Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Also, I wanted to mention this awesome giveaway I found at Cinnamon Sticks Boutique... click on the button on my sidebar ("Twelve Days of Christmas" Giveaway) or go to http://cinnamonsticksboutique.blogspot.com for details. there is tons of pretty jewelry and other cute items to be won!
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
See it all here: http://www.how-tostudio.com/2008/11/win-20-gift-certificate.html
Also, don't forget about my sale beginning on Friday! See yesterday's post or my shop announcement for details. :-)
I'm off to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with my family, and I'll be back to blogging on Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
My first thought for these clockhands was to make them into earrings. So that's what I did!
The ones that aren't suitable for earrings are being used to embellish my paper items, and I'll probably think of more uses on down the road.
Now, for the sale...
Mark my shop now because my sale is awesome.
Beginning Black Friday (11-28) and lasting though Cyber Monday (Dec. 1), I'm having a FILL-A-BOX SALE...
Fill a Prioroity Mail box with five items, and receive a special discount, plus it ships to you for free!
Fill it with five items from my paper section for $40.
Fill it with five rings for $50.
Fill it with five pairs of earrings for $70.
Fill it with five lockets for $90.
No matter what you choose to fill your box with, you're getting huge savings! Use the discount as many times as you'd like and make your mailbox overflow with loads of beautiful handmade goodies. Just make your purchases and mention "Fill a Box" and I will send you a revised invoice.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
And my sale tonight is...
SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL - NOVEMBER 22
Buy two, get one free! Buy any two items and receive one of equal or lesser value FREE!
Please choose your items, then wait for a revised invoice before paying.
See my shop announcement... http://acrossthepond.etsy.com
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Beautiful jewelry from PrettyInPeace:
Adorable dollies and other artwork from HoneyDew Studios:
Unique textile arts from littlebitofsunshine:
Stop by their shops and check them out! Be sure to let them know you saw them here. :-)
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'll be at the NC Triangle Etsy team's "Handmade for the Holidays" show on December 14.
Here is the team blog:
If you're in the area and would like the specifics, please leave me a comment!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
If you purchase a ring from my shop, mention seeing my blog and I'll ship it to you for free! Just wait for a revised invoice, or I can refund your shipping.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I love all things British, including my dear husband, and London is my second home. So when I saw the lovely coin jewelry in La Petit Fleur's shop, I thought it would be a fantastic way to turn some of the coins I brought back from my trips to the UK into a beautiful wearable keepsake!
So, I sent my coins off to Cleveland, and what I got was a set of earrings and a pendant for both my daughter and I. They are GORGEOUS. I wear them all the time, and I have gotten bajillions of compliments on them!
Visit La Petit Fleur here:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5043650 She's got so much beautiful, well-made jewelry...she's a definite favorite of mine!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Taykin started standing him about three feet away from the couch and putting a toy in each hand so he wouldn't immediately get in crawling position. He'd take a few steps and flop into the couch, and we'd all cheer annoyingly and excessively, which made him so happy, all he wanted to do was walk. A week later and he's toddling all over the place. And he still has to have a toy in each hand, lol.
We have video, but it hasn't been uploaded yet, so I'm posting pics instead of random cuteness...a playground trip a few weeks ago.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
All you need is:
Candi-Quick or similar chocolate candy coating, melted according to package directions
1. Take two crackers and make a peanut butter sandwich with them.
2. Dip in chocolate.
3. Lay on wax paper or parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Once you've got a batch, stick them in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
4. Eat. With a giant glass of milk.
(Photo does not show typical serving size. Multiply by 10).
We used two rolls of crackers, a quarter jar of peanut butter, and a pound of cocolate and got about 35 or so cookies.
If you make these, let me know how you liked them!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I've sold two of the blue ones and I have a blue one in my shop now. I have a brown one I still need to list, and I also sold the cream one that was on the front page of Etsy on 10/19 (yes, I'm still beaming!) What's that? You'd like to see that front page? Oh, ok.
I can't wait to make more of these! If you'd like one made a certain way, or if you'd like me to reserve you when the next time I list, just let me know!
No, really, I will. I love the idea of supporting independent artists and craftspeople, and I am sure that, aside from buying all their stuff, blogging is the best way to turn heads in Etsy's direction.
