Fall recipe Round Up

The gorgeous changing of the seasons has inspired my palate and lately I find myself craving the flavors of fall. With the abundance of pumpkins out there for sale at road side stands, farmers markets, and fall festivals I thought I’d share some very intriguing and unique pumpkin recipes I’ve found around the web.

Number one is a flavorful pumpkin humus. Number two, a to die for pumpkin spice bundt cake with creamy pumpkin glaze. Number three, a warm and creamy, veggie packed pumpkin soup. Number four, a gorgeous and hearty pumpkin chili. And number five is a grain free, dairy free take on the classic pumpkin pie.

These recipes are sure to please your taste buds and warm you up with all the flavors of fall. Mmmmm mmm! Click To Tweet!

Recipe Links:
1|2|3|4|5

Preparing for a Green Juice Feast

So I am doing it. I have been gearing my body towards a juice feast for the last three weeks. I started by eating a nice big raw breakfast for two weeks and then into a week of fresh citrus, fruit and green smoothies. Yesterday I started the “feast” by replacing breakfast and lunch with fresh squeezed green juice.

Raw foodists often use the term feasting over fasting, because you truly are feasting! It’s all about abundance and eating as much pure, beautiful goodness you can! It’s enlightening really to think about it that way and to really appreciate all the beautiful, fresh, organic, local treats you are eating all in one go. It’s like living like a god! Surrounded by beautiful ripe fruit and veggies!

Why did I choose green? To be honest, I’d be lyin’ if I said I didn’t want to loose a few pounds, but also I want improve my overall health and I think a low glycemic clean system of eating will help me get there!

To prepare for this feast I went to our local market on Saturday. I had a budget of $20 to spend and that was it. I wanted to see if it was really doable on a small budget, because just the thought of organic produce prices can scare the pants off some people. To add to this James and I do have some fresh veggies from our CSA Share (community supported agriculture) so in total that makes my weekly budget about $40. I don’t know if this is doable yet, but I am sure going to find out.

Here’s what I scored at the market (I am just going to apologize in advance for these terrible quality photos it was later in the day and I refuse to use flash photography.)

A giant head of kale with roots still intact $5
Three light green sweet peppers
One green pepper
an entire basil plant $3 (I have other plans for this other than juicing: Pesto!)
six small peaches
a good sized head of romane
six 1″ ft cucumbers
five green apples

Amazing! All are low pesticide to no pesticide and some certified organic in there too. Now how long is this going to last me? Probably 3 to 4 days as I am replacing two meals with all of these goodies, though the CSA share should help prolong things and hopefully I’ll make it to Friday for our next share.


I couldn’t wait to start on Sunday so I made a small batch for dinner Saturday night. So fresh!


Not so green because of the addition of three small purple carrots.


Even Nori approves! She actually loves greens and we often share with her fresh lettuce and spinach cause she devours it!

It’s definitely an acquired thing juicing green veggies. I had some experience with it back at Omega when a fellow staffer leant the use of her juicer to staff (Lindsay that was a godsend!) but I didn’t juice it up full time. My short term raw food goal is to be raw by the end of September and see how it affects things, from there I’ll think about my long term plan and how I can use this method to improve my life over all. This is just a little experiment, I am in no way an expert, but over the course of this month I hope to learn as much as I can about my body and the affects of a pure clean diet (by diet I mean the aspect of my lifestyle having to do with food, not a “diet.”)

Wish me luck and please if you have anything to share with me do it! I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Etsy Feature Friday – The Gorgeous designs of Lauren Kemp


I just discovered the beautiful DIYed designs of Lauren Kemp on Etsy. Truth be told I found her through Uncovet and searched her out to find her shop and low and behold there she was on Etsy!

These are some of my favorite designs of hers that I seriously can’t get enough of and wish they’d jump into my closet right now! Her simple cuts and fun hand painted/stitched embellishments have really inspired me to get out the ol’ needle and thread and try my hand at some of that gorgeous embroidery work. Although it will have to wait till after Urban Craft is over as I am swamped with last minute projects leading up to the big day!

