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Sunday, May 29, 2016

New at agardencottage

I skipped my post last week because of our great vacation to San Diego, California. It was my first visit and I love everything about this city. We took our 2 little dogs with us and it was fun to see these 2 little pups on the beach.

We even had a family dinner at the dog friendly restaurant in Del Mar! So it was a fun experience for everyone.

I was so relaxed after we got back that I did not list too many new items at agardencottage. But the ones I did are lovely!

Here it is, a classic sterling silver bracelet and large vintage brass skeleton key.   

Both are great and can be a perfect gift !

Stop by and see more vintage and handmade items at my shop on Etsy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Look what's new at agardencottage

Here is some new items I listed this week at my shop (agardencottage):

2 beautiful vintage snake skin strap belts with stunning interlocking buckles:





A very sweet Snoopy rubber floating soap dish from 1950s. He can float in your bathtub or keep him on a shelf to display.

... and a very nice vintage cast iron owl wall bracket, perfect for a small space. Great gift idea for an owl lover!

Both of my shops will be closed for vacation next week (gone fishing!) but I will reopen on  May 23rd. Please convo me on Etsy if you are interested in something particular from my shops.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Free cross stitch pattern, spring flowers & birds by LaMariaCha

When I first saw this birds and flowers cross stitch design by LaMariaCha, I loved it. The colors are so bright and it has that nice folk feel. So I stitched it on tan Aida fabric and thinking of finishing it as a summer tote.
With Maria's permission I am posting the link to her chart on my blog today. This is not a quick project but definitely a nice one. You can download it here.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Look what's new at agardencottage

I just realized today, I am not showing enough or not at all my gorgeous vintage collection in my agardencottage shop on etsy. So I have decided to write short posts on Sundays about new additions to my shop.

Please keep up on checking my blog and on Sundays you will see what's new at agardencottage

Here is what was listed last week: 

A party-perfect Blenko light amber pitcher/ water bottle, made in USA:



 ... and a gorgeous Celtic cross Irish silver necklace:

This is just a small sample of the treasures I have in my shop. Please stop by and  take a look at my shop on Etsy!

See more of prettiness next week and happy Mother's Day to all  mothers in the world!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Guacamole recipe to celebrate Cinco De Mayo

When I first tried Mexican food 15 years ago, I did not like it at all. It was full of unusual flavors and spices and my throat was on fire. My least favorites were cilantro, jalapeno peppers and tamales. In fact, first time I cleaned jalapeno pepper, I paid with temporary coughing, eyes watering and nose itching :)  I did not know that even if you wash your hands with soap and water, the hotness is still there. So I always wear gloves when cleaning any type of hot peppers since then.

But, with time I started to like some of foods. I started with deep fried chimichangas and fajitas deliciousness and gradually increased my favorite's lists over the years. I am even cooking some dishes at home now and my family and friends love them.

One recipe I'd like to share today is guacamole, a perfect dip to celebrate Cinco De Mayo. I am not adding hot spices to mine but you can, of course.

3 ripe avocados
1 lime
2 garlic cloves
3 scallions
6-8 cherry tomatoes
cilantro leaves, about 2/3 cups or to taste
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

How to make it:
Thoroughly wash and dry your vegetables. 
Cut each avocado lengthwise in halves, remove the pit.
Scoop avocado pulp into medium bowl with spoon and mash it with potato masher or a fork. Squeeze the lime juice over the avocados and gently stir it. Add crushed garlic, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, scallions and salt & pepper. 
Adjust seasonings to your liking.  Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving.

You can serve it with chips, tortillas or pulled pork. It's fresh, healthy and delicious!

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Monday, May 2, 2016

A swallow steampunk necklace project

Here is another project we made with Albina Manning recently, a steampunk style necklace. We used some natural stone beads, copper and antique finish finds, and a vintage copper swallow charm as a focal point.

I think it turned out   great. Use your finds and imagination and you will make a great necklace for yourself.

Here is what we use to make ours:

Tools: Wire cutters, round nose pliers, chain nose pliers (2 pairs)
Materials: beads, charm (bird), chain, clasp, jump rings, 20 ga wire.

Here is how to make this:

Lay out your beads, charms and chains to see how you want your future necklace to looks like.

Using 20 ga wire and your tools, make wrapped loops on the both sides of beads.

Using jump rings, attach beads and pieces of chain in the order you would like.

Attach the clasp with jump rings.

Happy making!

Sunday, May 1, 2016