Tammy’s Treasures: I’m a self-taught and totally addicted metalsmith. I adore trying new things with different metals and wire. All of the items you see here are lovingly and carefully handcrafted by me. I strive to create beautiful jewelry that will last the wearer a lifetime.
If you’ve been thinking to yourself that there is a holiday dry spell between the 4th of July and the end of August, you would be totally correct. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate here in the Seasonal Handmade column. In fact, celebration has been on my mind a lot lately. My husband and I celebrate our seven year anniversary this summer and we are thinking of going out of town for a romantic getaway. It is easy to prepare for any romantic getaways that you might be planning with the help of handmade sellers.
When I said the words “romantic weekend” to my husband, the first thing he thought of was a picnic. The great thing about a picnic is that even if you don’t have the money or time to go out of town, you can easily pack up some goodies and head to the park for an afternoon. If you don’t have a traditional picnic basket, you might try this picnic worthy bag from Sasaki Bags. I love baskets, of all sorts, but I think this might be the cutest picnic tote I’ve ever seen.
I am a big believer in having handy totes for different purposes. So, once your picnic is over, you might went to hit the town with your honey and do some antiquing. How about using this fabulous market tote from Sweet Possibilities to stow away your goodies?
Once you’re done shopping and having picnics, you may want to rest in your room at a lovely bed and breakfast. This gorgeous robe from Plum Pretty Sugar will have you lounging in effortless style.
And nothing spells romance like a good massage. This Divinity Bath and Body Oil from Spa Goddess will make your massage even more special with its soothing, relaxing, and, yes, sensual, scent. Start with the massage and see where the feelings of romance and relaxation take you.
One of the problems with staying in a hotel or bed and breakfast during your romantic weekend is that, for safety reasons, they generally prohibit the use of candles in your room. And candlelight is not just universally flattering, it also helps to amp up the romance. Fear not, you can use flameless candles, like this one from Nouveau Design and get the ambience of candlelight with none of the risk of going up in flames.
Really, you don’t need anything but you and the person you love to have a romantic weekend, but these handmade goodies will help you have a relaxed, fun, and stylish weekend away. See you next week!
Mmmm, this looks fabulous. Making your own cheese? Delicious!
Choices from Urban Cheesecraft include mozzarella, ricotta, goat cheese, paneer and queso blanco. They’re also a source for cheese making supplies like vegetarian rennet, cheese salt, citric acid, and butter muslin.
A little about cost comparison:
If you choose organic milk for your cheesemaking, compare the price to organic cheese. If you buy regular milk, compare the price to regular cheese. Keep in mind however that if you spend $5 on milk, you will make twice as much cheese as you would buy for $5- organic or not! So for $5 you get two typical logs of chevre.
A little about milk:
You do not need raw milk to make cheese. You can use regular pasteurized milk from the grocery store as long as it is not ultra pasteurized or ultra-heat pasteurized. Even some of the large organic brands now do this to milk. Its only benefit is a long shelf life. They use high heat and kill the microbes that help cheese happen so it won’t work. So, find a milk that you like and works, then stick with it. Oh and this kit works with cow’s or sheep’s milk too (or you can be like Europeans and combine them to play with different tangy flavors). You can also use lowfat milk or nonfat milk (yield and creaminess will be noticeable with nonfat).
I think I’m going to have to give this a try!
The [pieces] are colored with my original glass resin technique which creates the sophisticated look of stained glass. The effect of the whole piece changes according to the light – colors vary from dark to crystal clear tones.
KUKLAstudio: I love designing jewelry and I like working with wire and colors. I find my inspiration everywhere around in my everyday life, nature, dreams and feelings. In my special technique the colors are rich and the effect of the jewelry is always different with the change of the light.
Image above is from: Miles of Light
Are you a collector? I think most of us are, and I know I am. When I really think about it, I’ve been a collector for quite some time – and some collections started unintentionally. My collections have included: lip gloss, shoes, clothes, and even movie tickets from favourite date nights, as well as gadgets, books, cd’s and on and on. I think a big part of our culture – for good or for bad, revolves around collecting. These days – I’m happy the internet exists, because I can collect and curate without actually purchasing anything. Having said that – I do currently collect art from independent artists – and while I’ve slowed down, I have a tough time keeping up and getting everything framed.
For the camera collector – this beautiful collection is from: Kitty Rogers.
I can’t think of a person in my life who doesn’t collect things – my husband, who purchases little, can’t help but collect books. My father is the same way, not a big shopper by any means, but he collects tools.
For the nature lover, a gorgeous collection from A Place for Twiggs:
Everyone has a different attitude about their collections too I find – for some each item is a keepsake of sorts, and they would never dream of parting with even one piece. I know I’m that way about the art I collect – even if it’s not hanging on the wall, it’s still special to me. My husband – he doesn’t keep most of his books, once he’s read them – he’ll usually sell them or gives them away.
For those who feel the seaside is their second home, a photo from Quercus Design:
As I get older, my desire to collect has certainly waned – and it becomes more important to me to collect memories and to create, though I still love seeing other people’s collections.
If there’s a collector in your life who can’t fit another thing in their home or their collection – they might enjoy this genre of art I’ve noticed popping up here and there, photos based on collections… Almost as good as the real thing I figure, and it’ll result in less clutter in your home for sure!