First up to bat:

Look at the gorgeous back on this one:

Fun elbow pads are always a + in my book:

This one is hand painted, love the color:

Similar embroidery design as the first image, but boy do I love the cut of this shirt:

Images from her shop, Lauren D Kemp :1 || 2 || 3 || 4 || 5 || 6

10 things I love – End of Summer Gypsy

I’ve had my eye on some of the pretty items since the temperatures were starting to slowly warm up and as summer comes to a close I feel myself hanging on to those small bits of warmth knowing that winter temperatures will soon be here. Although, I am excited about fall, the craft fairs, layering clothes, pretty scarves, and changing leaves, I know that autumn will only fade to gray winter days of snow boots and more practical things like 3 pairs of socks and remembering your mittens. I love winter and the holidays, but I am not yet ready to leave summer behind. That is what inspired me to put together today’s post, summer fading into fall.

1|| Gypsy Knott Wrap by Free hippie on Etsy

2|| Gypsy Celebration Flags by ArtToGo on Etsy

3|| One of a kind Vintage hand dyed slip by LipStickGypsy on Etsy

4|| Queen of Roses Jacket by Ruchki & kruchkI

5|| Bohemian Hoop Earrings by NATgirona

6|| Boar Tusk Choker by Julia Barbee

7|| Peach Rose Georgette HiLow dress by Nalini Shop

8|| Cotton Fringe Bikini Top by Motavationsnn

9|| Waterfall Body Harness by Moorea Seal

10|| Tobacco burst skinny yoga pants by Purusha People

Meet Lucky Jackson



Yay! Happy Tuesday everyone and let’s welcome the lovely Lucky to the blog. I had the awesome pleasure of meeting this lovely lady at a little clothes swap a month or two back and Lucky kindly gave me a ride back to where I was staying!
On the way we chatted about Etsy and craft-fairs and well I just had to check this lady out! Incredible! My mind was blown by her talent and I am just so excited to share her awesomeness! Watch out there are some serious skillz showcased here on the blog today!

My name is Lucky Jackson. I am a artist and illustrator currently working on a project where I embroider a new piece of artwork every day for the next year.

http://365luckydays.blogspot.ca/

I am currently selling some of the patterns from the 365 Project in my Etsy shop and lots of new patterns are coming soon!

I have been making things for as long as I can remember. I have a fondness for the rain as it means I can stay inside all day and make crafts. I am a huge culture vulture and love everything to do with the arts.

Long Live Indoor recess!

3 things you’ve learned about yourself from crafting?

To not rush things. Take your time and enjoy the process. It’s no fun if it’s no fun.
The more you make things the better they get.
It makes me incredibly happy.

3 things you’ve learned from being your own boss?

I am a horrible, over demanding boss.
Time management is extremely important.
You need to take a break once and a while and relax (I am working on this one).

Embroidery of Lucky embroidering.

3 ways you stay inspired?

My kids are a huge inspiration. They have the most incredible imaginations.
Notice the little things. The small details that make you happy.
Using a journal to jot down ideas, always. I have tons of these journals and revisit them when the well is dry.

3 things you enjoy the most about what you do?

Getting to be a kid again. Pretty much my days are full of Arts and Crafts.
Art and Craft shows and fairs. It’s the highlight of my year being able to show people my work in person.

Meeting new people in the craft community. I have been overwhelmed by the amount of support and encouragement that I have received.

3 of your favorite items currently in your shop?

Boot Love Embroidery Pattern

Guitar Girl Embroidery Pattern

Book Love Embroidery Pattern

3 words of wisdom for others starting out in selling their crafts on Etsy or online?

Do something different and be unique.
Don’t compare yourself to others. (tough but true)
Do what you love, being and artist/crafter is a tough racket and you really have to have a passion for what you are making. It always shows in your work.

Meet Sara of Sans Limites Crochet


Another lovely lady is here to join us, Sara of Sans Limites Crochet, and I am so glad to have her stop by the blog! I have been coveting her work on Etsy for many a moon now and so excited to share her story with you all!

Hi! I’m Sara and I’m the shop owner at Sans Limites Crochet (It’s French for No Limits – read about it on my blog and shop away at Sans Limites Crochet

I started crafting in third grade. My mom brought home some mittens she’d made in a knitting class and I desperately wanted to make myself a pair. She signed me up for a kids knitting class (and helped me immensely). Soon after we took a crochet class together and we’ve been a stitch and bitch pair ever since.

