Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday Blog Special

Ginko Purse Hanger

This week I am having a SALE on all my accessories, including purse hanger and wine stops!

This weeks Blog Special (March 30 - April 5): Buy any accessory here and receive free shipping too!

Happy Monday!

Purple Haze Wine Stop

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Sale

SALE Sunday Afternoon Fused Glass Pendant
Every Sunday, I make my pick for my SUNDAY AFTERNNON SALE PENDANT. Usually, my pick is based on my mood or the season. Today it is based on the fact that this one reminds me of my summer garden, which I am starting to plan now. The excitment is building!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Window Shopping (or Surfing)

Budget does not allow me to put everything in my cart this week, but window shopping through some greats is fun too.

Taking a look at my favourites this morning, I realized something spooky - I had a whole page of green items that I LOVE. Maybe it's a spring thing, but I want all of these things!

This scarf by kalla has been calling my name for some time now.

I'm facing having to redo my taxes, so this print by CritrusTree speaks to me:

Who could pass on an incredible sale, especiallywhen it's from

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Soup Club

My Soup club consists of four busy moms (including me) from my neighbourhood. We all have very different lives, but share one common problem: after we take care of everyone else, we often find that we neglect ourselves. (I.E. forgetting to eat lunch 3 days in a row!).

Out of our shared love of soup, we formed a club to rotate soup making each week. The rules are simple: make soup, enough for two-three bowls per person, and deliver to friends. That way, after only making soup once, we all get fed lunch for a month!

The bonus of soup club is that we get to share receipes and sometimes, mistakes, and remind each other to take a least five minutes for our selves.

This week was my turn. I decided on Pureed Vegetable Soup for my friends (a favourite from Williams-Sonoma "Soup").

Here's the recipe - For my Soup Club I doubled the measurements:

2 TBSP Olive Oil
3 Leeks, including light green parts, finely chopped (I roughly chopped mine and they were fine)
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
4 zucchini, sliced
3 waxy (all-purpose) potatoes sliced very thin
1 1/2 TBSP Tomato Paste
6 cups prepared chicken or vegetable broth (I made mine from chicken leftover from the weekend).
1 cup chickpeas
1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
Salt and white pepper

1)In a large saucepan, heat oil and cook leeks over medium heat unitl translucent.
2)Add carrots, zucchini, and potatoes and saute until they begin to soften (3 min)
3)Add tomato paste and stock, cover partially until veggies are tender (25-30 min)
4)Add chickpeas and cook additional 3 min. Add lemon juice and salt and pepper. Remove from heat.
4)Blend in batched in a food processor, or, use emulsion blender,until smooth.
5)Optional: add lemon zest and parsley when served.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Monday Blog Special

New necklace

New necklace.

Today, I am a busy beaver in my studio. Door locked, kids with the sitter kind of day!

There are lots of new items being added to Penny Glass Girl and Penny Shop Girl this week. Drop by and have a look.

This weeks sepcial: mention "blog" in your notes to seller at checkout and I will refund your shipping and include gift wrapping and a gift card with your purchase. The perfect time to send a gift or to treat yourself.

Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

New Pendants in my Shop

I am wrapped up in Birthday celebrations for my "little" boy (almost as tall as me at 8!). But I just wanted to post a quick peek of my new bubble pendants. I am haing lots of fum with chemicals of all kinds this week, so stay tuned for some more fun finds.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Better Late Than Never BLOG SPECIAL

New earrings this week. I have been having fun experimenting with new materials.

Ok, so my Monday blog special didn't happen this week. The call of great spring weather combined with march break with the kids forced me out of the office and studio and out into the beautuful sunshine.

So, in it's place, I have a Thursday blog special to make up for it: Buy any jewelery item in my shop and receive a free pair of earrings. Any pair! Just mention "blog" in the notes to seller upon checkout and tell me which pair you would like. Good until the Monday Blog Special returns next week.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Making An Imperfect Pizza.

