Monday, August 31, 2009

Introducing Salingercrumbs Vintage + Handmade!

Are you looking for that perfect, classy, sweet, sophisticated vintage ensemble? Than look no further than my friend's soon-to-be stocked Etsy shop,! There you will find exquisite vintage, along with handmade beetle shell earrings that simply (and naturally) gorgeous.

This is a SNEAK PEEK, as these items are not yet listed...but stay tuned, you don't want to miss out!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hope for an Orphaned Etsy Shop

When the craft-bug really, REALLY got to me and I wanted to do more than sell bellydance costumes, I opened a little Etsy shop called Sugar Pickle. It was full of colorful, crazy, loud, kitschy, silly, fun stuff. And while I still loved all of that, I eventually began to "grow up" in my creativity and moved on to start a new Etsy shop, Folk, which all of you lovely darlings know about already.

So, dear old Sugar Pickle was neglected. It has languished in the background for some time now; I quit adding new items, I might make one sale every couple months or so, and that was that.

Recently, however, I have been thinking of ways to do more good. While I always try to be conscious anyway of the materials I use and the way I use them, I would like to get serious, like, real serious, about crafting things that are very specifically eco-friendly. And I would like to donate any profit received from these items to causes that help people and the environment. AND, I need an outlet for these I am reinventing and reclaiming Sugar Pickle!

Upon the Grand Reopening, Sugar Pickle will be the purveyor of fine recycled-plastic-bag wallets, hand-knit wash clothes, comfortable reusable menstrual pads, and then some. I hope to add many more earth-friendly items to the list shortly after I get the "new" shop up and running. But, until then, please know that Sugar Pickle's Grand Reopening is scheduled for SEPTEMBER 1st, which is--gasp--Tuesday! Please stop by and support handmade, and get some eco-conscious goods, all while supporting my charity fund!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Poor Girl Sugar Cookies

...although butter sure isn't cheap. Sheesh! Anyway, these are easy, at least...and I LOVE easy. Also, they really are delicious!

1/2 pound butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cardamon
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon water

Cream butter and sugar until...well, creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend well. The mixture will look crumbly, but take a spoonful and form into a 1" ball. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet. Press to 1/4" flat, using the bottom of a glass that has been coated with sugar. Bake at 375 F until bottoms are golden brown, about 9 to 12 minutes, but be sure to check frequently because when they start to brown, they brown fast! Let cool, and enjoy!

And speaking of enjoyment--want to win a super-awesome shirt with your FAVORITE Etsy team's logo on it? (Your favorite Etsy team being Wichita Handmade, of course!) I bet ya do.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Flowers

Two weeks ago my uncle came to visit and we spent a lovely time at Botanica. I had meant to put these pictures up sooner, but kept forgetting...what's new?


Saturday, August 22, 2009

And the Winners of Giveaway #4 are.....

1. } Gremlina!!

2. } Emily!!

3. } Amber!!

These three lovely ladies are the winners of Folk Craft Giveaway No.4! Please be sure to check out Gremlina and Emily's lovely shops, and take a peek at Amber's blog. (Click on their names above to see.)

Also, thank you so much to EVERYONE who entered; I truly appreciate your comments and follows, and if I have not looked at your blog, will do so shortly.

Happy Saturday Night!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Daily Fiber

{ ...Have you entered the GIVEAWAY? There will be 3 winners drawn on Saturday, so your chances are good! Click here! }

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{ g u e r i l l a A r t + W i c h i t a H a n d m a d e = c o m i n g S o o n ! ! }

And here is my new favorite hat--I don't want to rush anything, but I can't say that I'll mind the impending October chill too much!
This is made from my handspun yarn, Cinnamon Toast.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Giveaway No. 4: Sweet Barrettes

I have been spinning, knitting, sewing, and working on some top-secret projects, too! (I will let you know about them someday.) I am looking forward to fall...somehow I feel like I'll have more time then, but I know that's a bloody lie.

I will share my completely hand-spun/hand-knit hat once I get a picture of the finished piece...

I am so thankful that my friend's eggplants have been producing gorgeous specimens like this one, since our eggplants haven't been doing anything but wilting!

