Handmade Flower Bouquet in Gold, Ivory and Dusky Pink
This Handmade Flower Bouquet in Gold, Ivory and Dusky Pink has been totally handmade from satin. It had a real vintage, classy look to it.
Georgia O’Keefe Mini Stash Bag
Georgia O’Keefe MINI “STASH BAG”
Camera Lens Cap Pocket
Have you ever taken your lens cap off to take a photo, then forgot where you left it? I did, so much I was considering buying a back-up cap! Instead, I designed this little pocket to hold it. It slides onto your camera strap and closes securely with Velcro,… details »
I owe my discovery of the online artisan food marketplace, Foodzie, to Try Handmade founder, Erika Jurney. It has been a few months since I received her email with the link and I must confess I haven’t cleaned my house since. I wholeheartedly believe that, by extension, Erika is solely responsible for the state of my home. Need a clean pair of socks? Take it up with Erika. To find the floor to walk on? Take it up with Erika. A bowl to eat your cereal out of? I said take it up with Erika! I’m busy on Foodzie!
You know those shops that you occasionally run across that give you an insatiable urge to set up a cot and stay — forever — right there between the antique mason jars and the knobbly hand-knit scarves? Foodzie is one of those shops, or rather a collection of hundreds of those shops. Only it’s online. Which means I can stay forever. And I don’t have to sleep on a cot. I just have to convince my husband that yes, in fact, the laptop does add a new dimension of romance to the bedroom; yes, I should bring it with me.
With names like White Girl Salsa (whose gorgeous mild salsa is pictured above), Laura’s Wholesome Junk Food, Alchemy Spice Company and Mother In Law’s Kimchi (whose Seoul EXPRESS Gift Pack is pictured below) the shops aren’t just pull-up-a-chair-and-stay-a-while browsing grounds, they’re fun too.
And it’s the spirit they’re run in that makes Foodzie what it is, an online marketplace that:
…helps passionate small food producers and farmers across the U.S. reach new customers and connect directly to foodies searching for wonderful foods and gifts.
Next time you’re looking for good food from bacon to flour to complex handmade jams check out the Foodzie Artisan Producers near and far — no really, they sell bacon. Online. Check it out! Maybe you’ll find something meaningful to purchase.
Don’t feel comfortable ordering a ring online because you don’t know your ring size? You’re not coordinated enough to wrap a slip of paper around your finger and measure it? Maybe you’d like to get a pinkie ring, but it is such a hassle to drive around to a jewelry store to get your finger sized. Are you too embarrassed to get your big toe measured at the jewelry counter at Wal-Mart? Does Wal-Mart even have a jewelry counter?
Not to worry. Ye Ole Supply Shop carries this very inexpensive ring sizer set which is only $5.35 (US and Canada) including shipping. ($7.70 including shipping to anywhere else.)
So no excuses now. Get yourself a ring sizer and start purchasing some sweet sweet bling.
The DC area is blessed with scores of artists and designers who make beautiful things for your home and your wardrobe, but this week I wanted to focus on food craft. I wanted to find a source for fine, handcrafted edible goodies, and I hit the jackpot not fifteen minutes from where I live: a sweet shop called The Sugar Cube run by sisters Kim and Alyssa Theodore.
Growing up, Kim worked at her hometown chocolate shop, and fell in love with sweets at the tender age of thirteen. It was a love that would never diminish, even as she grew up and pursued a career in academics. Meanwhile, her sister Alyssa enjoyed a successful career in publishing, but had always nurtured a passion for gourmet foods and treats. After she felt she had enjoyed everything a non-foodie career could offer, she thought about turning that weekend fascination for food into something full time.
Both sisters knew that somehow, one day the two of them would turn their love of sweets into some kind of delicious joint venture. The Sugar Cube was born after a combination of strategic planning and serendipitous happenings came together, and the store opened in early 2007 in Old Town, Alexandria.
Right from the beginning, Kim and Alyssa knew they wanted to focus on independent producers of quality sweets. The Sugar Cube is all about chocolates, sweets, and fine confections that are well-made and beautifully presented. Classical approaches to candy making, innovative twists, and unique flavors are all welcome at The Sugar Cube.
Truffles are the most popular chocolate item in the store. The Sugar Cube’s artisan truffles, and all the gourmet confections, come from chocolatiers and candy makers from all over the country, using both traditional and innovative techniques. About twenty-five percent of the chocolate and candy vendors at the Sugar Cube are local, and both Alyssa and Kim are always looking for new talent.
There’s so much more to tempt any sweets-loving customer who wanders into The Sugar Cube. I was immediately drawn to the giant jars housing their custom-colored chocolate milkies. If you bought them at the supermarket, they’d be called M&Ms and would only come in six colors. At this little shop in Old Town, they are made by hand and come in twenty-five colors!
The collection also includes caramel based candies that are made in the store, familiar favorites like Jelly Belly jelly beans, nostalgic sweets like Moon Pies and Necco Wafers, and more than three dozen types of panned chocolates. Nearly anything you might want covered in chocolate is available at the Sugar Cube: almonds, raisins, toffees, gummy bears, and of course, the classic malt ball.
If you time your visit properly, you can take part in the store’s tasting series, which happens every Saturday afternoon. The sessions are free and rarely require reservations, and are used to introduce new products, flavors, or confectioners to customers. Additionally, there’s always a different sweet available for sample every day. When I visited, I had a taste of a white chocolate passion-panna cotta truffle. White chocolate ganache, buttermilk, and passion fruit-vanilla jam: I’m no food critic, but I can tell you that it was absolutely amazing and I’ve never had anything like it!
The Sugar Cube is located in Old Town, Alexandria at 210 North Lee Street. Drop by from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesdays through Fridays, or 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. You’ll have to refrain from handmade sweets on Mondays, I’m afraid. Check their calendar of events to participate in the tasting series.