Friday, November 12, 2010

Pictures of my "Coming soon to an Etsy near you!"

Down appliqued pillows...
Cozy quilted baby blankies...

Funky pincuchions...

Teddy bear softies...

More sweet softies...

Antique window art...

Autumn paisley throw pillows...
And for those who are wondering why there are two seriously funky art doll sites I follow, meet my hobby on the side: Art dolls that I will feature on

And, I haven't named her yet, she's a bit "hatterish", wouldn't you say?
So I'm to work and then some serious business stuff. :0)
Enjoy the day,

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Busy day!

I have a lot on my "to do" list today. Not to be confused with the"honey do" list I frequently threaten my husband with. I haven't actually ever had to give him one. In fact, when he sets out to accomplish something, it usually gets done. I like to procrastinate just a little, under the guise of "doing all my research, covering all bases, blah blah blah". When I do jump in, however, it's all the way. Today I need to talk to my daughter's school, (clearly not the highlight) get my passport paperwork, (ticket to Paris, check!) and take pictures of all my items for Etsy. It looks as if the sun will shine today, so I have zero excuses not to. Especially given that the weather has been so unpredictable lately, I need to take advantage of the shining sun while I can! So I'm off to start the day's errands, hopefully to post some promising pictures of my items later.

Enjoy the day,

Monday, November 8, 2010

"Sophisticated Junky"

My friend and I were at our craft show on Saturday, enjoying our lunch, having a great conversation about my new skirt. (Which I made from the "Sew Serendipity" book, and what can I say, I. Love. This. Book. :) By the way, should I enjoy too many more of those lunches, I won't actually fit into it. We sent her husband to a local fast food restaraunt, with our order. A single bacon burger turned into a double, and a small deep-fried mushroom turned into, well, they were exploding the bag they came in. Soo yummy, but the problem is, I ate it. All. We just had water to drink though because we're trying to be healthy. ;0) Anyway... back to having great coversation. We were quite possibly very sleep-deprived and over-caffeinated, a state I have been functioning poorly in for about the last eleven months. She was complementing me on my look. She said my style was "Sophisticated Junky", but almost before "junky" came out, she was in recovery mode, "I meant funky! I really meant funky!!" At this point I am laughing, honest to goodness belly laughing at us. So that's my new look, I proud to say. (I guess I need to share a picture of myself now, for those who are dying to see what my new look is. :0) 

We enjoyed a lot of laughs that day, and shared so many great ideas. Like the one about our mutual love of corn dogs. People don't like to admit it, but really, what's not to love about a hot dog wrapped in crispy cornbread, conveniently placed on a stick for your eating pleasure! We have decided it would be fun to host a fancy dinner and serve them up with a nice Pinot. Feel free to steal that idea.


Sunday, November 7, 2010

Cozy Peanut Butter Cookies

Mmmmm, cookies. :0)

As promised, I am back to share a recipe. After my morning brew, which is a Kahlua blend, (Yum! No real Kahlua however, disappointing as that is) I needed to clean the house after woefully neglecting it for a week. I really needed to clean P's high chair from potaoes, pizza and egg. (For those whom I've just disgusted, let me tell you that all of those items are from one amazing pizza at our local favorite pizza place.) After all of that, I sit here at our table, watching the autumn leaves fall, and deciding which recipe to share. It's a hard decision really, there are so many! At the end of the day, it's Peanut Butter.

A staple of most kitchens, you may use either crunchy or creamy peanut butter, but I prefer creamy myself. I will tell you that at the bakery the ones who picked peanut butter the most were men, hands down! I do not know why that is, but it is a favorite at my husband's place of work as well. (all men, by the way) Oddly, peanut butter is not so much a favorite of mine, however having said that, I can eat these by the dozen!

This may yield a lot of cookies, please keep in mind that this is less than a quarter of a bakery batch! I like to roll the dough up in parchment, and place it in the freezer, slicing off only what I want to bake for a day. I recommend this for you as well, as your dough will keep in your freezer for weeks, a deep freezer even longer!

