etsy.besty.spider.

crawled up the water spout.

I hope you all had a lovely holiday this past week. Of course now everything is all about Christmas until “dooms-day” actually arrives.

So in following the bandwagon… of course I got sucked in… I’ve created a Treasury on Etsy of some beautiful items to give as gifts or to give to yourself; without being ridiculously holiday-centered but still lovely for the holidays as well as year-round.

Here’s a taste of what’s on the menu:

SALE no matter how hard I try (mini print)

On Sale! from Restlessthings, this sweet mini print would make a sweet gift if wrapped up in a frame

PS. She makes GORGEOUS prints, so check them out!

Khaki and White Doily Stationery (set of 8)

Instead of sending those tacky “Seasons Greetings” cards, surprise your pen pals with this darling Khaki and Doily Stationery from Dawn Correspondence

La Coquette Shea Butter Soap - Parisian, Lavender, Amber, and Tonka Bean - by Sweet Petula

Give the gift next to godliness with these sumptuous Shea Butter Soaps from Sweet Petula

noemie lace necklace (ivory)

Treat yourself to something lovely for all of those end-of-the-year parties and such with this sweet Lace Necklace by Whiteowl

 

*Side Note: I’m not really into the holidays. I’m much more of a ‘nondenominational’ kind of girl–my family being Jewish, my lover’s family being agnostic and half Persian–it’s just easier that way. So pardon any lack of enthusiasm I have towards the month of December.

Happy Shopping!

cause.for.celebration.

This is my 100th post!

Offensive + Delightful Stationary

I know it isn’t that big of a deal because there are several other things we do in life that we’re never rewarded or compensated for, i.e. taking out the trash, blowing one’s nose, waking up in the morning, etc.

But still, I feel like I’m allowed to be just a little bit excited. (No peeing, please)

To celebrate I’ve found some particularly fabulous things to share with you.

 

It can’t be a proper party without sparkle or a piñata… or at least that’s how they feel about celebrations at Confetti System. At $140 this piñata better be saved for a pretty fricken fabulous party for it to be smashed to bits.

 

Balloons via Souvenirs

diy paper lanterns via The Creative Place

(for an excellent tutorial click the link)

 

A party can’t be a real party without some sweet treats like these Individual Devil’s Food Cakes and Salted Caramel Sauce

 

French 75

and some of the best parties include lots and lots of libations

 

But the most important aspect of any party are the party-goers, aka YOU!

Thanks for your support!

 

novemburr.

November is my favourite month.

Not because of my birthday–which actually is in June… not November.

Not because of Thanksgiving or it’s proximity to the holidays.

Because autumn is my favourite season, and more-so than October do you see the foliage change colour (in glorious Portland, Oregon that is) in November.

Duh. (Just kidding)

 

Anyways, today I have treats for all you lovelies who read my blog.

My famous pumpkin cookie recipe.

Which is perfect for a lovely November day after you’ve stomped your way through piles of crunchy–or in Portland’s case, wet–leaves.

 

Today I made them into muffins, which I’ve been super fond of lately, because of their ease of transport and clean-up after baking. However, I did not change the recipe in the slightest, so you can make them which ever way you fancy.

 

*side note: These famous pumpkin cookies were actually Carol’s famous pumpkin cookies. However, I don’t know who Carol is, and I am famous for them among my friends and family. So, sorry Carol if you’re reading this and thinking this is your recipe… because… it is, but hey, your cookies are great!

 

Famous Pumpkin Cookies

Yields: 3 dozen cookies or 2 dozen muffins

Ingredients:

COOKIES

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup un-spiced pumpkin

ICING

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 4 tablespoons of milk
  • 0.5o cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

COOKIES

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix together dry ingredients first.
  3. Add butter, egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Mix well. (It’s okay if the mixture is still a little lumpy, they won’t bake that way.)
  4. Drop teaspoonfuls onto un-greased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  5. Place on cooling racks after baking.

ICING

  1. Combine butter, milk and brown sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil stirring CONTINUOUSLY. (If you don’t it will turn to caramel and ruin your saucepan).
  3. Take off heat and let cool completely.
  4. When cool add powdered sugar in small amounts, stirring continuously. Add vanilla during this process. (If you have a flour sifter or a small strainer it would be best to put the powdered sugar in there while adding it to your butter, brown sugar and milk mixture. If the powdered sugar is super lumpy, your icing will be lumpy and the sugar will not be distributed properly.)
  5. Spread icing on cooled cookies. **Hint: if you don’t want icing to get all over the place, put newspaper underneath the cooling racks because the icing will drip off of the cookies**

 

For some interesting flavor profiles you can try adding 2 tablespoons of curry powder to the icing, or use maple syrup instead of vanilla extract.

See how lumpy the batter still is? It’s okay though, the cookies come out as light as air.

Because my father is diabetic I made these pumuffkins (pumpkin muffins?) sans the icing, and as always used spelt flour as opposed to white. I’m thinking of topping one or two of them with some delicious nutella as a sweet treat for myself though.

 

Happy baking!

 

(oh, PS. the images are mine)

tate.that.

Okay, so I know I said I would only post on Sundays, but this couldn’t wait.

Chinese Conceptual Artist Ai Weiwei filled the Tate Modern‘s Turbine hall with literally 100 million handcrafted and painted, life-sized sunflower seed husks. The husks are made out of porcelain, which is synonymous with China, considering porcelain is it’s most prized export.

 

Apparently Weiwei had hundreds of people helping her in small-scale workshops in the Chinese city of Jingdezhen to create this sculptural installation.

Sunflower Seeds invites viewers to take a closer look at the ‘Made in China’ phenomenon and the geo-political issues surrounding culture and economics today.

 

(All images derived from DesignBoom)

Kind of an amusing side note: The artist originally encouraged patrons to interact with the sculpture by walking on the seeded “carpet”. The Tate Modern has since made a notice of the hazardous dust that has been created due to these interactions, and now asks viewers to stay off their lawn, so to speak.