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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Here is 5 simple ideas to embellish outdated flower pots: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!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Vegetarian rice pilaf recipe

This vegetarian rice pilaf is such a great idea for a summer dinner. It's easy to make, light and low in calories. I started to make it this summer because I planted an Indian eggplant this year so I was looking for new ideas to cook using eggplant. The recipe is adopted from Turkish cuisine which I love. Also, this dish is compatible with the phase II of the South Beach diet.
The ingredients:

2-3 small Indian eggplants, approximately 1lbs
1 medium onion
1/4 cup raisins, chopped (optional)
2 Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon salt
3 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup brown basmati rice (I like the Indian one from Trader Joe's)
2 1/2 cups water
salt to taste
How to make the rice pilaf:

Start with eggplant - trim and discard a steam end. Wash and chop it into small cubes and place in a colander. Sprinkle it with 1 table spoon of salt, toss to coat evenly and place the colander on a plate to drain.  

Cook the rice (wash it before cooking if needed). Place the rice in a pan, cover it with water and heat until boiling. Add salt to taste, reduce the heat to almost the minimum and cover with a lid. Cook until all the liquid will be absorbed. Remove from the stove and cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel.

Chop the onion into small cubes and cook them with olive oil over medium heat (use the large saucepan), about 5 minutes or until softened. Rinse the eggplant under running water and squeeze the liquid out of it by hand. Add them to the pan with onions  and cook together for another 5 minutes. Peel and core a tomato and chop into small cubes. Add it to the pan and cook all together for about 5 more minutes. If you'd like to use raisins in your pilaf, now is a good time to add them.

Add the cooked rice to the vegetable mix and gently mix all together, add more salt if needed. Heat the dish and spoon into a serving bowl or individual plates. 


Saturday, July 26, 2014

New at agardencottage, photo note cards

There is something new in our vintage shop, photo notecards! The image used for these cards are one of my favorites from my flower series photography. These particular cards are featuring gorgeous purple bells flowers in a white flower pot with a sign Flowers on it.
These cards are elegant looking and have a slightly rustic touch thanks to the brown envelope. They are professionally printed on chlorine free high quality cardstock in a matte finish.
So if you are looking for some universal photo note cards please stop by our agardencottage shop and see if these are for you! Browse around and look what else we have!