2 Cups butter
3 Cups peanut butter
2 Cups brown sugar
2 Cups white granulated sugar
5 eggs
2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons soda
5 Cups flour

Cream butter and sugar together, adding peanut butter. Slowly add eggs, one at a time. Add your dry ingredients next, being careful not to overmix. Overmixing cookie dough leads to flattened cookies, so as fun as mixing is, don't overdo it! Now would be the time to add extra goodies if you like, chocolate chips or toffee pieces are favorites.

As stated above, I roll my dough into long tubes of parchment paper, and pop into the freezer.
If baking right away, roll a heaping (and by heaping, I mean NOT bitesize here) ball of dough, place on your cookie sheet, and flatten with a fork. (Feel free to make fun patterns, I do) I get approximately 6 to a cookie sheet if that tells you how large I make my cookies. I then top my cookies before baking with more brown sugar. Sugar is to Stefanie what butter is to Paula Deen. While baking the brown sugar turns into crispy goodness. :0) You will bake these at 350 degrees. Here is where it gets tricky. All ovens are different, and if you are lucky enough to have a convection oven, you better check them at about 7 or 8 minutes. For the rest of us, please check at about 12 minutes. When they are slightly puffy, and the tops are just starting to crack, they are done. Cookies will continue baking after you pull them out, so slightly underbaking is key unless you like dunkers.

There you have it, my first shared recipe. For those who know me, that was a very big deal. I may need a nap. :0)

What's in a name?

A question I get asked a lot, "why Isn't It Sweet"? When I was choosing names for the bakery, I needed my name attached, (hence the "Stefanie" that was attached before it) so that customers could find me, and a tag line that expressed what I had for sale. I had all baked goods and sweets, so I thought of many ways I could convey that. But when it came right down to it, I settled on "Isn't It Sweet" for another reason entirely, and in fact painted it on the wall in the bakery. On the walls it looked more like my musings, "Isn't Cake Sweet, Isn't Chocolate Sweet, and Isn't Life Sweet". It's that last line that truly conveyed how I felt about everything. I was taking a gigantic leap of faith, but in the end, prosperous bakery or not, I have a pretty "sweet life"! I still feel that way, and even though I still mourn the bakery that was, I am moving on to other great adventures. So later today, (again, after my coffee, and yes I do realize I'm an addict) I will post a recipe. So here's to a sweet existence!
Love, Me

Good times at a craft show

Carrie and I had a great time at our craft show, even though we didn't exactly light the world on fire with sales. There were three shows in the area, and more to see in town.  I reached my modest sales goal, and other goals in general, (including starting this blog :) so I am happy. Any stock I have left over will be placed in my Etsy shop, with the exception of one. This one I keep. It is an old window from our 1925 craftsman home, featuring an appliqued bird on a dogwood branch. This window in particular was next to our fireplace, and if I am seated at the dining room table I can just make out our beautiful dogwood tree. most days a safe haven for a plethra of sparrows. The windows were replaced a couple years ago, but after spending weeks restoring all of the trim in the home, I just couldn't part with the original windows. So this window has a story. Now how do I part with the others, when I am such a sentimental fool? :0)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

You have to start somewhere!

I have been talking about starting a blog now for, oh say the last year. I have to admit, it is somewhat daunting to put yourself out there for the world to read. In addition, I am a techno-phobe. I will be adding pictures soon, and figuring out how to attach files for you to download, just as soon as I enjoy my morning cup of coffee. (maybe two) I read a quote once that I refer to daily. "What have you done today, to further your goals?" So today I start a blog.

I have been getting ready for a local craft market, sewing bears, elephants, blankets, and pillows. I am so looking forward to sharing the day with my friend Carrie, who owns the extra fabulous shop The Top Stitch. (Yes, this is blatant advertising for her ;0) Together we will have the most colorful, wonderful booth. I am learning quite a bit about what you can and cannot do with a cruising infant in the house. I will definately share more on that later, but for now I am off to the show to take pictures, and have a great day with similar minded creative junkies such as myself!

Love, Me.

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