And I am having a special little giveaway this week. Special because THREE winners will be drawn!!!

Oh-So-Easy Ways to Enter:

If you would like an entry, simply follow the blog, but make sure you leave a comment here to let me know you're following!

If you'd like two entries, visit the shop,, have a look around, and come back here to let me know which item (or items!) is your favorite.

To enter a third time, mention me in your blog, twitter, etc. Be sure to let me know in a comment.

Basically, each comment is an entry, so if you're doing all three of these things, be sure to leave three comments! :) The winners will be drawn sometime on Saturday, August 22, using a random number generator, and I will contact each winner via email, their etsy shop, etc, to let them know they've won. Each winner will get to choose one barrette shown, so please have 3 different choices ready, as it will be first draw/first serve. GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Collage No. 2

  1. I finished my Jayden's sweater!! It is super-sweet and just needs some buttons now. (Jayden doesn't actually belong to me, but she is pretty high up on my list of babies I'd take.) :) Click here for the pattern.
  2. Purchased some feathers (on sale!) for future tribal fusion bellydance costuming. I like the neon puffs.
  3. Finished my alpaca/rambouillet yarn. I call it Cinnamon Toast and am currently knitting a winter hat with it.
  4. Have been sewing and listed new stuff on Folk! Here is the item pictured.
  5. When the air conditioner quit working I opened my windows on a cool night and the smell of Jimson Weed below my window was incredible.
  6. I love storms.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

So Much

Few things make a person appreciate air conditioning like an August day in Kansas without it. It reached about 93 degrees in the house today, and naturally, opening the windows only causes more hot air to blast through the house (when there's a breeze.) Fans help, but hey....what happened to the cold air that comes out of those vents in the floor?!

While it will probably be a little bit of money to fix (I hate to think how much) and I am very uncomfortable, I am not going to say it's the worst thing that's ever happened. In fact, it can be a good thing. While I like to think of myself as a mindful person, striving to always be aware of her blessings, losing something that is so often taken for granted is a reminder one can't ignore.

And what a common luxury it is! About 50 years ago, when my mom was growing up, she did not have any such thing. But they were still more fortunate than most. Think of those who do not know where their next meal will come from, or when. Think of the many who don't know if there will be clean drinking water for them tomorrow. I may have no AC, but it will be fixed soon enough. I can grab a cold drink out of the fridge. I can open my screened window at night, and while a few obnoxious gnats may make their way in, I probably will not have to worry about mosquitoes carrying Malaria. I don't want to do the dishes that have been piling up, but once I do I will have dishes to eat off of, not to mention food to eat.

It seems that, of late, I have been bombarded from every direction with this general message: "You are blessed with much. Many have next to nothing. Could you do on less to help others?" I've been thinking about this for a time, now. But recently, I was encouraged first by one of my favorite podcasts, Cast On, then again by listening to an older episode of my other favorite podcast, Craftlit. Then I find it again in a friend's blog and again in the sermon at church this morning!

Where am I going with this? Well--I want to start doing more good things. Or perhaps I should say that I want more good things to occur, and if I happen to be an instrument in that process, well enough. But I don't say this to boast; I only share this with you to inspire and encourage! I am taking baby steps and doing the little things that help, for sure, but someday I'd like to do something a little bigger. I don't have a real plan yet, just musing on some things. I hope when I get a plan together, you will help me!

Friday, August 7, 2009

I want to keep these...

...but I am trying to have LESS stuff, not more. Guess I'll just have to get over it and know that someone else will love these as much as I do. My new favorite, just listed in the shop:

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

C.I.P (Craft-in-Public) Wishlist!

Hello y'all--I am sorry I haven't had a post in a while...other things have been getting between me and my blog lately! Some exciting, some not so exciting...I don't have much to write about right now as I am in a hurry (again!), but do want to share my CIP wishlist with you. At the next Wichita Handmade meeting, we are going to discuss having another Craft-in-Public event, like the one held during June's Final Friday. This one will probably take place in September. Since my spinning seemed to draw quite a bit of attention, I thought I would do it again! Maybe this time, with some color...