In high school I wanted a unique way to fit in some community service hours that I needed for school. I stitched up a bunch of hats with my family and friends and sold them at the local college campus. I donated the money to causes I cared about like Epilepsy research or Tsunami Relief. I had a blast doing it and actually raised a decent amount of money. So in college, when my friends were getting summer jobs, I opened a booth at the farmers market. It only took two summers of trying to sell crochet goods in the 100 degree heat before I decided an online shop was a far better option and Sans Limites Crochet was officially born! It’s been one crazy ride and I sure have learned a lot!

Some Things I’ve Learned About Myself…

I’m very hard on myself. It’s so easy to feel like I’ve had this great idea, and then I make it and it’s just not the amazing thing I had in my mind. A lot of times it’s better than I realize, but I often need a good friend around to tell me so.
I need chill time. It’s really easy for me to end up working on crochet things until 3 in the morning, but it’s not healthy. My roommates will laugh if they read this… but I get my best ideas while relaxing in the bathtub. I need that time to ramp up for the next new and exciting undertaking!
I need community to work my best. Because when you’re hard on yourself, you need some good people around to encourage you! I’ve spent the last few months working at an unpaid internship (for a cause I’m pumped on- check Krochetkids.org!). I wouldn’t have been able to do it (and would be much crankier) if it weren’t for the fellow knitters and crocheters out there supporting me with their kind words and purchases! There are few people out there cooler than the ones in the crafting community, so I do my best to drink it up!

Some Ways I Stay Inspired…

Keeping a sketchbook. I invested in a nice hard covered blank paged sketchbook… it’s become one of the most valuable things I own. It’s so filled with inspiring pictures, colors, ideas, thoughts, sketches… I’d be lost without it.
Staying active in the things I love. It’s easy to get caught up in my crafting – especially when I depend on it for money. I never feel more inspired and ready to go then when I step out of a dance class.
Experiencing new things. Traveling and experiencing new cultures, places, clothes, styles, food gets so many ideas rolling so fast! Good thing my sketchbook comes on my adventures!

Some Things I Enjoy Most About What I Do…
Coming up with new ideas. There’s no better feeling than having too many ideas and not enough time to make them. I love it!
Getting feedback from my customers. I have the best customers in the world! Their feedback means the world to me! There’s nothing better than having a problem (or a success) turn into a conversation that can spark a new idea or friendship!
Making myself new stuff to wear. I love wearing things I’ve made. It’s JUST my style and any compliments I get are the perfect opportunity to hand out my business card!

Some Words of Wisdom For Others…

Identify your target audience and brand yourself accordingly. I’m still working on that, but it’s a good idea to keep in mind always.
Stay true to yourself. If you stop doing what you love, you’re doomed. Keep your business in mind, but don’t let the fear of making money keep you from taking a risk on an idea you’re crazy excited about.
Listen to your customers. They’re creative people too, and if they’re buying stuff from you, they probably appreciate what you do and want to see you succeed. I started off making only finished products and people were asking for patterns. That’s how I make most of my money now, and I get to keep making new exciting things instead of the same old stuff…. I’m so glad I listened to them!

3 Favorite Things in My Shop Right Now…

The easiest question of them all (cause they’ve been my favorite for a year now…)! I spent a lot of time working on these items (and the patterns to make them) and I’m actually really pumped on how they turned out. They were also originally designed for some of my favorite people (my sister, my mom, and my best friend), so I think happy thoughts whenever I see them!

Amanda’s Dress

Kathleen’s Dress

Diana’s Dress


Thanks everyone for stopping by today! We’ve got two more lovely ladies left in the series and I hope you’ve enjoyed it so far!

All shook up

Well it turns out the big issue on the blog this weekend was a little ol’ incompatible plugin, but I totally didn’t realize this till mere moments ago. I just spent the last three days trying to figure this all out, and in the time I spent, I did manage to tidy up some code as well! Ah, don’t we all love the learning process.

Sometimes, We must learn the hard way to get to the right way.

