Etsy Treasury :: May 30, 2012

‘Animals in blue and turquoise’ by beadsandbrass

This treasury features two things I love: animals in clothes and turquoise.

















Treasury tool supported by the dog house


Hand Painted Mugs :: DIY

I first discovered this great diy project on Wit & Whistle via Pinterest (where else?). Hand painted coffee mugs look so great because you can tell they are handmade! This project is definitely on my list of handmade gifts for Christmas.

I’m going to try it out with the Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Paint Markers, which came in a variety of great colors including peacock and peridot. I’ve been looking around for some design inspiration, and here are some of my favs. These designs are quite a bit more advanced than my own art skills. I’ll definitely post pics of my creations when they’re done.

Little Red Riding Hood by Overseas Sipping on Etsy

DIY by Little Projectiles

Colourful Skull by rickolte on Etsy

arrow tail mug by wandersketch on Etsy

Monster by betwixxt on Etsy

Bad things mug by Corduroy on Etsy

Bubble coffee cup by LaNiqueHOME

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I am a bit of a purse snob. I love quality purses that look better with age. I will pay more for a well-made purse that will last years instead of a trendy purse any day. Here are some of my recent purse obsessions.

GP No. 1 Bag - Khaki

How amazing is this bag from Col. Littleton? I am in love with the hardware. If I hadn’t just gotten a new tote bag for Christmas, I would be buying this bag.

GP No. 1 Bag - Khaki

I pretty much love every bag that J.W. Hulme has out. It doesn’t hurt that they are made in Minnesota, where I currently live.

Mini Excursion Tote Bag by J.W. Hulme

Saddle bags are everywhere right now, and I love this red one from J.W. Hulme.

Mini Legacy Shoulder Bag by J.W. Hulme

Here’s another saddle bag from another Minnesota company: Duluth Pack. This company also makes great bags that are quite a bit more affordable than J.W. Hulme.

Classic Leather Purse from Duluth Pack

Here are 3 cross-body bags that would be great for travel or running errands. I hate lugging around a bulky shoulder bag when I’m walking around for hours. It is so much easier to throw on a cross-body bag and shop hands-free.

No. 25 Drifter Handbag by Col. Littleton

Pocket Satchel by Makr Carry Goods


And the best part about all of these bags – they are made in the USA.

Homemade Salsa :: Recipe

Here in Minnesota, we are experiencing a bit of heat weave. The high today was 91 degrees, which is unusual for May. I had no desire to turn on the oven tonight, so for an appetizer I served up some homemade salsa using a recipe I found via Pinterest on Mountain Mama Cooks.


The recipe was super easy and came out great. The salsa had a little kick to it, which I love! The only mod I made was I used the entire small onion. You can view the original recipe here.

Here’s the recipe with my mods:


  • 1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1- 14 oz can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1small onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2-1 jalapeno, seeded or not (depends on how spicy you like it)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • medium size handful of cilantro, washed
  • juice of 1 lime or 1/4 cup lime juice from a bottle


Put all the ingredients in the base of a food processor or good blender and pulse to combine for 30 seconds or so until all the ingredients are finely chopped and salsa is desired consistency. Taste for seasoning and adjust to taste.

Golden Northern Loop Cowl

I fell in love with the color and drape of the Northern Loop by tante ehm when I saw it on Ravelry.

Golden Northern Cowl

After many starts and re-starts, trying out different yarns I had in my stash with different size needles, I finally finished my version of the Northern Loop. I only had enough yarn to do a one-loop cowl, not the double that I fell in love with.

I used size 17 needles with some Loops & Threads Cozy Wool I had in my stash. The pattern called for size 10.5 needles, so the ribbing on my version isn’t as noticeable, but I like the bulky look it gave the cowl and I think it will be great with my winter coat.

Golden Northern Loop Cowl

This was a super easy pattern to memorize, but it did start to get a little boring. I love the finished look though, so I will try this again with a smaller needle and worseted weight yarn and use this as a break in-between harder projects.

Golden Northern Loop Cowl

To adjust for the larger needle size, I did make some mods. Here’s the pattern with my mods. You can download the original pattern for free on

Needles: Size 17
Yarn: Super Bulky, 120 yards

Provisionally cast on 26 sts
Row 1 : K6, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k4, ssk, yo, k1, yo, k2tog, k6
Row 2: K6, p5, k4, p5, k6
Repeat until you reach desired length. Graft live stitches. Weave in ends.

2012 St. Paul Craftstravaganza

I attended the 2012 St. Paul Craftstravaganza on Saturday, May 12. According to the event’s organizers, this is an annual “urban craft fair.” This was my first time attending, and there were a lot of great artists in attendance.

Here are some things that struck my fancy:

Jean’s Clay Studio had some plates, bowls and cups with great designs. My friends and I all loved the robot love series. I also really liked the gnome plates and cups.

Robot Love

Robot Love

Gnome House Plate

Gnome House Plate

Kelly Hanson Handmade offered some colorful accessories made out of felt.

Felt button

Felt Flower – Soft Golden

Tiny Hands offers food-inspired jewelry that smells like the food it looks like. Stopping by their booth had me craving pumpkin pie!

Scented Strawberry Sprinkles Donut Ring

Scented Strawberry Sprinkles Donut Ring

Scented Shortcake Heart Cookie Necklace

Scented Shortcake Heart Cookie Necklace

Adam Turman has some great posters of Minneapolis/St. Paul. I really liked this bikes & books print.

Bikes and Bookes

Bikes & Books

Cycle the Twin Cities

Cycle the Twin Cities

Crafterall creates 3D artwork of lakes and waterways out of multi-colored paper.

The Great Lakes in Aqua

The Great Lakes in Aqua

And finally, the adorable felt creations from Gentry Night Studios. The best part about these little guys is the bio that they come with. My friend purchased a fox who is quite the ladies’ man.

Casey, the Fox

Casey, the Fox