Sunday, December 28, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: JunebugSoapCo

Today's featured shop specializes in gorgeous natural bath and body products. Check out JunebugSoapCo, a recently opened Etsy shop! Based in Lewistown, PA, JunebugSoapCo offers a wide array of scents and high-quality products at affordable prices. With chic, minimalist packaging, any of JunebugSoapCo's products would be a wonderful addition to a gift basket, or the perfect budget-friendly splurge for yourself! Here are a few of JunebugSoapCo's products that caught my eye:



















Make sure to check out JunebugSoapCo for natural soaps, body washes and more!


Until next time...stay crafty (and lather up)!
-Katie
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: MyPyramid

Based in Israel, MyPyramid features a wide array of nose rings; studs, septum piercings and even fake piercings for people like me who are needle-shy! :) There are many options to choose from, and nose rings are made with 100% 14K gold filled and 100% sterling silver. Nose rings are available in 8mm, 9mm, 10mm and 11mm. If you want the nose ring to be tight, go with a smaller size like the 8mm. If you want it to be looser, go with a larger size like the 10mm and 11mm! Here are a few items from MyPyramid that caught my eye:
























Make sure to check out MyPyramid for even more styles and options!


Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Recipe Feature: Easy Mints

Looking for a last minute candy recipe before Christmas? Look no further! This Easy Mints recipe from Karo has only 5 ingredients and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!






Make sure to check out the recipe here, as well as other holiday recipes from Karo!



Until next time...stay crafty (and make candy)!
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: Alaridesign

Featuring unique artisan jewelry, Alaridesign is based in Tehachapi, CA. Owner Michael creates delicate, gorgeous pieces from his studio in the beautiful Tehachapi mountains, and conducts classes at the Tehachapi Treasure Trove. There's something for everyone at Alaridesign, including birthstone jewelry, mothers rings, stacking rings, and more. Here are just a few of Alaridesign's wonderful items:



























No matter the occasion, there's something for everyone at Alaridesign. Michael gladly accepts custom orders, and wants to make sure that you're happy with your order; he offers a lifetime guarantee on all workmanship! Make sure to check out Alaridesign on Pinterest for new products and more!




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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Guest Post : For The Chili Nights

Today's post comes from missrachelchanel, a blog by one of my dear friends. To see the original post, click here.


For The Chili Nights

I wanted to make a post about this because my dear friend asked me to write a post about my favourite holiday recipe. I wouldn’t consider this a holiday recipe so much as a seasonal one, and I felt that it was noteworthy enough to share. When it starts to get cold, this is one of the first things that I get excited to make. 

This is the best chili that I’ve had so far; I obtained the recipe from cooking school. We received a book of recipes that was printed by the school that have been tested and printed up into sections. This chili recipe was in the soup section of the cookbook.

“If you had to eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?” Have any of you heard this question?
For years, I was unable to answer it! The very thought of eating only one thing for the rest of my life (even if it was a rhetorical situation) made me want to give up on life! After having had this chili, especially on the second day, I finally found an answer to that question. I would gladly eat this chili for the rest of my life… as long as it was only once a day. If it wasn’t this chili, I’d also choose the vegan chili that our stage manager made once. I’ll have to post the recipe for that one eventually. Once I make it myself, I promise to post a recipe for that one.

But for now… the chili con carne.
It has the perfect amount of spices in it and the right amount of heat from the jalapeños, which makes it plenty flavorful. My mom likes more beans, so I’ve added a little more than the recipe suggests.
The ingredients are as follows:
  • 2 c. kidney beans
  • 5 c. brown stock
  • 4 strips bacon, med dice
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 c. small dice onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeño chilies, seeded and minced
  • 2 ribs small dice celery
  • 2 Tb cumin
  • 2 Tb chili powder
  • ¼ tsp ground coriander
  • 2 c tomato puree
  • s & p, tt
  • sour cream and cheddar cheese for garnish (optional)
So… the first 2 steps of this recipe I’ve never really used because I always bought a can of beans. However, if you’re using dried beans, you want to soak them according to direction first, then cook them in 4 of the 5 c. of that brown stock. While that’s happening, cook your bacon in a very large skillet (Trust me, it needs to be large. This recipe makes a lot of chili). Once your bacon is cooked off, save a piece for yourself, and put the other 3 in with the beans to cook. This way, they can be infused with the goodness that only bacon can give.

IF, however, you’re like me and bought a can of beans, eat your 4 strips of bacon when cooked, and proceed to do the following:

Brown off all your beef in that lovely bacon fat and remove it once it’s cooked. If you didn’t want to use ground beef, I’m sure ground chicken or turkey would be lovely. I’ll have to experiment with that modification and let you know how I get on. In the meantime, let us proceed.

In a pan that is now shimmering with the fat from your bacon and your ground beef (brilliant!), soften that diced onion and add the garlic with it. Once it’s “transparent”, as they say, let the celery and jalapeño join the party and cook up for about a minute. Shortly after, add the spices, that stock, and the puree. Let it boil, then have that lovely soup of flavors simmer down until it’s thickened a bit.

Ahh, you didn’t think I forgot the beans and beef, did you? Well now that your spicy and delicious broth has thickened, add in the ground beef and the beans. If you’ve done dried and have the bacon still in there, leave it in. It’ll do more good than harm, trust me.

Let all these flavors get to know each other on medium heat for 20 minutes. If you feel that it needs salt and pepper, add it in towards the end.

Tadaa!! Let it cool down, get it in your favourite bowl, and tuck in!
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If you’re feel patient enough to wait until the next day (or if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers), the tastes are magnified, and it’ll be even more pleasurable to eat! I know! I didn’t think it could get better until I had it the second day.

