Sunday, December 14, 2008

Haute Goat + LoveMeKnot Creations = Awesome.

So I told you all about a collaborative project I was working on with another Etsian, HauteGoat.

Behold, the 100% Reclaimed Cashmere Eye Pillow *insert dramatic music here*

It's 100% reclaimed cashmere, with a sheer lining on the inside so no little tiny wheat berries can csneak out. There are unscented, orange, and lavender eye pillows available throughout the Seattle area at a few dowtown boutiques. Heidi at HauteGoat also has a few available in her Etsy Shop! She also makes reclaimed cashmere scarves in two sizes, so go hurry and snatch one up because she's making quite a name for her work, as seen on TV!
Here is a short (about 6 minutes) video from the Local News about Great Gifts for Women, and they showcase HauteGoat's cashmere scarves and our eye pillow, the anchor even tries on the eye pillow, hehe :)

Thursday, November 27, 2008


Black Friday.

Come show support of local Seattle area artisans by checking out these shops with awesome Black Friday sales:

*Buy ONE (at retail) Get ONE Half Off! (Item must be equal or lesser value.)
*Buy TWO (at retail) Get ONE Free! (Item must be of equal or lesser value)
*Plus Free USA Domestic Shipping, and discounted International Shipping.
A revised invoice will be sent via Paypal or if customer has already paid, money will be refunded via Paypal. 11/28-12/1

*FREE shipping with purchase of $20+.
*FREE MAGNET (my choice) w/ any purchase for items under $20

*50% off ArtByNorm original paintings Fri-Mon

*Free Shipping on orders of $15 or more

GBaneyx Designs
*20% off jewelry (reduced price reflected in listings)

*BOGO Sale involving my Fused Glass Christmas Ornaments.
*Buy one ornament, get any one other item in the store (equal or lower value) half off.
*As well as free shipping for any jewelry items!

Haute Goat
*Free recycled Nt'l geographic gift box w/ purchase of wide scarf

*All Recycled Tshirt dresses 30% off (reduced price reflected in listings)

Pepo Park
*Free lip balm (flavor of my choosing) with every order.
*Free soap ball (scent of my choosing) for the first 20 orders over $20

Scary White Girl Designs & Counting Stars
*Free shipping on any purchase of $30 or more (which can be across the two shops), and it'll run from Nov. 27-Dec. 2.

Sew Cherie
*Cloth napkins:$1 each AND Buy 10 Get 1 Free (free item will be chosen at random)

Stark Horizons
*November 27 through December 1 - 20% off everything in the shop *Free Shipping to the US.

*Thanksgiving Day thru CyberMonday first paid sale of the day gets a free pair of "Fine Hoops"earrings.
*Thanksgiving thru Dec 6th free shipping and gift wrapping/gift card if wanted.

Wire Tree
*Free shipping anywhere with purchase of $30 or more

*All Quilts, Burp Rags and Bibs 20% off (reduced price reflected in listings)

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Streuseled Topped Sweet Potato Casserole

This is one of my fave recipes from Cooking Light magazine.

I've made many times before NOT for Thanksgiving, and it works pretty darn well with a lot of entrees. Plus it tastes even better as a leftover...

pictures are from Cooking Light magazine, not me.

Assemble the potato mixture and sprinkle with the streusel, then freeze the casserole up to 2 weeks ahead of Thanksgiving. Thaw in refrigerator and bake as directed. Or cook just the potatoes a day ahead, mash and refrigerate and proceed with the recipe as directed (starting with the addition of half-and-half) the day you're serving the dish.

Add 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper if you want to add a bit of heat to this sweet dish. **I never do, I like it sweet :)**

18 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

14 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled sweet potato (about 5 pounds)
1/2 cup half-and-half
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
Cooking spray
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375°.
Place potato in a Dutch oven, and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 12 minutes or until tender. Drain.

Combine the half-and-half and next 4 ingredients (half-and-half through egg) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add potato to egg mixture; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Spoon potato mixture into a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray.
Combine flour and sugar in a food processor; pulse to combine. Add chilled butter; pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in pecans; sprinkle over potato mixture.
Cover and bake at 375° for 15 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 25 minutes or until the topping is browned and the potatoes are thoroughly heated.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 250 (23% from fat)
Fat: 6.3g (sat 2.4g,mono 2.5g,poly 1g)
Protein: 3.3g
Carbohydrate: 46.1g
Fiber: 2.7g
Cholesterol: 22mg
Iron: 1.2mg
Sodium: 149mg
Calcium: 49mg

