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11  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Revamping, rebranding, and splitting my Etsy shop on: September 17, 2013 12:05:09 PM
I currently have an Etsy shop in which I sell both handmade jewelry and vintage items. I have been neglecting the shop for ages, but I am getting more serious about jewelry and would like to phase out vintage. I feel like the best way to do this is to split the shop in two - one for vintage and one for handmade. I feel like the vintage may "cheapen" the handmade stuff in a way. I am also trying to do more sales locally and want more professional branding for my jewelry. I have been searching for a good name and nearly everything I have come up with is taken! It's very frustrating! Even names I think are really obscure. So I have narrowed it down to 3 that I think are "safe" and I like all 3. And advice or opinions on these?

1. Beeswing Designs
2. Girl and Wolf
3. Sans-Culottes

I am leaning toward Beeswing, I think the logo and so on could be really fun. But some people don't like that it could be "Bee's wing" or "Bee Swing" (I kinda like that)

Girl and Wolf sort of refers to my sidekick, my dog Milou, who I sometimes call "the werewolf" when he's naughty. People seem to like it but I am worried that ___ and ___ names are played out.

Sans-Culottes is kind of funny to me. It means "without undies" in French, which is kinda sassy, but it's also the name of a left wing political group during the French Revolution. I am interested in politics and history, although it has nothing to do with my jewelry, but I like the double meaning. I'm also kind of a Francophile.

So, which of these shops would appeal to you most?
12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Disco Hedgehog on: September 09, 2013 09:13:18 AM
I made this little guy for a friend who has a funny little pet hedgehog. The pattern is from an awesome local designer, Penguin and Fish. The bugle beads were a little more silvery than I expected, so he is Disco Hedgehog!

13  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / 3 fused glass plates on: May 11, 2013 10:20:09 PM
I made 3 new little fused plated.

The first was inspired by a giraffe:

The next has lots of stringers:

Blue, orange, and grey:

14  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Lasagna that your wallet AND your friends will love (even the carnivores) on: May 02, 2013 06:51:42 PM
When I was in college my budget was tight, but I loved to entertain. This (sadly out of print, and from the UK) book is pretty much how I learned to cook. It was my bible at that time, and many dinner parties included this easy lasagna. Everyone loved it, even meat eating friends requested it often. One meat loving roommate even BEGGED me to make it for his new veggie girlfriend so he could impress her!
20 years later (what the what?) my budget is still tight and I still love to entertain. And I still whip out this lasagna recipe.

1 small eggplant, chopped roughly
1 tbsp vegetable oil or olive oil
1 small onion, finely chopped
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
8oz can of chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
pinch of brown sugar
salt and pepper
12 oz ricotta cheese
1 egg
8oz lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
6 oz grated mozzarella
2 oz parmesan

Place the eggplant in a colander, sprinkle well with salt, cover and leave to drain for 30 mins. Rinse well

Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onion, and cook over medium heat until soft.
Add the eggplant and mushrooms and cook for a further 5 mins.
Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, oregano, and brown sugar. Stir.
Cover and simmer for 30 mins or until thick. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat oven to 350.
In a bowl, combine the ricotta and egg, and mix well.
Spread 1/3 of the tomato sauce over the bottom of a baking dish.
Cover with 1/2 the noodles
Spread ricotta mix over the noodles.
Sprinkle 1/2 the mozzarella
Spread the next 1/3 of the sauce.
Layer the rest of the noodles.
Top with the remaining sauce and the rest of the mozzarella.
Sprinkle with parmesan.

Bake for 25-39 mins until the cheese is golden.

Dig in!

15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Creepy Little Assemblage on: January 26, 2013 04:00:45 PM
I made this for a friend who loves the darker side of life.

16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Wine Glass Corset on: January 26, 2013 03:57:10 PM
I have a friend who often jokes about her tendency to break/drop wine glasses and her need for wine safety devices. This got me thinking...and I came up with the perfect little gift: the wine glass corset! For extra safety, I put it on an acrylic glass.Cheesy

It's reversible, you can see the other side through the glass.

Here's how it looks not on a glass:

17  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Holy Pozole! on: January 26, 2013 03:46:06 PM
It's cold here, and I was craving a hot, spicy soup. I needed to use what was on hand, so I created a tasty vegetarian pozole. It was delicious, and I will definitely be making it again! I used hot jalapenos, hot rotel tomatoes, and and a bit of extra chilis to make it spicy, but you can calibrate by using hotter or milder peppers, etc. You can also add meat and use meat broth if you are so inclined. I like it topped with pepper jack cheese, plenty of chopped cilantro, and a nice cooling dollop of sour cream.

Vegetarian Pozole

1 onion, chopped
olive oil
2 Cloves garlic
1 Package sliced mushrooms
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2Box of vegetable stock (or meat if you prefer)   
1 Can diced tomatoes
1 can diced jalapenos, drained   
1 Large can hominy, drained
3 tsp cumin or more to taste
Grated black pepper to taste
Handful chopped cilantro to taste
Optional sour cream, cilantro, grated cheese for toppings

Sautee the onion in olive oil until clear.
Add chopped pepper and mushrooms and continue to sautee until ready.
Add garlic and sautee 1 more min.
 Add broth and deglaze the pot.
 Add tomatoes, jalapenos, hominy, cumin, and pepper. Simmer until                                                         hot.Add cilantro and stir.
Serve with toppings of your choice.
18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Naughty Noel - Christmas Apron on: December 10, 2012 08:11:13 PM
I made a naughty apron for a friend, and I liked it so much I had to make myself one. A dirty little apron to keep me clean.  Wink

19  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Copper Pet Tags on: April 20, 2012 12:14:04 AM
I made these fun copper tags for a friend who has 5 lovely pups! I had fun thinking of a little saying to suit each one's personality. I also made one for my boy that says "Scratch my Butt", as that's his favorite! Cheesy

20  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Personalized Felt Ball for a Dog on: April 20, 2012 12:09:11 AM
I made this ball for a friend's dog, Charlie.

They are very easy to make. I used a skein of Deb Stoller Full O Sheep yarn, but any 100% wool will work, including unravelled sweaters. For a lighter ball you can start to wrap around a base of wool scraps or batt, but I wanted a heavy, sturdy ball so I just wound the skein into a tight ball. Tuck in the loose end and put the ball inside an old knee high or old fashioned panty hose, tie a knot so the ball is firmly wrapped, and throw it in the washer with your laundry. I set it on hot wash/cold rinse and just leave it in through several washings. When the wool fuzz shows on the outside of the knee high it's ready. At that point, move it to the dryer for a few cycles until it's dry. If you want to personalize it, take a foot or so of contrasting yarn and needle felt the name (or design) firmly onto the ball. I put it back in the knee high and repeated the washing/drying a few more cycles to make sure it was firmly felted. Make sure it's dry and you're done! These balls are quite sturdy (unless your dog likes to chew up balls, mine just wants to play fetch so these are great for that). They also don't get as slimy and soggy as tennis balls, so they are more fun for the humans. Plus, they look cute and are washable! If they get ratty you can refelt them with the knee high/washer method and they are as good as new.

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