flowery felty bowl
This bowl has been made from un-dyed native British wool using a wet felting method to create a seamless structure. I added a touch of green Merino to the base of the bowl to create a mossy effect, and decorated the edge with needle felted flowers in lovely soft… details »
Twists Earrings from Bale & Twine
Hand twisted elegance. Fine silver with Hand Formed sterling silver wires. Dangle to approx. 1.25 inches in length.Beautifully presented in our complimentary handcrafted rose gift box. details »
Pontos the flannel monster
This cuddly, flannel fellow is one of my son’s favorite designs and just right for snuggling. He also makes a perfect naptime pillow.All of the flannel monsters are handmade from new materials and have securely stitched felt details. details »
My oldest daughter refuses to eat beans. As a matter of fact, she can pick through a bowl of chili eating everything but the beans with incredible accuracy and persistence. Ask her to clean her room and it “takes too long, Mom”, but she will sit for hours picking the beans from any dish without blinking an eye.
The rest of us, on the other hand, adore the musical fruit. Entire meals can, and often are, be based around beans — of one variety or many, we’re not picky. Black, dark and light red kidney, great northern, navy, white, and yes, even lima. Soups, stews, salads, pasta dishes; the options are endless.
And why not? They’re not only essentially a super food — packed with protein, fiber and nutrients galore — they’re easily grown and even easier to store. Whether canned, frozen or dried beans keep well for months and lend themselves equally as nicely to both hearty winter and light, yet filling summer fare making them prime candidates as a year-round local eating staple.
My favorite for meals is the black bean (chick peas, for obvious reasons — hummus! — win out for snacks.) Tossed with onion, sundried tomatoes, roasted corn, a generous handful of fresh chopped cilantro, a pinch of ground pepper and the juice of a freshly squeezed lime — or three, we love limes — they’re always a hit. Served warm next to fish tacos or cold as a mid-summer lunch all their own after a night spent marinating in the fridge, it’s versatile to boot.
What are your favorites? What beans must I try this year and in what inventive ways should I prepare them? Share with me your tips, tricks and recipes — my oldest daughter will not appreciate your kindness, but the rest of us sure will, and who knows her taste buds just might come around someday.
Stacie May: This is a vintage inspired timeless version of the little black dress. It can be dressed up, worn gothic style, or made casual over some jeans. The dress is made from textured rayon and antique-style ivory lace that is hand cut to shape around the sleeves. Lace is also adorning the unique long “tie” and godets in the bottom for flare.
It’s back to school time and I am feeling very protective of my children’s stuff. After a mostly shoeless summer in tank tops, with no bags to carry or sweaters to lose, these kids are feeling pretty fancy free. They can hardly take a bite out of an apple without losing it in the backyard. I, on the other hand, am feeling the pinch of the economy and the rub of multiple growth spurts over the summer. One thing is for sure, I’m not looking forward to the inevitable blank stare that I am met with when I ask “Where’d you leave that brand new jacket?”
One of the top trends to come down in Fall 2009 is Rocker Chic. A cross between 80’s Glam Rock with a dash of Biker inspiration Runway Daily showed designers as diverse as Balmain and William Rast sending it down the runway. The look relies heavily on leather, is mostly black and definitely sexy tough. I wondered though could Handmade handle the look? I mean a lot of people still think of handmade as quilting, crocheting and tie dye. So I set out to create the Rocker Chic look from handmade and Oh the Shops I Found!
My first priority was the pants, leather preferably and black. Surprisingly I found quite a few options. On the one end you have Behrle Leather with custom made leather pants that pack tons of attitude, but, be prepared to pay a hefty price. My favorite? Black Market Baby black leather panel leggings.