Black Friday, Cyber Monday Sales

Here are some Etsy shops that are having really great sales on Black Friday, some are continuing thru Cyber Monday as well. Enjoy! I will post some more tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving! (Health & Beauty)
*BUY ONE(at retail) GET ONE HALF OFF! (Item must be equal or lesser value)
*BUY TWO (at retail) GET ONE FREE! (Item must be of equal or lesser value)
I will send out a revised invoice via Paypal or if customer has already paid I will be refunding the extra money back to them via Paypal.
Plus free USA Domestic Shipping, and discounted international shipping. Valid 11/28-12/1 (Baby)BLACK FRIDAY SALE STARTS AT 5A.M. (INDIANA TIME) AND ENDS AT 6PM ON CYBER MONDAY.BUY 1 GET 1 50% OFF ON ALL DISHRAGS AND SOAP BAGS.BUY 2 HATS AT REGULAR PRICE AND GET A 3RD FOR HALF PRICE.SPEND $20.00 OR MORE AND SHIPPING IS FREE IN THE US ONLY.IF YOU CONVO ME BEFORE CHECKOUT I WILL REVISE LISTING TO THE RIGHT PRICE. (variety)50% off your total purchase plus a free Mini Round Dishcloth from 3am to 3pm EST on Black Friday. There will also be an item marked for free shipping. From 3pm Friday to Sunday 11:59pm 15% off the purchase price. From 12am Monday to 12am Tuesday EST 25% off the purchase price and a free tiny facial wipe for Cyber Monday. Check out shop announcement for details. (Jewelry)10% off any single or combined order that totals $40.00 or more, and free shipping. (Crochet)Everything in my shop will be ON SALE for 25% off from Fri to Mon. Just convo me the listing you're interested in and I will change the listing for you. (Pillow Covers & Napkin and Placemat Sets)10% sale on everything in my shop from Friday thru Monday. Convo me with the listing you desire and I will change the price and reserve the listing for you. (Jewelry)Purchases made on 11/28 through 12/1 will receive FREE SHIPPING. In addition, all purchases are packaged in a pretty brown paper kraft box with light blue ribbon. (Multi crafts)15% off purchase price on anything in my shop,and free shipping on orders over $30.00. (Jewelry)50% off everything in my shop AND free shipping. (Jewelry) (Tags)
Black Friday if you need it to list. 3am-3pm(pacific time) free US shipping, free gift for every purchase, and %30 off cards and card sets. Please check out shop announcement for details. (jewelry)Buy two items from my shop and get a free pair of mini beansprouts starting Nov 27-Dec 1st (Baby)FREE SHIPPING anywhere in USA OR CANADAfree gift with any purchase over $20(also there is an ongoing "theme of the month special" for a discount with certain purchases) (Knitting)FREE SHIPPING anywhere in USA OR CANADAfree gift with any purchase over $20. Plus all purchases during the period are entered into a drawing to win a free set of gift bags (Jewelry) (Jewelry) (Jewelry)20% OFF storewide, plus a FREE GIFT on all orders over $50!!! Simply wait for a revised invoice for your discount, or you may choose to go ahead and pay then get a refund - choice is yours! (Crochet)EVERYTHING IN BLACK FRIDAY SALE WILL BE A 20% off with free shipping on your total purchase over $40.00, International orders included! (Jewelry)Free shipping on ALL orders and a free pair of earrings on purchases over $15.00. A "mystery" discount coupon anywhere from 10-40% off a single item will be added to all shipments from this sale good on a future purchase. (Vintage)FREE SHIPPING SPECIAL! free shipping on domestic (US) orders until December 15th!we ship worldwide! buying over $50 of merchandise? shipping is free!NEW SALE SECTION! purchase any two items from the sale section for only $20! ( has no store) (Jewelry)Free shipping on all purchases on Black Friday (Vintage) (Jewelry) (Candles, Tarts & Soaps)50% off your total purchase from 3am to 3pm EST on Black Friday. An item will be marked for free shipping. From 3pm Friday to Sunday 11:59pm 10% off the purchase price. From 12am Monday to 12am Tuesday EST 25% off the purchase price for Cyber Monday. Check out shop announcement for details. (Greeting Cards)Free set of gift tags with every purchase. (Alternative Apparel)Free shipping on all underwear (Yarn Goods) (Vintage)
FREE shipping and 20% off all orders/items over $50.00 (Multi crafts)Free international shipping plus 25% off most items. (Jewelry) (Purses and wallets)Offering 15% off entire purchase and if you purchase in amount of $100 and more you'll get also free shipping. (Multi Crafts)Offering 15% off entire purchase and if you purchase in amount of $100 and more you'll get also free shipping. (Recipes) (Aprons)FREE GIFT WITH EVERY PURCHASE UNTIL NOVEMBER 30TH (Art)Free surprise gift with purchase. Black Friday through Cyber Monday only. (Jewelry and Tins)All pendants %4.00 each. Black Friday through Cyber Monday only. (Vintage)free shipping within the US and half off shipping to international friends. (Quilting Supplies)Free US shipping for order over $30.00 or 10% off our already low prices for our international customers. (Jewelry)15% off and free shipping on orders over $30.00 (Jewelry) (Jewelry)November 23 through December 1. Thanksgiving sale. 10% off any item in my shop plus a FREE HOLIDAY GIFT. DON'T MISS IT****Send me a convo with "TS08" in the subject line for your discounted price. (Jewelry)15% off and free shipping for orders over $100 Friday, 11/28 through Monday, 12/01.convo me with the code LR2808 to receive your discount. (Soaps) (Jewelry) (Jewelry) (Jewelry)10% off and free shipping for orders that total $50.00 or more. (Jewelry)I will throw in a free pair of surprise jewelry and offer free shipping (Cards & Photography) (Teddy Bears & stuff)20% off all the bears and 15% off of everything else.

