archive: September, 2011

cards for you!

September 20, 2011

Posted by in free downloads

hi sweets! i have something a little special for you today, a free download! i’ve been playing with a few photos i took over the weekend, and came up with these card fronts.

free cards for you!

free cards for you!

free cards for you!

free cards for you!

what do you think? you can download the free pdf here and use them as cards for any occasion. enjoy!

<<download here>>

 
terms of use: print them, share them, and give them- just don’t sell them. :)  if you post them, please direct readers back to this post for the download.  xox!

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purse envy

September 20, 2011

Posted by in handmade

purse blog

are you a purseaholic? (was that a stupid question?). i think even if we don’t have a purse problem per-se, there’s still nothing like getting a pretty new purse to carry. one always seems to catch my eye as a walk by a store, or whisper my name as i flip through the pages of a catalog, and then the dreaded purse-envy sets in.

well, no fear! here to help is my favorite purse blog- with finds of every kind that help make finding affordable purses easy. with frequent purse giveaways and reviews you can rely on, purse pixie is a place i can get lost in for a while. i especially like this perlina vanessa tote (giveaway is still live- ends 9/25!).

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Posted by in indie biz, lifestyle

happy monday, lovelies! i’m on the mend from my knee surgery and just wanted to say a big thank you for bearing with me! my mom came out all the way from north carolina last week, and it was so wonderful to have her here. she made us lots of yummy meals and helped with my recovery so much. miss you mom!

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring Rachael Taylor!

now on to something verrrry exciting. beth nicholls from do what you love has just announced a brand new e-course: the art and business of surface pattern design featuring rachael taylor!  if you have ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, fabric, homewares or other products, sharing your art through pattern, and monetizing your designs this groundbreaking course is for you!

you may not know this about me, but i have been an aspiring textile designer for a few years now. as i’ve been training and working on designs, this e-course couldn’t have come at a better time. i couldn’t sign up quick enough! if you have ever dreamed of designing your own patterns or seeing your own artwork illustrated as surface design, this e-course is for you.

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring Rachael Taylor!

the course features 3 modules (you can sign up for 1, 2 or all 3) which will take you through all the ins and outs of becoming a successful designer.

module 1: designing your way- how to gather inspiration, build patterns, create mood boards, work with color and more.

module 2: creating your professional identity- how to start your own label, develop a signature look, develop a collection, market yourself and more.

module 3: monetizing your designs- how to identify multiple streams of income for your designs, sell and license your designs, choose the right distribution and more.

this is only a brief mentioning of each module, if you want to read more detailed outlines, visit the e-course page here!

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design featuring Rachael Taylor!

sound like you? read more about it at the art and business of surface pattern design featuring rachael taylor. don’t delay- the first module begins november 14th!

find out more about rachael and beth here. images via rachael taylor.

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Diy Donuts

September 19, 2011

Posted by in cooking ideas

Homemade donuts (or, doughnuts) are an extra-special treat that I save for weekends when family visits from out of town. Admittedly they’re not the healthiest breakfast, but everything in moderation, right?

The recipe I chose to use was a highly recommended, well-thought out tutorial by The Pioneer Woman. I’ve decided not demonstrate the step-by-step method of this recipe, as Ree (the author) obviously put so much work into it and deserves every bit of credit.

I am going to show you the cooking method of my donuts, and really, you can use whichever recipe out there you like. I’ve even used the canned biscuit dough method, and it worked like a charm, although there’s no question that homemade donut dough can’t be beat. Once we’ve cooked the donuts, I am going to show you my favorite toppings for this melt-in-your mouth treat.

Ingredients

Donut dough, fully prepared, risen and refrigerated
oil for frying – I used canola as it is a little heart-healthier
flour

for glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons milk

for chocolate glaze
1 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon butter
pinch of salt

for rolling donuts
cinnamon
sugar

optional
sprinkles

tools
rolling pin
baking pan
mixing bowls
a pot for frying
tongs or slotted spoon
cooling rack
paper towels
donut or cookie cutters

directions

Begin by removing your previously prepared donut dough from the refrigerator. I placed mine onto a floured baking sheet, and rolled it out.

After rolling out my dough, I began to cut out my donut shapes with cookie cutters. If you have a round donut cutter with a smaller cutout for the center hole, then that is great. The reason that donuts usually have the center cut out is because donuts tend to cook quickly and unevenly in the oil – the outsides tend to brown while the center remains doughy. Cutting a hole in the center solves this problem.

I don’t have a round or donut cutter, but I did have these very cute Autumn-themed cookie cutters (a leaf, a pumpkin, a pine cone, and a crescent moon, if you were curious). They’re pretty small, so I wasn’t too worried about the centers not cooking thoroughly. Lightly grease the inside of your cutters to prevent sticking to the dough.

