Tuesday, January 26, 2010

etsy glitter inspired treasury

I just recieved a note that an item from my etsy shop is being featured in a Treasury! That's always so exciting! It's one of my first glittery chalkboards!

The etsy artist is rather new, so stop by and check out her fabulous and elegant jewelry in her new shop!  jmcrowther.etsy.com

The Treasury is all about glitter, which I have been going a little crazy for lately. Buying it as well as experimenting with using it on everything! Surprisingly, there are many different types of glitter. From sort of chunky stuff to extremely fine and almost powdery. And they all have a different effect. So much fun!
Does anyone have a favorite glitter? I am still searching. . .

Monday, January 11, 2010

picture frames at the GW!

There is a great sale I frequent, every other Saturday at my local GW {better know as the Goodwill}. Every item in the store is 50% off!

As I'm always on the hunt for all styles, types and sizes of picture frames, I cannot stay away from this awesome sale. And trust me, there is plenty of other stuff there, just waiting to be reconditioned and given a new life!

If you visit my website @ sweetiepiesuite.etsy.com, you can view some of these frames turned into chalkboards - that's what I use them for - chalkboards.  Once in a while, I will get a request to make various color picture frames, yes, for pictures. But mostly, I make chalkboards.

I am rather picky about which frames I choose, but they have tons to choose from! So, needless to say, every nook and free cranny in my house is pretty much layered with leaning picture frames. {something my husband has graciously overlooked, for the most part}.

These frames are awaiting some paint, etc.

This is the primer stage.

These have been painted some pretty pastel shades.

And these, are ready for either pictures or chalkboards!

I have some other projects in the works, and will share those soon!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

a day for scones!

Spur of the moment this morning - scones! These are so easy to make and so pretty {as well as a tiny bit chic, I think}. Makes me feel like I really went all out and made something truly extraordinary and amazing - {straight out of a Charlotte Bronte novel}.  
Here is my recipe, actually my mom's recipe, called Scotch Scones. So yummy with butter or jam and a hot cocoa. So, why not get a little floury and create something scrumptious!

Scotch Scones

2 cups flour     
2 T. sugar
1 T. baking powder
1 tea. salt
1/4 tea. baking soda
1/2 cup raisins {optional}
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sour cream
3 T. milk
1 egg

Mix dry ingrediants with the raisins, then add oil and sour cream just till mixture clings together. {I didn't have any raisins today - but just as good!}

Toss on floured board, knead and flatten into a round shape, about 10 inches across. {you don't really have to use a rolling pin, your hands work just fine}

Cut into pie shapes, then brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake till lightly golden. {about 7 minutes in my oven}

Remove from cookie sheet to cool on wire rack.



Monday, January 4, 2010

this new year of 2010

Well, it finally feels like this new year has truly begun. Yesterday was my birthday, which {as a teacher} is always a mark of time: time to go back to work! {not until tomorrow, actually}.  My son went off to school this morning, and he was actually excited to go! My goal today is to take some pictures and post them to my esty sites, as well as creating a new banner for this blog!

I have the new years cleaning bug, and so far have cleaned our giant closet, the entire kitchen and now must tackle putting away all the christmas stuff.
Busy day ahead and school is out at 2:45 - better get to it!