If you have a small family or live on your own, this meal can span over a few days until you’ve consumed it all… and the more it sits, the better it gets! It’s one of the few foods that only gets better the longer it hangs around, and I adore that about this chili.

I hope you get a chance to try it this season. I haven’t made it yet, but I’m sure it won’t be much longer before I’ve made my first batch to christen the season.
Enjoy!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: PartySurprise

Today's featured shop is a wonderland filled with party supplies, sure to make you want to throw a party every single day of the week. Meet PartySurprise, an Etsy party supplies shop based in Portland, Oregon. Featuring balloons, gift boxes, tags, tissue paper pom poms and more, I found it hard to pick just a handful of items to feature in my blog post today! So make sure to check out PartySurprise to see the items I didn't have room to feature...you never know what you'll find!

Here are the items that caught my eye:























Mini popcorn boxes 5 dozen special mix match chevron dots stripes, treat boxes, favor boxes 





There are many other great deals on party supplies at PartySurprise, so I hope you'll check them out and see! There's something for every occasion...baby showers, weddings, birthday parties, etc. Customer service is very important to PartySurprise, and they offer fast shipping. So, what are you waiting for? Throw a party! :) 


Until next time...stay crafty (and have a party)!
-Katie
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: TheJewellryRoomUK

Featuring bespoke handmade jewelry, TheJewellryRoomUK is a new Etsy shop with a gorgeous array of rings for sale. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne in England, owner Scott Hepple is just getting started, but has almost a full 3 pages filled with gorgeous ring designs; each ring is unique. Here are a few of Scott's items that caught my eye:


1.18ct  Black Sapphire & 32 Diamonds sterling silver ring size O/7 











Amethyst & White Topaz 925 Sterling Silver Ring 







Garnet & Seed Pearl Victorian 925 Sterling Silver Ring









Make sure to check out TheJewellryRoomUK!


Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: IslandTreasures2013

Today's featured shop evokes a fun, laid-back beach sense of style while still maintaining a timeless elegance. Meet Alyssia Dodson, owner of IslandTreasures2013, based in Manvel, TX. Alyssia has always had a love for creating, and her creativity shines through in her items for sale. Some of Alyssia's favorite materials to work with are sterling silver, lampwork glass, and natural stones.  Here are a few of her items that caught my eye:













3 Natural Clam Shell, Sand Dollar, and Star Fish Ornament, Beach Ornaments, Christmas Ornaments 





Labradorite and Silver Clover Earrings















Don't forget to check out IslandTreasures2013 on Facebook, and follow Alyssia on Twitter!


Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Shop Closing Sale

CraftyGirl Merchandise is having a 40% off shop closing sale! It's time to take an indefinite break from selling online and focus on other pursuits...buying a home, getting healthier, and hopefully becoming a mom. :) So! I'm selling off my shop stock for 40% off. You'll get GREAT deals on gifts for this holiday season! 40% off everything, including these items:



Closing Sale Crochet Ear Warmer - White with Red Rose - Winter Accessories 



























 Make sure to head over to CraftyGirl Merchandise to see these, and other, great sales!



Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Saturday, November 15, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: NorthWoodRings

Today's featured shop is based in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada. Featuring high quality and a Care-For-Life guarantee, NorthWoodRings offers elegant, understated rings perfect for any occasion. (I think they'd make excellent Christmas gifts) Here are just a few of NorthWoodRings' items that caught my eye:



Ebony Wooden Ring with 4mm Moissanite Stone 






Wooden Ring -American Elm Bentwood Wooden Ring 





Wooden Ring -English Oak with Malachite Inlay Bentwood Wooden Ring 









Bentwood Ring - Mahogany with Gold or Silver Inlay Bentwood Wooden Ring 





Wood Ring - Santos Rosewood with Ebony Pinstripe Inlay Bentwood Wooden Ring




So, no matter the occasion, NorthWoodRings has the perfect ring for you - and they even accept custom orders! (Click here to learn more about their crafting process, and how they got started.) Make sure to check out NorthWoodRings' collection of wonderful, handcrafted pieces.



Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Special CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: ThatCountryMama

Perhaps I'm a bit biased, since we've known each other for years, but I simply adore ThatCountryMama's handcrafted baskets. Owned and operated by my friend Nikita, ThatCountryMama doesn't have a lot of shop stock as she's just getting started, but what she does have is wonderfully handcrafted and of very high quality. Nikita is a busy mom of two adorable boys; I'm not sure how she finds the time and energy to make these wonderful baskets, but I'm sure glad she does! Here's ThatCountryMama's creations:












Large Storage Basket 









Make sure to check out ThatCountryMama on Facebook!


Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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Monday, November 10, 2014

CraftyGirl's Featured Shop: Diomios

Today's featured shop makes exquisite, one of a kind pieces you can't find anywhere else. Meet Irinel Popescu, owner of Etsy shop Diomios. Based in Jacksonville, FL, Irinel handcrafts statement jewelry pieces, and recently opened in August 2014. Irinel feels that any positive thoughts she puts into the jewelry she makes gets transferred to the person wearing it, and each piece embodies her hopes and dreams for a better world. Here are a few of Irinel's pieces that caught my eye:


Black onyx,crystal statement necklace,beadwork 




One-of-a-kind bohemian colorful statement necklace




Crystal statement necklace 




Bohemian statement, gypsy  fiber art necklace  ,crochet,  hand dyed mulberry silk yarn,  handpainted crystal navette,one-of-a-kind,colorful




Crystal statement bib necklace,beadwork, one-of-a-kind


Make sure to check out Diomios! Right now, you'll receive a free gift with purchase.


Until next time...stay crafty (and buy handmade)!
-Katie
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