Honestly, sometimes I make things extremely hard on myself. Especially when it’s a new to me subject that I feel most people know more about than I do. I then wait till I can talk to one of these more knowledgable people before I am confident the problem will be sorted. I don’t trust my own judgement or skills. All the while I get really anxious and avoid what ever it is that is making me feel that way like it’s the plague until that person has time to help me.

This minor issue on the blog being a prime example.

As soon as I noticed the issue I called my brother. He is twenty times more knowledgable about these sorts of things and I just knew he’d be able to talk me through what was wrong and how to fix it in an instant.

When I didn’t hear back from him I started to get anxious and I posted on the wordpress.org forums and patiently, or rather, not so patiently waited for someone to give me a little insight. A fellow was kind enough to point me in the direction of a code validator as he said he’d noticed a few minor code issues. I started cleaning things up and checking all my recent posts for even the tiniest slip up, but nothing seemed to be fixing the problem.

Desperate, I called my brother again this evening, and got no answer. I tried to wait patiently, but that wasn’t really working for me. Just when I was about to call again he e-mailed me asking what he could do to help. And immediately after I had explained the problem to him in my reply, it dawned on me.

I had changed my comment system this weekend after having talked briefly with an Etsy Blog team member about my set up. At the same time, I downloaded a plugin related to commenting.

Bam! That had to be it. The plugins had to be incompatible.

As it turned out all I needed to do was deactivate and remove the plugin I had installed after the new comment system. Super simple and it was actually no biggie to loose the plugin as I had already decided that it was not for me and just hadn’t removed it from my list. Silly, silly girl.

Long story short: The blog’s all fixed up. I learned something new, gained some confidence on managing my blog. Learned I can rely on myself, and to not be so dependent on others. Which makes me feel better about future issues with the blog, and boy does it look good around here! We all have are moments, and it’s great to look back at things and laugh. Sometimes, really, really hard.

Meet Lydia of Pierogi Picnic

You folks may remember the lovely Lydia from this Repurpose Round Up! Well we’ve got her here on the blog today to tell us her story behind her adorable shop full of recycled and eco-conscious clothing and accessories!

My name is Lydia Krupinski and I am the sole maker, mover and shaker behind Pierogi Picnic. My indie biz launched in 2008 and includes handmade eco-friendly clothing, custom-made garments and vintage. Etsy was where I debuted the line and it’s my mainstay for connecting with clients and fans. I’ve been a ‘creative’ all my life – from painting and sculpting to sewing and film-making – my interests and training weave through the arts. I’ve also always had an entrepreneurial spirit. My mom lovingly recounts how I stole the money of fellow classmates in grade school by opening up a ‘recess craft shop’ where I sold handmade jewelry. I got away with it for several weeks until my teachers got wise. It was the first tell tale sign that I’d be opening some kind of creative goods business in the future.


3 things you’ve learned about yourself from crafting?

I really enjoy working with my hands. I remember reading an article in Psychology Today that recounted a study that linked low rates of depression to people who work with their hands. It was a light bulb moment as I thought about how incredible it feels to create something physically – not digitally. Our service economy puts so much focus on telecommunications, we’ve lost our connection to the physical realm. There’s something to be said about the tactile. Starting with a raw material and manipulating it until it reaches your vision is an incredible feeling!
I love process. It’s not always about the end product. Through my sewing and other crafting I’ve found that it’s the total experience that makes it such an escape. From choosing which records I’ll play during my studio days to taking in the step by step process of making garments, I’ve learned to relish each part of the process.
I’m versatile. There are so many techniques I thought I could never do as I can be really impatient. But over the years I’ve taught myself to screenprint, knit, embroider and more thanks to the art of evolving my business!
3 things you’ve learned from being your own boss?
I don’t get overtime! This was one of the most difficult lessons I had to learn. When run your own business, whether it’s a craft operation or freelance work, it’s easy to be swept up in the moment and slave drive yourself to death! So I learned a couple years back that I have to set time limits and plan in advance so as to work smarter, not harder.
I’m thorough. I had never thought of myself as a ‘details’ person, but having to do my own accounting, website design and marketing has shown me that I really do pay attention to the minutia and don’t let errors slip. I used to think I was so sloppy and disorganized!
Indie doesn’t mean isolated. It took me a while but I realized that just because I run my own business doesn’t mean I should do so in a bubble. It’s so important to network with other craft-people and share experiences – both on and offline. I’ve also learned the importance of collaborating for things like events or projects. We can’t be successful if we do things in a secret corner of our world and don’t share interaction with others.
3 ways you stay inspired
By staying connected. Keeping myself educated to what’s happening in the world via global affairs, blogs and meeting keeps my perspective fresh and helps me connect-the-dots between what I’m doing and what others are striving towards. Whether it’s using Pinterest or reading Treehugger – everything is connected and when I am too it makes a difference. I don’t hit creative walls as often.

