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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
I was looking for something different to make for Thanksgiving dessert and I stumbled on this recipe from marthastewart.com 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
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.
In a large bowl, whisk together, brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, and eggs. Add dry ingredients, and whisk until smooth. Whisk in pumpkin puree.
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.
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.
Here are some super cute cupcake inspired things I recently came across. All of them happen to be from Urban Outfitters & Modcloth.com. Its hard to tell from the photo, but the last one is a measuring cup set!
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
Tanya is my real name but Atomic Bettie is my 50s pinup girl altar-ego. Lover of all things vintage, fashion, and design. I usually feel the need to craft or stop at my local thrift store. If Martha Stewart and John Waters had a baby, I would be that child.
This blog will be about all those things and more!