Monday, November 16, 2015

Thanksgiving Florals: Persimmon and Bittersweet

Persimmon are beautiful.  Their cheery orange color is a great way to add a pop of brightness to tables and arrangements for Thanksgiving.  While even just a bowl of this crimson fruit is enough to dress things up, adding them to a hearty floral arrangement takes it one step further.

You will need:
-Large vase
-2 bunched cut mums or other fall colored flower
-Approx. 6 stems rosehips
-3 persimmon
-Foraged branches, twigs, vine or berry (bittersweet pictured)
-Heavy gauge floral wire or thin skewer
-Floral scissors or snips

Start the filler flower, in this case the mums.  I made mine asymmetrical so that it sort of swooped up on one side (cut the stems to different lengths as you go).  Next, add the persimmons.  Stick the heavy gauge floral wire or skewer up through the bottom center of the fruit, as far as you can without poking out of the top.  Nestle bunches of sturdy rose hip stems in and around the persimmons.  Lastly, add sprigs of foraged stems, the bittersweet etc. sticking them in randomly wherever there is room (think organic, natural).
Voila!  There you have a hearty, beautiful arrangement for the holidays.  One good tip:  Use a sturdy/ heavy vase as the fruit will make the arrangement top-heavy.  If you do not have something suitable, add a heavy stone to the bottom of the container or go with a shorter vase for added stability.

Happy arranging!

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Sunday, November 15, 2015

TenPiggies: Shop Update

I had the pleasure this month of photographing the sweetest baby boy for my Etsy shop, TenPiggies.  It was so amazing to see these little things I've been working on, slip on his adorable little put the hats on his darling head.  What a trooper he was!  He smiled the entire time. 
Many of the things I sell are made from locally sourced alpaca fleece yarn.  Every time I go to purchase more yarn, the owner for the farm lets me into the fields to visit with the alpacas ( see my post on this here ).  To see the progression- from fleece on the animal turned into yarn, yarn taken to the needle, and the end product worn by a child is so cool. Here are some of my favorite shots:

So, I've listed several new times, just in time for the holidays, and will be adding even more over the next few weeks. I hope you'll come visit me at the shop!
*Please be respectful of my images and never borrow without asking.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Goodbye October


October has been pretty sweet..

And now we're really excited for the joys that the next few months bring.  Hello November!
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Monday, October 26, 2015

Leaf Shaped Mini Apple Pies

Fall is in full effect! We've been loving the fall foliage this year, living in upstate New York we're totally spoiled by beautiful reds, oranges and yellows everywhere we turn.  The other thing we have in plenty are fresh apples.  My favorite fall treat is definitely apple pie, and these cute little foliage inspired "leaf pies" combine all of these wonderful autumn favorites...
Leaf Shaped Mini Apple Pies:

-2 or 3 Fresh apples, peeled and diced
-1/4 Cup sugar
-1 Tbs flour
-1/2 Tsp nutmeg
-1/4 Tsp Ground cloves
-2 Tsps Ground cinnamon
-2 Prepared, flat rolled pie crusts
- Red & yellow food coloring
- Egg white from two large eggs
*You will also need a sharp tipped knife for cutting shapes, or leaf shaped cookie-cutters.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine diced apples, sugar, flour, nutmeg, cloves, & cinnamon in a bowl and set aside for 5-10mins.  Roll out 1 prepared pie crust onto a floured surface and place spoonful's of the apple filling, spaced out, on the first crust.  Gently lay the second rolled crust over top and push down between the filling piles so that the top dough adheres to the bottom dough.  Using a sharp knife or cookie cutter, cut your leaf shapes (Use the tip of a sharp knife to cut "vein" pattern onto the top of each leaf).  Using a spatula, transfer each leaf pie to a greased cookie sheet.

For Color Glaze:  Mix 1 -2 Tablespoons of egg white with a drop of food coloring and, using a food-safe brush, paint the tops of your leaves. ( I used three colors: yellow, orange and red)

Bake at 350 for approx. 20-30 mins, or when the pies begin to brown.  Set on rack to cool.
Once your pies have cooled, serve and enjoy!
How are you celebrating fall this year, what are some of your favorite autumn treats!?
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Monday, October 12, 2015


It's been a little quiet around here lately...we've been off making the most of the fall season. 
Long walks in the woods with the dogs, end-of-season camping trips. In my free moments away from work I've been working on little items for my TenPiggies Etsy shop, have you visited me there yet? I'd love to hear what you think!

I hope you're out enjoying the sunshine, the leaves, the apple and pumpkins...Isn't fall the best?
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

DIY Seed Packets

We're nearing the end of summer, today is the very first day of September! Can you believe it? As the garden begins to fade, we're already dreaming of planting next year.  One of the best ways to prepare for next year's gardening season is by saving the seeds of your best plants and flowers this year!  I spent some time this weekend doing just that. 

I gathered dried seeds and pods from things in our gardens and then packaged them neatly in these fun little DIY seed packets.  I found a great pattern for the body of the packet and then added my own custom labels.  Here's how you can make them too:

The instructions on the packet pattern printable are super simple, I printed the pattern onto decorative paper for a colorful touch.  After gluing my labels on, I filled each one with seeds and wrote their names on the lines provided.  
Store seed packets in a cool dry place until you're ready to use them next year! 
Psst...These also make great gifts or favors! 
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