Sweet and airy dress for when the weather warms up and you can no longer remember snow, sleet and freezing rain. By After Shower.
Full disclosure: I am not vegan. I approach handmade vegan treats instead with the mindset of a hostess. Some of my very best friends are vegan, and I love finding delicious ways to respect their dietary choices. I keep a list of vegan bakers and chocolatiers on hand for the birthdays or special events that will call for a sweet, handcrafted, animal-product-free treat.
I’ll share a story with you: my best friend, who is vegan, is getting married, and her mother is hosting her bridal shower next month. Mom is planning a whole spread of sweets for the shower, and then turns to her, the bride, to say, “What are you going to eat?” Having a mouth-watering treat at the table that you can happily inform your vegan buddies that yes, they can eat is such a wonderful gesture that says, “Hey, I had you in mind the whole time I was planning this event.”
Going vegan is becoming more and more popular, for ethical, health and environmental reasons. Livestock use up an enormous amount of energy and produce a large amount of waste for the calories that are gained from their milk or meat when compared to calories obtained from plants. An all-plant diet is much easier on the environment.
Pictured: Image 1: Lemon Poppyseed Jumbo Cupcakes from the cupcake mint, Lemon-Ginger Macaroons from emmysorganics, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies from aveganbakery. Image 2: Chocolate Caraway Truffles from cloverandclutch, Vanilla Almond Macaroons from jaynelhollis. Image 3: Assorted Hand-Dipped Vegan Truffles from SweetFritsy, Carrot Cake Cookie Sandwiches also from aveganbakery, Double Mint Fluffy Cupcakes also from the cupcake mint. Image 4: Homemade Fortune Cookies also from aveganbakery. Cardamom Pistachio Truffles also from cloverandclutch.
Do you know the way to San Jose? This week’s Shop Local post is coming at you from sunny San Jose, California.
The Sharma Designs shop is full of funky jewelry that is refined enough to go just about anywhere! She has a wide selection of painted wood earrings and earrings made from vintage lucite, as well as jewelry crafted from various other materials. While this selection could easily be distracting, the Sharma Designs aesthetic brings a great consistency to the entire shop.
This fabric tea cup, by Atelier Usagi’s Quilt, would make a whimsical touch to a mantel or coffee table. Fill it with pens or paper clips. Store sweetener packets inside and serve it with your afternoon tea.
Acrylic rings are HOT and these are some of the very best I’ve seen anywhere! PoppyJoy‘s rings are colorful – with beautiful patterns and prints. At just $3.99 a piece, you can treat yourself to a little bling without breaking the bank. Love that! Poppy also has a bulk option to purchase larger quantities of rings at a discount. They would make outrageous & affordable party favors for a bridal shower or ladies brunch.
At only 18 years old, and an Etsy member since only January, Poppy – with over 200 sales – has a promising craft career in front of her!
Amy from Bandamy Boutique creates hand-knit bags & purses. The purse pictured above is knit from a wool and alpaca blend and features an antique brass kisslock snap frame. Such a luxurious place to keep a bit of change and a lip balm!
One drawback to ordering handmade goods is that they are not always in stock. As a consumer, I appreciate that this means everything I do order has been freshly produced. However, I choose not to live without black mascara.
I have become a fan of the mineral mascara that Myra makes at Funkey Monkey company. But the last time she listed it, it sold out before I got around to placing an order. And the mascara that I had was about to run out.
I was happy to discover that Lucy at Mum Mum’s Crafts, whose lip balms I tried and liked several weeks ago is also making mascara now. So I tried it. Like the other mascaras that I have recommended it is non-toxic and expires in three months.
The black natural lash building mascara is smooth and creamy. It slides evenly onto the eyelashes. I let it dry, then combed out a clump. I was very pleased that the clump went right onto the brush in one piece, and did not splinter and make a powdery mess on my face, or get into my eyes.
I reapplied the mascara later, for a touch up. And I am pleased about that too. It went on easily, and the brush did not stick or make lumps.
I have not had any problem with the mascara running or flaking. And I even took a shower with it on one day. I tried not to get my face wet. But that usually does not prevent mascara from turning into a splotchy mess. I do not expect that from mineral mascara. I expected to have a wet mess on my face from the steam, to clean it up easily, and then need to reapply.
My past experience has been that any mascara mild enough to provoke no irritation on my skin does not stay on in the shower, or even on humid summer days. So I’ve definitely found my new summer mascara (months away I know.)
One other positive note. I received this mascara five days after I ordered it. I mean exactly five days, not five business days. And yes, I am so ridiculously detailed that I keep track of the shipping time for every handmade order that I place and only recommend those which ship within two weeks.
Happy holidays everyone.
I was quite skeptical of natural deodorant. Although the idea of it being aluminum-free appeals to me. And there is the concept that commercial deodorants are usually antiperspirants, which is unnatural, since humans are supposed to perspire.
Still, thoughts of squiggly, stinky lines engulfing me like Pigpen from Charlie Brown persisted. And I’m running out of spa and beauty products to discuss – though each week a new one seems to appear. So, armed with the idea that in the 90s, horrified though I was by her revelation, my friend who never wore antiperspirant also never smelled bad… I decided I should try it.