Http:// (Bath)20% off my whole store. (Jewelry,toys,clothing)Buy one get one 50% off of everything else. (Candy & Cookies)40% off to the first 10 customers, then 20% off! (Crocheted items)15% of everything and free shipping to US and Canada. Revised invoice through paypal or refund if already paid. (Jewelry)Buy 3 get the 4th one free. (Lamp worked glass accessories)10% off plus free shipping on orders over $100. (Vintage)10% off everything plus free gift with purchase over $15.00 (Paintings)20% off all originals and print. (Painting)I'm offering 20% off all items PLUS free shipping. (Jewelry) (Art)Free shipping on Black Friday, Just convo me before purchasing so I can take the shipping off! (Jewelry & Multi-craft) (Jewelry)Free shipping if I am convo'ed first. (Stationary) (Jewelry) (Sewing Supplies) (Soap & candles)25% off Black Friday from Midnight until 3pm. Everything will be 20% off from 3pm Friday until Midnight on Cyber Monday. (Pottery & Jewelry)Free shipping on my knitted items and jewelry. (Christmas dolls) (Bags) (Business Tools) (Jewelry) (vintage)Starting Friday my shop will be having a Buy one item get another (of equal or lesser value) 1/2 off sale. This sale includes everything in my shop- even clearance items! (Jewelry & Accessories)25% off any purchase made from Friday - Sunday. Free shipping on any sale over $50.00.Convo me with code HAPPYBIRTHDAY on 11/29 for a free extra. (Jewelry) (Jewelry)Free shipping select items Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Variety)Free Shipping to the US and Canada on everything in my shop until Christmas (Jewelry)Black Friday through Cyber Monday, take 20% off all items! (Crochet Jewelry) (Quilting)Free shipping on all orders (Jewelry)Free shipping, from black friday through cyber monday 11/28 thru 12/1! (Art & Photography) (Children & Babies)Free shipping on all: Sensory blankets, Twisty Towels,Baby Bibs, and Cloth Wipes. Black Friday Only. Shipping will already be adjusted.~~~~~~~~~~Day After Thanksgiving ONLY!!~~~~~~~~~~~~ (Floral Pens)Free shipping on all single flower pens. 20% off pen bouquets. Prices will already be adjusted.Day after Thanksgiving ONLY! (Baby & Toddler) (Scrapbook Pages & Greeting Cards)Friday after Thanksgiving only: Free holiday gift with every purchase; Free shipping Fri, Sat & Sun on orders over $15 (Tie Dye) (Baby Items)25% off from wednesday til sunday (Art)On Black Friday 20% off sale (Tea)I'll be doing Thursday-Sunday Free Shipping after 1st item. ANDFree sample tin of tea included if add "FTBF08" to comments. (TuTus)sale on my tutu dresses some up to $15 off! Thru Dec 1st (Greeting Cards) (Jewelry & Metal Art)15% off black friday thru cyber monday (Cards)free shipping black Friday - cyber Monday (Variety of Crochet)In honor of my shop's two year anniversary, and to coincide with Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I'm offering free shipping on any purchase of $30 or more, from Nov. 27th-Dec. 2nd (Repurposed & Upcycle Items)In honor of my shop's two year anniversary, and to coincide with Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I'm offering free shipping on any purchase of $30 or more, from Nov. 27th-Dec. 2nd (Art and Vintage) (Vintage) (Wall Hangings)HUGE MARKDOWNS ALREADY!! (Cards)25% off the entire shop and free shipping on orders of $30 or more

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Etsy Shops With BlackFriday/Cyber Monday SALES

Here is a great list of Etsy Shops who are going to be having great deals and sales on Black Friday THROUGH Cyber Monday!

