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!

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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!

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 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?