popsicle making. I saw one pin on pinterest (lets be friends!-I’d love to see yours!) and went pin crazy! There are so many options! Not to mention gorgeous pictures! This only made things worse :S So my next step was to go to amazon and check out popsicle molds (of course). They start at about $12 and go up, and while $12 isn’t that expensive, I’m cheap. Period. I decided to hold out. I figured I could probably get them cheaper in town and I’m glad I did! Target pulled through. I got two sets for a whopping $1.50 each! For a $1.50 I can live with the jelly bean 😉

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So with molds acquired it was time to let popsicle making commence! Back at pintrest, I started really looking at recipes and started to get a bit overwhelmed. There were TOOO many options. Like with most recipes some were easy others were more involved. So after gandering around a bit I decided to wing it.

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The first popsicle batch I made were pineapple and lime! This was a great decision! If you like lime this is for you! They were nice a tangy and not to sweet.

Up front I have to admit to you that I didn’t use fresh pineapple. Its nearly impossible to get here in Dekalb. They turned out great anyway!

Here’s a rough recipe of you’re interested. The lovely thing about popsicles (in my opinion) are if the base tastes good you’re all set. Just raid the fruit you have on hand and get to work!

I used:

1/2 a can of pineapples and 1/2 the juice

1 whole lime

1 tablespoon of sugar (about)

a bit of water

*You’ll need a blender

I squeezed the lime straight into the blender added the sugar and pineapple/juice and blended until smooth. Then added a bit of water just to make the mixture a bit more runny. You can use more juice but I was going to use my pineapple for my second batch. The water worked fine. Then pour into your molds.

Now at this point I have to warn you: no matter how much you wish that your popsicles will freeze instantly they won’t. 😦 So now you just wait. and wait and wait. Then maybe you’ll forget about them (I didn’t) and tada! Popsicle time!

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The second batch I made was pineapple and peach.

For these I used:

1/4 can of pineapple/juice

1 medium peach

a bit of water.

Then I just followed the same process. Throw it all in the blender, blend, add a bit of water, pour in mold and wait!

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Yay for popsicles! Do you make popsicles? What are your favorite recipes?!!

How To: DIY Paper Crowns

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Hi guys! I’m really excited to share my first DIY project with you! I’m going to show you how to paper crowns from paper towel rolls! They are perfect just because but I think get would also make great placement card holders or even attaching them to a headband for an extra special occasions, Like birthdays 🙂 These crowns didn’t take very much time at all. You can get as involved or as ornate as you’d like.

Things you’ll need:

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Different paints and brushes: If you have a wide variety of spray paints, I’d say this will definitely shave a lot of time off of the project but good ol’ acrylic paint worked great too!

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Trimmings: I feel like the possibilities are endless here! Just find/gather  a bunch of odds and ends and see what you come up with! I used glitter, crepe paper, ribbon and washi tape but I started thinking about all the other stuff I had that could be used. I already want to make more!

Other miscellaneous things you may also need:

-Glue, I like Mod Podge a LOT! It’s very versatile

-Hot glue/gun

-Palette for paint

-Newpaper for wet crowns/spray painting

-Nitrile/latex gloves also for spray painting

And of course paper towel or toilet paper tubes. I got six crowns out of a paper towel tube and two out of a toilet paper tube.

Lets get started!

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I found I liked the look of a shorter crown. I just eyeballed the size. Cutting the tube is a bit awkward so you may have to do a bit of leveling to get everything even.

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After you have your crowns cut it’s time to make the points! This is probably going to take a bit of finessing, it definitely took me a couple of tries! Ideally you’ll cut around just right so everything matches up. Its no big deal if you mess up. I messed up one and just put the points in the back, didn’t even notice did you 😉

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It’s time to get painting! I just use a bit of parchment paper as a palette because I tend to use all mine for watercolor. A paper plate or *real* palette would work great also. If you are using spray paint just get to work! I did use a nitrile (or latex) glove while I painted and just held the crown but whatever works for you!

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With the acrylic paint I just painted one half and let it dry then flipped it over and finished. If you are a paint the whole thing at oncer then go for it!

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Now that you’re done painting it’s time to fancy your crown up!

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I made some really simple ones with just a bit of glitter, and or a strip of washi tape,

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and some with crepe paper and ribbon! You can as crazy or as simple as you’d like!

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All done!

Thanks for making it to the end with me! Happy Saturday!

Lemon Two Ways & A New Friend

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Well it seems that summer is finally here. It’s “hot” and muggy and it seems like it’s here to stay. I say “hot” because 80-90’s isn’t that bad. Back home in Tucson temps are reaching 112. *___* blech! The mugginess on the other hand is terrible.

With the warmer summerier (I think I just made up a word…) weather, I’m starting to crave “summer” foods. I picked up a lemon at our farmers market, not sure what I wanted to do with it but hey you can ALWAYS use  a lemon right? right.

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I saw a recipe for lemon cookies on pintrest and knew THIS is what my lemon was destined for (!) but when I went to the recipe it required a box of lemon cake mix. This was a problem, I didn’t have a box of lemon cake mix and I definitely didn’t want to acquire one. So after a bit of searching I finally found one that seemed up my alley and I had all the ingredients for. I went with this one from little bitty kitchen. This was my first time at this blog but I will definitely be back. Its very lovely ^__^

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Cookies all crinkly and ready for another dusting of sugar..

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My boyfriend *had* to taste test a few and taste testing just can’t wait!

I decided to use the rest of my lemon for iced tea! I have fond memories of my mom making suntea in a big glass tea jar. I loovvveee sun tea there’s just a little something special the sun adds. I don’t know if it gets hot enough here to make sun tea but it may be worth a try.

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Sun or no this lemony tea hit the spot and a mason jar made it all the better 🙂

Now I’m sure you’re wondering where does the new friend come it?

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Do you see him?

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I’d like to introduce you to Sir Bartholomew Finderdinks the second. Sir Bart the first (as dubbed by a good human friend) was a companion in the fall but sadly he stopped visiting. Then the other day this fellow showed up! I must say I’ve never seen a squirrel wag its tail a someone before. I hope to see more of him. We love to watch the squirrels running about and playing with each other. Its especially entertaining when the birds hang out and yell at them. The squirrels don’t seem to notice or mind.

What summer foods are you making this summer?

A Garland and Focaccia Bread

Hello!

Its been a few days since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee working on orders for my shop. I did manage to squeeze in a little time to make a new garland!

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It has mint and pink scallops with hand glittered gold medallions.

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Simple and sweet..

I also managed to squeeze  a new baking adventure!

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Focaccia bread!

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Dough all oiled up with yummy rosemary!

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Just out of the oven..

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and ready for eaten! It was hard waiting for it to cool but so worth it!

Have you made focaccia before? I opted for the slightly thicker option and I think next time I will try making the loaf thinner 🙂

Happy wednesday!

Hip Hip Hooray!

I have some very exciting news to share! Gnome’s Whimsy has been accepted to participate in the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago!

I’m beaming and freaking out all at the same time! This will be my very first fair! Ahhh!

Ok I’m calm again… kinda

Back in work land I’ve posted a very sweet and classic black & gold trio of notebooks in my Etsy shop!

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There’s definitely a bit of whimsy in them don’t you think? 😉

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A lovely ranunculus to keep company!

 

Happy thursday!