That's Thursday Nov. 27 thru Monday Dec. 1st! 5 full days of sales!
*Have sugar-plum filled dreams of free shipping... % gifts with purchases...*

What's better then being able to sleep-in, wear your comfy pants and slippers, sip some coffee, eat pumpkin pie for breakfast, all while shopping awesome handmade/vintage/supplies shops online?

No need to get into a fight over a parking spot. No need to stand in line outside at 2am to get anumber ticket.

Nope. Come one, come all to

Buy handmade this Holiday Season and help support your local businesses and indie shops!
**This list is for participating stores of Holiday Etsyfest, there are other shops that will beoffering sale son Etsy that are not listed.

**Also, if this list makes your eyes go cross-eyed, feel free to browse by category by clicking the Holiday EtsyFest red logo to the right on the top!

The List:

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Christmas is Only...

Christmas is 37 Days Away!

Man, it always sneaks up every year huh?

Well, this also means that the infmaous Black Friday is 10 days away!!!

If you're like me, I absolutely HATE large crowds of people. Hate it. And huge crowds of people who push and shove and make me spill my coffee all over my white jacket...

But this year WILL be different! I took the handmade pledge and am trying to buy ALL local and/or handmade products for gifts this year, and what's even better is that the lovely Heatherknitz has came up with a great holiday sale starting 11/27 and going until 12/1!

Here is a link to her Holiday EtsyFest Blog post about all the awesome shops (including yours truly), who are participating and where you can find them on Etsy, and she even categorized them for your shopping pleasure :)

These are shops who handmake their items AND who are going to be having GREAT Black Friday discounts!!!
What's better then browsing Etsy shops in your slippers while sipping coffee, and watching the local news and laughing at the people at the malls on Black Friday?

Click HERE

Wanna win an eye pillow?

I'm participating in a blog giveaway, where you can win 5 items, one of which is a lavender eye pillow from my shop!

Click Here!
Winners picked on Thursday!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Holiday WishList #2

The second post of my Holiday WishList...

Here are a few more of my faves from Etsy:

For the Traveler in Your Life....
Custom Vintage Map Cuff Links by sherrytruitt

For the BookWorm in Your Life....
Personalized Copper BookMarks by wiretree

For the Guitar-Player in Your Life...
Sterling Silver Guitar Pick by androscreations

For the "Dilbert" Lover in Your Life...
Blue Geek Kitty plushie by amyjoshandmade

For the Friend/Family Member You Can't Bear to Tell Them to Their Face.....
Holiday Ornament by tinaseamonster
*trust me, go to the listing and see what the back side says :) *

For the Newly Married Couple....
Small Dotted Vase by marymeestudio

For the Carnivore in Your Life...
Broccoli Print by cleverviolet

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Trunk Show tonight!

Yayyy it's finally here!

Come visit me and other EtsyRain members in the Virtual Labs on Etsy tonight at 6pm PST/9pm EST !!

*Click on the big green square titles Treehouse*

We have tons of great discounts and sales going on!

For a sneak peek of what sales will be happening click HERE

Today thru Sunday the 16th all items in my Etsy shop are Buy One Get One Half off (of equal or lesser value).

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Holiday Wish List #1

Thanks to Skully on the Etsy Forums for bringing up this great idea :)

Here are a few of the items I have favorited/hearted on Etsy. Etsy has a huge variety of handmade items, vitnage items, and supplies. Men, women, young, old, you can find just about anything on there for anyone.

For the "Green" Person in Your Life...
Produce & Bulk Food bags by goodkarma
*I actually did buy these and love them, perfect sizes*

For the Person Who Is Constantly Cold in Your Life...
Peace & Love scarf by Happiknits

For the Man in Your Life....
Green Bottle Opener buckle by Metalogical

For the Chef in Your Life...
Colander w/ Dish by RedHotPottery

For the Animal Lover in Your Life...
Pacman Frog by WeirdBugLady

For the Hopeful...
Hello I am Tin by mikeatron

For the Stinky Person in Your Life...
Lumberjack Crack soap by soapwithballs

This concludes today's list...

Look for Wish List #2 soon!

Also, let me know if you have your own WishList on your Blog in the comments!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

T minus 7 Days...

One week until the Etsy Trunk Show!

And I just learned other teams are participating that entire day! Make sure you check it out!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

EtsyRain Trunk Show

Why hello there...

Sorry for being absent for a couple weeks, it's been busy with school, work, etsy, etc...

I have been trying to re-take photos and list items into the Etsy shop because I was invited to be one of the people in the EtsyRain Trunk Show on November 13th!

