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Things I like…

In Funky Sh*t on December 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm

While creating holiday goodies in my sadly unprepared kitchen I found that I was measuring cup-less. I was pretty much eye-balling the amount of brown sugar, flour or chocolate chips I was using and scooping it all into a vintage tea-cup.  Later, I found myself in Target and decided to buy a set of measuring cups. The selection was dismal and I ended up with an ugly 99 cent set out of pure necessity. Now William Morris said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”. I say, “Have both beauty and function.” Here are my favorite measuring cups:

These pretty flowers are from Anthropologie

Also at Anthropologie


Cannot forget my etsy friends..Beggars and Choosers displayed this vintage set

And Jherrmann has these neat measuring spoons

These collapsible cuties are at Williams-Sonoma

I grew up using these Pyrex cups and have a fondness for them.

Plus, they are super easy to clean!


Things I like…

In Funky Sh*t, Uncategorized on December 23, 2009 at 2:15 am

I like printing pictures and putting them on things. I went to Office Max and stunned one of the poor employees by demanding, “I would like the least expensive printer you have!” ( I don’t like beating around the bush) I ended up with a perfectly adequate printer for the job for about 30 bucks. There are sites all over the web with free (or public) domain pictures that you can print without copy write infringement. I have picked a few for you to use their pics for your projects. I am looking for a picture to put on the back of a wooden hand mirror I was given. Here are a few I am considering and their web home.

This is from The Vintage Moth

This fun picture came from Reusable Art

Library of Congress’ Flickr

Playing with psp flickr

Yum, Yum!

In Yummers! on December 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm

A blog is a complicated beast. I started off trying to stick to one subject (refinishing furniture), but my life is not just filled with one subject. I’ve written about death, birth, jewelry and truck stops. Now we enter the realm of FOOD. A friend’s mom gave me a recipe for one of my favorite candies. Chocolate Bark. Now this is not healthy and the tooth fairy may be pissed that you ate it, but it IS economical. The total cost was less than 7 bucks and would have been cheaper if I had bought in bulk and cracked those pecans I have! I made one batch for practice and plan to make a couple more batches to bring to Christmas lunch with the fam.

Here we go:

Get these things from the grocery. I used unsalted butter and semi-sweet chips.

Microwave 2 sticks of butter with a cup of light brown sugar for 2 minutes, stir and microwave for 2 more minutes.

Line up a sleeve of saltines in a foil-lined oven pan. I put the salty side down.

Pour your butter-sugar mixture over it. I used too much on my first batch. Just use enough to soak the saltines and create a nice crunchy base.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Lick the bowl while you wait.

Pour the chips on as soon as it comes out of the oven.  Then bake for another 2 minutes to melt completely.

Smooth out the chips!

OH NUTS!Sprinkle the nuts over the hot chocolate. I used 1/2 cup and wished I had used an entire cup.

Freeze for at least an hour. I left mine overnight because I wanted to go to bed!

Pull the foil off the bottom, break up (try to break in between the saltines, it makes it easier), and store in an airtight bowl in the fridge.

Eat, eat, eat!!! Oh snap!


Featured Etsy: NoraJane

In Featured Etsy on December 18, 2009 at 3:55 pm

I was perusing Etsy the other day and stumbled across a little lady somewhere in NC who hand makes stamps. Like, ink stamps. They were so cute and affordable that I bought two (even though I’m broke, broke, broke). She sent them immediately and they were perched in my mailbox within a few days. She threw in an extra stamp just to be awesome! Anyway, her name is Nora Jane and her family owns a business named Rubber Stamp Tapestry.  I tried out the stamps as soon as I got them and they are clear and easy to use. Can barely wait to do something crafty with them!

I got this:

And I got this:

Check out her Etsy Site. She’s preggers with twins and lives in NC…what more do you need?

Olivia Love!!

In Funky Sh*t on December 4, 2009 at 12:37 am

I did not forget this little addition. She was just born before my foray into baby blogging.

Olivia Ezra Tucker

Oh, sleepy dumplin’!

Thrift Circus on Etsy!!

In Shop-ify on December 3, 2009 at 4:02 am

FINALLY, I’m getting my items up in THRIFT CIRCUS’ ETSY SHOP. Holy Moly, it takes a lot of work! Less Cosby Show and more worky for me. Items to find, cleaning of them, researching them, taking good(ish) pictures, uploading them on Etsy, writing descriptions and figuring out prices and shipping costs… Whoa. Don’t tell anyone, but I’m just flying my the seat of my pants here. Trying to figure it out as I go along. Let me know if anyone has advice for me!! I love advice.

Here are a couple of my first items I’ve posted:

and…

and…


Finley Love

In Funky Sh*t on December 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

New Baby!! My family got a dose of happiness when this little dumplin’ was born into our clan.

Finley Ann McAngus

What a sugar-butt!