Monday, May 17, 2010

Etsy Seller Features (3)

I decided that I wanted to feature an Etsy seller here once again and so I went to the forums and gave directions to come here and take a look to see if they would like me to feature them and to make a comment as well on a post. Some people just used the forum to promote themselves and waste space for those who were genuinely interested which is sad and rude. What was once a real place to chit chat has become a place for promotion "whores" - they post their shop link and items in practically every thread not even paying attention to what it is about or what it says :(

So I chose three sellers who posted in the thread that have excellent shops - I couldn't choose just one! I appreciate their participation, interest, and skill that they share to anyone interested in purchasing their work or to just take a look at what they have to offer.

Amy sells cards, prints, postcards (which is what this photo is), and note cards of whimsical art from her imagination and fairy-tales. Her work is simple and cute, I like the neatness of the image and colors she uses. Her female characters are so delicate and pretty you will want to look at every single one :)
Curiouscupcake's shop is all jewelry. There are some unique pendants and other pieces in there though that are worth it to look at. One of my personal favorite pieces is this dragonfly earing set which is purple but there is also a pink set. Her work is individual and has a different flavor from the numerous other jewelry makers on Etsy. Her items are great for the everyday person and also those who want some stylish accessories.

MichelleAmber's shop is so bright and cheerful! She has quilts to hang on the wall or use as a table cover, animal blanket, purses, and wallets. They are beautiful quality pieces and I personally wish I could get every single one I love the wallets and purses (example on left). She has been sewing for many years and you can tell from her work.

I highly suggest taking a look at each of their shops even if it's just to take a peak. A huge thank you to you etsy sellers who took the time to check this blog out and to everyone else who reads! Your support is appreciated :)
Have a great week everyone!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Awesome Chocolate Chip Cookies!

One of my favorite cookies to eat (because I pretty much like ALL cookies) is the Chocolate Chip Cookie. They are tasty and almost everyone loves them. But when you're at home making them from scratch, it can be somewhat bothersome or they just don't turn out as great as you expected.

Growing up my mother had one recipe for chocolate chip cookies, and she made them every other week pretty much. They were great fresh from the oven and burning hot with a glass of clod milk, but they got hard and crunchy once they cooled down. :(
I prefer my cookies moist at all times with that homemade taste. Recently (within the past 4 years) we have started to use a new recipe because it requires less ingredients, has a better taste, and they stay soft! The recipe is originally to make them HUGE, which you can do, or follow other instructions to have smaller cookies.

Ginormous Good Cookies
2 Cups Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
3/4 Cup Unsalted Butter - melted!
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 TBSP Vanilla
1 Egg
1 Egg Yolk
2 Cup Chocolate Chips

1. Preheat oven to 325
2. Sift flour, baking soda, salt together - set aside
3. In bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, white sugar until well blended. Beat in vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy.
4. Mix in sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in Chocolate chips by hand with spoon.
5. 1.4 cup size balls on sheet - 3in. apart. Bake 15-17 minutes.

*For smaller cookies bake for 10-12 minutes. Alter temperature and time according to location/climate.
**Recipe specifications work well in Florida

Florida is heating up now, temperatures getting up into the 90's! And only a few months away from taking a Baking and Pastry program at a local school, Continue to follow if you are interested in more awesome entries because it is only going to get better :)