Monday, December 20, 2010

Happy Holidays!

Christmas is at the end of the week and I have lots to do yet! I will be working nonstop until then so I will get back to posting after the holidays. 

Happy Holidays!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Etsy Lovin'

This gal may be my new favorite etsy seller! She did an awesome custom bracelet for me made out of scrabble tiles featuring the characters from Twin Peaks. I love it! Check out her shop!

And speaking of etsy, here are some new felt bow headbands I just whipped up tonight. They should be in the shop within the next couple days.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Baking Days

Here's what my day looked like:


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Faux Fur Collar

I recently came across the wonderful site called Colette Patterns which is dedicated to sewing patterns for making reproduction vintage pieces. I may never have the time to whip up one of the gorgeous dresses they have to offer but I did come across a tutorial for a cute faux fur collar.

I've been really into fur collar recently and I know this is something I could pull off. I think it would look great for Christmas dinner or with a cocktail dress for New Years!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Cameo Necklaces

These fun necklaces have been in the works for awhile now and they are finally done! All have a brass plated filigree setting that I have painted. Each have a different photo that is sealed with a glossy finish. They all hang from a silver plated ball chain. If you like what you see, check out my shop. More to come!


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Winter Craft Show

Charm City Craft Mafia presents Holiday Heap!

This Saturday from 10-5 come see over 40 local craft vendors at 2640 St Paul St , Baltimore MD 21218, inside St John's Church.

Go here before hand to check out all the vendors that will be there.

Handmade is great for the holidays!

I will try my best to get there before work!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!!!

The latest issue of Bust magazine featured their Holiday Gift Guide. I always find fun new things in it that I have never seen before. One of them happened to be this cute little ice cream maker from Hamilton Beach. I have never made my own ice cream before but have been very interested in doing so. 

On a trip to Target today, I found the blue one for only $19.99! Needless to say, I bought it and can't wait to try it out. I will keep you posted on how it is!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Skeleton Cameos

I've been working on some new ideas for my second shop, Flamingo Cupcake Studios. I got these cute resin cameos with pretty day of the dead skeleton ladies. I made these hair bows with them...

I think I will also use these to make some brooches and necklaces.

And I've been thinking of making a business card type thing. I need something cute to put in with my orders and to give out to people. I'm liking this design...

Black Friday Sale!

Now thru Dec 1, enter BLACKFRIDAY as your coupon code and receive 15% off all items in my shop!

Not only am I doing this for Black Friday but I'm trying to hit my 100th sale! Happy shopping!


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I'm a day early but I will be off to PA tonight to see my parents and spend Thanksgiving with them. Then I have to work on Black Friday so no shopping for me this year. Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I wish I looked this elegant while baking...instead I'm in pajamas with bedhead.
Happy Sunday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Where have you been all my life?!

  Say hello to the Silhouette SD
The Silhouette SD is an electronic cutting tool that connects to your computer allowing you to cut fonts and images in cardstock, vinyl, heat transfer material, etc. It can do things such as scrapbook pages, cards, custom apparel, vinyl decor, etched glass, sketched designs, temporary tattoos, paper crafts, and much more. 
Only problem is, for $299, I just don't think I would use it enough to justify such a large purchase...  Go here to see what Elsie has done with hers!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pumpkin Cupcakes

I was looking for something different to make for Thanksgiving dessert and I stumbled on this recipe from for pumpkin cupcakes. They were really easy and I topped them off with my favorite cream cheese frosting recipe. They are so yummy!

 You will need:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice; set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
  3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling each about halfway. Bake until tops spring back when touched, and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans once if needed. Transfer to a wire rack; let cool completely.

Vintage Christmas

Theres no arguing that Christmas stuff is everywhere and we havent even celebrated Thanksgiving yet. It comes earlier and earlier every year. Being that I work in retail, Christmas is pretty much shoved in my face before Halloween is even here. I kind of enjoy looking at Christmas decorations, especially vintage ones. I myself have quite a few kitschy vintage Christmas decorations but here are some I found on etsy that I really love.

From Space87
From 123Hollybee
From efinegifts

From pumkintruck


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Shop Update!

I finally added a few new things to my shop. I definitely did not want to part with this lovely dress but the waist is just too tiny for me. Hopefully it will go to a good home!

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cupcake Love

Here are some super cute cupcake inspired things I recently came across. All of them happen to be from Urban Outfitters & Modcloth.comIts hard to tell from the photo, but the last one is a measuring cup set!

Wearable Art

So pretty much all day I've been working on my bottle cap accessories. I found really cute clippings from my 10 years worth collection of Bust magazines and turned them into something wearable! I put the clippings in bottle caps and sealed them with resin. I put them on hair pins and felt brooches. I plan to make more in the future. I really like how they turned out! You can purchase them here.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Flamingo Cupcake Studios

Flamingo Cupcake Studios!

Yes, I made a second etsy page, Flamingo Cupcake Studios, which will be dedicated to all things handmade. I thought it would make sense to have 2 so that all my vintage finds can be kept separate. I've already been busy making hair clips and I have some new ideas up my sleeve. Hope you like it!

Black Bean Tortilla Pie

Since I talk about it all the time, I thought I would give out the recipe to my favorite dish...the black bean tortilla pie. It comes straight out of the Great Food Fast cookbook put out by Martha Stewart Living. Its a hit at parties and makes great leftovers!

4 10 inch flour tortillas
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 large onion, diced
2 minced garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper to taste
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cup water
1 package frozen corn
4 scallions thinly sliced, plus more for garnish
2 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Use a springform pan or a round cake pan.

 2. Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and cumin. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stir occasionally, until onion is soft.

3. Add the beans and water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid is almost evaporated. Stir in corn and scallions and remove from heat.

4. Fit a tortilla in the bottom of your pan. Layer with 1/4 of the bean mixture and 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat 3 times but use 1 cup cheese on the top layer. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Sprinkle with scallions and slice into wedges.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Congrats Diane & Chad!

I love weddings! What a great excuse to get dressed up and celebrate! This Saturday we went up to PA to celebrate our friends Diane and Chad's marriage. What a beautiful wedding it was and so was the bride, of course. Loving that fur!

I miss my friends back home dearly so I always take full advantage of my time with them. And an open bar never hurt either.

 And as always, what I wore...

 Vintage 50s Dress: Etsy
Sweater & Belt: thrifted
Heels: Loehmans

And on a side note...I think my next post will be the recipe for that Black Bean Tortilla Pie I'm always raving about. Just for you, Helga!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

What I'm loving right now

Heres a girly list of things I'm in love with at the moment. This is what a trip to the mall will do to me.

I'm always in love with Betsey Johnson however I was ready to shell out the money today to buy some of her new pieces of jewelry. I thought the owl brooch would be adorable on my winter coat.

Every time I go into Sephora, I'm drooling over all the makeup I can't afford. I'm in love with Kat Von D's new Tattoo Chronicles Palette complete with eyeshadow, eyelashes, and perfume!

 And speaking of perfume, I never met a Philosophy fragrance I didn't like. One whiff of Eternal Grace, and I was in love. It's still lingering on my jacket. Sooo good!