Monday, March 30, 2009

Etsy on Sunday Morning

I grew up watching Sunday Morning with my grandmother. I consider it the news show for the intellectual and the avant garde, always finding little gems that we need to know about.
These days I always Tivo it (as I'm not going to get up that early on a Sunday) and watch it usually Tuesday night when there is nothing on. Thank you to Buckboardwoodworks for actually watching it on Sunday and letting us know that Mo Rocca did a feature on the world of Etsy.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

That was some weekend!

I was surprisingly productive this weekend (yay, go me!)

On Friday I drove to Tulsa and back in the rain to meet Brigid and collect the team promo postcards for some of us OKC-area folks. I like driving long distances, and it was actually a nice afternoon trip; even if there were some cars spun-out and facing the wrong way on the turnpike! On Saturday, the snow came. It wasn't bad here, really. It was the kind of snow that you can easily push off your windshield, and the roads were not slick. In fact, once the sun came up, the snow was melting as it hit the ground. I went to the Cleveland County Fairgrounds to check out the scene and to meet Mathea of NickAnny. Her lovely soaps smelled so wonderful!

So snow yesterday, and today it was almost 70. That's Oklahoma for you. I was able to get a bunch of new items listed today that I think are just lovely. I have a few colors of these vintage jewel earrings:
I also created a simpler version of my favorite vintage blue sparkle ring:

And here is something I'm really excited about; a Victorian-style sparkle choker!

I love it!
Of course, I don't think any of us would make anything we didn't love!
I really do have a special place in my heart for harlequin stones, though.

So here we are about to embark on another week. I'm trying to prepare for the Deluxe show as far ahead as possible; I'll probably get my displays this week, and I'll see what else I need to add to my checklist. Check one thing off the list, add three more....

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Need a Chocolate Cake Break?

It's cold in Oklahoma. Spring has crawled back into it's bed, and winter has returned. And just when I was ready to start planting the garden. That's enough to dampen any one's spirits.

So, to make us feel a bit better, I share with you the recipe for happiness:

Instant Chocolate Cake for One

4 Tbsp cake or all purpose flour (not self-rising)
4 Tbsp Splenda (or sugar, if you must)
2 Tbsp baking cocoa
1 egg
3 Tbsp milk
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 Tbsp chocolate or carmel chips (optional)
A small dash of vanilla flavoring
1 microwaveable coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to mug and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and the oil and mix again. Add the vanilla and the chips and mix some more.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top, but do not be alarmed!
Allow to cool for a few minutes, and then enjoy.
Take that, Winter!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I'm new to this...

I broke down and created a blog. I figured I had enough technology going on, but it seems everyone has a blog now. Oh well. I'm still resisting Twitter, so at least I have that going for me. Sometimes I feel like I'm twenty-five going on seventy; I truly have no idea how this thing works. Hopefully, I'm a fast learner. We'll see how it goes.

(For example, how do I tab over?) :)

I want this blog to be mainly about the creative aspects of my life, and I'd like to include things I find that I adore as well. I was raised to be a very private person, and it seems all this technology exists to destroy our privacy. Why should we care what a total stranger did over the weekend or what they had for breakfast? It's just human nature to be nosey, I guess.

On the other hand, perhaps this freedom of information can draw people closer. When you read so much about someone, you can't help feeling as if you know them intimately. That could be good, could be dangerous, depending on the people involved.

What I'm trying to say is, if you're not a crazy stalker, please follow my blog...