If you’re using Ree’s recipe, she further instructs you to allow the cut dough to rise again, for an hour in a warm, moist place. This will produce a very light and fluffy donut. If you like a thicker, chewier donut, you could skip this step, which I’ve done and still been pleased with the results.

The next step is to fry the cut dough. I filled my pan with a little over an inch of canola oil. I did not measure my temperature as Ree did, but once the oil began to simmer, I began to place the donut dough in, starting with just one.

Once the bottom began to brown, I flipped it over. The cooking usually happens pretty quickly, and you don’t want to over cook.

Once fully cooked, I removed the donut with a slotted spoon (tongs could work, too), and placed it on a double-layer of paper towels to soak up the extra grease.

If you want cinnamon sugar donuts, roll the donut while still pretty moist and hot in a shallow bowl or small brown paper bag with cinnamon and sugar. I honestly don’t measure out my cinnamon and sugar mixture, but 3 parts sugar to 1 part cinnamon should do the trick.

For glazed donuts, I let them cool a bit longer.

To prepare the glaze, I microwave the milk and vanilla for 30 seconds in a microwave-safe bowl. Next, stir in the confectioners (powdered) sugar until well blended. Dip the donuts in the bowl of glaze, one side at a time, and it works well to place on a cooling rack over a baking sheet to catch any drips.

For chocolate glaze, combine the butter, milk, and vanilla in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 30 seconds, and then stir in confectioners sugar, cocoa powder, and just a pinch of salt. Mix well, and dip donuts in the glaze, one side at a time, and allow to dry on a cooling rack over a baking sheet.

And that’s it! You can also leave these plain, and they’re still great when eaten warm with a cup of coffee. These donuts can be left out for a while, or placed in a paper bag. You could keep in an airtight container, but expect them to get a bit sticky and gooey.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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until… later

September 13, 2011

Posted by in handmade

fern shadows

well, i’m off to the hospital for my little knee surgery this morning! i’ll be back shortly, but don’t know how i’ll be feeling for the next few days. the mri results show that i only need a menisucs repair, and not a full acl reconstruction like we first thought (yeeeah!). the best news is that my mom came all the way from north carolina to take care of me, and so far she loves california! there’s just nothing quite like having your mom around when you’re feeling under the weather, is there? i’ll be back in a few days, until then- love and light to each of you!  xox, bonnie

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avila beach

September 13, 2011

Posted by in lifestyle

avila beach

avila beach

avila beach

we took my sweetheart’s parents up north a bit to a lovely beach called avila this weekend, and i just couldn’t help but share a few of the photos with you. this place is full of fun creatures and breathtaking views. though the water is icy, it’s a stunning place to visit as the waters are teaming with life!

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suzi’s farmhouse finds

September 12, 2011

Posted by in handmade

suzi's farmhouse finds

happy monday, lovelies! to kick-start your week i’m happy to share a little coupon code for you from a very lovely shop- suzi’s farmhouse finds! all their beautiful wine crates remind me of this wine box salad garden, don’t you think? as a special gift exclusive to ghtr readers, you can use the coupon code “GHTR10”  to receive 10% off through next monday, september 19th. enjoy!

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Autumn Spice Latte Recipe

September 12, 2011

Posted by in cooking ideas

Seasonal drinks are hitting the menu at coffee shops everywhere, but you can make a latte that smells like Autumn quite easily in your own home! I call this latte recipe Autumn Spice because it combines three of my favorite bold flavors – cinnamon, ginger, and cloves – and softens them with a touch of vanilla. Even better, making the flavored syrup for this espresso treat will scent your home better than seasonal potpourri.

This recipe will serve 2 – 4 people, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

ingredients

brewed espresso

steamed milk, soy milk, or other substitute

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 sticks of cinnamon, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon whole cloves

directions

Start by preparing your flavored syrup. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once mixture starts to boil, add vanilla. Allow alcohol in vanilla to burn off in boiling mixture – about 1 minute. Reduce heat and add cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Allow spiced syrup to simmer for at least 5 minutes.

While syrup simmers, brew espresso. I make about 3 ounces of espresso for each drink. For each ounce of espresso to be served, steam an ounce of milk. For more information on brewing espresso or steaming milk without an espresso machine, see my first latte tutorial on Going Home to Roost.

Before adding syrup to latte, skim out any cloves or cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon.

To assemble the drink, I pour 3 ounces espresso, 1 – 2 ounces of spiced syrup, and 3 ounces of steamed milk into a mug, topped with the milk foam from the steaming process. Top with whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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