Here are the participating shops:

EtsyRain is the Etsy street team located in the greater Seattle area of Washington state. I'd really appreciate it if you stopped by the Virtual trunk show on Thursday Nov. 13th at 6pm PST (9pm, EST/etsy time). This will be a great kick-start to your holiday shopping!

I do believe the Trunk show will be held in the Virtual Labs on, but I'll post more info as I know it :)
Items above:
1. Peppermint muscle relief from LoveMeKnotCreations
2. Sterling and Gold Fill Open Circles bracelet by WovenChains
3. Sanata Soap by Seattle Sundries
4. Pure Cashmere scarf- Christmas tree by HauteGoat

Saturday, October 11, 2008

EtsyRAIN Handmade Arts Show 10/12/08

So tomorrow is The Big Day.... the EtsyRain Handmade Arts Show....

St. Edward's State Park
Kenmore, WA 98028
10a-4pm, but come early to get one of 50 FREE swag bags if you are one of the first 50 people in the door!

Here's a list of vendors (hopefully its the most current, if not I apologize!)

I Make Cute Stuff (Tote2Go)
Dancing Monkey Jewelry
Maluhia Designs
Wire Tree
Revival Ink
Sweet Pea Cards & Gifts
Baubles by Hand (It's Made at Home)
World of Whimm (NueToMe)
Roz's Sax (Scarf City)
Witts Wicks
Ugly Baby
A Craft Arab
Woven Chains
Felted Style
Sima Bella
Weaving One
Paddy Litvak
CheyLo Creations
Scary White Girl (Counting Stars)
Paper Pam
Love Me Knot Creations
Rivka's Mom
Original Cyn Studios
LAS Designs
Seattle Sundries
Kinor David
Marin Knits (Tangled Strings)
Happy Jack
Haute Goat

Feel free to browse their online Etsy shops and pick out what you want to buy at tomorrow's show :)
It is a great way to get a head start on HOLIDAY shopping, no need to fight the blustery traffic on Black Friday... get it all doen tomorrow! Tons of variety!
Shower art, soap, jewelry, handbags, wallets, keyfobs, pottery, paper goods, eye pillows, candles, and MUCH more!

Plus, a bake sale! You know I LOVE food...

So come one down tomorrow, 10-4, right next to Bastyr University... which by the way has a reflexology path and a great vegetarian cafeteria, so after shopping at the Show you can go walk down the reflex path and grab some awesome grub!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Happy Bday to Me

Sooo, I turn 24 today. It'd kind of a shock when you wake up and realize you're almost a quarter-century old.

So in honor of my24th birthday I decided to do free shipping for 24 hours on my Etsy shop.

It bears repeating:

FREE shipping at my etsy shop.

Fell free to send me kittens, cake, and coffee......


picture is from creativeapples etsy shop, the 'Birthday Cupcake Notecard'

Monday, October 6, 2008

T Minus 5 Days....

There's 5 days until the big EtsyRain Handmade Arts Show on Sunday the 12th, holy cow how time flies!!

Here's a link to the blog with all the awesome artists that are participating (including yours truly...)

And if you have no clue what I'm talking about, then scroll down a few posts :)

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Caramel Apple Crumb Pie

What pie better represents fall like a Caramel Apple pie? (Ok, ok, except for pumpkin pie...)

Caramel Apple Crumb Pie

from, the picture is their's also.

10 servings (serving size: 1 wedge)

**A few of the reviews on CL's website mentioned buying a pre-made crust if you are in a time crunch, I probably will do that....and I'll probably double the topping suggested since I like mine super crunchy on top!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons chilled butter or stick margarine, cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon ice water
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
Butter-flavored cooking spray

1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
9 cups sliced peeled Granny Smith apple (about 2 3/4 pounds)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chilled butter or stick margarine, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup fat-free caramel sundae syrup

Preheat oven to 375°.
To prepare crust, lightly spoon 1 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1 cup flour and salt in a bowl; cut in 2 tablespoons butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Sprinkle surface with ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time; add vinegar. Toss with a fork until moist and crumbly (do not form a ball).

Press mixture gently into a 4-inch circle on heavy-duty plastic wrap; cover with additional plastic wrap. Roll dough, still covered, to a 12-inch circle. Freeze 10 minutes or until plastic wrap can be easily removed.

Remove 1 sheet of plastic wrap; fit dough into a 9-inch pie plate coated with cooking spray. Remove top sheet of plastic wrap. Fold edges under; flute. Line bottom of dough with a piece of foil; arrange pie weights (or dried beans) on foil. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until the edge is lightly browned. Remove pie weights and foil; cool on a wire rack.

