Notebooks

Hi All! How goes your tuesday almost wednesday? Did you get through Monday?

I thought I’d share a not-so-companion to the gift tags I showed yesterday new in my  Etsy shop

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Handbound notebooks 🙂 I hand lettered these ones, they read “notes” and added a bit of washi tape.

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Polka Dots! (Like the gift tags)

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I water colored these ones: one mint, one pink with polka dots and one mint & pink chevrons with gold!

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A lovely shot all together.

Sweet dreams maybe we will meet tomorrow

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Cookies and Gift tags

Hi Guys! I’m so excited to share a new project going into my Etsy shop later today!

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Polka dot gift tags! Of course I had to bake something to show them off right? Right.

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Cookies ready for the oven. I found this chocolate chip cookie recipe on a blog called Annie’s Eats. Her recipes are awesome, fool proof really… and I need that!

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Cookies out and they are huge!

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Lovely gold polka dots accompanied by soft pink, mint, and black ones. Perfect for a sweet note to give with a special something 😀

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One for me and one for you. Happy Monday!

Farmers Market and Fungi

Hi guys! I have lots of pictures to share today!

Yesterday was the first day of the farmer’s market that is held in my current small town of Dekalb, IL. With Dekalb being so small I really struggle to get good produce out here and affordable, good organic food is almost impossible. So trying not to hold my breath is anticipation is understatement. I was really worried this wouldn’t go well….

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But I totally didn’t need to!! Look at this awesome haul! *__* I’m in heaven!!

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My boyfriend, Carlos and I live close to “downtown” so we walked over. This was the first siting, it seemed small but hopeful.

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There was even a cute popcorn stand!

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The first booth we happened on had flowers, lovely herbs, annd fruits and veggies! We tried to keep it cool as we saw all the awesome produce. It’s been a whole YEAR since we’ve seen stuff this fresh!

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We swiped up some of these pretty peaches, in addition to zucchini and ah-mazing tomatoes.

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Then we found a lovely bread booth that had bread freshly baked that morning!  It was hard to pick just one loaf!

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We’re totally picking out a pastry next week 😀

Next we got absolutely the most amazing asparagus, potatoes and an onion, buuut I forgot to get a picture of that booth… sorry! :S

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Our last stall visit had by far the prettiest set up and also the most variety. We got super delicious corn, squash and a lemon from here.

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Though we have to try the fruit next time too…

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Look at those berries!

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They had even had pears and honey!

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When we got home I made homemade salsa ( ! ) I miss salsa, and turkey BLTs. It was a great lunch!

After lunch I finished up a new project I’ve been working on for my shop!

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Toadstool cake toppers or terrarium figurines!  Whadda ya think?

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I’m pretty excited about them! I hope they will find loving homes oooorrr they can just stay with me 😀

Do you have a local farmer’s market you frequent or place you find fresh goodies?

A Small Celebration With Pie (!)

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My little Etsy shop made 200 sales! I am beyond excited to have reached this goal. I’m surprised every day at the small achievements I reach. I never thought I’d get this far, especially this fast! My first 100 sales took just four months and I’ve reached my second 100 in six WEEKS!! It’s mind blowing I tell you!

Sooo making a pie seemed like a great way to celebrate!

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Apple pie waiting for its lattice topping for its oven adventure 😀

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All dressed up and ready to go!

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Cinnamon sugar strips make a great snack while you wait for your pie. (It takes sooooo long some times…)

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All done and ready to eat!!

 

Hows your Thursday? I’m venturing to my town’s little farmers market today for the first time! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some exciting treasures! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

A Bike Ride and Pretzels

Not much to share today. I thought I’d show you a beautiful trail I bike through to get to my art studio.

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This is the main bike path. It’s a little like the secret garden don’t you think?

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A lovely trail off the beaten path..

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A peek inside the wooded area. Old and new mingling together.

Now for pretzels! I’m the proud owner of a brand new yellow kitchen aid mixer, who has been dubbed “Arty.” I’ve been making head way into recipes I’ve always wanted to try!

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At first I was a bit intimidated to make these beauties, but this is my second go at it now and they’re easy peasy!

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Pretzels rising so they can go in the oven!

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Fresh out the oven…

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and ready to eat!

Have you made pretzels before? Do you have a favorite biking path?

A parade, a Pintrest project, and new items

 

 

 

Happy belated memorial day!

I woke up monday morning to a marching band playing Jackson 5 and it took me a few moments to realize that there was a parade down the main strip of the town. If you’ve never been to Dekalb, let me just tell you that “Downtown” is about a 10 block strip 😀 I must admit I’m still getting used to the little things about living in a small town.

Speaking of things to get used to, there are flowers EVERYWHERE around town and grass! This is part of the Kishwaukee river behind my apartment.

 

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Living in the desert we don’t see much of this around and I still get a little gitty seeing them about. WHICH leads to my pintrest project!

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I saw a pin of lovely jars painted gold and I knew I wanted some of my very own! This was my first attempt and coupled with the lovely wild flowers I’ve been eyeing and a little gnome friend (which is a must!)this project has really brightened up my living room!

It was super easy to make too! As an art student, I’m some what of a hoarder o_o and I also believe in recycling so I used a repurposed olive jar, (shhh… don’t tell anyone) wrapped some newspaper round it and taped it off at the length I wanted. I made sure to make an uneven line and spray painted until I had an even coat and violá! You’re done!

So yesterday was not all play (kinda…) I also made new items for my store, and I must say I’m smitten

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I don’t know why it took me so long to mix my washi tape cake toppers together but I’ve learned to error of my ways. I’m going full steam ahead with new pairings. In addition to the mixed cake toppers I also made a lovely little bunting garland cake topper to match.

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Its a match made in heaven I think 😉

Did you do anything special with your monday?

 

 

Introductions and New Beginnings

Hi all!

My name is Ashley.

I currently live in Dekalb IL. – A recent transplant from the Arizona Desert.

I am a graduate student at NIU.

This blog is an adventure spurred, like many others, by my Etsy shop Gnome’s Whimsy.Image I hope to share my daily musings about my goings on with things related to my shop and nothing in particular at all.

I hope we can friends! I’d love to hear about you!