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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall stitching Acorns

Isn't it strange, how is your taste change over the years and how your surroundings influence it? Over the years of selling on Etsy my taste is constantly changing. I am originally a city girl who likes skyscrapers and clean lines of modern architecture and now I became a fan of simple nature forms and shapes. My Fall favorites are acorns, pumpkins, leaves and owls.

I stitched this neeldlework holder case last year and I am only now showing it. 

The scissors got lost unfortunately so I guess it was their last photo session :) I am sad about it since I brought them from Ukraine long time ago and they  reminded me of that trip.

What do you like about Fall? What are your favorites? Please share!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Halloween party food ideas

October is here so is thoughts of the holidays. Halloween is a first one on a list so I am already planning what we are going to cook for a party, what to wear and how to decorate that it would look different than previous years.
So I wanted to share some easy ideas on party food appetizer styles. Last year I made these and they were a big hit! These foods can be easily cooked any time you are in a mood for them. I used some food decorations and these dishes easily fit into the Halloween party table!

1. –°heese balls
Ingredients for the smaller ball:
cream cheese, 8 oz, at room temperature
goat cheese, 4 oz, at room temperature
chopped scallion
seasonings to taste: dried chopped onion, garlic salt, smoked paprika
black sesame seeds for coating

Ingredients for the larger ball:
cream cheese, 16 oz, at room temperature
1 can crashed pineapple, 20 oz, well drained
1/2 chopped green bell pepper
seasonings to taste: dried chopped onion, garlic salt, paprika
black sesame seeds for coating
Mix all ingredients but the sesame seeds, form 2 balls. Place sesame seeds on a flat plate and roll the cheese balls in it. Move to a serving plate, decorate and store in a refrigerator until ready to use. Serve with fresh baked sliced baguette.

2. Meat and cheese quesadilla
a pack of tortillas
cooked meat (cubed roasted chicken, shredded pork or some chopped steak)
Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded
Medium taco sauce to taste
Preheat your oven to 385"F. Line the tray with a foil. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on 1 side of the tortillas and arrange some meat and cheese on half of the circle. Spread some taco sauce on top of the meat and cheese and fold the other half of the tortilla on top of the meat and cheese. Bake for about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool and cut to a single size servings. Arrange on a serving plate and decorate. Cover with a lid to keep moist until ready to serve (no more then 2 hours without refrigerator since there is some meat and cheese in it).

3. Chocolate cupcakes
I am sure you have your favorite recipe for these. So just bake and frost them as you always do, sprinkle with edible decorations. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
What are you going to cook for your party? Please share with me your ideas!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New at socksandmittens, Fall 2014

This fall we are adding some new items to our collection at socksandmittens.
They are shawls, bolero's and some lovely gloves in pretty colors for ladies and some lighter versions for our men's fingerless gloves in wool and acrylic blend yarn. 
They are mostly made as a single pair but might be available for a custom order so please ask us if you'd like a similar item in a different size or color. 
We are already getting booked with custom orders, it seems that the holiday shopping season is already on!

Friday, September 19, 2014

A little angel

We found this cute little doll at the estate sale. I thought it's a little boy but looks like he is also an angel! I found the little tiny wings painted in green on his back and there is a mark Japan on his back.
Does anyone knows anything about this doll? It's the first time I found something like this.

Thank you for your help!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

5 simple ideas on flower pot embellishment

Sometimes you are just not happy with how your flower pots look. Maybe, they are not matching your house decor, your colors or maybe, you are just tired of looking at the same things.

You can buy new pots or you can try to improve the ones you already have (this way you will get a new look for less).

Here is 5 simple ideas to embellish outdated flower pots:
1. Glue an ornament, a button or other decor items
2. Tie and glue a decorative rope around the pot's neck
3. Make a pot necklace
4. Cover it with mosaic or tile
5. Simply repaint the pot in your favorite color.

I was replanting my plants yesterday so here is more on idea 1, a flower pot ornament.
I choose a gold colored button for my black pot. I like the minimalist look of these 2 together.
When I get tired of this look I will add a piece of bright crystal on top of button but right now I am happy with the way it is.
You will need:
deco cement glue
a flat button, about 1 1/2" to 1 3/4" in diameter
rubbing alcohol
a cotton ball
ceramic pot
Wash the pot with clean warm water, let it dry. Choose the place where you want to glue your button. Clean it with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball, let it dry. Clean the button surface with the same cotton ball and rubbing alcohol (the side which will be glued to the pot). Carefully spread the thin layer of glue on top of both surfaces. Wait a little bit and add a little bit more of glue. Now, gently press the button to the pot surface. The glue should stay under the button so you should not have to clean around it. Lay your pot horizontally and let it dry for 24 hours.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sterling silver earrings giveaway on Irina's Cute box blog!

Aren't they pretty? These earring would go great with an evening gown. Which is always helpful since the winter holidays are not too far.  Stop by, leave a comment and you might be the one who will get these earrings for free.
This giveaway is open world wide and will run until September 7th, 2014. Stop by Irina's blog to sign up!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dressed up vintage wooden hair stick/ shawl pin with dangles DIY

I found this hair pin at an estate sale. I actually thought it's a shawl pin but later on Albina (albinasjewelry) recognized it as a hair pin so I am still in doubt. 
Anyway, during our last get-together we gave it a new life so it became a fancy universal accessory.
It already had 3 loops so we practically just embellished it.

Here is how to make it:

  • hair stick with 3 loops
  • 3 headpins
  • 3 cones
  • 3 beads
  • chain - 3 pieces 1" each
1. Cut a chain into three 1” pieces. 
2. Slide a bead and a cone  into a head pin. 
3. Start making a loop on a top of the cone. Slide a link of the chain into the loop.
 4. Make a wrapped loop looking a chain with a cone. 
 5. Make two more chained cones.
6. Using  your chain nose pliers, open a loop on a hair stick. Slide a last link of the chain. Close a loop. 

7. Attach the rest of the cones.

A great quick project and a very pretty result!