CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: OCBookShoppe

Books have always been one of my passions, and most days that I’m able to set aside time, you’ll find me curled up with a book. While I love eReaders, I don’t think anything can beat an actual, tangible book…especially vintage books, with their history and character. 
 
Today’s featured shop celebrates the vintage written word with an impressive inventory of over 700 items, which also includes a few vintage gifts and curiosities. Based in Monroeville, AL, Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe has a store front in the historic district that is perfect for spending a few hours browsing. And if you can’t make it to Monroeville, no worries! OCBookShoppe has plenty of wonderful inventory online for you to browse from the comfort of your own home. Here’s a few of their items that caught my eye:
Vintage Set of Three Brown &  Blue - Home Decor 
Vintage Buckingham Car Lamp - Bedside Light
The Good Earth (4) by Pearl S Buck 
Davenport Ironstone Cyprus Antique Bowl, Home Decor, Kitchen, Fine Dining, Black and White
The Southern Baptist Convention 1845-1953 by W.W. Barnes 
These are just a few samples of some of the unique, vintage finds that you can find at OCBookShoppe! So be sure to check out OCBookShoppe on Etsy, as well as their Facebook page, and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter
Until next time…stay crafty (and read books)!
-Katie
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Recipe Roundup: Dessert Edition

I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty major sweet tooth. This leads to hours browsing on Pinterest, coming across delectable recipes and drooling over them. Today, I thought I’d share some dessert recipes I cam across recently that look…wait for it…AMAZING! 
Browned Butter Banana Blondies. These are PERFECT blondies with a subtle banana flavor, topped with a brown sugar frosting that is INSANELY good! 
chocolate pecan pie bars
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S'mores Pie | Cooking Classy 

Until next time…stay crafty (and eat dessert)!
-Katie
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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: KingsBenchCreations

Featuring fun, whimsical folk art from upcycled materials and reclaimed wood, KingsBenchCreations creates wonderfully playful and artistic ornaments, leash holders and more! Based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, owner Jeanne Stern breathes new life into objects that most people would throw away, creating an eco-friendly shop filled with fun treasures. Here are a few of Jeanne’s items that caught my eye:
Dog Leash Holder, Reclaimed Wood Chihuaha Leash Holder, Handmade Dog
Frog Ornament, Recycled Hand Made Frog Ornament Original Frog Art
Raccoon Ornament, Recycled Hand Made  raccoon folk art upcycled raccoon art
Make sure to check out KingsBenchCreations for more great upcycled gifts and more!
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie
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Apple Spiced Mini-Muffins (Adapted from OneHungryMama.com)

Fall is coming…It may still be 80 degrees here in Southwestern Virginia, but fall is coming. And I am PUMPED! (Is it obvious that it’s my favorite season?) It’s a rainy day here, so I decided today was the perfect day for something with apple..and lots of spice. 
While browsing for recipe inspiration online, I came across One Hungry Mama’s recipe for Baked Apple Donuts. Unable to find my donut pan (say it ain’t so!), I went with mini muffins… Mmmm.
The only changes I made, other than the shape:  the baking time, and a little added spice. 350 degrees at 12-14 minutes did it for my mini muffins. I dipped them in the applesauce and cinnamon sugar (with a little added ground ginger) and they are AMAZING.
So make sure to check out the recipe at OneHungryMama.com!
Are you excited for fall?
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie
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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: LordOfTheBeads

LordOfTheBeads features gorgeous, one of a kind authentic, ancient bead jewelry. Owned by owner Raed Aidi, LordOfTheBeads provides antique beads with detail and history that you can’t find anywhere else. Rich with history and detail, any of LordOfTheBeads’ pieces would be the perfect addition to your outfit.
Here’s a couple of Raed’s listings that I found absolutely amazing:
Rare Genuine Antique Egyptian Agate Beads Necklace | Mayada
Featuring rare and genuine ancient Egyptian agates, this piece is rich in history and style!
Roman old Amber Beads, about 1100 years old, 100 g
According to Raed, “This divine necklace is comprised of amber beads that are over 1100 years old. I have collected them over many years on my various travels and this piece has 100 grams of pure amber beading. The pieces are irregularly (hand) cut and have their origins in the Holy Land.”
Ancient stones with antiquated glass beads make this necklace one of a kind!

LordOfTheBeads also features an assortment of individual beads…
Nice White Authentic Ancient Bead 
Lot 3 Large Amber Resin African Beads 
Be sure to stop by LordOfTheBeads and check out Raed’s amazing selection of ancient and antiquated beads and jewelry!
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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CraftyGirl’s Featured Shop: MonogramNecklaceVIP

 
Today’s featured shop has amazing photos, a wide array of options and free shipping worldwide! Meet Olivia Smith, owner of MonogramNecklaceVIP. Based in Israel, Olivia has a passion for making personalized jewelry. Her items are perfect for any occasion, and are timeless; they’ll never go out of style! Olivia also features double gold plating layers on all of her gold items!
Here are some of Olivia’s creations that caught my eye:
Silver Monogram Necklace - 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 925 Sterling Silver 
Gorgeous and timeless, this is perfect for a gift, or as a special present for yourself!
Monogram Necklace - 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 18K Gold Plated 
Featuring double layer plated 18K gold, this is a wonderful piece for that special someone in your life!
Silver Monogram Bracelet- 1 inch Personalized Monogram - 925 Sterling Silver
Gorgeous bracelet! I think this would make a great Mother’s Day gift!

Cross Bracelet - Personalized Bracelet- 18K Gold Plated
This item is my personal favorite! I think it would be great personalized with your child’s name and birthdate on it, or maybe your wedding anniversary!






