Monday, February 22, 2010

Drawing from others...

Today on designsponge, there is a woman who draws houses and makes rubber stamps. Here is the link. I too had this idea many years ago. My homes are a little more whimsical. So if you want me to draw your house in the good 'ol USA and not the UK, just e-mail me.


Monday, February 15, 2010

As Holmes would say: Take It All Down!

Here's a storage idea for xmas garlands: Cut a gift wrap tube in two. Cut a slit up the end to secure one end of the garland.

Wrap until it's full and secure the other end.

The dish towel is by one of my favorite illustrators in Minnesota, Faye Passow. You can find her dishtowels at many gift shops throughout the state or you can order online.

Monday, February 8, 2010

The Off-Season, Part II: Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Surprised to find a half bag of kisses left in the cupboard in February, I whipped up a batch of cookies ususally only seen during the holidays. Too lazy to go to the basement to fill up the flour jar, I used one cup regular flour and 3/4 cup whole wheat flour. Tasters were none the wiser.

When I ran out of kisses, I used Swedish Pearl Sugar that I got from my mom for Xmas. Here is a tip from my mom: Hint for pearl sugar:  Put a ball of cookie dough in pearl sugar that is in a small bowl. Flatten slightly. Coat only one side. Sugar will be evenly spaced as cookie spreads while baking. -MOM 

You can make really cook marks in the cookies with this crazy fork.
It's from my "Meaball Magic" set. But that's another story...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Equipment Tip

What do you do with your corn-on-the-cob dishes in the off-season?

Makes a great butter dish:

Or a nice spatula rest: