Monday, November 17, 2014

Attic Lace Holiday

Guess what guys! I survived my first craft fair! This event was actually considered a "Vendor Day" (at Weed Orchards & Winery in Marlboro, NY), and I was there with a booth of handmade items for sale.  I had so much fun prepping for this, making holiday decor items and crocheting little baby hats and booties.  It was an awesome feeling to get feedback from visitors and I almost couldn't get over the fact that people seemed to really like my stuff! It was a wonderful feeling.  I met some really great people, many of them local to the upstate area. I've attended many different types of fairs and markets, and it was really interesting to be on the other side of the table this time...
Everything was handmade which felt great, Nick even helped me make those awesome little wood slice ornaments which I then painted and strung.  This really got me in the mood to start decorating for Christmas, so of course I kept some ornaments for our own tree at home.
I think my favorite selling items were the baby booties.  It was pretty neat to have customers tell me that they were a gift for their sister, or friend who was due in the months to come. One woman bought a pair to bring to a baby shower later that day.  It really warmed my heart to think of the tiny toes that would be snuggling down in those little booties.

All in all it was a day that left me feeling really happy, despite the absolutely frigid temps (we actually had a heavy snow flurry at one point!). We sipped many cups of their delicious hot apple cider, and the freshly made donuts didn't hurt either.

I want to say a big 'thank you' to those of you that came out and showed your support.  A huge thank you also to Nick and my Mama, they stuck it out with me all day in that freezing cold. That's love right there!  I have to say that this is something I'd definitely  consider doing again in the future.  In the meantime, I'm dreaming a bit of opening an online shop. What do you think?


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Monday, November 3, 2014

Little Fall Wreath

Hope you had an excellent Halloween weekend.  If you're like me and did any type of shopping this weekend you saw...Christmas.  Don't get me wrong- I can't wait to start the holiday season but for me the next couple of weeks are a weird limbo stage.  Not quite time to start decorations, but still there is a yearning.  To quell my excitement, and to continue to honor fall, I made this little leaf wreath out of felt.  It's nice and neutral so it doesn't lean too heavily in either the Christmas direction, or the fall direction.  A happy medium.
You Will Need:
-Three colors of crafting felt
-1 to 3 pieces of floral wire 
-Thin ribbon
-Glue (hot glue works best)
Cut varying sizes and colors of leaves from your felt. I also cut some little round berry shapes out of my green felt.

Using a twisting motion, make a small circle using your floral wire, mine was about 8-10" across.  Tuck in any sharp end or dot with glue.  Begin to glue your leaves and berries along the wire shape until you've gone all the way around.
Tie a bow with your ribbon and glue to the top/front of your wreath.  Cut an extra loop of ribbon and attach to the back of the wreath for hanging.  Your wreath is now complete!
I'm happy with my "not quite the Christmas season yet" wreath.  It feels a little festive without jumping the gun. How are you enjoying the last bits of fall before the seasons turn?

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween DIY: Spooky Spoons!

Halloween is two weeks away! Can you believe it!? October has flown by and I had to get started on costume and party ideas before Halloween knocks at our door (Trick-or-Treat!).  I love adding a little surprise factor to themed party tables and, rather than boring old utensils, I thought it would be fun to dress up the flatware a bit! I picked up these cheap little skeleton hands for a dollar ninety nine at the craft store (also saw them at the party store so they should be available at any major retailer of the sort) and snagged some silver plastic flatware.  A little hot glue, and we're good to go!
Simply glue the "palm" of the bony hand to the end of the plastic utensil, allow to cool/harden, and repeat!
It's as simple as that.  An entire party set could be made in minutes.  I also appreciate how inexpensive this was, party supplies can add up fast!
I think party guests will really get a kick out of these spooky spoons (and forks/knives).  A cheap way to be a bit playful with the place settings.  Everyone needs a little "hand" with their spoon now and again, don't you think? 


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Monday, October 13, 2014

Camp: End of Season & The Phoenicia Flea

We closed out the camping season this week in upstate New York. Despite chilly nights, the sun shone during the day and it was a great long-weekend.  Lots of campfires and some perfect hikes through the woods.  The first image is courtesy of my little niece who is showing promise of a great eye for photography, don't you think?  We'd both agreed the picture she took of the pine cone felt very "holiday" which, in turn, made us very excited for winter.  But, in the meantime, we soaked up fall and had the best weekend with friends and family...

We even had a little time to walk around Phoenicia and to visit The Graham& Co for the Phoenicia Flea, the sweetest outdoor maker's market which circle's Graham & Co's awesome fire-pit. Of course the icing on the cake for me was berry-loaded homemade waffles from the Phoenicia Diner.  Best breakfast around!  Our love for our upstate NY deepens all the time and this weekend was no exception.  It's exciting to see our favorite place getting some extra love attention these days.

How are you enjoying the season?
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Apple Crumb Muffins

We have ton of beautiful apples left from our apple picking trip and I've been baking away here.  With the weather finally cooling down, apple baked goodies are the perfect thing for snacks and desserts.  One of my favorite, and also the simplest, things to make are Apple Crumb Muffins.

Apple Crumb Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease or line 2 muffin tins. Peel and roughly chop 3 apples and set aside.

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl, pinching out any lumps of brown sugar.

1 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or substitute applesauce)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Mix wet ingredients into the dry mixture and blend until smooth.  Add the chopped apples. Pour batter into prepared muffin tins.

For crumb mixture (to top each):

2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1 stick of melted butter

Combine three ingredients lightly (I use a pastry cutter here) until a rough crumbly mixture has formed.  Sprinkle over each muffin top.

Bake for 30 - 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the middle muffin comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely before carefully removing from pan.

These are a sweeter muffin, bordering on "cupcake status".  They make a great dessert, especially straight from the oven.

Have you been baking more lately too?


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Monday, September 29, 2014

Sunshine, Apples, and Donuts - Oh My!

We visited one of our favorite local orchards this weekend for a bit of apple picking.  It was quite warm, to say the least, but enjoyable nonetheless. We left with bags full of apples and bellies full of cider donuts... because let's be honest, I'm really there for the donuts.

Now for some baking!! I have a bunch of great apple-filled recipes I can't wait to share with you guys!  Have you picked any apples yet?

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