To prepare filling, melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Combine 1/2 cup brown sugar and cinnamon. Add sugar mixture and apples to skillet; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in 3 tablespoons flour and lemon juice. Spoon into prepared crust.

To prepare topping, lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine flour and 1/4 cup brown sugar in a bowl; cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Drizzle syrup over apple mixture; sprinkle topping over syrup. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until apples are tender. Cool on a wire rack.

Nutritional Information
Calories: 277 (27% from fat)
Fat: 8.4g (sat 4.2g,mono 2.4g,poly 1g)
Protein: 2.1g
Carbohydrate: 50.1g
Fiber: 2.4g
Cholesterol: 16mg
Iron: 1.3mg
Sodium: 109mg
Calcium: 33mg

Friday, October 3, 2008

Last Day to Register!

If you live in Washington State (like I do...), Saturday October 4th is the LAST day to register to vote for the upcoming elections! (In WA the cut off date is 30 days prior to election day, which is November 4th)

Doesn't matter if you like McCain or Obama, just go register and vote.
I'm super excited because this will be the first election I get to vote in! (Wasn't registered for 2004.)

Now without getting all politic-ky on you, here's some links:

I did it online, printed it out, and mailed it in. Bam!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Quick & Easy Recipes

Since I've been living on my own for a few months, I've noticed I don't cook as much anymore, and I LOVE to cook. However, I feel somewhat "guilty" for cooking myself a full dinner meal, when I'm the only one eating... (Kona my kitten doesn't count.)

So I decided in order to not only save money (frozen dinners add up), but also to help my waistline (frozen dinners add up there too), I'm going in search of some quick and easy dinner recipes. I can't guarantee this will be a weekly blog post theme, but I'll try my best!!

Tenderloin Steaks with Red Onion Marmalade:

(this is derived from Cooking Light's myrecipe website, so is the picture)

Serves 4, 1 steak and 1/3 c marmalade

* I know I know, why would I need 4 servings if I'm the only one eating?? I will cut the recipe in half, make 2 steaks and 1/2 the original sauce, then have lunch for work the next day.... Yes I am a genius*

Cooking spray (like Pam)
1 large red onion, sliced and separated into rings (about 2 cups)
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 (4-ounce) beef tenderloin steaks, trimmed (1 inch thick)

1. Preheat broiler. (I love that this is a broiler recipe, since I live in an apartment and do not have a grill to bbq on!)
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion to pan. Cover and cook 3 minutes. Add vinegar, honey, and 1/4 teaspoon salt to pan. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 8 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring occasionally.
3. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, thyme, and pepper evenly over beef. Place beef on a broiler pan coated with cooking spray (I will probably use foil to cover my broiler pan so its easier to clean later); broil 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with onion mixture.

Nutritional Information (Cooking Light gives you this info for every recipe, love it!)
Calories: 289 (36% from fat)
Fat: 11.4g (sat 4.3g,mono 4.3g,poly 0.4g)
Protein: 32.5g
Carbohydrate: 12.6g
Fiber: 0.8g
Cholesterol: 95mg
Iron: 4.7mg
Sodium: 369mg
Calcium: 25mg

Sunday, September 21, 2008

EtsyRain Handmade Arts SHow!

Hi Everyone!

September's been a busy month, with personal things (I'm taking a Chemistry class at the local college! This is one of the pre-reqs I have to finish up!), Etsyrain things (Puddle zine we are making, October show, local meetups), and of course trying to figure out why my computer won't let me load photos to Etsy... *sigh*
Mainly I'm stoked about our EtsyRain Handmade Arts How that is in EXACTLY 3 weeks! October 12, 2008 which is Sunday (and two days after my birthday...ahem) we'll be at St. Edward's State Park!

I'm really excited because this is my first craft show, not including the farmers markets.
There will be a Bake Sale going on, and all proceeds from that will help benefit the VSA Arts of Washington (which is a non-profit that helps bring the arts to people with disabilities), not to mention the INCREDIBLE Swag Bags that the first 50 people that walk thru will get for free! These nifty swag bags will include mini samples of all the shops that will be at the Handmade Arts Show.
And did I mention that I'll be BAKING stuff for the bake sale? I'm a good cook, so that's more then enough reason to show up....
Feel free to come on by if you are in the nieghborhood on October 12! (St. Ed's park is located in Kenmore, WA off of Juanita Dr and next to Bastyr University) Admission is free!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


Posted some new 3" ladybug keyfobs on the Etsy shop :)

How cute are the ladybugs???

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Happy Belated Bday EtsyRain!

So yesterday was my local street team's 1st birthday, and I'm a nerd and totally forgot to post about it! *sorry!*

Happy Birthday EtsyRain!