Here is my idea:
I want to make this an Etsy blog with a little bit of my own personal stuff thrown in, and I think I found a routine to balance it out and keep me on track. I'm having...
Mailbox Mondays - This is where I will post about Etsy orders I have received myself. Since I'm not made of money, some Mondays may be about things I *wish* were in my mailbox.
Take-a-Look Tuesdays - On Tuesdays, I'll be asking you to take a look at what I've been working on in my shop. There will be a little extra thrown in there too...maybe a giveaway or a discount code...you'll have to take a look and see!
Whatever Wednesdays - My freebie day where I get to post about whatever I wanna post about. It may be more Etsy stuff, a book review, a recipe, and rambling post about my day (bet you can't wait for that), or a huge, obnoxious rant (I'm sooooo good at those).
Three Minis on Thursday - I'll be posting three minis from various Etsy shops!
Family Fridays - I get to post about my favorite subject...my family. *hearts and twinkle stars*
So there we have it! If you're an Etsy shop owner, or an independent artist that sells wares off Etsy, I would love to include you in some of my postings. Keep an eye out on my blog, email me, or post comments letting me know you'd like to be considered for a feature.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
This is just a quick post to tell you about my feature and giveaway! The lovely Angie from The Downtown Boutique has featured my shop on her blog and I am giving away one of my sterling silver Aralie Gardens rings! Go here to enter: http://thedowntownboutique.blogspot.com/2008/05/friday-feature-no-15-featuring-across.html
Monday, March 24, 2008
(My husband's family is originally from North Cyprus, but now live in London).
Turkish food isn't among the most popular ethnic food. Not many people say, "Hey, let's order in some Turkish tonight." That's why I think people should expand their horizons. People are really missing out. I want to help people.
This recipe is from my mother-in-law, Hulya. Her cooking is soooooo good. Smack.yo.mama. I can make her recipes the exact same way as her, the way she has taught me and made me practice over and over, but it's never the same. Still good and definitely worth eating, but just not the same.
1 pkg wine leaves (also called grape leaves)
2 onions, finely chopped in food processor
1 bunch Italian parsley, finely chopped in food processor
1 tsp ground back pepper
1 lb. ground lamb
1.5 c rice (Uncle Ben's)
2 tbsp. tomato paste
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp salt
2 lemons, juiced
Place all ingredients except the wine leaves together in a large bowl and mix them thoroughly by hand.
Lay out a wine leaf on a cutting board or large plate. (If the leaf is small or irregularly shaped, you may want to overlap it with another). Place a small amount, maybe 2 tsbp. worth, of the meat mixture in the center. Fold in the top and bottom of the leaf, then the two sides, kind of like a teeny tiny Mediterranean burrito. Roll tightly enough to make a secure little package, but not so tightly the meat won't cook. Layer the individual dolma in a large pot.
When you have finished rolling the dolma, fill the pot maybe 3/4 of the way with water. When the dolma is boiling, it has a tendancy to unroll and you are left with some pretty unappetizing leafy meat water for dinner. Preventing this is tricky. You have to weight the top. What I do is put a dinner plate in the pot, then put my sugar canister on top of that. Hey, it works.
Boil the dolma for approx. 20 minutes. Check to make sure the rice and meat is cooked and everything is nice and steamy in the middle. Serve with yogurt and more lemon for sprinking. Yum!
A note about the wine leaves: I get mine from a local Turkish shop. Look around where you live and see if you can find one (check under "mediterranean markets" too). I Googled and unfortunately I can't find an online seller that stocks plain wine leaves not already made into dolma. If you know of any, please tell me and I'll update this post!
Lentil soup is another yummy recipe that's also healthy and easy on your grocery budget!
1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander
2 tbsp. tomato paste
8 c. vegetable stock
1 c. red lentils
1/4 c. short grain rice
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. dried mint
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Saute onion in oil or butter over medium heat until translucent. Stir in garlic, cumin, and coriander and cook 1-2 minutes.
Add tomato paste, stock, lentils and rice. Stir. Bring to a boil.
Cover pan and reduce heat to simmer. Cook 35-40 minutes.
When soup has thicked and the rice and lentils have cooked, add salt, pepper, and dried mint. Serve hot with lemon for garnish.
HUMMUS!! How could I forget hummus!?