 My friends.My closest friends and I are leading parallel lives on opposite corners of the country – and whenever I’m losing inspiration all I have to do is give them a call, send them a note or stalk them online. Whether it’s a creative rut or a general malaise, they’re always there to cheer me up and push me along. I’m also really lucky because my companions are all incredible women with immeasurable talent in their fields and that in and of itself is inspiring! Friends who are proactive, engaged and passionate are contagious!

My husband. My partner in crime is a fine artist and musician – and there’s nothing more inspiring then sharing a studio with him! Though our tastes are the same – are medium are not – and I find it really influential to work beside him. Whether he’s working on his latest album or on a large scale oil painting – just looking over and seeing him flooded with creativity is all I need to get myself moving.
3 of your favorite items currently in your shop?
Freshly Picked. These tank tops are fun to make and so flirty! This one in particular dons my all-time favorite shade: aqua – so how could I not choose it?! 
Stormy Weather. These skirts are a joy to make and I love the shape and details. They’re inverted t-shirts that I sew into a ‘paper bag’ shape. I also really like the gathered top and lace drop insets. The color of this particular listing is stunning: 
Sir Cycle. I hate including something that’s not amendable to warm weather – but this men’s design is one of my all time favorites. It’s a converted sweatshirt that I streamline to the client’s shape and then add a hood and cowl. I like how elegant but casual it looks all at once:
3 words of wisdom for others starting out in selling their crafts on Etsy or online?
Plan. When I first jumped into my Etsy shop I hadn’t done too much research or planning. I just dove in head first without knowing my branding, pricing or how to present items in their best light. Etsy now has sooooo many resources for sellers that it would be foolish not to utilize them – whether you’re a newbie or veteran. Having everything in place before debuting is really important.
Push. You should be your own number one fan! I wish I had done more self-promotion in the beginning – but I was shy and Etsy wasn’t as well known as it is now. If you have an online business you, your friends and family should all own your items, use/wear them regularly and toot your shop’s horn!
Experiment. Most artisans have a very specific vision of what they want to create and how they foresee the presentation. But sometimes we can be our own worst enemies if we resist innovation and don’t take chances. Whether it’s with product development, taking a chance on a show, or collaborating with a stranger – it’s taking risks that can lead to fast success.
 

New Etsy Shop Items

These babies are going to be finding new homes soon. I am finally getting around to showing off some of the necklaces that I am adding to my shop. The only trouble is…I am not yet satisfied with my photographs. You see, I am trying to learn to do it on my own. Using myself as the model and with a tripod and a self timer. And well I am still figuring it all out. Part of my issue, is that I have really high expectations of the brand, starting out.

I already have a dream photosoot in mind, I’d love to find a vintage shop filled with velvet settees, tarnished silver tea sets, and silk scarves strewn all about. And the models lounging, feathers in their hair, drinking tea and wearing kimonos, vintage lingerie, or tattered shorts and flowy tops. The sun filtering in through the windows washing out the images.

I have huge dreams for my shop and it gets rather discouraging sometimes when I can’t seem to find a way to make things happen the way I want them to right away.
I try to coax myself into believing that down the road, my dreams will come true. Because it’s all so very simple, all I have to do is keep updating the shop no matter what and success will come and with it beautiful photo-shoots.

I am definitely open to suggestions here.

If you have any advice, feel the same way, or just like what you see. I’d love to hear what you have to say.

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