We are a wonderful group of crafters in the Seattle metro area who all discuss, talk, share, play, craft, and hang out together.

One year ago it all started with about 20 members, but as of yesterday, we are closing in 400!!!


Just to brag about how awesome EtsyRain is....

We are a very active street team, who fully supports one another. We are having our own EtsyRain craft show on october 12, 2008 (two days after my birthday I might add), so feel free to come on by! It will be at St Edward's State Park in Kenmore, WA.

For our birthday celebration, we decided to do a reverse birthday gift and send a big ol' box of etsyrain gooies from various shops to the Etsy Admins back in New York! We included a disposable camera so they could take pics of themselves while opening the gift and trying things on ;) We all hope they really enjoy our gift, and see just how talented the Seattle EtsyRain team is!!

EtsyRain has done a few shows already this year, and I can't wait for the October one!

Whoo hoooooo!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I won something:)

Whoo hoo! I won a print from the lovely and talented Jessica Doyle of her blog! I think this is what I won, but even if it's not her work is AMAZING and I'll be stoked with whatever she sends me!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

yum... Jeff Dye...

Ok, so this is totally not business or craft related whatsoever but...

I must profess my love for Jeff Dye. He is on Last Comic Standing on NBC and he is friggin' HILARIOUS! Plus, not too shabby to look at... right ladies???

And, for an extra brownie point, he is from Seattle! I should take him out for a tall vanilla latte... (if you saw him on LCS then you would so get that joke...c'mon..)

Anywho, go get a bib so you can start drooling over his picture...

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Bulletin Board#1- 10 City Swap

Sorry for the delay in getting some pics up for the Etsy 10 City Promo Swap.

This is the first bulletin board, I will be going to my local library and try putting the others up on there as well this week!

This board is at Bastyr University, one of their public buletin boards. I thougth it would be good with all the students, staff/faculty, and general public that walk by it.

New Item...

Introducing my new Ouch Relievers...

They are unscented, filled with wheat berries, and can be heated up or put in the freezer for your little ones who get a cut, scrape, bug bite, headache, or whatever!

Will be up in my Etsy shop soon...well, as soon as my computer and Etsy can get along with one another :)

Friday, July 18, 2008

Coming soon..

Just a quick post to catch you up on my life:)

I got food poisoning and thus oculd not attend this week's Farmer's Market, it bummed me out.

My local Etsy Street Team (EtsyRain) is working on some pretty cool things, look for updates on my blog :)

One of my fellow etsyrainians, Katie, is going to be my table-mate at the Seattle Crave Party on August 13, 2008. Yes it's a Wednesday, but it's 6-9:30pm so you have plenty of time Ladies to get out to Seattle after work!
For more info and to buy tickets online go visit their website at

I'm super excited for the Crave party and thus will need to get my butt into high gear and sew sew sew!

Monday, July 14, 2008

Etsy Addicts

Just doing a "reminder" post about the great blog called Etsy Addicts!

Feel free to check out some great sellers and shops!

Also, feel free to refer any great shops you know of!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Etsy 10 City Promo Swap

Now I must admit, when I first saw AlwaysAmy's thread on the Etsy forums about the 10 City Swap I was scared. Mainly because I didn't HAVE any fliers or promos to really send out for someone to post on their local bulletin boards for me...
However, instead I took it as a new challenge to myself to create my own flyer for LoveMeKnot Creations.

So what is this 10 City Swap you ask??
It's where 10 people send the other 9 their shop's promos to post on bulletin boards. You in return, will recieve 9 other shop's promos that you must post on your local bulletin boards. The only rules are that you must send at least one promo and you must also post the promos on at least 2 different boards.
There was a pretty big response so AlwaysAmy divided us into 3 groups, and here are the other shop's that are in my group, group #1:


I'm waiting on a few more promos to come in the mail, then I'll post some pics and updates!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

My Bucket List...

So I actually stumbled upon the Bucket List idea on Confession of an Apron Queen's blog via Wonderfully Sew Knit's blog. (Although, I already knew of the movie)
I think this is a GREAT idea to really help remind everybody to live life and to live for Today.

So, here is my Bucket List:
1. Travel. Especially Australia and Italy.
2. Open up my own cafe, with live music every night :)
3. To be my own boss, no more 9-5 for me!
4. To make a great speech in front of a packed house (<--- scarrry but some reason I want to do it)
5. Work at or volunteer at a Wildlife refuge.
6. To try and finish a marathon.
7. To try parasailing

I'm sure there's a lot more, but that's my List for now!

