Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A Labor day sale, September 3 9PM - September 7 9PM, 2020

The summer is over and I am celebrating Fall (my favorite season!) by offering a Labor Day sale. From 9PM on September 3rd to 9PM on September 7th, 2020 you will be able to get 10% off when you spend $35, in both of my shops on Etsy. This is a great way to start your Holiday shopping early!

If you are looking for sweet vintage finds, unique jewelry and home decoration items please stop by

If you are looking for great quality hand knit and crochet items please stop by

Hope you will find what you are looking for at my shops!

Monday, August 24, 2020

The end of summer: get ready for Fall!

The end of summer! It is maybe 114'F weather in Arizona today but it might be colder where you are at. Fall is almost here so it's time to get ready to warm up! Warm hands, warm heart, after all. 

These gloves are hand knit in simple rib pattern in soft alpaca and acrylic mix yarn. 

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Colors available: tan/ beige, black and military green. 

These gloves are listed at socksandmittens on etsy, see listing details in my shop (link to shop below).

Happy Fall!

SocksAndMittens on Etsy

Friday, November 29, 2019

Black Friday and Cyber week savings at agardencottage and socksandmittens shops on Etsy

It's that time of the year and I am having Black Friday/ Cyber week sales at both of my shops.

If you thought of getting some warm knits or crochet items this holiday season please hurry, the stock is limited. We will be glad to see you at socksandmittens. 

For vintage goods and baking supplies please stop by agardencottage on Etsy 

Now through December 3, 2019.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful to all our customers who supports our small business.

A toast to all of you for a Happy Thanksgiving. Have a wonderful time with your families this Thursday!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Harvest cooking: layered apple cake

My friend gave me lots of apple (thank you, Carol!) so I baked a layered apple cake. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe so here it is.

Layered apple cake

Dry ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup farina cereal or semolina
1 cup sugar
1 table spoon baking powder
1/2 tea spoon cinnamon
a dash of salt

7 tart medium apples or 13-14 small ones / about 6 cups when shredded. If your apples are sweet you may want to reduce the amount of sugar.
1/4 tea spoon nutmeg

1 stick cold butter (has to be refrigerated until needed)

rectangular baking pan
cooking spray
wax paper or parchment paper

How to make an apple layered cake:
1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl, divide the mix into 3 parts.

2. Prepare your apples: remove core, seeds and peel. Shred them with vegetable shredder, mix with a nutmeg and divide to 2 parts.
3. Preheat your oven to 350"F degree. Prepare your baking pan: spray it a cooking spray, line with a sheet of either wax or parchment paper and spray the paper.
4. Arrange the layers in your baking pan: spread 1st part of dry ingredients, then add apples on top. Repeat one more time, then add the remaining dry ingredients as a last layer. We got 3 dry ingredients layers and 2 apple ones.
4. Take your butter out of refrigerator, quickly shred it on the same vegetable shredder and arrange on top of last layer.

5. Bake at 350'F for about 45 minutes until the cake will turn golden brown. Remove from the oven, cool it down, slice and serve. It will pair well with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


Sunday, June 30, 2019

What can fit in our unlined crochet tote bag

I had a very reasonable question this morning regarding things which could fit in our unlined crochet tote bag: a beach towel, water bottle, wallet and a book at the same time and will still keep the bag cute.

So I did a little test for a customer and decided to share it with you. Here is the original listing of lightly filled bag (turquoise, 100% cotton yarn, no lining):
The photos below are of the same crochet bag filled with the 4 items that have a combined weight of 3lbs 6oz:

What's inside:
1. a thin beach towel 53" by 27",
2. a standard water bottle 16.9 fl oz/ 500ml,
3. a paperback book about 8"x5"1", 285 pages
4. a large wallet.

There is still room for some more.

The crochet tote pictured above is about 23 1/2" tall from the top of the handle to the bottom of the bag and the tote's body is about 13" tall and 13" wide (when it lays flat).
This and other totes can be found at

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