Pizza day happens every week in our house. It doesn't have to be the same day each week - we are after all, a typical busy family - but our kids would never let us forget the ritual.

It has to be a day that Dad is home, he has an important role: the DJ who selects the music and therefore the tone of the evening. On this day, Joel Plaskett, a favourite in our house was playing on the ipod.

Some days when we have time we make the dough, you can find the recipe here but others days we cheat and get the dough from our local bakery, they usually have some on hand as does our grocery store.

This week, my oldest son just had to be the one to roll out the dough, an important honour which he took very seriously as he donned the pink apron.

This week, my youngest son was more into making playdough pizza, that's ok too.

And after an hour of dancing, dough rolling and clean-up, we add pizza sauce and cheese and bake it on a pizza stone which has been slowly heating up to 425 degrees in the oven. Ta Da, the best, most imperfect pizza ever!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Friday Front Page News

Again, it was a welcomed surprise to find out that I was on the Etsy front page last night. I would not have known, but for a request to relist the item that sold when it appeared.

Today, I am studio bound (yay!) to make more of my elephants for the up coming week -keep watch - my elephants will be getting some friends to join them too.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In need of a little inspiration

This winter thing is really starting to get to me. So I was searching through my archives in an attempt to find something to inspire my designs today. I came across this great photo that my son took last summer when we were out for a walk.

I love the memory of him sneaking up so quietly and patiently (not his strongest qualities) to take this pic with out scaring the butterfly away.

A little something to ward off those winter blues!.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Monday Blog Special

They say that nothing in life is free, it's true. But you could have a free pair of my new post earrings with purchase in my shop this week if you mention "blog" when you checkout. Just let me know which style you prefer - it's really that easy.

I have been busy creating all sorts of lovely new things for spring, but posts are are my new favourite. I love how light and versatile they are, I wear them with everything.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's Tax Time

I hate tax time, and I think I finally realize why, it's because I am so disorganized when it comes to paper work. Thus, I have a new tax year resolution: To streamline my office and paperwork procedures as much as I have my studio space.

Here are a few suggestions which I resolve to follow this year:

1. Clean up my desk and files. I found a few great suggestions on the HGTV website.

2. Make paperwork easier and more enjoyable. After much research I think that I need to do a weekly journal using Quickbooks.

3. Make my office a more enjoyable environment to be in. I think that a few of these oranizers are in order:

These embroidery hoop bullentin borads from littleprettystudio would make me smile, and keep me better organized

These file folders from WhiskerGraphics are just what I need for my thousands (really!) of receipts that float around everywhere.

I have am phobia (it's extreme) of computer cords, these great new travel cord organizers from RAGGEDedgeGear
are bright and functional.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Fashion Friday

Tonight is my date night. I am told my husband is taking me somewhere nice. I would love to have time to go shopping, but alas, I must only take a few moments for window shopping (or surfing!).

Here are my pics for this friday:

I have been coveting this beautiful dress by econica for quite some time (hint husband!).

I would also love this from polestar

And I will break down (very soon I can feel it) and buy one of these from redrubyrose

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

My Dreaming Room

I have been complaining about my living room for ages. Finally, it has paid off and my husband has agreed to repaint and invest in a few new pieces.

Right now I'm just in the planning stages, but it's all I can do to hold myself back from pulling out the credit cards and going crazy. Here are some of my favs:

1.I have been drooling over this vase by redhotpottery

2. I have the perfect mantel ledge for this piece by EmilyReason

3.This Olive cushion would be the perfect addition to the cosy, casual feel of the room.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Monday Blog Special

It's a fine Moinday morning. I am rested from my family ski weekend - sore knee but no major injuries. Actually, the knee was injured swimming, go figure.

My free shipping offer for february has ended. But, since you were kind enough to visit my blog, if you enter "blog" when you checkout in my Etsy store, I'll refund your shipping all the same. That's how much I like you. This offer is good all week.

Have a great Monday.