Monday, June 9, 2008

How to Install a Magnetic Snap

I am by no means a veteran at sewing, in fact I'm kind of a novice/amateur...but I had to learn how to install a magnetic snap, and here is how I did it. PLEASE read the entire post there are some notes I made at the end that are helpful :)
* Make sure you install a magnetic snap BEFORE sewing the lining into the outer fabric!

1. So to begin, make sure you have the male part, the female part, and the two "plates", as seen in the above picture.

2. Mark on the fabric where you want the snaps to go, but make sure it is the same on both sides of the lining of the purse so when it is all finished, the snaps will match up and close correctly. Now make small slits where the marks are, and you can use a no-sew glue or fray-check on the slits after you cut them to make sure they don't fray or rip.

3. Now poke the prong side through the slits, you want the prongs on the Wrong side of the fabric, and the smooth snap side on the Right side of the fabric, see my seams....:)

4. I cut out 2 small pieces of heavyweight interfacing, cut the same size slits in it, then placed it on top of the prongs on the Wrong side of the fabric. I also use a little fabric glue to hold the interfacing down.

5. Now you can put the 'plate' part over the prongs. In this picture I bent the prongs outward, away from each other. I actually NOW recommend bending them INWARD, facing each other. This is because after I finished this purse I could feel the prongs and am wondering if they will rip the lining, Note To Self: Bend inwards. You can also see my fabric glue on the plate, this is just so the interfacing won't rip...not a necessity.

6. So here is one side of a finished magnetic snap....

7. Here is me testing out my magnetic snap for a lining of a purse...

So here are a few things I learned along the way...

* Heavy interfacing was NOT enough, I actually went back and re-did the lining and ADDED a small piece of regular fleece ontop of each prong piece. This added extra security for me, knowing that every time I opened, and closed, and pulled apart the snaps I wasn't going to worry about the lining tearing or ripping...

* Bend the prongs INWARD, as to try to prevent them 'sticking' out if you bend outwards and to not rip the fabric.

* Fabric glue gets everywhere and if it gets on fabric it is very visible. So... use caution!

I hope this helps someone out there :) Feel free to add any of your tips also!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Market's opening day...

I had my booth up at the opening day of the Mukilteo Farmer's Market yesterday! I think it went pretty good, for being my first ever market/fair/show.

Here are a few pics of my table....

Monday, June 2, 2008

Website up & running!

LoveMeKnot Creations very own website is now up and running everybody!
I will still blog on here, but I now have a calendar on my own website under About Me section, and on the main page you can subscribe to my newsletters that will be full of great info (like discounts....)

And the Farmer's Market starts in TWO DAYS! whoo hoo!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New items!

I will be introducing some new items to LMKC, starting at the first Farmers Market June 4th!

I will now be making key fobs, 3" and 6" sizes. Here are a few pics of ones I have made for the Market....


Sunday, May 18, 2008

Sweet Figments

Yes, you have been graced with yet another posting on my blog today....lucky you :)

I wanted to mention an awesome new blog called Sweet Figments. It's going to be a great blog that features handmade items along with interviews and other features Monday through Fridays. So go be sure to bookmark it or RSS feed it or whatever it is that you do, because you'll never know what GREAT surprises you'll see or find on there *hint hint*

Just need to give a big shout out to the Tiny Fig for putting that blog together.

Long Time No See Stranger....

Hi Everyone :)

Sorry it has been MONTHS since I did a posting! A few changes in my personal life have happened and have been keepingme busy busy busy.

I did just buy a brand new camera, so hopefully when I figure out how to upload pics onto Blogger I will share some of my new items :) (This is also why I do not have a lot of my Etsy shop...)

But just a quick update on my life:
I will have my very OWN booth ath the 2008 Mukilteo Farmer's Market that is starting Wednesday June 4th. It will be next to the Rosehill Community Center of Lincoln Street in Mukilteo, WA, every Wednesday from 3pm-7pm until September 24th!

I don't think I will make it there every week, so here is my tentative schedule:

June 4, Opening Day
June 18
July 2
July 30
August 13
August 27
September 10
September 24 Last Day

Any changes, I'll update it on here :)

ALSO, More great news!

I am now in TWO wonderful shops!
The Cat's Meow Home Decor & Gifts
in Granite Falls, Illinois


Belle Sirota
in Portland, Oregon

Saturday, March 1, 2008

I did It, I have a Business!

YAY! I'm so stinkin' happy right now! I went online and applied for my business license, and it seriously only took like ten minutes, but I even got to print out my UBI #. SWEET! I do still have to get a license for my city, and then any other city I plan on doing business in.... but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. But, just thought I'd share how happy I am and how good it feels to be *almost* legit :)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

New Items!

I just listed some new items on my etsy shop, along with the brand spankin' new Eye Pillows:)

Feel free to pick one up!