 Elegant and understated, I think these would make a great anniversary gift!
Make sure to check out MonogramNecklaceVIP for all of your jewelry shopping needs! Don’t forget: Olivia offers free worldwide shipping!
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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The First Tomato and Vintage Recipes

So, earlier this summer, my wonderful neighbor offered me 3 tomato plants-Apparently, she had planted all of her seeds, thinking that some of them wouldn’t sprout, and ended up with 98 tomato plants! I gladly took the plants, with the warning that I’m not exactly known for my green thumb. I’m better with vegetables than I am with flowers (I’m still not sure how my marigolds are alive), but I was cautiously optimistic.
Through many waterings, some Miracle Gro, and a lot of coddling, I finally have…my first tomato!
There are also a few more on the same plant that should be ready in another day or two. I’ll admit, I’m pretty excited. 🙂 There are also at least 10-12 more green ones on the other plants. Certainly not enough to can mass quantities of anything, but definitely great for salads, sandwiches and more!
And on this glorious day, after doing some cleaning, I came across one of my favorite vintage cookbooks. It’s a 1968 copy of Better Homes and Gardens’ Cookies and Candies. Now, no matter how old the recipes are, cookies and candies NEVER go out of style!
I just love the vintage pictures!
The pages may be yellowed and the spine may be cracked, but the recipes are tried and true. So, I thought I’d share one with you! It’s definitely a classic.
Chocolate Chippers
(Better Homes and Garden’s Cookies and Candies, 1968)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon soda (Baking soda)
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 6-ounce package (1 cup) semi sweet chocolate pieces (Chips)
1/2 cup chopped California walnuts (Optional)

Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Cream shortening, sugars, egg and vanilla until fluffy
  • Sift together dry ingredients and stir into the creamed mixture
  • Stir in chocolate, and nuts (optional)
  • Drop from teaspoon 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes
  • Remove from pan – Makes 3 dozen cookies
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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MelodyAndWords : Custom Book Jewelry

I get incredibly excited when friends of mine sign up for Etsy! Melody, a friend of mine from our young school days, has recently set up her shop, MelodyAndWords, on Etsy, and she’s already had two sales! She is incredibly creative, and I love her product ideas. I thought I’d share a few of her items with you! 🙂 
Make sure to check out MelodyAndWords today! 🙂 
Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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FREE Baking Basics Class from Wilton!

Join Beth Somers, instructor at the internationally acclaimed Wilton School of Cake Decorating!

If you head over to Craftsy right now, you can sign up for a FREE baking basics class!

The class description says.. ” Make cakes with no crumbs, no crowning and no cracking, so you have a flawless decorating surface – every time! Join pastry chef Beth Somers as she demystifies bakeware, pan preparation and measuring techniques. You’ll learn the proper way to combine your ingredients and avoid over-mixing, so you always end up with a tender cake. Then, you’ll see how to level the top of your cake and cut it into layers to make room for your luscious, homemade filling. Beth also will teach you how to use a spatula to spread smooth, crumb-free icing and another “tip” for achieving a rich, textured look. To top it all off, you’ll pipe an easy, elegant star border and embellish further with wonderful decorations!”

It’s a great class for beginners, or even seasoned bakers who just want to brush up on their technique! Check it out today!

Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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Maine Blueberry Cake Recipe

So, I am a huge fan of berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries… I’ll take them all! Sometimes, though, if you’re absent minded like me, you buy too many blueberries and you don’t have enough time to eat them before they go bad…oops. This is where one of my favorite recipes comes in!

My maternal grandfather grew up in Maine, and my mother spent a lot of time there during the summers, on family vacations. I’ve only been to Maine once, and I was too young to remember it, but whenever I bake this cake….it makes me feel like I’m there. 🙂

Maine Blueberry Cake

Ingredients:

3 & 3/4 cup all purpose flour
3 & 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (Or, 1 tablespoon plus 3/4th a teaspoon)
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
1 & 1/2 cup white sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen (I prefer fresh)
Additional 1/4 cup white sugar

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour your 9 by 13 inch baking pan.

Sift your dry ingredients together into a bowl. (Flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg)

In another bowl (either fitted to a stand mixer, or in a bowl that you can use a hand mixer with), cream your butter and sugar together. Add in your eggs, one at a time, followed by your milk and vanilla.

Gently mix your dry ingredients into your butter/sugar mixture, making sure to fully incorporate it. You don’t want any lumps, but try not to over-mix your batter.. No one likes a tough cake! 🙂

Finally, gently fold in your blueberries. Pour your batter into your greased 9 by 13 inch pan! Now, here’s my favorite part: sprinkle the additional 1/4 cup of white sugar over the top. (When it’s done, it’ll be nice and crunchy on the top..It’s so good!)

Now, pop that pan of awesomeness into your oven for 45-60 minutes. Times will vary, depending on your oven.. Everyone’s oven is a little different! 🙂 I’d suggest peeking in on it at around 40 minutes, just in case your oven runs a little hot.

You’ll know it’s done when it’s pulled away slightly from the sides, and you can stick a cake tester (or toothpick!) into it, and it comes out clean.

Now, I know it’s super tempting to just dive into that cake right now, but burning your tongue won’t do you any good! 🙂 I’d suggest you let it cool for at least 45 minutes before you slice it, giving the cake time to firm up. Or, if you’re super impatient and you have ample fridge space, just pop it in there after it’s cooled on the counter for 15-20 minutes, and that’ll speed up the process!

Summer may be coming to a close, but you can make this recipe year round! Frozen blueberries work well when you’re in a pinch, or you don’t want to pay out of season prices for fresh. Just make sure to dust your frozen blueberries with a small pinch of flour before you put them in the batter…That will help them not to sink to the bottom. 🙂

Until next time…stay crafty!

-Katie

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