You could say I’m a little pancake obsessed right now.  I couldn’t sleep last night thinking about the delicious pancakes in my fridge.  And when I noticed the treasuries would be opening up around 11:30, I knew I had to snag one.

So I did! : D

Clicking on the picture will bring you to the treasury–this link is only valid until 6:47pm (central time, I believe) Friday, and then the treasury will expire.

I thought it would be nice to share all the alternates with everyone.  Contributing to this treasury are the following:

MermaidSparkle, CreativeSundries, elladean, PookieTookie (alt), sweetconfections (twice!  Oops! the treasury has been updated since this screenshop was taken), Bittersweets, WoodcraftsandCandles, Cerr, leeluandpiggy, danzdzynes, woolhandcrafts, PhenixPottery, robinsjewelrybox, glutenada, shellieartist.


April 30, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . pictures, Treasuries. Leave a comment.

What I got…

It’s time to show off the lovelies I bought at Craftstravaganza!

It was between this and Crabby Pants, but this was deemed far more practical.  It’s bugs.  That stack.  Made out of flannel.  A word to the wise, however: this toy, if given as a present, should not be opened around a bunch of middle aged women.  They have dirty minds.  As a side note, I’d give my left arm for an adult sized pair of crabby pants.  Okay, maybe just my left pinky or something.  But I really, really want crabby pants.

The second I saw Orange Rhino I knew I had to have their onesies.  I also was kind of bummed that they only sell childrens clothes.  Honestly, people, grown ups want uber cute clothes too…  But what I liked best about them is that the clothing is gender neutral.  There’s no “flowers on pink” or “trucks on blue.”  Their blue onesies would be great for a boy or a girl.  Their designs (save, perhaps, the flowery bird) don’t scream one gender or another.

I purchased this one in brown.  And as we discovered when Rocketdog opened her present, it goes perfectly with this pair of pants I purchased on Etsy from littleoliveclothing a month ago–AND in the correct corresponding sizes!  I rule!

April 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . craft shows, etsy, handmade, pictures. 5 comments.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

If you missed the fun of Craftstravaganza, you can still catch Silver Pear Designs: Artistic Edition, Danger Kitty Designs, The Cozy Corset Cuff at Handmaidens Spring Fling this Sunday.

We’ll be in the basement (where the raffle box is stationed, so don’t miss that!) directly across from the door and next to our dear friends from Creative Sundries. The theme this time around is Prom, which I’m actually quite excited for.  I was considering wearing my old prom dress, but I think I will just wear a dress, dress.  Or maybe a skirt.  You’ll have to come in order to find out!

You can pick up cards for the raffle at the sale, or from our table.  Every vendor is donating an item, so each winner is bound to get some really awesome stuff!

April 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows. Leave a comment.


When I’m not sewing, I like to make food.  Sometimes I take pictures of the food I make because I have secret dreams of being a world famous food blogger.  Those pictures rarely make it onto the interwebs.  Today is a special day, however.  Today I have discovered the most delicious food ever.

They LOOK like ordinary pancakes, but looks can be deceiving.  Inside those golden morsels are tiny nuggets of banana.  After watching millions of pancakes made on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives last night, I knew I needed to find a recipe for banana pancakes, and find one I did.

It was really hard to wait until morning for these.  I woke up before my alarm–which actually has more to do with the sun than the pancakes, but it made me ready to make pancakes earlier–and I was down making pancakes before 8:00.

The amount of pancakes this recipe made more than filled the cookie sheet.  At this point I had already eaten two, and I was planning on eating more.  In fact, I’ve had my third, and I’m considering another one.  These puppies don’t need syrup.  Which is awesome, because I’m not a huge fan of syrup–I put it on my pancakes so they are a little sweeter and not as dry.  These are sweet and moist and…  Well, let’s let the picture speak for itself:

April 29, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , . pictures, Uncategorized. 2 comments.

Craftstravaganza Recap

Well, Craftstravaganza has come and gone, and I would like to think it was a success.

