Archive for October, 2009

Now taking Custom Orders… Oh My!

Well hello again blog. It’s me. Holly J. Been a little busy the baby, juggling playgroups, animals, PR and oh yeah and everything else.

I received my first custom order on Etsy! Very exciting 🙂 I made two pairs of pink cloth shoes with corduroy bottoms for twin baby girls. The mom loved them which was great.

IMG_2044IMG_2045I have also been messing around on my sewing machine, which isn’t a good idea as I have so much to do! Bay needed a wearable sleep blanket as he was chilly in the evenings. Instead of paying 30$ I decided to try and make it. How hard could it be ?  I swore a LOT:

IMG_2112But its done and he likes it. He really likes it. Can’t you tell ?

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We have TWO shows coming up and have items due to a fabulous store. Soon to be revealed! We are also working on a facebook page!

I have been very busy doing PR for the Boston Vegetarian Soceity a cause near and dear to my heart despite my last post on a chicken recipe. The BVFF is holding their annual Boston Vegetarian Food Fest coming up October 31st and November 1st in Boston. This is a fabulous FREE event with FREE parkings. Wonderful vendors, speakers, and of course samples! We love going to this every year! Its a great chance to try out some of the veggie foods you wouldn’t otherwise try, also bring the kidlets.

Halloween is on the horizon, I am so excited about taking Bay out! He plans to be a giraffe if and only if mommy makes his costume!

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The Easiest Recipe In The World

I do love to cook but sometimes I just want to curl up on the couch and relax. My husband loves a good roast chicken and I love it because it can make multiple meals. Think chicken soup and chicken salad! Aren’t I a good vegetarian wife…

Try this easy recipe:photo

Ingredients:

1 small chicken

1/2 cup fresh chopped herbs, or 2 tbsp dried

1/2 cup olive oil

4 garlic cloves minced

1 small onion, peeled

5 carrots, peeled, trimmed  and halved

Salt & Pepper

Clean the chicken and stuff with small onion. Place in a small baking dish. Rub on olive oil , garlic and salt and pepper, sprinkle with herbs and line carrots around the chicken. Cover with foil and place in the oven on 350 for 1 hour. Remove foil and bake for additional 10 min to brown.

That’s it!!!!

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DIY Wreath!

The magic of a glue gun and some patience saves oodles of time. Skip the pricey store bought wreathes and opt for spending some time being crafty.

The wreath at the end of this post was made for under $5. Materials were purchased on sale and I also used a twig wreath from last year.

Step 1: Grab a twig wreath as your base. They are super cheap and come in a variety of sizes. Purchase fake berries, small gourds,  leaves or even colored buttons for  vintage look.

Step 2: Pick a starting point and start building your wreath. It is best to start with the larger leaves or flowers. Place smaller boughs and gourds in the bare spots. If you are worried about gluing everything down, try a couple different positions for your materials first then glue.

Step3: Glue guns ARE your friend! I have two different sized glue guns. Depending on the project they retail for under $12. ( check the paper for coupons both Michaels and AC Moore have coupons weekly for 10%-30% off full priced merchandise.)

The key to using the gun is a allocating a dollop and twisting the “pull” or glue reminisce until it releases from your material. Its all in the wrist and it takes practice.

Step 4: If you feel that you made a mistake pull the piece off the wreath after it dries, scrape off the glue and start again! When the season is over you can either store wreathes in a wreath box, or garbage bag in the basement.

I like to remove all matieral from wreathes and pull off glue at the end of the season and recycle materials for next year. I store each season’s matierals in labeled sandwich bags and place them with the season’s decor for storage.

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