1 16 oz. can chickpeas with a little of the liquid, maybe 1/4 c.
2 lemons, juiced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tsp. coriander sprinkle of salt
Dump it all in a food processor and blend until smooth. Eat with pita or veggies...very healthy lunch or snack!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here is a sweet little bunny pendant from Buster and Boo (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5486148). She has tons of cute pendants that would be just right for a jewelry loving girl. These pendants come on a sterling silver bail and a cord necklace. Check out her shop for details on how to get free shipping!
I don't know what it is about these girls, but they either LOVE soap and perfume, or they don't. Mine is hating it. Either way, who wouldn't go for this adorable rubber duckie soap? It's from Kreated by Karina (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=79515). She has lots of really yummy soaps, lip balms, and other goodies in her shop!
From left to right:
Thursday, February 21, 2008
bunches of adorable prints...definitely check her out!
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In response, many fellow Esty shop owners and buyers are banding together to help her family financially through this hard time.
One generous heart is sewphisticate. Her shop is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5318640 (Check out the Chinese Take Me Out Purse...Oh.mah.God. How gorgeous!). She has a section just for Christine and her family, whereby 100% of the sales will go directly to them: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5318640§ion_id=5282129
Please consider purchasing someof these cute items and help this family in need!
Thanks for looking!
If anyone else is donating to Christine's family, contact me and I will include your information here!
This'll be short and sweet because I really don't want to give anything away.
This story opens with a piece of masterful foreshadowing...the climax of the story is laid right out on the first three pages. However, just enough key details are left out so that you don't really know what happens until those three pages are repeated toward the end of the book. You think you do, but you don't. Bwahaha.
Having lost everything, young Jacob Jankowski leaves his studies at Cornell and mindlessly ends up on The Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. The author weaves the history of the Depression Era traveling circus with a sweet yet murderous love story, all told through the eyes of the 93 year old Jacob whose failing mind could never forget. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the "trainwreck" sex scenes...you know, the kind that will scar you for life if you keep looking, yet you can't tear yourself away. (This was a circus, remember.)
I admit that the book didn't get to "can't put it down" status until about 3/4 of the way in. It was good, but I could put it down and forget about it for a few days. Once I hit a certain point though, it could not be torn from my hands. I stayed up until 3 am that night just so I could finish it, and then I laid awake for another couple hours thinking about it.
This is a definite must-read...4 out of 5 stars from me!
Friday, February 8, 2008
Here are my postings so far...I have kept up with it pretty well, although I had to really be creative with some of my postings. :)
And here are the links to my SMs friends' pages...
and Merlot: http://www.thing-a-day.com/author/merlot/
Let me know if you're doing Thing-A-Day so I can watch you too!!
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Check the short end of the wire. Is it coming up from the bottom or top? Either way is fine, but don't cross over when you start wrapping! Take the short end of the wire and wrap it around the bead once, crossing to the other side. Leave it there.
Take the long end of the wire and begin wrapping it. The first time around, just go slightly away from the bead. The second time around, go as close to the bead as possible. The third and subsequent times, wrap away from the bead. Keep going until you are satisfied with the look (or you run out of wire!)
Take the loose ends of the wire on one side and wrap it around and around the band until you are satisfied with the look. (Some people go all the way arounf the band, but I'm not a fan of that look). Count the number of wraps. Now do the same amount of wraps on the other side.
Use the chain nose pliers to smoosh the end flat so that it won't stratch your finger...it can be sharp!
Straighten and smooth the band by beating it to death. You can use a tack hammer, but I like to use the soft-grip handle of my crimper because there's less of a chance of marring the wire.
Around 90% of people can wear a size 7 ring on at least one of their fingers, so when in doubt, make it size 7!
Craft wire and base metals are the easiest to work with. Fine metals, such as sterling and gold-filled, are more sproingy...if you loosen your grip at all before you wrap the sides, your ring will spring open and your beads will fly everywhere! Practice a bit with the craft wire before venturing on to fine metals.
Round beads are easiest to work with. Flat beads are the hardest because the wires won't stay under the bead when you pinch them together before wrapping.
Don't get too frustrated. It does take practice!
If you find you're feeling like you don't have enough hands, feel free to place the mandrel between your knees. That's what I do! I like to think I'm working my thighs as I am squeezing the mandrel with my knees. :)