Tuesday, July 31, 2012

On Fire for Handmade Featured Artisan

Handmade Creations by Shelly - Featured Artisan!

I opened my shop four years ago this August. For the past 10 years I have been selling my products at Craft Fairs and some of my fellow craft friends told me about Etsy. I had never sold my items on-line and it was a big step for me.

Over the past four years I have been so lucky to have been guided by so many wonderful shop owners as to the ins and outs of on-line shops. I am thrilled to say that I sell World Wide.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Taste of Christmas, In July!

Christmas cookies that is! Every year I do a large amount of baking for family and friends. So much so, I normally reserve that last full weekend before Christmas for baking and only baking. That probably doesn't sound too unusual for most, but I am not talking Snickerdoodles! Not to imply there is anything at all wrong with Snickerdoodles! I just don't have a recipe to make them.

Years ago I used to make another 6 or so additional varieties of cookies, but I also had a lot more people to give them too! It is hard to believe that Christmas will be here 6 months from now! If any of you have a good recipe for Snickerdoodles, I would love it if you shared it with me.

Merry Christmas in July!


Almond Cookies
Easy Peasy Cripix Chocolate Drops

Pecan Balls

Raspberry Thumb Print Cookies

Forgotten Cookies - Meringue

Almond Toffee

Italian Pizzelles

Toll House Cookies

Sand Tarts (sugar cookies)

Raspberry Mace Cookies

Monday, July 23, 2012

This Week's On Fire Featured Artisan

 Hey there! My name is Cari, and I have a love for crochet (creating and teaching). One of my goals is to show that anyone can create useful and beautiful items they believe are beyond their wildest dreams. My jewelry design, Braidlets®, is a prime example

To begin my story I want to… share some personal info. I’m a native Southern California girl, married toJohn (retired Atty. and Veteran Combat Corpsman with Fox 2/7 1968) who supports my passion 110%. 
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

It's Tomato Time Again!

I just love this time of year! We are coming in to that time in the summer where our counter-top is always loaded with produce and the grocery bill shrinks to just the necessities of paper products, personal needs and a small amount of meats. Oh and maybe some nice wines!

The tomato on the far right is called Mr. Stripey and it weighed in at 2 lbs. 3.3 ounces! Mr. Stripey tops my list of all time favorites for versatility, flavor, looks and texture. It is a sweet meaty tomato variety that is good for just about anything you can think of - especially salsa! The sliced tomato in the back left is a variety known as Cherokee purple that we had just gotten 3 tomato and cucumber sandwiches out of and the two tomatoes in the front are Beef Masters. All together I think we probably have about 7 different varieties and we also grew some tomatillos for salsa verde this year. We had a late start on these because a chipmunk got into our greenhouse in late spring and ate all our plant roots. They are just starting to form fruit, so it will be fun to experiment with all the different regional recipes!

The herb garden is overflowing with basil and the tomatoes plants are loaded and all we need for a great meal is a little olive oil, garlic and pasta. Of course, if I really want to kick it up a notch, I make some fresh pesto to go on that pasta. I make my pesto with basil, olive oil, the juice of a fresh squeezed lemon, roasted walnuts, garlic, grey salt and freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

Next up will be all the different pepper varieties we are growing this year. The jalapenos are already producing really well and I will probably be forced to make some poppers this weekend. Stay tuned!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's Been a While...

...but something seems to be under foot here!

All links to my blog, which is several years old, now go to some other person's blog! What on earth? And they don't even have a Blogspot Blog it is a Wordpress Blog!

So, as not to belabor the point/issue, I have renamed my blog to better reflect the nature of the content. I don't normally blog too much about crafts, I blog about life on our small farm and well, just life in general, so this is probably a better fit.

Lately, life in general has been a chore! On June 29, a new type of storm, well new to me, called a Derecho swept across 10 states and devastated much of our little slice of heaven. A Derecho is also known as a land hurricane, which is also new to me, and this nasty but fast moving storm left us without power for 11 days of what was the worst heat wave we have had in Central VA since 1936. Yes, we broke all the records.

The only good news here, is that we were on vacation in the Outer Banks the week before, and if this storm had come through a week earlier, we would have had to come home because our farm sitter could never have dealt with the fallout and we would have missed out on our wonderful vacation!

This is the view looking west from Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head. Those dunes are part of Jockey's Ridge State Park - spectacular!
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