It was blasted cold, which didn’t seem to deter crowds from coming as much as deter them from stopping to look.  I hear that there were probably half as many shoppers there this year than last, but all things considered, Jenna and I did very well.

I think the cold actually hurt our cozy sales.  No one wanted to have anything come between them and the warmth of their hot drink!  We heard quite a few times that ours would be the most popular table if we had coffee to go with our cups.  Which was, you know, funny the first two or three times…  But, when it got busy, it got a little warmer, and we had a hard time keeping up with all the shoppers at our table at times!  I have to say, I was very thankful to have my table almost as far from the doors as possible.  We heard many times that it was quite a bit “warmer” in back than it was up front.  Really, though, it was just varying degrees of cold.  There were maybe a couple minutes when I was “comfortable,” and I have my parents to thank for that–two blankets were a serious necessity!  My feet never warmed up though, and it took a hot bath afterward to thaw them out.

We did get a chance to meet many new TeamMN members, and we got a few goodies in the process!  Thank you to everyone who came out and made the show a sucess despite the nasty weather.  Tomorrow I’ll post about the awesome things I bought (now that all the recipients have received them!).

April 28, 2008. Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Today’s the day!

It is only by the grace of Tylenol PM that I was able to sleep last night.  I’m nearly certain that I had many, many dreams regarding the sucess or failure of Craftstravaganza, but I was too drugged up to care (Yes, I’m a lightweight–Tylenol PM is the strongest drug I have ever given myself.)

backwards banner

That there is the evil twin to our banner.  This banner will help you find our table, so keep an eye out for the ginormous pear.  I’ll be the short, tired one underneath it.  It’s FAR cooler in real life.  After the show, I’ll post pictures and a description of the creation of a banner.

Here’s to selling out!

ETA: I re-read this entry, and realized my sentences make little sense.  I am leaving it this way, however, to show how my brain works at 5:30 am.

April 26, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . craft shows. Leave a comment.

Leave it to Minnesota…

That picture was taken at 2:30 am on April 1, 2008.  I’m pretty sure most of it melted by the 3rd, but we’ve had some pretty funky weather lately.  Like, we had an actual winter.  It’s been a LONG time since we’ve had an actual winter.  Unfortunately, our winter bled well into spring, and it’s getting kind of old.

They are forcasting a high of 46* F on Saturday with SNOW the night before.  Snow.  On the 25th of April.  Snow on April Fool’s Day I can handle, but this is going too far! I want my spring, and I want it to stay that way!  Until Summer.

Normally I wouldn’t post about weather on this blog, but I feel it appropriate considering Saturday is Craftstravaganza.  My point is, please don’t let the cold or the snow keep you from enjoying the 80 artists and crafters that have put their heart and soul into this show.  And the awesome bands!  Don’t forget the bands!  I listened to some clips on the Craftstravaganza website, and they sound like they will be pleasant to listen to all day.

Now, go splash in a couple puddles before they all freeze.

April 24, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows. 1 comment.


The Cozy Corset Cuff got a little unexpected press yesterday.

Read all about it here.

April 23, 2008. announcements. Leave a comment.

One week!

Two huge shows coming up in the next two weeks.

This should be our biggest show so far.  It’s the debut of Silver Pear Designs (so debuting, in fact, that there is really no link I can link to!  Our Etsy shop should be up an running after the shows).  We have a whole new product debuting as well.  Un, Deux, Trois is the latest design–It’s a headband, a scarf, and a belt, all in one.  (As a joke, the name means “ONE product that can be TWO sets of THREE.”  I’ve given you one set of three, but this is a family blog, so you’ll have to use your imagination.  I can tell you, the first use in the second set is blindfold.)

If you’re one of the first 100 visitors (and if the rumors are true about last year, you’ll need to be there WAY before the doors open), you will receive a free swag bag filled with goodies and deals from participating vendors.

Stay tuned for information about the next Handmaidens show.

April 19, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , . announcements, craft shows, crafting life, handmade. Leave a comment.


I’m making a mix tape of feel good songs.  Any suggestions?

April 6, 2008. Tags: , , , . crafting life. 1 comment.